HuffPo’s Deplorable Safari

 

Huffington Post is putting their elite writing staff of Pajama Boys and Nasty Women on a bus and sending them out of the East Village and sending them out to visit red states in the Heartland that voted for Trump (although, they will mostly go to blue urban islands within red states.)

What They Claim They Will Do: “We will travel the old-fashioned way — via bus — to 20-plus states to hear from some of the under-heard, diverse Americans who make up the communities that form much of our nation. And by working on the ground with community leaders, nonprofits, educational institutions, local businesses and others, we’ll make sure people know we’re there to listen.”

What They Will Actually Do: Talk to other leftists to reinforce their baseline narrative; Leftists are brilliant enlightened people and Middle America would do well to adopt the lifestyles and attitudes of coastal elites. One can almost make a bingo drinking game out of the people who they will be featuring in the pieces that result from this tour. The standard template will be “[Member of the Coalition of the Oppressed] who feels [some emotion].”

  • Mohammedan living in a city/town in a red state who “feels afraid.”
  • Illegal Immigrant living a red state who “feels uncertain”
  • Transgendered person living in a red state who “feels isolated.”
  • Lesbian couple living in a red state who “feel frustrated.”
  • A college professor living in a red state whose campus just legalized concealed carry who “feels isolated, frustrated, and afraid.”

You can mix and match them, of course. There will also be the odd, “we ate at this out of the way diner/restaurant chain that we had never heard of and it was actually good” type story.

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  1. Profile photo of Patrick McClure Member

    There will also be stories about Jim Bob, in his John Deere hat and workboots, who proudly says he voted for Trump, and they will snigger at his going to Wal Mart and buying foreign made tools and goods. Also stories of evangelicals preaching hate.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 5:45 am
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  2. Profile photo of Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo Post author

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):
    Also stories of evangelicals preaching hate.

    More likely, they will seek out a leftist Episcopalian lesbian pastor who will “feel confused and horrified” that any Christian could vote for Donald Trump.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 5:48 am
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  3. Profile photo of RyanFalcone Inactive

    This sounds like a relief mission to the ever shrinking blue archipelago in the US.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 5:56 am
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  4. Profile photo of Front Seat Cat Member

    Hope they come to my little town in the FL Panhandle – they’ll get an earful – hope they learn something.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 6:22 am
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  5. Profile photo of Seawriter Member

    Twitchy is on it already. I think they nail how it is going to go.

    My favorite was this one:

    Tried to merge in traffic, driver motioned for us to go ahead. Patriarchy even on the highways.

    Seawriter

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    • July 14, 2017 at 6:35 am
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    Seawriter (View Comment):
    Twitchy is on it already. I think they nail how it is going to go.

    My favorite was this one:

    #HuffPoInTheHeartland Tried to merge in traffic, driver motioned for us to go ahead. Patriarchy even on the highways.

    Seawriter

    Made my day.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 6:43 am
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    Victor Tango Kilo Post author

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    Twitchy is on it already. I think they nail how it is going to go.

    My favorite was this one:

    #HuffPoInTheHeartland Tried to merge in traffic, driver motioned for us to go ahead. Patriarchy even on the highways.

    Seawriter

    This was mine: #HuffPoInTheHeartland: Uneducated waitress with internalized misogyny keeps calling me sweetie, I’m literally shaking

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    • July 14, 2017 at 6:47 am
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  8. Profile photo of PHenry Member

    Hey, Puffington Host! I have a suggestion. Maybe you should hire some people who actually grew up and lived in the great expanse of flyover country? Or even (heaven forbid) a white christian blue collar conservative? You know, the ‘others’ you are trying to understand?

    But no, driving through the wilderness rubbernecking at the way the natives there live will put you right in touch with them, so enjoy your tourism.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 7:07 am
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    This was mine: #HuffPoInTheHeartland: Uneducated waitress with internalized misogyny keeps calling me sweetie, I’m literally shaking

    That waitress calls both normal men and women sweetie, so she isn’t sexist. The HuffPo needs to send a transgendered tattoo-covered pink-haired weirdo to that restaurant to get a proper response.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 7:17 am
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  10. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    You know, the more I read about this, the dumber it is. I was going to give them just a smidgen of credit for recognizing that they need to get out there and meet people not like them. But though they’re going to Trump States, they’re sticking to cities that voted for Hillary.

    “Though many of the cities the group is visiting voted for Hillary Clinton in last year’s election, all but two of the states went to Trump. But Polgreen says they’re not visiting “Trump country,” pointing to a reason for each city or state on the tour like an interesting community college system in Fort Wayne or Detroit’s large Arab-American population. Hillary Frey, HuffPost’s director of editorial strategy who came up with the bus tour idea, also pointed out that logistically it didn’t make sense to go to the corners of the country where the distance from one city to the next would be too far.”

    Lame. They’re not even trying.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):
    Trump country,” pointing to a reason for each city or state on the tour like an interesting community college system in Fort Wayne

    The only community college system we have here is Ivy Tech, which exists throughout Indiana. It’s a good system, but not unique. It does have many potential recruits for the HuffPo brainwashing.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 7:25 am
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  12. Profile photo of Underground Conservative Coolidge

    The Bolsheviks are visiting the peasants?

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    • July 14, 2017 at 7:38 am
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    Vectorman (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):
    Trump country,” pointing to a reason for each city or state on the tour like an interesting community college system in Fort Wayne

    The only community college system we have here is Ivy Tech, which exists throughout Indiana. It’s a good system, but not unique. It does have many potential recruits for the HuffPo brainwashing.

    My wife is going back to school to retool She is in the Indiana University system. It seems that not a week goes by where at least one of her professors and many of her class members are out because they are on some sort of protest crusade in DC or elsewhere, or some progressive rally. I am starting to wonder why I am spending good money on sending her to a college where everybody is gone a significant portion of the time.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 8:58 am
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  14. Profile photo of Hoyacon Member

    One good thing has come of this. It reminded me to seek out my copy of the nearly-forgotten Firesign Theatre’s I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus, their essential follow-up to Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 9:04 am
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  15. Profile photo of Fake John/Jane Galt Thatcher

    #HuffPoInTheHeartland staff exits bus wearing our stylish yoga pants proudly displaying our camel toes for lunch at “Panera Bread” (free wifi). Hateful Trump voter whistle and pointed. Rape culture abounds in this area. We even saw womyn fully clothed with no rips in their jeans similar to how womyn in the Middle East are forced to wear burkas. We could not even leave the bus if it was not for our 10 non gender specific security team. The locals seem unafraid of our teams weapons even laughing at one of them.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 9:10 am
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    We even saw womyn fully clothed with no rips in their jeans similar to how womyn in the Middle East are forced to wear burkas.

    Love this imagery.

    Shackeled, I am, to my unripped jeans.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 10:09 am
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  17. Profile photo of Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo Post author

    #HuffPoInTheHeartland The whitest tour since Whitesnake and White Lion toured with Great White, White Zombie and the White Stripes.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):
    #HuffPoInTheHeartland The whitest tour since Whitesnake and White Lion toured with Great White, White Zombie and the White Stripes.

    Whiter than white bread . . . and it looks as if boys need not apply, too.

    Seawriter

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    • July 14, 2017 at 11:42 am
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  19. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    Stepford Journos. Frightening. I’m literally shaking right now.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 11:55 am
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    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    Stepford Journos. Frightening. I’m literally shaking right now.

    What’s the average age in that picture – 23? Looks like a meeting of the interns, not the editors.

    Which I guess explains a lot about huffpo.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    What’s the average age in that picture – 23? Looks like a meeting of the interns, not the editors.

    Which I guess explains a lot about huffpo.

    What’s the difference between the Boy Scouts and the Huffpo editorial board?

    The Boy Scouts have adult leadership.

    Seawriter

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    • July 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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  22. Profile photo of Stad Thatcher

    Victor Tango Kilo: “We will travel the old-fashioned way — via bus — to 20-plus states to hear from some of the under-heard, diverse Americans who make up the communities that form much of our nation.

    They won’t stop more than 250 feet from the Interstate . . .

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    • July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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  23. Profile photo of Isaiah's Job Member

    They’ll nod and smile a lot when they talk to people, but their minds will be somewhere else. They will listen, but not hear. We get a lot of San Franciscans that visit Gerlach (where I live) because of Burning Man, and the more educated and affluent ones do that sort of thing. They’re okay people, but… well, you all know the type.

    Your more working-class types from SF – gay or straight, black or white, male or female – do the whole “drink hard, work hard, play hard” thing out here and aren’t political. THEM we get ‘long fine with.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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  24. Profile photo of Annefy Member

    I wrote about this after Thanksgiving, but I don’t remember the context.

    My favorite nephew is finishing up at UC Santa Cruz. He has a sister that also attends there and another sister who is a grad of UC Berkeley.

    He pulled me aside on Thanksgiving to let me know I didn’t need to worry about him, but that his two sisters are nuts. He had spent a weekend with the UC Berkeley grad and her boyfriend after the election. They’d had a get together to brainstorm ideas on how to educate the foolish Trump voters, who were obviously suffering from a lack of education. Their idea was to move to fly-over country for a period of time and expose these poor rubes to the educated.

    My nephew rolled his eyes to me and said, and I quote, “Yeah, real braniacs. They can’t even grow their own pot.”

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    • July 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    Annefy (View Comment):
    My nephew rolled his eyes to me and said, and I quote, “Yeah, real braniacs. They can’t even grow their own pot.”

    If they move to flyover country they will at least learn how to do that. I mean, they’ll be dealing with . . . farmers!

    Seawriter

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    • July 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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  26. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    “Pajama Boys and Nasty Women” — love it!

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    • July 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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  27. Profile photo of Michael Brehm Member

    Does anybody else have the premonition that this little junket is going to go as smoothly as the Roman road-trip to Teutoburger Wald?

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    • July 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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  28. Profile photo of Michael C. Lukehart Thatcher

    They ought to drive F-150s rather than take a bus trip. They will get a sense of how real people in America travel. And eat.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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  29. Profile photo of Hoyacon Member

    I was getting tired of the phrase “comedy gold,” but I can’t think of anything else to describe this thread,

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    • July 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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  30. Profile photo of Rōnin Thatcher

    Road Trip!

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    • July 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm
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