Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann blocked Rose McGowan on Twitter and cursed at her after she posted a video explaining why she went on Fox News to warn against the cult-like aspects of politics, which she said are “most especially” found among Democrats.
“If you can’t tell the difference between the Republican Death Cult and the Democrats, let me summarize for you: you’re full of sh*t. And blocked,” Olbermann tweeted.
If you can’t tell the difference between the Republican Death Cult and the Democrats, let me summarize for you: you’re full of shit. And blocked.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 27, 2021
During a Monday interview with Fox News host Tammy Bruce, McGowan drew on her experience of growing up in The Children of God cult to explain the cult-like thinking she discerns on both sides of the political divide in the U.S., but “most especially” among Democrats.
“I am not here to make people feel bad about their political choices,” she said. “But I am here to say that you might be in a cult too if you don’t know the signs. And I do believe Democrats, most especially, are in a deep cult that they really don’t know about and aren’t really aware of.”
In the video to which Olbermann was responding, McGowan had said in response to anticipated criticism, “I did an interview on Fox News that it causes such a cognitive dissonance as someone who was, you know, at least basically from when I set foot in America, a Democrat, because that’s what my mother was, never questioned that Fox is the enemy. And tonight they’ll run with, you know, Rose McGowan says Democrats are in a cult, but I also said Republicans were, too.”
“If you lean deep into anything and refuse to hear anything else, and you’re serving a master that there’s no evidence is serving you, then maybe you’re in a cult,” she added. “And that was my message.”
McGowan’s warning echoed Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s recent observation that increasingly more Americans are replacing religion with politics, a trend he said is “driving everyone crazy.” As The Daily Wire reported:
Speaking with Fox News hosts Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino about the recent Gallup poll noting that U.S. church membership has declined below 50 percent, Carlson noted such a trend has “never happened, so far as I know.”
“This is the result of a long-term trend,” he said. “This is the result of a liberation movement, a liberation movement that sought to liberate Americans from the constraints of traditional religion. And like all liberation movements in this country, at a certain point it becomes the opposite of what it purports to be.”
“Are people really more liberated than they were when they believed in God?” Carlson asked. “Are they less anxious? Look, everyone dies in the end. And if you don’t acknowledge that or provide an explanation for what happens after you die, then people are filled with existential dread, with anxiety. And maybe drug abuse skyrockets, and so do suicides and hopelessness, and all the conventional signs of despair like the ones we’re seeing now.”
“And so, actually, people aren’t liberated by fleeing from meaning, from God, from religion,” Carlson concluded. “They’re enslaved. Look at the country!”
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