An ABC News column written by Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks was quietly edited after it argued for “cleansing” the movement of Trump supporters. (RELATED: Eugene Robinson to Nikole Hannah-Jones: How do we ‘deprogram’ Trump supporters?)
“Even aside from impeachment and 25th Amendment talk, Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part,” the pair argued. “Cleansing the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.”
ABC quietly changed the verbiage in the column to “cleaning up,” while Klein simply deleted a tweet he had initially posted promoting the article.
Political Director for @ABC News based in Washington DC appears to have deleted his tweet about the 75 million Americans who voted for Trump that talked about the challenge of "cleansing the movement." pic.twitter.com/HS1Rwrn94S
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) January 7, 2021
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Take a ‘Cleansing’ Breath
Nothing quite says “unity” like the media suggesting that Republicans “cleanse” themselves of Trump supporters — all 75 million of them.
The Media Research Center’s Nick Kangadis responded to the hate-filled term by writing that Klein “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.”
It wasn’t long before some social media users drew the inescapable link between past instances of ethnic cleansing and the call for a political cleansing.
"Cleansing" is an interesting term. Seems like a leader in Germany used the same term in the 1930's and 1940's. It was problematic.
— We hold these truths to be self-evident… (@BradH0101) January 7, 2021
I'm not going anywhere. What is this "cleansing" you speak of? You represent a major network you probably better delete this 🤔
— DeniseVB (@blogho) January 7, 2021
“Cleansing” ? Where have I heard that before?
— Bakes (@bakesinnc29) January 7, 2021
ABC Suggested It, Big Tech Is Actually Doing It
As impeachment discussions take place and threats of invoking the 25th Amendment are bantered about, it’s clear there is a push to completely eradicate any memory of the Trump administration. (RELATED: Macaulay Culkin supports calls to have Trump cameo edited out of ‘Home Alone 2’)
Big Tech, an arm of the Democratic Party, has engaged in a little actual cleansing. Thousands of prominent Republicans have watched a steady decline in followers on Twitter since the Capitol riots took place.
This is how you create an echo chamber… pic.twitter.com/aPDA37qKS0
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) January 9, 2021
“The radical left and their big tech allies cannot marginalize, censor, or silence the American people,” former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, adding, “This is not China, this is the United States of America, and we are a free country.”
Indeed, Communist China would be proud.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession