By Jonathon Van Maren
A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space that all the progressives really have to do to win enough votes to retake the presidency is to prove that they don’t hate social conservatives—but that this was simply too much to ask. Exhibit A is a recent exchange on CNN, which I’m sure that you—and millions of others—have already seen by now. It features host Don Lemon, GOP strategist Rick Wilson, and New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali chortling uproariously as they mock Southern voters and Trump supporters.
Wilson kicked off the mockery by making fun of Trump’s intelligence which, considering the president’s habit of calling people dumb (his response to this clip was to call Lemon “the dumbest man on television”), is fair game, if you want to stoop to that level. “Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter ‘U’ and a picture of an actual, physical crane,” Wilson stated. “[Pompeo] knows that this is an administration defined by ignorance of the world. So that’s partly him playing to their base and playing to their audience: the credulous boomer rube demo.”