Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and scholar Shadi Hamid recently discussed how to live with the “bad people” who stand behind former President Donald Trump.
Jen Psaki and Liberal Scholar Debate on What to Do With the 'Bad People' Who Support Trump
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Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, spoke of the topic on Psaki’s new MSNBC show.
“I think we have to accept that people who we completely disagree with are sometimes going to win, so there’s, what, 74 million Trump supporters, voters?” said Hamid. “We can’t just wish them away.”
“They’re not going to disappear, so then we have to find a way to live with them even if we think they’re bad people, even if we think they’re a threat to everything we hold dear, because what is the other option that’s in front of us?” Hamid continued. “That’s the challenge because a lot of people will say, ‘Well, they’re deplorable and we can’t find a way to live with them.'”
Hamid repeatedly said that Americans who do not agree with Trump supporters need to find a way to accept them. He pointed out that Europe faces the same issue with its emerging political factions.
“It’s a universal thing, and we can talk about Europe has its cases where in Italy we might have the first far-right prime minister since Mussolini and that person will have come to power through elections, or the Sweden Democrats, the party with neo-Nazi origins,” Hamid said. “So, it’s not just America, it’s happening all over the place because we’re not debating economic issues anymore, we’re debating cultural issues, identity issues, issues around religion.”
Hamid struck a different tone than President Joe Biden. In September, Biden gave a speech calling the MAGA movement “an extremism that threatens the very foundation of our republic.”
This past week, the Jan. 6 committee continued to push the narrative that Trump was responsible for the riot at the Capitol Building. The committee voted unanimously to subpoena Trump to appear before Congress.
Trump issued a speedy response rebuking the committee and reiterating claims of election fraud, but he did not indicate if he would appear before Congress.