Jelani Cobb: Trump’s Created a ‘Cult of Personality’ and ‘No One’s Willing to Take the Risk of The Political Fallout of Criticizing Him’
COBB: "That’s right, and then to carry the McCarthy point forward, it’s crucial that we remember that McCarthy’s fall came about in part because he alienated himself from the Republican Party. It was Eisenhower. He didn’t fall under Truman. It was the Eisenhower presidency where he said this is actually corrosive and we have to put a stop to this. So it was not simply a preordained thing that when you have a demagogic figure in your party, you are obligated to toe the line and support this person, defend this person time and time again, yet we’ve seen feeble, at best, criticism of Donald Trump from within the Republican Party, and partly because of the nature of the populist swell he has, kind of cult of personality that he’s constructed, that no one’s willing to take the risk of the political fallout of criticizing him."