MSNBC guest Mark Thompson thinks Trump supporters are "gullible" and "acting against their own interest." Right. Because if you weren't so clueless, you'd be a huge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fan, eagerly awaiting the coming socialist nirvana.
Appearing on Ari Melber's MSNBC show Monday evening, Thompson, host of a progressive talk show on Sirius radio, said that in his Oval Office address tomorrow, President Trump is seeking to address:
"The very, still, gullible base, that he intends to distract . . . His base is willing to be gullible . . . We look what's happening with the farmers, they're already affected by the tariffs, but yet these are some people that still support him, even through the shutdown. It's again, people acting against their own interest."
The accusation that there's something wrong with people who refuse to embrace liberalism got its most famous start with Thomas Frank's 2004 book: What's the Matter with Kansas? It frustrates lefties no end that many Americans continue to rely on themselves, resisting socialism's siren song, concerned about losing American culture and constitutionalism to unfettered immigration.
I'm not familiar with Thompson, but as per his Sirius bio:
"Thompson is nationally known as a longtime NAACP activist, emcee of the Million Man March, founder of the Umoja Party, and an ordained minister. Mark Thompson is also known by his African name, Matsimela Mapfumo."
So we're the gullible guys—but Thompson served as an emcee for Louis Farrakhan? O-kay!
Note: this notion that Trump supporters are too dumb to know what's good for them is a recurring theme on the left. In November, we caught Princeton prof Eddie Glaude Jr. saying much the same thing: "if poor people, poor people in Mississippi, acted in their interests, they are the majority. They are the majority . . . If poor people are acting in their interest, then they can change."
YASMIN VOSSOUGHIAN: Mark, who is the President trying to address in this Oval Office address that's coming tomorrow night? Who does he want to hear his appeal tomorrow evening?
MARK THOMPSON: The very, still, gullible base, that he intends to distract from the story you teased out earlier: what's going on with Mueller and the whole Intelligence Committee.
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His base is willing to be gullible in that regard. You know, we look what's happening with the farmers, they're already affected by the tariffs, but yet these are some people that still support him, even through the shutdown. It's again, people acting against their own interest."