Hillary Clinton Recommends ‘Cult-Like’ Trump Supporters Be Deprogrammed
Hillary Clinton made a comment this week attacking and demeaning supporters of President Trump, characterizing them as intrinsically defective and in need of “deprogramming,” with the implicit assertion that Trump supporters are bigots. (CNN interview, C. Amanpour, 10-6-2023).
Clinton, a 2016 presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, called for a “formal deprogramming” of supporters of former President Trump. Discussing the recent removal of House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, from that post, Clinton contrasted what she called the “sane” part of the GOP caucus who helped prevent a government shutdown with the so-called “cult” wing devoted to Trump.
“That’s the way it used to be,” Clinton told CNN’s Amanpour on Thursday. “I mean, we had very strong partisans in both parties in the past, and we had very bitter battles over all kinds of things … but there wasn’t this little tail of extremism, waving, you know, wagging the dog of the Republican Party as it is today. And sadly, so many of those extremists, those MAGA extremists take their marching orders from Donald Trump …”
Referring to President Trump as “an authoritarian populist,” Clinton further stated, “… at some point, you know, maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members, but something needs to happen. And the base of the Republican Party, for whatever combination of reasons—and it is emotional and psychological, sees in him someone who speaks for them, and they are determined that they will continue to vote for him, attend his rallies, wear his merchandise because for whatever reason, he and his very negative, nasty form of politics resonates with them. Maybe they don’t like migrants, maybe they don’t like gay people, or Black people, or the woman who got the promotion at work they didn’t get, whatever the reason.”
Clinton is obviously still bitter at her 2016 loss to Trump and these comments are clearly a continuation and reassertion of her 2016 accusation in which she deemed Trump supporters to be a part of a “basket of deplorables”; “Irredeemables.” She continued “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Her comments are also reminiscent of those of then-presidential candidate, Barack Obama. Obama stated, regarding religious conservatives, that “they get bitter, they cling to their guns and religion.”
How utterly condescending. How patronizing. What a breathtaking misunderstanding of the beliefs and motivations of roughly half of the American people. Nevertheless, I believe that Clinton’s comments are truly how the Left views Trump supporters. However, what they fail to grasp is that we don’t support him because we necessarily love his personality, his brash nature, or his colorful social media posts.
We support him because he is the only hope we see to preserve any semblance of the America we grew up in and deeply cherish. He’s the only national figure we see who can possibly slow—as we witnessed during his presidency—the rapid acceleration of our federal government toward a socialist form of government and our American culture into the godless cesspool that currently smothers us.
Hillary’s use of the term “deprograming” is a code word which creates echoes from China, North Korea, Iran, Russia, and other authoritarian regimes. The term signals the end of free speech, democratic debate and political persuasion, and the expansion of the Democrats’ use of the power of the State’s Thought Police to control the meaning of words and the flow of and access to information. It means to censor and cancel. It means to silence. Deprogramming means concentration camps. Hillary Clinton’s call for “deprogramming,” noted Fox host Kayleigh McEnany, is “something you’d hear from Kim Jong Un” of North Korea.
All Americans must act to protect our form of government, unique in the sweep of human history. Our ‘government by consent of the governed’ requires that this consent include the engaged and informed involvement of its citizenry, and if necessary, ‘the last full measure of devotion’ offered on the altar of liberty like the sacrifice of more than 1.1 million Americans who were killed in combat throughout our history to ensure that the fundamental rights in our Constitution aren’t merely pretty words on ancient, dusty parchment.
It is from these beliefs and values that Hillary seeks to ‘deprogram’ Americans.