Rick Wilson can’t stop the hate, responds to Melania’s anti-virus mission: ‘Be infected’

(CBP + “The Daily Show” video screenshot)

Pretend Republican Rick Wilson, a Never Trump elitist who loves to sanctimoniously lecture others about their supposed lack of morals and principles, provided a perfect demonstration Wednesday of what it means for the tiny pot to call the big kettle black.

He accomplished this feat by twisting the slogan of first lady Melania Trump’s anti-bullying campaign, “Be Best,” into the horrifying words “Be Infected.”


He posted the tweet late Wednesday in response to a CNN report that the first lady will soon begin to “appear in public service announcements on coronavirus set to be broadcast nationally.”

“The PSAs will address the ‘important ways Americans can protect themselves and those most at risk’ from contracting and spreading the coronavirus, according to the release,” the outlet reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Wilson was just trying to be funny with his tweet, whether he was saying he wishes the first lady would contract the virus or whether he was suggesting to the American people that they should go and contract the virus for the hell of it.

What was clear is that as of Thursday morning, the dangerously vague tweet remained active, and there predictably were zero instances of left-wing establishment “journalists” complaining about the tweet and demanding that Twitter immediately remove it.

Renowned former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke faced the exact opposite response when he posted a tweet over the weekend calling for the American people to violate the authoritarian lockdown edicts of left-wing governors and go live their lives.

“It is now evident that this is an orchestrated attempt to destroy CAPITALISM,” he’d tweeted on Sunday. “First sports, then schools and finally commercial businesses. Time to RISE UP and push back. Bars and restaurants should defy the order. Let people decide if they want to go out.”

The tweet provoked so much mass backlash from the left-wing establishment media that Twitter removed it, though traces still remain courtesy screenshots.

But while urging people to protect their constitutionally guaranteed rights earned Clarke a suspension, seemingly promoting infection by coronavirus has earned Wilson nothing save for scorn from purely non-establishment voices.


It appears not a single establishment voice has sought to condemn Wilson. Instead, members of the establishment have taken to praising him for his “witty” comebacks.

Responding to Wilson accusing one of his critics of plagiarism, for instance, Kevin M. Kruse — a historian whose work has appeared in The New York Times — tweeted the following:

Kruse and Wilson are both among a contingent of pompous, sanctimonious moral preeners who, as renowned conservative commentator Michelle Malkin noted, “cast themselves as our moral superiors,” even as their behavior routinely betrays them:

In the case of Wilson, he’s a “moral superior” who’s repeatedly joined other “moral superiors” — including George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Bill Kristol, Max Boot, etc. — in accusing the president of lacking a “moral compass.”

It’s not clear on what planet of what solar system in what galaxy of what universe tweeting “#BeInfected,” mocking the poor and disparaging millions of Americans as “dumb, illiterate rubes” count as acts of morality.

Regardless, Wilson argued in follow-up tweets late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning that his tweets were being taken out of context and that coverage of his original tweet “isn’t journalism.”

Look (*Language warning):

In fairness to the itty-bitty tiny black pot, as a frequent CNN contributor, Wilson is extremely familiar with what “isn’t journalism” …


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