Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean charged former President Donald Trump with acting like a cult leader on Tuesday during an interview on MSNBC, likening the former executive to infamous cult leader Jim Jones.
Jones was a former cult leader who led 900 of his followers to kill themselves.
Dean told host Jason Johnson, ““These guys are not interested in serving the country. This is like Jim Jones in Guyana. It really is. Trump is Jim Jones. 900 of his followers died, some of whom did not go willingly, but he mesmerized them,” according to Breitbart News.
The former DNC chairman added, “Trump has got these people mesmerized. That is principally because these are ineffective people. They’ve lost their own agency. They have given up their own hope.”
Dean did not stop with the Jones-Trump connection. He even referred to Trump followers as similar to those who followed Hitler leading up to World War II.
“So they did what the German’s did in the depression. They put their faith in somebody who turned out to be a mad man. Trump has a lot of deficits,” he said.
“He is lazy, he is not very smart, but he is incredibly skilled at exploiting discomfort and anger. That’s what he’s doing. Just as the Germans did, people are going to pay for this with their lives, and they already are,” Dean added.
The harsh attacks came as Trump spoke on Sunday at the CPAC conference in Dallas, Texas. Trump won the 2024 presidential straw poll far ahead of all other opponents.