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Conservatives Disturbed by Clinton’s Call to ‘Deprogramming’ Trump Supporters: ‘Pure Authoritarianism’


Conservatives pushed back Friday against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent suggestion that there should be a “formal deprogramming” of supporters of former President Donald Trump.

After Clinton made the claim in an interview Thursday with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour, prominent conservatives and several Republican lawmakers tore into the high-profile Democrat.

At one point in the interview, Clinton lamented that political debates in the country have become more difficult because of the hold that extremist Trump supporters have on the Republican Party. She said: “I mean, we had very strong supporters in both parties in the past, and we had very bitter battles over all sorts of things… but there wasn’t this little tail of extremism , waving, you know, wagging the dog. of the Republican Party as it is today.

Hillary Clinton warns Trump has a ‘cult’ of support, calls 2016 election ‘pretty traumatic’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there should be a “formal deprogramming” of Trump supporters during an interview with CNN. (Screenshot/CNN)

Clinton blamed this on Trump, adding: “And unfortunately, a lot of these extremists, these MAGA extremists take their orders from Donald Trump, who has no credibility by any measure anymore.” He is only there for himself. He now defends himself in civil actions and criminal actions. And when do they break up with him?

The former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate then argued that “formal” measures might be necessary to deprogram them.

She said, “Because at some point, you know, there may have to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members, but something has to happen. »

Amanpour could be seen on video laughing at Clinton’s “deprogramming” remark.

But conservative critics blasted Clinton after a clip of her comment aired on X.

Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway expressed concern over Clinton’s statement, writing: “Watch for authoritarianism. Former Democratic presidential candidate calls for re-education of political opponents.”


British politician and conservative commentator Nigel Farage questioned Clinton’s courage for saying such a thing. He posted: “This woman’s arrogance and hatred of ordinary people knows no bounds.”

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald provided his analysis of her quote, saying: “As she grows more and more bitter about her 2016 defeat — even if you think she can’t handle it — Hillary Clinton is increasingly a liberal identity: she just spews what liberals really think and feel but know not to say. »

“That’s where the ‘Basket of Deplorables’™ comes from,” he added.

Chaya Raichik, owner of the TikTok account, joked: “Nothing to see here…just Hillary Clinton wanting to put Republicans in re-education camps.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted, “Hillary Clinton helps explain why her Democratic allies are trying to imprison Trump, Republican Party leaders and activists. »

Digital strategist Greg Price commented: “She’s the Wicked Witch of the West, the spawn of Satan, and the angry old middle school teacher all rolled into one. »

Professor and author Dr. Gad Saad remarked, “She is truly amazing. »

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., noted, “Hillary says the quiet part out loud — and reveals the left’s true agenda.” Use the government to crush all opposition. Pure authoritarianism. »

David Asman of Fox News wrote: “Maybe there needs to be formal deprogramming of Trump voters. Really ? Hillary once again exposes the totalitarian temptation of her radical-Alinsky roots.

Sean Southard, Kentucky GOP Communications Manager, posted: “’Formal Deprogramming’ Brought to You by the Creator of ‘Baskets of Deplorables.’

Conservative influencer duo The Hodge Twins said: “Bullies love re-education camps.”

Conservative commentator James Lindsay offered an alternative, declaring: “Deprogram the Woke.”

Fox News contributor Joe Concha criticized Amanpour’s amusement at Clinton’s statement, posting: “Of course Amanpour, who swears she’s just an objective reporter asking the questions difficult, laughs with Hillary’s deplorable 2.0 moment…”


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