Right Wing Watch ✒ While some religious-right politicians, preachers, and pundits are embracing the term “Christian nationalism,” former Rep. Michele Bachmann told a group of pro-Trump prayer warriors earlier this month that they should reject the term.
On Nov. 4, Bachmann appeared on a monthly prayer call hosted by Intercessors for America, a group that was closely aligned with the Trump White House and promotes MAGA ideology and conspiracy theories. Bachmann and IFA’s Dave Kubal prayed for God’s intervention in the midterm elections and urged conservative Christians to help elect like-minded candidates.
Christian nationalism is a political ideology that has received increasing public attention in recent years, especially after the role it played in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Scholars have documented that Americans who hold strongly Christian nationalist views are also more likely to support authoritarianism and to believe that violence may be justified in the pursuit of political goals.
Bachmann called the use of the term “Christian nationalism” a “national smear campaign against believing Christians” that she said is designed to intimidate pastors and suppress voter turnout among conservative Christians. In reality, the increasingly aggressive Christian nationalism of the religious right has sparked significant criticism and resistance from many other Christians.
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