CNN’s Chris Cillizza is America’s most goldfish-brained political hack. The writer formerly known as “The Fix” has made a small fortune with such incisive political commentary as “Ivanka Trump is hot and loves her dad” and “GOP choke slams were a win.” Name a pathology of our political media and Cillizza has it in spades. He’s a chronic both-sideser. He’s an empty vessel for propaganda. And where many pundits rigorously maintain a pose of value neutrality, Cillizza gets there quicker by running a lobotomy spike through his critical faculties. He once dreamed of being a sportswriter, and in many ways that’s what he became. He lives in a world in which value judgments exist only in terms of wins and losses. Consider, for example, the time he used a frowny face to signify that 22 million people losing their health insurance was, in fact, not a win for Obamacare repeal.
But if there’s one thing Cillizza loves more than surface-level punditry, it’s tweeting. This is his natural medium, and the compressed form reduces his most doltish thoughts to a diamond-like clarity. At the time of publication, Cillizza has tweeted 114,487 times. And nearly each one is specialinitsown way. Sixty-one of those tweets, however, are special in much the same way: They all are premised on the notion that Donald Trump’s coinage “bigly” is a very funny word.
Nothing goes to the heart of Cillizza’s fatuousness quite like his “bigly” tweets. It’s a mindless callback to nothing whatsoever — not quite a joke but a joke-like object, vaguely remembered as something he’s pretty sure people thought was funny. It’s inoffensive to both sides of the aisle and requires no active thought on his part — the Cillizza special.
For your reading pleasure, and arranged in chronological order, here is every time Chris “The Point” Cillizza has used the word “bigly” in a tweet. Take it away, Chris.
I can never tell if he is saying 'bigly' or 'big league' https://t.co/i24TwLTHTl— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 13, 2016
Big league? Bigly? The debate rages on.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) October 10, 2016
Does this end the bigly vs big league debate? I feel like it does. https://t.co/A2STyxh3jH— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) October 10, 2016
If he's got FL and OH, and he gets NC -- suddenly he is playing offense big league, er, bigly https://t.co/oLae9yFTVY— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 9, 2016
This story mattered bigly in Trump's winhttps://t.co/H6GnbiN5eR— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 10, 2016
"Bigly." --Donald J. Trump— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 7, 2016
I was on team "Big League" for a long time. But it sounded like "bigly" to me tonight. https://t.co/mTFmYRnBRy— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 7, 2016
bigly— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 2, 2017
"BIGLY." -- Donald Trump— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 17, 2017
He said "BIG LEAGUE" yesterday.
I am so, so confused pic.twitter.com/iBgf5ptDqa
The free press had the Worst Week in Washington. Bigly. https://t.co/g1GE7iseiu— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 19, 2017
Trump loves the 1st amendment. Bigly. Believe me.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 24, 2017
Nothing to see here! Everything is totally amazing! Bigly! https://t.co/AQ65c2q1xo— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 11, 2017
1. Call happened— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 12, 2017
2. Things were discussed
3. Bigly https://t.co/eMvLxl1oyc
Republicans are already losing the healthcare battle. Bigly.https://t.co/4zs0PBL7V0— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 25, 2017
Why Trump's tax returns matter to the tax cut plan. Bigly.https://t.co/GoaAGKJ5sb— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 27, 2017
Sally Yates is about to bring the Russia story back into the headline. Bigly.https://t.co/Bri4z115mb— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 8, 2017
Donald Trump placed a BIG bet yesterday. Bigly.https://t.co/Zy8V24EcfT— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 19, 2017
Everyone hates him. Bigly. Many people say that. https://t.co/tmEMGGvkg5— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 7, 2017
"I was fired because of the Russia investigation...that is a very big deal." -- Comey— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 8, 2017
Many people will replace you! Believe me! Bigly! https://t.co/zgUKlf5QlQ— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 15, 2017
Oh, believe me, I noticed. Bigly. https://t.co/0coUz9wMqy— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 19, 2017
Nicknames lost on Tuesday night. Bigly.https://t.co/tXqdmD2GFS— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 27, 2017
Tom Price is in deep, deep trouble. Bigly.https://t.co/CkFvlMpw8W— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 29, 2017
I could have used one more “bigly” https://t.co/Wbb8zSljgC— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 1, 2017
Sixty-one pieces of searing insight from what CNN refers to as “one of the top political journalists in the US.” God help us all.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.