Joy Reid says Trump is becoming a ‘warlord’, ‘bringing his people together’ like Jim Jones, Mussolini, Hitler

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid compared former President Trump to deadly cult leader Jim Jones as well as genocidal dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in her latest attack on Republicans on Monday.

Trump appeared at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday to support Senate candidate JD Vance. A panel on Reid’s show, including columnist Will Bunch and Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, discussed what they saw as several connections to the QAnon conspiracy group, including music played in the background.

Bunch suggested this is further proof that the Republican Party has completely turned into a cult.

“There is no escaping it, and we need to talk about it, as we see the leadership base of one of our two political parties transforming from a political party into a cult before our eyes,” he said. Bunch said.

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Former President Donald Trump greets JD Vance, Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Ohio, on stage during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
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He explained, “[Trump]is having a lot of trouble right now with the investigation into the documents, with the January 6 inquest getting closer. He’s seeing some of his support withdraw, so he wants to make the tougher core of supporters more enraged, more committed to him personally, and frankly, with some of those Qs who were more than willing to commit violence on his behalf. , and people should pay attention and be alarmed.”

Reid chimed in by suggesting that Trump himself has become a sort of “warlord” cult leader like Jim Jones with his efforts to rally supporters.

“I mean, it’s warlord. What he’s doing is because, like Will said, he’s in trouble. He’s decided to become a warlord, and he gathers his people around him much like Jim Jones, when under fire, decided to distribute Kool-Aid, much like the 1930s movement around Mussolini and the one around Hitler in Germany, let’s be honest,” Reid said.

She also cited Corn’s latest book where he claims the Republican Party has been “leaning” toward fascism for 70 years and blaming “millions” of Trump voters.

MSNBC GUEST SAYS REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN “LEANED” TOWARDS “FASCISM” FOR “7 DECADES”

A man with a Trump 2024 flag is pictured outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida following an FBI raid on Donald Trump's private home.

A man with a Trump 2024 flag is pictured outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida following an FBI raid on Donald Trump’s private home.
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““The problem was the Republicans. The voters, the people, not just those few thousand in the rabid Jan. 6 crowd, but the millions who have accepted Trump’s irrational and unrealistic claims, who are looking to this hidden, selfish, crazed power for the truth. . “. Republican office holders devoted themselves to Trump because he possessed the allegiance of those voters. He had won over the Republican masses. His prejudices, his lies, his resentments were theirs. It is not just a Trump’s problem but a problem of the people who follow him,” Reid quoted.

Corn reiterated his assertion that Republican leaders have pushed more and more extremist policies and candidates over the years.

“They want red meat. They want the reddest meat possible. ‘I can do it.’ And he did it in 2016. It worked. It almost worked again in 2020. It’s an escalation that he’s now merging MAGA with Qanon. We should call it QMAGA or something, and y add Christian nationalism,” Corn said.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in support of local candidates September 3, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in support of local candidates September 3, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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Reid has frequently attacked Trump and his supporters and compared them to controversial figures. In 2021, Reid compared Trump and his supporters to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his terrorist organization after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

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