American Republican strategist and political commentator, Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, responded to a CBS News video of Trump supporters at a rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
“Nah. It’s not a cult. It just looks like one, walks like one and quacks like one,” Navarro-Cárdenas tweeted.
The video shows interviews with Trump supporters, asking what they thought would happen if Trump were impeached and removed from office. Their comments suggest some Trump followers believe violence would be justified if Trump were removed from office.
“He’s not gonna be removed. He’s not gonna be removed,” said one man, angrily.
“Do you feel confident in that?” asks the reporter.
“My .357 Magnum is comfortable with that. End of story,” he replied.
Another man commented:
“…And they removed him from the Senate? I think it would cause physical violence in this country that we haven’t seen since the second, since the first Civil War. I think it would become the second Civil War,” he corrected himself.
Nah. It’s not a cult.
It just looks like one, walks like one and quacks like one. https://t.co/qBP1DuXtEz
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) December 12, 2019
Of course, Trump will only be removed from office if the Republican-controlled Senate votes to do so.
Today, two Republican senators have indicated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may hold a final vote to acquit Trump, should his impeachment move forward. That move would come instead of voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment.
According to CNN, McConnell may be taking this route in part because he can’t count on Vice President Pence and his tie-breaking vote this time.
“Republicans want to have a vote on acquittal — to clear the President of the charges against him — not simply rely on a 51-vote threshold procedural motion to dismiss the hotly disputed case.
The Constitution mandates 67 votes are required to convict the President and remove him from office, a barrier widely considered too high to be reached in this case.
One vote McConnell can’t rely on is that of Vice President Mike Pence, who has ‘no role in impeachment,’ according to a GOP leadership aide, despite being president of the Senate with the mandate to break ties.”
Republicans should know that the conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the impeachment trial.
As you can see, it seems unlikely that Trump will be impeached and removed from office. Unfortunately, the outcome seems to have very little to do with the facts of what he did, and more about the numbers of votes and the balance of power in the Senate, which, of course, is the wrong way to decide such a critical decision.
Now we can see that Trump supporters are saying they are ready to start a Civil War if Trump is removed from office, but that proves they have no idea the decision is up to Republicans. If enough Republican senators face the facts of the case and put aside their partisan loyalty to vote accordingly, then their supporters would still blame Democrats apparently. They would even believe that violence is justified without even understanding why Trump was removed or what he did wrong.
So Republican strategist Ana Navarro-Cárdenas is right. Trump’s supporters are behaving exactly like a delusional cult. They are easily incited to violence while remaining ignorant about the facts. They are blindly following a president who is eroding democracy on a daily basis and only hear what they want to through propaganda news.
We could debate if people like these are bluffing about resorting to violence, but if we look at the history of cults, we could infer that cults tend to be the most destructive to their own kind in the end. Then, what will become of the Republican party? Will they come to regret becoming the Cult of Trump? The answer is almost certainly, but by then it will be too late to turn back time.
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