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Yes, Now Donald Trump is Like Charles Manson

Sean McDermott

Posted on January 9, 2021 13:20

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Wednesday's deadly insurrection of Trump supporters on the Capitol Building make Donald Trump look as responsible for murder as Charles Manson did.

It's been a couple days now since we saw some very negative history being made — a disgruntled mob of Donald Trump's minions heeding his public call to cause chaos during the congressional certification of electoral votes for Joe Biden. The crowd was audacious enough to push through a police barricade and storm the Capitol Building like a Pervitin-riddled Nazi army on a Blitzkrieg mission. In a relatively small manner of time, public property was vandalized, three civilians were dead, one police officer among other injured officers was killed, and one big question remained: Is Donald Trump directly responsible for this tragedy?

Trump has been met with comparisons to Hitler and other fascist dictators, but Wednesday's events puts a different comparison under the microscope: Charles Manson. Let's briefly summarize Charles Manson: an aspiring musician turned charismatic leader of the Manson Family cult. His "family" consisted of lost souls drawn to his avant-garde, "hippie" lifestyle filled with LSD tabs and psychedelic mushrooms. These young, impressionable individuals had nowhere to go, and Manson easily molded their minds into obeying him like a savior. Manson famously saw a prophecy for racial Armageddon in the lyrics to the Beatles' song "Helter-Skelter," and he instructed a group of his followers to murder affluent whites to cause a major "Helter Skelter" clash between white and black communities. The result of his plan: Manson's crew murdered famous actress/soon-to-be mother, Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and three visitors she had in her home. Evidence later showed Tate and her friends were unexpected victims; Manson thought Tate's home still belonged to record executive Terry Melcher who turned Manson's music down for a record deal. Although Manson never lifted a knife in the entire ordeal, he was convicted of first degree murder along with those he directed to kill.

Surely, Trump did not host any LSD pow-wow's for any of his followers, but its hard to deny his base is littered with lost souls who insult modern ideology because they can't keep up with how society is evolving around them. Donald Trump was an icon of the past that could turn the clock back to a comfortable time for many. Manson's twisted thoughts convinced him a Beatles' song had premonitions of a racial war, and Trump believed Barack Obama was Kenyan born and his birth certificate was fake. If Trump's message never supported racism or any racial conflict, it sure was puzzling to see a supporter/trespasser run a Confederate flag onto the Senate floor Wednesday (an antithesis of patriotism and racial equality.)

The most striking resemblance above all is the effect each had on their followers. When Mike Pence refused to object Joe Biden's electoral certification, Trump's anger instructed his followers to commit their own "Helter Skelter" by saying "... you will never take back our country with weakness." Trump was infuriated with Pence like Manson was infuriated with Melcher, but as of now, Manson is the only ringleader famously imprisoned for encouraging murder.

Sean McDermott

Posted on January 9, 2021 13:20

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