Cenk Uygur, host and co-founder of “The Young Turks,” which is the largest news show on the Internet, is a far-left progressive commentator. He is no big fan of Donald Trump by any stretch of the imagination.
But even Uygur had to admit that what the president-elect just pulled off in keeping Carrier from moving jobs from Indiana to Mexico was pretty damned impressive.
In fact, he used to occasion to blast Barack Obama, saying he “wouldn’t have done that” because “that’s not who he is, he is not that guy.”
“If he wanted, he could have pressured Carrier … but he didn’t pressure Carrier,” Uygur explained. “Because he’s not that strong.”
Watch the liberal pundit praise Trump and bash Obama (transcript follows via Real Clear Politics:):
Now, this is exactly what I’ve been saying to Democrats and President Obama. That you could do this stuff. If you really want to apply pressure, there are a thousand ways to apply pressure.
But they would never do it. I’m sorry, if you’re a Democrat, and you like Obama, I hate to break your heart and you want to hate me for it and that’s okay, but Obama wouldn’t have done that.
That’s not who he is, he is not that guy. And in this case, it is an absolutely fact. Because he is president right now. If he wanted, he could have pressured Carrier. But he didn’t pressure Carrier. He didn’t pressure United Technologies, and he didn’t threaten to take away their contracts. Because he’s not that strong. And he always thinks, his default mode is there’s nothing we can do. You guys don’t understand.There are consequences.
No. I do understand. What I’m asking you to do is to risk those consequences to protect American workers.
And you didn’t do it, and Trump did it, and now he is going to get a world of credit…
Uygur went on to explain that this is “called being strong” before adding, “I told you there would be some small upsides to Donald Trump winning, because at least he is strong.”
He then concluded with a parting shot against weak Democrats – “Democrats, as usual, you ought to be embarrassed.”
That’s the problem though, isn’t it? They quite often should be embarrassed but rarely ever are.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession