Isn’t it odd how progressives constantly emit platitudes like words matter, yet can never resist a chance to indulge in hyperbole of the highest order?
On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, former navy officer and current MSNBC crank Malcolm Nance made the absurd claim that 40,000 people stormed the Capitol on January 6. Though conservative pundit Ben Shapiro aggressively rebutted this falsehood, Nance did not back down.
So what if he was lying?
Insisting that ‘40,000 people’ entered the Capitol sounds a lot more dramatic — or melodramatic — than ‘1,000 people’ and it helps bolster Nance’s asinine storyline.
The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (a Democrat) used to say, ‘You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.’
That obvious maxim no longer applies.
Consider the rhetoric of a school board member in an Oklahoma college town this week.
Linda Sexton, an elected official, claimed that kids who don’t wear masks to school might in fact be murdering their classmates.
‘It’s just not OK for kids to commit murder by coming to school without a mask,’ Sexton said. ‘And when it comes down to it, it’s possible. They will cause a death of another child because they come to school without a mask. That’s not OK.’
What a totally proportional comment!
If you understand the vanishingly low risk of death that COVID-19 poses to kids (as even the New York Times grudgingly concedes), you would roll your eyes at this sad woman’s desperate attempt at fear-mongering.
But these MSNBC contributors and COVID Karens are taking their cues from the top.
Some moderate Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans naively believed Joe Biden would cool off our insanely polarized political atmosphere. Clearly those people were wrong.
Biden has set aside the ‘deadly earnest’ campaign promises delivered from his basement. Now it seems he and his advisers have no plans of unifying the country. Rather Biden’s goal is to carry the torch for his former boss and hero, President Barack Obama.
Joe isn’t just copying Barry’s tan suit — he’s also following the former president’s blueprint for what Obama in 2008 called ‘the fundamental transformation’ of America. This overhaul of the country is not going to happen with bipartisan deals or common sense conversations.
Biden and his cronies need to convince their low-information voters that anyone opposed to their transformative agenda is in fact trying to kill — no, murder — them.
That’s why White House press secretary Jen Psaki and her minions in the media are ramping up their obsession with Florida governor Ron DeSantis. When the President isn’t asking Ron to ‘get out of the way’, Jen Psaki is tweeting at him.
CNN talking head Jim Acosta, ever willing to regurgitate the latest Democratic talking points, wondered if we should call the Delta variant the ‘DeSantis variant’. All of this fury directed at a governor for merely advocating for the personal responsibility of parents to be allowed to choose whether or not their children should wear masks in schools.
What makes these desperate histrionics even more breathtaking is how the Biden team treats actual dangerous threats. And not just about the fact that, as even members of the Democrat-adjacent media are admitting, a huge percentage of the illegal aliens swarming across the Rio Grande are COVID-positive.
This disconnect with reality extends to foreign affairs. On Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported that ‘Taliban fighters are going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 and forcing them into sex slavery as they seize vast swathes of the Afghanistan from government forces.’
Later that day, a reporter asked Jen Psaki why the administration is confident that the Taliban would be interested in negotiating a political settlement.
‘The Taliban,’ she said, ‘has to make an assessment about what they want their role to be in the international community.’
I think we all know the role the Taliban envisions for itself — the same one it had in 2001, before 9/11. But Jen seems to regard them as a Kabul branch of the League of Women Voters.
I wonder, if Jen found out that members of the Taliban were vaccine-hesitant or, even worse, were planning to attend the Sturgis motorcycle rally — would she start castigating them in the same contemptuous terms she usually reserves for, say, Ron DeSantis.
To be fair, the press secretary is merely following the Big Guy’s lead. The President constantly describes voter ID laws he doesn’t like as ‘Jim Crow on steroids’ or ‘Jim Eagle’ or ‘Jim Crow 2.0’. Yet, Biden excuses the Uighur genocide because, according to him, it is just part of China’s ‘different cultural norms’.
In the minds of our Democratic leaders, the biggest sources of evil in the world are domestic. The petty tyrants in the White House are most concerned about a handful of Republican governors and the throngs of MAGA-hat-wearing Americans who dare to support them.
Deep State elitists like Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi enjoy talking tough when they are going after the 74 million allegedly unsophisticated Americans who resist their diktats. If only they could be as diplomatic and patient with us bitter clingers-on as they are with the world’s terrorists and genocidal governments. Maybe then we would get a taste of that famous Biden-style unity we’ve been lectured so much about.