Stelter spoke with Steven Hassan, author of “The Cult of Trump,” who claims to have escaped a religious cult almost 50 years ago.
Hassan considers President Trump to be the leader of a destructive cult, “where people are being fed propaganda and they’re not being encouraged to think for themselves. They’re not being encouraged to really explore and look at the details and arrive at their own conclusions.”
He highlights “emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping and thought-terminating type cliches like ‘fake news’ or ‘build the wall’ or ‘Make America Great Again.’”
Stelter then asked the probing question,“You say the president is using mind control, but how is that provable?”
Hassan claimed that “pathological lying” and “blaming others and never taking responsibility” were characteristic of “destructive cult leaders” which Trump possessed.
A concerned Stelter called it “frightening” that a “cult expert” could see these signs in American politics.
So, how can these Trump-supporting cult members “deprogram”?
“The first step with anyone who’s a true believer is contact with people that are outside the bubble,” claimed Hassan. “Cult leaders want to isolate their people. They want family and friends to just disappear rather than keep engaged. ‘Hey, did you read this article? What do you think of it?’ You know, ‘I’ll watch one of your shows, watch one of my shows.’ In other words, appealing to the person’s true self, their authentic self, that wants to be a good person, that wants — that believes in America and democracy and truth.”
Watch Stelter’s hard-hitting segment below:
For the full story, visit the Daily Caller.