When asked by TMZ on Sunday whether a Broadway musical was an appropriate venue in which to express pro-Trump sentiments, legendary Broadway actress Carole Cook came up with a decidedly inappropriate – and very illustrative – answer. TMZ’s question was a follow-up to one they’d asked Cook referencing an earlier incident in which Broadway actor Timothy Hughes snatched a pro-Trump flag from an audience member.
“My answer to that is, where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?” Cook said.
John Wilkes Booth, of course, is the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.
I’ve discussed the double standard that exists among those on the political left with regard to incendiary and uncouth rhetoric in painstaking detail in this space, as well as the unvarnished antipathy they hold for President Donald Trump. Several prominent leftists have intimated (if not stated outright) that we’d all be better off if someone killed President Trump.
This tends to puzzle as well as outrage those who hold the office of the president or President Trump himself in high regard, if for no other reason that it is generally understood that publicly advocating violence against a chief executive can be dangerous business.
In 2012, conservative activist and rock musician Ted Nugent wound up in hot water after saying “[i]f Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” This was certainly not a direct threat against then-President Obama, but it earned Nugent an interview from the Secret Service nonetheless.
During Obama’s presidency, it was also generally understood that the president and his administration had notably thin skin with regard to public criticism. In the wake of illegal surveillance, the furloughing of top military brass, shakeups in the intelligence community and the mysterious deaths of a few of Obama’s political opponents that occurred during this period, many Obama detractors were more than a little guarded with their speech.
This has certainly been far from the case regarding Trump’s detractors; in fact, I have personally lost count of those across the continuum of influence on the left who have voiced their wishes that some harm should come to the man.
In addition to the unrestrained hatred the left has chosen to express toward Donald Trump, their widespread support for socialism also appears to know no bounds.
The Democratic Socialists of America, a group that boasts New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a member, has advocated for the end of capitalism and the collective ownership of property. Ocasio-Cortez has in turn advocated for many hard-line items on the socialist platform since becoming a darling of the establishment press.
In recent months, comedic actor Jim Carrey has found a new calling as an anti-Trump bomb-thrower and frustrated cartoonist. Last Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show, Carrey urged Democrats to “say yes to socialism,” whatever that means. “We have to say yes to socialism – to the word and everything,” Carrey said. “We have to stop apologizing.”
Like we’ve seen anyone on the left apologizing for their newfound enthusiasm for socialism lately …
Now, Carrey – who is one of the wealthiest actors in the business – has obviously been ensconced in his rarefied Hollywood bubble for so long that he cannot relate to mainstream Americans in any manner. In addition to his overt hypocrisy, he evidences no grasp of the mindset or worldview of most Americans at present, as well as being abysmally ignorant of what socialism actually represents. It may seem incredulous that someone so successful would become so obsessed with remaining relevant that he’d take such a tack, but this may well be the case.
Very few of the prominent celebrities (actors, rock stars, professional athletes) whose careers suffered as a result of their having jumped on the anti-Trump bandwagon seemed to have a care for how their deportment might impact their livelihoods, or they were simply too intellectually indolent to consider the question. When comedienne Kathy Griffin repeatedly attacked Trump and her career tanked, she simply blamed the evil Trump political machine for targeting her.
All of which speaks to a curious reckless disregard on the part of those on the left concerning what they say, even if it carries the potential to put their careers, or themselves personally, at risk. It has become quite clear since November 2016 that those on the left – from power players in Congress, to prominent activists, to bubble-headed entertainers – are desperately afraid of what Trump’s election potentially represents in the long term.
As reported in various media, former President Obama recently hit the campaign trail ahead of the upcoming midterm election. His anti-Trump oratory is slightly more reserved than that of many on the left, but it remains replete with such absurd assertions as Trump being in no way responsible for the rebound of our economy, that in fact it is he who catalyzed the phenomenon and Trump is simply trying to take credit. Such forays into narcissistic indulgence are not only pathetic on Obama’s part, but they reveal how far the fear and desperation has permeated those at the top of this fetid political heap.
Coming back to reality, there remains the fact that a majority of Americans still roundly support most of President Trump’s policies, and that they intend to resist socialistic encroachment. As far as the left’s runaway hyperbole goes, there are many observers and pundits now opining that this is likely to do their cause far more damage than good in the midterm election.