As Twitchy told you on Thursday, author Stephen King has seen the “Chernobyl” mini-series and couldn’t help but provide a link to Trump:
It's impossible to watch HBO's CHERNOBYL without thinking of Donald Trump; like those in charge of the doomed Russian reactor, he's a man of mediocre intelligence in charge of great power–economic, global–that he does not understand.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 30, 2019
The writer and producer of “Chernobyl,” Craig Mazin, was happy to hear that King made the connection:
First, I am so pleased that you’re watching.
Second, I am so pleased that you’re smartly watching.
Not that there was ever a doubt. 😉
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) May 30, 2019
Dan Bongino wasn’t having any of it, and took King to task this way:
Why do Hollywood elitists continue to publicly humiliate themselves on twitter? Chernobyl was a failure of socialism (where the govt controls the means of production), the exact opposite of the Trump deregulation and tax cut agenda. https://t.co/F1vXtlaVF1
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 30, 2019
After that, Mazin took offense to Bongino’s take and compared him to an elderly, hard-line Soviet Union loyalist portrayed in an early episode who wanted to protect “the state” at any cost of lives or property:
Chernobyl was a failure of humans whose loyalty to (or fear of) a broken governing party overruled their sense of decency and rationality.
You’re the old man with the cane. You just worship a different man’s portrait. https://t.co/WSDeOyzMkB
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) May 31, 2019
In other words, Mazin is saying that Bongino’s no different than the party official in “Chernobyl” who pointed to the portrait of Vladimir Lenin and demanded loyalty (in “containing the spread of misinformation” — i.e. preventing the truth from getting out) in the immediate wake of the disaster. Bongino fired back:
Only a clueless Hollywood elitist could produce a historically accurate series such as “Chernobyl” and come away with the message that socialism wasn’t the issue. https://t.co/mdnpLE9nnc
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 31, 2019
Bingo! The “Chernobyl” miniseries is fantastic (this editor has been watching it, obviously), but the takeaway that it was a generic disaster just to try and score some anti-Trump points is patently ridiculous.
— Hollywood LeFraud (@HollywoodLaBron) May 31, 2019
I just graduated with 2 degrees, one in history and I can actively and whole heartedly attest that Chernobyl was due to the failure of #Socialism, the exact opposite of what @StephenKing claims that what @realDonaldTrump is. https://t.co/cEsnd3vWk6
— Cole V (@ColeVR2001) May 31, 2019
It really takes a special kind of denial. Sad, really. 🙁
— DisplacdSouthrnBelle (@DsplcdSuthrnBel) May 31, 2019
As was pointed out to us earlier, it’s interesting that for the Left the first person in government to come to their minds when watching “Chernobyl” was Trump, when it should have been somebody else entirely:
Two years after the Chernobyl disaster, Bernie was in Moscow praising Soviet leadership. https://t.co/q2mEzTKGTX
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) May 30, 2019
“But Trump,” or something.