Former Ohio governor John Kasich, in an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, suggested some Trump supporters “are redeemable.”
Kasich (R), who unsuccessfully ran against former President Trump in 2016 and endorsed Joe Biden in 2020, suggested to Lemon that supporters must confess their sins before being welcomed back into the fold.
In other words, confess that the Capitol riots were as bad as the media portrays and the whole event is all Trump’s fault.
“Honestly, Don, what we have to ask ourselves are, who’s redeemable?” he said. “Who we bring over to say this is — this is just wrong. This never happened this way.”
“And we’ve got to figure out how to talk to some of those people and reach them, Don, and get them back.”
“Some of them are redeemable. I can tell you they are. And you know that some of them are, don’t you?” Kasich continued. “You’ve met them. They’ve gone up to you and said, ‘Lemon, you’re right.'”
CNN Contributor, Former Republican Governor John Kasich: “Not all Trump supporters are bad, some of them are redeemable.”
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 27, 2021
John Kasich Tells Don Lemon Some Trump Supporters Are Redeemable
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For his part, Lemon wasn’t buying the notion that some Trump supporters are redeemable, as John Kasich suggests.
“How do you reason with unreasonable people?” he asked.
“No matter how many times you show them video of Trump supporters and people – hundreds – 150 or so, or close to it, who have been arrested from the Capitol … that is not living in reality,” Lemon added.
“Why would you even want to reason with those people?”
‘Not living in reality’ is Lemon, who is super-despondent over what happened at the Capitol but denied the reality of leftist-led race riots over the summer.
Lemon had suggested rioters setting cities ablaze in the name of racial justice were comparable to American revolutionaries.
“Our country was started because, the Boston tea party. Rioting,” the CNN flak said as footage of arsons and looting were emerging.
“So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that,” he continued. “This is how this country was started.”
Was Lemon ever taken to task for inciting violence, for voicing support for the overthrow of law and order?
“Our country was started because, the Boston tea party. Rioting. So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started” –@DonLemon on @CNN 11:53 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/dGu5TmArsp
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) May 31, 2020
Trump Supporters Need to Be Deprogrammed
Kasich’s argument that some of the “redeemable” Trump supporters could one day see the light is reminiscent of several liberals who have suggested they need to be deprogrammed in some way.
Television personality Katie Couric recently asked, “How are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”
Katie Couric: “How are we going to really, almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?” pic.twitter.com/MW5LWN3dOk
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) January 18, 2021
Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson, likewise, said Trump supporters are “members of a cult” and that they need to be both “deprogrammed” and “reprogrammed.”
Fox News plays clip of Eugene Robinson saying “there are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed. It’s as if they are members of a cult…”
Harris Faulkner: “Loving a white person does not make me a cultist!” pic.twitter.com/PJ4fANZKX4
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 19, 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that “white supremacy” is a poison represented by President Trump, then suggested the government needs to “double, triple, or quadruple the funding” into programs that “deradicalize” brainwashed white supremacists.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 16, 2021
People like AOC, Lemon, and Kasich don’t want unity, they want you brainwashed just as they have been.
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