Cult Leader Charles Manson Didn’t Stab Or Kill Any Of The Victims Of The Tate-LaBianca Murders in 1969. However, He Was Convicted Of Murder Along With His Followers, Because He Told Them What He Wanted Them To Do, Where To Go To Do It, And Who To Target. A Charismatic Cult Leader Is Complicit In The Crimes His Followers Commit If He Emotionally Incites Them  To Take Violent Action. Donald Trump Directed An Armed Mob To Go To The Capitol, “Fight Like Hell”,  “Stop The Steal”, Stop Mike Pence From Certifying The Election, And Demonized Members Of Congress. Manson Demonized Celebrity And Law Enforcement To Convince His Followers That Killing The Victims Was Justified.

Witnesses Sarah Matthews, a former deputy press secretary for Trump, and Matt Pottinger, a former national security advisor for Trump, resigned over Trump’s tweet during the insurrection, which targeted Mike Pence for failing to “protect the country and the Constitution.” Both witnesses saw this behavior by Trump as “pouring fuel on the fire” of the violence.

This week the Jan. 6th  hearing  clarified Trump used his ” big lie” to demonize Mike Pence and members of Congress, convinced them that certifying the election was a crime against the country, and when aware of their intentions to commit bodily harm, refused to use his power to stop the violent actions he saw happening at the Capitol. When he was told about the mob chanting ” hang Mike Pence” a witness overheard him saying, ” he deserves it.” Trump has known for year’s he is a cult leader for his base. Even before *the big lie” scam, during the 2015 presidential campaign he said “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and I wouldn’t lose any votes.” On Jan. 6th he used that knowledge about the power he had over his followers to use them to help him stay in power. Witnesses have reported he enjoyed watching the violence against Capitol and DC police and reveled in the cries by the mob to physically harm Mike Pence and other members of Congress because the attack was in support of him.

The Trump mob was directed by Trump to stop the certification of the 2020 election and the peaceful transfer of power to the Joe Biden. If the mob had succeeded in finding Mike Pence and had stopped him from certifying the electoral vote, democracy would have fallen and an autocracy would have risen. If the majority of Americans understand we almost lost democracy on Jan. 6th, there is no possibility of Donald Trump every returning to power.
The Jan. 6th Committee witnesses have all been Republicans and former members of the White House staff and the Trump Administration. During their testimonies, most witnesses expressed their support of Trump and his policies before the insurrection. Unfortunately, these loyalists stayed silent about his incompetence, racist policies, and violations of the Constitution before Jan. 6th, but thankfully they are now choosing country over party.
A cult is ” a group or movement held together by a shared commitment to a charismatic leader or ideology. It has a belief system that has the answers to all of life’s questions and offers a special solution to be gained only by following the leader’s rules.” A cult leader is a person of tremendous charisma who makes followers feel loved and accepted.  They use brainwashing tactics to attract and keep followers. In many instances, cult members deeply identify with and admire their leader. Donald Trump, with the help of criminal anarchist Steve Bannon, targeted vulnerable rural, uneducated, super-religious Americans to form the MAGA cult. Thankfully, they are a minority, and non-MAGA former Trump enablers are leaving the Trump cult movement because he participates in the insurrection.

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