Understanding the Cult of Trump

The year was 1978. A humble, happy peanut farmer was President. Disco was in its heyday, with Saturday Night Fever and Grease in the theaters. In my bedroom, a Farrah Fawcett pinup smiled down at me, and in high school, Star Wars memorabilia was everywhere. 

It was a time of innocence, hope, belief in the power of people to effect change. Greenpeace was sponsoring marches, and the Hare Krishnas were feeding people at park festivals. Habitat for Humanity had a plan for the world, and ecological stewardship of the planet was a priority.

Then on November 18th, an event occurred that would shatter these illusions, and blast through the western psyche like a nuclear wind.

A tiny settlement in northwestern Guyana was the scene of a horrific mass slaughter. Reports came in sporadically, and they were utterly horrifying: a Congressman and his staffers had been brutally murdered, and the body count kept growing with each new bulletin.
News footage showed the bloated, face-down corpses of hundreds of men, women and children strewn across a grassy clearing, awash in blood and foam.

It seemed impossible: 907 average Americans had followed a religious leader to establish a settlement on another continent, and, at his urging, had not only swallowed cyanide, they had fed it to their children. The phrase “drinking the kool aid” was born, a euphemism for blindly accepting and believing everything a fraudulent leader proclaimed.

Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple had indeed achieved immortality, though not at all in the way they had imagined.

The question “how could this have happened?” was asked and addressed, and a new branch of “cult psychology” was born. But now we all lived with a new reality:
some of those among us could not be trusted. They were absolutely irrational, and might do anything, even murder strangers and loved ones in the name of completely insane beliefs.

It’s through this lens that we can now begin to clearly see and understand the psychology of Trump’s most ardent supporters. They are not rational. At present, a deadly disease has killed 120,000 Americans, and is spreading unchecked. 

But in angry defiance, they are exposing themselves, their families, their children, and everyone they contact:
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To the average, rational person, this behavior is frightening and difficult to comprehend.

But a new report by “The Family” author Jeff Sharlet explains. Trump’s most dedicated “true believers” think they are magically shielded.

The number of cases is set to explode and none of them are doing a damned thing to protect themselves or the rest of us.

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Trump’s followers have officially become a death cult. And the rest of the world is being held hostage by their ignorance and recklessness.