Former NBC and CBS anchor Katie Couric became the latest left-wing figure to call for Republicans to be “deprogrammed” as she celebrated the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Couric, 64, a former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show and later, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” blasted the president as well as the GOP in general during an appearance Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
During a panel discussion, host Maher began the conversation by noting the overwhelming support for the president from Republican lawmakers during Wednesday’s second impeachment vote, in which only 10 supported the Democrat-led effort.
Couric, who is set to guest-host Jeopardy!, dropped her straight news reputation to offer a distinctly partisan take.
Excited for this! https://t.co/gfTPeHlUoK
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 15, 2021
“It is so shocking. … Not only are they not conceding, Bill, but their thoughts — that there might have been some collusion among members of Congress, some are refusing to go through magnetometers … to check for weapons, they’re not wearing masks during this siege,” she 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 continued. “And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.”
President-elect Joe Biden was blasted by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) last week after accusing them of spreading “the big lie,” a phrase which was first popularized in Nazi Germany by Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, who was once quoted as saying, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Couric is just the latest left-leaning public figure to suggest ‘deprogramming’ Republican voters and lawmakers — a term that has been associated with so-called “reeducation camps,” which are utilized by authoritarian regimes to pacify political opponents.
Just a few weeks after the November election, as the Trump campaign and others filed legal challenges to election results in several states, Democratic National Committee member David Atkins argued that someone needs to “deprogram” Trump supporters.
“No seriously…how *do* you deprogram 75 million people? Where do you start? Fox? Facebook? We have to start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan. Or the failures of Reconstruction in the South,” he tweeted.
“This is not your standard partisan policy disagreement. This is a conspiracy theory fueled belligerent death cult against reality & basic decency. The only actual policy debates of note are happening within the dem coalition between left and center left,” he added.
And last week during an appearance on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, in a discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, developer of the controversial “1619 Project,” used the term when describing supporters of President Trump as members of a “cult.”
“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 they have to be deprogrammed. Do you have any idea how we start that process, much less complete it?” Robinson said.
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