The evangelical belief that Trump is the messiah is more rampant than you think — and dangerous – Raw Story

The evangelical belief that Trump is the messiah is more rampant than you think — and dangerous – Raw Story

But there is another major reason why Trump loyalists do not waver no matter how he behaves or what scandals come to light. For most evangelicals, it is not only fear that keeps them in line, but it is also faith. As a cognitive psychology researcher who has been writing about the science underlying Trump’s unshakable support since he began his presidential campaign, I have learned—through comments, emails, and discussion forums—that a significant portion of his supporters literally believe the president was an answer to their prayers. He is regarded as something of a messiah, sent by God to protect a Christian nation.

I’d like to make a new prediction, based on the psychology described above, although, like the others, I would sincerely prefer to be proved wrong. I believe it is highly likely that more scandals involving the president will surface, likely as a result of the Mueller investigation, and they will be more damning than those from the past. But like those in the past, they will not diminish Trump’s support. He will result in even greater abuses of power to suppress the information or action against him, but none of that will matter to his base, who believes he is on a divine pursuit. And it will be a clear demonstration of how quickly a group of people can be brought to a collective mental state under which they would follow their leader off a cliff.

Of course, not all Americans will continue to support Trump if he is disgraced, and that should give us hope. There continues to be an anti-Trump movement within the conservative community. These people must be commended, despite their fundamentalist views, because at least they have a consistent moral code that they stick to, even under intense pressure from their party’s majority. As for his loyal base of supporters, we can only hope that when he falls from grace, which to me seems inevitable, they will realize that Trump was a false prophet and a con-man. Unfortunately, as has been shown in the past, even when a charlatan is exposed, there will often be a few followers who continue to drink the Kool-Aid.

via The evangelical belief that Trump is the messiah is more rampant than you think — and dangerous – Raw Story

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