MAGA Republicans Aren’t Stupid, They’re Craven

by Shelt Garner

A common theme within my center-Left echo chamber is how “dumb” MAGA Republicans are. And, yet, this totally misses the point of what’s really going on. MAGA isn’t dumb — it’s craven. There’s a big, big difference. Now, I’m not saying all the obviously very dumb things that MAGA Republicans say online and elsewhere aren’t dumb — a big chunk of it is — but there’s also a lot of cravenness to it as well.

Usually, this cravenness comes from intentionally conflating ideas in such a way that they either muddle what is trying to be said or they mislead people into thinking things that aren’t true.

But center-Left people on Twitter seem determined to miss how craven most MAGA Republicans are. They refer to MAGA as dumb so much that it’s become trite and clichĂ©, at least in my mind.

MAGA knows what they’re doing when they say dumb things, or conflate ideas to be misleading. And, in some cases, it’s all just a big troll. They know that if they come across as dumb and provocative that their ideas will be amplified by clueless center-Left people on Twitter.

Or, put another way, I think we’re underestimating MAGA. We’re careening towards a very, very dark fate. What exactly that fate is, I don’t know. But we need to sit up and take notice that things are going to come to a head pretty soon and what that will look like is anyone’s guess.

But to dismiss MAGA as “dumb” is doing the anti-fascist movement no help.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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