The mainstream media has taken a lot of lazy, vicious, unfair shots at President Trump’s millions of supporters over the last three years, but we’re not sure we’ve ever seen them sink this low to find something with which to mock our collective intelligence. This story, which first went viral in local Kentucky media before finding its way to The New York Times, is one of the lamest excuses for “cleverness” we’ve ever seen. Just…just read it for yourself if you haven’t yet.
From the Times:
Wisdom comes from the unlikeliest places. And on Saturday, Ben Bowling, the valedictorian of Bell County High School in Pineville, Ky., made an inspirational appeal that left his graduating classmates and their parents dumbstruck.
“This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google,” he told the packed auditorium. “‘Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table’ — Donald J. Trump.”
The crowd burst into applause. President Trump is quite popular in Pineville and the surrounding area, which is the heart of coal country and overwhelmingly supported the president in the 2016 election after he promised to bring coal jobs back to America.
Mr. Bowling, though, wasn’t finished.
“Just kidding,” he said. “That was Barack Obama.”
The cheering abruptly stopped. The crowd went mostly silent. There was a lone boo.
But that’s only the beginning of a story that will curl your toes, shrink your teeth, and have you rethinking your blind support of President Adolf Trump (to say nothing of your hatred for The Anointed One, Barack Obama).
Nah, just kidding. That’s the whole story. Good one, huh?
Yet we’re apparently to think that young Mr. Ben Bowling really got one over on this crowd of drooling Trump supporters by making them think that a generic, anyone-could-have-said-it quote came from their God King and not from the guy who preceded him in office. Oh, what lessons we can learn from the “wisdom” of this “inspirational appeal”! But seriously, we’re asking: What lessons can we learn? Because we’re got quite getting it.
Is the lesson that we’re supposed to all have a photographic recollection of everything Barack Obama ever said? Or Trump?
No, the lesson seems to be that ignorant Kentucky hillbillies will cheer for Trump and boo Obama for the same quote, and if you want to feel like a bigshot NY Times know-it-all, all you have to do is click your teeth and shake your head at these poor racist bigots who were shown a better way by an arrogant high school graduate.
Our question: If a kid graduating from Harvard pulled the same trick in reverse, would it have been covered in the New York Times with this kind of glowing praise?
The answer being obvious, we really didn’t learn much at all, now did we?