MSNBC host Joy Reid blasted the Republican party as “a racial and religious cult” over a poll showing a majority of the party’s voters think President Donald Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln.
Asked “Which Republican president was better?”, 53 percent of Republicans said Trump was a better president than Lincoln, while 47 percent chose the Civil War-era leader, according to this week’s Economist and YouGov weekly tracking poll.
Lincoln, who was the U.S. president between 1861 and 1865 and who steered America through the Civil War and abolished slavery, still overwhelmingly beats Trump among all Americans, 75 percent to 25 percent, with the vast majority of Democrats and independents choosing the former president.
“Is there a brick wall I can bang my head against a few times?” Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts joked, then added “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.”
“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,” Pitts said.
Trump Secretary of Energy Perry called Trump the “chosen one” earlier this week and it was late August when Trump dubbed himself “the chosen one” during remarks to reporters.
“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 cult, 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,” Reid said.
Pitts went on to call Republicans a “hate group” and said that Trump “is the promise that whatever else happens, white people who believe in this, I will protect you, I will shield you from demographic reality.”