On Tuesday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Shapiro demonstrates the ridiculous level to which politics and journalism has descended. Video and partial transcript below:
Chris Cuomo, it’s not the first time that he has equated something with the N-word. He’s got to stop doing it guys, it’s not good policy. And CNN backed him on it, right. CNN was like, “Yes, Fredo is an ethnic slur.” It is not an ethnic slur. Here is just a few months ago, Chris Cuomo declaring that if you use the term “fake news,” it’s like the N-word for members of the media.
Which makes perfect sense because members of the media have been ganged up on, lynched, [and] hanged for centuries in America. [They have been] enslaved, treated like second-class citizens, subjected to Jim Crow — oh wait, none of that has happened to journalists. This is a bunch of crap. Here’s Chris Cuomo saying a dumb thing about the N-word:
CUOMO: I see being called fake news as the equivalent of the N-word for journalists. The equivalent of calling an Italian, any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity. That’s what fake news is. To a journalist, it is an ugly insult, and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose.
It’s just like the N-word. It’s just like the N-word. For Chris Cuomo, everything apparently that offends him is like the N-word, by the way. I just want to put it out there, if Fredo is an ethnic slur for Italians, there are a few others we should be careful of: “Frodo” is apparently an ethnic slur for hobbits. And “Greedo” is actually an ethnic slur for Rodian bounty hunters. So, we should be very careful about the kind of verbiage that we use. We don’t want to trigger people. We don’t want them to get too upset. Enter Donald Trump through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man.
If there’s a controversy, then the Bat Signal is up in the night sky, [it’s] the big “T,” for Donald Trump. Somewhere, someone has said something foolish, and Donald Trump must weigh in! So, Donald Trump descends like the Caped Crusader he is, into the middle of what is an irrelevant stupid fight. And he jetpacks in there like the Rocketeer. [He] says, “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings CNN.”
(Laughing hard) Yes. Okay. Come on guys. That’s some funny bleep. Come on. I mean, I understand. Not Lincoln, right. We get it, we get it, OK. We get all the critiques. I get Bill Kristol ripping on him, demeaning the office of the president, I get it.
(Unable to constrain his laughter) Okay. I understand, I understand. Okay. Well I’m on the same page guys. But come on, this is funny!
If you can’t appreciate the fact that a CNN anchor — who calls Trump a white supremacist, on a fairly regular basis — is likening Fredo, the young stupid brother, from the “Godfather” to the N-word, and then Donald Trump is then jumping in to be like (Trump impression), “That’s right. Fredo, get it, Fredo. The truth hurts. Lost it. Low ratings.”
It’s like he’s a bot, programmed to watch a thousand hours of Trump, and then this is what the tweets come up with. At this point I don’t even know that Trump is tweeting for himself. There is a robot Trump tweeting for Trump, just taking old phrases of Trump’s, and then stringing them together in tweets. All the tweets are three-word phrases. My favorite is the tag at the end. (Trump impression): “Low ratings @CNN.” What does that have to do with anything? But it’s the best and also the worst, and the best.
(Another Trump impression) “I thought Chris was Fredo also. Yeah, I love that movie. That movie is great. Didn’t really understand the plot to ‘Godfather 2’ and to ‘Godfather 3.’ Why would he ditch Bridget Fonda for Sofia Coppola? It makes no sense, but Chris Fredo — on the mark.”
(Presidential secretary impression) Mr. President, you’re required in the Situation Room, sir.
Well the good news is this means that the media will now have to declare that Fredo is in fact an ethnic slur for Italians because now Trump said it, right? So now we’re just gonna rewrite the whole English language because everything Trump says is an ethnic slur. Oh, my g-d, it’s so absurd. Everything is absurd. How did we enter this reality? How do we get back to the regular reality, where Mitt Romney is president since 2012? How do we get back there?
I don’t know, but I also know it won’t be nearly as entertaining.