CNN’s Brian Stelter ended his Sunday show with a segment claiming that President Donald Trump is a “destructive cult leader” who is “using mind control.”
Stelter began the segment by claiming that “the word ‘Cult’ has been popping up more and more,” using Anthony Scaramucci, who has been acting like a jilted lover, as an example.
This is @CNN, "the most trusted name in news." Media "journalist" @brianstelter ended his Sunday show "Reliable Sources" with a segment telling viewers Trump is a "destructive cult leader" a kin to Jim Jones and using "mind control" to manipulate his supporters. pic.twitter.com/j7XZnHTUdg
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Stelter’s guest was Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump, who was a member of the Unification Church cult of the ‘70s, Newsbusters noted in their report. The bizarre author claimed that President Trump is a “destructive cult” leader, not a “healthy cult” leader.
“You say the President is using mind control, but how is that provable,” Stelter asked his guest with a straight face.
“So, we can start with the pathological lying, which is characteristic of destructive cult leaders. Saying things in a very confident way that have nothing to do with facts or truthfulness. The blaming others and never taking responsibility for his own failures and faults. Shunning and kicking out anyone who raises questions or concerns about his own behavior. His use of fearmongering, immigration is a horrible thing,” Hassan responded.
This network, which wants you to believe that they are neutral and unbiased, continued on to hold a serious discussion about how to make people stop supporting the president, while disparaging them as crazed cult members.
“It is frightening to hear a cult expert say that you see all of these signs right now today in American politics,” Stelter said. “So, finally, the first step, if you say this is a cult, what’s the first step of deprogramming?”
The duo decided that their viewers should ruin Thanksgiving by being crappy to their pro-Trump relatives.
“The first step with anyone who’s a true believer is contact with people that are outside the bubble. Cult leaders want to isolate their people. They want — they want family and friends to just disappear rather than keep engaged. Hey, did you read this article? What do you think of it? You know, I’ll watch one of your shows, watch one of my shows. In other words, appealing to the person’s true self, their authentic self, that wants to be a good person, that wants — that believes in America and democracy and truth,” Hassan said.
“For the people who are dreading Thanksgiving, you’re saying it’s an opportunity to get together?” Stelter asked.
“Exactly. Let’s — we’re family. We’re friends, let’s talk. And you know, truth will out. Truth will stand up to scrutiny,” Hassan said.