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A Secure Telephone Conference Call Between Trump and Three Governors—Intercepted!


( managed to get this transcript of the call. I can’t reveal my sources. This explosive conversation took place last Wednesday.)

Present: Donald J. Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis (Florida), Gov. Brian Kemp (Georgia), Gov. Doug Ducey (Arizona), Stephen Miller

Operator: Good morning, Governors. Please stand by for President Trump.

(crackling and crunching sounds)

Trump: You guys there?

All: Here, Mister President.

Trump: Sorry to keep you waiting. I had to finish my KFC bucket before Bannon got it. Hey, DooDooRonRon, how ya’ doin’?

DeSantis: Very well, Mister President.

Trump: Brian, Brian, don’t be cryin’, too bad about the lyin’ All-Star Game. We’re gonna take down MLB, just you wait and see. Believe me, those liberal bastards won’t know what hit them.

Kemp: I believe you, Mister President.

Trump: Loosey Goosey Governor Ducey, how’s that grip?

Ducey: Working on it, Mister President. Got a new 8-iron with a titanium shaft and—

Trump: Don’t care. Look, Governors, I want to acknowledge your work in voter suppression. Very good! But it’s not enough. The enemy will still figure out ways to get around it, and, as you know, full voter turnout will mean that no Republican ever gets elected president again. We don’t want that, do we?

All: No, Mister President.

Trump: So you’re probably wondering what we’re gonna do about it. Well, let me bring in my point man on voting–my Immigration guru, and your favorite QAnon personality, Mister Stephen Miller! Steve, take it.

Miller: Thank you, Mister President. Good morning, Governors. Now, I’ve been thinking a lot about this. We were so close to victory in 2020, and even closer on Jan. 6, but these goddamned Antifa radicals stole the election by some very dubious, illegal means, supported by the lying lamestream media. So we have to combat them. Now, the President and me appreciate what y’all have done in your states, but it’s obvious we have to do more. Problem is, we’ve probably achieved as much as we can through legislative means, so we’re gonna have to go into extra-legislative, or you might say extra-judicial means, in order to win in 2022.

All: Sounds good.

Miller: Uh, now what I say here has to stay here. Understood?

All: Understood, sir.

Miller: Because this is a matter of the greatest sensitivity, and we have to—

Trump: Oh, shut up, Miller. Look, Governors, we’re going to stop colored people from voting. A “final solution” to the problem. If we don’t, they’re gonna find ways around all your voter suppression laws, because radical Muslims like that awful Stacey Abrams or Stacey “Antifa” as I call her are gonna help them do it, with hundreds of millions of dollars supplied by crazy Jewish billionaires like George Soros and Bloomberg. So we have to play hardball. I’ve been getting you guys ready for hardball for years, haven’t I?

All: Yes, Mister President.

Trump: If there’s one thing I’ve taught you, it’s that there’s no room for sympathy, or softness, or compassion. You gotta man up! We have got to employ the most brutal means in order to Make America Great Again. Miller, take it back.

Miller: Thank you, Mister President. So, Governors, we’ve been working on, uh, chemical means of eliminating colored people from voting, and the most promising was developed by our good friend, the brilliant doctor, Scott Atlas. He’s invented something called Carcino-Melano, or CM for short. It’s a DNA-based substance that turns the melanin molecule into a protein capable of passing through the blood-brain barrier and immobilizing the cerebral cortex. Now, the reason this is important is because—

Trump: Oh, shut up, Miller. Look, Governors, do I have to paint you a picture? Who has melanin?

(The three Governors are silent)

Kemp: Uh, just a guess…colored people?

Trump: There’s intelligent life in Georgia! Precisely. Dr. Atlas figured out that, if you can turn melanin into a brain fog agent, we can solve the voting problem from within instead of from without.

Miller: It’s exactly what the President says. We can ensure that colored people are too stoned to vote.

(Gasps all around)

Ducey: Brilliant!

DeSantis: Incredible!

Kemp: Praise Jesus!

Trump: Keep going, Miller.

Miller: Thank you, Mister President. So, Governors, here’s the plan. We’re going to manufacture Carcino-Melano in huge quantities at our Fort Detrick biowarfare facility in Maryland. Then we’ll supply you with enough doses for all the colored people in your state. All you have to do is dump the CM into your reservoirs a few days before Election Day. It will have a minimal impact on white people—a little diarrhea, at worst. But it will absolutely prevent colored people from being able to vote. Dr. Atlas actually tested it during the recent Nigerian elections and it had a success rate of 90%.

Trump: If no colored people vote, no Democrats win! This is huge, Governors! So who’s in?

All: We’re all in!

Trump: Excellent. Very good. I’m proud of you patriots. Now, not a word of this to anyone, right? This convo never happened. If you have any questions about anything, your cut-out is Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I’ll get you her number. All right, Governors, gotta go! Playin’ golf with my favorite guy, Mike Lindell. By the way, he’s offering each of you a 20% discount on any order at MyPillow.

Operator: Gentlemen, this concludes this conference call with President Trump. Have a nice day.

An interview with Karen

2 comments has obtained an exclusive interview with Karen, her first ever on a blog. Karen, who requested that I not publish her last name since she’s afraid of reprisals from liberals, is a housewife in a small midwestern town. During our chat, her three young children were playing a rambunctious make-believe shooting game, while the family Rottweiler chased after them barking. She gave me coffee and toast with jam as we chatted.

SH: Karen, tell us a little about yourself.

K: I’m just a normal, American housewife, happily married and raising three great kids in the suburbs. I’m concerned about our country losing its ways.

SH: What do you mean by “losing its ways”?

K: Well, you know. It’s mainly the Communism, or what have you.

SH: Communism?

K: Yes. Like they have in Cuba, or China. We don’t want that kind of atheism here. At least, I don’t.

SH: How do you see Communism invading our country?

K: Oh, you know, the Democrat Party.

SH: Please explain.

K: Well, like Hillary Clinton’s emails. You know? And that business about Ben—how do you say it?

SH: Benghazi.

K: Exactly. And Obama being born in Africa, which is a Communist country. And doesn’t that Nancy Pelosi have a Chinese husband?

SH: I don’t think so.

K: Well, somebody on Hannity said something like that.

SH: Karen, I have to ask you about something controversial.

K: I know. “The Karen thing.”

SH: Your name has become a meme for an entitled white woman who demands that everything go her way. What do you think about that?

K: So unfair. I’ll tell ya, Steve, I’m nothing of that kind. I’m a decent, God-fearing Christian woman who would give a colored person the clothes off her back. And I’m talking Isaac Mizrahi, not Kmart.

SH: How do you think “the Karen thing” started?

K: Well, all I know is that, approximately two years ago, I was shopping at Dillard’s, you know, the one down in Middleton, because with Spring coming I wanted a sleeveless top in a pretty color, like robin’s egg or lilac, and they were having a sale. I could have found something on QVC but, to tell you the truth, it was such a nice day, and the kids were driving me crazy, so I told Brittany—that’s my oldest, you know—to keep an eye on her sisters and I’d be back in a couple hours. And I’m in Dillard’s but I can’t find the item I’m looking for, and I know it has to be there because it’s displayed in the front window. So I go to the clerk in “Women’s Petite”—I’m a size 2, you know—and I asked her for help but she was kind of snitty, you know how these store clerks can be, and she said if the item was all sold out, then it was all sold out. Well, I didn’t like her attitude at all, I can tell you that! So I asked to see her manager.

SH: Yes, that was the incident than ended up on Sixty Minutes.

K: Exactly.

SH: The clerk was Black, right?

K: Yes, but that had nothing to do with anything. It was her attitude. And Sixty Minutes made me out like a monster!

SH: The manager sided with the clerk, as I recall. She said the item was no longer in stock.

K: Then why did they display it in the window? That’s what I wanted to know. “This is unacceptable!” I told her.

SH: The manager was an Asian woman, right?

K: Yes. And it is not true that I told her to go back where she came from! I did inform her that Dillard’s would lose my business because of their unprofessionalism, and I would tell all my friends not to shop there either. Well, the manager got very huffy and said I was free to leave the store and take my business elsewhere. I thought that was so disrespectful! “I don’t work for you, missy,” I told her, “you work for me!” Well, evidently the whole thing was caught on a security camera, because the next thing I know, I get a call from a Sixty Minutes producer, and suddenly I’m famous.

SH: You told the New York Times you thought you were the victim.

K: Of course! How would you feel? I mean, I wasted an hour in that store because of their false advertising. My husband, Chad, was so embarrassed by all the publicity, and my kids were being bullied at school. That’s when I sat down and wrote a letter to Melania.

SH: Melania Trump, who at the time was First Lady.

K: Precisely. Such a beautiful woman, too, so poised and dignified—unlike her predecessor, if you know what I mean. And it was amazing, because Mrs. Trump actually sent me back a personal letter, saying if I was ever in Washington, would I have tea with her? But that was right before the election, you know, the rigged one that Mr. Biden “won,” quote-unquote. So I never did get to the White House.

SH: Well, now that you’ve become a meme, what’s your life like?

K: Well, I’ll tell ya. I’ve been approached by some very powerful people who are urging me to run for Congress here in the District.

SH: Your District is already represented by a conservative Republican.

K: Well, I don’t know how conservative he really is. He voted to fund school lunches, which as you know is a form of Communist reparations.

SH: How do you know that?

K: Oh, it was on Laura Ingraham. Actually—and don’t quote me on this, please, it’ll get me in trouble!—our current Representative is, in my opinion, a Communist.

SH: He’s a Presbyterian who teaches Sunday School.

K: It’s a front. And his wife is—can you believe it?—Asian. Don’t you think it’s time to Make America Great Again?

SH: Well, Karen, I’m afraid we’re out of time. But I’d like to thank you for giving me your first-ever interview on a blog.

K: Well, thank you, and bless you. You have no idea how troubling this whole thing has been to me and my family. I just hope you let your readers know what a nice person I really am! And, honey, if you’re ever back this way, be sure to let me know!

Joe Frigging Biden!


Biden is blowing my mind. His leftward turn was unpredictable, but it sure is welcome. I’m not sure what I expected. Even though he’d been around forever, he didn’t stand for much, beyond a vague centrist-liberalism. His reputation as a nice guy was refreshing, but on the other hand, he lacked charisma. I voted for him, not only because he was a Democrat, but because the other guy was so hideous.

I suppose Biden could have been content to offer up little things on becoming president. He could have spread balm over the party’s internal cracks, and been a calming presence to voters after four years of pain and instability. That would have been enough to let him glide through his first term, and when he announced his retirement in 2022, at the age of 82, he would have been saluted as a Great Peacemaker, sort of like Gerald Ford was after the Nixon debacle.

But surprise! Biden’s inner FDR busted out, and look at the result:

Transgender rights

COVID vaccine

$1.9 trillion relief

$2.3 trillion infrastructure

Cabinet that looks like America

Rejoining Paris accords

Renewed fight against climate change

Raising taxes on the rich and giant corporations

Changing the filibuster

Politeness and dignity, instead of insults and lies

Well, that’s quite a list! All things that the most liberal of Democrats can get behind—not to mention a majority of the American people. Of course, there are things Biden has so far not acted upon: gun control, for instance. But that is encompassed within “changing the filibuster.” I would prefer to see the damned filibuster ended altogether, but with Sinema and Manchin, that’s not possible. At least by making it an old-fashioned, Jimmy Stewart “stand and talk” filibuster, it might be harder for do-nothing Republicans to haul it out every time Democrats want to actually do something good for the people. A few Republicans, notably Auntie Lindsay Graham, have said (I paraphrase) they’ll talk until hell freezes over, a prospect that must be giving CSPAN lovers heart attacks. Well, let him. He’s made a fool of himself before.

But back to Biden. Who knew the old man had it in him? To roll out this bold set of plans, to so publicly undo the damage his predecessor caused, to be so visionary… My fondest hope now is that Biden’s health holds up. His polls are very good, the best any president has enjoyed in years, and while there’s widespread sentiment Republicans will do well in the 2022 off-year elections, my own barometer suggests that’s not necessarily so. As COVID fades away, as the unemployment rate drops precipitously as it has been doing, as Americans start seeing, or at least hearing about, their bridges, reservoirs, roads and transit systems being upgraded to 21st century standards, even voters in red states might say, “You know what? That Biden’s not so bad. And it sure would be nice to have that overpass on I-20 rebuilt.” If a truly awful Republican starts to emerge as a contender for the 2024 presidential—Donald Trump, Jr., say, or the even more reprehensible Cruz–that could further cast Biden (and Democrats) in stark relief as the party that actually gets things done, rather than merely screaming and dividing.

Biden recently said he’ll run again in 2024, but I think that has to be taken with a grain of salt. That means all eyes are casting about for his Democratic successor. Kamala Harris is, I suppose, the heir-in-waiting, but she’s not a done deal. Don’t dismiss Gavin Newsom. Yes, he’s undergoing his own ordeal right now with the Republican recall in California, but I guarantee you—write this down—he’ll win that by double digits, thereby emerging stronger than ever. And a strong, telegenic Governor of California, who just handed Republicans their asses, must always be a contender for any open presidential race.

Anyway, politics never fades away, it just gets more complicated and interesting. The focus now, I think, is the Infrastructure bill. If Biden can get one out of the Senate (even if it’s not the full $2.3 trillion), he’ll go down in history as one of the most consequential presidents in modern history. This could be the start of a Democratic era in which we finally see the Republican Party revert to its old moderate-centrist wing (a la Rockefeller and Ford), leaving the evangelical-social warfare-hardcore white supremacists swinging in the wind, where they belong.

Lifestyle coach, boyfriend charged in Capitol Insurrection


A Texas boyfriend-and-girlfriend couple, Elizabeth Rose Williams and Bradley Stuart Bennett, have been charged with a variety of crimes, after video caught them storming the Capitol as part of the Jan. 6 Insurrection.

Williams, according to her website, is a “lifestyle coach” who asks potential customers, “HOW CAN I BE A BLESSING TO YOU?” and offers a “free 30-minutes one-on-one coaching call.”

Bennett was quoted as saying on his Facebook page, following the riot, “”TODAY WAS A REVOLUTIONARY MESSAGE. WE WON’T GO AWAY. WE WILL FIND VICTORY!” has obtained an exclusive interview with the couple, who insist that they are innocent.

SH: I’d like to thank both of you for agreeing to this interview.

Elizabeth Rose Williams: Thank you. Brad and I just want to get our story out to the American people.

Bradley Stuart Bennett: With the lamestream media so leftwing and all, we knowed we could trust you, Steve.

SH: So, you’re charged with violent entry, disorderly conduct and knowingly entering a restricted building. What’s your response?

ERW: Well, first of all, there wasn’t nothing violent about what we did, or any of the other patriots. We were peaceful and loving.

BSB: The only violence I saw was from the Antifa instigators.

SH: You saw Antifa? How did you know they were Antifa?

BSB: I can always tell, bro.

ERW: Oh, me too. They was definitely Antifa. One of them had a Hillary button.

SH: And what about the charge of disorderly conduct?

BSB: That’s so bogus. I mean, we was, like, little kids lined up to sit on Santa’s lap. Everyone was, like, totally chill.

ERW: You had to be there, Steve.

SH: And the charge of entering a restricted building?

ERW: Well, our lawyer told us not to talk about that, but—

BSB: It’s our Capitol, dude! We built it, we paid for it, we own it! How the hell—

ERW: –Bradley—

BSB: Sorry, babe. I mean, how the heck can they tell us it’s “restricted”?

ERW: Besides, there wasn’t no sign saying that. The only sign I seen was for handicapped parking.

SH: Brad, according to social media, you posted positive things about QAnon, and several witnesses said that, right before you stormed the Capitol, you posed a video saying, “Patriots [going] to war!” that you since deleted.

BSB: What do you know about QAnon, Steve?

SH: Only what I read in the media.

BSB: The media. Huh. Like the failing New York Times? The lying Washington Post? That b***h, Rachel Weirdow, on MSNBC? Dude, you seriously have to unstick your head from the sand.

SH: Brad, you also said on your Facebook page that the number of protesters was “a million to two million people.” Isn’t that exaggerated?

BSB: I got proof. There’s this here app—

ERW: The lamestream media said we was only a couple thousand [people], but them’s the same liars who lied about President Trump’s, what you call it? Inauguration crowd, which was the biggest in History.

BSB: I’m tellin’ you, dude, that place was packed.

SH: And you also said, on Facebook, that there might have been, quote-unquote, “a few weirdos” among your crowd. What did you mean?

BSB: Well, in any large-scale gathering, you’re gonna have, like, maybe a child molester or freak.

SH: Like Viking Man, the Shaman?

ERW: Steve, don’t you go dissing him. He’s a good Christian.

SH: Elizabeth, on your lifestyle website, you ask the question, “What do you want to be remembered for 100 years from today?” Do you suppose that, in 2121, you’ll be remembered as the rightwing trump nutjob who tried to overthrow the U.S. government, and was complicit in the deaths of five people?

ERW: I won’t be. I can assure you of that. I will be remembered as the loving, peaceful lifestyle coach I am, a beautiful person who develops essential oils to purify the body and soul, who lived her life with intentionality, and helped people become today the person they want to be tomorrow.

BSB: Beautiful, man. Just beautiful.

SH: You two have been released from prison on bond, awaiting trial. Are you afraid of going to jail? You’re facing some pretty serious charges.

BSB: No, man. Not afraid. You know why?

SH: Why?

BSB: Because we in the right. Trump, he have our back.

ERW: We’ve been assured that President Trump and Donald, Jr. will protect us. They’ve even agreed to pay our legal bills.

SH: Who gave you those assurances?

BSB: Can’t tell you, dude. Confidential.

ERW: But we’ll be okay. We’re gonna win this fight against the radicals, the liberals, the socialist Islamic Jew homos that is trying to take down America and keep it from being the White Christian Nation Jesus wants it to be!

BSB: Word.

SH: Well, thank you very much, Elizabeth and Brad, and good luck to you!

BSB: Bless you, bro.

ERW: And, Steve, let me know if you need any lifestyle coaching. To be honest, you look like you do.

SH: I’ll be sure to, Elizabeth!

Report from the vaccine front line


It’s been a month since I got my second shot (Pfizer), and despite reports that lots of people are experiencing weird side effects, I’m happy to say everything about me remains normal.

That’s not to say there haven’t been any side effects. I began to notice a strong aversion to shaving, which coincided with an amazingly fast beard-growing capacity. I took this picture this morning.

Some of you might not recognize me, so I wanted to show it to you now, so you won’t be scared when we run into each other at Clancy’s Bar & Grille, now that it’s reopened. First beer’s on me, bud!

The chip implant in my arm doesn’t really bother me either.

At first there was a little soreness, but it went away quickly and was replaced with a sense of well-being. And the swelling actually accentuated my tattoos! I’ve learned to resist the impulse to smack people, after that first incident which was so embarrassing. The voices in my head sometimes throw me off, but they taught me how to tune into Spotify by tugging on my earlobe. Did you know there’s a Middle Eastern channel? I never used to like Arabian music, but now I do.

I’ve actually got to be friends with the guy who gave me my second shot. His name is Dr. Billy.

He smiled the whole time he stuck the needle into me. Such white teeth! We agreed to stay in touch. He’s such an interesting guy. We have the most amazing conversations. I hear him in this place that’s sort of behind the upper part of my nose. He always tells me where he’s currently giving injections. For instance, as I write this, he’s in Vice President Harris’s office, vaccinating her staff.

Dr. Billy taught me how to give injections, and then he gave me a bunch of syringes and a few hundred doses of “the juice,” as he calls it. He told me that the homeless people in Oakland are in desperate need of getting vaccinated, so I’ve been going into the camps at night. They’re really easy to inject when they’re passed out.

He told me that we can organize the homeless people into teams to give the vaccine to other Americans. He gave me hats to give them.

His idea is to have millions of volunteers organized in time for the 2022 elections. It sounds pretty good to me! We need healthy Americans if we’re going to have a good, healthy government!

There’s something I want to confide in you that Dr. Billy told me. He warned me not to tell anyone, but I know you’ll keep the secret! The China Virus

was actually invented by a Chinese doctor,

who developed it in order to kill half of Earth’s population, so that China can take over. This evil doctor sent the virus to an obese orange-haired Soviet agent in Florida, whose code name is “Sludge.”

Sludge agreed to spread it to every American. This evil genius was having a sexual affair with a famous American escort

who was sleeping with “The Mastermind,” a bloated psychotic named Binky

who was collaborating with Vladimir Putin to assassinate Hillary Clinton. The psychotic was angry because he had gained 600 pounds since the death of his mentor, Jeffrey Epstein, who was no longer around to supply him with pre-pubescent girls. Binky and Sludge were quite close. There were rumors, never proven, that they were the love children of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.

Hillary Clinton had said on the Dark Web she would pay $1 million to anyone who could get Sludge’s DNA to prove he was a Hitler/Braun spawn. Binky bribed someone close to Sludge, a young negligée model named Flambé,

who had access to Sludge. She scraped some samples off his toilet seat and sent them to her cut-out, a spy named Boris,

who was being paid by George Soros. The story gets complicated, but it turned out that a trillionaire named Jeff Bezos had the patent on the coronavirus and was making $10 for every person infected.

This explains why the Iranian government sent an undercover Mullah by the name of Dr. Fowzi to the American Centers for Disease Control.

Fauci, in collaboration with Soros, Hillary Clinton and a mysterious operative known only as “Q,” tricked the American people into getting the so-called “COVID vaccine,” into which Bill Gates had inserted the chip.

How did I learn all this? I was told by a friend of mine, Viking Man,

who has inside knowledge, and is making a Go-Fund-Me to pay for removing the chip from the 100 million Americans who have one. Viking Man is working closely with Sludge to Make America Chipless Again, which is surely a goal worthy of your support. Hail Sludge! Hail Viking Man! Down with Bill Gates! COVID is fake news! Jail Hillary! Vote for Binky! Flambé for President!

Excuse me, but Mr. Gates is calling. I have to go now…more later…

Monday Meander


Our seder was small, only the three of us. But sweet and sentimental. We remembered those who are no longer with us, including Gus, who was much beloved by Maxine and Keith. Maxine used to enjoy lying down on the sofa while we watched T.V. after dinner, and she would want Gus to snuggle with her. But Gus was really more comfortable with me. So I’d pick him up, put him beside Maxine on the sofa, and give him that “stay there!” look, which he obeyed. But he’d never take his eyes off me.

Then, on Sunday, the three of us went for a nice walk on the San Mateo side of San Francisco Bay. There’s a brand new park down there, paid for by Facebook, which has built and is in the process of opening some big buildings for artificial intelligence research. I must say the buildings were ominous looking; with their great slabs of flat plate glass they reminded me of Mark Zuckerberg’s face. But the park itself is gorgeous: beautiful pathways and gardens right on the Bay, with tremendous views of San Francisco and the East Bay. It’s a short walk to Coyote Point, where we also went. This is all part of the San Francisco Bay Trail,

a planned 500-mile walking and biking trail that will completely circumnavigate San Francisco Bay. It’s been in the works for about 20 years and is nearing completion. I covered its launch years ago. Our Bay has certainly suffered many depredations over the centuries, but the good news is that our California sentiment (preservation, a love of scenic beauty and open spaces, all informed by our benign climate) has prevented large parts of the California coast from being despoiled, the way the coast has been ruined in Florida or along the northeast. Easterners and republicans love to make fun of “the land of fruit and nuts” but really, they’ve wrecked their own environment, and I think they’re just jealous of us.

For example, I got a comment today on Facebook referring to the “train to nowhere.” Now, that is a derogatory phrase invented by republicans to refer to a stretch of BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit train, that will connect the East Bay to the city of San Jose and thence to Silicon Valley. Objectively viewed, this is one of the most important transit developments in the country. But the republicans declared war on it because the Bay Area is very Democratic. The republican propagandists dubbed it “the train to nowhere,” a huge lie, and trump killed the funding. I’m sure it will be refunded because it’s so obviously important, but it’s just another example of republican malfeasance. The same republicans who hurl slurs like “the train to nowhere” are now trying to drive Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, using the same lies and slogans. They have no real way of criticizing him, of course, since he’s been a good governor, so instead they appeal to people’s anger and resentment, especially the resentment of rural inlanders against the more prosperous and creative coastal areas. The inlanders always have despised the coast (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley) because they recognize that coastal Californians are better educated, healthier and more entrepreneurial than they are. It’s too bad; inlanders have some good qualities. But they can’t seem to celebrate themselves without having to denigrate someone else. Well, that’s Trumpism, in a nutshell.

I hope everyone has a good week! More tomorrow.

The American people are canceling cancel culture. Dems had better listen


People are really fed up with cancel culture. The evidence is everywhere.

We were watching Bill Maher the other night. Maher is hardly a conservative—he’s been a screaming liberal his entire career. But he was royally pissed off about cancel culture, and so were his guests, and I thought, If Bill Maher is this upset, the Democratic Party is in trouble.

Then, today’s Sunday San Francisco Chronicle had a big cover story about the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. Much of the reporting was predictable—coastal counties like San Francisco and Los Angeles are heavily pro-Newsom while the Sierra Foothills and northeast California are heavily against him. But the news was that the pro-recall people are finding more support in coastal counties than you would think. This is evidence that Democrats are getting disillusioned with their party’s implicit or explicit support for cancel culture: Even Obama gave a powerful speech in which he severely criticized cancel culture, warning that it threatens the foundations of our democracy.

Talking about all this on Saturday night over seder dinner with my family, it was clear that they, too—lifetime liberals–have experienced a level of exasperation with cancel culture. There have been several notable incidents out here in the Bay Area that are making even Bay Area Democrats—the bluest of the blue–roll their eyes. The S.F. School District’s decision to rename schools named after Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson because they were “racists” and “white supremacists” – the school board vice president’s tweet accusing Asians of using “white supremacist thinking to get ahead” – things like that resonate personally and powerfully among people who see them for what they are: extremist, crazy overreactions from simple-minded people who think they know what’s best for the 99% of the population that’s too entrenched in systematic racism to be able to arrive at sensible conclusions about these matters.

That’s “the nanny state” run amok, and it ties into why so many people are angry at Newsom. From my point of view, the governor did what he had to do to control the pandemic. But Trump downplayed the pandemic and convinced a lot of people that it was nothing more than a seasonal flu, and if you were already getting fed up with the nanny state and political correctness, it was easy to drift into anti-shutdown hysteria. A lot of pro-recall people interviewed in the Chronicle article—like the gun store owner up in the rural Foothills–said how angry they were that a bunch of “San Franciscans” were trying to “dictate” to them how to run their lives.

This is the essence of the complaint, not only against Newsom but the Democratic Party and especially its “woke” fringe, that is driving more and more people into voting Republican. I am convinced it’s why Democrats lost so many House seats last November. People voted for Biden, not necessarily because they were enamored of him, but because they’d had it up to here with Trump’s depravity. But if Republicans can come up with a Trump-like candidate next time who’s actually likeable, he or she could easily be elected, while Democrats see control of Congress slip from their grip, perhaps for years.

This is my fear. I, too, am pissed off about cancel culture. I think it is a cancer on the Democratic Party, and if it’s not excised quickly—very quickly—it will continue to eat away at the party’s vitals. I don’t think it’s too late—but, from my perch in Oakland, I see the social justice warriors licking their chops. They’ve had some victories out here in the Bay Area, they’re charging full steam ahead, and they appear to have no idea how dangerous and damaging their rhetoric is to the very ideals they espouse.

The question for them is, would you rather be 100% virtuous but lose election after election, or can you compromise on some of your ideals and actually win elections? The cancel culturalists have decided to take the former path. I, for one, intend to fight them with all my strength. I’m not going to turn into a Republican. Instead, I’m going to do my part to heal the party of my parents and grandparents, the Democratic Party, and restore it to what it once was and will again be: the party of compassion and common sense.

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