Leftists responded to a Twitter thread asking “how do you deprogram 75 million people?” by suggesting Trump supporters should be interned in “re-education camps” and that all conservative talk radio should be banned.
“No seriously…how *do* you deprogram 75 million people? Where do you start? Fox? Facebook?” asked David Atkins (pronouns in bio), a regional director for California Democrats. “We have to start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan. Or the failures of Reconstruction in the South,” he added.
This is not your standard partisan policy disagreement. This is a conspiracy theory fueled belligerent death cult against reality & basic decency.— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) November 18, 2020
The only actual policy debates of note are happening within the dem coalition between left and center left.
Atkins went on to frame Trump voters as a “conspiracy theory fueled belligerent death cult against reality & basic decency” before issuing a veiled threat by stating, “People are gonna try to figure out how to defend themselves.”
i mean, for chrissakes, conservatives are literally giving themselves COVID just to own the libs. They're dying in COVID wards insisting they don't have COVID because it must be a liberal plot.— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) November 19, 2020
People are gonna try to figure out how to defend themselves.
While asserting the moral high ground, many of the response in the thread demanded outright tyranny or yet more censorship as a means of ensuring “the good guys” have their way.
One verified user called for “Nuremberg trials.”
Started with the Nuremberg trials.— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) November 18, 2020
“I would look at Germany and see what they did about Nazis. Because you’re dealing with the same mentality,” said another.
I would look at Germany and see what they did about Nazis. Because you're dealing with the same mentality— Cliff Moskowitz (@CLIFFMOSKOWITZ) November 19, 2020
“Reeducation camps for those salvageable,” said another. Firing squad for irredeemable malcontents. Round up entire families to ensure the disease doesn’t spread.”
Reeducation camps for those salvageable.— Sari Not Sari GigaCharlatan Dr. Musk for Prison (@xenomorpher1) November 19, 2020
Firing squad for irredeemable malcontents.
Round up entire families to ensure the disease doesn't spread.
“Generally speaking, I believe re-education camps are a good thing,” added another.
Generally speaking, I believe re-education camps are a good thing. But we don’t need to send 75 million people there. Maybe we just need a party that represents their material interests so they won’t be so susceptible to future grifts?— Hunter Biden, son of Asgard (@goodchillhunti1) November 19, 2020
Another called for the removal of “radio talk show hosts from airwaves through rigorous application of hate speech laws.”
Steps to deprogramming 70M deluded people:— James Wooten (@rantonstupidity) November 18, 2020
1) @FCC to revoke @FoxNews broadcast license
2) Remove radio talk show hosts from airwaves through rigorous application of hate speech laws
3) send free newspapers to schools so kids can be exposed to truth
4) Free college tuition ...
“Cut them off completely. End the flow of false information suddenly and immediately,” said another, calling for all right-wing news outlets to “die.”
Fox, Facebook, OANN, Newspeak (?), right wing radio.— StarlaD😷🐈☕💙🔜🌊 (@StarlaD14) November 18, 2020
Cut them off completely. End the flow of false information suddenly and immediately.
Starve out the conspiracies. Let them die. Pump the truth out 24/7 on all platforms remaining.
Do all that for 5 years and 25% will remain.
Another respondent called for “banning Trump flags.”
Start by banning trump flags like we should have done with the confederate flag. One of our many mistakes and why we failed at Reconstruction. We should not allow a hate symbol to be flown with pride in our democracy. Germany got that one right after WWII— philadelphiamoderate (@philade92850022) November 19, 2020
Hans, are we the baddies?
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