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[WATCH] Congresswoman Who Survived Shooting At Jonestown Compares Trump to Jim Jones

They don’t call Trump supporters “Cult 45” for nothing.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) recently appeared on CNN and spoke to her experience as a survivor of the mass shooting that preceded the suicides at the People’s Temple, otherwise known as Jonestown, in Guyana in November 1978, when Speier was an aide to Rep. Leo Ryan. An American contingency traveling with the congressman to Guyana on a fact-finding trip to visit Jonestown, where hundreds of followers of Jones were living in a jungle settlement, were beset upon their arrival by armed cult members who opened fire, killing Ryan and four others and hitting Speier eight times. Speier was left for dead, and later Jones ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, and more than 900 people died, including Jones himself.

 

 

Her miraculous survival and what she witnessed at Jonestown gives Speier a unique perspective into those who still follow Donald Trump, and she believes he shares many of the same qualities as cult leader Jim Jones.

While on CNN, Speier told host Brian Stelter that Jones, like Trump, “made people not look at facts, not think independently, and sowed a story for them that was destructive.” Speier said Trump’s influence extends to Congress, where his supporters seem unwilling or unable to accept the truth of the 2020 election. “The big lie has now been embraced by the majority of members on the Republican side in the House of Representatives,” she said. “They are now paralyzed to speak the truth. They know that the election was not stolen. They know that it was held properly. They know that there was not massive fraud, and yet they will continue to mouth those words because their leader, Donald Trump, wants to hear them.”

 

Watch the full interview, below.



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