MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was apoplectic after Donald Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday.
While at a roundtable she gave a very “dark” prediction of what Trump’s landslide victory could mean for the country.
“The big picture takeaway from that, and I don’t mean to be again, too dark, as you said on this, but it is not,” Maddow said, “If we are worried about the rise of authoritarianism in this country, we are worried about potential rise of fascism in this country. We’re worried about our democracy falling to an authoritarian and potentially fascist form of government.”
“The leader who is trying to do that is part of that equation, but people wanting that correct is a much bigger part of that equation,” she continued. “And the American electorate is made up of two major parties. One of those parties has been flirting with extremism on the ultra right for a very long time. They’ve brought them in a way that they haven’t been central to Republican electoral politics ever before.”
“And I know because I’ve been studying this, but once you have radicalized one major party, so that those are the preferences of the people who adhere to your party, the leaders are interchangeable,” she added. “And yes, Trumpism is sometimes what we call it, MAGA movement is probably a better way to do it.”
“But there is an authoritarian movement inside Republican politics that isn’t being bamboozled by Trump,” she went on. “They are pushing Trump to get more and more extreme because the more extreme things he says, the more they adhere to. And that is coming from a very large proportion of the American right that adheres to the Republican party. And that’s why this is a Republican Party problem more than it is the problem of one man and his leader that tie together.”
Where Rachel Maddow’s analysis fails, however, is in her understanding of fascism.
Fascism has nothing to do with Constitutional rights, limited government, a peaceful foreign policy, a vibrant media opposition, and federalism.
However, it does have strong parallels with media propaganda (like MSNBC), state-sponsored censorship (the deplatforming of Donald Trump), corporatism (public-private partnerships, such as with Big Pharma), authoritarian policies (such as Covid vaccine mandates), political prisoners (like the peaceful J6 defendants), election interference (such as political prosecutions), and fixing elections (such as with unconstitutional changes to election laws to allow mass mail-in ballots).
Once again, Rachel Maddow is blind to her own side’s fascist tendencies, and is fixated on any political movement that appears to be “Christian” or “nationalist” on its face, while ignoring the deep contrasts between American patriotism and European nationalism.
Maddow’s co-host Joy Reid made this blatant confusion abundantly obvious. Christianity has nothing to do with “fascism.”
Joy Reid of MSNBC is complaining because there are too many white Christians in Iowa pic.twitter.com/yLqFdZeZzU
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) January 16, 2024
Furthermore, MSNBC punctuated the point about the left’s proclivities for censorship and propaganda by refusing to show Donald Trump’s victory speech in Iowa.
MSNBC host @maddow says NBC and other mainstream news networks have decided not to show Trump’s victory speech. CNN had him on briefly but then cut away and replaced him with @jaketapper who says “caucus goers believe the lie.” pic.twitter.com/dnUHEB1wqH
— Michael Shellenberger (@shellenberger) January 16, 2024