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A WashPost reviewer didn’t like a book likening Trumpism to a cult. Fake news, says TN lawmaker

Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough), standing,, confers with colleagues as they await Gov. Bill Lee arrival for his second State of the State address in Nashville on Feb. 3, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Washington Post is fake news, according to a resolution sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss. The Jonesborough Republican wants to condemn the paper for an Oct. 3, 2019, article which purportedly “suggested that Trumpism is cult-like.”

The article in question appears to be a review written by Marc Fisher in the Post’s opinion section of a book titled The Cult of Trump, by Steven Hassan, a former member of Sun Myun Moon’s Unification Church.

Fisher in his review takes serious issue with Hassan’s premise, arguing that the word cult “turns out not to be a very useful guide to the nature of charismatic leaders.” Fisher goes on to say:

The search for evidence that the president has some unnatural hold on his supporters can feel too much like an effort to bash them.

So in conclusion, Van Huss wants to label The Washington Post fake news because a reviewer didn’t like the central thesis of a book likening Trump to a cultist.

So where does that leave Van Huss?