The Truth Lives Here
In my 73 years I have read about and watched the effects of a cult on weak-minded men and women. The tragedies of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Marshall Applewhite were sensational enough to receive notoriety on television “news.” Nearly all of these men and women who chose ignorance and were desperate to find a man who would tell them how to live their lives were incapable of making decisions about their own lives. They rejected free thought and accepted the words of their leaders without questioning his facts. Until now, every one of these cults was based on some form of religious extremism.
The Trump cult is different. His followers are willing to accept his mental incompetence, and plans to destroy the nation of our founding fathers based on a single reason: they are white supremacists who have found a leader who is hell bent on destroying the inevitable.
The Trump cult is composed of anger, hatred, and violence. Nothing has proven this fact more than the reaction of Trump and his cult to the current crisis facing every man, woman, and child on the planet.
From day one of the coronavirus, Trump told the people of our country that their lives were of no concern. Only the economy of our failing nation was a priority. As I write this more than 65,000 Americans have died, and more than 1,250,000 are infected: more than any other nation in the world, although we have only four percent of the world’s population. The forecast is the number of lives lost by the end of May will reach 100,000.
Statistics don’t lie in situations such as this. For example, Texas, which has ended its self-quarantine regulations, is experiencing an increase of 2,000 cases of Covid-19 every day. In contrast, South Korea, which reported its first case of the coronavirus on the same day as America recorded the first individual infected in the U.S. took immediate action, and the number of infections has been reduced to 10 each day in their country.
Trump’s life continues to be filled with a history of failure. The orange schoolyard bully has failed to accomplish anything of value in his nearly 74 years of existence. The fact is that he should never have been elected. He is incapable of serving 330 million people. His first crisis has become a disaster and Trump has become the “Coronavirus Assassin.”
The “Trump Effect” strikes again. The members of his cult are now carrying military assault rifles and protesting the closure of bars, barber shops, and massage parlors, none of which are necessary to sustain life. The truth is that none of them are concerned with the safety of others, especially if they are not white.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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