This is a real question.
You can answer it for yourself however you want, I’m just going to present some videos.
To paraphrase my friends over at Fox News, “I report, you decide”.
Ok, let’s get started.
The whole idea for this article came from watching a truly disturbing video of what is said to be an ASU Student screaming about Trump.
Fair warning for this next video and really the whole article: this is disturbing content. It uses disturbing language and has violent, disturbing messages.
You have been warned.
And it’s actually that warning that leads me to ask the question….Are these people demon-possessed?
Are these demons manifesting?
Because I don’t know how else you describe this.
This is something that seems very non-human, screaming about “slashing their f**king throats”.
And looks at his eyes and face.
Look at the facial contortions.
Has this person lost control of their body?
Is a Demon contorting his face?
Here are two backups in case that video or Tweet gets taken down:
That led me to think back to other infamous examples of what might be Demons manifesting.
Like this next one.
The high pitched screaming is a common sign in these videos.
Is this literally a Demon screaming?
This next one is a litter lighter note.
Perhaps the original video that led to the term Trump Derangement Syndrome:
Next up....is this normal?
No really, is anything about this normal?
In these next ones we can literally see the Pentagram and other Demonic, Satanic images.
And the bizarre, embarrassing outfits in general.
As one person put it, are these demons literally causing people to look foolish?
Does the more foolish someone looks suggest the level of demon possession?
I mean, how else do you describe this?
It's not rational.
For this next one, I again want you to look at the facial contortions of this blond lady.
Is this normal?
Look at how tight and twisted her face is.
What is going on?
This next one is really bad.
How else do you describe this folks?
This is not normal human behavior:
This is more of a meltdown, not violent.
But still, is this normal?
I say no.
I'm actually not the first person to have this idea, so I can't claim to be the original source of this idea.
Check out this article headline from NY Mag:
Quoting from the article (which does not take a favorable view of the idea, I understand that):
Energy Secretary Rick Perry created a bit of a stir by disclosing to Fox & Friends that he had assured the president he was “the chosen one,” quite literally on a mission from God in his role as our “ruler.” In my piece on the incident, I noted this was pretty standard fare among Christian right opinion leaders and politicians. But at roughly the same time, we got an indication from two other prominent Trump fans that it’s not enough to endow this strange and heathenish figure of manifold wicked ways with the cloak of divine sanction; his critics must be cast in the same apocalyptic drama as instruments of demonic forces. Seriously. Veteran adviser to Republican presidents on matters moral and spiritual, Peter Wehner, scathingly writes it up for The Atlantic:
During his November 21 interview with [Franklin] Graham, [Eric] Metaxas, a Salem Radio Network talk-show host, asked the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, “What do you think of what is happening now? I mean, it’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, responded, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying—”
At which point Metaxas interjected, “I would disagree. It’s not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it’s a spiritual battle.”
In Evangelical-speak, “spiritual battle” or “spiritual warfare” means a test of power between God and Satan (or his demonic minions), with human souls and the fate of all Creation in the balance. Describing one’s opponents as on the wrong side of a “spiritual battle” is simultaneously an expression of the most extreme hatred available to a Christian, and a rationalization for it on grounds that the object of demonic possession is not entirely responsible for becoming the devil’s workshop (it’s a variation on the old conservative Christian dodge of “hating the sin but not the sinner” when it comes to, say, being gay). In the context of politics, Graham, who has been busily ruining his father’s good name since he took over Billy’s ministries in 2000, and Metaxas, a veteran culture warrior, are suggesting that the moral and spiritual superiority — nay, necessity — of Trump and his party are so resplendently obvious that only a turn to the darkest side imaginable can explain it, as Wehner writes:
They didn’t make the case that Trump critics are sincere but wrong, or even that they are insincere and unpatriotic. Instead, they felt compelled to portray those with whom they disagree politically as under demonic influences, which for a Christian is about as serious an accusation as there is. It means their opponents are the embodiment of evil, the “enemy,” anti-God, a kind of anti-Christ.
There is no biblical or theological case to support the claim that critics of Donald Trump are under the spell of Satan. It is invented out of thin air, a shallow, wild, and reckless charge meant to be a conversation stopper.
The rationalizations these people go through to treat Trump as God’s champions requires an incredible, almost comic, amount of huffing and puffing. Here’s Metaxas being quoted after Trump’s outrageous comments on the white-nationalist rioters of Charlottesville in the infamous “spiritual biography” of the president that David Brody and Scott Lamb published in 2018:
Mark Taylor, the Firefighter Trump prophet, has also commented on the idea:
So....what say you?
Is this normal behavior?
Just people who are upset?
Or is there something happening on a spiritual level here?
Please let me know your thoughts!