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Lev Parnas and Michael Cohen are right to think working for Trump was like being in a cult, according to a cult expert


Added 01-18-20 01:14:02am EST - “Steve Hassen, cult expert and author of "The Cult of Trump," told Insider that various aspects of Trump's presidency resembles that of a cult group.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Lev Parnas and Michael Cohen are right to think working for Trump was like being in a cult, according to a cult expert”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas and President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer lawyer Michael Cohen described working for the president as like being in a cult.

Steve Hassen, a cult expert and author of a book called "The Cult of Trump," spoke to Insider about the ways in which Trump and his circle behave share characteristics with cults.

"What's interesting and shocking to me is to hear Lev Parnas describe [Trump] as a cult leader and such, and I'm curious how he arrived to that insight," Hassen said, referring to an MSNBC interview Parnas gave.

"I knew that Trump fit the stereotypical profile of all cult leaders, which is essentially malignant narcissism, which is the narcissism — plus the psychopathic elements of feeling above the law, the pathological lying, paranoia, the jealousy, the harassment," he added.

The cult comparison has also been used by Michael Cohen, Trump's one-time lawyer. A friend of Cohen's told The New York Times last February that Cohen "would describe it as being something akin to a cult" andnhe "got sucked into it."

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