Earlier this week a YouGov poll asked Republicans who they felt was a better president: Abraham Lincoln or Donald Trump. A majority of Republicans, 53%, chose the current President. Among Democrats the number was 94% for Lincoln and only 22% of Independents said Trump.
On Saturday’s broadcast of AM Joy, host Joy Reid discussed the poll with Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts. The duo agreed that the Republican reaction shows that those who support Trump represent more of a cult than an actual voting bloc.
After Reid revealed the poll, Pitts said, “Is there a brick wall I can bang my head against a few times? I think it speaks further to the delusionary aspect of the Republican party right now. This is not a party, this is a cult, and it has been a call for a very long time.”
The Miami Herald reporter continued, “And it wasn’t just this Abraham Lincoln quote, what was it a week or so ago, maybe not even that, that Rick Perry said the Trump was the chosen one? And he wasn’t even the first person to say that.”
Reid then chimed in, “There’s a lot of ways, if you look at like the public religion research institute numbers that it isn’t just a pejorative to say that it’s a cold, there’s a lot of evidence that is a racial and religious cult of personality in which his base is solidly among the white evangelicals that almost worship him and say that he’s the chosen one of God.”
Watch the segment here, courtesy of MSNBC:
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