CNN’s Brian Stelter has hit bottom and just keeps on digging. He actually gave air time this weekend to a guest who claimed President Trump is leading a “destructive cult” and is using mind control to make “loyal and dependent and obedient followers.” Whoo boy. Desperate does not quite cover it here. He prefaced his “Reliable Sources” segment by saying the word “cult” has been in the news of late in reference to Trump, his supporters, and the Republican Party. Where? I’m on dozens of news outlets every day and have not seen that. I call that fake news.
With that, he turned to Steven Hassan, an author, and self-proclaimed “cult expert” (which he uses as his Twitter handle) who left the Unification Church in the 1970s and has written a new book entitled, “The Cult of Trump.” To say this guy is less than credible is being far too kind. He was a nut to join the Unification Church in the first place, so excuse me if I take anything he says with a boulder of salt. The guy was a ‘Moonie’ for Pete’s sake.
“Hassan said he defined a “destructive cult as an authoritarian pyramid-structured group with someone at the top who claims to have total power and total wisdom that uses the deception and control of behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions to make people loyal and dependent and obedient followers.”
“As you might guess, Hassan told Stelter that “Trump’s organization and followership” is a “destructive cult” — as opposed to “an ethical, healthy cult, where you’re free to think and free to leave.”
“Stelter didn’t ask Hassan to provide an example of an “ethical, healthy cult,” and Hassan didn’t offer one.
“In Trump’s “cult,” Hassan said “people are being fed propaganda, and they’re not being encouraged to think for themselves. They’re not being encouraged to really explore and look at the details and arrive at their own conclusion. Much of what they’re hearing is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping and thought-terminating-type clichés like ‘fake news’ or ‘build the wall’ or ‘make America great again.'”
This is @CNN, "the most trusted name in news." Media "journalist" @brianstelter ended his Sunday show "Reliable Sources" with a segment telling viewers Trump is a "destructive cult leader" a kin to Jim Jones and using "mind control" to manipulate his supporters. pic.twitter.com/j7XZnHTUdg
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) November 24, 2019
“Stelter asked his guest how he can prove Trump uses “mind control,” and Hassan ran down his shortlist.
“So, we can start with the pathological lying, which is characteristic of destructive cult leaders,” he told Stelter. “Saying things in a very confident way that have nothing to do with facts or truthfulness. The blaming [of] others and never taking responsibility for his own failures and faults. Shunning and kicking out anyone who raises questions or concerns about his own behavior. His use of fearmongering, ‘immigration is a horrible thing.'”
“Again, no pushback from Stelter — although he did toss Hassan a great big softball, saying how “frightening” it is “to hear a cult expert say that you see all of these signs right now today in American politics.”
“But wake up,” Hassan replied. “This is what’s happening, and our democracy is at stake here. Freedom of the press is absolutely vital for a healthy country. And anyone like [Trump] that says the press is the enemy of the people, that’s what [Scientology founder L. Ron] Hubbard would say. That’s what [Unification Church founder Sun Myung] Moon said. That’s what [conspiracy theorist Lyndon] LaRouche said. Why? Because they’re demagogues.”
“Stelter asked Hassan “what’s the first step of deprogramming” out of the Trump cult — and his guest said “contact with people that are outside the bubble. Cult leaders want to isolate their people … they want family and friends to just disappear rather than keep engaged.”
“Then Stelter suggested the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday could be an “opportunity” for loved ones to draw out those trapped inside the Trump cult. Hassan agreed.
“Exactly,” he told the host, adding that deprogrammers can say, “We’re family. We’re friends, let’s talk.”‘
Trump does not lead a cult… however, leftists sure as heck do. So, if you have leftist family and friends, take his advice and use this on them. What’s good for the gander is good for the goose here. Your leftist auntie or uncle just might try and deprogram the turkey this year after all. This is so fruity it’s laughable. They really think like this. How do I know? Because they trot this nonsense out every single year.
Authentic, ethical mental health professionals are prohibited from diagnosing or recommending treatment for anyone they have not examined. This guy is none of those. 63 million people are a cult because CNN and some whack-job say so. Hey, but remember… this is CNN.