What can be scarier than a Clinton-loving progressive?
— The Hill (@thehill) June 28, 2017
Pro wrestling fans love their villains. But Daniel Harnsberger has taken villainy to new heights. He bills himself as “The Progressive Liberal.”
Harnsberger, who also goes by the name Daniel Richards, tours Appalachia’s red states while claiming to sanction such causes as gun control and green energy and blasting President Donald Trump as a “con man.” As if that weren’t enough to get the crowd hopping mad, he’s often seen wearing a shirt festooned with images of Hillary Clinton.
Throw da bum outta the ring!
Harnsberger will also show up at Eastern Kentucky events mocking regional accents and terms such as maw, paw and crick (rather than creek).
And apparently his political beliefs are genuine.
“I do lean far left,” he claims, according to The Hill. “So it’s not like I’m pretending to be something I’m not. I’m just turning it up.”
Far from being intimidated by his audiences, he hopes to convert them.
“I’ve said in many interviews, ‘You people vote against your own interests.’ That’s as whole-hearted as anything I say,” Harnsberger said.
He told Sports Illustrated that he began honing his character at a West Virginia event shortly after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president..
“So I did this interview on the house mic and I said, ‘If he’s elected president, I hope Trump doesn’t build a wall around Mexico. Instead I hope he builds it around this town so none of you people can infiltrate the population.’ The ire that statement got, I knew I was onto something. Even then, those fans were chanting, ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’”
And a new wrestling legend was born.
Social media ate it all up.
This guy needs something catchier…. “The Aggressive Progressive” ???
— Jon Sayles (@SaylesJon) June 28, 2017
Hire this man, @VinceMcMahon. You need to be fair and balanced.
— Rep. Steven Smith (@RepStevenSmith) June 28, 2017
— NotoriousRBF (@NotoriousRBF) June 28, 2017
In spite of myself, I love it.
— PLHodge (@PaLaHo) June 28, 2017
Lmfao this is too funny
— adam hatfield (@hatfield_adam) June 28, 2017
And finally, as proof that there’s no accounting for taste, there was this.
Want that shirt
— Devon🏳️🌈🤜🐸Urie (@pwrbttmng) June 28, 2017
Harnsberger calls his finishing ring maneuver the “Liberal Agenda,” and can often be heard shouting at the audience, “Feel the Bern!”
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