Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson spoke out on Tuesday morning to blast supporters of President Donald Trump, saying that they are “members of a cult” and that they need to be both “deprogrammed” and “reprogrammed.”
While hosting “Morning Joe,” Robinson asked New York Times writer and 1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones how the nation can start and complete the “process” of deprogramming Trump supporters.
“[T]he difference between the white citizens’ councils and the Klan back in the days of Jim Crow, and you know, Klan was lower-income, white citizens’ councils were the Josh Hawleys and Ted Cruzes of their day,” Robinson said. “But so, here’s the situation, though. … There are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans who somehow need to be deprogrammed. It’s as if they are members of a cult, the Trumpist cult, and they have to be deprogrammed. Do you have any idea how we start that process, much less complete it?”
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“I don’t. I’m a journalist. I don’t know how we can stop people,” Hannah-Jones responded. “I know we can look to history, though. What ultimately breaks that power structure in the South is enforcement, right? There has to be consequences. And then once you get those consequences, I think people have to take a second look at their actions. And they have to be much more afraid to do the types of kind of violence that we saw last week.”
Democrats are currently trying to impeach Trump days after his supporters stormed the Capitol building to protest the election results. This comes after Hillary Clinton shamed the president and his supporters in an op-ed for The Washington Post called “Trump should be impeached. But that alone won’t remove white supremacy from America.”
“Trump ran for president on a vision of America where whiteness is valued at the expense of everything else,” Clinton wrote. “In the White House, he gave white supremacists, members of the extreme right and conspiracy theorists their most powerful platforms yet, even claiming that there were ‘very fine people’ among the torch-wielding militia members who converged on Charlottesville in 2017.”
Clinton went on to predict that the riot at the Capitol, which she saw as an “insurrection,” will lead to “an even greater tragedy” if digital censorship is not amplified to combat “conspiracy theories” subscribed to by supporters of President Donald Trump.