The threat of deeply dedicated religious nationalists is not about to go away when Trump leaves office. An electoral defeat energizes them. The author of the important book “The Power Worshipers,” Katherine Stewart expounds on her recent NYTimes op-ed, titled “Trump or No Trump, Religious Authoritarianism is Here to Stay.” Their focus has been the courts as a way to circumvent the will of the people. Trump, for this movement, is the perfect leader: kings sent by God aren’t bound by laws. And as with the insistence that Germany’s defeat in the first world war was a fraud, the insistence that the election was stolen will continue to motivate this movement.

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