According to The Intercept, billionaire heir and far-right financier Rebekah Mercer suggested in her 2019 book “What I Believe” that America may be on the brink of armed conflict as conservatives engage “radicals” on the left “in a struggle for the soul of our country.”
The Intercept noted that Mercer’s book — “a transcription of a speech she gave in 2018 to the right-wing publishing house Encounter Books” — was little-publicized upon its release.
“[W]hat is the state of [the American] experiment today?” Mercer asked. “‘Now we are engaged in a great civil war,’ said Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg in 1863. One hundred and fifty-five years later, it is barely hyperbolic to echo the Great Emancipator.” Raising the specter of violence, Mercer writes, “We are not yet in armed conflict, but we are facing an ever more belligerent, frantic, and absurd group of radicals in a struggle for the soul of our country,” referring to antifa specifically and casting her opposition to progressives more broadly in existential terms.
Mercer has been financing a host of right-wing individuals and groups involved in the storming of the Capitol, The Intercept reported earlier this month, from Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward to “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander, in addition to her role as a financier of news website Breitbart and the social network Parler. In 2020, Mercer’s father, Robert Mercer, donated $1.5 million to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, and the Mercers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee.
Margaret Huang, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Intercept that it is “clear that Mercer is not only funding extremist and far-right groups, but she is also reading their rhetoric on her platform, Parler.”
Huang continued: “It’s no surprise that her language mirrors that of the hate groups — they are all on the same team. We need to start seeing donors like Mercer as part of the problem; she is enabling those who are trying to overturn the government.”
Rebekah Mercer is the daughter of hedge fund manager Robert Mercer, who was also the co-founder of the now-defunct political data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. The Mercers were major supporters of former President Donald Trump and have donated heavily to conservative causes.
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