ABC News calls for ‘cleansing the movement’ of Trump supporters, edited after backlash

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ABC News is under fire after calling for the “cleansing” of Trump supporters following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol this week.

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein used the term in a tweet promoting a piece written with MaryAlice Parks on Thursday. The tweet was eventually deleted after criticism overusing the word “cleansing,” and the article itself was updated to read “cleaning up” instead.

“Even aside from impeachment and 25th Amendment talk, Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days,” Klein and Parks wrote. “The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.”

A version of the text was also shared on Twitter by Klein on Thursday. It was soon deleted, however, after he was called out for using the term.

The article was updated and the word “cleansing” was removed, though no editor’s note was included to update readers.

“Cleaning up the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else,” the piece now reads.

“You may not like it, but it’s perfectly within Klein’s right to say everything he said,” the Media Research Center’s Nick Kangadis wrote.

“He can celebrate that Trump is leaving office all he wants. But it is the height of hypocrisy for those in the media to condemn others for violent acts that are dwarfed in comparison to the consistent violence of the far-left — one act doesn’t justify the other — and then go out and call for something like a ‘cleansing’ of people and think there’s nothing wrong with a statement like that,” he added.

But the “cleansing” narrative is nothing new as leftists took to Twitter after the November election to make a veritable hit list of Trump’s supporters.

And with the alarming purge of President Trump, his supporters and conservative voices by Big Tech, the apparent slip of the tongue by Klein should come as no surprise.

Twitter users who were not yet banned from the platform called out the ABC News political director.

 

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