President Donald Trump’s followers are part of a “cult,” longtime news anchor Dan Rather said Sunday.
Asked by CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” if he considered McConnell part of the cult, the former CBS News anchor said: “The short answer is yes.”
“And I’m not the only one making this observation that increasingly President Trump’s support seems cultish,” he said.
“It’s all about him, it’s not about the policy, it’s not about the standards of politics,” he added. “Ronald Reagan had a very solid following, but he stood for something in terms of policy. Franklin Roosevelt, same way.”
“These cults, cults generally don’t end well,” Rather said. “People will say it’s too much to say it’s a cult. I don’t think so. The further we go, it is always all about him. It’s not about a policy.”
Speaking about the impeachment inquiry, and allegations that Trump tried to bribe a foreign government and “intimidate witnesses,” Rather said of Trump: “I’d say history is closing in on him, facts are closing in.”
Still, because of that cult-like following, “whether or not that’s enough to have a real trial in the Senate or not, I have my doubts,” he said.
A report last week by Vanity Fair said outspoken anti-Trump Republican George Conway, whose wife is White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, “tells people she’s in a cult.”