Will Smith, a prominent Scientologist and Democratic donor best known for co-writing the hit song "Gettin' Jiggy wit It," shocked the civilized world on Sunday by slapping the s—t out of comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Libs were flummoxed. Should they be outraged? Was it racist? A number of Democratic politicians, including "Squad" member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), initially applauded Smith's violent outburst, which came in response to Rock making a joke about the actor's nominal wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.) tweeted, then deleted, the following take: "Teachable Moment: Don't joke about a Black Woman's hair."
Doing what comes naturally, a number of libs reacted by denouncing former president Donald Trump for his role in the slapping incident. "So did like anyone walk out after that happened???" wrote Asha Rangappa, the CNN analyst best known for doxxing a Washington Free Beacon intern. "Or are we getting an independent psychological case study on how Trump got normalized?"
Steve Schmidt, the schlubby Lincoln Project cofounder who once compared himself to the soldiers who stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day, offered a similar assessment. "Do you want to understand how Trump happened? Watch the Oscars and the crowd reaction," he wrote. "Applause for assault in a tuxedo in California is the same as applause for assault while wearing a red hat in Alabama."
Howard Stern, the former anti-establishment shock jock turned boring liberal scold, suggested (without evidence) that "Will Smith and Trump are the same guy." The fact that Smith, who would go on to accept the best actor award for his role in King Richard, did not face any meaningful consequences for his actions was an example of "how Trump gets away with shit," Stern said.
Left-wing radio host Dean Obeidallah used the violent outburst as an opportunity to complain that "Donald Trump [has] still NOT been criminally charged for his attempted coup and his role in the Jan 6 terrorist attack." It is almost as if America's libs have developed an unhealthy addiction to the constant outrage and anxiety they felt during Trump's presidency, and miss him even more than his biggest fans.
Smith and his wife, who have said they are in an open marriage, were among the campaign bundlers who raised at least $500,000 for former president Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012, along with disgraced Hollywood rapist Harvey Weinstein.