President Trump barely has to lift a finger when it comes to strengthening his base.
The left is doing most of the heavy lifting for him.
Whether it is the mainstream media, Democrat politicians or out-of-touch celebrities, each is doing their part to help Trump in the same way they did in 2016 — by mocking his supporters.
Don’t get me wrong, a little ribbing is fine. None of us should take ourselves too seriously.
But for decades, Republicans have predominantly been the butt of the joke. Whether it is “Saturday Night Live” or televised award shows, the quips tend to go one way.
Most of us stopped caring and more importantly, all of us stopped watching.
But there was a noticeable shift in the left’s approach when Trump entered the political sphere. They went from poking fun of right-wingers to outright mocking them.
The current pandemic is making their contempt for Trump supporters more apparent than ever before.
When protesters gathered to oppose the shutdown, Hollywood actor Patton Oswalt tweeted, “Anne Frank spent 2 years hiding in an attic and we’ve been home for just over a month with Netflix, food delivery & video games and there are people risking viral death by storming state capital buildings & screaming, ‘Open Fuddruckers!’”
The tweet revealed much more about Oswalt than it did the protesters. It showed his utter disdain for people he does not know. It showed his disregard for their unique situations that he does not care to understand.
People who want to reopen the country are not selfish monsters.
Many just aren’t fortunate enough to be in the same plush financial situations as the elites demanding that they stay home indefinitely.
But Oswalt is not a trailblazer. He is only following the lead of his bold contemporaries.
So many arrogant liberals had to walk before Patton could run.
Hillary Clinton had to call Trump supporters “deplorables” so that one day Don Lemon & Co. could label them “credulous boomer rubes.”
The left was not humbled by their 2016 loss.
On the contrary, it made them more openly condescending.
For years, the likes of Nicole Wallace and Chuck Todd spoke ad nauseam about the gravity of the Russian collusion “scandal.”
It was a bombshell.
It was a constitutional crisis.
It was the end of Trump.
Until … it wasn’t.
Fast-forward to today and there is a deafening silence from the media when it comes to the real bombshell story — Gen. Michael Flynn. The story of a decent man who was railroaded by the FBI should be the Watergate-level scandal the media has been longing for. But alas, don’t expect any of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to cover it.
Instead, liberals revert to ridiculing their opponents.
The investigators don’t like being investigated and therefore will label anyone who questions them “conspiracy theorists.”
Note to CNN — those who live in tinfoil houses should not throw stones.
Brian Stelter, the man who droned on night after night to his five or six viewers about Russia, who ranted in newsletters about collusion, who raved on Twitter about Putin — that same man now scoffs at the public interest regarding the Flynn story. The host mentions with disdain that Fox News is “obsessed” with covering General Flynn’s unmasking. Like most things, the irony of the situation is completely lost on the “Reliable Sources” host.
He would rather mock Fox News and its viewers than discuss the frame-up of General Flynn — a man whose life was ruined, part and parcel, by the bogus stories promulgated by Stelter and his Trump-Deranged colleagues.
Those same people think that the Trump base is made up of uneducated, Fuddruckers-eating, MAGA hat-wearing rednecks who don’t believe in science. To them, Trump’s base is laughable.
What they don’t realize is that a huge part of Trump’s base is exactly what makes this country work. Those boomer rubes might not take their quarantine advice from Joe Scarborough or get their legal tips from Jeffrey Toobin, but don’t underestimate them. Because many of those deplorables are hard-working, law-abiding, well-informed, persevering Americans. Oh, and most of them vote. Surely even Stelter can agree that there is nothing laughable about that.