CNN anchors are incredibly concerned that Republicans are underestimating the January 6 riot as a tourist visit that got out of hand. But they have no resistance to comparing January 6 to September 11. Then today Reliable sources, Host Brian Stelter mentioned the 1978 Jonestown massacre, where some 900 members of the People’s Temple committed mass suicide under the orders of Jim Jones. Hardcore MAGA fans would apparently do that for Trump.
Stelter introduced Liberal Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Who was at the scene when Rep. Leo Ryan and four others were killed on an airstrip by members of the Jones cult. Stelter presented the interview:
STELTER: These citizens of other countries sometimes email me and say they know why the American media doesn’t just call Trump what he is. Calling the Trump fandom what it is? Sometimes they use the word “cult”. I know it’s a touchy word, it doesn’t appear much in the US news coverage, so I wanted to tell an expert, an unfortunate expert.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier began her career in News Block working for a legislator. She was on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown. Sadly, he knows firsthand the weight of that word: cult. He was able to escape alive. Others couldn’t that day. So I wanted to hear your thoughts on the comparison, the notion of the Trump cult, especially in light of January 6, and the massive deception that led to a tumult of lies on Capitol Hill. When I mentioned this to her, she was not minding her words.
“The only difference between Jim Jones and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social networks” – @RepSpeier. @BrianStelter brought guest to @Reliable sources to equate the “Trump Cult” with Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. pic.twitter.com/JmUqAOvWtQ
– Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) August 1, 2021
That’s why he wanted her. I wanted to smear without itching. Speier uncorked it well:
SPEIER: There is no question that Jim Jones can be compared to a charismatic leader who united his congregation, forced them to do things that were illegal, and then took 900 of them to the jungles of Guyana, where over time he later convinced them that they should die. I’ve never been able to say that they committed suicide because I don’t think they were in control of their faculties, to be honest with you.
So look at Donald Trump, a charismatic leader, who was able to continue to speak in terms that appealed to those who were unhappy, disillusioned, and looking for something, as well as those who became part of the Jim Jones congregation, the temple of the town. They were lost souls. Y the only difference between Jim Jones and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social media, so that all of these people can find themselves in ways they weren’t before.
Well, there are social media, and Trump has not convinced his followers of a mass suicide!
There is an additional outrage: The People’s Temple was a force in liberal Democratic News Block. What Daniel Flynn wrote by National Review, “Willie Brown, who would become the Speaker of the California State Assembly and later the Mayor of San Francisco, compared Jim Jones to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.” He campaigned with Rosalynn Carter. But maybe 35-year-old Stelter has no memory of this and somehow can’t Google it.