John Oliver – Donald Trump
John Oliver on Last Week Tonight discusses how President Donald Trump uses three key divisive issues to control the narrative.
- Delegitimize the Media,
Source: HBO Last Week Tonight
John Oliver – Donald Trump
Source: HBO Last Week Tonight
A clip from Morning Joe on MSNBC interviewing Anthony Atamanuik on the key to playing Donald Trump in Comedy Central’s The President Show. Anthony reveals:
“And how worried you should be about each of them.”
The Apprentices: These folks admire Trump’s celebrity, his certainty, and his bluster. They don’t know much about the issues, so Trump’s habitual lying and refusal to learn the basic details about even a single subject is not something they particularly care about (or understand). He says he can solve the problems. Sounds good. They are, in a way, the voters America deserves. Celebrity-obsessed near-imbeciles who want Trump to win because he’s TV’s best show (although it was a lot funnier before they got rid of Little Marco and replaced him with that fat guy who just stands in the background looking like he’s about to throw up). He’s the show they can’t stop binge-watching. And come on, having Melania as the co-star is a major plus. For these voters, Trump’s presidency will be measured not against history, but against other forms of televised entertainment. And by that standard, there’s little doubt this will be the highest rated show on TV.
Danger Level: The existence of these folks can’t come as much of a surprise. Yes, the awareness of them depresses you every election season, but you can usually repress the bulk of your memories by Thanksgiving, and forget they even exist by Christmas. And fortunately, they can be easily distracted by other shiny objects. Worst case, we need to find someone funnier and with better cutdowns. Think President Jeffrey Ross.
Canaries in the Coal Mine: These folks have watched their fellow Americans on the coasts ride a tech, finance and real estate rocket ship, while their mortgages are underwater, their jobs have gone overseas or been automated, and the awareness of their critical value to the country has been systematically diminished. I’m a coal miner from Wyoming or West Virginia. For generations, my family has been powering America; literally providing the fuel that drove economic revolutions. And now, not only is my business shrinking, I’m being told by all the environmentalists, billionaires, and Hollywood types that my industry has been poisoning the world. That my sacrifices, my hard work and health risks, my father and grandfather, are all part of some historic wrongdoing. You have no damn idea how the rest of your country lives and works. You’re worried about climate change? I’m worried about dinner.
Danger Level: These people actually have a point. They’re just expressing that point through the wrong candidate.
The Enraged: These folks are pissed. You got your black community-organizing president. But then you had to stick it in their faces with the gay marriage, the political correctness, the stories that make our cops look bad and our criminals look like victims. F you and your political correctness, your self-righteousness, your gender BS, your Academy Award racial obsession, your thin skin, your campus trigger warnings, and all that shit about Caitlyn Jenner. This has gone far enough. Close the borders. Build the wall. And let’s remind everyone whose damn country this is. In general, these folks run the gamut from harboring an unconscious negative disposition towards members of certain demographics, to a whole-hearted embrace of good old-fashioned racism. In other words, they fall along a spectrum that runs from Archie Bunker to Benito Mussolini.
Danger Level: Look, I’m not gonna kid you here. Steam is escaping the pot, and it’s not unthinkable that the lid could blow off. And let’s be clear; Mitt Romney and David Brooks are not going to convince these folks with calm, reasoned arguments. You can’t push people to the limit for three decades and then reel them back in with a few speeches. It wasn’t unpredictable that we’d see a backlash to the historic breakthrough of the first black president and the long-overdue adoption of more progressive social values. It’s less predictable how that backlash will play out in the long run.
Source: Morning Joe - MSNBC, Dave Pell
David Morgante It probably identifies the people who protect him. When there are so many people who would like to do him harm its probably a good idea to have it so his people are easily recognizable.
Alan Shippee I would generally say you are correct it is a well-known fact that the secret service has a large book of lapel pins that they choose a different one every day and those who wear that pin are the ones that are allowed to actually be physically next to the president
Oscar Ferret they are wrong it means trump has joined forces with planet zog and wants to turn the world in to a marshmellow.
Dom Price It’s a herald insignia. Possibly a symbol Trump intends to use for his political movement. Fascist regimes make heavy use of symbolism and badges to identify supporters. It’s likely to identify members of Trump’s inner circle, in much the same way the …See More
Dave Emerson It identifies Trump private security staff, as well as campaign “inner circle” staff who are allowed to get close to Trump. The Secret Service uses the same method with a red pin. It’s an easy visual identifier to allow his security to pick out people who don’t belong quickly. Simply look at their left lapel, if they don’t have the pin there, they aren’t allowed close.
Amy Boring I volunteered at the Bernie Sanders rally in San Diego. They had them on too. It’s simply Campaign staffers. Much like a lanyard it made it easy to identify people that could move freely from place to place on the rally floor.
As much as I disagree with Trump this video is propaganda.
Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.