Ben Shapiro’s and Aaron Sorkin’s anti-Trump manifestos come back to sting

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On Tuesday evening the president’s social media guru, Dan Scavino Jr. published a list of Trump’s accomplishments for 2017.  It is an incredible list worthy of a read and share by all Americans, especially those who went out of their way to degrade the president last year.

The anti-Trump voices in 2016 came from both sides of the aisle, and they used their celebrity and public figure status to change the minds of voters who wanted Trump to win the White House.

There are two never-Trump voices who I would love to hear address their 2016 comments by issuing huge apologies to Trump.   The first person is a well-known “conservative.”

One of the most popular never-Trump personalities on the cable TV circuit is now making a boatload of money singing the praises of Trump.  His name is Ben Shapiro.

One has to wonder what made Ben change his tune about our president?  Could it have anything to do with monetizing Trump’s presidency?   Here’s a little reminder of what Shapiro once wrote about Trump:

“I will never vote for Donald Trump. Ever. I will never vote for Donald Trump because I stand with certain principles. I stand with small government and free markets and religious freedom and personal responsibility. Donald Trump stands against all of these things. He stands for Planned Parenthood and trade restrictions and targeting of political enemies and an anti-morality foreign policy and government domination of religion and nastiness toward women and tacit appeals to racism and unbounded personal power. I stand with the Constitution of the United States, and its embedded protection of my God-given rights through governmental checks and balances. Donald Trump does not. I stand with conservatism. Donald Trump stands against it. I stand with #NeverTrump.” — Ben Shapiro

That’s only the first section of the essay written on his website.  For the full transcript, click here.  Whether you decide to read his full rant or not is up to you, but either way I’ll let you in now on how Shapiro ends his column: ” I will not be complicit in that. I stand against the establishment that sowed the seeds of Trumpism. I stand against the Republican Party that insists that victory matters more than principle, because victory without principle isn’t just meaningless, it’s counterproductive to my belief system. #NeverTrump.”

And then there is Aaron Sorkin, one of Hollywood’s most beloved writers and producers who issued an open letter to his daughter the day after Trump won the election.  It’s amazing when reading the letter how stupid this man looks today.

Here is the letter:

From: Aaron Sorkin 
Date: November 9, 2016 at 7:26:11 AM EST
To: Julia Sorkin 
Cc: Roxy Sorkin

Sorkin Girls,
Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly terrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider”. For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and the numbers will be legion.) We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.

And the world took no time to react. The stock market dropped 7000 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews. On the other hand, there’s a party going on at ISIS headquarters. What wouldn’t we give to trade him for Richard Nixon right now?

So what do we do?

First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do.

Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, West coast, “elites”, educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do…

…we’ll fucking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and we’ve landed there.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless. We don’t have majorities in the House or Senate but we do have representatives there. It’s also good to remember that most members of Trump’s own party feel exactly the same way about him that we do. We make sure that the people we sent to Washington—including Kamala Harris—take our anger with them and and never take a day off.

We get involved. We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it—whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t. We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality—not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but equal opportunities. We stand up.

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

Roxy, I know my predictions have let you down but personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime but if he does manage to be a douche nozzle without breaking the law for four years, we’ll make it through those four years. And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good. Roxy, it’ll be your first vote.

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. I will not hand my daughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men.
Love,
Dad

— end of letter —

So, Shapiro now draws millions of people to his website each month and earns lots of money from his pro-Trump rhetoric both online and on TV, while Sorkin is mighty silent these days.

Reading what Shapiro claimed about Trump leads one to wonder if the guy has any clue what he’s talking about half the time, or if he’s simply pumping out popular talking points that score money from clicks to his website. As for Sorkin, perhaps his  silence comes from his tongue being tied up licking his own wounds.  Fact is, ISIS is nearly decapitated, the stock market is hitting all times highs, the economy is rocking, and Trump is not impeached.  The list goes on, and so do the people who should be taken with a grain of salt when they speak or write what they do.

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