Stelter Equates Trump to Jim Jones and Jonestown Massacre

Brent Baker | August 2, 2021
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CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday brought aboard Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who survived the 1978 Jonestown massacre, to equate the “cult of Trump” with the mass murder-suicide of about 900 followers of Jim Jones in Guyana. “I wanted to hear her thoughts about the comparison, the notion of the cult of Trump,” Stelter set up the interview, touting how “she did not mince words.” 

Speier, who was shot five times as she tried to escape at an airfield when she was a member of the staff of Congressman Leo Ryan, who was murdered, asserted “there’s no question” you “could compare” the two “charismatic leaders” and “the only difference between Jim Jones and Donald Trump is the fact that we now have social media” which makes it easier for followers to find each other. 

Stelter assented: “It’s scary to hear that when you have observed the Trump phenomenon, you have seen similarities to Jonestown.”

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