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Prof. Christopher Parker in The Washington Post, "Why the GOP can’t quit Trump"

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on March 2, 2021 - 11:37am

Prof. Christopher Sebastian Parker and colleague Prof. Rachel M. Blum discuss finding from their MAGA Study:

The Republican Party appears to be at war with itself, split between ex-president Donald Trump’s supporters and establishment Republicans. The “Make America Great Again” movement, often viewed as a divisive force in American politics, includes roughly half of Republican primary voters. Its adherents are Trump’s most committed supporters. From the research of the characteristics of MAGA supporters, at least half of MAGA supporters tend to be white, Christian, male, over 65years of age, retired, and earn at least $50,000 a year. Further, roughly one-third have at least a college degree. The data suggests their commitment to Trump is unshakable, motivated by the perception of threat to their status as the culturally dominant group.

They are intensely loyal to Trump, motivated by status threats, and convert their anxiety and commitment into votes. If any Republican tries to do disavow Trump, they will have a primary challenge. Even those sure they would survive such a primary know that their political ambitions will need Trump’s blessing. MAGA supporter’s willingness to reject facts that do not reflect well on their leaders is likely to continue to destabilized U.S. democracy.

Please link here for full article in The Washington Post.