NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar accuses the Trump administration of pursuing a “Nazi-adjacent” agenda akin to “a biological attack aimed at killing the poor, particularly people of color.” Never-Trumper and regular CNN guest analyst Rick Wilson tweets a mocking “#BeInfected” at First Lady Melania Trump. Fellow fake conservative Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post declares that older brainwashed Republicans are more likely to get sick than Democrats. These are but three recent examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Coronavirus Edition.
Abdul-Jabbar regularly writes on “Hollywood & Politics” for The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently the basketball Hall of Famer has trouble distinguishing fiction from reality. His March 18 screed for the publication featured a clumsy comparison between President Trump and the cartoonish Nazis featured in an over-the-top Amazon streaming series called Hunters. The show, which sadly stars film icon Al Pacino, is a fictional tale about a team that tracks down Nazis hiding in America in the 1970s. Intended as some kind of revenge fantasy that may or may not be deliberately comedic in scope, Hunters has been widely condemned by leading Holocaust authorities and Jewish organizations for its ridiculous historical inaccuracies and all-around bad taste.
Yet for a transfixed Abdul-Jabbar, the program is not only “enthralling” but eerily similar to the actions of the Trump White House today. “Far-fetched liberal posturing?” Abdul-Jabbar writes of the show’s lurid plotline. “Not if you’ve followed the Trump administration’s blame-the-black-guy rhetoric and foot-dragging behavior in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The scenes from White House pressers remind of the gleefully unrepentant Nazis in Hunters.”
Abdul-Jabbar goes on to wildly declare that Trump “allowed the virus to spread knowing that poor communities and people of color would pay the greatest cost, economically and health-wise.” He repeatedly called out Trump and “his Republican minions” for seeking to harm and then blame “non-white people” via the Coronavirus threat. In a testament to just how tone-deaf he can be, Abdul-Jabbar amazingly stated that a heroic NBA prodded America into action against the virus. “Ironically, it was the NBA, not the USA, that led the way for responsible business practice by suspending its season,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “Perhaps they were more sensitive to the needs of all Americans because 76 percent of their players are people of color.”
This would be the same NBA that drew nationwide scorn in October for cravenly crawling to China. It was a transparent attempt to protect its lucrative business interests there after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for Hong Kong freedom demonstrators, thus arousing the anger of the communist dictatorship. Abdul-Jabbar is best remembered for his many years spent with the Los Angeles Lakers. His time in La-La Land has obviously enmeshed him in a particularly airtight blue bubble.
Losing His Mind on Social Media
Not to be outdone, Rick Wilson, who frequently appears on CNN to deliver his brand of Never-Trump political analysis, drew the ire of thousands of Twitter users on March 18 with a repulsive tweet in which he identified First Lady Melania Trump with the Coronavirus:
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 19, 2020
Wilson later insisted that he was not wishing the virus upon Mrs. Trump but mocking her “Be Best” public awareness campaign for young Americans. The lame defense did little to lessen the scorn heaped his way. “This is the most insidious & hateful rhetoric of anyone who exists in political punditry,” Mediaite’s Joe Concha stated in a reply to the tweet. “Delete this, Americans are dying,” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweet-replied.
This is the second eye-opening display of bile Wilson has vented against Trump and his supporters in the past two months. In a Jan. 25 appearance on CNN, he ripped Trump backers as “the credulous boom rube demo” that finds “math and reading” to be the mark of smug elitists. CNN host Don Lemon broke up in uncontrollable laughter as Wilson made his remarks.
Wilson’s Never-Trump cohort Jennifer Rubin has gotten in her Coronavirus-inspired shots at the president’s supporters as well. In an appearance on MSNBC on March 15, the so-called “conservative” columnist proclaimed that Trump backers were more liable to die from the outbreak because they are older and willing to blindly believe the president, who she says downplayed the crisis. “There is a particular cruelty/irony that it is their core viewers, the Republican older viewers, who are the most at risk,” Rubin pronounced of Fox News and other conservative media outlets. “So, I hate to put it this way, but there will be less Democrat deaths because there will be less mass gatherings, there will be less opportunities for people to congregate and share this horrible disease,” she continued. Speculating as to “mass casualties” in America similar to those witnessed in Italy, Rubin wondered if Trump supporters would continue to mindlessly “get in line and get in sync” with whatever “new storyline” the administration put out with each passing day. “And I don’t know if their brainwashing is so strong as to carry on and make excuses for Trump,” Rubin stated, basically asserting that Trump voters posed a health hazard for the nation.
There are many more examples of TDS in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis to be found. Big-box media organs continue to prop up a storyline of Trump being an incorrigible racist because he has referred to COVID-19 as “the Chinese Virus.” Among the many B and C-list celebrities who have melted down during the Trump presidency (think Rob Reiner, Debra Messing, or Alyssa Milano), 1980s flash-in-the-pan songwriter Richard Marx is distinguishing himself at the moment for his unhinged vitriol during the pandemic. On March 18, Marx tweeted his opinion of the Kung-Flu tempest in a teapot by saying “racist” Trump advocates are so stupid they think the Chinese bombed Pearl Harbor:
Not just Chinese Americans, Sir. Asian Americans, in general. Because the racists who worship Donald Trump don’t have the intellectual capacity to distinguish. They still blame Pearl Harbor on the grandfather of Jackie Chan. #racistsgonnaracist https://t.co/i20MD25pzR
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) March 18, 2020
Ex-jocks, political hacks, and entertainment industry has-beens are just some of the deeply angry individuals who can’t stop themselves from lashing out at a president they despise even during a health emergency. That they don’t realize how incredibly small and tacky it makes them look is the ultimate confirmation of the insulated world these pampered elitists inhabit.
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