Jordan Peterson: 'You Need to Have Respect' for Trump Supporters
Canadian psychologist Prof. Jordan Peterson debated a liberal panel on comedian Bill Maher's HBO program on the "polarization" he said is happening in America over President Trump.
Peterson said that many on the left are not treating Trump supporters respectfully or even trying to hear opposing views.
"Your country is polarizing in a way that's not good," Peterson told Maher, Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), former MSNBC host Alex Wagner and New York Times writer Frank Bruni.
Peterson said that people on the left "might think [Trump supporters] are backward [but] you need to have respect for the rest of your citizens."
He asked what might happen to the Trump-supporting faction of the electorate if Democrats successfully impeach and remove Trump from office.
Maher invoked former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, noting how the Sunni Muslims who supported Hussein became radicalized after the West "kicked over Saddam."
He said Trump should indeed be criticized for "wanting military parades, praising dictators [and] wanting to be a dictator."
Maher said that "if he was just a regular Republican president," the discord may not be as harsh.
Maher said he has more respect for former President George W. Bush and U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney (R-Utah) after seeing Trump in action.
Bruni, however, appeared to agree with Peterson's point, saying that "we should treat them better," but added that the president is not helping his base by "turning the presidency into one long informercial for Mar-A-Lago."
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