A former member of Jim Jones’ cult says President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is “so similar” to that of the former cult leader, according to Newsweek.
Yulanda Williams, who fled Jonestown a year before the massacre and later rose to the rank of acting captain in the San Francisco Police Department, told KRON-TV that she sees similarities to Jonestown in 2020.
She believes Trump is “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people” from COVID-19—and says his rhetoric is “so similar” to that of Jones.
Williams said sometimes when she listens to Trump, “he sounds so much and the rhetoric is so similar to that of Jim Jones.”
Forty-two years ago, Jones killed 918 people, “around a third of them babies and children, in what was the largest loss of American life in a deliberate act until the September 11, 2001 attacks.”
The deaths took place at the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, also known as Jonestown, in Guyana. Jones urged his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch. Some drank it willingly but others were either forced or shot.
“When we say Jonestown is the most tragic incident of a massacre of people, I say don’t forget about the commander in chief who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people,” she said.
Williams’ mother, who is also a former member of Jones’ cult, died from COVID in July, Newsweek reported.
Image credit: Screengrab / Jim Jones And The Peoples Temple / YouTube; Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian / Public Domain