For the last 5 years, people in the media were told that they had to talk to Trump supporters to understand them. The View’s Meghan McCain was making this plea just a few weeks ago. And for the most part, the networks have listened.
Things have changed, however, since the insurrection on the US Capitol last week. That was enough to change at least one news network anchor’s mind. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota says that she will no longer be interviewing Trump supporters.
The anchor made the comments via an op-ed posted to CNN’s website. She began, “There is nothing that anyone in this destructive and delusional group can teach the rest of us about being open-minded and tolerant.”
Camerota continued, “Since 2015, I’ve listened closely to Trump supporters’ feelings and motivations. I’ve drawn insights from every one of my panelists on the appeal of Donald Trump as a disruptor, how they believed he was ‘a fighter’ for them, how they believed his success in business would translate into lifting the US economy.”
The CNN host closed her piece:
“Of course, the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol do not represent all 74 million Trump voters. But you’d be amazed how many Trump supporters still believe the fact-free nonsense the rioters were chanting. According to a Quinnipiac poll, 73% of Republican voters believe there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election, despite dozens of Trump-appointed judges rejecting those specious claims and Republican Secretaries of State investigating and confirming that there were very few incidents of voter fraud.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.