The weekend brought more proof that Trump Derangement Syndrome is a disease that causes severe brain damage and psychotic, sometimes violent behavior.
Saturday, a 25-year-old male was arrested outside the White House after he approached a Secret Service agent and said he had a knife and was there to assassinate President Trump.
Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, Florida, a man drove a van through a tent with six elderly Trump supporters inside it at a voter registration event. Miraculously, the van missed them by inches and nobody was injured. One of the victims said, “After he ran over everything, he backed up, took out a cell phone, kind of recorded the damage, made some obscene gestures at us and then proceeded to leave the complex.”
Jacksonville’s Republican Mayor Larry Curry tweeted, “This is outrageous. The hate is toxic and dangerous.” Police later arrested a 27-year-old man who was ordered held on $500,000 bond on two counts of aggravated assault on a person over the age of 65 and one count of first-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief. The first two charges could bring up to 15 years in prison each, and the third up to a year in jail. Good. It’s long overdue for hotheaded leftists to learn that their political passions don’t give them the right to physically assault anyone who disagrees with them. Maybe some time in prison will make them appreciate President Trump’s efforts at prison sentencing reform, except that’s for non-violent offenders, so it won’t apply to them.
Of course, it might help to get the word out that violence against political opponents is unacceptable if the major news networks would actually cover these deranged leftist assaults on Republicans. The van attack happened on Saturday afternoon, yet that day’s ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts completely ignored it. NBC’s “Sunday Today” show gave it all of 25 seconds. But even then, they pulled the tired trope of making the story more about the Republican reaction than the leftist assault, with host Willie Geist adding, “Police say they can't yet say with any certainty whether this was politically motivated, but President Trump tweeted about the incident…”
Yeah, that Trump sure is irrational, isn’t he? Imagine leaping to the conclusion that a guy who drove a van through a tent full of your volunteers, then backed up, photographed it and made obscene gestures at the victims, was politically motivated.
This inability to spot the obvious must be what TDS does to your brain in the early stages, before it makes you show up at the White House with a knife or drive a van through a tent full of Trump supporters.
I’m going to make a fairly safe assumption that you didn’t watch the Oscars last night. It used to be one of those big shared events like the Super Bowl, but nominating arty movies nobody saw and piously lecturing the audience about how sexist, racist and otherwise un-woke we are have driven away more viewers than cable TV and the Internet combined. Nobody wants to be called sexist by the same people who covered for Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein for years and who gave us the term “the casting couch;” or to be called racist by people who publicly agonize over how few minorities they nominated; or to be called politically-incorrect by an industry that can’t find one person “pure” enough to even host their stupid awards show without stirring up the leftist Twitter mobs.
I didn’t watch it, either, but I checked out enough news and clips to know you didn’t miss anything. Here are the only newsworthy parts: Renee Zellweger won “Best Actress” for playing Judy Garland in “Judy,” which provided at least one reminder of when Hollywood was glamorous and movies weren’t political lectures. Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and used his acceptance speech to slam Senate Republicans for not calling John Bolton to testify in the impeachment trial, and if that sounds like an inappropriate non sequitur, why, yes, it is.
Naturally, the Best Documentary Oscar went to the first Netflix production by Barack and Michelle Obama, a propaganda piece called “American Factory,” whose co-director Julia Reichert declared, “Working people have it harder and harder these days – and we believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite.” In one sentence, she packed in both a big lie (factory workers’ job opportunities and pay are finally improving, thanks to President Trump reversing Obama-style policies and negotiating better trade deals) and a quote from Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” (“Workers of the world, unite.”) Obama tweeted congratulations to the filmmakers “for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change.” Again, the wrenching human consequences were due to terrible policies such as his, but fortunately, changing those policies is finally fixing them.
In other Oscar news, “Parasite,” a Korean film in Korean, became the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture, and its director, Bon Joong Ho, won for Best Director. And Joaquin Phoenix became the second actor (after Heath Ledger) to win an Oscar playing the comic book villain, the Joker (Caesar Romero was robbed!) Phoenix gave a rambling acceptance speech that ranged from gender inequality and “queer rights” to the injustice of artificially inseminating cows and stealing their milk to put on our coffee and cereal. From the glazed looks on the celebrity audience members, I hope they were thinking, “Oh my gosh, is this what we all sound like to everyone outside of Hollywood?! No wonder nobody watches this anymore!”
That’s about all that’s worth saying about it, other than it’s too bad they didn’t have a real host, and that that host wasn’t Ricky Gervais. The gleefully un-PC British comic who dumped a load of uncomfortable but hilarious truth on the Golden Globes used his Twitter feed to offer a few jokes he would have told if he’d been hosting the Oscars. Like this…
“I can’t wait to hear all your inspirational speeches about equality, and it’s great that the 3 hours you’re here tonight is the only time your badly paid migrant house staff will get some time off to sleep this week.”
Hey, Academy: sign him up for next year, and maybe some of us will tune in again!
PS – If you have no interest in the movie Oscars, you might prefer conservative comedian Michael Loftus’ “Impeachment Oscars.”
Credit where credit is due: Rolling Stone makes the good point that Pete Buttigieg has called for doing away with the Electoral College because the popular vote should reign supreme, then he declared victory in Iowa despite Bernie Sanders winning the popular vote.
Joe Biden is sort of like a verbal slot machine. Pull the handle and you never know what unprecedented combination of words might drop out of his mouth. Lately, he’s been dispensing some oddly hostile insults to voters at campaign stops, but Sunday in New Hampshire, he may have set a new record. A woman asked how voters can trust that he can turn his campaign around. He asked if she’d ever been in a caucus, and when she said yes, he replied, “No, you haven’t. You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.” May I just reply: "Whaaaaa...?!?"
I seldom say this, but kudos to Slate.com for doing the thankless detective work of trying to track down the origins of that particular bowl of Joe Biden word salad.
An MSNBC political commentator suggested that the Republicans won their Senate majority through gerrymandering. Think about that for a moment, because Heaven knows, she didn’t.
Great observation from Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson on Twitter, about the Bernie Sanders supporters who claim to want socialism but are upset over the Democrats’ Iowa Caucus mess:
“I don’t understand why Bernie Sanders supporters are so upset about the Iowa caucus. You wanted more socialism. Last night, you got more socialism. Third world tech, missing vote counts, chaotic rules, rigged elections. The only thing missing: food shortages.”
Must-Read Column: This has nothing to do with politics or breaking news, but it’s still something everyone should read. In this era when personal human relationships are being supplanted by impersonal, virtual social media, fewer and fewer people are attending funerals, wakes or memorial services. At the link, Chicago Tribune writer Mary Wisniewski explains why taking the time to make a small gesture of support provides more comfort than you might realize to people who have been devastated by the loss of a loved one.