Hayley Geftman-Gold, CBS Senior Counsel was fired last week after saying on social media that she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,”
University of Tampa Professor Kenneth Storey was fired on August 29, 2017, for tweeting that, “Hurricane Harvey’s destruction is instant karma for Texas because it voted Republican”.
Missouri Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal was recently censured for her August 17, 2017, comments hoping President Trump would be assassinated.
Essex County College professor Lisa Durden was fired back in June for saying to Tucker Carlson, “Listen. What I say to that is boo-hoo-hoo, You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your ‘white privilege’ card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration! Wow!”
Why do such smart liberals make statements that put their careers in peril? The answer is simple. All of their elite friends, colleagues, and acquaintances think the same way. They are unaware that their comments will be seen as out of bounds or offensive. The elites that work in Academia, Government, Media, and Entertainment and live on coasts have contempt for regular people.
Jeff Zeleny from CNN said the only reason Trump is going to Las Vegas is that country music fans are his base. His comments were a watered down benign version of Ms. Geftman-Gold.
Barack Obama told an audience in San Fransisco campaigning for President in 2008, “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Obama exposed what the elite class thinks of middle America. The irony is that Donald Trump took those comments and built a campaign that tapped into what those folks in small town Pennsylvania feel. That was his road map to the White House.
These type of comments are nothing new. Ward Churchill a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder wrote in a 2001 essay, “On the Justice of Roosting Chickens“, in which he argued the September 11 attacks were a natural and unavoidable consequence of unlawful US foreign policy over the latter half of the 20th century; the essay is well known for Churchill’s use of the phrase “little Eichmanns” to describe the “technocratic corps” working in the World Trade Center
Churchill was embroiled in controversy the years after and was terminated in 2007. He pointed to the “Little Eichmann” essay for the reason that [he] was terminated. He sued the University of Colorado. His defense was that his views were totally acceptable in the academic circles he was in. Ms. Geftman-Gold hate and contempt for Republicans and gun owners are acceptable in her elite media circles.