The cultural left’s hatred of Republicans has only gotten worse over the last four years.
They blame Donald Trump for everything that’s wrong in the universe.
Now one film critic is ripping Trump for something unbelievable.
Liberals, particularly in the dreamworld of Hollywood, have blamed Donald Trump for everything from forest fires to floods to a global pandemic.
Now they’re blaming him for ruining the idealistic presidential movie.
Ann Hornaday, a film critic for The Washington Post, wrote in a column:
“It’s doubtful now that filmgoers would buy into those wish-fulfillment fantasies — especially global audiences who have been looking on in astonishment at America’s precipitous decline…How do filmmakers hope to attain a credible degree of realism when the actual American president has systematically dismantled the notion of reality itself?”
This preposterous take shows just how much leftists revere big government and politicians.
They idealize presidents—even fictional ones—when they echo their worldview.
However, there are plenty of portrayals of Republican presidents as malevolent villains.
“Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of the 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ couldn’t help but mirror Barack Obama’s presidency, as a historic milestone and a vivid portrait of the legislative wrangling Obama was facing during his contentious second term.”
A movie about the father of the Republican party battling Democrat slaveholders is somehow analogous to Barack Obama being stymied trying to cram through a left-wing agenda.
This is how myths of Obama’s presidency being “scandal-free” get perpetuated.
“[W]hen Michael Douglas swirled Annette Bening across the dance floor at a state dinner in 1995’s ‘The American President,”’it was his Clintonesque character’s Democratic bona fides — not his romantic escapades — that audiences accepted as true to life.”
Ironically, the Democrats have moved so far to the left, a speech delivered by Douglas’s character would be considered “problematic.”
Academy Award-winning Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who wrote “The American President,” implored Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to curtail speech on his platform.
Zuckerberg responded with words that Sorkin wrote for Douglas’s fictional president:
“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say: You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.”
– Aaron Sorkin, The American President
The left doesn’t believe in free speech anymore; they believe it’s “dangerous.”
But they really can’t stand the idea of their fantastical portrayals of presidents might not resonate the same way anymore.