Too Much Trump? STFU

May 13th, 2018

I’ve been told that my radio show and stand-up focuses too much on lambasting Trump and his cadre of circus performers. I recently read where SNL is being criticized for doing too many jokes at 45’s expense; that people are getting weary. And to that I say-Go F yourself!
Trump is an unmitigated disaster. There’s little to debate there. But forget it’s Trump and imagine it were a liberal like myself. I’d still say PILE ON!
(Look it up. I’ve been doing talk radio for 25 years. I voted twice for Clinton, then eviscerated him during the Lewinsky fiasco. I voted for Nader, Libertarian in 04 and 08, Obama in 12 and Clinton in 16. I beat up Obama on the NSA, on Eric Holder’s Mexican gun disaster and in general a strong political naïveté. And don’t get me started on the DNC, Hillary,and Comey)
It’s our job as members of the 4th estate to rattle the cage incessantly. If you want a warm, comfortable, safe feeling, start breastfeeding again. Because that’s not our job. We aren’t supposed to make you feel fuzzy; we’re supposed to provide the facts, opine, attack, and generally make you feel like you’re constipated.
I’ve been a comedian for 40 years and I’m good. But my skill at poking the naked emperor is amateurish compared to Trump’s sociopathic run on our cherished democratic insitutions. Forget for a moment his racist support of Neo-Nazis and the Alt-Rite, his sexism, his calls for violent attacks against critics, and his demand for the arrest of Comey and Hillary.
Those are bad, but now he wants to shut down our voices? Bitch please. That ain’t gonna happen. I’m not a violent person, but I will engage in HL Menken’s greatest adversary, the adjective.  And I will not relent.
Remember the Untouchables? Well, metaphorically, Trump brought a knife to a gun fight, and I will blow him away, not with violence, but with sanity and satire. And if that’s too much for your delicate little world, grow the F up.
Cause the adults are back in charge.

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. In addition, Chip is an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting, and numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN. He has appeared at over 500 colleges and universities and more than a hundred Fortune 1000 companies as a speaker, comedian, and media consultant. Marc Fisher, senior editor at the Washington Post says, “Chip adds irony to a medium that rarely trusts its audience to get the joke.” He is however, a mediocre dancer.
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