Come on people. The "Liberal Hunting License" has been a right-wing staple for years

Come on people. The "Liberal Hunting License" has been a right-wing staple for years

by digby

In case you are wondering why Trump is suddenly blathering hysterically about Hollywood all of a sudden inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019

It's about this via Snopes:

Right-leaning websites expressed a measure of outrage in the summer of 2019 after details appeared to emerge about the content of the forthcoming Universal Pictures film “The Hunt.”

PJ Media reported that “The Hunt” “depicts Trump supporters being hunted for sport by liberals,” writing that:

Universal Pictures is set to release a thriller called The Hunt on September 27, which features left-wing ‘elites’ hunting Trump supporters for sport. In the past few days we’ve been hearing a lot about how Donald Trump’s rhetoric is apparently to blame for the El Paso shooting, yet Hollywood apparently lacked the foresight to think that a movie promoting violence against ‘deplorables’ might be in bad taste until after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as only now is Universal rethinking their promotional strategy for the film.

The Epoch Times described “The Hunt” as “a movie showing liberals stalking supporters of President Donald Trump,” claiming that “According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie’s script features blue-state characters choosing to hunt red-state characters who expressed pro-life positions or were deemed racist.”
The conservative Blaze website similarly described “The Hunt” as a “horror film about liberal elitists hunting ‘deplorables.'”

Here's what the movie is really about:
After days of seeming to focus on comforting mass-shooting victims, pushing expanded background checks for gun purchases, lashing out at political nemeses, and making fun of Fox host Shepard Smith, President Trump took time out of his busy Friday to highlight yet another personal grievance: an upcoming “Racist” movie from “Liberal Hollywood,” the satirical point of which the president couldn’t understand or seemingly didn’t care to grasp.

“Hollywood, I don't call them the elites,” Trump complained to reporters at the White House on Friday. “I think the elites are people they go after in many cases, but Hollywood is really terrible. You're talking about racists? Hollywood is racist.”

He added, “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they're putting out, it's actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Later, he posted to Twitter, “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!” and that “the movie coming out” is made to “inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others.”

Though he did not name the movie, Trump was almost certainly referring to The Hunt, an upcoming, blood-soaked satire starring Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, and Emma Roberts, and produced by Jason Blum. The thriller takes place at “the manor,” where wealthy, liberal elites hunt and kill for sport a group of political “deplorables” who’ve been captured as prey. On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter published a story revealing that The Hunt features “blue-state characters” selecting their targets based on whether they expressed anti-abortion opinions or uttered the N-word on Twitter.

“‘War is war,’ says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly,” THR reported.

It remains unclear what, exactly, Trump thinks is “racist” about this movie.

The satirical premise of the film appeared to turn on lampooning well-off, angry liberals, portraying them as villainous psychos and the abducted right-wingers as victims in a horror scenario.

The nuance seemed lost on the president, whose annoyance at the picture had been brewing for days. Before his outbursts on Friday, Trump had privately complained in the White House about “the movie” made “by people who hate Trump,” according to an administration official who had heard the president make the comment this week. The official said that at the time, they had no idea what Trump was talking about, but assumed it was about something the president had seen on TV.

As it were, The Hunt has been extensively covered this week on Fox News and the Fox Business Network, two of the president’s favorite channels and sources of information and advice.

Starting with The Ingraham Angle—hosted by Trump’s close friend Laura Ingraham—on Wednesday evening, the movie has been the focus of at least 21 segments on Fox News and Fox Business Network as of Friday afternoon. (This counts late-night reruns of certain programs.)

The segments have generally portrayed the upcoming movie in an extremely negative light, especially on the president’s favorite opinion shows.

For instance, during Thursday night’s broadcast of Lou Dobbs Tonight, host and top informal adviser to the president Lou Dobbs described the film as a “sick, twisted new movie,” adding that the prospect of “globalist elites hunting deplorables sounds a little too real.” His guest, Fox News contributor and close Trump ally Robert Jeffress, further noted that this “revealed the hypocrisy of the left” and if the movie “was about conservatives killing liberals, you would see an outrage on the left.”

On Friday evening, The Daily Beast followed up with Pastor Robert Jeffress, asking what he thought of the reported premise of conservatives actually being the victims and protagonists, and the bloodthirsty liberals being the bad guys. The Dallas megachurch pastor replied that he hasn’t seen the film and “was reacting to a description that was given to me.” He continued that “anything that creates divisiveness in our country is not good at this particular time in our nation’s history,” and said movies “should not be glorifying violence in any way,” whether Trump-related or otherwise.

(As a contrast, when asked about Kingsman, a 2014 spy comedy in which—spoiler alert—the heroes blow up President Barack Obama’s head, and how that film didn’t provoke any serious backlash among Democrats, Jeffress said if he had known about that in 2014, he would’ve “spoken out against” that movie, just as he has The Hunt.)

The following hour on Thursday, on FBN’s Trish Regan Primetime, far-right Fox contributor Todd Starnes said that the “truth of the matter is deplorables have been hunted by the left and Hollywood for a long time,” adding that the plot of the film is right “out of the DNC playbook when it comes to attacking Trump supporters.”

During Friday’s Fox & Friends First, meanwhile, former Home Improvement actor Zachary Ty Bryan used The Hunt to take aim at Hollywood liberals and, for some reason, the Mueller investigation.

“In the wake of these shootings, in general, promoting political violence is always dangerous if you ask me,” he said. “Especially in the political climate we are in. What I'm learning is basically what they are accusing conservatives of doing they are doing.”

“Whether it goes back to the Russian probe, we see celebrities—starting with Kathy Griffin and the Trump severed head. Snoop Dogg, assassinating the president in his music video, Madonna saying she wanted to blow up the White House,” he added. “They say we are divided and we need unity but you don't see it coming out of Hollywood. Do as I say, not as I do.”

The president, during his week of trying to play the role of the nation’s consoler-in-chief, took notice, and as of Friday is now targeting the film from his White House perch.

The wingnuts are working themselves into a full-fledged hissy fit over this, based upon rumors about the film and the fact that the marketing department decided to pull some ads in the wake of the mass murders last weekend. (That's SOP, just as airlines pull ads in the wake of an airline crash.)

Let's just say I doubt the right's sincerity and suspect they are just trying to turn the tables and pretend they are the Real Victims, as usual. How do I know they are full of it? Because they've been peddling this shit for years. When called on it they say it's all in good fun:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lock And Load

by digby

Such funny guys, especially with the death threats and all:

Congressional District 11 GOP candidate Brad Goehring is drawing fire for his confrontational Facebook statement today: 
“If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to “thin” the herd.”

He later said he meant to "thin the herd" with votes, not bullets and that he just hit the send button to early and then just left it there because he didn't think anyone would take it seriously. That's nice.

But the truth is that this is a very old joke, which I'm sure this numbskull has seen:

These are the kind of things they sell CPAC every year. It's perfectly common right wing rhetoric.


They sell them online.

Oh, and how about this one, also a big seller:

These are hilarious, you must admit. Well, they're funny to humorless, racist, assholes anyway.

By the way, the frightened conservatives having a hysterical fit this week about public lists of political donations and this movie also wear t-shirts like this: