Eugene Robinson, analyst on MSNBC and WAPO columnist, suggested this morning that millions of Americans who support Trump need to be deprogrammed:
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 12, 2021
This is how they see you, as though you’ve been brainwashed or something by Trump. You are part of a “Trumpist cult” and they want to ‘deprogram’ you.
This is the kind of language that potentially leads to horrific consequences, because if those in power enforce policies to try and deprogram you and they are unsuccessful, then what? Is murder the next option? That tends to happen with authoritarian governments who don’t like to be opposed. Just look at Germany, China, and the USSR for 20th century examples.
Notice how Ida Bae Wells responds. She doesn’t know how to deprogram you, but one thing she does know is that you must be punished. She says we can’t just jump to reconciliation, that Trump supporters need to be punished first and only then can there be reconciliation.
What’s ironic, as RBPundit points out, is that this is what leads to violence in the streets and potentially worse:
And it’s fueling violence on both sides.
One side is pushing back saying “you’re not going to ‘deprogram’ me!”
The other side is like “these people are fascists and we’re going to deprogram them by force.”
— RBe (@RBPundit) January 12, 2021
Here’s a few more responses to this garbage:
Consult with the CCP. It has quite a successful “reprogramming” operation underway. https://t.co/vCnKhA1HHV
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 12, 2021
— Reverend Doctor Jill Biden Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 12, 2021
This man suggests "deprogramming" people who love the idea of America, the primacy of individual liberties, peace through strength, and America First policies.
Who is more dangerous? Him or us?
Communism is alive and well, my friends. Alive and well. https://t.co/83rzOcRfpK
— Dr. TxP8riot (@TxP8riot1) January 12, 2021
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) January 12, 2021