Most MAGA Extremists Are Middle Class People In Debt Who Fear Their Privilege Waning

  • Washington Post analysis of arrested MAGA rioters reveals that a majority of them had a “history of financial trouble.” Pippa Norris, a political science professor at Harvard University, similarly tells the Post that people most vulnerable to falling for far-right extremism are middle class people who fear their prestige is waning.
  • “Nearly 60 percent of the people facing charges related to the Capitol riot showed signs of prior money troubles, including bankruptcies, notices of eviction or foreclosure, bad debts, or unpaid taxes over the past two decades,” reports the Post.
  • “I think what you’re finding is more than just economic insecurity but a deep-seated feeling of precarity about their personal situation,” Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a political science professor who helps run the Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab at American University, tells the Post. “And that precarity — combined with a sense of betrayal or anger that someone is taking something way — mobilized a lot of people that day.”

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