Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday on CNN’s “Primetime” that she believes there needs to be “formal deprogramming of cult members” who support former President Donald Trump.
Clinton said: “You saw the number of Republicans who voted with Democrats to keep the government open, so there’s clearly a sane, sane part of the Republican caucus in the House. But I think they are intimidated. Often, you know, they say and do things that they know better than to say or do. This will require us to defeat these most extreme measures and those who promote them, in order to try to reach common ground on which people can work together again.”
She continued: “It was like that before. I mean, we had very strong supporters in both parties in the past and we had very bitter battles on all kinds of things, gun control, climate change, the economy and taxes. But there wasn’t this little tail of extremism wagging the dog of the Republican Party like there is today. And unfortunately, a lot of these extremists, these MAGA extremists, take their orders from Donald Trump, who no longer has any credibility by any measure. He is only there for himself. He is now defending himself in civil and criminal actions. When do they break up with him? You know, because at some point, you know, there may have to be a formal deprogramming of cult members. But something has to happen.
Clinton added: “At this point, I think, unfortunately, he will still be the nominee and we have to defeat him and we have to defeat the election deniers, like we did in 2020 and 2022, and we have to just be smarter about how we try to hold the right people in the Republican Party accountable.
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