People Who Elected a Reality TV Star Want Athletes to Stop Discussing Politics

When it comes to Donald Trump, the GOP, the conservative media, and their supporters, it’s not difficult to find glaring examples of jaw-dropping hypocrisy and irony that I might not believe if I wasn’t currently alive right now to witness it with my own eyes.

Take for instance the recent controversy stemming from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham’s insistence that athletes such as Lebron James and Kevin Durant, two men who recently spoke out against Trump, just “shut up and dribble.” She also took shots at James’ level of education and his “barely intelligible” and “un-grammatical” words, criticism many felt was racial in nature.

We’ve seen this same attitude from conservatives shown toward various actors, comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel, and practically anyone famous who dares to speak out against this “president.”

That’s rather hilarious coming from people who defend, support, and voted for a reality TV con artist who, prior to his election in 2016, was mostly known for bankruptcies, his ridiculous hair, pushing absurd conspiracies, and being the “star” on The Apprentice. A man who’s vocabulary seems on par with that of your average 7-year-old, barely able to say more than a couple of sentences without saying the word “totally.”

Then there’s always the fact that conservatives seem to love it when famous people come out in defense of their ignorance. Over the years, Fox News has featured various “celebrities” such as Ted Nugent, Scott Baio, Chuck Norris, and Kid Rock.

Real “A-Listers,” let me tell ya.

In the minds of Republicans, they can feature their so-called “celebrities,” placing value on their opinions, but any famous people who speak out against Republicans, and in particular Trump, should just “stick to acting/comedy/sports.”

The lack of self-awareness by conservatives is stunning. For these people to say, with a straight face no less, that individuals like Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and even Colin Kaepernick have no business discussing politics because they happen to be athletes, while they voted for a reality TV show host with absolutely no qualifications to run for office, let alone lead this country, amounts to astounding hypocrisy.

Especially when you consider that what makes many of these “liberal” celebrity’s voices so important is that they’re out there speaking out on behalf of health care, the poor, racial inequality, racial injustice, sexual assault, gay rights, saving our planet, and women’s rights — while Trump’s biggest “claim to fame” politically was spending years pushing the blatantly racist birther conspiracy against our nation’s first African American president.

Republicans, it really boils down to this: If you all held yourselves, your party, and your politicians to the same standards to which you hold others, you’d be much bigger critics of your own ignorance and unethical behavior than liberals are.

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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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