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Pharrell Williams Sends Donald Trump Cease and Desist After Rally Plays ‘Happy’ Following Shooting

Pharrell Williams does not want his music played at President Donald Trump‘s rallies.

On Saturday, after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11 people and injured six others, a rally that Trump spoke at played Williams’ upbeat hit “Happy.” The musician and producer sent him a cease and desist letter as a result, USA Today reported.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” wrote Howard King, Williams’ lawyer, according to USA Today.

“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” the letter continued. “Demand is hereby made that you cease and desist from any further unauthorized use of Pharrell Williams’ music.”

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In August, Steven Tyler sent Trump his own cease and desist letter after Trump used Aerosmith’s “Livin’ on the Edge” at a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia. “I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission,” Tyler said in a statement. “My music is for causes not political campaigns or rallies.”

Adelethe Rolling Stones, Neil Young and REM’s Michael Stipe are among the musicians who have also told Trump not to use their music.

At the Future Farmers of America convention on Saturday, Trump joked that he had considered canceling that appearance because of his hair.

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“By the way, somebody just said, ‘Your hair looks different today,'” Trump said. “I said, ‘Well, I was standing under the wing of Air Force One doing a news conference early this morning, a very unfortunate news conference. And the wind was blowing and the rain, and I was soaking wet, and that’s what I ended up with today.'”

“I said, ‘Maybe I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day,’” Trump continued.

Donald Trump Made Ted Cruz His Bitch

After calling humanoid Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted”, claiming his father was associated with Lee Harvey Oswald and insinuating his wife is ugly, Donald Trump is now holding rallies for Ted where he’s declaring himself a nationalist and calling him “Beautiful Ted”.

And Ted Cruz is putting on his shit-eating grin and taking it like the whimpering bitch he is which gets Trump so erect. This tweet sums everything up perfectly.

I don’t even know why anyone wants to vote for that guy. He’s a cuck by every definition and I thought those diehard MAGA guys hated cucks.

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Trump Tells Reporter ‘Don’t Be a Baby’ When She Asked About ‘Hardened Criminals’ Entering the U.S.

President Donald Trump is back to making baby references.

On Friday, the president, 72, sat down for a roundtable discussion in Arizona, where he claimed that a group of migrants that were headed towards the United States border were “hardened criminals.”

“Some of these people are hard criminals. Hardened criminals — not good people,” Trump said. “These are some bad people coming through. These aren’t babies, these aren’t little angels coming into our country.”

However, when Trump was asked by a reporter to defend why those migrants were considered to be so dangerous, he brushed off the question. Instead, he told New York Times reporter Emily Cochrane: “Oh, please. Please. Don’t be a baby. Okay?”

Trump added, “Take a look, just take a look at what’s happened. Look at the Mexican soldiers that are laying on the ground.”

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“I didn’t say in all cases. But in many cases, these are hardened criminals,” he continued. “These are tough, tough people, and I don’t want them in our country and neither does our country.”

The group of migrants were traveling in a caravan towards the U.S. when they were stopped and allegedly attacked with tear gas by Mexican authorities, USA Today reported.

Trump has been using the issue as a tactic to threaten to cut off aid to countries in Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

RELATED: Amal Clooney Slams Trump for Mocking Christine Blasey Ford: ‘A President Shouldn’t Ridicule’ Her

This is not the first time that Trump has referenced a baby.

On Sunday, during a 60 Minutes interview— which marked his first time on the program since taking office — the president addressed claims that there were people in the White House he did and did not trust, noting that he was “not a baby.”

“I don’t trust everybody in the White House, I’ll be honest with you,” Trump said. “I’m usually guarded. And I think I’m guarded anyway. But I’m not saying I trust everybody in the White House. I’m not a baby.”

He continued: “This is a tough business. This is a vicious place. Washington, D.C. is a vicious place. The attacks, the bad-mouthing, the speaking behind your back. But you know, in my way I feel very comfortable here.”

And the connection extends well into the summer too. A 20-foot balloon of an angry, orange, diaper-clad baby resembling him soared over the British Parliament Square on July 13 — the same day as the U.S. president’s visit to the U.K.’s capital.

The blimp, dubbed “Trump Baby,” was approved by none other than London Mayor Sadiq Khan himself after a crowdsourcing campaign amassed over $20,000 and 10,000 signatures in favor of the stunt.

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After causing a sensation overseas, it was announced that the Trump Baby blimp would be making an appearance in the States. It has since made stops in California and Florida, with plans to fly outside of the president’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Following Trump’s roundtable comment on Friday — and Cochrane’s subsequent tweet — the Internet couldn’t resist posting memes, gifs, and tweets dedicated to the one and only Trump Baby.

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Some tweeted their support to Cochrane, writing: “What the hell does that mean? Did you press him on it. Can’t you say, ‘Answer the question, Sir!'”

“He’s the baby. He has absolutely no evidence,” added another user.

“Thank you for asking this question. We can only hope your reporting can make a difference. Don’t give up, don’t get discouraged!” one person wrote.

RELATED: Donald Trump Criticized as ‘Sexist’ for Telling a Female Reporter She ‘Never’ Thinks

Meanwhile, others accused him of being sexist towards a female reporter — which he was previously criticized for earlier this month.

“Heard it. Saw it. Completely sexist and patronizing,” one user tweeted. “Thought he was the one who wasnt the baby?”

“He has such a way with women, Doesn’t he?” joked another user.

Donald Trump Actually Won a Lawsuit Against Stormy Daniels

Hey, remember when we all found that the President of the United States slept with a porn star and then she told everyone he has a deformed dick that looks like a Mario Brothers character? What a disgrace. When Bill Clinton fucked an intern in the Oval Office, she was classy enough not to tell us what his dong looked like. Also his wife said it was totally cool and not an abuse of power for the ruler of the free world to fuck his subordinates, so, you know, they were better times.

Trump actually got a win against Stormy Daniels that didn’t involve making her wait to fuck him while he took a call from Hillary Clinton during Shark Week. Today a defamation lawsuit by Daniels was tossed under anti-SLAPP laws. It all started when Trump made this tweet in April.

Daniels said someone threatened her, and the drawing of the suspect looked superficially like one of her exes. There’s too much crazy on either side of this for me to unpack it, but I find it equally plausible that Trump hired someone to threaten a porn star as I do that Daniels hired an ex to threaten her. But Trump said it was a “con job” and Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti sued for defamation.

That didn’t work out well for them, as reported by the Washington Post.

Trump’s legal team used a freedom-of-speech defense to get the suit tossed, and on Monday, U.S. District Judge James Otero agreed, saying the “one-off rhetorical comment” was protected by the First Amendment. “The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the U.S.,” Otero said. “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”

Daniels will have to pay Trump’s attorney fees.

The best thing about this, however, is that it’s made a minor celebrity out of Michael Avenatti, who is exactly the kind of asshole you’d expect to be suing the President of the United States on behalf of a porn star.

That so reminds me of Jeb Bush going “please clap” during the primary. Like Jeb’s candidacy, it didn’t trend. Just a piece of advice, but when you’re involved in a dispute with Donald Trump and you’re the one who looks like an asshole, you may want to rethink every choice you’ve made in your entire life.

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Melania Trump’s Spokesperson Calls for Boycott Against T.I. Over ‘Disgusting’ Stripper Video

A spokesperson for the first lady is firing back after rapper T.I. posted a video of himself watching a Melania Trump lookalike strip in the Oval Office.

Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s director of communications, posted on Twitter Saturday calling the video “disgusting.” She added, “How is this acceptable? … #BoycottT.I.” and tagged the rapper, 38, in the tweet.

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Asked for further comment, Grisham told PEOPLE on Tuesday: “Like it or not, she is the first lady and this is the White House. It’s disrespectful and disgusting to portray her this way simply because of politics. These kinds of vulgar attacks only further the divisiveness and bias in our country — it needs to stop.”

T.I., who is an outspoken critic of Melania’s husband, President Donald Trump, dropped an NSFW clip on Friday on his social media accounts, which mocks Kanye West‘s meeting last week with the commander in chief, 72.

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After watching the president fly away on his helicopter, T.I. then stands behind POTUS’ desk watching a woman enter the room.

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Soon she strips off her green jacket — a replica of the real Mrs. Trump’s “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” trench — and stands naked on the desk, stroking T.I.’s tie. They later leave together and are seen spray painting over Trump’s portrait and trashing the White House.

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“Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye,” T.I. captioned the minute-long video, which is a promo for his new album, Dime Trap.

Friday’s post came a day after T.I. shared a long rant against West following the 41-year-old Yeezy owner’s bizarre meeting with the president.

All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits,” T.I. wrote. “This is my stop, I’m officially DONE!!!! Trump & his Lil Cookie Boy.”

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“At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you…” T.I. added of his former collaborator, who is a vocal Trump supporter. “Now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you.”

“Don’t follow this puppet,” T.I. continued. “Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world, if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr. West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor.”

Since West’s visit with Trump, other celebrities have spoken out about West — including Diddy50 CentAva DuVernay, and Jeffrey Wright.

Stormy Daniels Loses Her Defamation Suit Against Trump — and Has to Pay His Legal Fees

Donald Trump has defeated the defamation suit brought against him by Stormy Daniels.

The adult film actress, whose birth name is Stephanie Clifford, sued him in April for suggesting on Twitter that she lied about a man allegedly threatening her to keep her quiet about a sexual encounter she claims to have had with the president.

At the time, Trump tweeted about Daniels’ claims, calling the allegation “a total con job” and “playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”

On Monday, Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles dismissed Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump, calling his tweet “rhetorical hyperbole normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,” according to the ruling obtained by CNN.

“Mr. Trump’s tweet is a non-actionable opinion that cannot be the subject of a defamation claim,” the ruling states, later explaining, “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.” (Judge Otero previously indicated in September during arguments that he believed the tweet by Trump that named her appeared to be protected by the First Amendment.)

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Otero also wrote that Daniels “sought to publicly present herself as a political adversary” to Trump.

In addition, Monday’s ruling ordered Daniels to pay Trump’s legal fees.

“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Trump attorney Charles Harder said in an emailed statement as reported by multiple outlets.

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Meanwhile, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti filed an appeal to the dismissal, according to USA Today.

“Re Judge’s limited ruling: Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance,” Avenatti tweeted following news of the ruling. “We are confident in a reversal.”

Daniels filed a separate suit against the president and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, seeking to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement in which Cohen paid her $130,000 to remain silent about the alleged affair between Daniels and Trump before the 2016 presidential election.

Trump and a White House spokesperson have denied having an affair with Daniels.

Donald Trump Says He ‘Doesn’t Trust’ Everyone in the White House: ‘I’m Not a Baby’

President Donald Trump appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday, marking his first time on the program since taking office.

Trump, 72, taped the interview with Lesley Stahl on Thursday at the White House, according to CNN’s Reliable Sources, which cited people familiar with the matter.

During their discussion, Stahl asked Trump about comments First Lady Melania Trump made in her recent interview with ABC News. “Melania has said that there are still people in the White House that she doesn’t trust, and that you shouldn’t trust either,” said Stahl.

“I don’t trust everybody in the White House, I‘ll be honest with you,” Trump responded. “I’m usually guarded. And I think I’m guarded anyway. But I’m not saying I trust everybody in the White House. I’m not a baby.”

He continued: “This is a tough business. This is a vicious place. Washington, D.C. is a vicious place. The attacks, the bad-mouthing, the speaking behind your back. But you know, in my way I feel very comfortable here.”

The president revealed he wasn’t happy with everyone in his cabinet and departures could be coming, but he did not name names.

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Trump had previously turned down requests to appear on 60 Minutes, the most-watched news program in the country, CNN reported.

The interview comes as Trump faces criticism for failing to confront Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist who had been living in the United States. “We are going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment,” he told Stahl.

Trump has said that U.S. investigators are looking into how Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but made clear that he does not plan to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the incident, according to The Guardian.

“At this moment they deny it. Could it be them? Yes. In the not to distant future I think we’ll know.”

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The 60 Minutes sit-down comes on the heels of Melania Trump‘s interview with ABC on Friday night.

Among other topics, the first lady discussed her influence with her husband.

Asked about rumors that she has “100 percent” control over President Trump, she said: “I wish! I give him my honest advice and honest opinions and then he does what he wants to do.”

T.I. Takes Aim at Trump and Kanye West in New Music Video Featuring Melania Lookalike Stripper

T.I. has made his feelings about President Donald Trump and Kanye West well known, but in case there was any doubt, the Atlanta-based rapper’s latest video made things very clear.

On Friday, T.I. dropped an NSFW clip on his social media accounts that showed him posing as a secret service agent hanging in the Oval Office. After watching the president fly away on his helicopter, T.I. then stands behind POTUS’ desk watching a woman seemingly meant to be First Lady Melania Trump enter the room.

Soon she strips off her green jacket — a mock of FLOTUS’ “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” trench — and stands naked on the desk, stroking T.I.’s tie. They later leave together and are seen wrecking the White House, spray painting over Mr. Trump’s portrait and more.

“Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye,” T.I. wrote of the minute-long video acting as a promo for his new album, Dime Trap

RELATED: T.I. ‘Ashamed to Be Associated’ with Kanye West After Bizarre White House Meeting: ‘I’m Done’

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Friday’s clip came a day after T.I. posted a long rant against West following the 41-year-old Yeezy owner’s bizarre meeting with the president.

All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits,” T.I., 38, wrote. “This is my stop, I’m officially DONE!!!! Trump & his Lil Cookie Boy.”

“At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you…” T.I. added of his former collaborator. “Now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you.”

RELATED: Kanye West Meets with President Trump in the Oval Office

Coming to the decision wasn’t easy for T.I. (né Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.). But West’s meeting with Trump — and the rapper’s controversial statements there about racism — pushed him over the edge.

“This is the most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen,” T.I. wrote. “You ass kissing and boot licking on a whole new level & I refuse to associate myself with something so vile, weak, & inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!!”

“Don’t follow this puppet,” T.I. continued. “Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world, if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr. West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor.”

Since West’s visit with Trump, other celebrities have spoken out about West — including Diddy50 CentAva DuVernay, and Jeffrey Wright.

Amal Clooney Slams Trump for Mocking Christine Blasey Ford: ‘A President Shouldn’t Ridicule’ Her

Amal Clooney had a good reason for not attending Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.

Serving as one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women that morning, the renowned human rights lawyer, 40, spoke out against President Donald Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony that Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers — which Kavanaugh has denied.

“A president shouldn’t ridicule a woman who courageously comes forward to allege abuse,” Clooney said during the conference, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Earlier this month, Trump sarcastically mimicked Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh at a rally in Mississippi, riling a crowd that applauded and laughed along.

“How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,’ ” Trump said, acting out a misrepresentation of Ford’s testimony during the hearing.

“Survivors in any country deserve the chance to look their abusers in the eye and for history to record what has happened to them,” Clooney added during the speech, reported the Daily Mail.

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The mother of two also opened up about the importance of the #MeToo movement during her speech.

“We are living through a moment of reckoning and a rebalancing of power,” she said, according to Philadelphia Magazine, calling the movement “a defining moment in the struggle for women’s rights.”

“There is still much for us to do. Still, I am optimistic,” she added.

Following her speech, Clooney received a standing ovation.

Clooney previously spoke out against Trump in 2016, arguing that his public beliefs didn’t represent true “U.S. values.”

“I’m probably as perplexed as you are as somebody viewing these things,” she told the BBC. “There’s an ad on the TV in the U.S. where they went through all these statements he made against women and you watch that and you think ‘Gosh.’ ”

Clooney, whose parents are Muslim, also said Trump should be more challenged about his views on Muslims.

“When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering in, and if you actually look at what he specifically said in that now infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, ‘They only want jihad. They don’t believe in our way of life. They don’t respect our system.’

“And when he says ‘they’ and you watch the media coverage afterwards, people, I think, should have been saying ‘Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description? Do you mean the people who are U.S. citizens who are members of your military who are, the vast majority of whom are not violent or extremists in any way?’ ”

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Amal’s husband, actor George Clooney, also wasn’t in attendance at the royal wedding on Friday, but luckily his tequila did make it to the celebration.

George, who co-founded the tequila company Casamigos (and sold it last year), has a surprising connection to the newlyweds: Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank is the U.K. brand ambassador for the business.

According to Business Insider, Jack will be “in charge of choosing drinks” throughout the weekend, which will includes a selection of Casamigos cocktails.

The Clooneys made an appearance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding in May.

Kim Kardashian: Ready to Leave Kanye Over MAGA Madness?

Perhaps you've spent the past 24 hours trapped under a rock in a remote forest with especially crappy wi-fi.

If so, we'd like to both congratulate you on your escape and warn you that your return to society is about to be made bittersweet, at best:

Mr. MAGA

Yes, Kanye West paid a visit to the White House yesterday, and the ensuing madness made almost everything else Yeezy has done over the course of his bonkers career look downright quaint by comparison.

(Notice we said "almost." Referring to slavery as "a choice" is still tough to top in terms of batsh-t insanity.) 

There are too many insane quotes to catalog here, but suffice it to say, Kanye said his MAGA hat makes him feel like Superman, which in turn makes him want to play catch with his 2-year-old son.

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He then referred to himself as a crazy motherf--ker and basically admitted that he didn't vote for Hillary because she's a woman.

He capped the whole thing off by coming around the president's desk and hugging him, while Trump did that crossed arms, half smile thing he does when he's experiencing an emotion other than anger at the poors or anger at "the elites." 

"I tell you what, that was pretty impressive. That was quite something," Trump said in response to Yeezus' sermon, proving that the whole thing was a bit much even for the most effective agent of chaos the nation has ever known.

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Of course, we all knew Trump would blow a bunch of smoke up his new buddy's ass. 

No surprise there.

The reaction we're really interested in is that of Kanye's long-suffering wife, Kim Kardashian.

According to a new report from Radar Online, Kim was "horrified" by her husband's Oval Office tirade.

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An insider tells the site that the mother of three no longer feels safe in her own home and “has been getting threats" ever since the rant went viral.

"It has come to the point where she feels unsafe and fears for her safety and that of the kids," the source adds.

Rumors of Kim and Kanye getting divorced have been circulating for years, but they've never seemed more credible than right now.

Confessional Time

Sources describe the marriage as “extremely strained,” noting that Kanye is moving to Chicago soon, and Kim has no plans to follow him.

“She just cannot handle another breakdown,” one insider says.

We can't blame her for feeling stressed, but it's important to point out that Kanye made a good point or two amidst all that nonsense.

Very Serious Kimye

"There's a lot of things that affect our mental health that make us do crazy things," West opined at one point.

To be fair, we can't think of a single statement that more accurately encapsulates life in 2018.

It's just the sort of thing we wish he had tweeted instead of shouting to a bunch of reporters in the Oval Office while Kid Rock stood in the foyer waiting to offer his two cents.

Kanye West Wing: Kanye Had a Crazy Meeting With President Trump in the Oval Office

If there’s one thing I need more of in my life, it’s Kanye West. I really want to like Kanye because he was so good at knowing how much George Bush cared about black people, but he seems less good at identifying the level of caring about black people presidents have as he’s gotten older. I say this because West was in the Oval Office to meet with Donald Trump to talk about prison reform, something Donald Trump could not care less about.

Let me tell you a little bit about the Central Park Five. In 1989, a woman jogging in Central Park was attacked, raped, and nearly died, spending almost two weeks in a coma. Five young men, four black and one Latino, all under the age of 16, were rounded up by the police and coerced into confessing to committing the rape. DNA collected at the scene didn’t match any of the children and all came from a single person, but they were all convicted and spent years in jail. Before their trials, Donald Trump bought a full page ad in the New York Daily News calling for the death penalty to be reinstated, making obvious references to the assault. In 2016, after their convictions had been vacated because the actual perpetrator confessed, Donald Trump still insisted they were guilty.

No matter how cool Kanye West feels in his MAGA hat (he said it makes him feel like Superman), Donald Trump isn’t going to suddenly spearhead prison reform because Donald Trump doesn’t care about black people. You used to know when a president didn’t care about black people, Kanye, what happened, man?

One of the more interesting things to come out of the meeting is that Kanye West’s iPhone password is 000000. Seriously. If you ever find Kanye’s phone, you can unlock it but just hitting 0 until it unlocks. Just don’t expect any other famous rappers to answer your texts.

Here’s how Kanye describes meeting Kanye, according to the New York Times.

“You are tasting a fine wine,” Mr. West said, praising himself. “It has complex notes to it.”

I love that so much. It’s the kind of thing only a lunatic would say. And I’m not saying that Kanye liking Trump has anything to do with mental illness, it doesn’t. Kanye is rich, of course he likes Republicans now. At one point West said “We can empower the pharmaceuticals and make more money.” That’s all you need to know, Kanye thinks big pharma guys like Martin Shkreli need to be empowered to make more money. Of course he’s a Republican.

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Taylor Swift Is Going to Have to Kick Donald Trump Out of Her Squad After She Endorsed Democrats

It turns out Taylor Swift and Donald Trump don’t like each other much, which is surprising because they’re both the fucking worst. The two were put at odds over Taylor Swift’s decision to stop being apolitical and take a political stance on something.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Hilariously, at least to me, Swift’s refusal to comment on politics ended with her coming out and endorsing two of the worst Democrats in the country. She wants people to vote for a Senate candidate who, as governor, kicked 100,000 people off of Medicaid and wrote a book about how Obamacare was terrible and we should create some arcane system of vouchers in order to preserve corporate profits in health care instead of just having single payer like every other industrialized country in the world. She also voiced her support for incumbent congressperson Rep. Jim Cooper, one of the only Democrats to vote against the Americans With Disabilities Act and was a co-sponsor of the massively unpopular Stop Online Piracy Act which would have massively curtailed the ability of anyone to use the Internet for anything in the interest of putting slightly more money into the pockets of big movie studios.

Of course, when Donald Trump heard about this, he couldn’t let it pass without commenting on it.

After being told Swift announced her opposition to Blackburn and endorsed Bredesen, Trump offered quick praise for Blackburn, who he said “is doing a very good job in Tennessee.”

And then he served Swift with a diss.

“I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing — or doesn’t know anything about her (Blackburn),” Trump said.

And then he added, with a laugh: “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?”

That’s awfully specific. But Donald Trump wasn’t the only person with hilariously stupid opinions on Taylor Swift endorsing a couple of right-wing, neoliberal Democrats.

This little gem needs some unpacking, starting with the ratio of over 10 times as many comments as likes. None of them are giving Jerry a thumbs up. What I want to know is how he has a daughter young enough that he can take her things from her but who actually owns CDs.

Then there was this tweet of the year nominee from Mike Huckabee, father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Huckabee took a break from his normal act of making the worst, least funny political dad jokes of anyone in the world to just try giving be straight-up wrong a chance, because Swift’s Instagram post caused a huge spike in voter registration, according to vote.org.

So I guess Taylor Swift isn’t a Nazi after all, she’s just a Kanye West-level thinker who supports politicians that will prevent her money from going to help poor people while paying lip service to a few social issues she cares about.

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Nikki Haley Reportedly Resigns as UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley has reportedly resigned as UN Ambassador.

President Donald Trump accepted her resignation after the controversial former governor of South Carolina, 46, visited him at the White House last week, Axios reported Tuesday morning, citing two sources briefed on their conversation.

CNN is also reporting that Haley has resigned, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Haley told her staff this morning, CNN said, citing a senior State Department official.

The reason for Haley’s reported resignation was not immediately clear. The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

According to a pool report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m. this morning. This event will be open to the pool.”

Trump tweeted that he would be making a “big announcement” with his “friend” Haley at that time.

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The reported move was a shock to many senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration, according to Axios.

The news comes as a watchdog organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”), is calling for the State Department’s inspector general to open an investigation into Haley over private flights she took that were paid for by South Carolina business executives, Huffington Post reports. CREW said the flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were likely worth about $24,000.

RELATED VIDEO: U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Blasts Russia in Emotional Speech After Syrian Chemical Attack

“By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the group, said in a statement to Huffington Post. “Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.”

 

 

 

Rage and Tears: Celebrities React to Kavanaugh’s Controversial Supreme Court Confirmation

Celebrities are sharing their outrage after the U.S. Senate’s 50-48 vote on Saturday to place Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment.

“I’ve been on a plane all morning. Just landed. Trying to make it home. Feel like I want to scream. And rage. And cry,” Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter before explaining she came across three different people at the airport who shared her same sentiments.

“First was a white man. Early 30s…,” DuVernay, 46, continued. “Both reaching for our bags in the overhead he said: ‘I’m not usually this guy, but please keep doing what you do. We need to hear voices like yours. And I need to listen.’ I could feel his heart. Grappling with the moment in his own skin. We spoke for a bit and then deplaned.”

“The second person was Latina,” DuVernay added. I’m walking through the terminal. She was young. Early 20s. She just walked right in front of me. And stopped. With tears in her eyes. All I could do was hug her and try to hold in my own. She just whispered thank you. I thanked her too. We parted.”

“Last was a white woman with an accent from somewhere far away,” she wrote. “Early 40s. She said I’m sorry to disturb you on a day like this. I said something I’ve never said to a stranger. I said: I want to cry. She looked back at me and said: ‘Me too.’ Our eyes both welled up. And we did,” DuVernay concluded.

Kathy Griffin, 57, also expressed her frustration on Twitter, simply writing, “What a terrible day in American history.”

Fellow comedian Chelsea Handler, who has been vocal about pursuing political activism, was equally disturbed by Kavanaugh’s confirmation but encouraged her followers to exercise their right to vote.

“Another gross day in the history of our country, but the midterms are coming. We are stronger than this bulls—. We can fight and fight and we may not see the results right away, but we will see them. Our daughters will see them. Don’t give up. Fight harder,” Handler, 43, tweeted.

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In addition, Lauren Jauregui and Alyssa Milano spoke out against the Senate’s decision. “I’m so sick,” the former Fifth Harmony singer, 22, wrote.

Meanwhile, Milano — who has helped popularize the #MeToo Movement and supported Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford during her emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in late September — tweeted, “People should be f—— terrified and outraged. I sure as hell am.”

“We need to take back our power by taking back the Senate and the House in November,” wrote Milano, 45. “It is the only way out of this mess.”

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While several other celebrities flooded social media with their frustrations, President Donald Trump celebrated the news.

“I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!” Trump tweeted.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation comes just over a week after he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee following a three-hour testimony from Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University who claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.

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RELATED: Brett Kavanaugh Admits ‘I Said a Few Things I Should Not Have’ During Heated Senate Testimony

Ford claims Kavanaugh, 53, allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes during a high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has also been accused of sexual misconduct by Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations brought against him.

Following Kavanaugh’s hearing, the FBI conducted a week-long investigation into the allegations, which further delayed his vote.

While many Republicans said they were satisfied with the FBI report, critics have pointed out that it’s far from a complete investigation.

Democrats say the White House put numerous restrictions on who the FBI could interview, and the agency reportedly did not speak with multiple witnesses who say they could corroborate sexual abuse and other allegations made by Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, said Friday that “the available (FBI) documents contradict statements Mr. Kavanaugh made under oath.”

The confirmation vote came as Trump, himself accused by well over a dozen women of sexual assault and misconduct, mocked Ford at a political rally. (Trump has denied the allegations against him.)

“My heart breaks for all those who will continue to live in fear and shame that their stories, their pain, their lives are less important than male privilege and power,” a friend of Ford’s told PEOPLE. “Justice has not been served, in the service of the latest Justice of the Supreme Court, and all those like him.”

Minnesota Reporter Fired for Wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat While Covering Trump Rally

A Minnesota news station has fired one of its television reporters after he was seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering President Donald Trump’s rally in Rochester.

James Bunner was let go from his job at KTTC-TV, news director Noel Sederstrom told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, for exhibiting political bias while on the job.

He violated our policy so he’s no longer with us,” Sederstrom told BuzzFeed News on Friday. “We don’t allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.”

Reps for KTTC-TV and Bunner did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Bunner first joined KTTC in December 2017, BuzzFeed reported.

The reporter’s trouble first started on Thursday when Mark VanCleave, a journalist with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, tweeted a photo of him standing outside the Mayo Civic Center wearing his KTTC-branded red jacket and matching red MAGA hat.

“Whyyyyy?” he wrote in the photo’s caption.

From there, users noticed that Bunner had uploaded many pro-Trump things to his social media pages. Sederstrom told BuzzFeed, however, that none of those uploads had anything to do with KTTC’s decision and that the MAGA hat was solely to blame.

“It’s not something we allow,” he explained of campaign gear.

RELATED VIDEO: PEOPLE Writer Natasha Stoynoff Breaks Silence, Accuses Donald Trump of Sexual Attack

Critics on Twitter have slammed the news station for their decision.

“You fired your reporter James Bunner a journalist for KTTC-TV in Austin?? Really?” one wrote. “He wore the hat Thursday while covering President Donald Trump’s appearance in Rochester and images of him wearing the hat began appearing on Twitter. SHAMEFUL!! You should allow pride! Rehire him!

“This is employment discrimination and if you pick up a book…firing an employee for their political values is illegal,” said another. “I hope James Bunner takes you to court.”

As BuzzFeed noted, “Prohibiting reporters from wearing campaign clothing or pins, especially while on the job, is standard practice across the news industry. Many news outlets also recommend or warn their staff against making public political displays or statements in order to maintain objectivity.”

Trump Mocks Christine Blasey Ford After Her Sexual Assault Testimony: ‘A Man’s Life Is in Tatters’

Six days after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional testimony detailing how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her at a party in the 1980s, President Donald Trump mocked her at a rally in Mississippi.

While Dr. Ford, 51, has been praised by many for her courage, Trump, 72, ridiculed her for the details she couldn’t remember.

“How did you get home? I don’t remember,” Trump said Tuesday acting out the hearing. “How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know,” Trump continued as the crowd erupted with applause.

“What neighborhood was it? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs? Downstairs? Where was it? I don’t know. But I only had one beer. That’s all I remember,” Trump continued.

“A man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered. His wife is shattered. His daughters, who are beautiful incredible young kids — they destroy people. They want to destroy people. These are really evil people,” Trump added.

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Dr. Ford’s lawyer Michael R. Bromwich responded to Trump’s rant calling it “a vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.” “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well? She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”

In addition to mocking Dr. Ford’s testimony, Trump told reporters in a video obtained by CNN, also on Tuesday, that the sexual allegations against Kavanaugh, 53, highlight what a “scary time” it is for men.

“It’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump told the outlet. “This is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. It really does.”

Trump then defended Kavanaugh saying he’s “an outstanding man.” “You can be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. Doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman, as everybody says. But somebody could accuse you of something, and you’re automatically guilty.”

“But in this realm, you are truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now,” Trump added.

RELATED: Brett Kavanaugh Questioned by Police About a Bloody Bar Fight After a UB40 Concert in 1985: Report

When a reporter asked what he would say to young women, Trump reportedly replied, “Women are doing great.”

Dr. Ford, a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claims Kavanaugh allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes, all of which Kavanaugh denies.

On Sept. 27, Dr. Ford testified about the allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying “Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life.”

At this time, Kavanaugh’s fate remains uncertain as the FBI conducts a week-long investigation into the allegations, further delaying his confirmation vote.

RELATED: Was Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s Blue Suit a Nod to Anita Hill? Twitter Reacts

In his testimony, Kavanaugh continued to deny the allegations, saying, “This is a circus,” and “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace.”

He concluded his testimony with the declaration: “I ask you to judge me by the standard that you would want applied to your father, your husband, your brother or your son. My family and I intend no ill will toward Dr. Ford or her family. But I swear today under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge.”

If you or someone you care about is affected by sexual violence, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Kanye West Wants to Bring Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick Together

Kanye West is an… interesting person. If you hadn’t realized that before, you probably figured it out when he went on Saturday Night Live dressed up like a giant bottle of Perrier.

By the way, doesn’t Kanye look like an adorable toddler about to go trick or treating in that costume? I know he’s a 40-year-old adult with his own children, but I just want to pinch his cheeks, he’s so cute. That is like the cat in a hoodie of rappers.

Kanye is also about as naive as a toddler. He told TMZ he wants to bring Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick together for a “peace summit.” This would presumably be like the time President Obama had Professor Henry Louis Gates and the cop who arrested him for trying to open his own front door to the White House and it ended police racism.

Only it didn’t, things have only gotten worse since then, which is why Kaepernick was kneeling. Donald Trump is, let’s face it, either too stupid or too stubborn to believe that and considered it a grave insult to the military who no one mentioned at all besides him and some talking heads on Fox News.

This is never going to happen because, at the very least, Donald Trump needs to keep publicly hating Kaepernick to play to his base. Kaepernick doesn’t need to hate Donald Trump, but going around wearing a MAGA hat probably wouldn’t be the best thing for his personal brand. Look at what it’s done for Kanye’s.

It may seem odd that Kanye likes two such disparate people, but it actually makes perfect sense. Kanye is rich, and while Trump has used all sort of low-key and not-so low-key racist rhetoric as president, all he’s actually accomplished in two years is cutting taxes for the rich. Kanye is also black, and police brutality against unarmed black men doesn’t just affect the poor. Even famous black men, like Sterling Brown, are subject to being brutalized by the police for minor offenses.

Kanye West is what happens when you let a dumb rich person think he’s a genius free-thinker. Well, Kanye and Elon Musk. Kanye’s not a bad guy the way Elon Musk is, he’s just in way over his head and refuses to believe he doesn’t understand everything. Kind of like Donald Trump, actually.

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Jodie Sweetin Speaks Out About Her Own Sexual Assault Amid Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

Jodie Sweetin has opened about a sexual assault encounter.

On Thursday, in light of Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony at the Supreme Court hearing, Sweetin spoke out in support about her own experience on Instagram.

Wearing a camouflage jacket with the words “What doesn’t kill you f—s you up mentally” written on the back, Sweetin explained to her followers why she supports and identifies with Ford.

“I stand with her. I AM her,” the Fuller House actress wrote. “I was the girl who never reported because I blamed myself. I was the woman who never reported because I didn’t want to go through the pain and ridicule.”

“What we saw today is about a much bigger issue of survivors of sexual assault being persecuted, judged and re-traumatized when they do come forward,” Sweetin, 36, continued. “We are told that if it were “real,” we would have reported it at the time. Often when we were merely children or young girls.”

Giving examples of what these young girls have to endure if they do speak out, Sweetin — who is currently the mother of two daughters Zoie Laurel May, 10, and Beatrix Carlin, 8 — came to a simple conclusion: “It was easier to stay quiet.”

“As we grew older and it happened again, we had been trained to remain silent,” she continued. “We had learned the lesson that no one will believe us. That even if someone DOES, it holds no consequence. We had watched other women come forward, only to be told “there were no witnesses, so it’s your word against his, knowing that “his” story is always more believed than “hers”.”

RELATED: Shouting & Crying in Fiery Testimony, Kavanaugh Denies Sexually Assaulting Christine Blasey Ford

She finished her post by encouraging others not to be dismissive of the courageous survivors, like Ford, who have spoken up and shared their stories. Sweetin also promised her followers that she would take action moving forward.

“I will not sit still. I will not stay quiet,” she wrote. “Although I may never be as brave or as unflinching in the face of such an inquisition as she was today, it has given me hope. That maybe, just maybe, female survivors of sexual assault may be heard. Even if our voice is barely above a whisper.”

RELATED: Kavanaugh Accused of Sexual Misconduct by a Second Woman, His Yale Classmate in the ’80s: Report

Sweetin is among several other prominent female figures who have recently spoken out in light of the Kavanaugh court hearing.

Earlier on Thursday, Patti Murin — who plays the role of Princess Anna in the Broadway version of Frozen — revealed on Twitter that she was date-raped when she was 24. In her tweet, the Broadway star, now 38, explained to her followers why she didn’t report her sexual assault that occurred more than 10 years ago.

“Why didn’t I say anything or report it? Because I was casually dating each of them and I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” she wrote. “I didn’t even believe myself until years later.”

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Also on Thursday, Busy Philipps shared an emotional message on Instagram saying that she was raped when she was 14. Philipps, now 39, used a school photo of herself, snapped when she was that same age, to go along with her revelation.

“This is me at 14. The age I was raped,” Philipps wrote. “It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago.”

RELATED VIDEO: Aly Raisman on Sexual Assault and Young Women

#WhyIDidntReport began trending after President Donald Trump questioned why Ford waited nearly four decades to report her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.

Supporters including Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, and Lili Reinhart all slammed Trump’s sentiment on social media using the hashtag.

“Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f— up,” Milano, 45, wrote. “I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell my parents.”

The Insatiable actress, who is involved with the #MeToo campaign, then encouraged other sexual assault victims to follow her lead.

“If any survivor of sexual assault would like to add to this please do so in the replies. #MeToo.”

Brett Kavanaugh Claims He ‘Never Sexually Assaulted Anyone,’ Was a Virgin ‘in High School’

Brett Kavanaugh is denying the sexual misconduct claim brought against him.

During an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday, the Supreme Court Nominee Judge spoke out against Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of pinning her down to a bed, groping her and trying to remove her clothes at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Explaining that he was a virgin “in high school or for many years thereafter,” Kavanaugh, 53, recalled: “I never sexually assaulted anyone. I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter. The girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.”

“Through all these years that were in question, you were a virgin?” MacCallum asked before Kavanaugh replied, “That’s correct,” adding that he did not have sex until “many years after.”

“I was never at any such party. The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party,” he said. A woman who was present, another woman who was present who was Dr. Ford’s lifelong friend has said she doesn’t know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life.”

RELATED: Trump Questions Why Kavanaugh Accuser Didn’t Call the FBI ’36 Years Ago’

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Kavanaugh has previously denied the allegation, but Ford — a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University — is reportedly negotiating the terms under which she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

“The truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” he told MacCallum.

Kavanaugh also said he’s “not going anywhere” in the confirmation process to become a justice despite facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

RELATED: Samantha Bee and Debra Messing Join National Walkout to Show Solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford

“I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and I know I’m telling the truth I know my lifelong record and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people,” he shared.

“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity my lifelong record. My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I’m not going anywhere,” Kavanaugh said.

RELATED: Michael Avenatti Claims to Have Evidence That Brett Kavanaugh Was Involved in ‘Gang Rapes’ in High School

Ford first wrote a letter about the alleged incident to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in July.

Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh “held her down” and “attempted to force himself on her” at a party while they were both students in high school. Kavanaugh had been drinking at the time of the incident, she alleged. To drown out the sound of her protests, she claimed that he turned up music in the room they were in.

Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied the woman’s allegations, telling The New Yorker, “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

The White House went on to claim that the letter was merely an “11th-hour attempt to delay” Kavanaugh’s nomination, according to a statement provided to PEOPLE.

RELATED VIDEO: PEOPLE Writer Natasha Stoynoff Breaks Silence, Accuses Donald Trump of Sexual Attack

Meanwhile, on Sunday evening, The New Yorker reported on allegations by Deborah Ramirez, a woman who attended Yale with Kavanaugh and claims he “exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

Kavanaugh released a statement in response to Ramirez’s allegations, saying, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.”

The Story with Martha MacCallum airs weeknights on Fox News at 7 p.m. ET.

Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi & Lili Reinhart Share Their Sexual Assault Stories to Protest Trump

Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi and Lili Reinhart have shared their sexual assault stories in order to shed light on why victims don’t initially speak out after President Donald Trump questioned why Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser waited nearly four decades to report his alleged sexual assault.

Hollywood and beyond spoke out on social media using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

“Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f— up,” Milano, 45, began on Friday.

“I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell my parents.”

The Insatiable actress, who was a campaigner for the #MeToo campaign, then encouraged other sexual assault victims to follow her lead.

“If any survivor of sexual assault would like to add to this please do so in the replies. #MeToo.”

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Actress Reinhart tweeted, “Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen.”

Top Chef host Lakshmi gutwrenchingly revealed she had been assaulted three times.

“I was 7 the first time I was sexually assaulted. He was a relative of my mom’s second husband. I told my folks and they sent me away. #WhyIDidntReport,” she tweeted.

“The second time I was 16 years old and a virgin. He was my boyfriend. “Date rape” wasn’t discussed in the 80’s. I was horrified and ashamed,” Lakshmi continued.

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Also adding her voice was politician Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump during the presidential race of forcibly kissing her at Trump Tower more than a decade ago, also joined the movement.

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“I worked in Trump Tower at a company partnered with Trump Organization. We had no HR department, no protocol, & @realDonaldTrump owned the building. Also, I was embarrassed that it happened, & thought it reflected poorly on me, not him. I know better now,” Crooks said.

On Thursday, Trump— who himself denied accusations of sexual harassment or assault by several women during the 2016 presidential campaign— gave an interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on the claims against his Supreme Court nominee.

“I think it’s a very sad situation,” Trump, 72, said. “He’s an outstanding person and frankly Sean, to see what’s going on is just very, very sad. You say, why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago? When did this all happen? What’s going on? To take a man like this and besmirch?”

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh, 53, of pinning her down to a bed, groping her and trying to remove her clothes at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, but Ford— a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University— is reportedly negotiating the terms under which she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

In addition to his Fox interview, Trump posted numerous tweets defending Kavanaugh on Friday.

RELATED: Brett Kavanaugh’s Yale Frat Raided Female Students’ Rooms, Paraded Bras and Underwear on Campus  

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“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.,” Trump wrote.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

Jack Black Brings His Family to Walk of Fame Ceremony — Where He Slams President Trump

Jack Black‘s family was by his side on Wednesday, as the 49-year-old actor received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Posing together after the ceremony, Black was all smiles as he stood beside wife Tanya Haden and sons Samuel, 12, and Thomas, 10.

Black was the 2,645th person to receive the honor. His star was placed next to the historic Stromberg Clock on Hollywood Boulevard, as an homage to his new film, The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Brink costar Tim Robbins was in the crowd for the ceremony, which was emceed in part by School of Rock costar Mike White and director Richard Linklater.  

“I’m so nervous because I’m not used to having praise heaped upon me by people I love and respect so much,” Black said, taking the podium. “It’s very embarrassing for me. In some ways this is torture, but it’s also hugely humbling and I can’t believe everyone came. … I thought no one was going to come to my stupid thing. Look at all you beautiful people. Thank you for the love.”

Of course, the comedian couldn’t help but make a joke or too – starting with the fact that the star indicates he should do something else: retire.

“I’ve wanted one of these things for so long, since I was a kid. I thought, ‘Oh man. If you get one of those things on the sidewalk, that means you’ve made it.’ And I feel like I’ve finally grasped that sweet brass ring. And the the question is where do we go now?” Black said.

“I’m here to announce my retirement,” he added, to the boos of onlookers. “I got the thing! Why continue! Once you get the thing, I’ve made it. I’ve officially, I have made it. And I’m going to focus on diet and exercise.”

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Black also had some strong words for President Donald Trump.

“I love you all so much,” Black told the crowd before leaving podium, according to video streamed on the Walk of Fame’s official site and captured by Variety. “Except for Donald Trump. He’s a piece of s—! Peace out, love you!”

Previously, Black has been a vocal critic of Trump’s. On the day of his inauguration, he and Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Glass performed their protest song — “The Government Totally Sucks” — at an anti-protest rally.

We haven’t played this song for years, because it just never felt appropriate,” he told the crowd, in video of from the performance shared online. “But now, we’re happy to unleash the beast. The government totally sucks.”

Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett Got Into a Real Slobberknocker at Emmy Pre-Party

You know how Tom Arnold has that TV show on Vice where he’s going to open Al Capone’s vault and not find a tape of Trump hiring Russian hookers to piss on a bed because Barack Obama slept in it? Well, Donald Trump’s friend Mark Burnett, who produced The Apprentice, went all Cardi B and attacked Tom Arnold over it at a pre-show party for the Emmys. Seriously.

Tom Arnold isn’t fucking around here, either. Burnett’s wife, Roma Downey, showed a mostly-healed bruise on her hand and claimed she got it when Tom Arnold attacked her and her husband. Arnold replied by telling her he was going to sue her for defamation.

I just want to get this out of the way; there’s no tape of hookers peeing on or around Donald Trump, it’s not a thing that happened. But there’s absolutely all sorts of tapes of Donald Trump acting like an asshole and saying racist things on the set of The Apprentice. How can I say that with certainty? Well, Penn Jillette, a former contestant, said that Donald Trump was a huge asshole who said racist things on the set all the time.

Tom Arnold actually filed a police report, something I doubt he’d do if he had attacked Burnett instead of the other way around. And he has friends in his corner.

Now, rumors are floating around that Ronan Farrow has damaging tapes of Trump from The Apprentice, which is going to make Tom Arnold’s show really funny in an ironic way if they get released and the guy with the TV show looking for them didn’t find them. The poor man had to have sex with Roseanne Barr, he’s suffered enough.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Considering a Run for President in 2020: Reports

Michael Bloomberg appears to be focusing on 2020.

The former New York City mayor, best known for his liberal-Republican-turned-Independent stance, is reportedly planning to run for president in the next election.

Bloomberg, who also considered Independent runs for office in 2008, 2012, and 2016, will run as a Democrat in 2020 and challenge Donald Trump, The Times of London reports.

A source close to the British publication confirmed that the 76-year-old billionaire is allegedly making a run for the White House.

“Mike Bloomberg told me he is going to run in 2020,” the source told the newspaper. “He has the money to see it through while other candidates knock themselves out.”

Representatives for Michael Bloomberg did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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In a separate report by The New York Post, Bloomberg announced in June during a fundraiser that he would be returning to this polls, but this time, for the Oval Office.

“Before you leave I want to get your cell phone number,” he told attendees at the end of his speech, “because I’m thinking of getting the band back together.” His comment was well-received, reports the publication, as the audience applauded for the man who they believed was expressing interest in a presidential run.

In 2016, Bloomberg announced on his website that he would not move forward with his run for the presidency, claiming that “an independent candidacy would split the Electoral College and allow Congress to elect an extremist.”

Added the three-term mayor: “When I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

Following the announcement, Bloomberg remained closely tied to the election and showed support for Hillary Clinton during her campaign. At the Democratic convention in July 2016, Bloomberg poked fun at Trump’s The Apprentice background, claiming that this was “not reality television; it was reality,” The New York Post reported.

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He went on to refer to President Trump as “a dangerous demagogue” and a “risky, reckless, and radical choice,” advising the audience to vote Clinton who he claimed was a “sane competent person with international experience.”

Although Bloomberg has vocally disagreed with the current president, a representative from Trump’s team reportedly admitted to the New York-based publication in August that the former mayor would pose the biggest threat for a re-election.

“If I were a Democrat strategist and somebody said to me, ‘Who do you want to be the Democrat nominee for president of the United States?’ there’s only one name I would choose and his name is Michael Bloomberg,” former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski said.

“Mike Bloomberg created tens of thousands of jobs over the course of his lifetime,” he continued. “That is a story the American people like and he’s an outsider. I think it would be a very competitive race.”

Michael Moore Says Donald Trump Ran for President Because Gwen Stefani Made More Money Than He Did

It’s almost insane to me that a few months before announcing his run for president, Donald Trump was a reality TV host. Also, Donald Trump is president after everyone saw what a tool he is on national TV for a decade. A lot of people have theorized that Trump never planned on actually being President of the United States, and that his run for office was just a way to raise his profile and a precursor to a launch of his own network in the vein of Sarah Palin.

Michael Moore has his own theory on what prompted Donald Trump to run for office, and it’s as plausible as any other theory I’ve ever heard; Moore told The Hollywood Reporter that Trump was upset to learn Gwen Stefani was getting paid more for The Voice than he was for The Apprentice and so he wanted to show NBC how valuable he was.

Fahrenheit 11/9 is his attempt to fully understand the forces that fueled Trump’s rise. Moore, being a humorist at heart, can’t resist starting with a mordant joke or two. Yes, he acknowledges factors like Russian President Vladimir Putin and former FBI head James Comey, but asserts that the person most responsible for the Trump presidency is … Gwen Stefani. “You hadn’t heard that before, have you?” Moore asks, delighted with the audacity of the claim.

Moore posits that when Trump realized Stefani’s performance fees as a coach on The Voice were larger than his own on The Apprentice, he staged his now-infamous Trump Tower campaign announcement to prove his popularity to NBC, which aired both shows. Says Moore, “He’d been talking about running for president since 1988, but he didn’t really want to be president. There’s no penthouse in the White House. And he doesn’t want to live in a black city. He was trying to pit NBC against another network, but it just went off the rails.” After Trump’s accusation that Mexico was sending rapists across the border, NBC cut ties with him. But Trump, suddenly finding himself cheered on by massive crowds and an indulgent media, figured why not make a serious run for the highest office in the land?

With everything we know about Donald Trump, that’s exactly the sort of thing he’d do. And about the amount of thought he’d likely put into it.

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Kim Kardashian Takes Up New Cause, Meets Again with Donald Trump

Kim Kardashian is a woman on a mission.

And, for once, that mission does NOT involve taking her clothes off and/or shilling for some kind of unhealthy weight loss supplement.

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That's the last time we'll mock Kim in this post because we really do need to tip our proverbial hat to her ongoing efforts to work on criminal justice reform in America.

Yes, Kim Kardashian has become a prominent voice when it comes to criminal justice reform in America.

As you let that sink in, we'll remind readers that Kardashian successfully lobbied Trump to release Alice Johnson from prison in June.

The former sex tape star met with President Trump in the oval office (below) and advocated for the release of Johnson, a woman from Alabama who had already served 21 years behind bars for a drug offense.

He really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively," Kim said later of her meeting with the perpetually horny Commander-in-Chief.

Kardashian later said she was naked when she talked to Trump one time, which was a weird thing to say.

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But this all brings us to Wednesday morning.

According to TMZ and other sources, Kim flew overnight from Los Angeles to D.C. and once again sat down with the President today, this time to discuss Chris Young, a manwho is serving a life sentence in Tennessee for cocaine and marijuana possession.

He is 30 years old and has been behind bars for about a decade so far.

Appearing this week on Jason Flom's Wrongful Conviction podcast, Kim said the following about Young, who was arrested in 2010:

When I was talking to Chris Young, who's in prison [and] has sickle cell anemia...

So, he's had to have a few surgeries and he's been in a medical facility for a few years, and he goes back into the maximum-security prison where lifers have to go.

And he's had a perfect record.... He was saying, 'I can stay out of trouble in here, but going in there there's stabbings, there's this. And if you're near that you can get in trouble so easily.'

He just didn't want to get caught up in a situation that had nothing to do with him, but could very much have.

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No matter what you think of Kim and her relatives, this is an admirable effort and cause.

Many activisits out there have been working on prison reform and have attempted to bring attention to how drug offenses disproportionately affect people of color.

But few have the platform that Kardashian possesses.

Wouldn't it be amazing if she really started using it for reasons that go beyond promoting her own beauty products?

"It's scary when you have a minor drug charge but then you get life and you're stuck in this crazy maximum-security prison with murderers and people [like that]," Kim added on this podcast.

"It's a completely different environment than the environment that he's so used to."

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In her White House meeting today, Kim also sat with Jared Kushner, Van Jones and Judge Kevin Sharp, who sentenced Young.

Said Press Secretary Hogan Gidley:

"Today at the White House, members of the Administration are hosting a listening session about the clemency process. The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review."

Young was brought to Kardashian's attention by Buried Alive Project co-founder Brittany Barnett.

"Her and I have been in contact [about] Chris Young, who I'm working with now, and all these other people," Kardashian says.

"She really brings me people that [need help]. She really was backing Alice for years and helping Alice."

Colin Kaepernick Revealed as the Face of Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ Campaign in the Wake of NFL Protests

Colin Kaepernick has not played on an NFL team since 2016, but he continues to make a statement off the field.

On Monday, the Super Bowl quarterback, 30, revealed he is the new face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” reads the ad that was shared on Instagram and Twitter.

The latest Nike ad marks Kaepernick’s first spokesperson gig for the company in over two years and comes despite Nike being the NFL’s official uniform sponsor.

Kaepernick, who has been a Nike athlete since 2011, made headlines in August 2016 when he declined to stand for the anthem when it was played before games. Instead of standing, he kneeled to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Months later, he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco Niners in March 2017 and has not been able to find a new team since. He is now suing the NFL claiming teams colluded to keep him out of the league.

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As more players follow Kaepernick’s lead, President Trump weighed in on the protests in September 2017 with a series of tweets and stated that NFL owners should fire players who do not stand for the anthem.

During a rally speech in Alabama, Trump stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, you’re fired.’ ”

In May, NFL owners approved rules that force players to stand on the sideline or remain in the locker room during the anthem. If players do not comply with the new policy, they would be subject to league fines and/or individual punishment by their team.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Attend John McCain’s Funeral While President Heads to Golf Course

Although neither President Donald Trump nor his wife Melania Trump were in attendance at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service in Washington D.C. on Saturday, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner both made an appearance.

Before the ceremony at Washington National Cathedral began, the pair were seen arriving together.

Ivanka, 36, was also spotted giving a hug to Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was a close friend of McCain, reported Axois.

The outlet also reported that the service was attended by other members of the Trump administration including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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President Trump, meanwhile, was tweeting.

As the procession was moving McCain’s casket from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington National Cathedral, the former Celebrity Apprentice host sent out tweets about the attacks on the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

During the funeral, he tweeted about the NAFTA negotiations, threatening to cut Canada out of the deal. Trump also left the White House to travel to his golf course in Virginia during the funeral, Time reported.

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RELATED: John McCain Family Sources Dispute Reports He Asked Not to Have Donald Trump at Funeral

Reports have varied as to whether the president was invited to Sen. McCain’s funeral. White House sources told the Associated Press that McCain’s family asked Trump not to attend — he and the late senator having had a rocky history in the past. However, a McCain family source previously told PEOPLE the longtime politician did not prohibit Trump from attending his funeral.

“John had a feud with the president, and it got pretty intense, but I never heard anyone in the family say John banned Trump, and he never said that to me,” the source told PEOPLE. “John didn’t ban Trump. John could be spiteful, and he loved a good fight, but he wouldn’t do something like that.”

A second family source added: “I didn’t hear John say it. But I wouldn’t be surprised if John didn’t want Trump there.”

RELATED VIDEO: John McCain Returns to Washington for the Final Time for Memorial Service and Burial

Still, President Trump hasn’t exactly appeared overly sympathetic towards the McCain family.

In what was widely considered a snub from the president, the White House‘s flags returned to full-staff on Monday, just two days after Sen. McCain died of brain cancer at the age of 81.

Backlash ensued and, after initially addressing Sen. John McCain‘s death with a two-sentence tweet, Trump released a full statement later on Monday announcing that the White House flag would return to half-staff and that Vice President Mike Pence will represent his administration at funeral services.

“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” Trump said.

The proclamation follows suit with similar actions taken by Obama — when Sen. Ted Kennedy died in 2009 and Sen. Daniel Inouye died in 2012. In both cases, Obama asked that flags remain at half-staff until the evening of their interment.

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In addition to being attended by members of the longtime politician’s family including his daughter Meghan McCain and mother Roberta McCain, Sen. McCain’s service was attended by many Republicans and Democrats alike — including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

Ivanka and her husband were also on hand to hear a few pointed comments Meghan, 33, made about President Trump during her emotional eulogy for her father.

“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold,” Meghan said. “She is resourceful and confident and secure. She meets her responsibilities, She speaks quietly because she is strong. America does not boast because she has no need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be great again because America was always great.”

There was also a reference to Trump’s previously criticism of McCain. “We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections. When no leader wants to admit to fault or failure,” Meghan said, then talking to her father. “You were an exception, and you gave us an ideal to strive for. Look, I know you can see this gathering here in this cathedral. The nation is here to remember you.”

What Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen’s Convictions Could Mean for President Trump

Paul Manafort’s conviction and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea have been described as a “double whammy” blow to President Donald Trump — and sparked fresh calls for his impeachment.

Former Obama ethics chief Norm Eisen described the outcomes in a tweet as “the worst hour of Trump’s entire presidency — no, make that entire life.”

Jonathan Turley, an NBC legal analyst and law professor at George Washington University, told MSNBC on Wednesday that the news “couldn’t be worse” for the president.

And ousted Trump aide of the hour Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Cohen’s guilty plea “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.

But despite these ominous predictions — and the fact that Cohen implicated the president in a federal crime — many experts say it’s unlikely that Trump will face any legal consequences while he’s still in office.

Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and self-described “fixer,” pleaded guilty on Tuesday to eight criminal counts, including tax fraud, false statements to a bank, and campaign finance violations related to his work for Trump.

Cohen may have implicated Trump by stating that “a candidate for federal office” (which is universally understood to be Trump) directed payments prior to the 2016 presidential election to two women who claim to have had affairs with him, porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. (Trump has denied the affairs.) Cohen admitted to a federal judge that he made the payments “for the purpose of influencing the election.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that Trump “did nothing wrong” and there are “no charges against him.”

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CNN reported that Trump is likely not in legal jeopardy, noting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has “apparently” told the president’s legal team that they will adhere to Justice Department regulations saying a sitting president can’t be indicted.

CNN argued that impeachment is a more likely threat to Trump.

Joshua Dressler, a law professor Ohio State University, agrees — but still believes that the president probably won’t be impeached.

Dressler tells Vox that Cohen’s admission that he made the payments ” ‘at the direction of a candidate for federal office,’ clearly implicates the president in those campaign violations.” But it may not matter.

“If he were not a sitting president this would constitute grounds for indictment on those charges,” Dressler said. “As a sitting president this constitutes, if Congress wishes to do so, impeachable offenses. But, as we know, impeachment is a political rather than a legal concept, and it would seem pretty clear that nothing will occur with the current Congress.”

Sol Wisenberg, who conducted grand jury questioning of former President Bill Clinton as deputy independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Cohen’s plea deal leads Trump “closer to ultimate impeachment proceedings, particularly if the Democrats take back the House.”

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But most Democrats have been reluctant to call for Trump’s impeachment, especially those running in crucial midterm races, The Washington Post reports.

“I don’t want to see a two-year distraction,” said Susan Wild, a Democratic nominee favored to win a key Republican-held House seat in Pennsylvania tells the Post. “I think, honestly, impeachment proceedings would obviously derail getting other things done in Congress.”

The Post also reports that most Democrats have come to believe that “moral revulsion with political leaders is often only a deciding issue for voters who enjoy a level of economic security to look beyond their immediate needs” — a lesson they learned from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 tactics against Trump.

The question of what’s next for Trump also depends on what Cohen might tell special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s ties to Russia.

After Cohen’s guilty plea on Tuesday, his attorney, Lanny Davis, went on a media blitz in which he repeatedly suggested that Cohen has information that would be of interest to Mueller — specifically about the hacking of the Democratic National Convention during the 2016 election, and about Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.’s mid-campaign meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.

On MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Davis said that Cohen had “knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on.”

He elaborated to The Washington Post, “A conspiracy to commit a crime becomes a crime if there’s one overt act — meaning you do anything to implement the crime. If there is a conversation and a plan for there to be dirt on Hillary Clinton, and then someone knows the way you’re willing to get the dirt is a Russian agent called WikiLeaks . . . and then WikiLeaks hacks into an email account, which is a crime, then you have committed a crime of conspiracy.”

If Trump knew in advance about the meeting, he could be accused of having participated in a criminal conspiracy, the Post reports.

But, the newspaper adds, “It’s very unlikely Trump would be indicted on such a charge, especially given how speculative it is.”

Meanwhile, though Manafort’s conviction on eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud does not directly implicate Trump, it could strengthen the special counsel investigation and prompt Manafort to strike a deal and agree to cooperate with investigators, the Post says.

“The combination of the Manafort conviction and the guilty plea by Michael Cohen creates a legal maelstrom for the president’s lawyers, who now have to do battle on two fronts, fending off unrelated charges that both involve individuals who were at one time close to the president,” Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor who now works at the firm McCarter & English, tells the Post.

Timothy Belevetz, a former federal prosecutor now with the firm Holland & Knight, called the Manafort verdict “an important milestone” for Mueller.

“So far, the office has charged more than 30 individuals and has secured a number of guilty pleas, which is not insignificant,” he said. “This is a big win for the special counsel.”

Michael Cohen Flips on Donald Trump, Accuses President of Federal Crimes

Michael Cohen, who worked for two decades as Donald Trump's personal lawyer, reached a plea deal today with federal prosecutors.

In doing so, the man who has often been referred to as the President's "fixer" implicated the Commander-in-Chief in two major crimes.

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Cohen is now on record as saying "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" he acted to keep information that would have been harmful to the candidate and the campaign from becoming public during the 2016 election cycle.

Translation:

Cohen has flipped on his long-time client.

The "candidate" referenced above is very obviously Trump (no one is arguing against this) and the coordinated effort about which Cohen is talking has to do with payments made on Trump's behalf to a pair of women:

1. Karen McDougal.

2. Stormy Daniels (pictured below).

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Trump allegedly carried on affairs with both of these women and, with Cohen's assistance, arranged for each to be paid off in order to keep them quiet about the sexual intercourse.

Under regular circumstances, this might not be illegal.

A woman is allowed to sign a contract in which she agrees not to disclose details about nearly anything in exchange for a sum of money.

HOWEVER, Cohen says he was instructed by Trump to make these payments specifically so that news of his affairs would not affect the Presidential election.

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The deals were made with the explicit cause of influencing the minds of votes and THAT is what makes them potentially against the law.

“I participated in the conduct for the purposes of influencing the election,” Cohen said about his payments to porn star Daniels and ex-Playboy model McDougal.

Yes, he said this in court.

Yes, it's safe to assume he will testify to this same charge if he must do so again.

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And, yes, it's possible Cohen has additional tapes of Trump making various admissions and issuing certain directives.

After all, one noteworthy exchange between the attorney and his former client has already been made public.

It depicts Cohen and Trump discussing the payment that will be made to McDougal (pictured above).

You can listen to it here:

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts during his day in court on Tuesday.

The charges against Cohen include:

Tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump... including payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate that were designed to silence women who claimed affairs with the then-candidate.

Regarding the charge linked to Daniels, Cohen said the money "was later repaid to me by the candidate."

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Trump, of course, has denied having knowledge that Cohen paid anyone off on his behalf and has certainly denied ever paying him back.

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, didn't shy away from directly calling out the president this afternoon.

"If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?” he asked in a statement.

That's a fair question.

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Elsewhere this afternoon, Paul Manafort - President Trump’s former campaign chairman, pictured below - was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes by a federal jury in Virginia.

This verdict came about as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

He was found guilty on five tax fraud counts, two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.

Manafort (pictured below) faces a maximum of 80 years in jail.

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For the record now, Trump's former national security advisor, lawyer and deputy campaign manager have all pleaded guilty to various federal crimes.

His former campaign manager has been convicted of eight felonies.

Can you imagine all that Mueller and his team would uncover if this weren't a Rigged Witch Hunt?!?

Donald Trump Tries to Dunk on LeBron James, Calls Him Stupid

Donald Trump is too short, too out of shape and possesses hands that are way to small to dunk a basketball.

But the President of the United States nevertheless took some time out of his late Friday night to try and slam one home on...

... LeBron James?

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Yes.

The very stable genius, who thinks one needs an ID to purchase groceries, jumped on Twitter around midnight and Tweeted the following about the new Los Angeles Lakers star:

Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.

I like Mike!

There are many things to point out about this Tweet.

For starters, Lemon interviewed LeBron on Monday night, meaning there are only one of two options here:

  1. Trump used TiVo to record the interview and watched it days later.
  2. Trump was simply watching CNN, the network he often claims "sucks" and is terrible and is full of "fake news," when it re-aired the Q&A.

Either would be a totally normal thing for the Commander-in-Chief to do, right?

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Secondly, LeBron James was interviewed by Lemon (along with other outlets) because he just opened a public school in Akron, Ohio.

To reiterate: James donated millions and millions of dollars to the I Promise school, an institution for at-risk children in his hometown that will offer:

- Free college tuition to the University of Arkon for all graduates.

- All students a free uniform, free bicycle and free helmet.

- Job assistance and GED training for the parents of all students.

- A food pantry for families.

- Free breakfast, lunch and snacks for all students.

One could easily argue this is the most generous and impressive off-court gesture ever made by a professiona athlete.

And THIS is the individual that President Trump has chosen to insult as unintelligent.

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We wonder why.

Yes, James has referred to Trump as a "bum" on Twitter in the past and he also said in June that whichever team won the NBA title would turn down an invitation to visit the White House.

But head NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich has been far more critical of Trump.

The latter said in March that Trump is a liar and a hypocrite and that he brings out the "dark side of human beings for his own purpose."

Yet Trump has never uttered a negative word about Kerr or Popovich. We really do wonder why.

What makes LeBron different from these two other men in his profession. Can anyone out there help explain it to us?

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In his CNN interview, James discussed the impact of sports and how it brings people together, contrasting this experience with the way Trump uses "sports to kinda divide us."

A great example of this would be Trump's constant bashing of NFL players for being unpatrotic because they are protesting violence against African-Americans by taking a knee during the national anthem.

"Sports has never been something that divides people," James told Lemon. "It's always been something that brings someone together."

A few months ago, LeBron expounded further on Trump's self-centered and misguided attitude toward... everything and everyone.

"He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country," James said. "He doesn't understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement.

"He doesn't understand that, and that's what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that's ... this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world."

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In his viral Tweet above, Trump said he likes Mike, very likely making a reference to Michael Jordan in the debate for who is the best basketball player of all-time.

The world now waits to see if Jordan will chime in with his opinion of the President.

It also now waits to see if Trump will get impeached for being a traitor.