John Kasich to CNN’s Lemon: ‘Some Trump supporters are redeemable.’ Lemon: Meh

John Kasich to CNN’s Lemon: ‘Some Trump supporters are redeemable.’ Lemon: Meh
Henceforth, the only Kasich image we'll need. Speaking by remote video to the Democratic National Convention, from an undisclosed location in Ohio. PBS News Hour video

How charitable! Former Ohio governor and Joe Biden surrogate John Kasich, in an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, suggested some Trump supporters “are redeemable.”

Kasich, a “Republican,” who unsuccessfully ran against former President Trump in 2016 and endorsed Joe Biden in 2020, suggested to Lemon that supporters must confess their sins before being welcomed back into the fold.

In other words, confess that the Capitol riots were as bad as the media portrays them and the whole event was all Donald Trump’s fault.

“Honestly, Don, what we have to ask ourselves are, who’s redeemable?” he said. “Who we bring over to say this is — this is just wrong. This never happened this way. And we’ve got to figure out how to talk to some of those people and reach them, Don, and get them back. Some of them are redeemable. I can tell you they are. And you know that some of them are, don’t you? You’ve met them. They’ve gone up to you and said, ‘Lemon, you’re right.’”

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So what was Lemon’s response? Nothing doing! “How do you reason with unreasonable people?” he asked, adding:

No matter how many times you show them video of Trump supporters and people – hundreds – 150 or so, or close to it, who have been arrested from the Capitol … that is not living in reality. Why would you even want to reason with those people?

The one “not living in reality” is Lemon, who is super-despondent over what happened at the Capitol but denies the reality of leftist-led race riots last summer. Lemon has suggested that rioters setting cities ablaze in the name of racial justice were merely following the noble example set by American revolutionaries.

“Our country was started because the Boston tea party. Rioting,” he said in May, adding, “So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started.”

Was Lemon ever taken to task for inciting violence, for voicing support for the overthrow of law and order?

Trump Supporters Need to Be Deprogrammed

Kasich’s argument that some of the “redeemable” Trump supporters could one day see the light is reminiscent of several liberals who have suggested that Trump voters need to be deprogrammed in some way.

Television personality Katie Couric recently asked, “How are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”

Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson likewise stated that Trump supporters are “members of a cult” and that they need to be both “deprogrammed” and “reprogrammed.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that “white supremacy” is a poison represented by Donald Trump, then suggested the government needs to “double, triple, or quadruple the funding” into programs that “deradicalize” brainwashed white supremacists.

Listening to any of these leftists lecture the Right on its need for “deradicalization” would be funny if it were not so painfully tragic.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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