The most unforgivable part of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” mockery of Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw was ridiculing a decorated veteran because of the disfigurement he recieved serving his country, though that was bad enough. It was his dismissive reference to the fact that he lost his eye in “war or whatever.” Yeah, my father had his foot blown up in “war or whatever.” Whatever.
My prophesy that electing Donald Trump President would rapidly convert the United States into a “Nation of Assholes ” was accurate, and here’s the proof. In any civilized community since our nation—indeed, any nation, began, a six-year-old who mocked a veteran for his wounds would be punished and every adult who witnessed such ignorant disrespect, even from a child, would be embarrassed to see it. Now, however, that same infantile, disrespectful insult is featured on national television, as alleged adults roar with laughter.
Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter on the way to the White House. He denigrated prisoners of war like John McCain, and recently called Stormy Daniels “horseface.” Of course, the civilized and respectable approach to discouraging such rude and vulgar behavior is to condemn it, and shun its practitioners. The Left and the resistance are now emulating it. They have used mockery of the President’s physical appearance for years, the purest and most inexcusable form of ad hominem attack. Now they are widening the target area, so a veteran who lost an eye in battle is considered fair game. (As an aside, how does someone like Davidson have the gall to mock anyone’s appearance? The guy looks like a ventriloquist dummy come to life….)
But the same people who deride the President’s boorishness, viciousness and lack of ethics alarms are not justified in adopting his bad habits, and corrupting the culture. When they act like President Trump, they are subject to the same standards. Davidson’s ugly routine wasn’t a joke. This was “We all hate conservatives and Republicans, so isn’t it funny to mock how they look!” Sure it’s funny, if you’re ten.
To his credit, Crenshaw eschewed the ritual “we demand an apology” approach, telling Fox News that he wouldn’t get a genuine apology anyway. Crenshaw suggested that the show donate a significant amount to a veteran’s charity, if it really regretted the incident. Don’t hold your breath, Dan.
The episode did illuminate just how crass the opposition has become in response to Trump lowering standards of decency, public discourse and civility. The Daily Beast, for example, actually criticized the reaction to the SNL slur. “Fox & Friends alone dedicated no less than five segments to what was essentially a throwaway line,” Matt Wilstein wrote. Talk about shameless spin! So, for example, a cruel racist joke wouldn’t justify criticism as long as it was a “throwaway line”? Is that really the standard? No, the standard is that the mainstream media and virtually its entire work force and talent base now regard the simple fact of being a conservative, a Republican or a Trump supporter sufficient justification to engage in cruelty, mockery and character assassination, in full confidence that their corrupted target audience will cheer like Romans in the Coliseum.