MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Trump's Base is a 'Cult' of 'White Evangelicals' That Worship Him
Host labels Trump supporters as 'cult' like followers of president
MSNBC host Joy Reid said during a segment on “AM Joy” on Saturday that support for President Donald Trump is like a “cult,” which is "solidly among the white evangelicals."
“There’s a lot of ways if you look at like the Public Religion Research Institute numbers that, you know, it isn’t just a pejorative to say that it’s a cult,” Reid said.
“There’s a lot of evidence that is a racial and religious cult of personality, in which his base is solidly among the white evangelicals that almost worship him and say that he’s the chosen one of God.”
Reid has frequently attacked Trump since he took the White House in 2016.
In 2017, the host claimed the Trump era was the “worst time to be a human."
“I’ve said to people that this is probably the greatest time to be a journalist, and the worst time to be a human,” she said.
In September, she also caused a backlash for claiming that white Christians may turn the United States into a South Africa-like apartheid state.
“When you have a very determined minority, in this case wealthy white men and wealthy white Christian men and Christian Americans who are of the fundamentals variety, who are very clear that no matter what happens if they have to pull the South Africa model to maintain power forever they will do it, and they’re not afraid of it and they’re increasingly open about it and Donald Trump is merely the avatar for this,” she said.
In August, MSNBC gave airtime to one of its analysts to promote a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming Trump is sending "subliminal orders" to racists to carry out mass shootings.
National security analyst Malcolm Nance made the wild claims while appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball with host Chris Matthews.
Nance seemingly suggested that white supremacist “foot soldiers” are being brainwashed, somehow, by the words of President Trump as “subliminal orders in their head.”
"This country has had several of these mass incidents, but I think we’re overdue for a Breivik-style real massacre of a political nature…
"These people feel that they are the foot soldiers and executors of what the disenfranchisement that the white race is feeling, and Donald Trump is giving them subliminal orders in their head.
"They are no different than the mobilized, self-starting, self-radicalized terrorists of ISIS here in the United States and Europe, who take cars and drive down streets."It’s just that they have a permissive environment in which they can get firearms and go out and attack their perceived enemies."