When President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an “injection” of disinfectant into a person infected with the corona virus as a deterrent to the virus. My thoughts immediately went to one person Jim Jones, his rise to “cult leader” and his getting all of his followers to take poisoned Kool-aid. I am not certain that some of Trump followers will try the injection method. It would be a shame, I do know about the rest of the country but I know that “southerners” know what affect that bleach or disinfectant would have on the body, ultimate death.
Trump made the remark a presentation was displayed on research his team has conducted that shows that the virus does not live as long in warmer and more humid temperatures. It was said “The virus dies quickest in sunlight,” leaving Trump to wonder whether you could bring the light “inside the body.” He went on to state, “So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous ultraviolet or just a very powerful light”, he went on to say, “Supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way.” He added, “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. In addition, is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs; it does a tremendous number on the lungs.”
Jim Jones, a charismatic founder of The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ amassed a loyal following, how did Jim Jones keep his followers under his control. Jim Jones appeared to be a great person, and he convinced so many people that he was doing great things in the community. He was a political animal, ego-driven and very successful. His followers saw this as the change in their lives, which made the improvement. Jim Jones was a very desirable man to many women, and a role model to the men he was extremely charismatic.
I believe that some leaders are defined by their use of money, power, greed, sex, lies, charisma and violence to control their followers and empower themselves; in 2016, these were the traits of Donald Trump. While many have remained in denial about the existential threat posed by Donald Trump and his movement, Trump’s followers were not swayed from supporting their leader for any reason. With the corona virus pandemic, Trump’s power over his followers is on full display, as he and his spokespeople are now suggesting that older and other vulnerable Americans should be willing to risk their lives in order to “save the economy” and of course to aid Trump’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump resembles the cult leader Jim Jones and why… Trump’s followers remain in love with him even as his decisions are literally making them sick. I also believe that Trump’s followers are capable of committing acts of great violence against their fellow Americans, should their leader command it.
Donald Trump continues to make ridiculous statements, such as claiming he was the first person to call the corona virus a “pandemic,” or that there will be a mysterious light and all will be well. It is clear he is mentally unwell. How do you make sense of his behavior?
Trump grew up in the church of Norman Vincent Peale. Peale taught magical thinking and that if a person just believed enough, that God will magically make it come true. Trump was trained to be a magical thinker as a child. Trump defines his own world and what is real or not. That is a type of thinking which is very common to cults. In this way of thinking, if Trump says the corona virus pandemic is just going to somehow get better then it is going to happen. And when that does not happen, then Trump can deny ever saying such a thing, blame the Chinese, the Democrats or anyone else, instead of just saying he was wrong.
Donald Trump fits the stereotypical profile of all vicious cult leaders. These traits include malignant narcissism. Trump can easily be compared to Jim Jones, and other cult leaders. Trump always had a cult of personality around him in terms of his businesses and his social interactions with people. Nevertheless, once Trump attained the presidency, he took over the Republican Party and instituted an atmosphere where he rewards loyalty and punishes anyone that defies him.
Of Course…this is just my opinion!
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