Radicals Have Taken Over Mainstream Conservatism
The panelists on MSNBC’s Velshi said that there are similarities between Hitler and Mussolini and that “radicals” are influencing mainstream conservatives.
Sam Stein, the show’s guest host and the White House editor for Politico, spoke with Zack Beauchamp, a senior correspondent for Vox, and Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor at New York University, about a piece Beauchamp wrote about conservatives and how the Republican Party no longer polices radicals within its ranks.
There is a consistent portion of the populace and intellectual vanguard that firmly believes that the idea of equality in democracy is a mistake, according to Beauchamp, who began by discussing “the distinction between conservatives and the radical right.”
But as the conservative movement began to coalesce after World War II, it attempted to align itself with these radicals on the theory that it could contain them, bring them into the political coalition, harness their incredibly, sort of, strong feelings and beliefs, and turn them into votes for basically pretty normal tax cuts and anti-abortion politics, and the kind of things that really the things that animate mainstream con
“And this worked for a little bit. What happened is that over time, slowly, and ultimately culminating in Donald Trump, the radicals started to influence the mainstream conservatives, not the other way around,” h e went on.
It wasn’t the conservatives controlling the radicals. It was the radicals whose ideas, based on their shared hatred for liberalism and sort of the mainstream of American political society, that they gradually started to resemble each other to the point where the mainstream right was willing to fully capitulate to the radical right if it meant gaining political power,” he added.
In the 2020 election, Donald Trump increased the GOP’s share of the Hispanic vote, and the party has since made gains among minority groups.
Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat of NYU agreed with Beauchamp’s assessment when asked if she shared it.
As a result, she said, “I do agree and, in fact, my book is about all these case studies all over the world of when conservatives, like, starting with Mussolini and Hitler, conservatives brought these extremists and their militias into power thinking they could control them and ally with them and then the logic of authoritarianism is increasing radicalization.”
Churches, pregnancy crisis centers, stores, and police precincts have all been burned in recent years as a result of left-wing political violence by pro-abortion and ANTIFA groups.
And, really, we’re going to have to find a new language because conservative no longer fits a party that perpetrated a coup and would do it again tomorrow because the GOP is unrepentant and also it’s very important to know that the GOP is now co-mingling and fusing at local and state level with extremists. There one-in-five local and state GOP officials has sympathies or affiliations with radical groups,” s he went on.
“And that’s why we also see the logic of the party eating its own as it becomes the far-right extremist party. The whole RINO phenomenon where moderates have to be pushed out. So, this has happened before in history. Also, when there’ve been military coups. It’s happened whenever you have far-right authoritarians that get to power,” concluded Ben-Ghiat.
According to polls, voters want the Republican Party to take over Congress in 2022.