Jamie Raskin says he consulted cult experts to communicate with fellow extremists

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) revealed he’s sought advice from “cult deprogrammers” on how best to communicate with fellow hardline Republicans — and “steer them away” from their alternate realities.

He told some of those co-workers, “If you don’t make it, you’ll be fine when it’s all over selling incense and flowers at Dulles Airport,” Raskin said Thursday in Washington D.C. at a “Truth and Trauma” conference organized by the Faith and Justice Center at Georgetown University.

“They gave up critical thinking skills,” added Raskin, who sits on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising.

He said the deprogramming experts told him to be “as warm and affectionate and kind as possible to them and to remind them of what life was like before they joined the cult.”

Raskin blocked his withdrawal. “Let’s keep her here,” Raskin recalled saying. “In a week when [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s army is raping women and killing them and leaving their bodies in the streets, and shooting children, I wish the world would see that I have fellow Republicans who shout “Russian hoax” and see where the Trump-Putin axis take them.

Raskin covered the current serious threats to democracy in his interview at Georgetown University. He vowed that the upcoming hearings on the findings of the investigation into the storming of the US Capitol “will blow the roof off the House.”

Check out his full interview here. Raskin’s discussion of consulting cult deprogrammers begins at 1:13:10.

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