I’m only writing about Joe Walsh because at some point the NeverTrump folks who insisted that voting for Hillary Clinton was morally superior to voting for Donald Trump are going to insist that we all have a similar moral obligation to vote for Joe Walsh…this would be Joe Walsh the failed talk radio guy, not Joe Walsh the former member of the Eagles. Why will they do it? Because NeverTrump is now and always has been a grift. It’s a ticket to getting invited on CNN and MSNBC and other outlets. And if there’s a grift involved you’re going to find Bill Kristol and his buddies. The groundwork is already being laid:
If Democrats are committed to making President Trump a one-term president, they will need to embrace the likes of Joe Walsh and Anthony Scaramucci, who can help peel away Republican support, writes Dean Obeidallah for @CNNOpinion https://t.co/OBWt0FWWWD
— CNN (@CNN) August 25, 2019
Only a year ago, Walsh was a guest on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime show “Who’s America.” I’m not a huge connoisseur of Cohen’s bullsh**, I mean, body of work, so forgive me if I get some of the specifics wrong. This is how it is described on the blog Slashfilm:
Sacha Baron Cohen turned plenty of heads with his Showtime series Who Is America?, where he put himself under heavy make-up to become various characters who interviewed politicians, pundits and everyday American citizens, ultimately embarrassing them or making them severely uncomfortable, and showing the ugliest side of their instinctual proclivities and behavior.
The salient point here is that Cohen is disguised and his
marks guests don’t know who he is and they don’t know they are being set up.
On the first show, Cohen is in character as Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert. He has a pet project: arming schoolchildren, down to kindergarten, to take on school shooters. Allegedly this program existed in Israel under the name “Kinderguardians.” He wants to export the program to the US and enlists the assistance of Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Larry Pratt, former director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, Florida Republican Matt Gaetz, Trent Lott, Dana Rohrabacher, Joe Wilson, and Joe Walsh in making a video promoting the program. All go along with him except Matt Gaetz.
The Washington Post asked him about this episode of insanity:
WALSH: That was in the middle of about 45 minutes, an hour worth of talking, and this was 30 seconds. And to your question, it was specifically about a program that Israel does.
Q: And there was no indication that you were talking about something that was going to be imported to the United States?
WALSH: Oh, God no.
In response, Cohen released an extended take of the scene. You really have to see this and if you are a NeverTrumper, this is the man-god you want us to support:
Joe Walsh has launched his presidential campaign
with a lie. He'll probably do very well. pic.twitter.com/o4TzJ1dKqQ
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) August 28, 2019
“I endorse the Kinderguardians program for all schools in America,” Walsh says in the video. “When armed guards and armed teachers have, God forbid, been taken out, why should children be left with absolutely no means of defending themselves?”
He continued: “Never has an American generation been more equipped with the necessary hand-eye coordination to shoot. If a child can pull the trigger of a video game controller or a Nerf gun, he can pull the trigger of an Uzi. It’s obvious.”
The additional footage shows Walsh going even further. He talks about arming toddlers, which is generally understood to be children who can walk and are between the ages of 1 and 3.
“Toddlers do not understand the consequences of their actions, meaning that, again, saving vital time, they will kill without hesitation, then kill again until all the bad guys are gone,” Walsh said. “You know what? It’s pretty straightforward. When it comes to the safety of our children, the way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good child with a gun. Happy shooting, kids.”
The point isn’t that Walsh lied. The point is that he lied about something when he knew that the evidence of his lie was out there and in the hands of someone who hates the GOP. This isn’t mere dishonesty. This is lie told by a profoundly stupid man. A man so stupid that he though Cohen or his production team would never see an interview about Cohen’s series in an obscure paper called the Washington Post when he is allegedly running for president.
This more than anything shows that Walsh’s campaign is nothing more than a grift to use campaign contributions to support his lifestyle (don’t tell me that he can’t do that because it is illegal because Walsh has a track record of doing just that) until he gets beaten like a rented mule in the primaries.