A celebrity trashed Sen. Marco Rubio after the Florida Republican criticized President Barack Obama, but while covering the snark, legacy media refused to cover blatantly false statements made by the president.
Rubio was appearing on Fox & Friends when he was asked about fellow GOP contender Donald Trump. Rubio said Trump was “the wrong man for the job.” What came next sparked a social media meltdown:
“We already have a president now that has no class. We have a president now, that, you know, does selfie stick videos, that invites YouTube stars there, you know, people who eat cereal out of a bathtub. And I don’t believe that some of the language that Trump is employing is worthy of the office.”
Rubio also criticized Obama for what many perceived as glib talk about the US caving to Iran on a nuclear deal. Obama talked about the deal with comic Jon Stewart on his cable channel show. While Rubio did express a negative opinion of Obama’s approach to the presidency, each of the instances Rubio cited on the Fox show is true.
Iran wasn’t the only thing Obama talked about, and only new media have called out the president for his false statements about IRS targeting of conservative groups. Obama denied it, and adopted the eternal approach Democrats have to any problem. Simply put, the IRS needs more money.
The president was not truthful when he denied targeting occurred, and Stewart rolled with the fictional flow. Even Obama’s Treasury Dept. has acknowledged what amounted to weaponizing a federal agency to attack groups purely because of their political slant. IRS not only targeted groups who applied for tax exempt status. The rogue agency targeted donors to those groups, conducting politically driven audits.
Former talk show host, now a comic, Arsenio Hall apparently was enraged enough at Rubio to tweet a very coarse insult:
“44 years ago you should have been left in a hotel hand towel full of jizz and Astroglide @MarcoRubio. Now THAT, was classless … Shithead!”
Insults directed at politicians, from members of Congress to presidents, are nothing new. In fact, such insults are part and parcel of US history. Alexander Hamilton, for instance, who served as an aide to George Washington during the first war of secession the US engaged in, harped on the inept Continental Congress:
“My friend, you cannot conceive in how dreadful a situation we are. I hate Congress and I hate the army and I hate the world and I hate myself.”
In 1800 when Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were running for president, the rhetoric was not only what we would today consider racist. It was akin to what you’d hear in a pub:
“Things got ugly fast. Jefferson’s camp accused President Adams of having a ‘hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.’
In return, Adams’ men called Vice President Jefferson ‘a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.’”
Obama has appeared on a number of comedy shows and granted interviews to obscure Internet comics as well. In those venues the president can say what he wants to and more than likely the host will simply acquiesce. Legacy media often do the same, however, rarely calling Obama to account for decisions that would land a Republican president biting criticism. Or worse.
Hall’s insult drew numerous satirical responses from the opposition along the lines of Jon Gabriel’s [@exjon]: “Why do you hate Latinos, @ArsenioHall? @marcorubio”
Rubio has long been a concern for Democrats whose allied legacy media even did a long feature about his wife’s traffic tickets.
Rubio is among the top contenders who will participate in the first GOP primary debate on Aug. 6. The latest state polls show Rubio polling ahead of presumed Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in Colorado, Virginia, and Iowa.
At this point in the election process, state polls may give a better idea about competitiveness than national polls because the GOP field is so large and as the pundits like to say, it remains fluid.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 23, 2015)
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