The people who ardently support Donald Trump no matter what he says or does are more than just a fan club. Instead, they display all the characteristics of a cult, such as:
- The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader
- Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished
- The group has a polarized, us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society
- The leader is not accountable to any authorities
Proof of this was in evidence during a Hispanic roundtable Trump hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday.
One of the attendees of the roundtable began gushing about how wonderful Trump had been for Hispanics, business, and the nation, when out of nowhere she declared:
“I’ll stand and take a bullet for you. I love you.”
Instead of Trump telling the woman that wasn’t necessary or reassuring her he had adequate protection thanks to the Secret Service, Trump responded:
“I love you, too.”
Make no mistake: Trump would gladly let any of his followers die for him. He believes they owe him that, and his malignant narcissism demands that others do whatever he calls for, no matter how absurd, unhinged, or deadly.
There are millions of these Trump cultists all around the country. You may even have some among your close friends or family. They see nothing wrong whatsoever with dying for a man who would let them all sacrifice their blood for his aggrandizement.
When video of the woman offering her life for Trump hit social media, many who commented also used the word “cult”:
That’s how Charles Manson’s brainwashed victims behaved too. Cults are Dangerous.
— Cher Davis (@cherdavis1000) September 13, 2020
Trump / Trump Followers pic.twitter.com/bRPR6ypXYe
— Don Holley Produced Screenwriter (no it’s true) (@donholley0) September 13, 2020
No, not a cult at all.
— Brad T. Snyder (@bradtsnyder) September 13, 2020
Even if Trump does lose to Joe Biden, millions of his supporters will continue to pledge their devotion to him. They’re gullible enough to give it to him, and he’s evil enough to take it.