On Monday, Bruce Bartlett, a former domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and Treasury official under George H. W. Bush, angered many on social media when he declared that all of Donald Trump’s supporters are racists.
“There is no longer any doubt–ALL (100%) of Trump supporters are racists. If you don’t like it, f**k you,” he said on Facebook.
Naturally, this didn’t sit too well with a number of people.
“You are no doubt 100% an idiot and what is wrong with political discourse in this country,” one person said.
“Even Latinos? You are insane,” added another critic.
“What a respectful, grown a*s man behaving like a baby and resorting to cursing and assumptions about trump (sic) supporters,” a third person said.
“100% of people who post broad generalizations on Facebook are idiots. Don’t like it? F**k you,” another Facebook user said.
Michael J. Hout, a Twitter user who describes himself as a “freelance writer, political consultant, classical liberal, bibliophile,” posted Bartlett’s message to Twitter:
Wow. A former Reagan/Bush advisor just posted this on Facebook.. pic.twitter.com/70B6hWLjuF
— Michael J. Hout (@michaeljhout) September 4, 2017
Apparently, Bartlett didn’t care for the tweet exposing his anti-Trump hatred and blocked Hout:
Guess he didn't like my tweet… pic.twitter.com/kmAz0V1ZXd
— Michael J. Hout (@michaeljhout) September 5, 2017
Others said they were also blocked:
@NANCYCHRISTY boyfriend Bruce Bartlett blocked me I confronted him on calling ???? Trump Supporters racist-Bruce blabs but can't take it#Coward
— two scoops for me (@Kala712125351) September 5, 2017
Later, Bartlett played the victim card, apparently upset that so many people didn’t like being smeared as racists.
“Earlier this evening I said that all Trump supporters are racists. This has led to an outpouring of attacks and hatred toward me here and on Twitter, all of it by total strangers,” he said on Facebook.
“That’s fine. I don’t care. What I am curious about is why anyone gives a s**t what I said? If someone on FB said that all Hillary voters are Communists or pedophiles or whatever, I wouldn’t give a s**t. I certainly wouldn’t feel compelled to go to some stranger’s FB page and write a lot of hateful comments because of it. What am I missing?”
Let’s put this in perspective. Bartlett isn’t just some low-information Trump-hater or CNN propagandist. He’s actually worked for two Republican administrations. He’s been alive long enough to know better than this.
He also has a book coming out in October about “fake news,” claiming that “truth is the best defense against Trump.”
Yet, he just smeared over 60 million Americans as racists. Doesn’t sound very truthful to me.
Instead of presenting “truth,” he exposed himself as a hatemonger who can dish garbage out but can’t take it. There’s your “truth,” Mr. Bartlett.
No one will buy your book, because you are corrupt!
— Aristotle Star (@AristotleS16) September 4, 2017
Hey Bruce name calling is what was done in 3rd grade it's time for you to grow up and face the real world as an adult!
— rc (@rckolarc) September 4, 2017
Considering Bartlett’s age, it may be too late for that…
And let’s be clear — Bartlett’s hatred for Trump and the grassroots is nothing new.
In a June op-ed at Politico, he wrote:
Almost two years ago, I wrote an article for Politico endorsing Donald Trump for president. It was a tongue-in-cheek effort—I “supported” Trump only because I thought he would lose to Hillary Clinton, disastrously, and that his defeat would cleanse the Republican Party of the extremism and nuttiness that drove me out of it. I had hoped that post-2016, what remained of the moderate wing of the GOP would reassert itself as it did after the Goldwater debacle in 1964, and exorcise the crazies.
Trump was a guaranteed loser, I thought. In the Virginia presidential primary, I even voted for him, hoping to hasten the party’s demise. In the weeks before the November election, I predicted a Clinton presidency would fix much of what ails our country. On November 8, I voted for Clinton and left the ballot booth reasonably sure she would win.
It seems Bartlett thought wrong, and failed to realize that the electorate is frankly sick and tired of establishment elitists like him who think they’re above the rest of us.
So now he’s taking his anger out on Trump’s supporters, calling them racists. Just like a good elitist.
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