The Absurd Reaction to the George Clooney Fundraiser Proves That “Tea Party Liberals” Exist

I really wasn’t going to write anything about the absurdity surrounding the George Clooney fundraiser, but the ridiculousness of it all became so overwhelming that I had to address it. It’s rare that I see anything as ludicrous as all of this coming from the left.

First, yes, it was an extremely high-dollar fundraiser, just like basically every other presidential candidate in history has had – even President Obama. You know, the Democrat who broke a record when it came to receiving money from Wall Street. In fact, President Obama raised a ton of money in 2008 and 2012, and had a super PAC. Yet he also went on to pass Dodd-Frank and has been a pretty damn good president.

So this childish reaction to this fundraiser – including protesters throwing dollar bills at Hillary Clinton’s vehicle – is asinine.

Then can I point out a pretty obvious fact?

These folks throwing a hissy fit over this fundraiser, and those who actually took time out of their lives to protest it, do realize that this thing was put together by George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney, right? And are these people aware that the Clooney’s are huge human rights activists? His wife has built a large part of her career fighting for human rights all over the world. To say nothing about the fact that George Clooney has been a massive advocate for gay rights here in the U.S. and has spent a great deal of time bringing attention to many of the atrocities that have gone in on places like Darfur and Sudan.

Hell, he was arrested in a protest that included Martin Luther King III at the Sudanese Embassy protesting genocide in Sudan.

But people were protesting the fact that he held a fundraiser where the leading Democratic candidate was the “guest of honor”? Are you kidding me?

Oh, and another thing, did these people realize that the overwhelming majority of the money that was raised is actually going to help down-ballot Democrats get elected so we can get Congress out of Republican control?

Let me put this all another way: Many Bernie Sanders supporters took “offense” that a celebrity and human rights activist, who’s married to an internationally famous human rights lawyer, organized a high-dollar fundraiser meant to help the Democratic party raise money so that down-ballot Democrats have a chance to win elections and retake power in Congress.

Are these people really this stupid? I’m sorry, but this has gone far beyond having an issue with campaign finance reform and has shifted into full-on stupidity. Supporters for a Democratic presidential candidate are protesting an event largely meant to help retake power in Congress from Republicans.

These individuals are what I call “tea party liberals.” They’re people on the far-left who don’t seem to be operating in any realm of rational thought or common sense. Never in my life would I think that supposed “liberals” would protest and oppose a fundraiser that was mostly setup to help Democrats all over the country have a better chance at defeating Republicans in November.

By the way, these down-ballot Democrats are the very people a “President Bernie Sanders” would need if he ever hoped to pass any of his big campaign promises! These are also many of the same people he hasn’t done much of anything to help get elected.

So, basically those out there who took offense to this fundraiser (and especially those who protested) were voicing their opposition to an event hosted by prominent human rights activists that was meant to help the very people who Bernie Sanders would desperately need in Congress to support his policy proposals.

The picture is starting to become very clear why liberals lose so many elections to Republicans: Because they defeat themselves. 

Whether it’s through voter apathy, or nonsense like protesting an event meant to help elect politicians who support many of the same things you do, it almost seems like there’s a good chunk of the liberal voting base that’s going out of their way to screw up the 2016 election.

However, don’t take this as a jab at all Bernie Sanders supporters. I know most are very rational, reasonable and have the right “goal” in mind. I love meeting those Sanders supporters, because they give me hope when I’m inundated (especially online) with the sizable chunk of those who support him who are every bit as irrational as any Trump supporter I’ve encountered. I think the rational Sanders folks realized what this was and why these type of high-dollar events are needed.

This type of behavior has been incredibly frustrating to deal with, but I’m going to do the same thing I’ve been doing for years. That is, busting my ass to make sure Democrats win as many elections as possible. At the end of the day, the number one goal needs to be to defeat the Republican party for the sake of women’s rights, gay rights, climate change, health care and many other things that will be destroyed if we let the GOP gain power in Congress and take back the White House.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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