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CNN’s Contempt Serves Up A Lemon

CNN building jurors Manafort news reporters media“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Those were the words Abraham Lincoln used in 1858 when opening a speech about slavery in the states — the most divisive issue of that time. Those words were not Lincoln’s own, of course. They were borrowed from Jesus, whom all three synoptic gospels record saying the phrase. It’s a truth that’s older than the nations, and it’s no less true in 2020 than it was in 1858 or two thousand years ago. Division was there then, and division is here now, and nothing drives division more than contempt.

Presidential campaigns of recent years have showcased contempt with great fanfare. In 2008, Barack Obama derisively talked about working-class people who were bitter and clung to guns or religion. In 2012, it was Mitt Romney’s infamous, not-meant-for-release, “47 percent” comments that came off as contemptuous of half of the American people. In 2016, it was Hillary Clinton’s very public remarks following Donald Trump’s speech at the Values Voter Summit about how half of his supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.”


Now it appears that already in January, 2020 has reached its high water mark for contempt. It could be seen with absolute clarity on CNN recently, when host Don Lemon, in a discussion with anti-Trump strategist Rick Wilson and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali began laughing at, mocking, and belittling those whom they apparently see as the most ignorant people in America: Trump voters.

Rick Wilson joked that the president’s administration is, “…defined by ignorance of the world. That’s partly him playing to their base, and playing to their audience — the credulous boomer-rube demo that backs Donald Trump — that wants to think that Donald Trump’s the smart one and y’all are elitists are duuuumb.” Ali joined in the mocking, adding, “You elitists with your geography and your maps, and your spelling.”

For one minute and twenty seconds last night, CNN became a reality TV show. As Wilson and Ali launched into their extended hardy harr harr-style tirade, Don Lemon — the Cable News Network host, mind you — lost complete control of himself as he broke down laughing, lapping up the reverie like a man dying of thirst. The curtain was pulled back. This is really what the cultural elites think of half of their fellow Americans. Such simpletons!

Ivanka Trump tweeted about the segment, “You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided. The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting.” I couldn’t agree more. What this episode reveals is that many of the same people who refuse to engage with this president’s policies and instead focus on his tweets harbor just as much contempt toward Trumps supporters as they do him. It’s apparent that their goal is not to win over Trump supporters, but to put them in their place.

Contempt is not the way forward for America. Contempt is a cop-out from having an earnest discussion of the issues at hand. And that is what America needs, both left and right — to look at what’s at stake in the world we live in. Christians, especially, need to be vigilant in cutting through the chatter and contempt to evaluate how a biblical worldview affects the way they vote. Because there is too much at stake build our foundation on the divided house of contempt.

Reprinted with permission from - FRC Action - by Tony Perkins

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Debra L. Kaczmarek

As I type this, I’m listening to two carpenters–neither educated beyond high school, the kind of guys who are “stuck” repairing our century-old farmhouse in 20-degree Minnesota weather, They’re debating–really debating–whether St. John Paul II or St. Maximilian Kolbe will have greater impact on the future of mankind. At the end of their eight-hour day, they’ll come inside to thaw their hands. At some point, the younger man will sit down at our piano and play Mozart or Haydn. He’s entirely self-taught but plays magnificently, even with those worker’s gnarled hands. Unlike Lemon and his panel, I see a world teeming with geniuses–many of whom intend to vote for Trump (again) and none of whom appear regularly on CNN.

Shoe

Years ago, the media elites were subtle in how they were the enemy of the people. Now, their arrogance is on full display. They have named themselves gods and don’t care if we disagree

Dan Rucker

The elitists will never get it. That’s exactly why Trump will win by a big margin in 2020. They just can’t help themselves even when it costs them dearly at the ballot box. That’s fine with me for now, but at some point someone from “their side” is going to have to step up and wake up these folks who are so out of touch and truly anti-American. Our country can’t survive forever being this divided. Most all this began during the prior administration, but sadly Trump gets the blame.

RCW

I dont care who you support, this tirade was extremely rude and in very bad taste! Who the hell do they think are! You just got to love the liberals who preach tolerance but DO NOT practice it.

William Rodebaugh

What can I say that hasn’t been said before. My wife and I are college graduates with graduate courses. So of course we’re idiots. We live in a city that has violence, drug abuse and homelessness and has been run by Dems. since 1951. Victor David Hansen’s book on the president sums up beautifully what we wanted from a president. Someone who fights, Someone who’s his own man. Someone who a Will Kane of “High Noon” or Harry Calahan of “Dirty Harry”. he may not be the most loved but he gets the job done.

J. FARLEY

COME NEXT ELECTION THEY WILL BE LAUGHING OUT OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THEIR MOUTHS, THE DEMORATS WILL NOT ONLY NOT WIN THE PRESIDENCY , THE WILL LOSE THE U.S. HOUSE BUT THEY WILL RECEIVE LOSS’S IN THE U.S. SENATE . I ALSO BELIEVE THAT MEANY STATES WILL FALLOW AND GIVE REPUBLICANS CONTROL OF MEANY STATE HOUSES . AMERICANS NEED TO PRAY TO GOD THAT WE DOESN’T GET ANYMORE SOCIALIST THAN WE ARE OR AMERICA WILL BE NO MORE.
GOD BLESS DONALD J. TRUMP
TRUMP/PENCE 2020

GOD BLESS AMERICA
GOD BLESS THE NRA
SAVE AMERICA VOTE REPUBLICAN

Patriot Will

Arrogant, hateful, ignorant, and dishonest — Lemon is the poster boy for “Do as I say, not as I do.” He has the mannerisms of a punk, adolescent know-it-all. Sadly, he is also anti-American and anti-Trump. Only very low information voters can stomach Lemon for more than a few minutes at a time.

Wayne D Peterkin

No surprise here. The leftist elites have always thought themselves far smarter than and superior to the average American and therefore must take control and run the country the way they wish, because in their warped little minds it’s for our own good! In part the attitude is caused by those with far more knowledge than intelligence. Intelligence being the ability to apply knowledge, it means that knowledge can be accumulated without much limitation but the use of that knowledge is very limited by a person’s ingrained, inherited, intelligence. Even that intelligence is limited by talent, the aptitude that allows some to be a genius in some specific field and yet a doofus in another. Example: a genius in medicine that can’t balance a checkbook. Most of these elites have impressive degrees from illustrious institutions indicating an accumulation of knowledge, but many may also not have the brains to get… Read more »

Julia Botelle

I have a daughter and she is getting her doctor degree in nursing and also teaches at one of the colleges. She voted for Trump last time and will again. She also has friends who are very educated and they also voted for Trump and will again. Even some of her students have talked to her and is voting for Trump. She doesn’t talk politics in her class or anywhere else unless it’s brought up. I am retired now but I use to work in production control for a good size company. If these people actually spent as much time getting to know the people they would find out how wrong they are. All of this including the impeachment is only pushing more people to Trump
I don’t care how much education you have when you make fun of others it only shows that person’s stupidity.

Dora Sack

CNN is a disgrace! They do not give the president any good press whatsoever. I don’t always like his language but he is who he is and that is not a two faced politician. All the more reason to vote him back in office.

Jim

CNN pays airports to leave the network on, and many travel hubs even have agreements in which CNN pays for their TVs and infrastructure. Get CNN out of the airports

Melody Mohigh

And people wonder why so many of our children are mocked and bullied, even with teachers, counselors and principals knowledge.

carol

The left are just like the Pharisees who lived in the time of Jesus. And we all know how he felt about those Pharisees calling them a brood of vipers, etc…

Glenn Lego

The leftists don’t care about Jesus Christ except to use his name carelessly.

Phil Hammersley

Reminds me of NY “Slimes” media columnist Pauline Kael in 1972: “How did Nixon win in a landslide? Nobody I know voted for him.” These fools only communicate with each other and they are “oh, so brilliant!”

Beverly Skinner

Without the “deplorables”, who BELIEVE in a hard days work, the Libs would be living in TENTS, and STARVING, so I guess we are NOT the DUUUUMB ones, ARE WE?

Dianna

Great, Great article. The problem lies in the fact that the ones who need to see it, will never read it. God bless America!!!

Chuck

What is there to say? If you want to prove your ignorance, open your mouth. As the saying goes, as I was growing up, “Keep your mouth shut and make people think you’re intelligent rather than opening it and prove otherwise.” Enough said.

Brenda Blunt

Bullies are at it again!! All Christian’s need to be in prayer, vote fornthe best candidate that supports their personal views instead of listening to someone telling them that they don’t know anything!!!

Stephen Russell

Give CNN a Chap 7 award OK & we ALL Win