10 signs the Republican Party is now a full-blown cult

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10 signs the Republican Party is now a full-blown cult
The Republican Party is no longer a political party—it’s a full-blown cult. Look at any list that has the features of a cult spelled out and you’ll recognize not only Trump, but his devout followers. The ones who will follow him blindly through every scandal, every gaffe, every hypocrisy, every blow to their very livelihood. The ones who will betray even their most highly held ideals to excuse his deplorable behavior. The ones who invent a new reality when the one they live in doesn’t agree with their cult leader. Cults follow no logic. They make no sense. They prey on the weak, the downtrodden, the gullible, the disillusioned. And they are not uncommon. In fact, in a period of time that constitutes a blip in our history books, a cult has taken over a major political party.

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August 2018: Trump's base mindset/cult and the Dunning-Kruger effect
Many have been proposing that Trump’s base is like a cult since before that day in November 2016. A personality cult? For some. A religious cult? Some fundies think he was sent by G.d. His personality cult went on steroids when he started leading the birtherism movement back in 2011 as you can see in this toxic The View video where he also hinted at running.
The November midterms are a pivotal moment in our history as the battles of Yorktown, Gettysburg and Midway were. When you go into battle it helps to understand your enemy, both its capabilities and its mindset.

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In the past, some prominent psychologists have explained President Donald Trump’s unwavering support by alluding to a well-established psychological phenomenon known as the “Dunning-Kruger effect.” The effect is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge. Or, stated more harshly, they are “too dumb to know they are dumb.” This simple but loopy concept has been demonstrated dozens of times in well-controlled psychology studies and in a variety of contexts. However, until now, the effect had not been studied in one of the most obvious and important realms—political knowledge.

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July 2018: A Neuroscientist Explains How Trump Supporters Are Easily Hoodwinked Because of This One Psychological Problem
Those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.

A new study published in the journal Political Psychology, carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, not only found that the Dunning-Kruger effect applies to politics, it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are made more salient. In other words, those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.

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August 2016: Trump Supporters Are Officially Exhibiting Cult-Like Behavior
Donald Trump's supporters just won't quit.

Sure, you might expect some to turn a blind eye to his ruthless bashing of Mexicans and Muslims. But what about when he denigrates the service of veterans and attacks Gold Star families? What about when he calls the military "a disaster"? What about when he addresses a congregation decked out in red, white, and blue bald eagle shirts and effectively bashes America? Doesn't all this violate decades of core conservative principles? Shouldn't these red-blooded Americans be outraged?

If Trump says it, his supporters will defend it. Always.

A couple of handy examples cropped up today that drive this point home. The first is an amazing bit from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's upcoming election special, where he assembles a group of supporters for a focus group and shows them some outlandish satirical ads. One ad suggests putting guns in women's bathrooms for defense against transgender people. Another claims Hillary Clinton is a man and Barack Obama is a woman. There's one about building an electric fence along the southern border and putting blinged-out shock collars on all 150 million Mexican citizens. Two more ads propose locking illegal immigrants in port-o-potties or miniature houses, throwing them on a flat-bed truck, and shipping them off to Mexico.
Trump's fans defend all of these ideas, and often do so gleefully. They love them, because they're Trump Ideas.

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Ive heard Republican leaders call Trump supporters ...a cult of Personality.

I think Trump supporters are cult-like...but what Trump is doing to the Party is not cult-like. Most cults are voluntary.

Republicans like the rest of America have to live with Trump until 2020.
 
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I saw photos of our class reunion Saturday night which I refused to attend. It was nothing more than a fuckin' Trump rally.
 
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Ive heard Republican leaders call Trump supporters ...a cult of Personality.

I think Trump supporters are cult-like...but what Trump is doing to the Party is not cult-like. Most cults are voluntary.

Republicans like the rest of America have to live with Trump until 2020.
When Carl Rove says the cult is getting smaller all the time you have to wonder.

Even registered Republicans are down to 27%.

Our young Pastor spoke yesterday about the Church itself are, at times the problem. He was praying for the nation right before the Sermon. A young man requested that.

But I am also pretty sure that went over the head of right wingers sitting there.
 
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Written in 2014

"Since psychopaths eventually alienate all those around them with their unscrupulous and callous behavior, the only people who continue to find their mask of sanity plausible over time are those who don’t know them well, those who suffer from a similar personality disorder, or those who have an unhealthy emotional investment in them. Those who refuse to face the truth about the psychopath in their lives often become his alibis, sticking by him despite all rational evidence of his personality disorder and his wrongdoings."
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140828141437-77938080-how-to-recognize-a-social-predator-in-business-and-life
 
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Written in 2014

"Since psychopaths eventually alienate all those around them with their unscrupulous and callous behavior, the only people who continue to find their mask of sanity plausible over time are those who don’t know them well, those who suffer from a similar personality disorder, or those who have an unhealthy emotional investment in them. Those who refuse to face the truth about the psychopath in their lives often become his alibis, sticking by him despite all rational evidence of his personality disorder and his wrongdoings."
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140828141437-77938080-how-to-recognize-a-social-predator-in-business-and-life
I am going to add one more, Knot. Those who think they can make money off them. The hangers on who think they will get a larger piece of the pie. Much like groupies until they are shoved aside.

Trump has made so many enemies he is running out of fresh meat. Is now into recycling.
 
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