Jared Yates Sexton on why Trump calling himself “the chosen one” before the press is dangerous.

First published in August 2019.

Jared Yates Sexton is an American author and political commentator from Linton, Indiana. He is an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.
• He wrote and shared the following story on Twitter a few hours ago.

Donald Trump just said, “I am the chosen one.”

Make no mistake.

His push to forward the narrative that he is a messiah isn’t an accident. It is a strategy for 2020 and an escalation in vilifying his opponents. This is beyond dangerous in a way that is hard to overstate.

Listen. This could lead to deaths. We have already seen followers of Trump kill, believing they are part of a war. If he pushes this into crusade territory and tells them that apocalyptics liberals are satanic... that is a recipe for a bloodbath.

This has been pushed repeatedly in conspiracy circles like Info Wars, which is a testing ground for furthering rhetoric. It is going to be heard by apocalyptic evangelicals who are conditioned for ideas of reference and willing to act out their fantasies.

Important to note: the white supremacist extremists in this country and fascists are working like a mirror of ISIS. This doesn’t bode well that it is taking this turn. At all.

People I know, people I grew up with, having been told their whole lives to prepare for a final battle, to buy guns and prepare accommodations. This is a harnessing of those teachings and is a scorched earth policy that is ghastly in scope and danger.

This isn’t about the Israel angle, that is an inroad for getting to the apocalyptic myth. He is pushing New World Order/globalist takeover and Democrats, by default, as agents of Satan.

Journalists and politicians need to get familiar in a hurry with this stuff because it is where we are going in 2020. It is brutally obvious. And if it escalates we are in serious, serious trouble.🔷

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 21 August 2019 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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