Opinion: The Republican Party is building a political bomb

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If you thought the events of Jan. 6 were shocking, what comes next could be far worse.

A chilling new poll by PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute, found that nearly one in four Republicans (that’s tens of millions of people) believe the QAnon mythology that “the government, media, and financial worlds in the US are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.” You might just shake your head and laugh at this nonsense, except that that they also believe that “because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.”
This is no fringe cult. The number of people believing these and other outlandish QAnon conspiracies is enormous. There is a current of poison circulating in American society, threatening its cohesiveness and its social and political order. “If it were a religion,” according to PRRI founder Robby Jones, “it would be as big as all white evangelicals…

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