I’m working on a column about hardcore gay Trump supporters, some of whom marched in West Hollywood last week. It’s very difficult to understand people who revere a leader who works so hard against their interests.
It isn’t just denialism. As you say, people knew what they were getting into with Trump. Suburban women knew all about the ‘grab em by the pussy” comment before they voted for him en masse.
They knew he liked to ogle teenage girls in beauty pageant dressing rooms.
Most gay Trump supporters know the Trump administration has struck down as much anti-discriminatory regulation as they could manage in three and a half years.
So your observation about cult leader status is very interesting. A cult psychology can at least help explain what’s going on.
(Almost 12 hours later, here’s the column if anyone is interested.)