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Support for trump is starting to take on aspects of a cult

I am just going to flag up two very, very scary videos today which, combined, I think paint a picture of just how fucked up things are getting in the states. The first is this one by The Young Turks. In it, Cenk Uygur describes how Donald Trump has got the Republican party to, as he puts it, loose it's mind: it is now blatantly ignoring any evidence, no matter how tangible or irrefutable, which contradicts their views on trump. They believe trump over any other source of information, no matter how inarguable, to the extent that, to Uygur, support for trump is starting to take on aspects of a religious cult or even fascism. As he says, trump is turning those who support him away from law enforcement bodies like the FBI, so that they now regard Trump as an authority above all others. Support for him has started to take on elements of fascism.

Similarly, this Big Think video describes how fundamentalists back Trump, and how Christianity has been usurped and distorted by all these nutjob evangelicals into an ultra-capitalist, intolerant cult. They use something called ''the Prosperity Gospel'' to claim that christianity supports their greed-driven, intolerant views, and regard trump as something akin to a messiah.

I know I can be a bit extreme on here sometimes,, and that I can be too liberal when it comes to accusations of fascism, but here part of me wants to believe that these videos go too far in the picture they paint. Surely they are being hand-wringing liberals, overreacting to a republican president; a case of Godwin's Law. Yet their arguments are well made and hard to deny, to the extent that one suspects that there is a large element of truth in them. If that is so, though, and what is happening culturally in America is indeed taking on strong fascistic elements, then we should all be very, very worried.


[Edited 16/05/2018 at 16:40:50 - spelling]

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