Atlantic urges to use Thanksgiving to ‘deprogram’ or ‘report’ conservative relatives

That Atlantic Ocean published an essay on the eve of Thanksgiving, urging readers to use family Thanksgiving gatherings to “deprogram” and then cast doubt on conservative relatives, suggesting that it may even succeed in changing its mind or perhaps “need to report [them] to the FBI! “

I and essay written by Daily Beast contributing editor Molly Jong-Fast titled “Deprogram Your Relatives This Thanksgiving,” the left-leaning expert called the national celebration “terrible” and “nobody’s idea of ​​a great time”, though insisted on using the time to “deprogram” relatives could do it’s worth it.

“Thanksgiving is awful, and if you at least spend your time trying to program your niece, you will not be bored or depressed,” she wrote. “[T]”though you may be furious that Fox News or Infowars have convinced her that Trump can ‘save America’ from Joe Biden’s radical agenda of giving people hearing aids and free pre-K.”

Jong-Fast called the notion that Thanksgiving is a “time of harmony and sweetness and gratitude” a “completely wrong one,” and he beat those who “think you should spend your Thanksgiving playing nicely.”

She specifically targeted those who “pretend that your cousin does not follow QAnon and that your uncle does not believe the election was stolen, and also that the cyber ninjas are a bunch of cucks for not exposing voter fraud.”

“Spending a vacation sitting and pretending that your crazy relatives are not crazy is one of America’s long-standing traditions,” she asserted, though she added, “we are not in normal times.”

While noting that unlike last Thanksgiving, Americans can finally reunite “more safely” with family – including “weird cousins” – Jong-Fast urged readers to use the option to “deprogram” them.

“This is your chance to deprogram them,” she wrote.

“This is your chance to tell your aunt that the news she gets from it may not be so reliable,” she added. “And that the MAGA news network might not give her impartial news either.”

She also highlighted coronavirus vaccination as a particular problem to confront relatives about.

“Especially when it comes to vaccines, family members can actually win each other’s hearts and minds,” she wrote, adding, “You can literally save your creepy uncle’s life.”

As for other questions, she claimed, “there’s a decent chance someone at your Thanksgiving table will be QAnon-curious or believe the big lie.”

“Should you let this person toot and rave about how there were” irregularities “even though there were no irregularities? She asked.

She also argued that such relatives may be ignorant of the truth because of their news sources.

“If they follow current events through Facebook and Fox News, they are in such an information silo that they may never hear the truth about what really happened during the 2020 election,” she wrote.

Jong-Fast added, “For the record: Nothing happened.”

She then suggested that such confrontations might be the only hope that such relatives have of being reached through.

“You may be the only person your uncle talks to all year who could explain to him that the cyberninja themselves found no evidence of voter fraud,” she wrote. “You may be the only person in the world who can sit down with your anti-wax cousin and explain to her that the vaccine will not make her infertile and that Alex Berenson is a cheater.”

She concluded by suggesting that such attempts at “deprogramming” could potentially change the minds of others, although the need to “report a relative to the FBI” was also an option.

“[M]maybe you want to plant the seed, so just a little doubt what Tucker Carlson is saying now. Maybe you even want to change a heart or a mind, ”she said. “Maybe you want to lower the temperature just a little bit. Or maybe you need to report a relative to the FBI!”

“At least it’s something to do besides just eating,” she added.

In response, many took to social media to ridicule the essay.

“You are completely normal and not confused,” mocked Iranian-American columnist Sohrab Ahmari. “Do not let anyone convince you otherwise!”

“Daily Beast Editor and Aspiring Cheka Commissioner Molly Jong Fast asks you to report your relatives to the FBI this Thanksgiving,” wrote Christina Pushaw, press secretary to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Future historians will specialize in understanding how an entire generation of American elites went insane,” wrote bestselling author and senator candidate JD Vance.

“For those who know a little bit of history, this was the mindset of Italy and Germany in the early 1930s,” wrote a Twitter user. “Deprogramming, reporting what nonsense.”

“It’s the way to bring your family together, report them to the FBI,” joked another user.

“Or just enjoy your family despite their differences and not be a smug asshole for a day,” another wrote.

It’s not the first time that the “deprogramming” of those on the right has been encouraged by those on the left.

In February, former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi called for a large-scale “de-radicalization approach” to “Trump’s political sect members,” while highlighting the need to “deprogram” those who believe Joe Biden did not win the recent presidential election.

The same month was New York Times published an essay outlining a series of recommendations that the Biden administration must adopt to address the “reality crisis” and “de-radicalize” citizens, including the creation of a “reality tsar” and “truth commission.”

In a video promoted of the left from earlier this year, citizens were urged to become cyber detectives to monitor and report “radical” fellow conservatives to the authorities.

In January, Vanity Fair published an interview with cult expert Steven Hassan describing how to “program” Trump supporters while arguing for a “massive education” effort involving the participation of schools, psychiatric professionals, law enforcement, the media, politicians and intelligence services.

Him too listed that “all of America needs deprogramming” because of President Trump’s negative influence.

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