As I Predicted in The Cult of Trump Book, Trump Might Act to Direct Followers to Become Violent but There Is Hope

As I Predicted in The Cult of Trump Book, Trump Might Act to Direct Followers to Become Violent but There Is Hope

Biden is Certified the Presidential Winner and Trump Incites Crazy and Violent Armed Insurrection Attempt at Capitol

Calls for Invocation of 25th Amendment and Impeachment Are Made to Remove Trump From Power Now, Despite Trump Conceding Losing the Election

Trump Promised a Peaceful Transition of Power

On January 6th, 2021, the seat of our federal government and the heart of our American democracy came under seige in a heinous and violent assault. The day began with thousands of protestors gathering in Washington, DC to show support for President Trump, who not only encouraged this but even gave a public speech enraging the crowd by falsely claiming he had won the election. Some view what happened as an attempt to do a coup and undermine the votes of millions of Americans. Fortunately, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell and other Republican politicians stood for upholding the election results which were intensely scrutinized, challenged in Court and no widespread voter fraud that would change the election results took place.

Cult Leaders and Violence

There wasn’t this kind of violence previously because Trump, QAnon and his supporters were constantly moving the goalposts so there was always hope things would get overturned. But when the cult realized it was the end of the road, they started to act on their indoctrinated beliefs that there will be a civil war and a revolution must take place in America. Unfortunately, there could be much more violence before Biden and Harris are sworn in on January 20th.

This is very much cult behavior. I predicted in The Cult of Trump, Trump will never voluntarily ceed power and will attempt to create as much chaos and damage, as he has consistently demonstrated he exists in a solipsistic reality. I warned in my book that Trump and his followers could become violent especially if directed to do so. Unfortunately, history shows us that violence is a high potential.  This is what cult leaders do.

Cult leaders control members, even to the point of death. In 1974, as a member of the Moon organization, I remember being told that if North Korea invaded South Korea, the American members will need to go to the front line to die, so it could draw America into a war to protect South Korea. Jim Jones caused the death of  congressman Leo J. Ryan and over 900 people, most members of the People’s Temple, Jonestown. When Jones realized that his control was not total and the authorities were likely to come back after him, he ordered everyone to their deaths.

The Capitol riot even resulted in the death of Ashli Babbitt, a decorated Air Force veteran. She was an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump and a follower and promoter of the QAnon movement. She was shot and killed by Capitol police during the riot in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. She was loyal and passionate about what she believed in.

Why Do People Stay in the Cult of Trump?

Authoritarian cults use deception to recruit and maintain members. Under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. Cult leaders, like Trump, create a false reality that once adopted and incorporated into someone’s belief system is emotionally difficult to escape. It is often a gradual indoctrination process and hardened belief systems are difficult to penetrate.

His followers believed the election was stolen because they believed their “god-appointed” leader told them the truth. They felt obligated to defend him. Others had a fear of leaving, being scared Trump would attack or dox them, as he has often done against any that turned on him.

What’s the Future Hold?

Trump is a malignant narcissist about to lose his position of power. This focus of attention and need for power fuels Trump. He will continue to psychologically decline, is very dangerous, and should be removed from office immediately. It was very concerning to see politicians aligned with him, despite evidence to the contrary. But now people are waking up. Elected officials, including Pence, are publicly recognizing that Biden won the election and are calling out Trump for causing the riots in DC. 

William Barr, Trump’s former Attorney General, accused the President of “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress” and called his conduct a “betrayal of his office” in response to the pro-Trump riots. 

A number of Republican leaders and Cabinet officials have called for the 25th amendment to be invoked or for him to be impeached.

What Can We Do?

Take a stand. Speak out. We cannot be silent. This behavior, violence, and attack on democracy is unacceptable. This is a matter of decency. There is a great need for collaboration and cooperation.

People need to wake up and are starting to. Many are turning on Trump, realizing they were lied to. They are coming out of the fog, especially after yesterday’s violence. 

As they do, be there to help them. Support them. Don’t blame them. Listen and educate. Become better informed so as to avoid the pitfalls of destructive cults.

In the midst of all of the chaos, fear, and negativity, don’t become overwhelmed. There is hope. On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president and our country can begin to heal. Focus on the good. Things will get better soon.

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Steven Hassan

Steven Hassan

Steven Hassan, PhD, MA, MEd, LMHC, NCC has helped thousands of individuals and families recover from undue influence (mind control). With over 40 years of experience, he is sought after as one of the foremost authorities on undue influence and controlling groups and individuals. Steve understands the subject from a unique perspective as both a former cult member and as a clinical professional.

Steven is the Founding Director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, a coaching, consulting, and training organization dedicated to supporting individuals to have the freedom to think clearly and to freely consider how they want to live their lives.  Steven pioneered a breakthrough method called the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), an effective and legal alternative for families to help cult members.  The SIA teaches family and friends how to strategically influence the individual involved in the cult.

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