'Sounds Like A Star Wars Thing': RNC Responds To New Brand Of MAGA

By Mark Gruber | Monday, 23 May 2022 19:25
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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Sunday said she doesn’t “know what Dark MAGA is” following a question about a statement by Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) about what he says is the rise of a new far Right-wing political faction.

McDaniel told “Fox News Sunday” that Cawthorn’s “Dark MAGA” comments reminded her of a popular science fiction film franchise.

“I don’t know what Dark MAGA is,” she said. “It sounds like a Star Wars thing, like the dark side of the force.”

Cawthorn, who represents North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, lost the GOP primary race last week to state Sen. Chuck Edwards after a series of scandalous headlines and debate, including photos of him wearing women’s lingerie, comments he made alleging “orgies” among the Washington elite and a remark calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug.”

After his defeat, Cawthorn tweeted vaguely about the rise of an apparent political faction within the Make America Great Again banner, calling it “Dark MAGA.”

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“It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command,” Cawthorn said in an Instagram post. “We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We are coming.”

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McDaniel said the North Carolina primary was a “well-fought” race between Cawthorn and Edwards.

“Madison had some issues that came out, he was a rising star in our party,” she said, “but Madison did the right thing in conceding.”

The representative conceded Tuesday night. According to North Carolina's unofficial election results, Edwards won 33.41% of the vote compared to Cawthorn’s 31.89%, with a difference of fewer than 1,500 votes.

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Thursday afternoon, Cawthorn posted to Instagram a list of figures he referred to as “America First Patriots,” including former President Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tucker Carlson, and Matt Gaetz.

His post begins with credit for those who have come to his defense in recent weeks and then says he intends to “expose those who say and promise one thing yet legislate and work towards another, self-profiteering, globalist goal.”

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“The time for gentile politics as usual has come to an end,” he said. “It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command. We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We are coming.”

It’s unclear what “Dark MAGA” means beyond a clear reference to Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Additionally, many speculated what Cawthorn meant by “gentile politics,” with some believing the usage to be an erroneous spelling of “genteel.”

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