“The faithful will set the leader up on a pedestal and declare him to be wonderful, and the leader (who needs and likes the adulation) will encourage their hero-worship.”
I’ve been seeing and hearing the word ‘cult’ a lot today. I decided to do some reading.
I’m hoping, as I have been for over 2 years, that Trump supporters who see this will explain why they support him, and maybe tell us why their support and admiration for him is not a cult of personality.
What’s a cult?
Here’s how the National Catholic Register describes it:
1. the first sign of a cult: everything is too wonderful and everyone is ready to tell you how wonderful it all is.
2. the leader may simply have an inside circle of friends and confidantes who nobody really knows
3. complete loyalty is demanded of the followers. Dissent and criticism are not permitted.
4. A fourth characteristic of a group that has become a cult or is behaving in a cult-like manner is that there will be a persecution complex.
I’m an atheist, so I don’t agree with everything prescribed in this article as antidote, but I do agree with their definition of a cult.
And, yes, I think it’s just about impossible to see anyone who still supports Trump as anything but behaving like a member of a cult. It truly does seem at this point to be cult-like worship of Trump.
So, again and as I’ve been doing for years, I’m asking the Trump supporters who see this to share their views.
And given this article, I’d especially like to hear from the Catholics who support him.