It was an inspirational moment at Wednesday night’s Republican National Convention. Madison Cawthorn, an appealing and sharp young man, was making a plea for his country. He mentioned nothing about Antifa or Black Lives Matter. Nothing about smug leftist has-been athletes like Colin Kaepernick.
He just said, “Be a radical for liberty and be a radical for our republic for which I stand, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” As he said it, Cawthorn rose from his wheelchair and stood behind a walker—compelling and powerful. Also, good political theater. It borrows from Jon Voight as FDR in “Pearl Harbor” and Ralph Bellamy (also as FDR) in “Sunrise at Campobello.”
But that didn’t impress our old vacuous Bolshevik pal PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor. By common consensus on both sides of the aisle the dumbest reporter in D.C., Alcindor, who is also a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC, tweeted in response to Cawthorn’s brave gesture: “Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem. It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black [sic] athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.”
Madison Cawthorn made it a point to stand, suggesting that all Americans to should stand during the pledge of allegiance & national anthem.
It was a direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 27, 2020
Conservatives, and anyone else with a working frontal lobe, were incredulous. The response was quick. “How on earth could you possibly turn the rather moving act of a FREAKIN’ PARAPLEGIC rising for the national anthem into some weird BLM trip?” said National Review contributor Jeff Blehar. “When someone holds the door open for you, is that a rebuke of BLM too? My patience for takes like this has reached its limit.”
Others joined the fun. “The activist below found a way to turn a paraplegic standing up in his wheelchair an act of white supremacy,” Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross tweeted.
“Nowhere did Cawthorn state his standing was a ‘direct rebuke of actions by ppl — including black athletes who are currently sitting out games — protesting police brutality.’ And Yamiche Alcindor is not a journalist,” conservative commentator Stephen Miller said.
“If you thought, ‘certainly nobody could attack this man in a wheelchair for standing up at the end of his speech,’ you haven’t met our completely insane White House press corps, currently viciously attacking a paralyzed man for not sharing their far-left political views,” The Federalist editor and Fox News pundit Mollie Hemingway said.
What next for Alcindor? Pistol whipping kittens? Garroting a baby panda? Maybe she can shoot a service dog? Seems to be her style. But it’s not just Alcindor. A good many of the D.C. press corps share her rabid tone and views. I know some of them and have been at times a fly on the wall at social outings they have also attended. Their virulent self-loathing translates into a deep hatred for anything they see as noble, decent, and traditionally American. Even though they report from the Mecca of their profession, they wear victimhood like a putrid shroud. It permeates everything they say and do. Alcindor typifies the lot.