The overblown 3-day Democratic National Convention was a star-studded affair. Celebrities far and wide came to voice their support for Joe Biden as he accepted the nomination for President of the United States. Though most of the time was spent talking about how America needed to remove Donald Trump rather than why they should elect Joe Biden.
It was a typical DNC packed with Hollywood elite who stood in line and waited their turn to bash president Trump and tout their supreme levels of wokeness. Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were all invited to speak for some reason. And way too many music performances from a cavalcade of stars including Leon Bridges, The Chicks, Common, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce, and Stephen Stills.
Oh, and a montage set to Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising” (of course). Is it even a DNC without a Bruce Spingsteen montage? It’s surprising he didn’t write a song specifically for the occasion.
But there was one famous actor that wasn’t impressed: John Cusack. After watching the Democratic National Convention the actor fired off a series of tweets that showed his disgust for the entire affair. “Do ya think anyone at dnc entertained the idea – in removing a s—tty reality tv star President,” the actor wrote, “- Ya might want to avoid presenting a slightly less s—ty -but unmistakable Campy kitsch and yes s—tty celebrity filled reality tv convention – This might not be a good idea ?”
“It’s all showbiz- all the time. RIP America,” he added in a second tweet.
Cusack responded to a few followers who questioned his loyalty to the party. “I will do anything to vote Trump out / end trump gop deathkkult,” he said to one tweet.
Celebrities and Twitter users jumped on Cusack calling him a “downer” and admonishing him for not having any “positive energy.” Almost all of the replies are angry fans that can’t believe he would say anything negative about the sacred DNC.
His tweet was a drop in a sea of overwhelming support from celebrities far and wide. Most of the praise came after Biden’s speech on Wednesday. Bette Midler tweeted, “FANTASTIC SPEECH BY BIDEN!! I BELIEVE WE WILL SURVIVE THIS ERA!! I BELIEVE WE WILL!” Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker also tweeted his support saying “’Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness.’- Joe Biden November 3rd #VOTE to DEFEAT THE DARK-SIDE #HelpUsJoeBiWan_YoureOurOnlyHope”
Octavia Spencer, Cher, Mandy Moore, Josh Gad, pretty much any celebrity with a Twitter account was praising Joe Biden for delivering a coherent speech that didn’t include his trademark awkward gaffes and uncomfortable moments.
The Cool Kids are Doing it
While Cusack isn’t breaking ranks with the liberal elite, his disdain and confusion with the DNC echoes the sentiment of a lot of Americans. He, like many of us, are tired of mindless celebrities telling us what we should think and how we should feel. The Democrats’ approach is out of touch with most of America. Fame has nothing to do with knowledge or expertise, and being influential doesn’t mean you’re right. Their constant attempts to have celebrities sway the opinions of voters because they are “famous” and “cool” are wearing thin.
Cusack hates the GOP and even he couldn’t stand the DNC which more resembled the Oscars rather than a National Convention. The message of the convention can be boiled down to “vote for Biden and hate Trump because the cool kids are doing it.” There was little to no focus on Biden’s platform or the key components of his campaign because Democrats think that having a bunch of influential people talk at you is a much more effective strategy.
A Party that’s Lost Touch
If the DNC showed us anything, it’s that Democrats have learned nothing from the 2016 election. One of the main reasons America elected President Trump was because he didn’t kowtow to the PC police. Americans are tired of democrats telling them that they’re stupid, or racist, or uneducated because they support a different ideology. Their approach is just as out of touch as it was when they chose Hillary Clinton as their candidate.
The focus on celebrity worship rather than, oh I don’t know, what Joe Biden actually plans to do when he’s elected President is a campaign we’ve seen before. “Anybody but Trump” Echoes the 2004 “Anybody but Bush” strategy where the focus is on how terrible Trump is for America rather than how good Biden will be for America. It seems they don’t want to focus on their ideals because they’re afraid Americans might not like them.
Maybe they want to distract from the fact that they are a party in the midst of an identity crisis. There is a shaky unity between the old and new school and the cracks are showing. Leader of the democratic new school, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, only got 1 minute to speak at the convention and tweeted her support for Joe Biden despite being at odds with most of his policies. Democratic reps also touted their faith throughout the DNC while omitting “under God” from the pledge of allegiance in two of their caucus meetings.
The DNC was one big distraction. Distracting voters from their policies and Biden’s mental decline with celebrities and musical performances. Distracting from the fact that their party is fracturing and can’t agree on key issues. They did everything but talk about the issues Americans care about.
Treating voters with kid gloves and influencing them with stars used to work but Americans are tired of being told how to think by celebrities and shouted down when they disagree. They are gravitating to the truth, people who are genuine rather than listening to somebody just because they had a hit record or generate a lot of money at the box office.
Their approach to this DNC is just as out of touch as it was in 2016. And if they keep that same strategy this November, they can expect to see the same result.