The Daily Wire is reporting that the Republican National Committee is launching both a digital ad and a fundraiser based on a segment that ran on CNN over the weekend. The segment featured Don Lemon and a panel of “experts” having a little too much fun at the expense of President Trump and his supporters.
“The segment featured Lemon, far-left op-ed writer Wajahat Ali, and anti-Trump establishment Republican Rick Wilson who mocked Trump supporters as being uneducated rednecks who could not read, spell, or use maps.”
The ad is entitled “They Think You’re a Joke.” It showed the infamous segment which, at one point, had Lemon dissolving into hysterical, uncontrolled laughter. The host and his guests mercilessly mocked the president as someone who could not find Ukraine a map even if it was labeled with a “U” and the picture of a crane. Then they did impressions of what they thought of as the typical Trump supporter as witless yokels who disdained math, reading, and even geography.
The ad threw in Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” statement as well as musings by Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that Trump supporters are ignoramuses and racists. The ad then fades to black with the words: “They Think You’re a Joke.” Them the words: “Prove them wrong in November” appear/
More than one observer on the political scene has concluded that the mainstream media may have mocked their way to a Trump victory in November. American conservatives, especially those who live outside the two coasts, have known for decades that the media elites hate and despise them. The CNN segment is being used as proof that this is so.
Hot Air notes that Lemon, having sobered up from whatever caused him to have the giggles over the weekend, issued a non-apology apology.
“He wasn’t laughing at Trump fans, he was laughing at jokes about Trump fans. No, seriously, his actual defense is even lamer than that. I didn’t catch everything that was said in the now-famous segment after I started cracking up, Lemon insists in the clip below — implausibly, considering that his guests went on for a full minute or so. No apology either. If he disapproves of what was said about Trump fans, it’s weird that he didn’t use this opportunity to express remorse.”
In the segment referred to, Lemon claimed that he does not believe in belittling people. It was just that he was laughing so hard that he could not hear the other members on the panel doing just that. In other words, the CNN talking head preferred to be thought of as a fool who couldn’t rein in the people on his air rather than a vicious egotist.
Steve Krakauer, who appears on a variety of media venues, summed things up on Twitter.
“The arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents. If Donald Trump wins re-election this year, I’ll remember this brief CNN segment late one Saturday night in January as the perfect encapsulation for why it happened.”
Even David French, a hardcore conservative never Trumper, was shocked to his tasseled loafers, as he noted in the Dispatch.
“As we say in the South, this is bad y’all. It’s bad and stereotypical on its own terms. I’m surrounded here in Franklin, Tennessee, by tens of thousands of intelligent, college-educated Trump voters—and that also happens to describe the vast majority of my extended family. They not only can find Ukraine on a map, but they can also recite chapter-and-verse why Elizabeth Warren’s health care financing plan simply isn’t credible.”
In other words, Lemon and his fellow CNN contributors beclowned themselves and showed a true stereotype of media elitist, trapped in the Washington-New York bubble, ignorant and disdainful of people who live outside it. French continues:
“In other words, they’re intelligent, thoughtful, and really, really tired of the dumb hick stereotype. And this is where the narrative comes in. The CNN segment above is just another example of what “they” think of “us.”
Remember when Ronald Reagan was the alleged amiable dunce? Remember when George W. Bush was a southern idiot? While certainly not everyone in the media fosters these stereotypes, enough members of the media (and cultural elite) do that virtually everyone in conservative America is aware of their scorn. “
French decided that he had to be fair and balanced, so he went on to ruminate about something Lou Dobbs, currently on Fox Business but formerly on CNN, had to say. But he had made his point.
The media hates us and are continued to be surprised when we hate them right back and make out disdain known in the polls. As more than one wag has noted, “Do you want more Trump? This is how you get more Trump!”