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According to Daily Beast author Molly Jong-Fast, Donald Trump’s recent public support of Capitol insurrectionists — and his attempted martyrdom of deceased rioter Ashli Babbitt — reveal that his only remaining electoral hope is to recast the MAGA movement as a full-fledged religious cult.
Jong-Fast pointed to Trump’s bragging comments about the rioters and Babbitt. She argues that Trump is “determined to create a narrative that his idiot insurrectionists are in fact part of an army of holy MAGA warriors.”
The GOP is dead, and there’s only the MAGA movement now, as the party’s ‘leaders’ sojourn to his sacred golf clubs to confess their sins,” Jong-Fast writes, pointing out the Friday visit by House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s to Bedminster.
“Now that he’s a certified loser, a twice-impeached, one-term historical freak show of a president, his only hope as a political leader is to turn his movement into a cult, worshipping himself of course. It’s the Trump Steaks of religion,” she adds.
While the notion that MAGA is a cult is not a new one, Jong-Fast claims that it really gained traction after the insurgency, when Trump realized that his supporters were displaying new “religious fervor.”
Jong-Fast also connects the emergence of Trump’s MAGA cult — as well as the QAnon conspiracy theory movement — to a historic reduction in organized religion enrollment. She claims that his followers have discovered “a perverted form of community” in their frantic conspiracizing, similar to what they may have found in a church. One-fifth of Americans claim they agree with the tenets of QAnon.
“The CPAC before Dallas had featured a gold Trump, since no religious movement would be complete without a false icon—in this case, one that was made in Mexico,” Jong fast writes. “So, if he’s got a martyr, a golden calf, and worshippers, does that make Trump a religious leader? Nah, in America religions have tax-exempt status and we all know that Trump doesn’t have that. Then again, he didn’t pay any federal taxes for 10 out of the last 15 years so maybe Trumpism really is a religion after all.”