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It’s been stunning to watch this election season going back to last July when Donald Trump entered the race. Many people (myself included) laughed. There wasn’t anybody who took him seriously or thought he had a shot (Yeah that includes you, Joe Scarborough). He was a joke and his mouth was going to end his campaign fast.

It never did. Not matter what he said. Whenever he said something jaw dropping crazy, everybody said, “Ok, he’s done. That’s going to knock him out of the race.” It never did.

A strange thing happened as all of this went on. His supporters became emboldened by his antics. So much so they didn’t care what he said. He was not part of “the establishment” and therefore they were ok with some of the things he said. If they weren’t ok with it, they would excuse in part saying, “At least he says what’s on his mind.”

That’s part of the problem, but I digress. Trump supporters quickly morphed into Trump lackeys and Trump apologists. Before long, nothing negative could be said about him without incurring the wrath of people screaming, veins popping in their foreheads and spittle flying out of their mouths as they would scream at you to get in line. Things just got progressively worse. Now that he has the nomination, things have been amped up for sure so here are five ways Trump supporters behave as though they are part of a cult:

1. Donald Trump can do no wrong – There is an excuse for him for everything. Everything. No matter what he says. No matter how outrageous it is, he can do no wrong. Ever. Take a step back to when Greg Gutfeld called out Eric Bolling after Donald Trump used the word “schlonged” to say what happened to Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama in 2008. Trump defenders say the term had nothing to do with the male anatomy and Bolling tried to defend it:

2. Trump supporters don’t care about his flip-flops and inconsistencies – They simply do not care. Trump said he advocated for a ban on all Muslims coming into the country. They he changed his view and said a total ban wasn’t needed. We just needed to be more careful. He then lied saying he never said he supported a total ban. When confronted with this obvious flip-flop and then lying about it, a Trump supporter said to be directly, “So what?” He didn’t care. Trump wasn’t an “insider” and “he had to do things” in order to stay ahead of everybody else. It’s amazing how they could support Trump when they claim the reason they support him his because they’re tired of politicians lying to them.

3. Trump is supported by supposed “constitutional conservatives” but ignore his liberal policies – A good number of Trump supporters are Tea Party cranks who see any kind of incremental win as total capitulation to Obama and his leftist agenda. They are running around right now freaking out over Paul Ryan who has refused to say he’ll back Trump at this point. What are Trump supporters doing? Attacking Ryan as a “leftist establishment” who needs to be thrown out of office. Meanwhile, Trump is telling people he thinks Ryan’s agenda isn’t welcome by him because he’s in the Republican Party not the “conservative party.” Meanwhile, Donald Trump refuses to do anything about Medicare or Social Security. He’s open to raising the minimum wage, raising taxes, trade protectionism and single payer healthcare. But Paul Ryan is the liberal. 

4. People react to Trump like high school girls did with The Beatles. While it may be understandable for teenage girls to have gone wild over the mop-tops from Liverpool, watching grown women freak out over the Duck Tail from Queens is somewhat embarrassing. Look at these photos:

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Republican presidential candidate Trump autographs chest of woman at his campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia

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Thank you Lord Jesus? Seriously? Donald Trump is merely a man. He’s running for President. He’s a politician.

5. The Trump “hero worship” art is the most obvious sign we’re dealing with a cult-like figure. This is something seen all the time. A cult figure is often photoshopped into classic images or even modern day art with historical figures. Here are some:

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Trump has a strong online fan base of anti-Semites who love imagining him as the next fuhrer.

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Trumps nativist and racist followers will use terms like “invasion” and as the picture below shows, “foreign hordes.” All of which is code for “Mexicans.”

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The final one takes the cake. Here is Trump, standing in the middle of a PARTED SEA with adoring fans, flags and US fighter jets all in the same image.

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I am sure Trump fans will see this and get mad at me. Don’t. Remember, it was Trump himself who said he could shoot somebody in the middle of the street and his supporters wouldn’t care.

He’s your guy. You deal with it.