MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is finding it hard to live with former President Donald Trump’s landslide victory in Iowa, with the staunch Trump critic blaming a “radicalized” Republican primary electorate for the Monday result.
In a record-breaking victory, Trump won the Iowa caucus by more than 50% of the votes. The former president’s win sent shock waves down the spines of many anti-Trumpers, including Maddow.
Maddow, in an MSNBC interview with hosts Joy Reid, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Jen Psaki, falsely accused Republican voters of flirting with extremism on the ultra-right.
“If we are worried about the rise of authoritarianism in this country, if we are worried about the rise of potential rise of fascism in this country, if we are worried about our democracy falling 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 is a much bigger part of that equation and the American electorate is made up of two major parties,” Maddow told the panel. “One of those parties has been flirting with extremism on the ultra-right for a very long time,” Maddow continued. “They’ve brought them in in a way that they haven’t been central to Republican electoral politics ever before. Once you have radicalized one major party so that those are the preferences of the people who adhere to your party, the leader’s interchangeable. Trump is a miss sometimes, what we call it, MAGA movement is probably a better way to do it.”
1. The line of argument Rachael Maddow chose to make here, that the Republican Party is flirting with fascism and authoritarianism, will be used to justify the Democrat regime rendering conservatism illegal. pic.twitter.com/s9fP0eVUp6
— κρῠπτός (@_kruptos) January 16, 2024
Maddow claimed that there is an authoritarian movement inside the Republican party and that the movement is pushing the former president to get extreme.
Rachael Maddow is a hate-fueled machine! This is astonishing!
By doing this, they reveal their weaknesses in their character & in their lack of professionalism as well as failures in representing America to the world.
— CBear (@GoldenWing2022) January 17, 2024
“There is an authoritarian movement inside Republican politics that isn’t being bamboozled by Trump, they are pushing Trump to get more and more extreme because the more extreme things he says, the more they adhere, and that is coming from a very large proportion of the American right that appears to the Republican Party,” Maddow claimed. “That’s why this is a Republican Party problem more than it is the problem of one man.”
— Bonk (@BonkPolitics) January 17, 2024