Dr. Ben Carson and Sean Hannity got together for what may be the world’s lamest effort to shore up Donald Trump’s dwindling appeal.
Carson appeared on Hannity Thursday night in the wake of disastrous poll numbers for Trump. Predictably, Sean Hannity got the “defend Trump” ball rolling by attacking others. First, it was Black Lives Matter. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Hannity fixates on attacking the group and that's totally unrelated to the fact that he once promoted the armed insurrection of a white racist and previously palled around with a white supremacist.
Hannity blamed the media for Trump's fall from favor. Here’s how he hilariously misrepresented the controversy over Trump’s comments about Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan:
HANNITY: The big issue with the media is that Donald Trump said that Mr. Khan’s son is a hero and his refugee program would never have impacted this family.
Fact check: The "big issue" is that Trump first took a bigoted swipe at Ghazala Khan, accusing her of not talking because she’s too much of a radical Muslim (a smear Hannity personally echoed, twice). Trump followed that with a suggestion that he has sacrificed as much as the Khans because he’s such a successful businessman.
Carson seemed to agree with Hannity. “It’s truly amazing,” he said about the supposed double standard in the media that has so hurt poor Donald Trump. “I hope that the American people can see that most of the mainstream media is completely in the tank for Hillary and they are not helpful at all,” Carson added.
I guess Carson’s idea of a “helpful” media would be one that lies like Hannity just to propagandize for Trump and the GOP?
“Doesn’t this really come down to comparing and contrasting?” Hannity continued. He ticked off issues such as taxes, Supreme Court appointments, the border wall, ObamaCare, education, etc.
Carson replied, “You have just articulated the reason that they [Hillary world] are so determined to make this about individuals, to make this about Donald Trump. As long as they can keep him in the forefront, they don’t have to talk about all the things that you just enumerated..”
But before long, Carson was the one making the campaign about individuals.
CARSON: It really boils down to one candidate who is of the people and one who is the epitome of the established ruling class. You couldn’t have a more clear-cut distinction than this.
Really? Frankly, I think they are both part of the established, ruling class. But you’d have to be really out of touch to think that a guy who continually boasts, about his wealth, flies around on a jet filled with gold-plated fixtures, has his own makeup person, has encouraged Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email server and has mocked a disabled reporter is a man of the American people.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the latest poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal. It not only gives Clinton/Kaine a 9-point lead over Trump/Pence, it found that on the issues of “Caring about people like me,” “Having the ability to unite the country,” and “Changing country for the better,” Clinton beat Trump by 16 points, 17 points and 7 points, respectively. That’s not counting how she beat him at “Being a good commander-in-chief” (9 points), “Having the ability to handle a crisis” (18 points) and “Dealing with racial problems between police, blacks” (20 points).
Watch the wishful thinking below, from the August 4 Hannity.
“This is reminiscent of the 2008 Presidential campaign, which pitted one candidate, John McCain — a man who
- was the son and grandson of US Navy Admirals"
Which were naturally his ADMISSION TICKET into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Given the fact that McCain graduated from Annapolis NEAR THE BOTTOM of his class, one does NOT need to be a brain surgeon to figure out that there is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO WAY IN HELL John McCain would have gotten into Annapolis in the first place if it wasn’t for his LEGACY CONNECTIONS!
He’s a “man of the people”, all right — the people of Russia:
- Drumpf has spoken of his admiration for Putin
- claims they have a “great relationship” (while also previously claiming he never met him)
- says that as president he won’t allow NATO to get in the way of Russian imperial expansion
- campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had been a lobbyist and advisor to former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych
This is reminiscent of the 2008 Presidential campaign, which pitted one candidate, John McCain — a man who
- was the son and grandson of US Navy Admirals
- is married to the heiress of Arizona’s largest beer distributor
- had no idea how many properties he owned when asked
- and thought the middle class consisted of those making less than $5 million/year
against another candidate, Barack Obama — who
- was raised by his grandparents in a single parent household
- spent a portion of his childhood in one of the world’s poorest countries
- and previously worked as a $10K/year community organizer in Chicago’s South Side . . . yet, it was the latter candidate who was referred to as “the elitist” . . .
On CNN and Megyn’s show, Carson implied that the Kahns owed an apology to Trump as much as Trump owed an apology to them. Carson suggested Mr. Kahn accused Trump untruthfully, which is debatable to say the least, unlike the indisputably soulless remarks Trump made about Mrs. Kahn.
But there’s more. Carson said the “Kahns” plural. I’d love to hear Ben explain what Mrs. Kahn, in particular, needs to apologize for.
Carson was also on Morning Joe. Though he tried to BS his way out of it, Carson was clearly stumped when asked on MSNBC about Trump’s ability to appreciate someone else’s personal loss.
Off-topic but amusing: while roaming through Politifact I saw that Donald Trump is dominating the “pants on fire” performances by over ten to one. Politifact has a page with all the p-o-f judgements. I love that website.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen “reach out to Minorities” turn out so badly.