Stuff at TPM becomes such a rush and we're so busy just before an election that I often don't even know we're working on a story until I see it on the site. I was glad we got on this one. We told you yesterday how there was an ecstatic white woman holding a "Blacks for Trump" sign behind Trump as he spoke in Florida. But the guy who runs "Blacks for Trump" (he's black at least) is the former member of a violent cult who runs a bizarre extremist group (how many members over one is not clear) which mixes your standard extremist right wing crazy with his own mini-cult with obscurantist religious views. And this guy has managed to get placed behind Trump in a number of major speeches! Here's the story.
As I've been writing my Trump mini-book, one of the themes I've been writing about is the increasing apocalypticism of politics on the American right. I think this is tied to a deep degree to the narrowing of the GOP electoral base and the relative demographic decline of white Christian America. If you look at politics through the prism of the political dominance and cultural centrality of white Christians, this may really be the 'last election.' Perhaps the last was 2012. Maybe it will be 2024. But it is important to recognize that if you are looking at politics through that prism, this isn't a fantasy. There is a demographic and political reality behind it.
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