Oklahoma is a fertile ground for political extremism. In the late nineteenth century, the victory here was won by the People’s Party, the first populist movement in American history to rally against the political elite and the power of big business. Lives a century later Population from the plains There’s a lot more in Oklahoma, I noticed when I visited the state last week. Republican Trump is using this. In recent elections, the former president has now won all 77 seats. No state is so red. Nearly half a year later, loyalty to Trump is still indestructible.
When I visited the Republican Women’s Council’s monthly luncheon in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second city, it seemed like the failure for Republicans never happened. Trump badges and badges were in great demand at the entrance. In the case of Caesar salad and quiche, the election is one of the main topics of discussion. This is a foregone conclusion for those who attended that the Democrats had defrauded the White House. “Trump is still our president,” one of my table comrades summed up the reality of Republican duty in Oklahoma.
‘Oakies’ is not alone in that. Seventy percent of Republican voters firmly believe that the recent presidential election was free and fair. Republican leaders are demanding further investigation as a result and expelling colleagues from the party leadership because they have a different message. ‘Bad elections’ To announce. The result is widespread suspicion among their supporters. See feedback-Loop The Grand Old Party holds its grip.
In Oaxaca, Oklahoma, a major cultural shift is taking place within the Republican Party. I joined a campaign lunch where a young pastor named Jackson Lahmeyer ran for senator on behalf of his state. Lahmeyer explained over a hamburger and fries that current Senator James Longford is a Republican, but “not a fighter.” Longford has apologized for raising doubts about the election results, which Lahmeyer says is unforgivable.
What was once intense among Republicans is becoming increasingly routine
Lahmeyer, wearing a blue dress, white shirt and shiny red tie, has a good chance of representing his state in Washington. On all fronts, the party is removing delegates from the study that Trump is increasingly digging into: Biden is not a fair president, and the United States must be protected from the extreme left. At one time the extremist faction among Republicans was becoming increasingly commonplace.
My tour of Republican Oklahoma ended in the congregation of the Mighty Ecclesiastical Embassy, a modern church in the suburbs of Tulsa. Three hundred conservative church staff treated the foreign guest speaker. Firebrand Nigel Farage had gone to Oklahoma to give a speech to the Trump electorate. Do not accept the loss and continue to fight against the “global elite that wants to destroy America.” Brexit wins, Trumpism wins again, Farage promises. The right-wing populist international is alive.
Farage also spoke about his arrival as the best leader in Mar-e-Lago. Trump had consulted him and Farage had advised him to play golf. He would have to re-enter the political arena only if no one could nominate Trump as his successor. Maybe Farage created all this, but it was not a bar. This is part of the game. Republican rankings and file ready for another round of Trump against the world.
The question for a moment is whether the election defeat, Trump’s refusal to comply and the attack on Capitol will take Republicans on a different path. In Republican strongholds, this does not seem to be the case. There are things in the US presidential party about who should be expelled and the level of arbitration is not reduced. The White House may have a new tranquility, but this landscape is evolving as before.
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