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Rachel Maddow Rips Republicans’ Promotion Of Christian Nationalism


In an interview Saturday with the conservative Next News Network on the Turning Point USA Student Motion Summit in Florida, Greene said, “Republicans actually need to acknowledge the people they represent, okay? Their voters, not the lobbyists donors, not the company PACs, not those people. That’s not who the Republican Party should represent. We have to be the party of nationalism and I’m a Christian, and, I say it proudly: We should always be Christian nationalists.”

“The Trumpiest part” of the Republican Party is increasingly supporting this right-wing movement, Maddow noted.

Andrew Torba, CEO of the social media company Gab and a political consultant for Pennsylvania state Senate Doug Mastriano, who’s the GOP candidate for governor, said Monday that there was no room within the movement for Jews.

“That is an explicitly Christian movement, because that is an explicitly Christian country,” Torba told Media Matters.

“We don’t want people who find themselves atheists. We don’t want people who find themselves Jewish. We don’t want people who find themselves, you recognize, nonbelievers, agnostic, whatever,” he added.

That said, Torba noted that the movement has no plans to deport Jews, nonbelievers or people of other faiths.

“You’re free to remain here. Right? You’re not going to be forced to convert or anything like this. But, you’re going to benefit from the fruits of living in a Christian society under Christian laws.”

What’s less known about Christian nationalism is that the movement can be racist, Maddow identified. She shared several quotes by Gerald L.K. Smith, a preacher, politician and Nazi sympathizer who ran against Franklin Delano Roosevelt for president in 1944 on the America First ticket and founded what he coined as “Christian Nationalism.”

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