In what appears to be a deliberate effort to foment violence against Trump supporters and possible bloodshed, CNN propagandist Brian Stelter brought on Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., to defame Trump supporters as a “cult,” very much like the Jim Jones cult that committed mass suicide in 1978.
Newsbusters’ Tim Graham reminds us that Speier “…was on the scene when Rep. Leo Ryan and four others were murdered on an airstrip by Jones cult members.”
“These citizens in other countries sometimes email me, and say you know why doesn’t the American media just call out Trump for what he is? Call Trump fandom for what it is? Sometimes they use the word “cult.” I know that’s a sensitive word, doesn’t come up a lot in American news coverage, so I wanted to put it to an expert, an unfortunate expert,” Stelter said.
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“Congresswoman Jackie Speier started out her career in politics working for a lawmaker. She was on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown. She sadly knows firsthand the weight of that word: Cult. She was able to escape with her life. Others were not able to that day. So I wanted to hear her thoughts about the comparison, the notion of the cult of Trump, especially in the light of January 6, and the mass delusion that led to a riot of lies on Capitol Hill. When I brought this up with her, she did not mince words,” he added.
“The only difference between Jim Jones and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social media” – @RepSpeier. @BrianStelter brought guest onto @ReliableSources to equate “Cult of Trump” with Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. pic.twitter.com/JmUqAOvWtQ
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) August 1, 2021
As Graham noted, Stelter wanted a broad brush smear. And Speier didn’t disappoint.
SPEIER: There’s no question that you could compare Jim Jones as a charismatic leader who would bring his congregation together, force them to do things that were illegal, and then took 900 of them into the jungles of Guyana, where over the course of time he then convinced them they should die. I ‘ve never been able to say they committed suicide because I don’t think they were in control of their faculties, to be quite honest with you.
So you look at Donald Trump, charismatic leader, who was able to continue to talk in terms that appealed to those who were disaffected, disillusioned and who were looking for something, much like those who became part of Jim Jones’s congregation, the people’s temple. They were lost souls. And the only difference between Jim Jones and and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social media, so all these people can find themselves in ways that they couldn’t find themselves before.
I’m inclined to believe that at this point, the only difference between the modern American left (which includes many in the media) and the tyrants who ran Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union is native language. But I digress.
Well, there’s social media — and that Trump hasn’t talked his followers into a mass suicide!
There’s this added outrage: the People’s Temple were a force in liberal Democrat politics. As Daniel Flynn wrote for National Review, “Willie Brown, who would become the speaker of the California State Assembly and then mayor of San Francisco, compared Jim Jones to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.” He campaigned with Rosalynn Carter. But maybe 35-year-old Stelter has zero memory of this, and somehow can’t Google it.
The response on Twitter was pretty much what you’d expect:
— James LindsBae (@ConceptualJames) August 1, 2021
The only difference between him and a bowling ball is the ball has something inside.
— uninformed opinionator (@fergbr) August 1, 2021
Jim Jones was a powerful San Francisco Democrat who was critical in getting Harvey Milk elected and he ran the city’s Housing Authority. He was also a major fundraiser for national Democrats, even hosting a fundraiser with Rosalynn Carter as his guest for Jimmy Carter’s 76 run
— Von Ketteler (@IbnKhaldune) August 1, 2021
This may be the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard lobbed at tens of millions of her fellow citizens spread across all 50 states and walks of life.
— UnderCover (@Pynch1999) August 1, 2021
There’s a lot more like this, but you get the idea.
This, by the way, is… CNN.
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