People are losing it over Donald Trump. The people I’m talking about are mostly liberals and Democrats who are watching with horror as the election they happily thought Hillary Clinton had put away in August has become a squeaker in September. Their attitude is that any word uttered about the election that doesn’t serve as an open denunciation of Trump is an implicit endorsement of Trump.
Let someone mention the bad behavior of the Clinton Foundation and the response is likely to be a shriek of outrage that you didn’t say something worse about the Trump Foundation. Say that Hillary is a liar, which she is, and immediately you are told Trump is a WORSE LIAR!!!!
I’m enjoying this meltdown. I’m sorry if that’s mean. I can’t help myself. For months last year when Republicans and conservatives were raising alarm bells about his rise, the general response from Democrats and liberals was a certain measure of unholy glee at what they perceived to be the collapse and self-destruction of the GOP.
It’s not that they thought Trump was a good thing, but that as a bad thing, he was delivering to distressed Republicans and conservatives a just punishment for their sins.
Well, now they know. Now they know what it feels like to see Trump defy gravity to some degree and seem to lap a candidate they find acceptable at worst and at best a world-historical agent of change.
And just like Republicans and conservatives did back then, Democrats and liberals are eating their own. They’re lashing out at anyone they think isn’t openly seeking to destroy Trump — at Matt Lauer for failing to give Trump a hard-enough time in his half-hour interview the other week, or at Jimmy Fallon for being Jimmy Fallon with Trump on the “Tonight Show” instead of being Edward R. Murrow with Joseph McCarthy.
For months now, serious members of the mainstream media have been arguing with a straight face that it’s not only acceptable but necessary for the press to favor Hillary over Trump because Trump is such a unique threat to our civilization all conventional rules of conduct (which the liberal media ignore anyway on a regular basis) can be openly tossed aside in pursuit of his defeat. This was the argument made by Jim Rutenberg.
Who is Jim Rutenberg? He’s the media columnist of The New York Times.
They’re going crazy, and as Mike Myers’s pretentious German character Dieter said, “their agony is gorgeous.” Two examples of their derangement are too delicious not to be aired out.
First, they continue to argue that Trump was insanely irresponsible to call the terror attack in New York a bombing before it was definitively determined it was a bombing. Well, it was a bombing, and therefore, so what now? Even more telling is the fact that Hillary Clinton rose to her feet on her plane to condemn Trump for his irresponsibility — and then she, too, called it a bombing!
Second, they’ve now spent two days litigating a stupid tweet from Donald Trump Jr. — not one from Trump himself but from his son. It was a boneheaded analogy suggesting if you knew three Skittles in an entire bag would kill you, you wouldn’t eat the bag, and Syrian refugees are like that.
But to see the response to it from horrified mainstream media types and liberal solons, you would’ve thought Trump himself had just set off a pressure-cooker bomb. Oh, the shame of it! The scandal! The embarrassment! The national horror! The New York Times saw fit to put its story on Skittles-gate on the front page, for God’s sake. The front page.
When Bonasera the undertaker comes to the Godfather to seek revenge for a crime against his daughter at the beginning of the greatest movie ever made, he asks Don Corleone to “make them suffer like she suffered.”
The Godfather turns him down. “That I cannot do,” he says.
Well, right now, my own personal invisible Godfather seems to have accepted my silent plea. And now those gleeful Hillary-ites that were having the time of their lives back in December and January and February are suffering as I suffered — suffering, as Bonasera said, this very day.