I have received several comments that my use of the term “MAGA cult” is unappreciated.
My use of that phrase comes from two places.
I’m aware that MAGA is a acronym for “Make America Great Again.”
I acknowledge that is a laudable goal. However, MAGA, pronounced as a word “maga” has transcended the meaning of the words in the acronym to be a neigh on Trump battle cry.
Second, what I see among the most ardent Trump supporters is a slavish devotion to a cult of personality.
These are the people, whom no matter what argument you make to them, respond with the sentiment, and often the meme:
Trump battle cry plus cult of personality equals “Trump cult.”
I have several points of criticism to the point of disgust with these people.
Everything is a Trump loyalty test. Any questioning of Trump is disloyalty to to him, and anyone who is disloyal is RINO or “establishment Republican” or the pejorative du jure.
Trump is an American politician. I owe him no loyalty. He’d not a king or an emperor.
The alacrity at which Trump supports celebrate the destruction of everyone else in the Republican party.
If you don’t think 2024 was DeSantis time, make that argument. But he flipped Florida from Bluish-purple to 20 points Red. That sort of victory would make DeSantis a rising star with a great future. But because he challenged Trump, he had to be destroyed. His future in the party might be finished when this race is over. Trump may have stuffed out a rising star, possibly the next Ronald Reagan, for his own interest, and the fanatic Trump supporters celebrate that rather than understand the enormity of their actions.
Lastly, the fanatic Trump supporters seem to only care about what Trump says and ignore his results, or lack there of.
Yes, the economy was good for a few years, and gas was cheap, but Trump failed to drain the swamp, build the way, and do many of the things he promised. That is never acknowledged.
These behaviors honestly remind me of the worst behaviors of the radical Left.
Leftist: “Everyone I don’t like is a racist/Nazi/bigot.”
MAGA: “Everyone I don’t like is a RINO.”
I’m willing to entertain a discussion why someone might think Trump is the best candidate to beat Biden.
I won’t entertain fanatic devotion to a personality by people who will ignore or deflect every fact that is inconvenient to them (another radical Leftist trait).
So, if you don’t count yourself in that group of obtuse, fanatical devotees, and you don’t like my use of the term “MAGA cult,” give me something else to call them, because my next set of choices is even more pejorative.