Jared Holt says right-wing political content exists in “a parallel media universe” from other news coverage, “and the two lanes don’t touch.” In that parallel universe, some Americans truly believe that Trump “is still the president,” Anne Applebaum says.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who was injured during the Peoples Temple Jonestown Massacre in 1978, says she sees similarities between cult leader Jim Jones and former President Donald Trump in the way they use their charisma to connect with disillusioned American and act as “merchants of deceit.” Speier was shot five times on an airstrip in Guyana while accompanying a lawmaker to investigate the nearby cult.
Anne Applebaum talks about her recent profile of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and his efforts to sow doubt about the 2020 election. While Lindell will fail to get Donald Trump reinstated, ‘what he will help to do is loosen further American’s sense that their democracy works, that their voter system is secure, that the people who observe and monitor their elections are honest,” she says.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier says some, though certainly not all, Trump supporters are “members of a cult.” Speier, a survivor of the Jonestown massacre, talks about the factors that make people vulnerable to cult-like organizations.