‘Daily Show’ Co-Creator Hails Event Fighting Unity of Inauguration; ‘I’m Thrilled’

Ultra-liberal Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead appeared on Thursday’s Hardball to declare how she’s “thrilled” with a star-studded concert in Miami, set to compete with the presidential inauguration, which won’t be an act of, say, unity for the country, but one of “solidarity” with “people who literally don't want to watch this person get sworn in.”

Winstead also expressed glee that President-elect Donald Trump has been unable to attract A-list celebrities for his inauguration seeing as how he plans to “literally destroy the lives” of celebrities who are “women, black and brown...[or] immigrants.”

Speaking to fill-in host Joy Reid, Winstead first commented that Trump attracts only “crummy celebrities” based on those Trump convinced to participate in the Celebrity Apprentice and thus “his celebrity outreach is terrible.”

The co-creator of the show hailed by liberals as fresh and enlightening continued by moving to her broader argument that Trump stands against the very dignity of A-list celebrities (who aren’t white men):

I think to your point, cele — when you think of the a-list celebrities that are out there now, women, black and brown people, immigrants, like, for somebody who ran a campaign and won an election saying the rights — I'm going to strip rights away from you, I think they're human beings who said, you want to know what? I don't think I'm going to celebrate you when you want to literally destroy the lives of me and my family.

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As an example of what happens to big names whenever they stray away from the liberal camp and simply co-exist with conservatives, Winstead brought up what happened to Elton John when he performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding:

And remember, Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh's wedding, and it was the same thing, horrible backlash. It’s like, why would you help celebrity somebody who literally, completely criticizes everything that you're about and your way of life.

Later on, Reid read from Thursday’s Politico Playbook that reported concert promoter Mark Ross wants to showcase “a large-scale concert called We the People” in Miami “which would directly counter this inauguration and according to Ted Ross, he's saying that celebrities are actually clamoring to get in.”

Instead of suggesting that Ross has a right to have such an event or express hope that the country would put aside their differences just for Inauguration Day, Winstead cheered the event as “great for a number of reasons.”

“I think it shows solidarity. I think it gives people who literally don't want to watch this person get sworn in something to watch. I think it's always nice to gather around and feel like, hey, we can move forward and I think it's a reminder that Trump couldn't get people,” Winstead gushed.

She then concluded by joking that “not only could he not get A-listers, he can barely get B-listers” but not even “Craiglisters at this point, so, I think — I'm thrilled that people are trying to do anything to counter this.”

To borrow a trademark of NewsBusters contributing writer P.J. Gladnick, here’s an exit question: Do you think this is a case of a bear pooping in the woods when it comes to celebrities not wanting to go near a Republican inauguration?

Here are the relevant portions of the transcript from MSNBC’s Hardball on December 22:

MSNBC’s Hardball
December 22, 2016
7:20 p.m. Eastern

LIZZ WINSTEAD: I mean, I think when you look at the — first of all, when you look at Celebrity Apprentice, those were crummy celebrities. So, like, the basis of his celebrity outreach is terrible, but I think to your point, cele — when you think of the A-list celebrities that are out there now, women, black and brown people, immigrants, like, for somebody who ran a campaign and won an election saying the rights — I'm going to strip rights away from you, I think they're human beings who said, you want to know what? I don't think I'm going to celebrate you when you want to literally destroy the lives of me and my family.

(....)

7:23 p.m. Eastern

WINSTEAD: And remember, Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh's wedding, and it was the same thing, horrible backlash. It’s like, why would you help celebrity somebody who literally, completely criticizes everything that you're about and your way of life.

(....)

7:25 p.m. Eastern

JOY REID: And I have to ask you about this, Lizz Winstead. There is word there might be a counter concert. According to Politico, Mark Ross who’s a concert prompter and the son of the late Time Warner CEO Steve Ross, is in the process of put together a large-scale concert called We the People which would directly counter this inauguration and according to Ted Ross, he's saying that celebrities are actually clamoring to get in. He said “the talent is banging on our doors to do this,” said a source familiar to the planning. I googled, in my geekery, Lizz Winstead, that back in 1973, in January of 1973 Leonard Bernstein did a peace concert to counter the Nixon inauguration. So, it's not like it's unprecedented, but what do you make of this attempt to get all the stars Trump couldn't get and have them in Miami doing their own concert? 

WINSTEAD: I mean, I think it's great for a number of reasons. I think it shows solidarity. I think it gives people who literally don't want to watch this person get sworn in something to watch. I think it's always nice to gather around and feel like, hey, we can move forward and I think it's a reminder that Trump couldn't get people. I mean, not only could he not get A-listers, he can barely get B-listers. I don't think he can get Craiglisters at this point. So, I think — I'm thrilled that people are trying to do anything to counter this.

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