We’re just a little more than a week out from the Nov. 8 elections, and we need all hands on deck — because the needle on the MAGA Meter is showing a meltdown of extremism.
It’s easy to look around the nation and see MAGA extremists in office or seeking election: many who have bought into former President Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was somehow stolen from him. Conspiracy theorists and quacks like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and scores of others of her dubious ilk, have oozed out of the cracks.
As Glenn C. Altschuler wrote in The Hill:
And MAGA extremists are within striking distance of winning races in battleground states.
One reason is that self-serving Republican enablers are endorsing them.
In the run-up to the Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary, Kari Lake — a charismatic former news anchor who maintains that God did not create women “to be equal to men,” the Second Amendment protects individual ownership of rocket launchers and opponents of cameras in classrooms are assisting pedophiles — doubled down on her claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Lake also called for the imprisonment of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who subsequently won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
At least 195 election deniers (and dozens more “doubters”) are on the ballot in 2022, including one in every three Republican candidates for statewide office, and a majority of Republicans seeking seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nebraska is by no means insulated from the MAGA crowd. First District Rep. Mike Flood — up against Democratic state Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks — has marked his first months in office by slithering along with whatever his MAGA GOP bosses tell him to do — including refusing to cap insulin prices and fighting against abortion rights.
Second District Rep. Don Bacon, who faces Democratic state Sen. Tony Vargas, has repeatedly come out against women’s reproductive rights and keeps trying to tap-dance around it.
Same goes in our legislative races.
And five of the dimmest bulbs in the Legislature’s Republican constellation have called for an investigation into the Nebraska Department of Education. Why? It seems that one of the senators’ staffers found a link in June to a New York University center for culturally responsive education on “Launch Nebraska,” a state Department of Education website built for schools reopening during the pandemic. Two or three clicks into the NYU website, they found a document — GASP –defending critical race theory and discussing racial justice. The document, however, was never directly accessible on the state’s website.
Meanwhile, MAGA extremists are running for the state and local school boards — calling our public school teachers “groomers” of children.
And on and on and on.
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