“I don’t know if Donald Trump ever read ‘Rules for Radicals,’ but in many ways his presidential campaign is embracing Saul Alinsky’s strategies/methods against Alinsky’s protégé, Hillary Clinton.”
To this day I still don’t know if the President has read “Rules,” but either by design or coincidence he certainly appears to be using them once again…this time against CNN.
Over the Independence Day weekend, Trump tweeted to his 33 million followers a video “meme” from a WWE Wrestlemania match in which he body-slammed WWE chief Vince McMahon. Only in this video clip McMahon’s head was replaced with the CNN logo. It’s hilarious.
Well, of course, the delicate little snowflakes over at CNN and other fake news purveyors had a conniption.
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” CNN bleated in a prepared statement.
Oh, puh-lease. Everyone break out their World’s Smallest Violins.
“It is an incitement to violence,” whined windbag CNN commentator and card-carrying Trump hater Ana Navarro. “He is going to get somebody killed in the media,”
“What's next?” asked Dean Obeidallah with mock indignation. “Will Trump next ‘jokingly’ behead the NBC peacock?”
CNN’s insufferable Jim Acosta, the Sam Donaldson wannabe, tried to turn the table on Trump by sarcastically tweeting, “Isn’t pro wrestling fake?”
But all that did was open the door for the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., to take yet another shot directly at CNN’s cold, liberal, Trump-hating heart…
“Yes,” Don Jr. replied, “just like your coverage.”
But if CNN and the rest of the fake news media thought their righteous indignation over being made a global laughingstock would put an end to the richly deserved ridicule, they terribly misjudged the public’s loathing of the media these days.
And CNN made the bad situation even worse by frantically digging to find out who created the original video and threatening to expose his identity publicly if the poor guy didn’t apologize. Which only resulted in public outrage that caused the hashtag #CNNBlackmail to go viral.
Indeed, the Trump video and CNN’s defensive, heavy-handed response has since spawned a cottage industry of GIF-generators and meme videosdepicting President Trump doing all manner of things to CNN.
There’s also now a fake “hostage” video in which the individual who created the original WWE video is forced by CNN to issue a public, on-camera apology. It’s so hilarious because it’s so true.
And the hits just keep on coming!
Which brings me back to Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and how Trump and his followers have co-opted them for their own purposes, either knowingly or coincidentally…
Rule #5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."
Rule #6. "A good tactic is one your people enjoy."
Ridiculing CNN the way the president did was extremely potent. And an infuriated CNN clearly has been unable to counteract the ridicule. And without doubt, Trump supporters are loving every minute of every new anti-CNN GIF and meme. And there’s no end in sight.
Congratulations, CNN. You got Alinskied!
Dr. Chuck Muth, PsD
Professor of Psephology (homeschooled)
Nevada’s #1 Irritator of Liberals and RINOs
P.S. While I remain a YUGE Trump supporter, that doesn’t mean I agree with every policy proposal being put forward by the administration. Such is the case with Ivanka Trump’s push for paid family leave. In a recent letter-to-the-editor published by the Wall Street Journal, Ivanka argues…
“Providing a national guaranteed paid-leave program - with a reasonable time limit and benefit cap - isn’t an entitlement, it’s an investment in America’s working families.”
I respectfully disagree. An investment is something you do voluntarily with your own money. Using tax dollars or an employer mandate isn’t an investment; it’s an involuntary taking.
And the history of any and all government programs guarantees that “reasonable” time limits will ultimately become unreasonable and benefit “caps” will constantly expand or disappear completely. As Ronald Reagan so wisely observed…
“Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!”
“When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get even!’ That is not typical advice, but it is real-life advice. If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck! When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. . . .
“I go after people, and you know what? People do not play around with me as much as they do with others. They know that if they do, they are in for a big fight. Always get even. Go after people that go after you. Don’t let people push you around. Always fight back and always get even.
“It’s a jungle out there, filled with bullies of all kinds who will try to push you around. If you’re afraid to fight back people will think of you as a loser, a ‘schmuck’! They will know they can get away with insulting you, disrespecting you, and taking advantage of you. Don’t let it happen! Always fight back and get even. People will respect you for it.” – Donald Trump, “Think Big and Kick Ass” (2007)
NEVADA NEWS & VIEWS
Freshman Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) made her Senate bid official yesterday. Although she just got to Congress – her first political office – five short months ago, Rosen already wants to join the Club of 100. But was it really her idea? No.
Rosen said that former Sen. Harry Reid “told me to think about it and that’s what I did.”
Leading Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, whose seat Rosen is salivating over, to respond, “Thought Nevada was free of Harry Reid? Think again.”
Rosen also trotted out endorsements from the Democrats’ royal family in Nevada, attempting to solidify her anointment without a messy primary election. But Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who knows Senate seats don’t come around very often, might not go into that good night without a fight.
Titus is an uber-liberal, Hillary-like candidate in that her negatives are sky-high, especially in the north and the rurals. She might, indeed, be Sen. Heller’s best chance at re-election considering the problems he’s currently having with his conservative base.
The question is whether or not Titus is afraid to give up her safe House seat and take on the Reid Machine. My guess is she’ll walk right up the edge of the cliff…and chicken out. But you never know.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“President Trump’s tweets seem to have the same effect on the political dead and the dead legacy media that errant comets have on the movie dead – awakening them to assume a zombie state in which they are compelled to stalk the earth to feast on brains and destroy civilization.” – Richard Viguerie, ConservativeHQ.org