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Hating on Trump Has Itself Become a Cult
When Donald Trump supporters were compared to cult members at TruthDig, one phenomenon was ignored: some of the anti-Trump movement is a cult as well, described by Scott Adams as Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Trump is horrible, no doubt. His language uses vagaries to fuel right-wing rage and violence, as in “there are good people on both sides of the debate.” With that simple statement, he refers simultaneously to supporters of Confederate statues and fascists who kill peaceful protesters. It is no accident. The phrasing allows Trump to telegraph one messaging while publicly embracing another.
Trump prioritizes grandstanding over policy, as when he claimed to have a cure for Coronavirus in bleach and colored lights. He lies when confronted with evidence of his inaction or failings, which is daily. A credible claim can be made that he is uniquely horrible, as a President and a man.
None of that means there isn’t an Anti-Trump Cult.
Trump Himself Controls the Anti-Trump CultIt is a truism that if you do everything someone tells you to do, they control you; and, if you always do the opposite of what someone tells you, they still control you. That describes the anti-Trump cult to a tee.
The anti-Trump cult has Trump as its leader. Its members are always reacting to him. What Trump says, what Trump plans, his jokes and his hair are all the center of their daily dialog. They wring their hands and tell us the end is near.
Trump knows he rules their reactions, too. You can see him laughing to himself as he throws out crazy and watches the Anti-Trump Cult jump around in outrage. It is funny, in a way, how people who see themselves as the elite react and become apoplectic.
Trump is not the only person laughing. So are his supporters. Trump supporters are the people who were sold the neo-liberal lie that the technocrats and over-educated know best while regular Americans' security and money were stolen through outsourcing and cheap imports. They finally had enough and elected a clown.
“No Think Zone"Newsflash: if you keep reacting to a crazy person, you become crazy yourself. The Anti-Trump Cult has descended to that level.
To be sure, Trump has done some horrible stuff. But criticism of brutal policies differs from mindless and baseless claims of treason and blackmail. But the more they say “Russia! Russia! Russia!” the more they believe only they are the saviors, and anyone who disagrees with them are enemies.
The anti-Trumpers have no other designated leader, they always look to Trump for focus. The Democratic Party keeps trying to put someone in the chair of Anti-Trump, and have settled on Joe “Rapey Fingers” Biden. Hillary Clinton really tried hard to be their leader, but no one would have it. Robert Mueller was a prospect for this role for a while, but he seems to have been lost to Alzheimers.
Instead, they look to their favorite source of rage: Trump. He never disappoints.
The anti-Trump cult hates everything Donald Trump does reflexively. He reaches out to North Korea and makes more progress in 18 months than the foreign policy establishment has in 40 years. "Boo hiss! Terrible! We want to stand in place even longer!" cry the anti-Trump cult.
And if someone strays from the orthodoxy of lament, they are attacked as being a “Russian asset” or some other equally silly accusation. They follow President Trump in their hatred and their bile. They watch his every move and react, react, react.
It has made them crazy.
Crazy Anti-Trumpers’ DenialFor two years, "Russiagate" was the self-soothing mantra for a neo-liberal crowd who couldn’t imagine they lost fairly. When their “hero” Robert Mueller proved to be a blithering old man who seemed an escapee from a nursing home, the debacle was ignored.
The Anti-Trump Cult cuddles up to their soulless hypocrisy as if that makes them more hero than idiot. It doesn’t matter that Obama also put children in cages, Obama’s Department of Justice prosecuted anti-torture whistleblowers, and Obama’s ICE actually went to court to avoid basic regulations for children in ICE detention. Did I mention the children were in cages? The Kill List, the failed drone war, and assassination of U.S. citizens without a trial. Yes, that included a six-year-old girl.
Instead, the Anti-Trump Cult attacks Trump with all their repressed guilt. They are afraid that people not in their elite club could do the same things as their guy did. And like Jamal Khashoggi, they would not be immune from strangulation and dismemberment in a government facility.
In the end, Trump is truly awful and leading his followers like Jim Jones led his: to their deaths. Lockstep harping and reacting just drives you crazy and makes you look ridiculous in the process. The mental framing for Trump Derangement Syndrome is just as much a cult as some of Donald Trump’s followers. It has a charismatic leader, permits no dissent or debate, and casts people out who violate the rules. They are what they are criticizing.
So if you want to talk political cults, they exist on both sides.
Let me tell you something: the Democratic Party doesn’t care if you live or die. If they did, Medicare4All would be part of its platform. Over 45,000 people die each year because they can’t afford healthcare. People like Justin, but who don’t have Medicare. With the almost-certain nomination of a sputtering old man as the Democratic candidate for President, one who promises to veto Medicare4All, the centrists in the Democratic Party have announced their priorities. Those priorities don’t include most of America.
I don’t have Medicare, just medical insurance with a $7,000 deductible. My story is that I have been putting off basic preventative tests and hoping I don’t have cancer. I can’t get issues checked out before a serious problem. I hope I am really healthy and not just deluding myself.
Her latest video on Shame really describes her sexual identity journey from transhetero to transhomo. Shame about her sexual identity really skewed her romantic choices. Wow. So powerful.
Even though I am just plain heterosexual, her description of her relationship with her last boyfriend and her best friend mirrors mine with my husband.
Justin and I had a very intense friendship. We just couldn’t stay away from one another. We dated a few months in 1992, and after that we were either inseparable or fighting. People thought we were divorced.
Justin was always a factor in every romantic relationship after I met him. Every boyfriend knew about him because I talked about, and worried about, him all the time. Some of them hated him. Others dismissed him. But he was always there.
He set up my dating profile on Match.com for me, and when I went to meet a guy he went with me, lurking in the background to make sure I was safe.
I started to realize I was in love with him while being dragged into one of his rescue missions to clean out one of his friend’s apartments of clutter to prevent eviction. Oh God, you would not believe the level of clutter. It took eight hours to clear a path from the back porch door to the dining room. We actually smelled old air. You wouldn’t think there was such a thing, but there is. We saw detergent boxes from the 1980s. We found a color tv and a full, formal place setting under the trash on the dining table.
It was emotionally draining work. I realized that I would rather be doing this with Justin, than spending time with my actual boyfriend, who was sweet to me. Then I realized this was always the case. I would always rather be with Justin than doing anything with somebody else. He always made me feel better. He really hurt my feelings sometimes, and when he did, it devastated me. I also hurt him a lot out of selfishness and thoughtlessness. But somehow we were tied to each other as ostensible friends for ten years.
When I got sick, he came over to make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and keep me company. You know, I really want to be with a guy that takes care of me when I am sick, I told a friend. I need to marry someone like Justin, I said. When I moved because I sold my condo but the deal to buy another one fell through and I had nowhere to live, Justin helped me pack my things and gave me a place to stay for a while.
For some reason, when it was time to go to my sister’s wedding, I just had to go with Justin, not my boyfriend. Justin didn’t really understand it, but I insisted. It was there that I realized Justin was the love of my life. We got engaged a few weeks later, and married later on that year. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life.
When Facebook and WhatsApp went down for half of the United States, Agenda-Free TV was the only outlet covering it. At the beginning of the China Virus outbreak, Steve saw its importance and began daily coverage - a week before other news outlets.