Hillary Clinton Pushes For ‘Deprogramming’ Trump Supporters

In an interview this week that evoked her infamous “basket of deplorables” moment, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested a “formal deprogramming” for many supporters of former President Donald Trump. These remarks swiftly drew ire from conservatives, and rightfully so. Clinton’s comments were aired on CNN, highlighting the contentious divide in American politics.

Clinton attempted to pit a “sane” segment of the Republican Party against what she describes as the “cult” devoted to Trump. “That’s the way it used to be. I mean, we had very strong partisans in both parties in the past,” Clinton said, reminiscing about the days where bitter battles were about policies and not personal vilification. Now, in her view, “this little tail of extremism” is dictating the direction of the GOP. She swiped at the former President and added that many MAGA supporters “take their marching orders from Donald Trump, who has no credibility left by any measure.”

Clinton’s remarks on “deprogramming” reflect a broader theme of how some Democrats view Trump supporters: not as fellow citizens with valid political differences but as misguided individuals needing correction. It’s alarming when a party’s leading figure suggests that a large swath of the American populace needs to undergo a “formal deprogramming” for their political beliefs.

Conservatives might recall Clinton’s 2016 blunder where she branded half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” She described them as “racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” words that did little to bridge the divide and arguably cost her crucial votes in swing states.

Her recent comments, hinting at a deeply embedded disdain for Trump’s base, mirror the sentiment. “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,” she continued as if trying to decipher the puzzle of Trump’s appeal. Instead of attributing his success to policy achievements or a resonant message, Clinton again resorted to portraying Trump’s base as motivated by prejudice.

Amid this radical rhetoric, there’s a glaring double standard. While Clinton and others urge unity and understanding, the same courtesy isn’t extended to the 45th President and his supporters. While Clinton has continuously called for the defeat of “election deniers” post-2020, she hasn’t hesitated to call Trump an “illegitimate president” and implied foreign interference in 2016.

Responding to Clinton’s interview, the Trump-affiliated super PAC, Make America Great Again Inc., rightly pointed out the danger in her narrative. “President Trump has said countless times that they are only coming after him, because he stands in their way from coming after you — and Hillary Clinton just confirmed that to be true,” stated spokesperson Karoline Leavitt. Clinton’s approach does nothing but deepen divisions, casting a cloud over hopes for political unity in the future.

As we navigate the political discourse, we must remember that differing opinions are the bedrock of democracy. Painting a large portion of the American population as needing “deprogramming” does a disservice to the nation’s foundational values.