(header image courtesy of Trenaway El Daryl on Twitter) 

Like talking to a brick wall, from a great distance, in a different language.

That’s the basic feeling I get when listening to Donald Trump surrogates on TV, Trumpkins on Twitter—or watching how Trump supporters conduct themselves writ large. Take a look at Joe Scarborough’s tweets above and you’ll see that more than half of republicans “would ignore the constitution and suspend elections” if that’s what Orangina Thinskin called on them to do. (Writer’s note: Joe just recently became an independent because he is so disgusted with his former party.)

In the age of Trump, “think for yourself” has been supplanted by “think without self.”

But it’s actually worse than that—way worser. Why? Because Trump—who fancied himself as a cult leader with the campaign phrase “I alone can fix it”—is thus far being enabled by many, many republicans in congress and on the TV machine. Need examples? There’s Devin Nunes in the House, who reportedly has been conducting a shadow investigation to discredit the Steele dossier; and also Mitch McConnell blowing up the
Senate body all so Trump could install a supreme court justice; or how about that super-gross moment at the White House when Trump’s cabinet lavished praise on him? (WN 2: I’m not embedding the video here even though I could—my blog, my rules.)

The enablers. The brainless followers who would shred the constitution. And the man himself, who is so insecure he has to have a “praise folder” delivered to him twice a day so his fee-fees are soothed.

It’s all so very, very gross. Even now I need multiple Silkwood showers and I’m only just writing about it.

In addition to Scarborough, there are other sane republicans who are repeatedly speaking out. Although she will occasionally lapse into RW orthodoxy (too much for my liking), CNN pundit Ana Navarro has been out front criticizing the people who should object to the blatantly unconstitutional things Trump has been doing.


When interviewed by GQ’s Rebecca Nelson last August, Rick Alan Ross, a renowned cult expert in America, said the warning signs of a cult leader were strong and constant in Trump. On the “I alone can fix it” statement: “That kind of pronouncement is typical of many cult leaders, who say that ‘my way is the only way, I am the only one.’ That was a very defining moment.”

Rebecca’s piece continues:

When I called Ross, I cut right to the chase, asking, “Is Trump a cult leader?” I didn’t get more than a few words in for the next 20 minutes as he dove into the evidence: the nominee’s deep-rooted narcissism, his lack of transparency, many of his supporters’ blind, full-throttled adoration. A week later, he left me two voicemails outlining the warning signs of narcissistic personality disorder in the candidate, and a week after that, followed up with another batch of e-mails expounding on Trump’s similarities to the cults he studies.

You can’t say we weren’t warned—by all sorts of people.

“But oh hey Will, why did you call it a ‘suicide cult’—what’s that about?” is probably on your mind about now. Well, in the past few days our rhetoric against North Korea has taken a troubling turn. And it seems to me that the very small, insecure, power-hungry megalomaniac would like nothing more than to distract from his failed policies and “leadership” with a convenient nuke war.

The metropolis of Seoul, South Korea, has 10 million residents alone—all of which would be in jeopardy if the North were to launch an attack. To say nothing of Guam and Japan, where the United States has 7,000 and 40,000 soldiers stationed, respectively.

Strategic containment of North Korea has always been the smartest play given the lives at risk; with our decimated State Department (my sources tell me the situation there is worse than has been reported) we’re hobbled in any effort to try and use diplomacy or “talk therapy” to ease tensions.

If you’re supporting Trump—as a civilian, a politician, an aide or cabinet member—you’re part of a suicide cult that is putting at risk millions of people around the world so that one person could feel better that day. Think about it.

Like I wrote in my piece last week: naming the problem is only the beginning of the solution. But if we can peel off enough of his brainwashed fluffers we might actually be able to save the nation, and the world, from Trump. 🔵

(WN 3: in researching this post I stumbled over “Trump Tribe,” a documentary from the campaign. I haven’t watched it but the teaser seems definitely relevant.)


We need a good laugh after the grossness of the main story. And it’s actually related, too—Trump is portrayed as a know-nothing imbecile who wants only adulation. “Paid for by Anybody Else 2020.” Excellent.


That’s a wrap guys. Please join me next week for another edition of CrankyYank, publishing Thursday at 2 p.m. I’ve got some other items brewing so you might get treated to some bonus morsels early next week.

Will Pollocksideways is an Atlanta-based freelance multimedia journalist focusing on pop-culture, politics, journalism & media, retail, real estate, travel, politics, and human interest. 

He is the author of two books (Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way. Sign up for the mailing list, follow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram—and check out the book links below.

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