We already know that Rob Reiner is a jackass of the highest order when it comes to people who have any form of differing opinions from him (something we called months ago), but now it seems that he’s gone around the bend.
And this is coming from someone who is obviously not a big a fan of Donald Trump…
“Willie Geist: How to you explain the millions of people who don’t watch this show, who actually like what they hear from Donald Trump, and aren’t taking messages and orders from us in the media, but they listen to what he says and votes for him?
Rob Reiner: There are a lot of people who are racist.”
He tried to hedge that he “didn’t mean all Trump supporters,” but as Scarborough pointed out… that’s what he led with. More importantly, it was the only rationalization he allowed for those even considering voting for Trump.
Okay, Trump is not my guy. I’m not a fan. But I’ve certainly seen no evidence that Donald Trump is a racist. No, wanting to have physical borders, like every country in the history of ever, is not racist. No, concern over Islamic/ideological terrorism is not racist. Is he bombastic? Yes. Inconsistent? Remarkably so. Dishonest? Of course a case can be made there.
Instead of constructing real arguments however, just as Hollywood did in 2009, their only attack against non-leftists is that they’re racist. The Tea Party was “racist.” When Conservatives said “socialist” it was just a codeword for “the N word” said Janeane Garofalo and Bill Maher. Remember that? Fast forward to 2016 where we now have a self-avowed “SOCIALIST” within a hair’s length of The Oval Office. Reiner goes on to say this regarding some of Trump’s racist supporters…
“That’s hate speech, that’s hate mongering!”
Firstly, let’s stop with the “hate speech” mantra.
There is merely good speech and bad speech. And people should be allowed to freely decipher between the two. The term “hate speech” is a tool created by fascists to silence opinions they don’t like. Now, has Trump had some racist supporters like David Duke? Yes. Are there perhaps some racist supporters in attendance? Maybe.
But that has nothing to do with the generalization that Reiner lobbed against all Trump voters, which just so happens to be the same generalization used against ALL McCain or Romney voters. The point is, it’s tired, it’s nothing new and for people like Reiner, who fancy themselves intellectuals, they sure are intellectually one-note.
I debated this very topic with famous comedian, DL Hughley not long ago.