A Christian analytical philosopher at Chicago Loyola named Paul Moser says it every single day on his FB page. You dont have to be atheist to think this.
1) Refusal to acknowledge tRump’s mistakes.
2) Refusal to acknowledge his misconduct.
3) Refusal to acknowledge info which contradicts one’s cognitive bias.
4) Acceptance of conditions which harm oneself.
5) Self-identification even tho he doesn’t know you exist.
6) Emotional reactions to alternate viewpoints.
7) Advocating violence for political issues.
tRumpism definitely seems like a cult.
Yes. A significant amount of his base believes he was sent by Heaven to fix this country. People underestimate the danger he poses. Remember, the Romans at one point had no idea that an exotic cult for slaves would end up taking over and destroying all the other pagan traditions.
Someday, people may be paying oblations at altars dedicated to the Trump bloodline.
It’s a personality cult.
Every President or political leader has their deranged fans, but Trumpism is FAR beyond anything I’ve seen in my lifetime. It’s not even close. We’re to the point where people are ignoring objective reality to support someone who embodies the complete opposite of what his followers claim to believe (e.g., Evangelicals). It’s truly bizarre.
And the reason for this is very simple, and two fold:
1. He is very good at controlling the narrative. He controls the flow of information, who has it, and how it is delivered. He’s also very good at avoiding situations where he could be exposed or forced to defend his actions. That’s why he almost exclusively talks to Fox news and Tweets so much: because he doesn’t have to defend himself. And in the rare occasions where he does have to defend himself, he simply says “fake news” or attacks them for the very thing he has done. And people buy it, not because it’s true, but because they want it to be true. Their cognitive dissonance won’t allow them to think otherwise.
2. He identifies people who are gullible and exploits their gullibility by playing into their biases and fears. That’s what he’s done with many Christians and racists/white supremacists. These people often see themselves as victims (despite, in many cases, being the oppressors), and he plays into that. He also very adept at using “dog whistle” language as a mechanism to get his point across without actually overtly saying bad things. Michael Cohen testified that Trump has his own language, where the people around him know what he wants without being explicit. That’s in part why he gets away with so much.