GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign was initially viewed by the public as a big joke. His political inexperience and reality TV history made him the laughing stock of the 17 original Republican White House hopefuls.
Within months, however, all of that changed and Trump somehow gained this unwaveringly loyal, cult-like following that helped propel him to the forefront and become the party’s nominee.
Their blind following is reminiscent of the notorious Peoples' Temple cult that resulted in 1978’s Jonestown Massacre in which more than 900 people poisoned themselves under the direction of their deranged leader, Jim Jones.
Trump’s infamous campaign slogan is, “Make America Great Again,” which he believes he has the ability to make happen.
Unfortunately, from what we have witnessed throughout his campaign, it is very evident that he absolutely does not have the keys to making America great “again.” (No one even knows exactly when he thinks America stopped being great.)
It’s also feared that he would play “buddy, buddy” with the authoritarian Russian president Vladimir Putin, as evidenced by the amicable relationship they have with one another.
In addition to the international mayhem a Trump presidency is likely to cause, we are already seeing with our own eyes the negative impact he has on the U.S.
Trump’s slogan has been remixed by protesters to say “Make America Hate Again,” which is exactly what he has done.
He has offended essentially every minority and marginalized group including women, Latinos, the disabled, the LGBT community, African-Americans, Jews, Muslims, and so on. The list is infinite.
Members of his own party have condemned his antics and even refused to rally behind him once he became the front-runner along the campaign trail, sparking the #NeverTrump campaign.
In fact, Republicans have gotten so fed up with Trump that many of them left the party and went as far as to burn their voter registration cards.
So, the real question is: How are Trump fans still such diehard supporters?
He has been ousted as a hypocrite, a liar, a flip-flopper, and his bigotry is out of this world, yet his loyal voters carried him through the primaries to become the nominee.
CNN political commentator Van Jones once attributed Trump’s rise to a “volcano of white rage” which refers to the fact that neither his xenophobia nor his contributions to increasing racial tensions have deterred his supporters from backing him.
Needless to say, the vast majority of these people are white — from the corrupt elite right down to the white supremacists and the KKK.
"Notice, no amount of racial violence that he whipped up at his rallies slowed him down. None,” Jones said of Trump. “No amount of racist, xenophobic hatred that he’s spewed slowed him down. In fact, it lifted him up.”
Trump's white supporters are so fixated on making sure that they maintain their place as the majority race that they are willingly "drinking the Kool-Aid," so to speak — just as the members of the Peoples' Temple did decades ago — to pledge their faithfulness to a leader who has made promises he cannot deliver.
It has been established that a Trump presidency would be detrimental on a multitude of levels. It’s about time for Trump supporters to realize that by backing this candidate, they are sending the entire country to its doom.
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