Singer and philanthropist Kid Rock made it clear on Friday in no uncertain terms what he thinks about suggestions from left-wing political figures and pundits who have called for ‘deprogramming’ supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Simply put, he’s not a fan of the idea.
“Just to be clear and follow up….THESE FAR LEFT SOCIALIST LIBERALS AND MEDIA CAN DE-PROGRAM DEEZ NUTZ!! -Everyone else, have a great weekend! -Kid Rock,” he wrote on Twitter.
Just to be clear and follow up….THESE FAR LEFT SOCIALIST LIBERALS AND MEDIA CAN DE-PROGRAM DEEZ NUTZ!! -Everyone else, have a great weekend!
-Kid Rock pic.twitter.com/Bh0pBpVFpW
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) January 21, 2021
The post also contained a meme of him walking on what appears to be a beach with the words, “Headed to deprogramming to woop [sic] some a**.”
The entertainer’s message comes in response to calls from some Democrats and their allies in the media who have openly called for ‘deprogramming’ supporters of Trump whom they appear to suggest have a dangerous allegiance to the former president.
In mid-November, as Trump’s legal team and others were launching legal challenges to election results in a number of states, David Adkins, a member of the Democratic National Committee, was among the first to call for deprogramming the former president’s 74 million-plus voters as he compared them to Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, and the Confederacy.
“No seriously…how *do* you deprogram 75 million people? Where do you start? Fox? Facebook? We have to start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan. Or the failures of Reconstruction in the South,” Adkins wrote on Twitter.
“This is not your standard partisan policy disagreement. This is a conspiracy theory fueled belligerent death cult against reality & basic decency. The only actual policy debates of note are happening within the dem coalition between left and center left,” he added.
“I know conservatives are upset by some of the responses here. And yeah, many are out of line. But what do you expect people to do in self-preservation? The Right has been running 4 years on ‘f**k your feelings, my conspiracy theories are valid opinions, and we have more guns,’” Adkins continued.
Earlier this month, long-time Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, in an interview on MSNBC with Nikole Hannah-Jones, who developed the highly controversial “1619 Project,” asked, “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, the Trumpist cult, and they have to be deprogrammed. Do you have any idea how we start that process, much less complete it?”
And last week, Katie Couric, former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show and later, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” made the same suggestion during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“It is so shocking. … Not only are they not conceding, Bill, but their thoughts — that there might have been some collusion among members of Congress, some are refusing to go through magnetometers … to check for weapons, they’re not wearing masks during this siege,” Couric, who is set to guest-host the popular, long-running game show “Jeopardy!”
“I mean, it’s really bizarre, isn’t it, when you think about how AWOL so many of these members of Congress have gotten. But I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie,” she said. “And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.”
Couric’s comments may have landed her in hot water with producers of the show, the New York Post’s Page Six reported, because of its demographic.
Producers became concerned immediately after Couric’s remarks, according to a source, because the show’s “audience is very conservative,” Page Six reported, adding that Jeopardy! has “always steered clear of politics.”
“Katie’s comments so soon after she was announced as a host are very concerning to the producers. They are worried there will be a backlash against her. There has already been some complaints,” the source told Page Six.
“Jeopardy viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there’s fears she might be too polarizing after this. At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show.”
She is scheduled to host the show for a week. Other guest hosts include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and actress Mayim Bialik.
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