How to Tell if You Have Trump Cult Syndrome

Mish

Do you have TCS, Trump Cult Syndrome? My simple test will reveal the answer.

Simple TCS Test

  1. Stand in front of a mirror, in good light, and open your eyes. If you are legally blind skip to step 2.
  2. Ask the person you see (yourself, if legally blind) two questions: Do you believe Trump won the Election? Do you believe Trump should have won the Texas Supreme Court case?
  3. If you answered yes to either of the above questions, you are indeed afflicted.

How Bad is Your Case?

Notice the operative word "should".

If you thought Trump lost the election but could realistically win the Supreme Court case, that's a nasty case of Trump Paranoia Syndrome (TPS), not TCS. 

If you thought Trump won the election and should have won the Supreme Court case, your TCS affliction is both severe and not curable.

TPS is curable. The first step is to stop reading garbage from The Epoch Times, Judicial Watch, One America Network, and other similar sources. 

If that does not help, stop reading political garbage from the Washington Post, New York Times, etc., as well. 

Finally, you may need to give up Twitter, Facebook and and Social Media. 

What About Sleepy Joe Syndrome?

Inquiring minds may be wondering if there is a simple test for Sleepy Joe Syndrome (SJS).

Unlike Trump, Biden does not have much of a cult following. SJS is more subtle. But many millions are sleepwalking through events right along with Joe. Don't be one of them.

I pledge to develop an SJS test soon. 

Meanwhile Let's Review Some Notes 

Martian Moon Pies

OJ Comparison

Kraken Note

Lighten Up, Powell's On It

Fake News

Note on Rudy's Slaughtermeter

Rudy's Killing It

What Makes You Think the Supreme Court Will Take the Cases?

Headed for Supreme Court then State Legislatures

State Courts in Pockets of Marxist Democrats

What a hoot. Two appeals courts with Republican-nominated justices blasted Trump.

Question on Dates

One Last Fleecing of the Flock

The Delusion Continues

Note on Trump's Legacy

Note on the Main Course

The main course was just served. 

Yet Another Delusional Note: Never Over

Where We Are Now

That's an accurate assessment of where we are. 

Yet for some, it will not be over even if Trump is put in prison for tax fraud. 

Trump will break out of jail donning his superman outfit and fly right back into the White House.

That folks, is TCS in its most extreme form.

Stay Tuned

Please stay tuned for my Sleepy Joe Syndrome test.

There will soon be an overwhelming need.

Mish

Comments (92)
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MSCowboy
MSCowboy

I’ve followed Mish for years, since at least 2005, but it’s only been the past year or so that I’ve seen him and this blog turn hard left. I’m out—doesn’t impress me anymore. It used to be really good.

Saunders62
Saunders62

Hard left? Mish deals in verifiable information and common sense. The first commenter above should take the TCS test at the beginning of this post. I'm beginning the recovery from TPS.

T3064wj
T3064wj

TCS is equivalent to Trump Derangement Syndrome, another diagnosable condition except it affects liberals.

LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

If Trump is jailed as a result of state charges in NY, will the secret service be required to provide him shower protection?

Saunders62
Saunders62

Trump prison duty will be used as a discipline tool during agent training.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Mish,

Texas would have had no legal standing regardless of this case.

Presidents Tyler and Polk did not have Texas properly admitted as a state under The Texas Annexation Of 1845. Tyler. went rogue on was conspiring with John C. Calhoun behind the scenes. The Senate had rejected their plan. Just prior to Polk’s inauguration Tyler sent a messenger to Texas for the closing of the unlawful deal. Polk was aware of this but did nothing, as he was a great expansionist no matter the ways or means.

Texas is therefore still a Republic. They can leave at any time with the boundaries they had at the time in January 1845. Polk didn’t buy any title insurance, either - haha.

This case came up later with Hawaii. President Harrison tried Tyler’s maneuver, President Grover Cleveland did not let it come to pass and did not close the deal. President McKinley, another expansionist like Polk, quickly and illegally closed the deal. Hawaii can as their own republic, too, or perhaps sell themselves to Japan or China.

Why do you think the peaceful protesters tore down and desecrated a statue of McKinley in Chicago a few weeks ago? They know their history and are beginning the fight for an independent Republic Of Hawaii.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I really liked the part about how "Mish thinks he can brush it all away with his frilly elitist sleeve”. Priceless.

Fwiw, Mish, you don’t look all that frilly and elitist to me.......but then, people are often surprised to see what I look like.....in my frilly elitist t-shirts and jeans.

Louis Winthorpe III
Louis Winthorpe III

The problem with chalking the insanity to "derangement" or "delusion" is that is doesn't identify that there is a well coordinated, well financed source of deliberate disinformation that is feeding the delusion.

There is a non zero chance that one of those delusional posters is simply a bot disseminating disinformation.

njbr
njbr

Those of you feeling good that the Senate did not join in the SCOTUS case should remember that Mitch has 2 candidates still running in GA. They will determine his political fate. I would guess that Cruz being out front in proposing to do the oral arguments is also about Cruz's political future--pehaps he sees himself, at least, as the Majority Leader after the 2024 elections--part of the bright Trump family future.

After the GA election polls close on Jan 5, there is still time for Senate and House shenanigans on the Jan 6th 1 pm joint session.

We'll see then.

Carl_R
Carl_R

I will admit to having Trump Paranoia Syndrome. He has done a great deal to undermine our Republic, and has nearly destroyed it in four short years. My TPS will resolve itself when he is no longer in a position to do destructive things.

Realist
Realist

There are thousands of cults all over the US and the world. The largest and most dangerous are those with a charismatic leader who holds power over the cult members, and who, over time, convinces them that everything he/she says is the truth. Trump has used his celebrity to attract cult members. He was successful enough to win the 2016 election. Then, as president, and with his access to instant media, he expanded his cult following. And yes, many are willing to die for him.

I suspect that those afflicted with TCS will be more likely to die of Covid as he has convinced many of them that it is a hoax to hurt him.

They will never accept the election result as long as he maintains the lie that it was rigged.

I am still waiting for his possible coup attempt. This is all fascinating to watch as it unfolds.

Kimo
Kimo

I am surely entertained, and expect the Supreme Court to chart their own way through this mess, the majority of which still lies ahead of them.

Sechel
Sechel

If you only get your news from right wing blogs and can't get yourself to read the ny times, ft, reuters or washington post and use terms like libtard, RINO or demorat, you got TDS.

It's no accident that this phenomenon happened after the introduction of cable tv and the availability of social media echo chambers. back when we got our news from three networks and a local and national news paper our opinions could differ but we at least operated from the same facts. today beliefs all too often substitute for facts and the public lacks the tools to distinguish

Sechel
Sechel

Scott Adams has morphed into one of his own Dilbert characters. He has the gravitas down but once you parse and analyze his arguments he doesn't have any. I'm a huge fan of Dilbert but Adams himself is loony and not worth paying attention to.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Bye

shamrock
shamrock

I really don't get it. What does he say or do which inspires such a cult following?

ColoradoAccountant
ColoradoAccountant

OK, this is getting worse. Utah leads Colorado and we (Colorado) are 4-0 in the PAC 12, tied with USC. Bannon told Trump how to win the 2016 election, go for the Heartland, all in. Trump fired Bannon, ego clash. Since then Trump has spun out of control. After winning the heart and soul of America (farmers and working class), he still wants to be invited to Davos.

njbr
njbr

Today...A federal judge in Wisconsin dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump seeking to overturn the results of the election in the state. Judge Brett Ludwig, who was appointed to the bench by Trump in September, wrote that the claims in the suit “fail as a matter of law and fact.”

LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

Mish how about something on Trump selling out the 9/11 victims in trying to push through his Sudan/Israel deal? Not to mention the selling out of Western Sahara on the Morocco deal.

2thguy
2thguy

Make sure you do an article on how to tell if you have Anti-Trump Cult Syndrome, Mish

Tengen
Tengen

TCS is the result of online echo chambers. It's almost hard to believe that supporters had sane opinions about Trump in 2016, but once he entered office people started to fantasize about what he would do rather than actually observing him. People traded these fantasies and kept upping the ante, creating the concept of 4D chess.

By 2020 too many people came completely detached from reality and hadn't read dissenting opinions in years. Over on ZH people honestly thought Trump would win 40+ states, and comparisons were drawn with Reagan/Mondale. The only explanation for this is being steeped in groupthink for way too long.

Now that reality has intruded they're not happy, plus they have to reckon with the fact that Trump's main accomplishment in office was gleefully adding to our mountain of debt.

wxman40
wxman40

And he would have gotten away with overturning the election if it weren't for these meddling kids

RonJ
RonJ

Karl Denninger: "...we had an election that was one of the most-outrageously insecure and corrupt in my time on this planet. It was facially illegal under the Constitution in a whole host of states simply because non-legislative modifications were made to procedure and those are facially unconstitutional -- pandemic or not."

Denninger is no fan of Trump.

After the 2016 election, The folks running Google said we can't let this happen again. If you think it was a free and fair election, the truth eventually comes out.
Notice that we are learning new things about Hunter Biden, now that the election is over.

njbr
njbr

Today in DC (rioting tonight) the Trumpers turn against the GOP...

In one of the videos, a speaker with a bullhorn climbed a stage and denounced popular right-wing pundits Ben Shapiro and Charlie Kirk. The speaker then introduced far-right figure Nick Fuentes, a self-described “white majoritarian.”

Fuentes took the stage and ripped into the GOP, attacking lawmakers for not standing by the commander-in-chief.

“At the first Million MAGA March, we promised that if the GOP would not do everything in their power to keep Trump in office, then we would destroy the GOP,” Fuentes said.

“And as we gather here in Washington, D.C. for a second Million MAGA March, we’re done making promises. It has to happen now, we are going to destroy the GOP.”

The speech prompted “destroy the GOP chants” from a large group of Trump supporters.

As the crowd chanted, Fuentes ripped the GOP for expecting those who support the commander-in-chief to vote for Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

The activist described the two incumbents as “RINOs” — Republicans In Name Only — apparently suggesting that the January runoffs need to be boycotted.

Carl_R
Carl_R

By the way, since no one has mentioned it, the correct answer to the question "How do you get to the Supreme Court if you don't lose in lower court" is "You win, and the other side appeals."

compsult
compsult

There are enough fires burning in our country Mish. Why do you want to throw more gasoline on top? What we need is peace and reconciliation...

Sechel
Sechel

Chris Christie is back to wearing his A.G. hat. He says there is no evidence and the legal theory behind Trump's Supreme Court challenge "an absurdity" . If you can't accept that you are in the cult. You probably get your sports news from "Sportsmax" where the Jets win every week

MarkraD
MarkraD

lol, great thread.
Just had a "debate" with a good friend that has "TCS", when I won't acknowledge his regurgitation of election rig conspiracy theories he tells me I need therapy, and he's serious.
The takeaway from the whole Trump experience is that P.T. Barnum's "every minute" equates to approximately 30% of the population.

JBbrooks
JBbrooks

Most of you are ill informed, period, including Mish. Take your lazy ass over to your duckduckgo app and start researching the money that Zuckerberg poured into areas of strong democratic voter bases, which is projected to be upwards of $400mm, just from his "nonprofit" (no telling what else poured where from others) . Then try to find anywhere in the US where money was spent like that on corresponding strong republican districts. This election was all hands on deck, "all you crooks used any hooks you can think of". Mish himself bitches about Illinois, and yet appears to want "an Illinois" statewide. Our degradation of voting laws and the incorporation of questionable tactics will likely be the final leg removed from the table holding up law and order.

amigator
amigator

Just like your Florida call for JB was in correct there is a key point you are missing. When many people voted for Trump that wanted someone that is not a politician. We are not going to get any changes in this country until that happens. I will repeat that in case you did not read. We will not get any "signifiant" changes until there is an outsider elected. Thats the only reason I voted for him this time and last. There are many many like me. They don't care who is in there as long as they are not part of the establishment.

So I took your test my answer to question 2 is I do not care! I do not know but I know electing JB who is a 47 year politician. What will Happen? Exactly what has been happening the past 47 years. No chance of true reform or change.

It's just the simple!

Carl_R
Carl_R

To maintain a Democracy, you need two things. First, you need a free press, that reports the facts. Second, you need people to have faith in elections, and to accept the winner, even if the winner is not the one they voted fore, and in fact, especially if the winner is not the one they voted for.

So, how do you destroy a Democracy (or Republic)? It's a multi-step process:

  1. Attack the press as unreliable. This creates a trap. If they respond with antipathy, as you would expect, their natural instinct is to condemn the criticism, moving off center, in the opposite direction. This is exactly what you want them to do, and has the effect of making the criticism ring true.
  2. Once there is distrust in the media, people will get their news from other places. Those other places are easier places to plant propaganda, or they made be nothing but propaganda.
  3. Using those propaganda outlets, attack the mechanisms for elections, and the results. Plant seeds of doubt before the election. Plant more seeds after the election. Create a feeling that your candidate will be cheated, and that he/she has been cheated.
  4. Bring frivolous lawsuits alleging fraud. Actual fraud is not needed, nor is evidence of fraud. The point is to lose the lawsuits anyway, so that you can claim that the whole system is corrupt.
  5. Suspend the Constitution, and impose a "temporary" new government, under the control of the police and military, only until such time until new elections can be held, with all votes to be counted solely by the military and police.

This same scenario has been played out before, in Central and South America, and other places. It's not new, and it frequently works. It changes with the times, though. Some years ago, the "alternate sources for news" would have been underground newspapers, or secret radio stations. Today they are internet sites. Still, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

George_Phillies
George_Phillies

'Release the Kraken'...It's closer to 'release the pink lawn flamingos'


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