As the alt right continues to make in-roads in the darkest corners of the internet, it is more important than ever for progressives to defame and destroy popular conservative public figures. One of the most effective ways to do this is to interview them, preferably on a platform that you control, or where the rules are stacked against your opponent. The following is a comprehensive list of rules for interviewing a right-wing personality, and many of them apply just as much to informal arguments as they do to formal interviews.
Ask a question, then immediately interrupt
Don’t ever let your opponent sound reasonable or gain the moral high ground. If your opponent is getting to a key point, then promptly interrupt them with a follow up question or even a whole new topic, even if they have only been talking for a couple of seconds. You want to keep your opponent in a permanent state of exasperation in which they struggle to deliver their message, while you appear calm and reasonable, enticing the audience to side with you regardless of the content of what is being said.
Always ask questions, never answer questions
It’s important that we as progressives are always on the offensive, and keep right wingers gasping for air as they try to justify their views in every hypothetical scenario imaginable. The result is that progressives look cool, composed and morally righteous, while conservatives look desperate, shifty and unsure of themselves. If your opponent asks you a question, then immediately shift the focus back to them by changing the subject or saying “we’re not discussing what I think, this is about YOU”.
Maintain a perplexed and concerned look on your face while your opponent is speaking
This signifies to your audience that there is something deceptive, irrational and baffling about your opponent’s position. In some cases, your opponent may notice your facial expression and feel that they need to soften their views or add extra justification, which makes them look weak and apologetic. No matter how seemingly reasonable your opponent is, maintain this facial expression, and keep your audience asking themselves what could be so terrible about your opponent’s position.
Ask questions that demand morally reprehensible answers
Ask questions like, “so, if there is an undocumented American family who has been living and working here for decades, you would like to uproot them from their community and deport them at gunpoint??”. If your opponent answers in any way in the affirmative to this question, they will look terrible. If they try to skirt around the question to present their position more favorably, or criticize your question for being devious, you can simply repeat the question and shame them for avoiding it. The more times you repeat the question, the more it looks as if your opponent is concealing the immorality of their position. All you have to do is sit back with a horrified expression on your face while you repeatedly fire off the same question and watch your opponent squirm.
If you have an in-studio audience, train them to applaud key questions
If your opponent feels like they are making a good case and getting through to your audience, you can easily demoralize them by getting your in-studio audience to applaud your next question or point. For example, you could ask your in-studio audience to erupt with deafening applause when you ask about Trump’s tax returns. The applause shows your wider audience that despite all of the arguments your opponent has presented, reasonable popular opinion is still overwhelmingly against them.
With this set of rules, we have the formula to continue dominating the airwaves and drown out anyone who disagrees with us. It’s even better if the interview isn’t live and you have the chance to edit it before it airs. So let’s continue to use these tactics to advance progressivism worldwide, until our enemies finally give up and accept progressivism as the inevitable destiny of humanity.