January 22, 2021

The “Trump Religion” May Be Here to Stay

Colin P. Clarke, Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center, joined Ethnic Media Services for a virtual event on ‘The “Trump Religion” May Be Here to Stay’ on January 22, 2021. Colin P. Clarke joined experts Meili Criezis, Program Associate at Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University, and Ricardo Corzo Moreno, theologian specializing in Latino churches and former president of the Multi-Ethnic Group of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. The event aimed to discuss the conspiracies, disinformation, and extremist groups that were behind the insurrection against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and how religion played a part in the dangerous radicalization of some Americans, including minority ethnic groups. “What you call the far right is a very broad umbrella, a broad tent and under there you can find groups like the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the 3 percenters,” explained Colin P. Clarke. “There´s a very decentralized network, a hodgepodge of everything from Q-Anon to what I would call religious zealots or Christian extremists,” Clarke said.