A new poll by the Economist and YouGov found that 53 percent of Republicans believe President Donald Trump is better than President Abraham Lincoln, who led the U.S. through the Civil War and abolished slavery.
On the other side of the aisle, 94 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of Independents said Lincoln was a better president than Trump.
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts told MSNBC host Joy Reid that the poll shows many Trump supporters have ‘literally” become part of a cult:
Is there a brick wall I can bang my head against a few times? I think I need a brick wall before I answer. I haven’t heard of that poll, but it sort of 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 cult for a long time and it wasn’t just this Abraham Lincoln quote.
I’m not being rhetorical. I mean that literally, that there is a very cultlike aspect to what we’re seeing going on with Trump. Particularly in the aspect of Trump is he who must not be questioned and all of his idiocies, and all of his incompetencies, all of his mendacities must be explained in the framework of him being infallible.
In other words, if you see him being wrong, it’s not he’s being wrong, it’s he’s being so right that it’s beyond your puny ability to understand. When he tweeted himself out with Rocky’s body, I feel like for a lot of his base, they’re like, that’s how they really see him when they see him — that’s what they see. It’s a sense that there is no bottom and also the sense that they want easy answers.