Liberal celebs had crystal ball cracked
Before the shock of President Donald Trump wears off, let’s remember to tip our hats to Tinseltown. What would we do without it? The self-absorbed Beautiful People of the town called on America to become as enlightened as they by supporting Hillary Clinton. They proudly donned their “I’m With Her” buttons.
Now, like their candidate, they are in a state of shock. America’s response on Nov. 8 was go pound sand.
Oh, how the arrogant elites joked — especially about the Republican convention — that Trump had such a short list of lightweights in Scott Baio, Antonio Sabato Jr. and that Bible-thumping Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin. Clinton could tout George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Ellen DeGeneres, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, “Queen” Beyonce and hundreds of others. Hollywood wrote checks, too — hundreds of millions of dollars in checks.
All for nada.
The voters even dared to reject those mega-celebrities Barack and Michelle Obama, whom the media unfailingly presented as supersurrogates, not-so-secret weapons, the best campaign speakers of all time, blah blah blah.
These leftist stars with their megawatt brains had a cracked crystal ball. They relentlessly insulted Trump as unelectable and were uber-confident that on Election Day we’d see a rout.
In 2011, NBC’s Seth Meyers joked at the White House correspondents dinner — with Trump in attendance — that “Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed he was running as a joke.”
In 2013, from his sidekick perch on “The Daily Show,” John Oliver egged on the idea of a Trump campaign: “Do it. Look at me. Do it! I will personally write you a campaign check now on behalf of this country, which does not want you to be president, but which badly wants you to run!”
In October 2015, Stephen Colbert predicted: “Mr. Trump, to answer your call for political honesty, I just want to say, you’re not going to be president. It’s been fun. It’s been great. … But come on, come on, buddy! … There is zero chance we’ll be seeing you being sworn in on the Capitol steps with your hand a giant golden Bible!” He doubled down with a visual, a Photoshopped image of Trump being sworn in at the Capitol, surrounded by actor Gary Busey and rockstars Meat Loaf, Gene Simmons and Bret Michaels.
When asked for comments about Trump’s insults in March 2016, Rosie O’Donnell proclaimed, “He will never be president!”
In May, George Clooney announced: “There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump. It’s not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country.”
In October, comedian Joy Behar insisted: “No one’s going to be happier than President Obama when Trump loses! No one, except for me!” Oops.
Then there’s the arrogance of the celebrity-in-chief, President Obama. He was asked in January by NBC’s Matt Lauer whether he could imagine President Trump offering a State of the Union address, and he joked, “I can imagine it in a ‘Saturday Night (Live)’ skit.”
Just a few weeks ago on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Obama came to read mean tweets about him, one of which said: “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States. Exclamation point! @realDonaldTrump. Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president.”
It’s almost a little sad that these spoiled Beautiful People had their balloon popped. Try not to point and laugh.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.