Is Trumpism a cult? - 2019-12-13
The question almost feels like a provocation. And yet more and more people, like veteran Republican strategist John Weaver, are comfortable saying, "Yes."
Famed CBS anchor Dan Rather made the case most recently on the CNN show Reliable Sources. Even former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has likened Donald Trump supporters to a cult.
It's a provocative claim that I'm not sure is entirely convincing. On one hand, there is something cult-like about the hold Trump has over his supporters and the Republican Party. At the same time, calling it a cult seems too easy, a way of avoiding a much scarier truth about our politics — namely, that Trump isn't all that exceptional.