Jonathan Pie is a satirical news reporter character created and played by British actor and comedian Tom Walker. The video below was posted on 10 Nov 2016 on YouTube as a response to the U.S. election results. This video offers an ‘upset liberal’s view’ of the election results. In less than a week it has had over 2 million views.
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Video – Jonathan Pie Election Commentary [CLEAN]
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Transcript of Jonathan Pie Commentary [CLEAN]
I’m not shocked at all. I’ve been saying this for months, nearly a year. The moment you think he can’t do it is the moment he takes the White House. Of course Trump won. What is everyone so shocked about?
The media, the political elite, the pollsters, the markets, you… jaw on the floor. How could everyone have been so stupid.
Hillary Clinton. What were the Democrats thinking? Hillary Clinton. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted Hillary to win. I’d personally vote for Lucifer over Donald Trump. Trump. The pussy grabbing, wall building, climate change denying, health care abolishing, tax dodging, stuff stealing demagogue. How bad have you got to be to lose to that. Where was Sanders. Why wasn’t he on the ticket. I have no doubt in my mind that Sanders would have beaten Trump hands down, but instead they chose Clinton, a candidate who has been cozying up to the banks and dry humping corporations for years, who is on record telling her corporate friends that you should have a public and a private persona. In other words, don’t tell the truth to the plebs or you won’t be able to rip them off. “She’ll do.” That was the feeling.
What did they think was going to happen? People keep saying to me, “How did this happen?” They’re dumbfounded. But it’s so simple. The left did this. This is my fault. People like me. When are we going to learn. The left have given up any argument across at all, to the point where Clinton is considered left, liberal. On many issues, Theresa May is less right wing than Clinton. That’s just a fact. Yet my friends are on Facebook saying “I’m with her.” I’m not. “Oh, but she’s better than Trump.” Sorry, that’s not good enough. Clearly, clearly it’s not good enough. And if I see one more Tweet containing a #TrumpWins next to a #EverydaySexism I’m going to drop a bollock.
Not everyone who voted for Trump is a sexist or a racist. Some of them are, but most aren’t. Most people didn’t vote for Clinton, not because she’s a woman. They didn’t vote for her because she offered no palpable change whatsoever. Same old stuff. Trump represents a change. A terrifying change, but change none the less. Hillary represented… well, she represented very little actually, because she protects corporate interests, because she doesn’t call the police when questions from the debate are leaked to her in advance. I notice we barely reported that. Not everyone who voted for Trump is a sexist or a racist.
How many times does a vote not have to go our way before we realize that our argument isn’t won by hurling labels and insults. Tory majority government. Brexit. Trump. What next? When will we learn that the key is discussion. If you are unwilling to discuss then you are creating the conditions in which Donald Trump and people like him can thrive.
Instead of persuading people to vote, Hillary just quoted celebrity endorsements, and then lost… “What’s going on? It’s as if the political acumen of Beyoncé and JZ count for nothing!” Then she loses it, and loses the election, and she locks herself in her hotel because she’s too upset. Because it had never occurred to them to even write a concession speech. Either way, grow up. I have no sympathy for her whatsoever. Be a better candidate.
I can’t say this to any of my friends. I’d get lynched if I said this because people like me won’t listen. I did this. This is my fault. Donald Trump. The left is responsible for this result because the left have now decided that any other opinion, any other way of looking at the world is unacceptable. We don’t debate anymore because the left won the cultural war. So, if you’re on the right, you’re a freak, you’re evil, you’re racist, you are stupid, you are a basket of deplorables. How do you think people are going to vote if you talk to them like that? When has anyone been pursued by being insulted or labeled? So now if you’re on the right, or even against the pervading view, you are attacked for raising your opinion. That’s why people wait until they are in the voting booth. Nobody is watching anymore. There’s no blame or shame or anything and you can finally say what you really think and that is a powerful thing. The Tories are in charge, Brexit, and now Trump.
All the polls were wrong. All of them. Because when asked, people can’t admit what they think. They can’t admit what they think. They’re not allowed to. The left don’t allow them to. We’ve made people unable to articulate their positions for fear of being shut down. They are embarrassed to say it. Every time someone on the left has said, “You mustn’t say that” they are contributing to this culture [of intolerance]. It’s time to stop moaning. It’s time to stop crying over spilled Brexit. It’s time to stop ignoring your opponents or worse trying to silence them. It’s time to stop banning people from speaking in Universities. It’s time to stop thinking that reposting an article on your Facebook page is political engagement, and that banning a gymnast from doing what he’s good at because he insulted someone’s religion somehow achieves something… and, sorry, but when did the Gymnasts Association start thinking it was appropriate to start enforcing blasphemy laws? It’s time to realize that reading the Guardian doesn’t make you a liberal, and that retweeting Greenpeace doesn’t lower your carbon footprint. And if my mansplaining is triggering you, you can either go to your safe space or you can engage and debate me and tell me what I’m getting wrong, because Trump just won the White House. Being offended doesn’t work anymore. Throwing insults doesn’t work anymore. The only thing that works is caring and doing something, and what we have to do is to engage in the debate. Talk to people who think differently than you, and persuade them of your argument. It’s so easy, and the left have lost the art.
Stop thinking that everyone who disagrees with you is evil, or racist, or sexist, or stupid and talk to them. Persuade them otherwise, because if you don’t, I’ll tell you what you get, you get President Trump.
Video – Jonathan Pie Election Commentary [NSFW]
This is the original full-length Jonathan Pie commentary.
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