‘Christian nationalism’ in American politics: the Republican hotline to Jesus


Amid conservatives’ disappointed hopes for a “red wave” in the midterm elections, one of the biggest losses appeared, at first, to be the ideological movement of Christian nationalism. In Pennsylvania, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano — who rejects the label “Christian nationalist” but perhaps best exemplifies it, with his campaign full of prophets, shofars and spiritual warfare — was trounced at the polls by Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro. In Colorado, far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert, who just this summer declared she was “tired of this separation of church and state junk,” narrowly trails her Democratic opponent (in one of this election’s biggest surprises) and ended Tuesday night with the sour-grapes prayer, “Jesus, it doesn’t matter who is in office because you are king.” 

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, an early advocate of Christian nationalist policies, called the election results “crashingly disappointing” after two years of pastors mobilizing their congregants to vote for “biblical values.” 

“This really should have been a wave election,” said Bachmann, “and now it doesn’t even look like we’re dog-paddling.” ..


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