Watching today, as followers of President Trump mangled logic and decency, in order to defend the indefensible was really something to see. More on that in a bit though. For now, let’s play a game. Who remembers when Donald Trump said that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue, shoot someone, and he wouldn’t lose any voters? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iTACH1eVIaA
Above, I used the word followers instead of supporters. I used this word, because the people who follow him do so unequivocally and without any reservation. They are, by definition a member of a cult. Merriam Webster defines a cult as the following: A great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement or work. A usually small group of people characterized by such devotion.
So, now that we’ve made the accusation that that Trump’s most ardent followers are part of a cult, let’s see if we can provide some evidence to back that claim up. Let’s take a look at some Donald’s greatest hits.
First off: let’s go back Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asking Mr. Trump if he has the temperament to be president based on his comments in the past about women who have disagreed with him.
KELLY: Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women…Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
And what was Mr. Trump’s reaction?
His followers ate it up. They loved that he wasn’t just taking things lying down, but that he was attacking the much hate media in this country.
Let’s look at another example: in July of 2015 Trump said that Arizona Senator John McCain wasn’t a war hero, and that “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Once again, his followers loved it. I mean, why wouldn’t they right? According to Conservative Review, McCain has a 33% conservative rating. Because of that, he’s someone who deserves being attacked according to the ideology of the new Alt-right party.
Last weekend, Trump took on the NFL saying this:
This came on the heels of an American preident calling other Americans a “son of a bitch.” You’d think that for most right minded people, hearing other Americans spoken of that way would be a bridge too far. For the members of Cult 45, there is no bridge that’s too far.
Which brings us to today. As another writer, Susan Kuebler, noted here the president was at it again. This time going after the Mayor of San Juan over the handling of crisis in Pierrot Rico.
This is one of the tweets that myself and many Americans woke up to on Saturday:
Another one accused Americans (in this case Puetro Ricans) of being lazy and waiting around for the government to step in and help. Stooping so low, as to attack a mayor of an American territory during a crisis should be enough to give people pause about the praise they heap on this man. But again, cultists are gonna cult:
We didn’t even look at all of the myriad statements Donald Trump has made in the last few years. There’s the Billy Bush tape, and so much more. However, I think you get the idea. It sadly doesn’t matter what the president says or does, the people who follow him are committed full stop. It’s like he said back in January of 2016, he could stand in the middle of 5th