POLITICS
01/16/2021 03:22 EST | Updated 01/16/2021 08:30 EST

CNN's Alisyn Camerota Reveals Why She's Done Interviewing 'Warped' Trump Supporters

The “New Day” co-host said she had listened closely to their motivations since 2015 but had rethought her position following the U.S. Capitol riot.

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota revealed Friday that after last week’s U.S. Capitol riot she is done with interviewing “warped” supporters of President Donald Trump, declaring “there’s nothing anyone in this delusional group can teach us about being open-minded and tolerant.”

In an op-ed published on CNN’s website, the “New Day” anchor noted how she had “listened closely to Trump supporters’ feelings and motivations” since 2015 in the hope that voter panels on the show she co-hosts with John Berman “would help our viewers understand all sides.”

“But a week after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I’m rethinking my position,” she explained in the column headlined “I’ve had it with interviewing Trump supporters who go off the deep end.”

Camerota acknowledged “the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol do not represent all 74 million Trump voters” but warned the hardcore base of Trump’s present-day supporters have become “openly delusional and untethered from reality.”

“Yes, I still believe in civil discourse and hearing all rational sides ― not the crazy, violent side, which is what my CNN colleagues got at the Capitol when their questions were met with threats from the mob last Wednesday,” she concluded. “I think at this point the smartest thing the rest of us could do is no longer give warped Trump supporters a platform and no longer lend them our ears. It’s time to turn off their microphones.” 

Read Camerota’s full op-ed for CNN here.