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Getting Stupid

We are finding out that our friends on the Left aren’t without shame solely when it comes to political rhetoric. Their lack of decorum extends far beyond that point.

Not convinced? Take a look around the country. No one with a sense of shame would put on a display of neurosis and lack of composure the Democrats’ die-hards are regaling the public with right now.

We’re not talking about the riots, er, “protests” taking place with tacit approval by the party’s pols in safe blue cities around the country. There is ample evidence — sometimes so wide open as to appear on Craigslist — that those “protesters” have been paid to put on street theater and generate the media narrative that the nation is coming apart because Donald Trump is president-elect.

It is worth noting along those lines, though, that sometimes that approval isn’t so tacit. While it certainly appears so when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama don’t seem to have much interest in explaining to the “protesters” that Trump will be president and it’s time to go home, it’s often worse than that. Take, for example, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), who came right out and said “God bless the protesters.” That’s a man who supposedly will carry the Democrats’ standard in 2020.

At least Booker is in on the strategy outlined in the last column in this space. That can’t really be said for some of the more pathetic individuals on America’s college campuses. A dispatch from Cornell about a “cry-in” protest on campus…

As the event took place, students — roughly 20 or so, according to the Sun’s video — wrote their reactions and emotions on poster boards with colored markers, or with chalk on the ground. A chilly day on the Ithaca campus, at one point the demonstrators huddled together as what appeared to be a barista brought them warm drinks.

Several adults, most likely professors, stood around the group. The event appeared to take on the atmosphere of a funeral wake.

“I’d say the results are heartbreaking and such a slap in the face to so many of the populations that make up America,” an older lady who appeared to be a professor told The Sun. “I think it’s also an indication that there are many people who are suffering and feel that haven’t been heard and they believe that Trump will answer their needs.”

The stories of safe-space stupidity on college campuses since the election are legion. Most resemble the pathetic lunacy at Cornell. At least at LSU there’s a sense of humor and some talented trolling of the grievance warriors.

But we’re used to coddled babies in academia disgracing themselves by now. What’s weirder is the acting-out of leftist corporate executives. For example, there was Matthew Harrigan, an actual corporate CEO of San Diego-based PacketSled, who lost his sanity over the election and made social media postings threatening Trump’s life before claiming he was drunk and joking — and then was forced to resign.

Then there was the CEO of Grubhub, Matt Maloney, who apparently was not loaded when he sent out a company-wide email grousing about Trump’s victory and attributing it to “demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled” — and then threatening employees that should they wish to engage in such behavior they might as well resign “because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”

This was taken by some of Grubhub’s employees and lots of others as a threat to purge Trump voters from the company — and the market proceeded to eviscerate the company’s stock, dropping it more than 10 percent in the space of two days.

Unhinged CEOs and simpletons on campus aren’t the whole story, either. There is also the media’s ongoing self-disgrace in the wake of Trump’s victory, which couldn’t be better signified than by the nearly-satirical report by NBC News on a shocking departure from protocol by the president-elect. It seems that Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the media covering him that he was finished for the evening on Tuesday — and then Trump did the unthinkable.

He took his family to dinner at the exclusive 21 Club.

Alexandra Jaffe and Ali Vitali wrote this up like it was the Iran-Contra Affair

In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying the reporters covering him or giving any indication of where he was going.

The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media.

The only way the press eventually ascertained his whereabouts was after a Bloomberg reporter, who happened to be dining at the 21 Club, tweeted a photo of Trump and some of his transition team in the Midtown steakhouse.…

With his Tuesday night actions, the Trump Administration is shaping up to be the least accessible to the public and the press in modern history.

A week after the election, Trump hasn’t yet held a press conference, the longest any recent president has waited to speak to the press. That continues a weeks-long drought that’s been going on since mid-summer, when Trump last answered questions from the press.

One wonders why all the howling, since Hillary Clinton went 10 months without subjecting herself to media examination during the campaign and the media’s access to Barack Obama has hardly been exemplary, including — GASP! — an occasional instance of Obama’s own dining incognito at various Washington eateries.

It’s cute when Obama does it. It’s a threat to American democracy if Trump doesn’t invite the press to sample his foie gras.

We’re only beginning this, and already we’ve seen that the Left won’t take their loss in last week’s election with any dignity.

What we don’t know is what happens when a few of their adults figure out how to pick up the pieces and respond to the beating the voting public just administered to them.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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