Newsweek compares Charles Manson with Donald Trump in an article all the while insisting it does no such thing.
“Manson was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or alienated,” Newsweek’s Melissa Matthews contends in an article titled “How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers.” She then quotes a former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Mark Smaller, who tells her: “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.”
Yes, leaders persuade and water is wet. But Donald Trump is not Charles Manson is not Donald Trump. The people playing cheerleader to Charles Manson in 1969 appeared very different from the people wearing Make America Great Again hats in 2016. One gleans the opposite impression from Newsweek.
“I fell in love with Charlie Manson the first time I saw his cherub face and sparkling eyes on TV,” Jerry Rubin of Chicago Seven fame proclaimed. He made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles County Jail to rap with Manson for three hours. The disruptive tactics Rubin and his six co-defendants used in their trial in the Windy City Manson and his three co-defendants plagiarized in their trial in the City of Angels. “His words and courage inspired us,” Rubin reflected of the serial killer. “Manson’s soul is easy to touch because it lays quite bare on the surface.”