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As Majority of Americans Reject Extremism, GOP Doubles Down on Red Meat for the MAGA Base on Immigration and Beyond

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Vanessa Cárdenas: “MAGA extremism may resonate among GOP base voters, but alienates the broader electorate in the process”

Washington, DC – Across the country and in Congress, Republicans continue to define themselves by harmful and unpopular MAGA extremism, including via anti-immigration measures. This despite the continued evidence of general electorate rejection of MAGA extremism on display (see the national backlash to the racist expulsion of Tennessee lawmakers, the resounding Democratic victory in the Wisconsin bellwether judicial election and the new ABC/Ipsos poll finding that Donald Trump’s favorability rating stands at just 25%).

As Dan Balz phrases it in the Washington Post

“The damage inflicted by past and present actions continues to define a new Republican Party, one that has been consolidating power in many red states but vulnerable elsewhere — especially in states that could decide the next presidential election … Part of the Republican Party became radicalized under Trump and is vulnerable to what Biden and the Democrats have branded as the extreme MAGA Republicans.”

According to Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice

“The resounding results in the Wisconsin judicial election are the latest reminder that MAGA extremism may resonate among GOP base voters, but alienates the broader electorate in the process. While abortion was certainly the lead driver in last week’s election, any recounting of the MAGA extremist agenda and what’s at stake must include the Republicans’ relentless anti-immigrant agenda, often expressed with white nationalist rhetoric in Congress and across the country.

Witness Florida, where Gov. DeSantis is trying to reset his wobbly GOP primary campaign by muscling through extreme anti-immigrant legislation – despite the clear potential harm to his state. The anti-immigrant agenda DeSantis and other Republicans are adopting to attract MAGA attention could prove to be a liability when facing a national electorate that is increasingly rejecting extremist positions, whether on immigrants, guns, abortion or other unpopular GOP approaches.”

In Florida, the Governor DeSantis attempt to ram through a grab bag of anti-immigrant measures is generating pushback and increasing attention:

Concluded Cárdenas

“Fresh off a 2022 election cycle in which the GOP’s embrace of MAGA extremism and white nationalism contributed to electoral losses and underperformance – after the past cycles of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 delivered similar takeaways – a different party would have responded by renewed appeals to the general electorate. Instead, Republicans are doubling down in a dangerous direction, proposing new laws to round up or target immigrant families, take military action against Mexico and make feeding, living with and ministering to undocumented immigrants a crime.”