Amazing. CNN anchor Don Lemon may have just singlehandedly re-elected the President.
By now the video clip has gone viral. If you missed it because you were on another planet, you can watch it below:
With GOP consultant and Never Trumper Rick Wilson, along with The New York Times Op-ed writer and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, my former CNN colleague Don Lemon laughed himself into tears as Wilson and Ali mocked and snarked their elitist condescension of Trump supporters. Making themselves the spitting image of condescending elitists.
Wilson referred to Trump supporters as “the credulous Boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump,” going on to mock them with a put-on Southern accent.
”Donald Trump’s the smart one — an y’all elitists are dumb!” Wilson said as if channeling what Townhall referred to as his attempt at illustrating “redneck Trump voters.” Ali chimed in:
“You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!”
Wilson kept going as Don lost control, laughing hysterically. “Your math and your reading! All those lines on a map!”
In a blink, the clip went viral. It was everywhere. And so was the instant blowback. In fact, the blowback was so intense that Don felt the need to take to the air the next night and say this:
“One final note that I have for you because this is personally important to me to address this. Anyone — ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you, I don’t believe in belittling people. Belittling anyone for who they are, for what they believe, or where they’re from. During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh. And while in the moment I found the joke humorous, and I didn’t catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.”
It was too late. This clip was a classic illustration of what I called the elitist Old Order in my book SwampWars: Donald Trump and the New American Populism vs the Old Order. I said:
“Who is the Old Order? The Old Order is a club of self-selected elitists who see themselves as intellectually and decidedly morally superior to their fellow Americans – particularly, today, Donald Trump and Trump-supporting Americans.”
Don Lemon, Rick Wilson, and Wajahat Ali could not possibly have provided a better illustration of my point.
The Republican National Committee almost instantly put out this commercial putting the spotlight on Don and his two smirking guests.
Also making an appearance in the commercial was Hillary Clinton with her classic snooty remark about Trump supporters being a “basket of deplorables”, with a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews laughing about Trump supporters being “low information” voters. The RNC accompanied the posting with this in a tweet:
THIS is what the liberal elites think of you.
Prove them wrong where it counts—at the ballot box in November! pic.twitter.com/cmhPJjPT65
— GOP (@GOP) January 29, 2020
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Or, to update for the 21st century, a CNN video clip is worth millions of votes.