December 5, 2023

Cult expert warns against Donald Trump’s MAGA movement

Donald Trump started a US-wide movement with councils.Photo: AP/Jacqueline Martin

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Rebecca Sawicki

Donald Trump is the first former President of the United States of America to be impeached – and now four times. He must stand trial on charges of secret payments, possible theft of classified documents, his suspected role in the storming of the Capitol and possible election interference in Georgia.

In the event of an emergency, the 77-year-old will likely spend the rest of his days in prison. However, Trump’s poll numbers are rising to unprecedented levels. As before, despite all the legal turmoil, the Republican remains a potential president.

The reason for this seems to be the unbridled love of his Magha followers. MAGA stands for Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”

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Trump still has many supporters.Photo: AP/Rebecca Blackwell

A researcher of the sect wrote to the American news portal “salon“He now labels the MAGA movement — and makes a clear statement.

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MAGA supporters may no longer be able to do a reality check

According to cult researcher Stephen Hassan, Trump should have most, if not all, of the characteristics of a cult leader, the article says. This includes Trump exercising absolute power over his supporters. They, in turn, will submit their perceptions and realities to Trump. Just trust his reviews.

This is noticeable, for example, in the political narrative of the “witch hunt,” as Trump describes the trials against him. Or the post-election storming of the Capitol was allegedly stolen.

Hassan told Salon that Trump’s supporters will largely be unable to conduct so-called “reality tests.” So check if what you see and hear is consistent with the facts. The expert believes that the MAGA movement is based primarily on manipulation and psychological abuse. Typical morals in sects.

August 24, 2023, Atlanta, Georgia, USA: A booking photo of former President Donald Trump, in a Fulton County Jail booking photo made available by .  Trump was indicted in Fulton County Superior Court...

The so-called selfie of Donald Trump was taken in a Georgia prison.Photo: imago images/ZUMA Wire

Trump uses his supporters’ fears to portray himself as the great savior. Like other cults, the MAGA movement primarily attracts “lonely, socially isolated, and vulnerable people.” These people would then be promised security and order and offered a community.

A YouGov poll conducted for CBS News found that Trump’s control over Republican supporters remains strong. A majority of Republican voters said they believe Trump is “honest and trustworthy.”

And that’s not all. Trump is a source of real information -More than conservative media figures, religious leaders, or even friends and family. In short: Trump has mastery of interpretation and information. Overall, 71% of voters surveyed trusted him to tell the truth. Only 56% of those surveyed trusted conservative media professionals, while 63% trusted their friends and family.

The fact that Trump must bear responsibility for various crimes in court does not seem to change this basic trust.

Republican McCarthy loses his position as Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Chaos erupts again, and the Republican is making history once again. Because: It took 15 attempts in January for him to get the position. Now he has been eliminated again, with eight votes from his own party leading to his downfall.

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