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The word "deprogramming" is typically used in connection with extremist religious cults such as the Unification Church, the Tony & Susan Alamo Christian Foundation or Jim Jones' the People's Temple, but cults can be political as well — for example, the QAnon movement. Political science expert Brian Klaas, in a Washington Post op-ed published on January 25, lays out some reasons why it is so difficult to "deprogram" Americans who have embraced far-right political cults and outlandish conspiracy theories.
"For the past four years, the United States was governed by a conspiracy theorist in chief," explains Klaas, who teaches global politics at University College London. "Whether by retweeting QAnon accounts from the Oval Office or painting himself as the victim of shadowy 'deep state' plots at rallies, President Donald Trump injected the toxin of baseless conspiratorial thinking straight into America's political bloodstream. On January 6, America saw how far that venom had spread as a ragtag group of militias, racist extremists and flag-waving disciples of Trumpism stormed the Capitol."
Nikki Haley blasted as 'terrorist sympathizer' after claiming there's 'no basis' for Trump impeachment
Former President Donald Trump's former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is being strongly criticized after telling Fox News, "I don't even think there's a basis for impeachment." Trump incited the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths, including the killing of a police officer. At least 134 law enforcement officers were assaulted during the attempted coup. And a majority of voters, 52%, blame Trump for the attack.
But according to Haley, Trump deserves "a break," and those who support conviction in his Senate trial should instead just "move on."
A Portland man is facing one felony count of assault and two counts of bias crimes after he assaulted an Asian-American woman on a bus while trying to pin blame on her for the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Fox12 Oregon, 39-year-old Peter Eschright was taken into custody and released after the attack on a TriMet bus last week.
Multnomah prosecutors claim Eschright entered the bus and, upon spying the unidentified woman, kicked her in both shins before berating her with racist comments related to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, the woman had trouble walking after the incident, but did not need to be taken to the emergency room.
After being taken into custody by Multnomah County sheriff's deputies, Eshright was charged with the bias crimes as well as one count of felony assault in the fourth degree, which could be lowered to a lesser charge at the prosecutor's discretion.
He was then released.