Video: Fake News CNN Falsely Claims Trump a Cult Leader Using Mind Control on Supporters

On Sunday, CNN, the cable outlet once dubbed the least-trusted name in network news, reached what Newsbusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro called a “milestone” similar to the outrageous claims regarding Malaysia Flight 370 in 2014.  This ridiculous claim doesn’t involve aliens or black holes, but it’s up there.

This time, Brian Stelter, the host of the somewhat inappropriately-named “Reliable Sources,” ended his program with a segment falsely claiming President Trump is a “destructive cult” leader like Jim Jones who uses “mind control” on his supporters, Fondacaro said.

You read that right — MIND CONTROL.  Which means that if you support Trump, you are absolutely incapable of thinking for yourself.

This time, Stelter trotted out a “mental health expert” who wrote a book called “The Cult of Trump” to make his case.

“The word ‘Cult’ has been popping up more and more. Think back to two weeks ago on this program, Anthony Scaramucci talked about his claim that Trump supporters are in a cult. Just last week, Dan Rather said he thinks for Trump seems increasingly cultish. And this weekend in The Washington Post, Trump critic and Republican strategist John Weaver said, the GOP is ‘not a party anymore in the traditional sense; It’s a cult,’” Stelter said.

In a transcript posted by Fondacaro, Stelter and his guest, Steven Hassan, seriously discussed the alleged “cult” of Donald Trump and actually suggested “deprogramming” for those who support the president:

STEVEN HASSAN: So, I define a destructive cult as an authoritarian pyramid-structured group with someone at the top who claims to have total power and total wisdom that uses the deception and control of behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions to make people loyal and dependent and obedient followers.

So, for me, the issue between an ethical healthy cult, where you’re free to think and free to leave, versus a destructive cult. I’m referring to Trump’s organization and followership as a destructive cult, where people are being fed propaganda and they’re not being encouraged to think for themselves. They’re not being encouraged to really explore and look at the details and arrive at their own conclusion. Much of what they’re hearing is emotionally driven, loaded words, thought-stopping and thought-terminating-type clichés like “fake news” or “build the wall” or “make America great again.”

STELTER: You say the President is using mind control, but how is that provable?

HASSAN: 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.

STELTER: It is frightening to hear a cult expert say that you see all of these signs right now today in American politics.

HASSAN: But wake up. This is what’s happening and our democracy is at stake here. Freedom of the press is absolutely vital for a healthy country. And anyone like him that says press is the enemy of the people, that’s what Hubbard would say. That’s what Moon said. That’s what la Reusch said. Why? Because their demagogues.

STELTER: So, finally, the first step, if you say this is a cult, what’s the first step of deprogramming?

HASSAN: 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.

STELTER: For the people who are dreading Thanksgiving, you’re saying it’s an opportunity to get together?

HASSAN: Exactly. Let’s — we’re family. We’re friends, let’s talk. And you know, truth will out. Truth will stand up to scrutiny.

Here’s video, courtesy of Newsbusters:

Translation: If you support the president, it’s because your mind has been taken over and you need to be deprogrammed.

Reaction on Twitter?  You guessed it:

No, it’s very real, and it’s just the latest effort to dehumanize Trump supporters.  It wasn’t that long ago that CNN said those who support the president are “mental.

Yes, it is.  But then again, this IS CNN, which is now facing a lawsuit over its fake news.  Let that sink in.


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