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Atlantic calls for using Thanksgiving to ‘deprogram’ or ‘flag’ close conservatives

The Atlantic published an essay on the eve of Thanksgiving, calling on readers to use Thanksgiving family reunions to “deprogram” and sow doubt among conservative parents, suggesting that one may even be able to change their minds or maybe “Need to report [them] to the FBI!

In an essay writing through Daily beast With Associate Editor Molly Jong-Fast titled “De-Schedule Your Loved Ones for Thanksgiving,” the left-wing scholar called the nationwide celebration “terrible” and “no one thinks of a good time,” but said insisted that using the time to “deprogram” loved ones might make it worthwhile.

“Thanksgiving is terrible, and if you at least spend some time trying to deprogram your niece, you won’t get bored or depressed,” she wrote. “[T]although you might be enraged that Fox News or Infowars convinced her that Trump can “save America” ​​from Joe Biden’s radical agenda of giving people hearing aids and free preschool.

Calling the idea that Thanksgiving is a “time of harmony, kindness and gratitude” to be “completely wrong,” Jong-Fast criticized those who “think you should spend your Thanksgiving playing well.”

She specifically targeted those who “claim your cousin doesn’t follow QAnon and your uncle doesn’t believe the election was stolen and also that the Cyber ​​Ninjas are a bunch of cucks for not finding out about voter fraud.” “.

“Spending vacations sitting down, pretending your crazy parents aren’t crazy, is one of America’s centuries-old traditions,” she said, while adding “this is not a normal time”.

Noting that, unlike last Thanksgiving, Americans can finally reunite “safely” with their families – including “weird cousins ​​and uncles” – Jong-Fast called on readers to take advantage of the opportunity to “deprogram” them.

“This is your chance to deprogram them,” she wrote.

“This is your chance to tell your aunt that the news she gets from it might not be that reliable,” she added. “And that perhaps the MAGA news network is not giving him impartial news either.”

She also highlighted the coronavirus vaccination as a particular problem for dealing with loved ones.

“Especially when it comes to vaccines, family members can really win the hearts and minds of others,” she wrote, adding, “You could literally save your creepy uncle’s life.”

Regarding other issues, she said, “there’s a good chance someone at your Thanksgiving table is QAnon curious or believing the big lie.”

“Should you let that person rant and rave about the fact that there were voting ‘irregularities’ even though there were no irregularities?” ” she asked.

She also argued that those relatives may ignore the truth due to their sources of information.

“If they keep up to date with the news through Facebook and Fox News, they are in such a silo of information that they might never hear the truth about what really happened in the 2020 election.” , she wrote.

Jong-Fast added: “For the record: nothing happened.”

She then suggested that such confrontations might be the only hope those loved ones have to be understood.

“You might be the only person your uncle talks to all year round who can explain to him that the Cyber ​​Ninjas themselves haven’t found any evidence of voter fraud,” she wrote. “You may be the only person in the world who can sit down with your anti-vaccine cousin and explain to her that the vaccine will not make her sterile and that Alex Berenson is an impostor.”

She concluded by suggesting that such attempts at “deprogramming” could potentially change the minds of others, although the need to “report a relative to the FBI” is also an option.

“[M]aybe you’re going to plant the seed, just sow a little doubt about what Tucker Carlson is saying now. Maybe you will even change a heart or a mind, ”she said. “Maybe you can turn the temperature down just a little bit.” Or maybe you need to report a relative to the FBI! “

“Either way, it’s something to do besides just eating,” she added.

In response, many took to social media to ridicule the essay.

“You are completely normal and not bothered,” joked Iranian-American columnist Sohrab Ahmari. “Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise! “

“Daily Beast editor-in-chief and aspiring Cheka Commissioner Molly Jong Fast asks you to report your loved ones to the FBI for Thanksgiving,” wrote Christina Pushaw, press secretary to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Historians of the future will specialize in understanding how an entire generation of American elites went mad,” wrote bestselling author and Senate candidate JD Vance.

“For those who know a bit of history, this was the state of mind in Italy and Germany in the early 1930s”, wrote a Twitter user. “Deprogram, report what nonsense.”

“This is the way to bring your family together, report them to the FBI”, joked another user.

“Or just enjoy your family despite their differences and not be a sufficient and sufficient asshole for one day”, another wrote.

it is not the first time that the “deprogramming” of those on the right was encouraged by those on the left.

In February, former FBI Deputy Director Frank Figliuzzi called for a large-scale “de-radicalization approach” of “members of Trump’s political sect,” while stressing the need to “deprogram” those who believe Joe Biden did not win the recent presidential election.

That same month, the New York Times published an essay detailing a series of recommendations the Biden administration must adopt to resolve the “reality crisis” and “de-radicalize” citizens, including the establishment of a “reality czar” and a “Truth commission”.

In a video promoted by the left at the start of the year, citizens were called upon to become cyber-detectives to monitor and report conservative “radical” fellow citizens to the authorities.

In January, Vanity Show published an interview with cult expert Steven Hassan on how to go about “deprogramming” Trump supporters, while advocating for a “mass education” effort involving the participation of schools, mental health professionals, military law enforcement, media, politicians and intelligence agencies.

He also has declared that “all of America needs to be deprogrammed” because of President Trump’s negative influence.

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