• Richard Easson

How to "Deprogram" a Trump Supporter as Told by MSNBC

What do you get when you take a WaPo columnist and a NYT journalist and stick them both on MSNBC?

A segment on how to "deprogram" a Trump supporter, that's what!

That's right! A segment recently aired on MSNBC where Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson suggested to New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones that there is a need to "deprogram" Trump supporters based on the events that took place at the Capitol building last week.

Robinson said “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 have to be deprogrammed.”

Robinson then asked Hannah-Jones how Trump supporters could be deprogrammed. She responded "I'm a journalist, I certainly don't know how we can stop people." She continued, "I know we can look to history. What ultimately breaks that power structure in the South is enforcement, right? There has to be consequences. And then once you get those consequences...people have to take a second look at their actions.”

Robinson's comments came only a day after he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post regarding the fraud that took place in the 2020 presidential election. He argued that Republicans were living in a "paranoid fantasy" for believing the "delusions advanced by Trump."

He wrote, “Pretending the election was stolen from Trump is popular with the GOP base, which only gives lawmakers an incentive to participate in this awful pantomime. The result is the insurrection we saw last Wednesday.”