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Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:22 PM

Musician Neil Young, Critic of Trump Calls For Empathy: Social Media & Trump 'Fomented Hatred'

- 'Neil Young calls for empathy for Capitol attackers: 'We are not enemies.' The Guardian, Jan. 12, 2021. In website message the Canadian rock star said social media manipulation and Donald Trump had combined to ‘foment hatred.’

Neil Young has called for empathy towards those who stormed the US Capitol building in Washington DC, arguing they had been “manipulated” into doing so. In a message posted to his website, Young writes:

I feel empathy for the people who have been so manipulated and had their beliefs used as political weapons. I may be among them. I wish internet news was two-sided. Both sides represented on the same programs. Social media, at the hands of powerful people – influencers, amplifying lies and untruths, is crippling our belief system, turning us against one another. We are not enemies. We must find a way home.

The veteran rock star has long been critical of Donald Trump, and until recently was suing for using his songs during political rallies. In his new message, he again criticised the outgoing president, saying he “has betrayed the people, exaggerated and amplified the truth to foment hatred”, but said his feelings are now “beyond” Trump.

“Resentment of the Democratic party among the insurrectionists at the Capitol was rampant. We don’t need this hate,” he wrote. “We need discussion and solutions. Respect for one another’s beliefs. Not hatred … With social media, issues are turned to psychological weapons and used to gather hatred in support of one side or the other. This is what Donald J Trump has as his legacy.” He also criticised the “double standard” that saw heavy crackdowns against Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington in 2020, and relatively light policing of last week’s Capitol breach...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/12/neil-young-calls-for-empathy-for-capitol-attackers-we-are-not-enemies

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Reply Musician Neil Young, Critic of Trump Calls For Empathy: Social Media & Trump 'Fomented Hatred' (Original post)
appalachiablue Jan 12 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 12 #1
AnnaLee Jan 12 #2
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 12 #3
brewens Jan 12 #4
NRaleighLiberal Jan 12 #5
Skittles Jan 12 #6
SunSeeker Jan 12 #7
Solly Mack Jan 12 #8
KayF Jan 13 #9

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:25 PM

1. Manipulated for 40 years on foundation of 50s Birchers and 30s America Firsters, etc. . . . nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:25 PM

2. But they are my enemies.

When I consider the America they envision, they and I are so opposed as to be nothing else. We at least both need respect for Constitutional values to live in the same America.

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Response to AnnaLee (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:29 PM

3. How they can reach out: Condemn riot, admit Biden is legit President, say "the Steal" is a lie. . nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:31 PM

4. Sorry. No make believe shit will be taken into account here. The election was fair and legal.

That is a fact and that fact was presented to everyone. Their willful ignorance will not be taken into consideration. It was an attempt to overthrow the government and make Trump a fascist dictator.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:48 PM

5. sorry, Neal. Not the correct approach.

This is the DU member formerly known as NRaleighLiberal.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 06:56 PM

6. I love Neil but sorry, no

these folk have access to the same information we all do - the reason they are so easily manipulated is because they were ALREADY racist, sexist, homopbobic, xenophobic, etc......now we know they truly are ANTI-AMERICA......FUCK THEM

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 08:47 PM

7. You're wrong Neal. They are enemies of everything in the Constitution.

I realize weed makes you mellow, but your mellow is misplaced here.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 10:40 PM

8. Yeah. They'll empathy us right into the grave. No, thanks.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 06:52 PM

9. Only a pawn in their game

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