From the day that Donald Trump descended from the “heaven’s” of his 5th Avenue tower on a golden escalator, his appeal to the dimwit demographic was apparent. His popularity relies on the same tactics employed to mesmerize the glassy-eyed disciples of a religious cult leader.
Trump has fully embraced the mantle of a messiah who demands unflinching loyalty and reverence as the only source of truth. It’s why he maligns the media as “the enemy of the people,” and condemns anyone who is insufficiently worshipful in the harshest terms. And it’s why he portrays himself as infallible, all-powerful, and the lone Earthly source of salvation.
However, Trump sees himself as more than merely the world’s savior. He is also its most beloved pop culture character. He frequently refers to himself devoutly in the third person as “your favorite president, me.” Never mind that he is buried at the bottom of most polls ranking presidential favorability. In a recent survey by Axios/Harris, his Trump Crime Organization was rated the “most hated brand in America.”
According to the 2023 Axios Harris Poll, these are the 7 most hated brands in America…
1) The Trump Organization
3) Fox Corporation
6) Spirit Airlines
Trump scored particularly low in character, trust & ethics.https://t.co/DMqEp03YJQ
— News Corpse (@NewsCorpse) June 2, 2023
On Friday Trump affirmed his adulatory impression of his holiness in an interview. Addressing why so many people attend his cult rallies despite his tedious repetition of the same things at every one, Trump described the lure of his lackeys as being akin to the obsessive compulsions of over-zealous fans…
“You have people that follow the rock bands and they listen to the same songs over and over and over, You have people that go to the Mona Lisa. They love the Mona Lisa and they’ll see it hundreds and hundreds of times, and it gets better every time.” […]
“You’re talking about the border, you’re talking about the military, you’re talking about low taxes, you’re talking about certain things. I can’t just make new things up because I wanna make a speech. I can tell them in different ways and I do sometimes do that, a lot of times. But they just want to hear it again and again.”
Of course. Trump is just like the Mona Lisa. You can hardly tell them apart. And his fans are the same as “Deadheads” (which works on so many levels). Trump believes that his relentless harping on problems that he utterly failed to resolve improves with every telling. But for most Americans his assertion that his lie-riddled rants “get better every time,” is more reminiscent of Beetlejuice, who bragged that “I’ve seen the Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier, every single time I see it”
Trump was also being too modest when he said that “I can’t just make new things up.” Sure he can. He does it all the time. But for some reason, Trump left out the matter that he most often whines about: The 2020 election that he decisively lost to President Biden. His presentations are little more than bitch sessions about how he is the world’s most tormented victim. If his followers fall for that, it really just tells you something about them. And if weren’t for the potential harm that he could cause, it would “keep getting funnier, every single time I see it.”
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