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Opinion | Trump’s Messianic Cult

You may feel sorry for the citizen who fell for the cult’s gibberish, but they number in the tens of millions and gladly donate to their political fronts to help him steal the 2020 election he clearly lost. A June 2021 survey found that 29 percent of Republicans believed Trump had a chance of being reinstated by the end of the year. Despite the fact that there is no constitutional mechanism to reject the 2020 results or repeat the elections, Trump was telling people that he expected his reinstatement for August Hey, it’s coming! Hey, it’s coming! My pillow mogul Mike Lindell ignited the cult following that summer by linking the Second Advent as August 13, 2021. That also turned out to be a wash, as did the revised Thanksgiving date. Like any true believer, Lindell is still at it, recently staging a failed stolen election. conference in Springfield, Mo. Lindell, along with Flynn, John Eastman and Steve Bannon, has also trumpeted the absurd idea that a Biden victory in 2020 could still be “decertified” in key states. By promoting Trump’s second coming no matter how many times he doesn’t return, Trump supporters have branded themselves a cult.

How did Trump and his believers arrive at these absurd notions? as a series swindler from creditors, investors, donors to his philanthropy and fundraising organization, students at his “college,” workers and contractors, Trump was already well positioned for that role. And then he learned during the 2016 campaign how easy religious community could be. Preachers as varied as jeremiah johnson and then Franklin Graham promised that God was moving the stage in support of his 2016 victory. By 2020, a Pew Research survey of American adults found that 27 percent he believed that God had chosen Trump for office. Not surprisingly, Trump’s rallies resemble religious gatherings where the faithful worship their god.

It’s one thing for the religious base to believe in Trump’s status as the right hand of God, but how do we explain the prominent Republicans who backed the idea? Brad Parscale, his campaign manager, called him a “savior” called to serve God. white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders Christian Broadcasting Network viewers said in 2019 that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president.” Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, not normally a supernatural theorist, speculated that Trump had been sent to save Israel from Iran. Trump took to the testimonies with the enthusiasm of a convert. during a 2019 scrum with reporters, looked up at the sky and said, “I’m the chosen one.” He later claimed that he was being sarcastic, but not everyone bought that excuse. Two months later, the Secretary of Energy rick perry confident that he had informed Trump that he was the “chosen one” appointed to run the country. In 2020, Senator david lost of Georgia ruined Trump’s ego by calling him “providential.”

As Trump settled into his presidency, he began to view it as a potentially permanent position. If God has chosen you to lead, who are you to give up the position? In 2018, “joked” that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s status as “president for life” was “excellent”, continuing: “Maybe we will give him a chance one day.” In 2019, “joked” again that he could stay in the White House “for at least 10 or 14 years.” These president-for-ever sentiments blossomed again two months later in his retweet of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s view that a two-year extension to his first term was warranted because of the time the Mueller investigation had stolen from the presidency of the.

Although he was evicted from the White House 19 months ago, Trump still behaves as if he were president. In addition to calling for reinstatement and a new election, Trump says his office calls him the “45th president”, not the former president. he continues illegally use the presidential seal for commercial purposes. And his capricious handling of confidential and secret documents at Mar-a-Lago, his belief that the documents belong to him and that he is above the law, shows that he has come to believe in his own permanent divinity. Trump said in 2019 that be president He gave you “the right to do whatever you want,” which is consistent with thinking you’re God’s co-pilot.

The great obstacle to accepting Trump’s divine status is that he has never presented himself convincingly as a man of God. Remember the “two corinthians” Incident or that time in 2015 when you said the Bible was your favorite book, but you couldn’t name a favorite verse? Perhaps Trump was sent to earth to work wonders. But what if he is not a messenger from heaven but from the other place?

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