1. Speaking of fitness: Once again flaunting his flat learning curve, Donald Trump thought it was necessary to say “Nyah nyah nyah!” to Liz Cheney after she was stripped of her GOP leadership post in the House. He wrote, “Liz Cheney is a bitter, horrible human being I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our country. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our great military, the worst decision in our country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a paid contributor on CNN or MSDNC!”
Surprisingly, he didn’t call her homely or say she smelled bad.
I can think of no previous ex-President who would engage in such public taunting. It serves no purpose, other than pettiness, and appeals only to others with similar infantile instincts. It’s unpresidential, unstatesmanlike, and ugly. Moreover, what Cheney’s family has done is only relevant to those with dubious logic skills.
2. Another “social influencer” shows she’s unworthy of influencing anybody. Rachel Hollis is another one of those social media-created mutants, a woman of no special talent or expertise who blundered into wealth because so many Americans are searching for a guru in this age of declining religion and online hucksters. A high-school grad, Hollis became a social media star in March 2015, when an Instagram photo of her celebrating her stretch marks went viral with more than ten million views. She capitalized on that with a motivational book called “Girl, Wash Your Face,” celebrating female self-reliance. It was a best-seller, and she built on that with a YouTube channel containing motivational videos.
As in a Greek tragedy, she has been brought down by hubris. She really began to believe she was special. In truth, social influencers are just today’s televangelists.
While speaking extemporaneously during a livestream, she referred off-hand to her twice-weekly housekeeper who “cleans the toilets.” When a commenter complained that such arrogance made her seem “unrelatable,” she blathered, “No, sis, literally everything I do in my life is to live a life that most people can’t relate to. Literally every woman I admire in history was unrelatable.” Hollis then cited examples like Harriet Tubman and Oprah Winfrey, which many felt showed a vastly expanded sense of self-importance. On top of the shock her followers suffered when she revealed that her supposedly romantic and exemplary Christian marriage was a bust, declaring that she was divorcing her husband and business partner, Dave Hollis, it was suddenly as if her mask had fallen to the floor revealing the rot beneath.
Now more than 100,000 Instagram followers have dropped her, and Hollis canceled an upcoming personal development seminar on YouTube. Her company, Rise, has postponed its May conference until Labor Day. However, it does not appear that she has the character to stop the freefall. Her immediate reaction to her PR disaster was to blame “her team,” then she announced that she was fully “accountable.” (This is known as a “Hillary.”)
Now former admirers are looking back on earlier hints that the guru wasn’t quite as admirable as they had thought. At the company leadership summit in early 2020, former employees say, she told her staff, “I am so rich, I could just retire to Hawaii and never work a day again, that’s how wealthy I am!” At the Rise Business conference in Charleston, Hollis gave a speech boasting, “I own you,” explaining that she could persuade her followers to buy anything.
In late April 2020, a post appeared on Hollis’s Instagram account which said: “Still … I RISE.” The post neglected to attribute the line to Maya Angelou, whose poem “Still I Rise” was published in her book of poetry “And Still I Rise.” When she was criticized, Hollis again pulled a Hillary, writing, “This morning I found out that my social team posted the quote without attributing it to Dr. Angelou….While I didn’t create or post the graphic, I am the leader of the team that did and so I accept full responsibility for their actions.” Then she fired the employee who sent out the post.
3. Boy, bias makes you incredibly stupid! I have read in a dozen places that Democrats believe that Republicans dumping Liz Cheney for her obsessive attacks on Donald Trump will be a big issue for Democrats in the Congressional elections. If they really believe that, it’s more evidence that Trump derangement has mutated into general insanity. Nobody cares about who the parties kick out of leadership. Some might care when a particularly despicable member retains leadership, as in the case of Maxine Waters, but this is a particularly absurd example of the news media trying to manufacture controversy over nothing.
4. Of course they did… More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals signed an open letter this week calling into question the 2020 election results while suggesting that Biden is mentally unfit for office. The letter’s signatories call themselves “Flag Officers 4 America,” and they also criticize the Biden administration’s open border policies, its determination to revive the Iran deal, Biden’s reliance on executive orders, the pandemic lockdown and the increasing efforts to censor speech, among other issues.
Such mass letters from various occupations and professions became commonplace in the last four years when they were hostile to President Trump. Most were dutifully published and praised. All of them constituted abuse of authority and position, and so does this one.