MAGA faithful draft plans for America's Christian nationalist future

Some of Donald Trump's closest allies are laying the groundwork for a potential theocracy if he wins a second term in office

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Should Trump win a second term in office, will his administration help usher in an era of American theocracy?
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Barring some unforeseen seismic upheaval in America's political landscape, Donald Trump will likely secure a decisive primary victory and become the Republican nominee to face President Joe Biden in the November general election. Although poll after poll shows much of the nation deeply resigned and unenthusiastic about the prospect of a 2020 electoral rematch, one group of former President Trump's closest allies is not only excited about but actively planning for his potential return to the White House.

Under Trump's former Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought, the right-wing Center for Renewing America think tank has emerged at the forefront of a "conservative consortium preparing for a second Trump term," Politico said. Vought, in particular, has "embraced the idea that Christians are under assault" in the United States, and has "spoken of policies he might pursue in response." To that end, the CRA has worked to "elevate Christian nationalism as a focal point in a second Trump term" thanks in large part to Vought — considered a top contender for Trump's potential chief of staff — and his proximity to the once-and-possibly-future president.  

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