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‘They can go to hell’: Meghan McCain says of those calling for ‘deprogramming’ Republicans

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain delivered a strong rebuke of those who have called for “deprogramming” some Republicans in the wake of President Donald Trump leaving office, saying outright that “they can go to hell” and pointing to liberal journalist Katie Couric directly.

What are the details?

Earlier this month, Couric asked HBO host Bill Maher during an interview, “How are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”

The former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show has faced backlash over the comment in recent days, even leading to reports that her opportunity to guest host on “Jeopardy!” might be in peril.

Fox News reported that during Monday’s show of “The View,” McCain “said she thought there would be a stronger desire for unity from Democrats in the aftermath of President Biden’s election win, but she said the language from liberals had been more concerned with dehumanizing Trump supporters, which she called dangerous for Democrats and the country.”

The outlet noted that “Couric and several others, including McCain’s ‘The View’ colleague Sunny Hostin, have referred to Trump backers as “brainwashed” or in need of “deprogramming” in the past two weeks.

“If you don’t care about unity you should care about the politics of this, because right now there is a vacuum to pick up the four people — four in ten Republicans who feel very disenfranchised,” McCain said.

She added, “If President Biden and Democrats want to have a big tent party and include some of these people, great, and if we’re all just deplorable and need to be reprogrammed as Katie Couric said, then honestly they can go to hell, because I don’t need to be deprogrammed. I just have a different perspective on how the government should be run.”

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Biden is a longtime friend of the McCain family and its late patriarch, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Meghan McCain and her mother, Cindy McCain, supported Biden in his 2020 race against Trump, who was a strong critic of Sen. McCain even after he passed away from brain cancer in August 2018.

But Meghan McCain signaled Monday that calls to “deprogram” Trump supporters threatens the nation itself, saying, “”That 74 million Americans are basically irredeemable people … I think it’s horribly dangerous for the country.”

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Backlash hits Katie Couric’s ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host plans over ‘deprogram’ Trump supporters remark: report

Katie Couric’s opportunity to guest host “Jeopardy!” is reportedly in danger after she advocated last week that supporters of former President Donald Trump should be “deprogrammed.”

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, Couric suggested on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that America needs to explore how to “deprogram” Trump supporters.

Couric was speaking with show host Bill Maher about the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and Trump’s effort to challenge the results of the election.

“I mean, it’s really bizarre, isn’t it, when you think about how AWOL so many of these members of Congress have gotten. But I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie,” Couric said.

“And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump,” she declared.

What’s happening now?

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Couric’s comments have her in hot water with “Jeopardy!” producers, who believe that Couric’s remarks offended the core audience of the legendary game show.

“The ‘Jeopardy!’ audience is very conservative. And the show has always steered clear of politics,” the source told Page Six.

“Katie’s comments so soon after she was announced as a host are very concerning to the producers. They are worried there will be a backlash against her. There has already been some complaints,” the source explained.

The source told Page Six that, at the very least, Couric has ruled herself out of becoming Alex Trebek’s permanent replacement.

“‘Jeopardy!’ viewers are quite a traditional bunch, and there’s fears she might be too polarizing after this,” the source explained. “At the very least, she already appears to have ruled herself out of becoming the permanent host of the show.”

Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for nearly four decades, died in November after battling pancreatic cancer. Show producers announced a slew of guest hosts — including Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Ken Jennings, who holds numerous “Jeopardy!” contestant records, among others — who would fill Trebek’s shoes while executives searched for a permanent host.

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Katie Couric wants to know how we will ‘deprogram people who signed up for the cult of Trump’

During her appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Katie Couric attacked Republican members of Congress and President Donald Trump. Couric went so far as to ask, “How are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”

The former co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show besieged Republican lawmakers who are friendly toward Trump. Couric appeared to assail Republicans such as Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who vowed to carry her gun into work in Washington, D.C.

Following the riots at the Capitol, metal detectors were installed in the building. Several Republican Congress members, including Boebert, objected to the metal detectors and searches.

“It is so shocking. … Not only are they not conceding, Bill, but their thoughts – that there might have been some collusion among members of Congress, some are refusing to go through magnetometers … to check for weapons, they’re not wearing masks during this siege,” Couric told Bill Maher.

Earlier this week, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) also slammed GOP Congress members for not wearing face masks during the chaos at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Pressley proclaimed that Republicans not wearing face masks was “criminal behavior,” and argued that the maskless politicians were engaging in “chemical warfare.”

Couric continued her condemnation of Republicans, “I mean, it’s really bizarre, isn’t it, when you think about how AWOL so many of these members of Congress have gotten. But I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie.”

Couric declared, “And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.”

Couric then called for the impeachment of Trump.

“But Bill, if you commit a crime and then you move, does that means we’re not going to charge you with a crime because you’re moving out of the neighborhood? I mean, it’s ludicrous,” Couric argued. “I think there have to be guardrails on presidential power. He incited violence. … He was really, really inciting violence.”

Couric fantasized about a “Hollywood ending” to Trump’s administration where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “comes out as the hero” to convict the president.

Couric celebrated Trump being banned from social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.

“You’re not allowed to yell fire at a crowded theater, so if you’re inciting violence and you’re spreading lies that are getting people fired up, encouraging violence, I think there should be some standard,” Couric said of the banning of Trump on social media.

The career talk show host gleefully welcomed Joe Biden as the next president, calling his inauguration an “important symbol of closing the chapter on Donald Trump.”

Maher cautioned that the 78-year-old Biden should hold a small, indoor inauguration ceremony to protect against a potential coronavirus risk.

“Joe Biden – he’s a friggin’ tragedy magnet,” Maher remarked. “He broke his foot playing with his dog. I mean, his eye exploded from blinking. We have got to treat this guy like the baby in ‘Children of Men.'”

Couric downplayed Biden’s previous health issues, while at the same time maligning Trump’s physique.

“I think he’s pretty vibrant and in good shape,” Couric defended Biden. “You saw him run across the stage when he made that speech. … I mean, compare his physical fitness to Donald Trump, hello!”

Couric will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!,” attempting to fill in for the late Alex Trebek.

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Katie Couric says she is ‘shocked’ by Fox News, and watching it makes her ‘crazy’

Former Today co-host Katie Couric criticized coverage of politics from Fox News, saying it “shocked” her and that watching it made her “crazy.”

Couric made the comments during a political panel at the Makers Conference.

“Sometimes I watch Fox just to see how they’re covering things. And I don’t know why I’m shocked every time I watch it, but it’s just an alternate universe,” Couric said.

“And it is crazy to me,” she added. “And anyway, it just, it makes me crazy.”

Couric claimed that the viewers of Fox News were not well served despite the network’s high ratings.

“They’re getting affirmation, not information. As a result, they are not actually understanding facts and truth,” Couric said. “I mean, if you want to talk about fake news, that’s state-run television, really.”

She also said that President Donald Trump is taking advantage of the confusion.

“He can capitalize on anger and happiness and joy and confusion in a way that the Democratic party right now, nationally, has not been able to quite suss out,” she complained.

Couric was caught deceptively editing an interview for a documentary advocating for gun control in 2016 and faced aggressive criticism from gun rights defenders. She was forced to apologize later, but attempted to shift the blame to the movie’s director.

Here’s the video of Couric’s comments:



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