Trump operates like the Church. Creating doubt in the people by juxtaposing an alternative reality that puts you in a bind: You must obey your president, right or wrong because your president is America; but the reality of the president conflicts with what my nature experiences. Conflict between obedience and nature right there. I don’t know what’s real now…so you decide. I can’t.
Patriotism, Nationalism is a secular religion that responds to the same religious symbols the church uses. The president is the equivalent to the Catholic Pope who cannot be wrong. What we have is the resurrection of the holy Roman Catholic Church as a political party and ideology. What’s interesting is that in Catholicism the Church or office is the vehicle of God’s grace, not the priest, so the priest can sin (drink and cuss) and not stop the flow of grace.
Translate that to the President as Pope, the Office cannot sin, but the president as a mortal can—and it won’t block the power of the office which flows from God. The priest can be immoral and it won’t hurt the Church, so the religion says.