Progressive Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman warned of a stark outcome if Republicans take back power in the November midterm elections — one that would “embolden” far-right extremists and white nationalists who he claims “have been pushing” for “civil war.”
During a Saturday interview with MSNBC’s “The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross,” the Bronx-Westchester member of the congressional “Squad” led by socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed Republicans will quickly take action to halt Democratic progress in the investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, saying the House select committee’s findings would be “completely suppressed.”
Bowman also claimed the GOP would “impeach President Biden as quickly as possible and they will continue to find ways to impeach him going forward.”
But Bowman went on to warn that Republicans gaining control of the House and/or Senate would “embolden” dangerous and violent extremists to take further control.
“It would also embolden Republicans and the far right, and white nationalists across the country to begin to believe that it is their time to not just take power in the House, but the Senate, the White House and statehouses across the country,” Bowman said.
“We’ve got to understand that this is a group that has been radicalized by the great replacement myth and many other things, and have been pushing for violence and pushing for even civil war, so that is what’s at stake right now in terms of this election,” he warned.
The “great replacement myth” refers to a theory often held by white nationalists that purports white Americans are being intentionally “replaced” by other minority races through mass immigration.
“Our democracy is hanging by a thread, and black and brown people, our lives are in the balance if these people come back into power,” Bowman added.
The progressive lawmaker’s warning of further division among the parties comes as 44% of Americans believe the US “seems headed toward a civil war in the near future,” according to an April survey.
The poll, done by the Southern Poverty Law Center among 1,500 Americans, found that a majority of Republicans — 53% — agreed the US is headed toward civil war, compared to 39% of Democrats.
Less seem inclined to approve of general political violence. Only 41% of Republicans agreed that “some violence might be necessary to protect the country from radical extremists,” compared to 34% of Democrats and 29% of independent voters.