The biased mainstream media love to compare Republicans to evil monsters (except evil monsters on the Left; you'll never hear them compare Republicans to Stalin or Che Guevara). Not ones to be restrained by reason or consistency, the Left takes every opportunity to compare them to Hitler, for example, despite the fact that Hitler’s party was that of the National Socialists. So naturally, upon the death of the monstrous Charles Manson Monday, Newsweek leapt at the opportunity.
In her article “How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers” — yes, that is the actual title of a piece published in Newsweek — Melissa Matthews attempts a Hail Mary of idiocy: a link between hippie loon Manson and billionaire real estate mogul, now President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Despite Manson’s potent charisma, in reality he convinced only a few outcasts and runaways to commit the grisly acts known as the “Manson Murders.” Hence, only four people went to prison for carrying out the crimes. Nevertheless, Matthews presents Manson as a powerful hypnotist of the masses:
“According to psychoanalyst Mark Smaller, past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, part of Manson’s power lay in the type of language he used. Notably, Manson was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or alienated.”
You can see her setting the ball onto the tee…
“‘A charismatic leader knows how to speak to people in a way that will emotionally engage those people,’ Smaller told Newsweek.”
And here we go:
“'Our current president speaks in an emotional or affective way to large numbers of people in our country who feel a kind of alienation or disconnection from the government,' he said. 'They feel very responded to and become his political base.'"
“They”: those followers of Trump whom the condescending Matthews likens to the mindless pawns of a raving madman.
Matthews, like many on the Left, cannot possibly accept the fact that half the country simply disagrees with her political views. Rather, Trump supporters must be brainwashed:
“According to the psychoanalyst, cult followers like those in the Manson family are so seduced by feelings of acceptance and understanding that they accept their leaders’ ideologies regardless of how destructive or dangerous they may be.”
“'It’s not even the content of what that charismatic leader says,' he said. 'He or she is able to do it in an emotional way... It’s not even the content of what that charismatic leader says,' he said. 'He or she is able to do it in an emotional way.'”
Hilariously, Matthews concedes that the "expert" she is quoting about Charles Manson in fact knows nothing about him. What’s important, after all, is the notion that President Trump and his supporters follow the paradigm of an evil leader and his thoughtless minions:
“Smaller doesn’t have specifics on what Manson may have told followers, but said cult leaders may say things like, 'Your parents don’t really care about you. Your community doesn’t care about you. The government doesn’t really care about you, but I’m going to not only care about you, I’m going to take care of you. I understand how angry, neglected, and hurt you feel.' This ability to empathize is a key component of manipulation, according to Dr. Carrie Barron, a psychiatrist at Columbia University.”
Do they say things like, "We're going to make America great again?" Matthews’s dismissiveness toward half the country is astounding:
“For example, manipulators might connect to their followers by holding their hands while speaking or looking them in the eyes.”
Matthews further quotes “psychoanalyst” Smaller, who of course takes the position — as if a universally understood fact — that President Trump is evil, before indicating that those who endorse the President are even more disturbing:
“'I’ve never worried as much about the Donald Trumps in the world as I worry about the large amount of people in our country who feel alienated and disconnected and looking to follow somebody,' he said.”
If those on the Left truly want to understand why they lost the 2016 election, then rather than condemning the supposed drones who pulled the lever for Trump, they need to look at the mindless collectivists in the mirror.