Colin Cowherd Thinks Trump’s Rise Is Just Like Obama’s In 2008
As with any job, when things aren't going well and your seat starts getting hot, you can get a little desperate trying to fix things. If you work in construction and a project is behind schedule, that might mean you exchange quality for speed. If you're a salesperson, you might start misrepresenting the thing you're selling to make it seem more worthwhile. No need to be pious -- we've all been there.
If you work in the opinion sub-genre of sports media, that almost always means you start saying crazier shit because it gets people's attention. Eyes and ears are the name of the game. So, perhaps in an effort to fix his sagging ratings, Colin Cowherd did just that: he compared Donald Trump's current Presidential run to Barack Obama's from 2008.
That's like saying a Big Mac is just like the Jordan Retro XIs because they both have parts made from cows. Get outta here.
Don't get me wrong, are many similarities between Trump and Obama's respective campaigns. They both were seeking the same office, both were not favorites heading into the primary elections, they both had relatively little experience in politics, both have something vaguely resembling hair sitting on the top of their heads. But the manner in which Trump and Obama gained their fame could not have been more different, politics notwithstanding. Obama talked about a more peaceful world by affording more people better opportunities while Trump talks about a more peaceful world through indiscriminate carpet bombings of the Middle East. Were these two men really striking the same chord of populist dissatisfaction, or is one of them just playing into people's fear of a changing world?
Cowherd made it clear he thinks they're different sides of the same coin because Obama said "hope" and Trump says "wall" and it's resonated.
"Obama stayed on hope. It's not a real strategy. Trump stays on 'wall.' It's not a real strategy, it's a thing, it's a construction project," he said Wednesday. Except it is a strategy, Colin. Building a wall along the border with Mexico is as much a strategy as his strategy to round up Irish immigrants in Long Island and send them back home, away from their families. How are these two "movements" similar again?
"I watch how flummoxed the left is with Trump and it sounds like my conservative friends with Obama years ago. They'll stay on it. At the time, liberals were mad at the Bush years. They were pissed and Obama was their missile to beat the conservatives. Now conservatives are pissed. For eight years Obama has owned 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Trump is their missile head first into it."
Wait, so "the left" was mad because Bush was President -- not because of the wars or the deficit or the economy or the growing wealth disparity -- which is somehow similar to SOME conservatives' anger with Obama's ballsy decision to live in the White House after being elected President? Are we sure that Obama wasn't tapping into dissatisfaction that had at least some legitimate basis behind it, while Trump has merely been rallying the country's most intolerant human beings by giving them a voice? His supporters are disproportionately in favor of stuff like white supremacy. No joke -- an exit poll found that 20% of Trump's supporters in South Carolina disagreed with freeing the slaves after the Civil War. How on Earth could someone compare the forces powering his campaign to those that put Obama in power? Because they both seem to be working?
"I'm a financial conservative and a social liberal," Cowherd continued. "When you sit in the middle and hear both groups eight years separated separated, it is largely the same movement."
Oh, I get it now. It's because both campaigns capitalized on anger. Good point, dude. We can't wait until your next segment on how cocaine and books are the same thing because they're both things people use when they're bored.
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