President Donald Trump’s unwavering constituent base can be tied to fear mongering and consequent faith in protecting the nation from their fears, according to Psychology Today.
Trump’s followers have put strong faith in the President’s ability to protect and maintain their wellbeing. In some ways he is seen as a Messianic figure, something which is dangerous to a nation that has largely shunned cults of personality in its political movements.
“A significant portion of his supporters literally believe the president was an answer to their prayers. He is regarded as something of a messiah, sent by God to protect a Christian nation,” Dr. Bobby Azarian, a cognitive neuroscientist wrote in Psychology Today.
Azarian argues that Trump has built such strong support from fear rooted in false conspiracy theories.
“But he quickly found out, through trying various strategies, that fear was effective as a political tool. When he learned that, he quickly chose to demonize innocent people and to promote false conspiracy theories,” Azarian wrote.
This blind faith has led to a following that is quick to overlook flaws not usually found in a messianic figure.
“What is most ironic about it all, but I suppose not entirely unexpected, is the fact that Trump’s behavior and positions are far more un-Christ-like… The many infidelities, the lack of compassion for the less fortunate, the lewd comments, the blatant lying—the list of ‘ungodly’ acts is a long one,” Azarian wrote.
The act of provoking fear in a group of people laid the foundation for Trump to frame himself as the savior from these threats he falsified.