Newsweek caused outrage on Monday after publishing a story entitled "How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers." The outrage was caused by the organization's clear comparison of murderer Charles Manson to current President of the United States Donald Trump.
According to Newsweek, Manson was able to attract followers because he "was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or alienated." In a similar way, they continue, so was Republican candidate Donald Trump. In particular, "...we can look to the current president to see how language is used to form a bond with followers."
The article uses words like "manipulation" and phrases like "a very distorted dark side of empathy" to describe what both murderer Manson and President Trump both apparently engage in.
The Hill has reported that social media users have been highly critical of Newsweek's headline on Monday, claiming that mass murderer Manson and President Trump shouldn't be compared in such a manner. It is unfair, they believe, to say that Trump uses the same kind of "emotional" rhetoric that appeals to people who feel alienated, which is apparently the same language Manson used to appeal to his followers.
Ian Miles Cheong, for instance, wrote that Newsweek is quickly becoming worse than Mic and Salon with their bizarre criticisms of Donald Trump. Jon Gabriel also pointed out that Macedonian scammers and Newsweek both use the same language in order to gain clicks. Cory Morgan claimed that the story was "trash" and that it helps aid Trump in his campaign against "fake news."
“Our current president speaks in an emotional or effective way to large numbers of people in our country who feel a kind of alienation or disconnection from the government,” wrote Newsweek. “They feel very responded to and become his political base.”
Charles Manson died on Sunday due to natural causes. You can read more about Manson's death in our recent story.
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