Washington Post reporter Eugene Robinson has told NY Times Magazine that Democrats should “deprogram” supporters of President Donald Trump after last week’s protest at the Capitol.
“There are millions of American citizens, almost all white, almost all conservatives, who need to be somehow deprogrammed,” Robinson claimed during her appearance on MSNBC. “It’s like they are in a cult, the Trumpist cult, and need to be deprogrammed.”
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When she was asked how the nation could go about deprogramming the President’s supporters, she responded that history proves people must face punishments for their actions.
“Let’s look at history,” she said. “What ultimately destroyed that power system in the South was force. There must be consequences. And then once you achieve those consequences … people are forced to take a second look at their behavior.”
She went on to say people have become too focused on reconciling after confrontational events, which only “emboldens” the people who commit violence.
“This country always wants to quickly go directly into reconciliation,” Hannah-Jones said. “We’ve always been scared that if you really punish the white nationalists that it will only make things worse. But actually, what history says is that not reacting, or not pushing accountability, will embolden these people and their movements.”
Robinson’s words come a day after he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post saying that conservatives were having a “paranoid fantasy” for agreeing with the “delusions of the President” that the election was stolen.
“Pretending there was voter fraud and that the election was taken from Trump is very common with his base, and this gives lawmakers a reason to go along with this terrible pantomime,” Robinson said. “The end result is the insurrection we saw last week.”