Hollywood and Trump


Hollywood is in a snit. Hollywood is very angry and depressed. Hollywood is having a nervous breakdown. The Donald is in the White House and Hollywood types cannot take it any more. Ditto for the New York Times and the T.V. networks, except for Fox.Frank Bruni, a Times columnist who used to write about food and now advises us about politics, is upset. Another hysterical Times columnist, a guy called Blow, has put on a show demanding “The Donald” does a no-show, but he didn’t get his wish. He now calls the 45th president illegitimate, a “troglodyte” who won a Russian rigged election.
Such are the joys of our liberal media, but let’s not judge them too harshly. They’re depressed, and, lacking talent, they’ve descended to the lowest common denominator of screaming abuse and crying foul. (They all remind me of losing Greek political candidates, and also some South American ones; there are no real elections in Africa, hence I will skip that continent.) And then there’s Max Boot, a neocon-Washington-ass-licker, whose name obviously derives from having a large boot shoved up you know where sometime in his or his family’s past. He calls “The Donald” a Manchurian Candidate, which brings me back to Hollywood. And Meryl Streep.
Now no one in their right mind would deny her talent, no one except our president, that is. But an ex-editor of mine, Charles Moore, who at 25 was named head of The Spectator, the oldest weekly magazine in the English speaking world, has recently revealed how the sainted Meryl was guilty of exactly what she accused “The Donald” of in her speech at the Golden Globes. Moore is now be in his late fifties and is the official biographer of Margaret Thatcher. He is one of the most respected writers and journalists in Britain, a nation that views the “hacks” as journalists, and are referred to in that rainy place as one step above child molesters. The controversy began when Trump was campaigning in 2015 and alleged that “thousands of Muslims in Jersey City had publicly celebrated the attack of 9/11.” The allegation caused outrage and his numbers now seem to have been wildly exaggerated.
However, the Trump camp came up with evidence that such celebrations had taken place, and one such evidence was covered by a Washington Post hack by the name of Serge Kovaleski, who wrote following the attacks. Fourteen years later, Kovaleski denied that he had written it, and was in turn attacked by Trump as a liar. The hack could not undo what he had written, no matter how hard he wanted to. So he lied and Trump made fun of him, making gestures that Trumps critics immediately misconstrued as making fun of Kovaleski’s withered arm.
Trump defenders pointed out that “The Donald” had made the same gestures when mimicking weasel excuses by Ted Cruz, who does not have any physical disabilities. As Charles Moore points out, when looking at the clips, Trump has a very strong case.
Meryl got the headlines she wanted by defending someone who had used the excuse of his disability to smear Trump—who happened to be innocent of the charge. Yet “La Streep” herself turns out not to be as clean as she pretends. Disrespect for the afflicted won her an Oscar, as when she portrayed Lady Thatcher in the film about the Iron Lady. Lady Thatcher was still alive and very conscious of how Meryl portrayed her. According to people in the know, Lady Thatcher was very hurt by it. Empathy is a word used quite a lot by Hollywood types while virtue signaling. Meryl got a lot of mileage out of virtue signaling at the Golden Globes. Margaret Thatcher was a great leader, who deserved better than the way Meryl portrayed her, i.e. as having lost her mind.
But that’s Hollywood for you. It mourns Hillary, the charmless, greedy and ruthless go-getter who has always hitched a ride on more successful men, and now mourns the victory of a man who knows a liar when he sees one.