The real MAGA campaign begins

Published January 31, 2024

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Death sells in today’s America, and the president is pinning his reelection hopes on it.

So the real MAGA party has launched its election campaign. On Jan. 21, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made it clear via X that the centerpiece of their push for another four years in office will be their commitment to Make Abortion Great Again.

It will be interesting to see whether this campaign—with their desire to see the right of 50 percent of the American population to decide whether the most vulnerable people in our society live or die—rises to the level of meriting a hashtag. Will #NeverBiden prove as popular among those evangelical #NeverTrumpers who objected so strongly to the former president’s boorishness and alternative MAGA rhetoric? And given that this push is also profoundly—one might almost say “systemically”—racist since abortion disproportionately affects a disproportionate number of the African American community, one must assume those same evangelical people will be denouncing it as a form of neo-Nazism, as fascist, and as an existential threat to American democracy.

If not, it will reveal something very interesting and disturbing about the selective nature of evangelical outrage on the left—the very thing that the #NeverTrumpers deftly exposed among certain elements of the evangelical right.

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Carl R. Trueman is a fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping civic leaders and policy makers better understand the deep roots of our current cultural malaise. In addition to his scholarship on the intellectual foundations of expressive individualism and the sexual revolution, Trueman is also interested in the origins, rise, and current use of critical theory by progressives. He serves as a professor at Grove City College.

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