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George Will: Trump Doesn't Inspire GOP 'Cult' – It's 'Fear'

George Will: Trump Doesn't Inspire GOP 'Cult' – It's 'Fear'

(Dr. Scott M. Lieberman via AP)

By    |   Saturday, 16 June 2018 01:42 PM

Conservative columnist George Will disagreed with recent comments by Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker who described supporters of President Donald Trump as "cult-like," instead maintaining that what the president instilled in the Republican Party was "fear," The Hill reported Saturday.

"We are in a strange place. I mean, it's almost, it's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it? And it's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly, of the same party," Corker told reporters Wednesday.

Will, in an appearance on the HBO show "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday, took issue with Corker's assessment.

"It's not a cult. A cult implies misguided, if sincere, worship. This is fear," Will said. "They're not worshipful, they are invertebrates. They are frightened."

Maher argued that Trump's high approval nationally among Republican voters did not indicate fear, to which Will then attacked people who voted for the president, calling them "vengeful."

"Well, it's a cult of personality for his supporters, and his supporters are nothing if not vengeful," Will said.

Will then cautioned against the idea that the popularity of a political figure such as Trump could only happen in the Republican Party.

"Let me give Democrats a warning," Will told Maher. "In the summer of 2015, you had 18 Republican candidates on stage and the most lurid stood out. In the summer of 2018, there will be 18 Democrats on stage and maybe the most lurid will stand out there.

"The idea that only the Republican Party or only the right can produce something like Donald Trump is naive and cheerful," he said.

Will, a frequent critic of Trump, last December called him the worst president in U.S. history.

"He completed his remarkably swift — it has taken less than 11 months — rescue of the 17th, Andrew Johnson, from the ignominy of ranking as the nation's worst president," Will wrote in The Washington Post.

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Conservative columnist George Will disagreed with recent comments by Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker who described supporters of President Donald Trump as "cult-like," instead maintaining that what the president instilled in the Republican Party was "fear," The Hill reported...
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