When people play the “let’s dig up old tweets” game, it typically doesn’t end well. Just ask Rick Wilson.
The former GOP strategist and Lincoln Project advisor gaslighted Domino’s on Tuesday for an innocent reply tweet to current White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that was sent on November 8, 2012. McEnany was a 24-year-old producer for the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Fox News when she composed the tweet.
— Domino's Pizza (@dominos) November 9, 2012
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 16, 2020
After Wilson tweeted that Domino’s had “killed” their brand, Domino’s hit back.
“It’s unfortunate that thanking a customer for a compliment back in 2012 would be viewed as political,” the multinational pizza chain replied. “Guess that’s 2020 for ya.”
Welp. It's unfortunate that thanking a customer for a compliment back in 2012 would be viewed as political. Guess that's 2020 for ya.
— Domino's Pizza (@dominos) June 16, 2020
Wilson’s attempt to “cancel” Domino’s backfired in epic proportions. Social media users dug up old tweets and Instagram posts involving Wilson like he had done to Domino’s.
In 2014, his wife allegedly posted an Instagram photo on a boat that contained a cooler with a Confederate flag and read “The South Will Rise Again.” Wilson did not respond to this reporter for comment.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 16, 2020
Wilson is the same guy who mocked Southerners on CNN earlier this year.
This clip of Rick Wilson, Don Lemon and Wajahat Ali mocking Trump and his voters will 100% be in a commercial that helps us to re-elect @realDonaldTrump. Ironically it’ll be the 1st time Rick Wilson actually helped a Republican win a Presidential election.pic.twitter.com/PaU6sB2WAs
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 28, 2020
But it didn’t stop there. Here are some more posts people dug up.
If we're going to talk about old social media posts that can be viewed as problematic. Hey Rick, why are you using my people's culture to mock the jobs people take? https://t.co/sSh0b7ePDt pic.twitter.com/HpwvzRdQDr
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 16, 2020
3 weeks in to the #Trayvon controversy. This is about the time Al Sharpton starts talking about "white interlopers" or "diamond cutters"
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 7, 2012
Wilson ignored the backlash and continued to tweet on Tuesday and Wednesday.
I don't want to know. https://t.co/OTEK77x3Fl
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 17, 2020
How mature for a 56-year-old.
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Eric Clapton Raises $2.2 Million for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Presidential Campaign
Rock and Roll and Blues legend Eric Clapton took center stage at a recent campaign fundraiser, raising an impressive $2.2 million for Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Clapton’s electrifying performance at a private concert in Los Angeles underscored his support for Kennedy’s primary campaign against President Biden, making headlines across the nation.
The event, which featured Clapton’s iconic guitar prowess and took place against the backdrop of a prominent Kennedy 2024 banner, was a resounding success, according to a campaign press release. According to reports from Fox News, of the $2.2 million raised, $1 million directly benefited Kennedy’s campaign, while the remaining $1.2 million bolstered a political action committee supporting the Democrat’s bid for the presidency.
Attendees eager to support Kennedy’s campaign invested a cool $6,600 per ticket, as reported by the Daily Mail, to witness Clapton’s musical artistry and to lend their support to the candidate. Kennedy expressed his deep gratitude to Clapton for his role in the event, emphasizing the unifying power of music in today’s divided society.
“I am deeply grateful to Eric Clapton for bringing his musical artistry and rebellious spirit to my gathering in Los Angeles last night,” Kennedy remarked in the press release. He added, “I sometimes think that in our divided society, it is music rather than any kind of intellectual agreement that has the most potential to bring us together again. Eric sings from the depths of the human condition.”
Kennedy also credited artists like Clapton for invoking faith in the limitless power of human beings to overcome obstacles and unite the nation. The campaign event not only showcased Clapton’s performance but also included a private dinner attended by Kennedy, his wife Cheryl Hines, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, I-Hawaii.
However, not everyone in attendance aligned with Kennedy’s presidential aspirations. Stephen Stills, who was initially present at the fundraiser, made it clear afterward that his support remained firmly behind President Biden. According to the Daily Beast, Stills issued a statement through a spokesperson, affirming his allegiance to the incumbent president.
“I support President Biden,” Stills declared. “I was there as a guest to support Eric Clapton, who performed.”
The event served as a notable intersection of music, politics, and fundraising, underlining the influential role that artists and musicians can play in shaping the political landscape and contributing to presidential campaigns.
With Kennedy’s campaign coffers significantly bolstered by Clapton’s performance, the 2024 presidential race continues to garner attention and financial support from a diverse array of donors and influencers.
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