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Kurtz: calling the GOP a “cult” is creepy-condescending
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz reacts to the recent mainstream-media-trend-in relation to the GOP, and President of the trump supporters as a “cult.”
The media, a cult-crazy.
That is to say, a number of news agencies and commentators, have a great time, describes the Republican party as a Trumpian “sect”.
Some are comments by the rest GOP senator, Bob Corker, called the C-word as a peg. But others had already been cult, in writing, of the alleged trump card.
Think for a moment about the word of choice. It suggests something creepy and delusional. Who would loose a cult—that is to say, the majority of Republican legislators and voters, in this context, it must tend to the spirit. Prone to strange practices and beliefs. Outside of the mainstream.
The dictionary defines ” sect “as” a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.” Or “of great veneration of a person, ideal or thing.”
It is an insidious bit of branding, a condescending media setting shows respect to the President and his supporters.
Since many experts have never trump terms for the appeal, and not like his confrontational style or many of his policies, his must be followers, well, a bit pathetic.
Now I have no problem with much of the underlying analysis; in fact, I have some of the same points yesterday. The GOP is now Donald Trump’s party. Republican lawmakers or candidates, the cross-put your career in danger, as the Mark Sanford this week was found in the loss of his congressional primary in South Carolina.
It is equally true that many GOP members of Congress, as well as voters were either to persuade, to again trump policy, which is in contradiction to what supports you have, in the past, or are in the process of political cowardice. Whether it is the protectionist tariffs vs. free trade, a softer, rather than tougher stance against Russia, to build a wall against compromise on immigration, or hugging Kim Jong-Un, rather than the ostracism of brutal dictators, most of the Republicans to follow Trump’s lead.
But this is a cult?
Corker, whose resistance against Trump contributed to his decision not to run again, told reporters: “It’s almost, you know, a cult-ish thing, isn’t it?”
And it was out of the race.
It was so Tuesday’s headline in the Washington Post: “the Republicans embrace the ‘cult’ of the Trump, ignore the warning signs.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said, “Why don’t we just say it is now in a cult. Primary voters in the Republican party, went in a Trumpist cult.”
On “Hardball,” Chris Matthews even an allusion to Jonestown, where cult followers committed mass suicide.
But the term is older than Corker’s. The New York Times last week in an editorial headlined “the cult of The trombone”:
“This week, the PV-elections underscores the striking degree to the President Trump the Republican party from a political organization to a cult of personality.”
Then, in February, Axios, reported on “the cult of The trumpet,” says, “he has the ability to create realities, the Republicans in Washington will not tolerate either tacitly or willingly believe and embrace.”
And last year, a National journal piece yesterday, entitled “trump the cult of the GOP Overwhelmed”: “The Republican party is slowly morphing into a cult of the personality vehicle around Trump.”
Now, I found a few cult-ish references in the wayback machine for Barack Obama, the once masses blinded with his hope-and-change-oratory. But the term is often came from the right, as in the Cato Institute book, “False Idol: Barack Obama and the continuing cult of the presidency.”
It is clear that cult is a derogatory term hurled by political opponents. The media should not take it for Donald Trump, or any other politician—unless you try to, the person creepy sound.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.