For game-show hosts to be successful, they must appeal to a generally polite mass-audience. Above a wholesome sense of humor, a bronze tan and a mess-proof helmet of hair, they must also remain apolitical, lest they wish to alienate viewers.
But not Pat Sajak.
On Monday, the 67-year-old Wheel of Fortune host fired off a tweet the size of a digital atom bomb, taking aim at those who believe in climate change:
It remains unclear how, exactly, global warming is connected to racism, or why siding with 97 percent of climatologists makes you anti-American, unless Sajak is celebrating ignorance as a form of national pride, which would not be a first in this country. (Perhaps he’s worried there’s a conspiracy against ultraviolet rays, which he relies on to keep his skin the color of lacquered wood.)
Sajak’s comment caused quite a stir and got picked up by news outlets as varied as Fox and the Washington Post. But what has gone unnoted is Sajak’s secret history as a smug, incendiary, liberal-baiting provocateur; his Twitter feed reads like a long screed against progressive causes. Yes, beneath the electric smile and vanilla persona, Pat Sajak has the soul of Ted Nugent.
Please, see for yourself: