No, this isn’t a bit like Sen. Ted Cruz being the Zodiac killer. It’s an actual, honest-to-goodness piece in Newsweek we expect was rushed together pretty quickly after word of Charles Manson’s death got out.

Never mind that it’s not even surprising that a (once) mainstream news publication like Newsweek found an anti-Trump angle to play on Manson’s death. Someone actually thought this was worth posting:

“Our current president speaks in an emotional or affective way to large numbers of people in our country who feel a kind of alienation or disconnection from the government,” [psychoanalyst Mark Smaller] said. “They feel very responded to and become his political base.”

According to the psychoanalyst, cult followers like those in the Manson family are so seduced by feelings of acceptance and understanding that they accept their leaders’ ideologies regardless of how destructive or dangerous they may be.

Oh, a quick caveat: “Smaller is clear that he does not believe President Donald Trump is similar to the convicted killer.” However … he kind of was if you think about it.

Come on.

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