While Donald Trump officially has the title of “president,” he’s really more of a cult leader than anything else. An unhinged madman who hasn’t found a conspiracy theory he doesn’t like, he’s admired by millions of Americans who will seemingly turn on anyone and anything when it comes to their blind devotion to Trump.
In January 2016 when Trump said his supporters were mindless sheep who’d blindly support him no matter what he does — even if he shot someone in a public street — he was right. I’ve never seen such a large group of people so devoid of reality in all of my life. I really do feel like many of them would disown their children before saying a single negative word about the orange menace.
While that might sound a bit extreme, keep in mind that it’s actually quite common for cults to separate their members from their friends, family, and basically anyone who could expose the lies and propaganda they’re being fed.
If you doubt me, watch Going Clear, the documentary about Scientology and the extreme lengths the “church” goes to in order to keep its followers as isolated and brainwashed as possible.
In fact, I’ve often referred to Trump as the “Scientology of politics.” A man who’s so obviously fake and full of crap yet, inexplicably, there are quite a lot of people who fail to see that he’s nothing but a liar and a fraud.
I’ve lost count of how many different people, groups, or organizations are apparently “out to get Trump.” Practically anyone who says anything negative that exposes his dishonesty and incompetence is part of some elaborate “conspiracy out to get him and destroy America.”
Because that’s absolutely reasonable and not-at-all insane to believe.
From the United States press, to the international media, the NBA, the NFL, and even other Republicans and conservatives, if you dare say anything disparaging about Donald J. Trump, to his supporters — you are the enemy.
As a Texan from San Antonio, I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anyone that I’m a huge Spurs basketball fan. As some folks reading this might know, the team’s coach for the past two decades has been Gregg Popovich. Not only is he considered one of the greatest coaches of all-time, but he’s probably one of the most respected people, not just in sports, but in general. He’s developed a reputation for building teams that “do things the right way” without letting any over-inflated egos get in the way, and has shown an uncanny ability to adapt over time to the ever-changing game of basketball. It’s how he’s managed to win 5 championships during his career as a coach.
A graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a very intelligent person, usually when Popovich speaks, people listen.
Yet despite how respected he is, not only around the country, but especially among the vast majority of Spurs fans, following his latest comments where he called out Trump’s ignorance about the National Anthem protests, I saw people who I know are diehard Spurs fans who’ve heaped praise on Popovich for years suddenly calling for him to be fired for speaking out against this current “president.”
Instead of realizing that Popovich is an incredibly intelligent and well-spoken individual who they’ve respected for two decades, which means there’s probably a good reason why he’s spoken out against Trump, they turned on him to defend a rich con man from New York.
Just look at how some NFL fans have reacted since Trump’s rant against the league.
By far the most popular sport in the entire country, one that brings about calls every February to make its championship game, the Super Bowl, a National Holiday was the latest enemy to Trump supporters. Many of them decided that they’d rather boycott teams and players they’ve loved for years, if not decades, burning team merchandise and tickets they had already spent money on, simply because the league chose to stand up to Trump.
Hell, following a speech a few weeks ago, Trump managed to make the Boy Scouts — the freaking Boy Scouts — into a political issue.
To most Trump supporters, he can do no wrong. When he mocked Senator John McCain’s war record, I saw many agreeing with Trump that he wasn’t a war hero. Apparently it’s okay to disrespect veterans just as long as Trump does it first.
When he lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating 9/11 in the streets of New Jersey, despite the fact that there’s absolutely no evidence to support that claim, I saw Trump supporters declaring that they saw the same thing, too.
After Trump mocked a disabled reporter, even though the video evidence of the disgusting display is indisputable, Trump’s supporters defended that as well.
Even after the video emerged of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, female Trump supporters began wearing shirts reading things like “Trump can grab my pu**y,” essentially mocking sexual assault. At that time, I had a friend tell me that they would never allow a man to do that to her or her daughter — yet she was still going to vote for Trump, anyway.
Because she truly believed it was just “locker room talk,” and Trump had never actually done that.
No matter how many campaign promises he breaks, whether it’s not having any way to make Mexico pay for his border wall, or clearly not having a health care plan that would make coverage “better, cheaper, and cover more Americans” — his supporters make excuses.
For many of them, the only source of information they trust is Donald J. Trump, himself — the very con man lying to and manipulating them.
That is exactly how cults function.
The first thing any cult or conspiracy theorist must indoctrinate their followers into believing is that any and all information that counters the propaganda and lies they’re telling them are “part of the conspiracy.” That’s why it’s essentially pointless to argue with these types of people. No matter how indisputable your facts, they’ll always dismiss them as part of some “conspiracy against the truth.” Then when they can’t, they’ll either make excuses for the lies that are so egregious they can’t deny them, or they’ll do everything they can to deflect away from the points you’re trying to make.
You know, kind of like bringing up Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton at random times trying to either change the subject away from Trump or claim something they did was worse than something he has done.
And the hypocrisy of these people, it’s unbelievable.
After years bashing Obama for playing golf, they suddenly couldn’t care less that Trump’s on pace to cost taxpayers more on personal travel expenses during his first year in office than we spent on Obama during his entire eight years as president.
When Obama played golf, it’s because he was being lazy and not doing his job. When Trump plays golf, it’s because he’s the “hardest working president ever who’s still working even when he’s playing.”
Because, you know, Obama clearly never conducted presidential business while away from the White House — only Trump does that.
The economy is another topic where Trumpsters prove how absolutely naive they are.
Around a year ago Trump was calling the economy a disaster and the monthly economic reports “phony” or a “hoax.” Yet now, even though the economy is essentially just as strong as it was for most of Obama’s presidency, and the monthly economic numbers are coming from the same sources, calculated just as they were before, suddenly now Trump’s bragging about those numbers, as his supporters use them to brag about how “he’s improved the economy.” When the truth is, he’s done next to nothing to help the economy. Aside from signing a few executive orders which really don’t have much of an impact, Trump hasn’t passed a single major piece of legislation since he was sworn into office.
Yet it doesn’t seem to register with Trump supporters that when he told them the economic numbers prior to his inauguration were “phony” or a “hoax,” he was blatantly lying to them because he knew they were stupid enough to believe him.
These are people who could hate or criticize something one minute, then praise and defend it the next, not because anything about it actually changed, but simply because Trump told them to.
When I say I’ve never seen anything like this, at least when it comes to politics, I’m not exaggerating. I’ve never witnessed a group of people who have absolutely no shame when it comes to their hypocrisy of defending someone for comments and behavior that they’d never let anyone else get away with. They’re people who’ve proven time and time again that they’ll turn on anyone and anything that dares to expose the truth about Donald Trump and what a dishonest, unethical con artist he truly is.
That is exactly why I view them more as members of a cult following a deranged leader more than American voters supporting a “president.”