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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) compared former President Donald Trump to the cult leader Jim Jones, telling CNN’s Brian Stelter that “there is no question that you could compare the two men as “merchants of deceit.” In an interview on Reliable Sources Sunday, Speier, who was shot five times and left for dead during the Jonestown massacre, said Republican supporters of the former president were displaying “cult-like behavior.” “You look at Donald Trump, a charismatic leader, who was able to continue to talk in terms that appealed to those who were disaffected, disillusioned and who were looking for something, much like those who became part of Jim Jones’ congregation, the Peoples Temple,” Speier said. Speier said Trump’s influence extends to Congress, where the former president’s supporters seem unwilling or unable to accept the truth of the 2020 election. “The big lie has now been embraced by the majority of members on the Republican side in the House of Representatives,” she said. They know that the election was not stolen. They know that it was held properly.

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