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Dutch -- Yes Trumpism could be called a cult. See this website on cult charateristics published by Apologetics Index. The characteristic have are excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing).
Apologetics Index: Characteristics of Cults
The list is stated to be an analytical tool rather than a definitive list. Cults, of course, are often associated with relgious groups and the list has a religious undertone. Nevertheless, I have included and combined a few cult behaviors that might apply to Trumpism:
Cults show excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment and subservience to its leader. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished in a cult. Cult leaders induce feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and control members. Often this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.
The cult itself is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and its members (e.g., the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avataror the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity). The "exalted status" teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary...participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical (e.g., lying to family or friends).
The cult has a polarized, us-versus-them mentality and the cult leader is not accountable to any authorities. Cult members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other cult members.
The cult is preoccupied with making money.
The most loyal cult members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave — or even consider leaving — the group.
Dutch...yes if these are traits of a cult, then Trumpism could be called a cult.