June 11, 2018
For the handful of Americans sitting at home watching the Tony Awards, it must have been a confusing scene. Actor Robert DeNiro walked out on stage, pumped his fists in the air, and started talking. The audience went wild with applause -- but since CBS producers had scrambled to bleep out the Godfather star's profanity, no one was quite sure what all the frenzy was about. Unfortunately for the liberals who are trying to knock off President Trump in two years, they do now.
"I'm going to say one thing," DeNiro started. "F--- Trump. It's no longer down with Trump. It's f--- Trump." After a gasp, the whole room stood and cheered. Though, 24 hours later, no one is quite sure why. Though plenty of liberal activists probably agree with DeNiro, they also know the kind of damage this kind of anti-Trump rage can do. As commentators on the Right and Left pointed out, the only one who stands to gain from it is the man he's trying to shame!
"These idiots are going to make sure Trump is president forever," tweeted one liberal pundit. People like Laura Ingraham can't believe the Left continues to be so out of touch with America. "Another 'celebutainment' gift to the GOP & @realDonaldTrump." It might as well be, Becket Adams agreed in the Washington Examiner, "an early in-kind donation to the committee to reelect Trump." Over at the Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert called it "toothless," saying, "It's easy to be angry. It's easy to take a platform that offers easy (if bleeped-out) access to millions of people and use profanity to capture a mood, to express an emotion. But the outrage that will doubtless ensue is a distraction from what really matters, and what's much harder to realize: the work of trying to change a situation, not just rage against it."
Once again, some on the Left are coming unhinged. There's no longer even a fig leaf of impartiality with the entertainment industry and liberal extremists. This administration, through their reversal of President Obama's anti-family, anti-faith policies, is clearly revealing what the 2016 election did: the fault lines in America. As we've seen with Meryl Streep, Avenger director Joss Whedon (who tweeted a death wish for the president), the curtain is now clearly pulled back on America's so-called cultural elite (and I have to say "so-called," because their limited four-letter word vocabulary shows how they truly lack culture).
There was a time when civil society didn't allow for such language in public. Now, some want to feign disgust at the president while, as former press secretary Sean Spicer pointed out, "they engage in the same behavior they find reprehensible – except," he points out, "they do it in public, on public airways where every American can see and see just how deplorable they are." The hypocrisy is astounding. So is the elitists' belief that this condescension is working. The more they sneer and belittle Trump's base, the more committed voters will be. When it comes to Hollywood, regular folks -- the New York Post's Salena Zito warns -- have had enough.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.