• Richard Easson

“Deprogram” Trump Supporters Movement Backed by Famous Journalist

On Friday, I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show and someone emailed Rush saying that the whole “deprogramming Trump supporters” thing was a farce…a fantasy made up by right-wingers to demonize the left. Well, unfortunately the emailer’s ignorance was blown out of the water by an announcement made by yet another left-wing journalist, a bigwig at that. The announcement confirmed that the right-wing’s “fantasy” is indeed reality.

A little over a week ago, we posted an article on an MSNBC segment that featured Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones discussing the need to “deprogram” Trump supporters.

Not many days after that segment aired, famous television journalist Katie Couric echoed the stance of the need to “deprogram” supporters of the former president on an episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Just like the MSNBC segment, Couric was speaking with Maher on the topic of the Capitol siege that occurred on January 6th. During the discussion, Couric said, "I mean, it's really bizarre, isn't it, when you think about how AWOL so many of these members of Congress have gotten. But I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie."

She avowed, "and the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.”

Her comments have potentially cost her an opportunity to guest host the iconic program “Jeopardy!” according to Page Six. Couric was slated to guest host the show alongside the likes of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Ken Jennings, who holds multiple contestant records on the show, after the passing of Alex Trebek in November. Trebek, who hosted the show for nearly four decades, battled pancreatic cancer.

According to a source in the Page Six article, “The ‘Jeopardy!’ audience is very conservative. And the show has always steered clear of politics.”

The source also mentioned, "Katie's comments so soon after she was announced as a host are very concerning to the producers. They are worried there will be a backlash against her. There has already been some complaints.”