The Scary, Scary and Wicked Sides of American Politics – “Sunday Political Brunch”

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Sunday 31 October 2021

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Well it’s Halloween weekend, with horror stories for everyone, even in the world of politics. Listen, politics is a blood sport and a matter of sharp elbows, so it should come as no surprise how nasty things can get sometimes. It’s been like this for years, so let’s have a brunch this week.

“Donald Trump, Jr., said WHAT? ? “ – This week, actor Alec Baldwin fired what was supposed to be a blank weapon on the set of the movie “Rust”, set in New Mexico. Tragically, the gun had a live bullet and a cameraman was killed and the director injured. Anticipating this would generate another heated debate on the Second Amendment, Donald Trump, Jr., had printed t-shirts that read, “Guns don’t kill people; Alec Baldwin kills people. It sent a buzz on social media!

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“What’s good for the goose is good for the Gander” – Are Trump T-shirts in bad taste and a bit “too early” in the timing? Of course they are. But I am not surprised. In the news industry, “gallows humor” is a must. On the flip side, Alec Baldwin skewered President Trump on several occasions with a fun and accurate parody on “Saturday Night Live”. I know a lot of Trump supporters who think identity theft is a hoot, as well as Trump’s critics. Listen, political satire and humor (albeit in bad taste) have been a staple of our democracy from day one. And it is considered one of the most protected forms of speech.

“Where was George?” “ – Wicked steals are part of our political landscape. In 1988, Senator Ted Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts gave a scathing speech on Vice President George HW Bush’s role in the Iran-Contra scandal. While many high-level White House staff were seized, Bush said he was “out of the loop” and not involved. This prompted Kennedy to keep saying, “Where was George? ” in his speech. Later that summer, at the Republican National Convention, Senator Paul Laxalt (R) Nevada gave one of Bush’s nominating speeches. Repeating Kennedy, Laxalt said, “Where was George? Where was Georges? He was dry, sober and at home with his wife, ”a clear slap in the face to Kennedy and his Chappaquiddick scandal. Ouch!

“Jefferson vs. Adams Smackdown! “ – If you think modern politics are newly wicked, think again. Old-fashioned wickedness dates from our founding fathers. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams have been perhaps – to this day – the fiercest rivals in American political history. The history books tell us that Jefferson once referred to Adams as a “hideous hermaphroditic figure” (suggesting he had genitals of both sexes). Adams called Jefferson a “mean man with a bad life.” And it went on for years as they were rivals for the White House, which they both ultimately occupied.

“Like Father; Like Son? “ – The election of 1828 was among the most wicked as John Adams’ son John Quincy Adams was running for a second term against Andrew Jackson. Jackson’s camp claimed that by acting as secretary of the envoy to Russia, Adams procured a young woman to have sex with a Russian tsar. The Jackson campaign called Adams a “pimp”. Andrew Jackson married his wife Rachel in 1791. The problem was that she never officially divorced her first husband. The legal problem was resolved in 1794 and the Jackson’s remarried. But that didn’t stop the Adams camp from labeling Jackon adultery and his wife a bigamist. While Jackson won the election, Rachel passed away before her inauguration. He blamed the wickedness of the countryside for his death. “May Almighty God forgive her murderers as I know she forgave them. I will never be able to, ”Jackson said.

“Trump vs. Biden” – In more contemporary times, President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden who succeeded him often had choice words. Trump said: “Sleepy Joe, a radical left non-believer who wants to take away your religion and your guns … Sleepy Joe, Sleepy and very slow,” Biden explained of Trump’s handling of COVID-19. “This is the same man who said the virus would have disappeared in April. In July, there would be no more. In the hot weather, it would be gone, like a miracle! And by the way, you can maybe being injecting bleach into your arm!

“Bush-Whacked” – During the 2002 Republican primary, the George W. Bush campaign used robocalls asking primary voters if they would be “more or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew he fathered a black child illegitimate? That wasn’t true, of course, which prompted McCain to say, “There is a special place in hell for people like these.”

In the late 1940s, four young members of Congress had offices in the immediate vicinity. Their names were John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. All became president and collectively occupied the White House for 16 consecutive years. They were cordial, but were fiery rivals at times. Ford was an American football player in Michigan and was drafted by the NFL. Johnson didn’t think much of Ford’s intellect, once saying of Ford: “He’s a nice guy, but he played too much football without his helmet.”

What are your scariest, most horrifying political memories as we enjoy Halloween weekend? Just click the comment button and, “BOO” let us know!

Mark Curtis, Ed.D., is the chief political reporter for the seven Nexstar Media television stations serving West Virginia, its five neighboring states, and the entire Washington, DC media market. He is a contributing writer and political analyst of MINDSETTER â„¢ for www.GoLocalProv.com and all of its affiliates.

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