Larry Elder: From South Central to Sacramento?

When it comes to the recall election that is presently taking place in California, Larry Elder could beat the odds and actually unseat current Governor Gavin Newsom.

Analysts from both sides of the political aisle are expressing amazement at Elder’s rapid rise in the polls.

His emergence bears a remarkable similarity to another outsider candidate, who happened to have been a recipient of Elder’s ardent support at the time – number 45 himself, former President Donald J. Trump.

Like Trump back in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, Elder has managed to quickly eclipse his electoral competition, establishing his candidacy as the preferred choice of voters who are longing for a new occupant of the Golden State’s governor’s mansion.

Elder has something else in common with the former president, which may give him an edge over other candidates. It’s called star power.

The man is an accomplished attorney, bestselling author, newspaper columnist, nationally syndicated talk radio show host, and well known television personality.

His celebrity profile has continued to rise over the decades.

For years he enjoyed great In addition to being success as a talk radio show host who covered Hollywood, politics, and the culture. As many talk radio hosts do, Elder became the voice of the friend you count on to keep you updated, keep you entertained, and keep you company on your daily drive.

In addition to radio, television took a liking to him as well. In the late 1980s, he co-hosted a TV show that aired on Cleveland’s PBS member station WVIZ.

Then in the late 1990s, he hosted a PBS national telecast with well known news personalities Fred Barnes and Laura Ingraham.

Additionally, he hosted a TV court series, which aired in the 2000s.

He snagged an Emmy Award in 2000 for a KCAL-TV news special.

From 2000 to 2001, he hosted a syndicated television series called “Moral Court,” which was distributed by Warner Brothers Television as a sibling show to “The People’s Court.”

It was the only courtroom oriented show to deal with ethics and morality, as opposed to focusing on the law alone. Elder himself served as judge.

The series continued in syndication until 2006, and was also carried on ION Television in 2007.

Making the leap to the big screen arena in 2005, he produced and starred in a documentary film called “Michael & Me.” It was a powerful rebuttal to filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore’s documentary “Bowling for Columbine.”

In 2020, Elder became executive producer, co-writer, and star of the highly successful documentary “Uncle Tom.” Currently in post-production is the sequel “Uncle Tom Part II.”

If Elder were to become California’s next governor, he would join the ranks of those whose names appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: the late great former president Ronald Reagan and the Hollywood actor-turned-Golden State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After admiring his professionalism and talent as an entertainer, and simultaneously enjoying the radio ride, I got to appear as a guest on his talk radio show when it aired on KABC in Los Angeles. It furthered deepened my appreciation for him as a colleague and as an individual.

I later had the opportunity to introduce him when he spoke at the Nixon Library.

Much like others who have had the privilege to get to know the man better, I am of the opinion that he is a master when it comes to communicating ideas and a quintessential professional when it comes to preparedness, decisiveness, and judgment.

Elder is well known on the Left Coast as “The Sage from South Central.”

He grew up in a part of Los Angeles where most folks would be unfamiliar with restaurants the likes of the “French Laundry” and wholly uninterested in those who try to impress others by putting on airs.

Raised by a Marine sergeant father, who worked as a janitor and eventually ran his own café restaurant, as well as a mother who worked as a government clerk, Elder was instilled with the same work ethic that his parents had modeled for him.

In his youth, Elder excelled as an honor student at Crenshaw High School. Later in life he became a practicing attorney. He set up an attorney search firm and eventually ventured into multimedia.

He has recently managed to garner almost twice the Wikipedia traffic that Newsom is receiving, a sign that many people are interested in obtaining more information on the man who just might become Governor Sage from South Central.

He clearly caught the attention of the Democratic Party and of those who are involved in the anti-recall effort.

Plain and direct speaking on subjects such as soaring crime rates, widespread homelessness, and a growing economic chaos will do that.

But Elder is wise to the politics of personal destruction that are being deployed against him, and he is not deterred.

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber kicked off the assault on him. His name was curiously omitted from the list of candidates that was supposed to appear on the ballot. The claim was that he had failed to submit complete tax return information as required by law.

Elder filed a lawsuit, which resulted in a Sacramento County judge determining that Weber had improperly disqualified him. The judge promptly ordered that Elder’s name be placed back on the ballot.

Ever since the announcement of his candidacy, many establishment media outlets have let loose with a barrage of negative hit pieces, some that even characterize the African-American man from South Central Los Angeles as a bigot.

Paradoxically, the attacks seem to be strengthening Elder’s already prominent name recognition and may ultimately even be improving his chances of gubernatorial victory.

Clint Eastwood: Still the Leading Man

The legendary Clint Eastwood is still producing, directing, and starring in films at the thriving age of 91.

His latest movie is set to be released in mid-September, and a concurrent release is headed to HBO Max.

The Warner Bros. movie, titled “Cry Macho,” is an adaptation of the 1975 novel of the same name.

Eastwood portrays former rodeo star and horse breeder Mike Milo, who takes a job from ex-boss Howard Polk, played by actor-country music singer Dwight Yoakam.

Mike’s job is to bring Howard’s young son Rafo safely home from Mexico and shield him from his alcohol addicted mother.

The improbable duo of Mike and Rafo face a challenging journey through which Mike experiences a transformation that sets him on a course toward redemption.

Interestingly, Eastwood was able to snag the project after a list of big-name actors, who had been attached to the project as leads, were unable to make a go of it, including Burt Lancaster, Roy Scheider, Pierce Brosnan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The recently released official trailer features the Hollywood icon portraying an appropriately aged character that is perfectly suited to Eastwood’s classic style and inimitable brand.

Through the eyes of the heart, viewers of the film accompany Eastwood’s character on a journey of exploration into some of life’s intensely introspective issues: human relationships, masculinity, and inner conflict.

When a screenwriter someday pens the script for an Eastwood bio, the writer will find that his life is much like the films he has graced, filled with uniquely captivating themes.

Eastwood is a legend among legends. He possesses the kind of star quality that is associated with actors of the Golden Age of Cinema. Yet he continues to retain an air of approachability, along with the much-admired quality of a loyal truth-telling friend.

He has an amazing body of work, which spans more than six decades and credentials him in the multiple categories of acting, directing, and producing. Accolades include four Academy Awards and four Golden Globes.

His career began with a role in a 1955 sequel to the cult monster movie “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” The debut film carries the title “Revenge of the Creature.”

He achieved a high degree of fame in 1958, when he starred in the CBS hour-long western series “Rawhide,” which ran for eight seasons.

In the mid-1960s, fame made its leap to the international level. He secured the lead role as the “Man with No Name” in a series of movies made by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone. The films garnered the enduring nickname of “Spaghetti Westerns.”

It would be his role as discontented police officer Harry Callahan, a.k.a., Dirty Harry, that would make Eastwood a genuine Hollywood superstar and unmitigated cultural icon.

The Dirty Harry movies became a successful franchise with five hit films in the 1970s and 1980s.

As an artist, Eastwood seems to have followed the advice of Dirty Harry himself from the 1973 film “Magnum Force.”

“A man has to know his limitations,” Callahan says.

In life, if you are aware of your limitations, you tend to capitalize on your strengths. This is Eastwood at his best.

Throughout his career, he appears to have applied this adage to perfection. I would sum up this methodology, relative to his career, in one word – minimalism.

It is an understated approach to the art of acting, which frequently involves another rare attribute, that of humility.

Eastwood illustrated the minimalism approach in his decision to forego involvement in the “James Bond” franchise. After longtime “Bond” actor Sean Connery announced that he would no longer play the lead, Eastwood was offered the starring role, an opportunity that most actors would have found extremely difficult, if not impossible, to turn down.

However, he felt strongly about the necessity for the “Bond” character to be portrayed by a British actor. He ended up passing on the role.

As a fellow musician, I have the sense that across his career Eastwood’s musical proficiency has helped to draw him into the minimalism realm, where the apparent limitations of space and silence actually assist in magnifying the surrounding notes, words, and/or visuals.

It turns out that Eastwood was originally going to pursue a career in music and is a longtime aficionado of jazz and country and western music. His love of jazz appears to have been passed on to his son Kyle, who is a talented jazz bassist and composer in his own right.

Eastwood composed the film scores for a host of his movies, including “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Changeling,” and “Hereafter.” He wrote original piano compositions for “In the Line of Fire” as well as the song heard over the credits of “Gran Torino,” which features the actor singing.

In his honor, the scoring stage at Warner Bros. Studios was renamed the “Eastwood Scoring Stage.”

Many actors talk the talk of politics, but Eastwood dares to enter the arena. He made the decision to run for Mayor of California’s Carmel-by-the-Sea, a city with an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

His campaign staff did a measure of the city, and it turned out to be a 50/50 split along party lines.

“I was a Republican, but people never thought about their parties except at the national level,” Eastwood told the Wall Street Journal.

His campaign strategy was simple and direct, much like the movie characters he portrays.

“I drank a lot of tea and chatted with people,” he said. “I told people ‘I’ll fix this, and I’ll fix that.’”

He ended up the victor in the contest, with 2,166 votes to 799 votes, and served a single two-year term, choosing not to seek re-election.

With words reminiscent of his iconic alter-ego Dirty Harry, Eastwood shed some light on his decision not to run again:

“You can’t have the same old people in office all the time.”

Michael Rapaport at the Crossroads of Hollywood and Politics

In addition to enjoying some big-time name recognition as a Hollywood actor, Michael Rapaport is also famous for expressing aloud exactly what is on his mind.

He is a celebrity of the “woke” kind, and for years he has gone about establishing his bonafides by taking positions that line up perfectly with his liberal Hollywood colleagues.

Having appeared in scores of films and an assortment of television fare (including the wildly successful “Friends,” “Prison Break,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Boston Public”), Rapaport is currently featured in the Netflix offering “Atypical.”

Intriguingly, he seems to have recently made a u-turn with regard to his perspective on the Biden administration.

The actor shared, via Twitter, some of his heavy duty frustration with the Biden administration’s present approach to the addressing of public health concerns and issuing of attendant recommended protocols.

Those who have already received seemingly protective shots “… are spreading Covid! That’s the new news of the day! I’m ranted out,” Rapaport writes.

In an additional tweet that appears to take direct aim at his otherwise esteemed mentor Dr. Anthony Fauci, Rapaport sounds more like fellow thespian Kirstie Alley than Hollywood-minded colleague Ted Danson.

He encourages people to take a trip down Memory Lane and try to recall a time “… when Phil Jackson left the Lakers? Bill Parcels left the Giants?”

Then he implies that now may be the time for Dr. Fauci to exit the spotlight, adding, “It’s all white noise at this point.”

The culmination of his frustration was on display in a TicTok video that he posted on his Twitter account, one in which he appears to experience a fairly dramatic emotional meltdown.

The title caption of the post reads: “Am I a Hero or a Super Spreader?”

Making no effort to suppress his feelings, he boldly blurts, “Figure this sh** out!”

In the video footage, Rapaport appears to be both angry and appalled to discover that information he had previously been relying upon was incorrect.

Continuing with a profanity laced outburst, he laments his personal predicament, which has been created by the mixed messages and shifting recommendations coming from myriad public health officials.

He also talks about falling from hero status to the rank level of a super spreader, using expletives to apparently lend more power to his emotion-packed words.

His change of attitude may have been brought on by the Biden administration’s reversal of its mask policy.

National mask mandates had been lifted in May of this year. However, public health leaders pivoted and recommended that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear face masks indoors in specified regions across the country.

Dr. Fauci indicated that the change was due to the Delta variant’s alleged increased transmissibility. The doctor also revealed that recent data indicate, when a vaccinated person becomes infected with the Delta variant, the level of virus in the upper part of the pharynx, which is connected to nasal passages, is about 1,000 times higher than when infected with the initial Alpha variant.

Reactions to Rapaport’s comments caused a Twitter explosion on both sides of the political and ideological aisles.

Still, he isn’t shying away from sharing his views with fellow Hollywood neighbors and others.

Interestingly, though, the actor is in the thick of a quasi-political power struggle for a leadership position in Hollywood’s most influential organization, the celebrity drenched labor union SAG-AFTRA.

Involvement as a union leader is actually what led the late great President Ronald Reagan to enter the world of politics.

Two major “parties” currently exist: The incumbent “Unite for Strength” party, whose ticket is headed by sitcom actress and SAG-AFTRA presidential hopeful Fran Drescher; and the upstart “Membership First” party that offers actor Matthew Modine as its presidential contender.

National board candidates for “Unite for Strength” include outgoing union president Gabrielle Carteris, and actors Shari Belafonte and Camryn Manheim.

“Membership First” candidates who are running for seats on the national board include actors Sharon Stone, Stephanie Powers, Sean Astin, Brad Garret, and Rapaport himself.

As part of the “Unite for Strength” party, Rapaport, in his official campaign statement, warns voting members of the following: “SAG-AFTRA is OUR UNION! We need to protect it and ourselves.”

A Hollywood Christmas to Forget

Like a lot of you, I look upon 2020 in my life as one of the strangest years on record. Thankfully, the end is in sight.

As convoluted as it has been, there’s a bright spot coming up that never fails to warm the heart. Christmas is near.

In Hollywood, though, it appears that Christmas time is just another opportunity to try and taint a holiday that most folks treasure.

Members of the reflexively left-wing entertainment community are in an unusually buoyant mood about a potential Biden presidency. They’re happy, too, about the media’s coronation of their compromised candidate of choice.

Still, there are things that are putting a wrinkle in their sequenced shorts.

One such thing is a recent decision by Warner Bros. to place new releases on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time.

Another is the lockdown of the once-Golden State’s small businesses, which comes at the hands of some of the most draconian government leaders the nation has ever seen.

There’s no stopping elites in Tinseltown from lobbying officials for more of the preferential treatment they have grown accustomed to, though.

According to a report by the Intercept, veteran Democrat operative Jason Kinney recently lobbied to have his client Netflix be allowed to continue its productions during the latest lockdowns, despite the fact that most small businesses across the state have been shuttered.

Turns out the entire entertainment industry ended up getting preferential treatment, when the state declared television and movie productions “critical infrastructure.” Yes, Hollywood studio filming has been exempted from the lockdown orders that were imposed on so many others.

And you were probably just as stunned as I was by the hypocrisy heard round the world, when California Governor Gavin Newsom was caught violating his own policies. Surrounded by friends of privilege, who simultaneously threw social distancing to the wind, an unmasked Newsom munched on gourmet goodies at the “open for elitists only” French Laundry restaurant.

Ironically, the event was being held to celebrate the birthday of Newsom’s good buddy, the aforementioned Kinney.

Then there is celebrity and fashion merchandiser Kylie Jenner, who reportedly during the lockdown was able to arrange a private shopping spree in Beverly Hills.

Kylie had an unexpected encounter of the radically environmental kind. According to TMZ, she was leaving a Rodeo Drive store that carries attire with non-faux fur lining and was accosted by animal rights protestors. The throng held signs and yelled “shame on you,” “you’re a monster,” and other assorted insults. The enviro fashion police also attempted to block Kylie’s car as she tried to escape.

Moving on to the intersection of politics and Hollywood. Feeling their oats over the biggest election steal in history, Hollywood celebrities are obsessing over the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs, which will ostensibly conclude on January 5, 2021. The idea that any Republican would have a trace of power left is abhorrent to many in the pampered class.

“The Big Sick”’s Kumail Nanjiani and “One Tree Hill”’s Sophia Bush are among the co-founders of a group called “Win Both Seats,” an organization supporting Democrats who are running for the U.S. Senate in The Peach State.

Actors George Clooney, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Joaquin Phoenix have shelled out money for the radical Dem candidate, Reverend Raphael Warnock, who faces incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Jason Bateman, Mandy Moore, Patricia Arquette, and Bradley Whitford have all funneled cash to ultra-left-wing Dem candidate Jon Ossoff, who takes on incumbent Sen. David Perdue.

Two days after Christmas, actors from the long-running USA Network series “Suits” will be holding a fundraiser. One of the cast members of the show, Patrick J. Adams, announced the event, which is set for December 27. He encouraged fans to help put an end to the “GOP’s chokehold on Congress.”

Meghan Markle is the most high-profile person associated with “Suits.” The Duchess of Sussex once had a supporting role in the series before she mesmerized Prince Harry. Markle is not listed among the participants in the fundraiser.

In an attempt to counter the celebrity stack up and possibly tweak the left a bit, Sen. Loeffler appeared at a runoff rally and concert that featured country music star Travis Tritt. The event was held in Smyrna, Georgia, right outside the Adventure Outdoors guns and sporting goods store.

One more example of Hollywood’s pre-holiday preoccupation. Clooney recently expressed his very own Christmas gift wish, penning an article for Variety in which he calls upon taxpayers to help out Hollywood by forking over some cash.

“We should be giving federal aid to the theaters. The movie industry, Hollywood …, the actor wrote.

How out of touch can you be to suggest a bailout of Hollywood?

‘Never-Trumper’ Means ‘Always-Sellout’

Billy Crystal and Bill Kristol

The term “sellout” can be used to describe someone who is willing to trade his or her deep personal convictions in exchange for some momentary fame or short-lived gain.

It is also a word that can aptly apply to the “never-Trumpers” of today’s politically fractured society; i.e., those who steadfastly maintain a hate-filled mindset and who indulge in retaliatory thoughts and behavior.

Over the course of his first term in office, President Donald Trump laid down a clear track record of conservatism in the face of untold liberal pressure.

Unmatched in his efforts to rectify years of “progressive” wrongs, he succeeded in transforming the judiciary, de-regulating the economy, reforming national trade policies, and reducing tax burdens on working class folks.

He did all this in the midst of a cadre of so-called conservative Republicans, which grew to become nothing short of a heavily greased and well-funded political machine.

One recent ad campaign is as instructive as it is disturbing.

The advertisement video features the former editor of the now-defunct Weekly Standard magazine Bill Kristol as well as the Hollywood actor and celebrity comic Billy Crystal.

The attempted gag has the two individuals of differing backgrounds and similar names uniting in an effort to persuade Jewish voters to throw their support behind the current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Phil Rosenthal, the ad was produced for a group called the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) in partnership with a super PAC called Jews Defending American Values.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” was the select venue for its debut airing.

It turns out that the JDCA is a left-leaning front group, which was launched in August 2017 as part of the “resistance” movement that was working against the administration of President Trump.

The group’s launch event was attended by an interesting line-up of prominent Democrat officeholders, which included future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

More than twenty elected Democrat politicians chose to take to the podium to speak at the event.

Following a previous ad campaign, which was initiated by the JDCA and included Nazi imagery, criticism poured in from several Jewish organizations such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Republican Jewish Coalition, the American Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League.

Kristol, who in the new ad self-identifies as a “Republican” and a “conservative,” is the quintessential never-Trumper. He has worked non-stop with Democrats to attack and undermine President Trump.

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson notes that for quite a long time Kristol and his never-Trumper buddies have been “advocating for open borders, and nation-building in countries whose populations hate us…”

In addition, Carlson points out that the never-Trumpers have pushed “trade deals that eliminated jobs while enriching their donors, all while implicitly mocking the base for its worries about abortion and gay marriage and the pace of demographic change.”

In my estimation, never-Trumpers are merely your average everyday garden-variety leftists.

What is not your average everyday nugget of info, though, is the fact that never-Trumpers receive their money from uber-wealthy leftists.

The name Pierre Omidyar may not ring a bell, but he is the founder of eBay. He became a billionaire at the young age of 31, with the company’s initial public offering in 1998.

Omidyar has given more than $200 million to left-wing groups, including the Open Society Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Center for Responsive Politics.

During the Democratic Party presidential primaries in 2008, Omidyar donated to the campaigns of both then-Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Over the course of several years, Omidyar and his wife also donated $200,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $150,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

As Julie Kelly reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer, another group, Republican Voters Against Trump, is “tied to a nonprofit that has received millions in contributions over the past few years from Pierre Omidyar.”

And Kelly also noted that in 2016 Omidyar donated $100,000 to an entity called the NeverTrump PAC.

Kelly additionally revealed that the Lincoln Project, a prominent never-Trumper organization, received financing from billionaire Democratic donor and leftist Hollywood producer David Geffen, who is a longtime Democratic Party cash source.

During the 2018 mid-terms, never-Trumpers and their ally organizations helped elect far-left radical Democrats to Congress, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., which helped facilitate Pelosi’s rise to House Speaker.

Anyone who does a cursory review of the Biden/Harris candidacy realizes that never-Trumpers have not just sold out their principles, they have sold out the country.

Democrats Lose Their Humanity

Human beings generally have a characteristic response when made aware that a fellow human being, be it a loved one, friend, or stranger, has succumbed to a serious illness or has received an ominous medical diagnosis.

Responses tend to reflect a deep-seated empathy and understanding that are innate in people who maintain a well-balanced psychological, emotional, and spiritual equilibrium. If direct or indirect interaction occurs with a suffering person, encouragement and well-wishes typically flow.

On the other hand, if individuals seem to be indifferent to another’s suffering, in common parlance they are likely to be described as cold, heartless, and/or lacking in compassion. Response to news of another’s misfortunes on the part of these individuals is quite the opposite and may generally fall within the category of psychological dysfunction.

In my assessment, this second description is a wholly appropriate way to characterize the insensitive, uncompassionate, and outright cruel remarks that have been made by several Democrats and their allies in the news media and Hollywood regarding President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test and his subsequent illness.

To put it bluntly, a lack of basic human decency has been on display by many on the left. Since the news first hit that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and the president was hospitalized, numerous Democrats and their media mouthpieces actually expressed wishes that the president would depart this life.

“It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the past four years, but, I hope he dies,” tweeted Zara Rahim, a former national spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a staffer in the White House of then-President Barack Obama.

Rahim subsequently ended up deleting the message.

Steve Cox, an Independent congressional candidate running in California’s 39th District, expressed his hope that President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would both die.

The content of statements made by many of President Trump’s political opponents was so heinous Twitter had to issue a warning that the platform would take action against users for tweets that were rooting for the president’s demise. Facebook and other social media platforms followed suit.

Twitter’s announcement was met with immediate criticism from two Democratic congresswomen who are part of a congressional cluster known as “The Squad.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., complained that this policy had not been applied to herself and her colleagues, tweeting the following: “you mean to tell us you could’ve done this the whole time?”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., tweeted, “This is messed up. The death threats towards us should have been taking more seriously by [Twitter].”

Twitter vowed to rectify matters.

“We hear the voices who feel that we’re enforcing some policies inconsistently,” Twitter stated in a post. “We agree we must do better, and we are working together inside to do so.”

Meanwhile other Trump-haters went about claiming that the president’s diagnosis was not real.

In a Facebook post, documentary film-maker Michael Moore opined that the president could be lying about having coronavirus as an opportunity “TO PUSH FOR DELAYING/POSTPONING THE ELECTION.”

Moore also used his Twitter account to snidely state, “My thoughts and prayers, too, are with Covid-19.”

At the top of his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live,” comedian Chris Rock said something similar to Moore.

“President Trump’s in the hospital from COVID, and I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID,” Rock said.

Joy Reid of MSNBC suggested that the president was pretending to be infected so he would be able to “get out of the debates.”

“Here’s how wrecked Trump’s credibility is at this point: I’ve got a cellphone full of texts from people who aren’t sure whether to believe Trump actually has covid,” Reid tweeted.

Other questionable posts by Bette Midler, Patricia Arquette, Kathy Griffin, Rob Reiner, and Michael Rappaport made their way to the social media.

To their credit, Rachel Maddow, Alyssa Milano, Jamie Lee Curtis, and the Biden campaign responded appropriately.

Not so with other high-profile individuals, including a couple of top Democrat political leaders.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hit a new low. She actually blamed the president for getting sick and then tried to soften her comments by tacking on her usual disclaimer: “I’m praying for him.”

And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., carped in a statement that President Trump’s diagnosis is what happens “when you ignore science.”

It is difficult to find words to describe or ways to explain the all-consuming hatred that the left continues to spew out against the president. The 90 percent-plus derogatory coverage he has received from the lopsided media is no doubt a factor.

Human beings are capable of being programmed to hate.

The Democratic Party has spent every day for the past five years devising schemes, first to undermine his candidacy and then to undermine his presidency.

Human beings are capable of being programmed to be distrustful.

The complicit media have name-called, derided, maligned, and outright lied about the president’s person and policies.

Human beings are capable of being programmed to be cynical.

There is a domino effect that can occur when negative emotions are continuously teed up and then given a solid nudge. Discontent can tip into arrogance, arrogance into anger, and anger into vengefulness.

This is the way humanity is lost.

The question is whether Democrats even care.

Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. Launches a Conservative Movie Studio

Antonio Sabato Jr. came to America from Italy when he was just a young boy. He didn’t speak the language of the new country that he now called home, but he was determined to learn.

In a foreshadowing of sorts, Sabato would teach himself to speak America’s dominant language the Hollywood way. He would become fluent in English by watching movies. Later he would break into the world of modeling and move on to working as an actor in television and film.

Most people are aware that the political pendulum in Hollywood has gone through quite a dramatic swing over the years. What began as a top down system, with studio bosses in control, slowly transformed into a quasi bottom up system, which was heavily influenced by agents, lawyers, and enormously overpaid talent.

As I documented in my books and writings over the past couple of decades, when it comes to diversity of political thought, there has been very little permission granted to folks who are working in the entertainment industry to be anything but liberal. Still, nothing could have prepared Tinseltown conservatives for what was about to happen.

In 2016 Donald J. Trump won the presidency. He took his place in the Oval Office, and it seems as though for Hollywood leftists everywhere, in one fell swoop the gates of Hades blew wide open.

After a few initial days of shell-shock and tears over the election results, Hollywood residents snapped into action. Arm and arm with the Democratic Party, celebrity leftists signed on to the coup, swarmed the media, and worked harder than they ever had to get rid of the president.

Pre-2016 the hatred in Hollywood against those who held contrary political positions was at a steady simmer. Post-2016 it would flat-out boil over, blistering every facet of the business. Direct aim would be taken against any individual who would dare to express even the slightest bit of openness to an opposing viewpoint.

The McCarthy Era would have nothing on the New Hollywood Trump Era. One after another Hollywood conservatives in Tinseltown would be shown the door.

Enter stage right. Sabato’s political views were routinely unacceptable in Hollywood, but now they would be deadly to his career. Except for the fact that he’s a Hollywood conservative who was in no way going to take it lying down.

He came to the conclusion that conservative creatives needed an alternative place to make the kind of movies and other entertainment product that are now banned by uber-woke Hollywood.

In a recent post on his Twitter account, Sabato revealed his plans for an alternative entertainment company.

“We are putting together a plan to create a conservative movie studio for all patriots to do projects that Hollywood would never do,” Sabato wrote. “No more blacklisting and no more injustice from the socialist elites.”

A follow-up tweet indicated that Sabato’s studio offered an oasis for conservative filmmakers to join in with the studio’s new film and mission.

“To all conservative producers who want to make a change this is the time, get in touch with me, and be part of our team,” the post read. “Right now we are in pre-production with Trail Blazers [Sabato’s upcoming film project] our first in line for many more & first to start our studio.”

IMDB describes “Trail Blazers” as a Western drama and indicates an expected release next year.

The film stars fellow conservatives Kristy Swanson and Stacey Dash, along with legendary film icon Robert Wagner. The cast of “Trail Blazers” also has a host of familiar right-of-center actors in Hollywood, including Kevin Sorbo, Scott Baio, Dean Cain, and Lorenzo Lamas.

Sabato is directing the film, which he co-wrote with actress and producer Deborah Twiss, and he will act in the project as well.

It is no longer a secret that Hollywood has no tolerance for anyone who doesn’t capitulate to the “woke” litany of approved beliefs. Artists trying to make it in the rough and tumble business of entertainment have known that they have to stay in what legendary actor Charlton Heston referred to as the “conservative closet.”

Sabato declared his support for President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and since then his career suffered. He recently shared via media interviews what happened to him after his name was firmly engraved on Hollywood’s new blacklist.

“I was the first celebrity to come out and talk about the president, and he had my vote from day one,” he told Variety. “I had to sell everything, I had to pay all my debts, I was blacklisted. All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids.”

During a recent appearance on Fox Business, Sabato explained to host Maria Bartiromo that your future is in jeopardy if Hollywood has disdain for your political point of view or your religious belief system.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” he told Bartiromo. “I never expected to see it here in Hollywood where you have this liberal world dictating the future of everybody in the business who disagrees with them politically.” He explained that it can be seriously problematic if you bring up God or express your faith by wearing a cross.

He also indicated that there are other Trump supporters in the entertainment industry who are too afraid to reveal their political views for fear they will lose opportunities to work in the highly competitive industry.

Sabato is not completely alone in speaking out about the treatment of conservatives in Hollywood. Tim Allen and James Woods have let it be known their careers were hurt by having the “wrong” political beliefs in Hollywood. And Tinseltown’s bias turned super extreme when comedic actress Roseanne Barr received particularly harsh treatment over a single tweet. She lost her ABC show and her career in part because she was known to be a Trump supporter.

“The amount of people being blacklisted in Hollywood is astounding. I have never received so much support and so much love and also wanting to be a part of my new venture with our new studio. Incredible times and we will do it together!” Sabato recently posted.

Everyone knows you can’t keep a good conservative down. Something tells me a grateful public is in Sabato’s corner.