Norman Lear is 93 years old, which means he has no time to beat around the bush. Speaking to The Daily Beast, Lear had this to say about The Donald and his supporters:
Norman Lear has seen a lot of presidents in his 93 years. He was born during the Warren G. Harding Administration and despite his lifelong liberal views has expressed strong admiration for Dwight D. Eisenhower. And while he has had plenty of negative things to say about George W. Bush and the “long history of fools we’ve had running this country,” Lear thinks electing Donald Trump would represent a new low in American democracy.
“Donald Trump is a fool and an asshole,” Lear told The Daily Beast this week. “I don’t think people are backing him as much as he has become the middle finger of their right hand.”
“And it’s their way of saying to the establishment, ‘This is the kind of leadership you’re giving us? Take this!’” he adds. “It’s a ‘fuck you’ to the establishment. It isn’t a heartfelt belief in this guy.”
Well, maybe for some. But if that Frank Luntz focus group is any indicator, it's more than a middle finger to the establishment GOP. It's a raised middle finger to all of us who believe government can be a force for good in the lives of those governed.