Make no mistake about it, David Jolly came to bury President Donald Trump, not to praise him.
Former Florida congressman David Jolly, now an MSNBC commentator who fancies himself a Republican, attended Trump rally in Tampa on Wednesday and emerged to say it was “the most homogeneous environment I’ve been in decades.”
Jolly, a liberal Republican who toyed with the idea of running for governor of Florida on a split ticket with a former Democrat congressman, Patrick Murphy, appeared on MSNBC after the rally to denigrate white working class Americans.
“What was most remarkable to me, and probably the thing that I will never forget, and I am wrestling with tonight is how homogeneous the crowd was,” Jolly said to host Brian Williams, feigning indignation.
The comment reflects an emerging new strategy among Trump’s detractors — Jolly is virulently anti-Trump — which is to attack his supporters.
“And we can decide whether or not we want to assign culpability to the president for cultivating a constituency that tonight was 99 percent Caucasian, working class,” he said, before asking whether that’s “a broader national conversation we need to have.”
Echoing the sentiments of the network that now employees him, Jolly broke the rally down to the color of skin of those in attendance — the method to the madness being to equate being white to being an extremist in order to tag Trump as a racist.
An important quest, given his growing appeal to people of color, as seen in the clip below featuring a former Obama supporter.
Selemba Diene, originally from Senegal & an American citizen since 2007, is attending her first Trump rally. She voted for Obama in 2012, but says there's something about Trump that appeals to her. #TrumpTampa @wusf pic.twitter.com/jwr8wNX9cX
— Mark Schreiner (@wusfschreiner) July 31, 2018
“I’ll be honest with you, and I gut check myself,” Jolly continued. “I asked friends and I asked other folks in the media, ‘Look around, how many African Americans, how many black Americans do we see tonight?’ And you could count them on one finger. And some of them were specifically positioned for camera shots.”
The sound bite makes for a nice counter to those in attendance holding up “Blacks for Trump” signs.
“Blacks for Trump” organizer claims mainstream media lies about African-American support for the president. He claims there is much more than people realize. pic.twitter.com/QJovpeQdUh
— holly gregory (@hollygregory33) July 31, 2018
Big applause for the man holding a “blacks for Trump” sign. His shirt says “Trump and republicans are not racist.” pic.twitter.com/aR8dYEYfTm
— Sarah Jarvis (@SarahJarvisNP) July 31, 2018
“This was a white working class audience,” Jolly said, reaching into his inner powers to decipher their emotions. “To Donald Trump’s credit, they felt he was speaking for them, not just to them. He was speaking to their anger.”
“That’s the one thing I wrestle with,” he concluded, the shame of his shared heritage with the rabble apparently weighing heavy on him.
“Look, the Tampa Bay community is a very diverse community. I represented a very diverse community,” Jolly said. “I walked into a rally tonight that was probably the most homogeneous environment I’ve been in decades.”
Jolly claimed, with a straight face, that he attended the rally “out of respect for those who support Donald Trump,” and was “there to learn from those in attendance.”
This being the very same people he then threw under the bus for his timely spot on MSNBC.
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