According to Brian Klaas, an associate professor at University College London and a Washington Post opinion columnist, the United States has a big problem on its hands: How does the country “deprogram” the millions of Trump supporters who refuse to see The Truth?
From the column:
Bringing the deluded people who populate Trump’s political base back to reality will be difficult. But to find the right antidote, we need to at least accurately diagnose who has taken the poison. And that means acknowledging that those who sympathize with the Capitol insurrectionists are not far-off lunatics. Some, most likely, are your neighbors.
And, given the staying power of conspiratorial thinking, they aren’t likely to change their minds anytime soon.
Now, to be completely fair to Klaas, he spends the majority of his column focusing exclusively on QAnon believers, not the 74 million voters who wanted to see Trump enjoy a second term in office. Now, how anyone can still buy into the Q stuff after Biden’s inauguration, we’re not really sure. But hey, friendships were probably made, people got comfortable in their groups, and so forth. It’s likely not something that can be explained on a purely intellectual basis.
That said, Klaas repeatedly blurs the line between QAnon believers, the people who stormed the Capitol, and generic “Trump supporters.” Indeed, he blurs the line in a way that is exactly the opposite of what the media does when it comes to Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence. In those cases, reporters break their backs to tell us that the protests are “largely peaceful” and that any violence can be assuredly blamed on a small number of “instigators.”
In this case, however, all Trump supporters are to be thrown in the same stew as QAnon adherents and Capitol insurrectionists. Hell, sometimes we get the feeling they want to throw all white people in the boat.
In any event, it’s not up to the United States, the Biden administration, or Democrats to root out people who believe different things and “deprogram them.” If the left wants to start worrying about people who believe falsehoods, maybe they should take a look at their own ideology. Any political movement that believes men can be born women and vice versa has precious little room to start talking about the importance of objective truth.