Cult expert Steve Hassan appeared on CNN Tuesday and made the jaw-dropping claim that “all of America needs deprogramming” due to the negative influence of President Trump, especially rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. In a separate response, Mike Huckabee has had enough of leftists claiming that Trump supporters need deprogramming and has definitively said there is no such cult.
“In studying all the thought-reform brainwashing models, I’ve developed a BITE model of authoritarian control, and it basically talks about controlling behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions to create a new identity that’s dependent and obedient,” Hassan said.
“And this is a radical personality change in the mental health literature, in the APA DSM-5. It’s called the dissociative disorder, questioning of identity. And the bottom line is, all of America needs deprogramming because we’ve all been negatively influenced by Donald Trump.”
Hassan is just one of many on the left calling for the deprogramming of Trump supporters. CNN has been pushing the idea and media icons such as Katie Couric are also openly calling for it.
During “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday, former CBS News anchor Katie Couric attacked the Republicans in Congress who voted against impeaching President Trump over a charge of inciting rioters on Jan. 6.
“The question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump,” Couric said. Now, you hear that verbiage repeated over and over again on the left. Her language was the same as liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson after the Capitol riot.
Robinson said last week on MSNBC: “There are millions of Americans, almost all White, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed,” calling them members of a “Trumpist cult.”
A number of Democrats have said in recent days that those that support President Trump are effectively brainwashed. Hassan is yet another voice on the left using it as a talking point.
Hassan is a former member of the Unification Church cult who wrote a book on how he believes Trump uses “mind control” to sway and control his supporters. He expressed fear of possible violence from Trump supporters after his election loss.
“In 1974, I was fasting for Richard Nixon during Watergate. I was programmed to believe that democracy was satanic and God needed to take over America,” he said.
Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee isn’t buying the deprogramming nonsense.
“The first thing would be to get some of these leftist loons [to] take their boot off my neck. I don’t need that, I’m supposed to be a free American with the capacity to think for myself,” Huckabee told “Fox & Friends.”
“If my views are as horrible as they think they are, then nobody will follow them,” Huckabee stated.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 12, 2021
‘Deprogram’ and ‘deplatform’ have now become the new mantra from the left. There are many on social media calling for those on the right to receive an ‘intervention’ by force if necessary.
Huckabee flatly stated that there is “no cult” of Trump supporters, but rather people who “appreciate the many” actions that President Trump made for the country such as “standing up for the sanctity of life, standing with Israel by moving an embassy into that country, and resetting the Middle East.”
“I’m glad he cut taxes, deregulated for businesses so that people had the highest number of jobs among Hispanics, Blacks, and women in the history of the country. I’m glad that he pushed back against China so we’re not rolling over as these Communists continue to steal everything, including our information and our data and every single secret and innovation we’ve created,” Huckabee said.
“There are some things that even a leftist ought to be able to look at and say, ‘You know what? President Trump has done some good things,’ but they can’t. And they’re the ones who are following the cult, the cult of the left, that thinks somehow that they’re always right, they’re never wrong, and the rest of us are crazy.”
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