ABC News’ Political Director Ponders “Cleansing” the Movement That Trump “Commands”

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This is definitely a case of saying the quiet part out loud.

Too bad the internet—particularly Twitter—is forever.

Rick Klein, the politician director for ABC News who “oversees the political unit and helps steer the network’s coverage of major news events,” according to ABC News, has scrambled to delete a tweet that pondered the “cleansing” of the “movement Trump commands” in the aftermath of Wednesday’s chaos in Washington D.C.

“Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement he commands is going to be something else,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet that was nonetheless immortalized in a screengrab.

The Daily Wire explains that his tweet had quoted from an article published by ABC News that Klein had co-authored.

In it, he wrote, “Even aside from impeachment and 25th Amendment talk, Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleaning up the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.”

The piece also characterizes the violence that broke out at the Capitol Building on Wednesday as an  “attempted insurrection.”

“Until Wednesday’s siege, when a mob of extremists engaged in an attempted insurrection and violent occupation of the Capitol, there seemed to be little cost to some Republicans in indulging Trump’s conspiracy theories, lies and fantasies,” he pontificated.

Klein, unsurprisingly, has a demonstrated history of a highly antagonistic attitude towards President Donald Trump and his policies.

In September, Klein was asked to respond to President Trump’s suggestion of cutting funding to cities that had failed to adequately quell violent protests.

Klein noted of Trump’s “bluster” that “It’s almost certainly going to be challenged in courts if he actually continues the machinations to do it. Start with the irony here, that he would be literally defunding the police and potentially harming his efforts to get schools to open. … So the president has put a lot of bluster behind some such threats in the past; they are rarely carried through.”

At the time of the Republican National Convention back in August, Klein also wrote:

Were you better off six months ago than you were four years ago? That’s the awkward question that hovered over President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention this week. It’s difficult to pose and dicey to want to have answered, yet unavoidable for an incumbent in this tumultuous election year. And so the message from Trump, in seeking to transform the classic referendum election into a choice, is to turn to partisanship and polarization.

Right, but advocating for “cleansing” an entire ideological movement of patriotic, largely law-abiding American voters is not at all partisan or polarizing.

Whatever you say.

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