Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

[Daniel] Richards is pitch-perfect. He enters wrestling halls in small towns in states like Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky to boos and jeers, dressed in a horrific shirt emblazoned all over with Hillary Clinton's face. The 6-foot-5, 37-year-old then harangues crowds with choice barbs culled from the fairly tepid liberalism that courses through his veins as an ordinary sane person. In Trump country, particularly in coal regions, even kindly telling people you hope they get jobs in clean energy comes across like hardcore aggression.

Advertisement

Advertisement

More

Alternate links: Google News | Twitter

"When you get up there, you basically stand up in front of these audiences and you say things like, "You vote against your economic interests!" and you wear shirts with Hillary Clinton on them. You're just trying to wind people up as much as possible."

"Yeah, I'm just the ultimate liberal troll I guess. I knew Hillary Clinton was the lightning rod over there, that's one thing, but when you're like, "I'd like you all to get jobs in clean energy," "Boo!" I mean, that's truly the reaction! You can't make this stuff up."

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

"It's hard to overstate Trump's fascination with wrestling. He has performed as himself (the ultrarich boss) in World Wrestling Entertainment appearances at least eight times, enough to earn him a place in the W.W.E. Hall of Fame. In a Battle of the Billionaires, he pretended to pound wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon, and then celebrated his victory by publicly shaving McMahon's head in front of the cheering throng. He also dropped thousands of dollars in cash into the audience of screaming fans. Now he has appointed the former CEO of W.W.E., Linda McMahon (Vince's wife), to his Cabinet as the head of the Small Business Administration (a detail that has largely been lost amid the daily scandals).

Like The Apprentice, Trump's side career in pro wrestling exposed and endeared him to a massive audience -- in stadiums, on TV, and online. Pro wrestling might be invisible as a cultural force to most liberal voters, but W.W.E. generated $729 million in revenue last year. And Trump did more than pick up votes from this experience -- he also picked up tips.

As Matt Taibbi pointed out in Rolling Stone, Trump's entire campaign had a distinctly W.W.E. quality. He carefully nurtured feuds with other candidates, and handed out insulting nicknames (Little Marco, Lyin' Ted). He played ringmaster at his own rallies, complete with over-the-top insult-chants ("Killary," "Lock her up!"), and directed the crowd's rage at the designated villains: journalists and demonstrators. Outsiders would emerge from these events shaken, not sure what had just happened. What had happened was a cross between a pro-wrestling match and a white-supremacist rally."
-Naomi Klein

#1 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-10-10 09:20 AM | Reply

Epic Troll on the perfect audience, (aka the entire trump base)

Only a matter of time before the usual know-it-all knuckle dragging internet "alphas" start quoting this act as reinforcement of their imaginary world view

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-10-10 09:23 AM | Reply

Trump's entire campaign had a distinctly W.W.E. quality.

Yep.

Isn't it great after 8 years of hearing how Obama had no integrity we ended up with a con artist in chief?

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-10 11:35 AM | Reply

>>Isn't it great after 8 years of hearing how Obama had no integrity we ended up with a con artist in chief?

I was surprised how much he was directly involved with the WWE. Explains some of his campaign stunts.

I'm laughing at this pro wrestler taunting the crowd by saying things like 'I'd like you all to get jobs in clean energy!'

"BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

"You vote against your economic interests!

"BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

#4 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-10-10 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

So that's what Corky does for a day job. I was always wondering..

#5 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-10-10 12:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

- Epic Troll on the perfect audience, (aka the entire trump base)

Trump loves pro wrestling because it's fixed.... his kind of gig. Another reason his Putin Collusion makes so much sense.

= I was always wondering..

Truer words were never spoken.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-10 02:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#6 You gonna go cry and wet yourself in a corner again Corkster?

Best description of Crokster ever: "Yeah, I'm just the ultimate liberal troll I guess.

Glad to see you at least finally found your calling as a HEEL.

HRC give you that shirt right off her own back (are you blind now) or did you have it made in her honor?

Trump loves pro wrestling because it's fixed. HRC's type of guy, they can trade tips in how to fix primaries next.

But on serious note did you all not see he runs everything like it's WWE or the Apprentice he is a ratings wh*re. That's one of many reasons why, I didn't vote for this clown.

#7 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-10-10 05:26 PM | Reply

- I didn't vote for this clown.

Voted for Speedy Gonzales. So, same as voting for this clown.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-10 10:09 PM | Reply

#8 still can't add

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-10 10:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Voted for Speedy Gonzales. So, same as voting for this clown.

#8 | POSTED BY CORKY

Speedy Gonzales has more moral character then HRC and Trump but together. Considering he stole cheese for a living, that's impressive.

#9 His shoes gets in the way of his counting skills, since he can't see his toes, and can't reach his feet to untie the laces.

The concept that a vote for someone else counts in that persons column and no one else's is beyond him, that's why he's the Ultimate Liberal Troll after all.

#10 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-10-11 08:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Advertisement

Advertisement

Reminds me of Andy Kaufman explaining to an audience of wrestling fans what toilet paper is.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-11 11:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is hilarious. He should expand the act by casting "The Secular Humanist" as tag team partner.

#12 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-11 11:58 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

His finishing move is called the "pumpkin spice latte"

#13 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2017-10-11 04:42 PM | Reply

This is hilarious. He should expand the act by casting "The Secular Humanist" as tag team partner.

#12 | POSTED BY SULLY

I haven't heard that term since i was a kid. It was a favorite of the fire and brimstone preachers back then. Most people didn't even know what the expression meant, but if the preacher said they should hate them, then they did.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

#14 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-12 08:14 AM | Reply

>>He should expand the act by casting "The Secular Humanist" as tag team partner.

"It is my sincere hope that the light of reason draw back your veil of superstition, ignorance, and pseudo-science!"

"BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"

#15 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-10-12 09:00 AM | Reply

A pastafarian wrestler would also be pretty funny.

#16 | Posted by Sully at 2017-10-12 09:11 AM | Reply

Awesome. He's messing with people's heads in the heart of Trump country.

#17 | Posted by cbob at 2017-10-12 09:45 AM | Reply

This is hilarious.

#18 | Posted by rcade at 2017-10-12 10:53 AM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2017 World Readable

Drudge Retort