There’s a saying among cult experts: Nobody ever joins a cult. Of course, people join what, to outsiders, certainly appear to be cults — the Branch Davidians, the Moonies, the Peoples Temple and so on. But these groups never describe themselves as cults, and they don’t necessarily understand themselves that way, either.
Bret Stephens: Will the Jan. 6 Committee finally bring down the cult of Trump?
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