The 42nd President of the United States Bill J. Clinton and his wife former first lady Hillary Clinton attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo) (PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ,— invoking positively Orwellian language—called for a “formal deprogramming” of Donald Trump’s MAGA “cult members.”
Clinton acknowledged that the former president is likely to be the Republican nominee for president.
Clinton stated that Trump’s form of politics resonates with his supporters because they are homophobic, racist, and sexist.
“It’s a classic tale of an authoritarian, populist who really has a grip on the emotional psychological needs and desires of a portion of the population. And the base of the Republican party, for whatever combination of reasons — and it is emotional and psychological — sees in him someone who speaks for them. And they are determined that they will continue to vote for him, attend his rallies, wear his merchandise, because for whatever reason, he and his very negative, nasty form of politics resonates with them.” Clinton said.
“Maybe they don’t like migrants. Maybe they don’t like gay people or black people or the woman who got the promotion at work they didn’t get. Whatever the reason. You know, Make America Great Again was a bid for nostalgia to return to a place where people couldn’t be in charge of their lives, feel empowered, say what they want, insult whoever came in their way. and that was really attractive to a significant portion of the Republican base. So it is like a cult.” she continued.
“And somebody has to break that momentum. And that’s why I believe Joe Biden will defeat him. Hopefully, then that will be the end and the fever will break and Republicans can try to get back to fighting about issues and elect people who are at least responsible and accountable.” she added.
“Sadly, so many of those extremists, those MAGA extremists take their marching orders from Donald Trump, who has no credibility left by any measure. He’s only in it for himself. He’s now defending himself in civil actions, and criminal actions. And when do they break with him because at some point, maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members, but something needs to happen.” Clinton concluded.