Trump’s supporters are outsiders, but not a cult

Trump’s supporters are outsiders, but not a cult. By Steve Cortes.

In recent days, these underhanded tactics of demonization [of Trump voters] involve branding our movement as a “cult.” That term has been used so regularly — and so casually — by various press figures that it clearly represents the latest derisive narrative media elites are using to dismiss our cause as mentally disturbed.

Dan Rather, whom many in mainstream media now lionize despite his prior departure in disgrace from CBS News, tweeted out that “I have covered many cults … they invariably end. The question is how much damage they leave in their wake.” Expounding upon this comment on TV, he said that “President Trump’s support seems cultish.” …

Then my network, CNN, delved deeper into this theme Sunday by showcasing Steven Hassan, author of a book named – you guessed it – “The Cult of Trump.” “Reliable Sources” Host Brian Stelter introduced his guest as a “mental health expert” who had himself escaped the throes of the Unification Church in the 1970s. Hassan then described the alleged cult-like traits of this current group of, oh, 63 million American citizens who voted for the Republican Party ticket in 2016. He warned that much of what these believers hear “is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping and thought-terminating-type clichés like … Make America Great Again.” The host responded that “it is frightening to hear a cult expert say that you see all of these signs right now today in American politics.” This level of hyperbole resembled an August edition of the same show in which supposed mental-health experts disregarded all ethical standards of their profession to publicly diagnose President Trump, whom they have never even met, much less personally evaluated. One of them, Dr. Allen Frances, lurched to the appalling comparison that the president is “as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were in the last century.”

The message here is clear on two fronts. First, in this present media landscape, a cult could roughly be defined as groupings of people despicable enough to hold views contrary to those of New York newsrooms and Ivy League faculty lounges. The second message also seems self-evident. Rather than debate policy, disparagement becomes the default narrative of the president’s detractors.

This new “cult” criticism seems to flow directly from the inability, so far, of the Democrats to damage the president in the impeachment imbroglio. Evidence mounts that the charade of impeachment actually benefits him politically, especially in swing states and among key independent voters.

For those with some time, here is a pretty popular interview from May:

Stephen notes:

I get sent lots of links to long videos and can not/do not want to watch them all (life is short). This one is well worth the watch. If you do watch it you will find points during the interview/talk that explain the Trump phenomena (and much else besides) very succinctly and sometimes with telling illustrations. Enjoy!

VDH is so measured and sober that I doubt any leftie could lay a glove on him.

via Tip of the Spear, Stephen Harper