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The Trump Cult

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The Trump cult appears to be shrinking despite Trump receiving more votes in the 2020 election than in 2016. Look no further than Rupert Murdoch jumping ship to prove that the cult’s days are numbered.

Cults rise then fall; that’s what they do. The cult of Trump was fueled well before he was sworn in as president. Trump consistently spreads lies and conspiracy theories.

Trump, along with Micheal Cohen, started promoting the lie that Obama isn’t a U.S. citizen in 2010. Using this conspiracy, Trump clawed his way to the top of a pack of Republican presidential candidates in 2016.

The Trump brand of politics is still popular amongst Republicans, so another form of the Trump cult is sure to rise again if the party manages to win another election.

Religious Sects

Republicans have co-opted religion for years. Trump’s strategy has always been to pander to anyone with power, and white Christian voters make up roughly 44% of registered U.S. voters. That’s a whole lot of power and a whole lot of opportunity to create sects of people that buy into Trump being a persecuted Christian that everyone hates.

Today an old friend posted this video. John-Henry Weston references a video by Giacomo Capoverdi that has over half a million views. In that video, Giacomo references Tom Zimmer who believed Trump would lead America back to God.

Trump is the only choice for the rich Christian sect of “Christianity” that believes God’s riches have blessed them. After all, we all live in God’s kingdom, so it makes perfect sense to them.

It’s easy to see how the Trump cult’s brand has maintained dominance in religious circles. If we realize that disinformation has mutated our reality, we have a perfect storm that leaves Trumpism on top.

Conspiracy Theorists

QAnon layers on fear by alleging that Satan-worshiping pedophiles run a global sex trafficking ring and plot against Donald Trump, their savior.

QAnon is as absurd as it sounds, yet fringes of the media and politicians have bought into this manufactured reality. Any sane person would immediately dismiss QAnon if they knew it originated from 4chan, a website saturated with lies and conspiracy theories.

On January 3rd, 2021, two QAnon congress members vote on matters that concern all U.S. citizens. Politics are all fun and games until lunatics start becoming the moral majority.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,”
Donald J. Trump, At a Rally in Iowa


This statement has been proven to be one of the most factual statements by Trump. People have literally died for him and are doing so right now. It’s ridiculous to believe that the Trump cult doesn’t exist; it’s named so by Trump himself and cult research experts.

QAnon is one of many conspiracy theories that the Trump cult is susceptible to. The most recent and dangerous conspiracy that killed many people was the conspiracy that COVID-19 isn’t real. It’s real, and it’s rampant, and it shows no signs of abating until widespread vaccination happens. This is a deadly conspiracy theory that has finally been debunked by the President getting COVID-19 himself.

On the other hand, people believe that Trump faked getting COVID-19 to gain votes. Conspiracies beget more conspiracies, and people spread them while mocking them.

Conspiracy theories are a waste of time and a waste of energy. Focusing on what might be isn’t helping anyone.

Prejudice

During the 2020 Presidential cycle, there was much debate about whether Trump and his followers are racist. In today’s cultural awakening surround race, many statements are being construed as racist. Our society has become hyper-aware of our biases, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, bad faith actors in the culture war have muddied our view of what it means to be racist.

Let’s set that aside and talk about prejudice. The word better describes what Trump has done to utilize fear and the unknown to serve his interests.

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Prejudice

an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge


The racial views of Trump are as murky as what makes a person a racist. Trump loves to insert exceptions in his sentences when speaking about race.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

He’s not wrong, this is a true statement, but it cleanly divides us into two sides. Prejudice flourishes when references to the other are present in our speeches. It pits us against the person next to us because we can’t understand their side. In reality, we’re all Americans, and we are on the same side unless we let leaders divide us.

Let’s not forget that racism is a social construct. Dividing people based on the shade of their skin is nonsense. We are all humans, and everyone deserves a fair shake.

Avarice

Of all the features of the Trump cult, excessive greed is the centerpiece. Capitalism, like any ism, eventually becomes pure extremism. Many Americans worship billionaires like gods.

Many Americans have become extremely greedy. Greed is often the result of feeling neglected by our parents and our leaders. It’s no surprise that greed has taken center stage in American culture when many of us have been abandoned by the systems meant to work for the whole rather than the few.

Instead of a fair system, our Government officials have become mob bosses required to pledge fealty to their party upon entrance. The Democratic and Republican parties coerce their members to vote along party lines. It’s a sad state of affairs that will worsen the more polarized we become.

Greed can be good if survival is the outcome. In the United States, greedy working class individuals are severely penalized when they steal something. Meanwhile, amongst the rich, greed is encouraged if not worshipped.

We have two sets of rules for the common folk vs. the people with power. These rules have been defined by rich people that have the power to define the rules. If we can’t agree that this is a problem and work together to overcome income inequality, it will worsen.

Conclusion

The Trump cult lives in a nexus of emotions. It sows division with chaos and whips people into a delusional state.

Trumpism is cultism, but it’s also much more complicated than that. People believe that one man can fix their problems. That one man can Make America Great Again. This is not true.

Trump is a con man that panders to groups of people that have power. He has told them that America needs to be fixed, it needs to be made great again, and he is the solution.

Christians, business owners, disenfranchised citizens, and others are not the enemy. We are all humans playing out our lives, hoping to live in peace and happiness with our loved ones. We don’t need a single person or a cult to guide us to a promised land.

  • We need to guide ourselves to a moral center.
  • We need to become a well-informed and engaged citizenry working together for the common good.
  • We need to trust ourselves to do the right thing
  • We need to adhere to the principles of government laid down by our constitution.

Together, we can save the republic. Let’s stand together and find our way back home.

If you made it here and are in the Trump cult, please look at this directory of cult recovery services. I bear you no ill will; I truly hope you recover and come back to reality. 👨🏻‍⚕️