While writing a few of my articles, I’ve talked about particular right-wing media personalities or politicians who I consider “the ones I detest the most.” I strongly disagree with conservatives on most issues, but there are a select few who I absolutely cannot stand. The ones who seem to go out of their way to prove that they simply don’t live in the same reality as the rest of us.
Well, this has inspired me to make a “Top 10 List” of sorts. In the often brutal world of politics, it’s usually a good idea to take a step back and have a little fun every once and a while.
Now one rule I’m sticking to is to pick more well known right-wing media personalities or politicians. There are plenty of “smaller scale” ones I could choose from, but that might take me all day and make this list much longer than just 10 individuals. Because outside of the time it would take to do so, this list could be much longer than just 10 people.
So let’s get started!
10) Bill O’Reilly
Now I know some might think he should be higher on the list, but he doesn’t really bother me that much. It’s clear he uses his show to do things like sell books. And while he does say offensive things, I can at least say that there have been times where he’s called Republicans out for being hypocrites — which is something you can’t say about many other conservative personalities. Still, he’s an arrogant individual who clearly makes a lot of money pandering to the ignorance of tens of millions.
9) Michele Bachmann
I believe this woman is certifiably insane. I can’t even take her seriously. I’ve joked with a friend of mine that I want to visit the district that elected her just to meet the kind of individuals who would actually vote for this lunatic. All she does is lie. Her most updated Politifact scorecard has her at 75 percent of the 60 comments they’ve fact-checked on her rated “Mostly False” to “Pants on Fire.” And of those 60, 27 percent of them have been considered “Pants on Fire,” meaning that they had absolutely no truth behind them whatsoever. Now I haven’t dug into every single politician’s profile on that site, but I’ve never seen anyone (though Ted Cruz comes close) who’s been rated as lying as often as Michele Bachmann. And her most recent disgusting tweet only added to my feelings of disgust toward her.
8) Rand Paul
Maybe he should be higher on this list, but I just kind of see him as a bit of a joke. He reminds me of that spoiled kid who only gained his level of success thanks to his dad (which he did) but try as he might — he’ll never be his dad. And while I’m by no means a Ron Paul supporter, he’s much more genuine than his flakey “pander to the tea party” clown of a son.
7) Glenn Beck
A couple of years ago he might have ranked higher on this list, but now thinking of Mr. Beck it’s just really kind of sad. He went from a leading face on Fox News to being a sideshow that barely even makes the headlines anymore. Though he still sees himself as some kind of “religious leader” and continues his obsession with comparing almost anything and everything he opposes to Nazis, his influence in the mainstream conservative community has been reduced to a mere fraction of what it once was.
6) Sean Hannity
I would argue that he’s the most powerful influence on Fox News right now. This guy is nothing more than a stooge for the Republican party. Watching his show, I sometimes feel like I need to look for the strings, because he’s nothing more than a puppet for the GOP. And while I can’t say anything about what this guy might be like when he’s off the air, his on the air personality is by far one of the most arrogant you’ll find anywhere.
5) Ann Coulter
She might be the most vile human being on this list. I mean, she’s so offensive that some conservatives have joked that she’s actually a liberal who pretends to be a conservative to make Republicans look bad. When someone says that about you, you’re pretty damn nuts. This woman is always spewing some kind of racist, sexist, or bigoted comment that honestly leaves me wondering what the hell happened to her in her life to make her such a hateful, bitter human being.
4) Sarah Palin
I know I’m not the only one who looks at Sarah Palin now thinking, “I can’t believe someone actually picked her to be a vice presidential candidate.” That being said, she still has a good amount of influence over conservative voters and makes sure to get her name in the headlines pretty often despite going from Governor of Alaska and VP candidate to — star of a new outdoors show on a cable network 98 percent of Americans have probably never heard of. But with every comment she proudly puts on display just how ignorant — and quite frankly stupid — she really is.
3) Ted Cruz
In just about a year this man went from someone who most Americans had never heard of, to the face of tea party Republicans and a potential leading 2016 presidential candidate. He’s done this by spending his entire time in the Senate making asinine claim after asinine claim, all for the sole purpose of pandering to the tea party voters. And we all know he was the leading figure behind the embarrassing government shutdown last October that accomplished absolutely nothing. Though he laughably denies that he wanted to shut down the government — even though he gave speeches weeks ahead of time urging Republicans to do just that if President Obama didn’t give into their blackmail.
2) Ted Nugent
I can’t stand this man. He’s a hypocrite, a blabbering idiot and I honestly believe he’s insane. He calls himself a “patriot” yet refused to bathe for a month, and defecated on himself, just to avoid serving his country during the Vietnam War. He often talks about “morals” in a society, yet he’s fathered five children out of wedlock and had a “relationship” with a 17-year old girl — when he was thirty. Then he often goes off on racist rants (which he claims aren’t racist) attacking basically every race other than white. Though he targets the African-American community most often. When I think of repulsive human beings, Ted Nugent is one of the first people I think of.
1) Rush Limbaugh
I apologize if I don’t take seriously the words of a cheating, lying, sexist, racist, drug addicted sociopath. Because that’s basically what I believe Rush Limbaugh is. His show is pure garbage. It’s just him sitting there spewing whatever ignorance, lies and misinformation he can get his hands on to pander to the most ignorant people in our society. Let’s be honest — if you listen to Rush Limbaugh and actually take him seriously, you’re pathetically ignorant. This man represents what it is to be a “bottom feeder” in a society. Nothing he says or does produces anything good. Anyone who supports this guy should be ashamed of themselves because I’m ashamed for them. I just don’t get how someone like Limbaugh is still on the air. The fact that he’s a leading face of the “conservative movement” tells you all you need to know about the real “values” conservatives hold dear.
This list wasn’t easy. There are so many other names that could be added to it, like John Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott or Rick Perry — but these 10 (at least to me) are some of the right-wing personalities I detest the most.
Who can’t you stand? Let me know via Twitter or in the comments section below.
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