Republicans’ anti-LGBTQ vitriol is working – don’t take our rights for granted

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03/20/2024

There’s a reason the American Right pursues a politics of moral panic. While the irrational and conspiratorial beliefs that accompany this fear-mongering are false, that’s a feature rather than a bug of an authoritarian movement with a primary goal of dominance, power, and control. As it turns out, moral panic – making vulnerable groups the target of people’s fears through lies and stereotypes while rallying around the notion of, say, “protecting the children” – can be a powerful means of reaching that goal. As the 2024 electoral rematch between Joe Biden and former president/indicted insurrectionist Donald Trump approaches, Republicans are increasingly focused on scapegoating migrants and undocumented immigrants, which endangers not only immigrants (documented or otherwise), but also anyone perceived to “look like” an immigrant.

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