In the wake of the failing impeachment goat rodeo, MSNBC’s Joy Reid and her progressive guest joined in on the left’s desperate cries of “Republicans are a cult” on her Saturday morning edition of “AM Joy,” attacking not only the GOP, but white evangelicals as well.
Their apparent proof was a poll compiled by The Economist and YouGov that found more Republicans believe Donald Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln.
We’re hearing the cult accusations from more and more leftists and news media charlatans these days because, quite simply, they’ve got nothing else to lean on. These, of course, are the same people who constructed an elaborate outdoor set for Barrack Obama’s 2008 inauguration modeled after the Pergamon Altar, a Greek Temple that Hitler’s Nazis appropriated as their own … and the same folks who continue to hold that former president’s very name in hushed servile reverence.
Speaking with Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Reid said: “There’s a poll out that shows — and this might explain why Republicans are so cowardly when it comes to the president. Republicans are asked, who is a better president, Donald Trump or Abraham Lincoln? They’re the only group, only Republicans said Trump was a better president than Lincoln. What do you make of that?”
“Is there a brick wall I can bang my head against a few times? I think I need a brick wall before I answer,” said Pitts. “I haven’t heard of that poll, but it sort of speaks further to the delusionary aspect of the Republican Party right now. This is not a party. This is a cult. And it has been a cult for a long time. And it wasn’t just this Abraham Lincoln quote. A week or so ago, maybe not even that, Rick Perry said that Trump was the chosen one, and he wasn’t even the first person to say that.”
“If you look at the Public Religion Research Institute numbers, it isn’t just a pejorative to say that it’s a cult. There’s a lot of evidence that it’s a racial and religious cult of personality, in which his base is solidly among the white evangelicals that almost worship him and say he’s the chosen one of God,” said Reid.
“When I say that, I mean — I’m not being rhetorical,” Pitts insisted. “I mean that literally. That there is a very cult-like aspect to what we’re seeing going on with Trump, particularly in the aspect of ‘Trump is he who must not be questioned.’ And all of his idiocies, all of his incompetencies, all of his mendacities must be explained in the framework of him being infallible.”
“So, in other words, if you see him being wrong,” he continued, “it’s not [that] he’s being wrong, it’s he’s being so right that it’s beyond your puny ability to understand. We’ll understand it by and by.”
“When he tweeted himself out as Rocky, with Rocky’s body, I feel like for a lot of his base, that’s how they really see him when they see him. That’s what they see,” Reid said.
The pair took it all a step further, claiming the cult actually originated long before Trump because of conservatives’ simple minds.
“I felt this same kind of vibe during George W. Bush’s presidency,” Reid said. “That one must not question George W. Bush. There were loyalty oaths that people had to sign to show up at his rallies. The idea that we were torturing people, which I thought at the time was the greatest shame that could be brought on America around the world, the greatest disrepute that could be placed on us was that we turned into torturers.
“And now I feel like even worse is being suborned with Donald Trump,” she went on in her hateful denigration of Republicans. “Is it just being a Republican that they are just sort of authoritarian and that whoever the president is, is who they worship? Because the same kind of thing did happen with George W. Bush.”
“It’s a sense that there is no bottom and there’s also the sense that they want easy answers. They don’t want to deal with the complexities of whatever challenge we face — foreign policy, domestic, whatever. There is this idea among Republicans that they want what I call the Cliff Clavin solution. For those of you who remember ‘Cheers,’ you know?” Pitts responded.
“Cliff is the loud-mouth down at the bar who knows everything and knows nothing but has a simple solution for everything. That’s what Republicans seem to reflexively see. That’s what a Cliff Clavin thing. And no one in the history of American Politics, I believe, has been more Clavin than the guy in the White House right now,” he continued. “So, in that regard, it’s a perfect fit. George W. at the very least — and I don’t give him much credit for a lot of things — but he was a recognizable adult. He was a recognizable adult. And at least some aspects of political gravity were still at play there.”
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