Having been shunned by the new GOP after President Donald J. Trump tore through his 16 establishment-class friends in the 2016 primary like Grant through Richmond, formerly-relevant pundit Rick Wilson has forged a new path as a CNN contributor, where his new niche is bashing not only the President, but the ordinary Americans who elected him.
“The wall has always been a con for Donald Trump’s credulous rube ten-toothed base,” Wilson said Thursday on “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon.
“The wall has always been a scam. It has always been a lie. Nothing about the wall has ever been real,” he continued.
Realizing that the ideas of he and his cocktail conservative ilk are more unpopular than ever, Wilson has pimped himself out to CNN as the network’s token Trump-bashing “Republican.” It is a grift, as was Wilson’s prior career carrying water for the indefensible GOP establishment that raped and plundered ordinary Americans for decades. A man has to make a living somehow.
Of course, Trump’s base is largely the same group of people that comprised failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s base, except for the fact that Trump far outpaced Romney among black and Hispanic voters, despite Romney’s pathetic efforts at minority outreach. Somehow, though, Romney’s base was not comprised of “toothless rubes” when he ran for the highest office in the land in 2012. The same goes for President George W. Bush’s voters.
To Wilson and his friends, 60 million ordinary American voters are just pawns in their larger game. When the elite can use them to enact their agenda – which is surely different from the agenda of the voters themselves – those ordinary Americans get a pat on the head from the ruling class in D.C. But when the elites’ subjects do not comply with the elites’ will, they become the object of scorn. Rick Wilson is the epitome of this paradigm, and he cannot stand the fact that those “toothless rubes” now recognize the swindle.
“[Trump] has a long history of being a con man,” Wilson continued, surely impressing his new liberal friends.
“He is conning these people who believe he is going to build a 2,000 mile, 30 feet high, concrete wall with laser moats and alligators in it. It’s just crazy and always has been,” he continued. “Yet they suspend their disbelief because they believe so strongly in Donald Trump – and this is – like I said, it’s always been a con, it’s always been a scam. It’s an insult to their intelligence, but obviously it seems to work with his base because they believe it over and over again – that nothing will stop the brown horde except the wall.”
Here, Wilson ascribes racism to 60 million plus Trump voters – a classic play from the leftist playbook – virtue signaling to his new overlords in liberal media that he is just like them, despite the fact that his base claim of “racism” is bogus.
Notice, too, that Wilson provides no solution for the problem of illegal immigration. That’s second nature for him. He and his GOPe friends made careers out of calling for “border security” while never securing the border.
For good measure, host Don Lemon noted that in “the wall didn’t work” in on the television show “Game of Thrones,” and that Trump should know that, because real life is completely the same as the fantasy series on HBO.
The tandem of bitter GOPe do-nothings and leftist loons on cable news proves one thing: America has the worst punditry class in the world. The commentariat is neither shrewd, nor in step with ordinary people. The disconnect is glaring, as is it’s obvious lack of self-reflection.
Wilson did not respond to a comment request.
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As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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