The latest trope against American people who support President Trump is to say they are like ISIS followers, as pointed out by The Daily Caller.
“True believers” said with a depreciating and knowing chuckle, a catch-phrase of the mainstream media to indicate they are akin to members of a cult – “dead enders.”
Watch MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” say that Trump supporters and ISIS followers are “very similar”:
“I’ve seen a lot of phenomenon in my life. I’ve seen a lot of operations. You know, the behaviors that I am seeing here, and this is anecdotal, are very similar to the way that ISIS members are,” Nance says. “They are true believers — and this is their reality and they will not surrender it. You know, they’re dead-enders.”
Afterwards, Matthews agrees, saying, “Malcolm, I love your attitude. As we say in Philly … you got it. Thank you for coming on tonight.”
At the same time, other media outlets were pumping out the comparison of Trump supporters to cult members. CNN’s Brian Stelter, among others, pushed a new book written by “mental health counselor” Steven Hassan, the author of “Cult of Trump,” who contends that Trump supporters are (you guessed it) part of a “destructive cult.”
Hassan, whose credentials include being a former member of “The Moonies,” opines that the president is using mind control over his “loyal and dependent and obedient followers.”
MSNBC host Joy Reid also pushed the cult trope, saying “There’s a lot of evidence that is a racial and religious cult of personality, in which his base is solidly among the white evangelicals that almost worship him and say that he’s the chosen one of God.”
This follows other mainstream media favorites like Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), who distort reality for political purposes. Remember when AOC took to Instagram Live and Twitter last summer to call the detention centers holding migrant children “concentration camps”?
The mainstream media may think that hyperbole attracts viewers, but the truth is that language – which represents the commonality of our culture – is a powerful tool.
Comparing ISIS followers – some of the worst human rights abusers and gruesome murderers ever seen in the history of the human race – to law-abiding members of the American electorate is not only false, but plainly ridiculous.
Not only does it further divide our already hyper-polarized society, it diminishes the horror of ISIS and ultimately inhibits our ability to fight this very real and truly dangerous “cult.”
Similarly, by comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps, AOC not only committed a gross distortion of history, but diminished the reality of the horror of the Holocaust.
Most tellingly, when Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg extended an invitation to AOC to visit Auschwitz with him, she declined, saying such a visit would only be used by the Far Right for political gain.
Perhaps Malcolm Nance, Chris Matthews and Brian Stelter would like to take a trip to Syria and visit some real ISIS followers before making such irresponsible pronouncements about half the American public?