From the moment that Caitlyn Jenner announced her gubernatorial run, trans Americans braced themselves.
This is a vanity run - she cannot win. But she can do a lot of harm to the transgender community in the process.
The world already saw Cait throw trans athletes under the bus.
Now, she is letting the worst people alive use her as a prop to attack other trans women.
It's never a good thing when a member of the Trump crime family is on social media.
Donald Trump Jr. shared a malicious comparison between two different trans women.
One was Caitlyn Jenner. The other was Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rachel Levine.
One was a glamorous photo of Cait being professionally photographed while fully dressed up.
The other was a grainy photo of Rachel Levine at work.
Cait was labeled "conservative girls," while Rachel was labeled "liberal girls."
"It seems to hold true no matter what!!!!" Don Jr gleefully commented.
He claimed: "Conservative girls are just better looking."
The son of the disgraced former president commented: "maybe that’s why the libs are always outraged for no reason."
That by itself was bad enough.
The meme would have been despicable if it had featured cis women.
Featuring trans women made it especially vicious -- and thus on-brand for the Trumps.
Caitlyn then shared the despicable meme, featuring Don Jr.'s commentary.
Clearly, she felt flattered by the comparison.
Worse, she also added some laughing emojis -- as if it were funny.
What Cait's aim here was is as transparent as it is predictable.
First, she wants to show that she's "not like a regular trans woman, she's a cool trans woman" among vicious bigots.
She did this before, when she suggested that trans girls should not compete alongside cis girls in school.
This was vile and hypocritical of her.
Notably, Cait herself has competed in women's golf tournaments.
She was simply malice signaling in desperate hope for approval from the worst people in the world.
But giving this cruel meme her blessing is more than just shallow and all-around crappy.
Because, as we said, this would be bad even if it were a malicious comparison between cisgender women.
People of any gender, be they cis or trans, are more than their looks.
It's super weird when politicians are judged by their sex appeal or whatever just because they're women.
This is worse, however, because Caitlyn has to know how vicious the pressures are on trans women.
The number of trans women who have balked at coming out because they worry that they'll be "ugly" if they transition ... it's a huge deal.
Sincerely, there are trans women who have only come out after their epiphanies that they don't have to be "hot trans girls" to be themselves.
Additionally, a number of factors can make it extremely difficult for trans folks, especially older trans folks, to meet traditional beauty standards.
Caitlyn herself should know this.
First, though some trans kids are lucky enough to get access to affirming healthcare, not all are.
This means that some trans folks do not get puberty blockers and are forced to go through the wrong puberty.
And that's not even counting trans people who didn't realize that they were trans until adulthood, when that ship had sailed.
In some cases, it requires tremendous amounts of money for a trans person to sculpt their adult body to match cis-centric beauty standards.
Caitlyn, of course, has a tremendous amount of money.
She should know that almost no other trans women on the planet have the kind of financial privilege that she experiences.
So, let's see, by endorsing this meme, Cait:
-Reinforced the idea that women, including trans women, can and should be judged for their appearances.
-Rubbed it in the faces of every other trans person on the planet that her wealth helps her to better conform to gender expectations.
Based upon that alone, you'd almost think that she's a clueless POS with no qualifications to run a McDonalds, let alone the country's largest state.
And, of course, you would be right.
Caitlyn just seems to be measuring how much harm she can do to the greater trans community during this farcical vanity run.
It's important to note that even members of marginalized groups can be bigoted.
A trans person cannot be "cisphobic" -- that's not a thing -- but they can harbor internalized bigotry.
In this case, Caitlyn promoted transmisogyny (that very special blend of transphobia and misogyny experienced by trans women), and that will never be okay.
With Caitlyn Jenner's hefty net worth, she can afford this vanity run for Governor of California.
The question remains whether vulnerable young trans kids can "afford" the damage that she is causing.
On the campaign trail, the former reality star threw countless transgender students under the bus.
She's getting raked across the coals for it as everyone remembers that she's just not a great person.
One of TMZ's reporters approached Caitlyn Jenner in a parking lot.
The report asked what was, in fairness to Cait, an ill-phrased question referring to trans girls as "biological boys who are trans."
That's an inherently nonsensical thing to say, but the context was a question about an alarming legal trend.
More and more state legsilatures, the reporter noted, have been passing or attempting to pass trans sports segregation laws.
These laws would require schools to forbid trans athletes from competing under normal gender-divided school sports.
The question was poorly phrased. The answer was appalling.
Caitlyn paused for a moment before saying that she sees the matter as "a question of fairness."
"That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school," she replied.
"It just isn't fair," Cait claimed. "And we have to protect girls' sports in our schools."
That might sound like an odd answer coming from one of the most famous trans women on the planet.
It is certainly a despicable answer, but not necessarily surprising when you look at who Caitlyn is as a person.
Let's break this down, in order, talking with why the language of the question, then repeated by Cait, was so bad.
What in the world is a "biological boy?"
This is a nonsensical phrase that would only be useful in a world where some boys were inorganic robots.
But for now, all people are "biological." Gender, on the other hand, is not biological at all.
Gender is a complicated social construct that varies between cultures.
It is not comprised of chromosomes or genitals.
Though trans or cis people may experience various forms of body dysphoria, gender is not anatomical.
A trans girl who whose birth certificate assigned her as "male" when she was born is a girl.
She is made of flesh and blood and proteins and whatnot, so she is a biological girl.
A boy, either cisgender or transgender, who is made of flesh and blood and proteins, is a biological boy.
Now that we've covered the s--tty question, it's time for Caitlyn's truly deplorable answer.
She says that, for reasons of "fairness," trans girls should not compete against cis girls in school athletics.
Is that an unfair situation? And is the solution really to segregate trans kids and cis kids?
So these anti-trans bills that are cropping up aren't really based upon any real problems that exist.
But the alleged logic behind them is that trans girls will have physical advantages over cis girls.
The psuedoscientific reasons for this vary, with "testosterone" coming up pretty regularly.
Many trans kids go on pubertly blockers if their parents are supportive.
Puberty blockers, also sometimes used for cis girls who start their periods at very young ages, are safe and reversible.
They are vital for many trans children, stopping trans kids from going through an undesired and potentially life-ruining wrong puberty.
Not all trans folks get surgery (for that matter, not all seek hormonal treatments, particularly among nonbinary folks).
In general, though, many trans teens will go on to get actual hormones as they get older, often in their late teens.
Those lucky enough to have been able to go on puberty blockers may not need any kind of surgery when they are adults.
What does this have to do with sports and the dreaded superdrug of "testosterone," a hormone in men and women anyway?
Well, trans kids who are on puberty blockers don't have any "hormonal advantages" either way ... because those changes have not taken place in their bodies.
If anything, a cis girl going through puberty might have advantages over a trans girl whose puberty has been postponed, but that's about it.
And the reality of course is that all people have advantages in some areas over each other.
Some have longer legs, or weigh less, or are simply better runners or sprinters or jumpers, or have more endurance or are more coordinated.
Also? Even among a group of all-cis people, you're going to find varying levels of testosterone. Human bodies are just like that.
So there's no inherent unfairness issue there.
And no, women's sports aren't under attack or in need of special protections ... not like that, at least.
Many women's leagues perform better than men's leagues but receive less funding and less respect, but that's not the doing of the trans community.
So if this isn't a problem that exists in real life and if only a handful of trans kids are student athletes anyway, why are these bills cropping up?
They're appearing for the same reason that any kinds of cruel, discriminatory laws are proposed or passed.
The motive is malice. The purpose is cruelty. The aim is to galvanize voters with frothing, irrational hatred.
And that of course is why Caitlyn is willing to throw the most vulnerable members of the trans community under the bus.
She's not a good person and she never has been.
Coming out as trans has not changed that.
Caitlyn wants other young trans girls to go through the same miserable charade that she did.
Or at least, she's willing to say so to get votes and respect from the worst political scum in our society.
She's not going to be Governor of California, but she's willing to do a lot of damage while trying.
So far, 2021 is shaping up just as tens of millions of Americans hoped it would:
A new president has been sworn in; the Covid-19 vaccine is gradually making its way across America, and a second Donald Trump impeachment trial is currently underway.
Of course, generally, when we think of impeachment, we think of charges being brought against a sitting president.
And the only things Trump is sitting on these days are a mound of discarded Big Mac wrappers and an ass that could put the curviest of Kardashians to shame.
Nevertheless, terrorizing Congress is not the sort of thing that Congress takes lightly, and Trump stands accused of encouraging his merry band of unemployable incels to remove their shirts, don their most dapper face paint, and storm the Capitol Building with the goal of ... well, it seems they didn't get that far in the planning process.
Trump is the first President to have been impeached twice, and he's the first one to face an impeachment trial after leaving the White House.
Probably not what he had in mind when he talked about his administration making history.
If Trump is found guilty on Incitement of Insurrection charges, he could be barred from ever again holding a federal office in the United States.
So the outcome won't be earth-shattering for the Donald either way, but for a number of reasons, tensions are running high anyway:
For one thing, millions of MAGA-niacs will blow their tops if the pile of tainted cold cuts they call a supreme overlord is actually held responsible for his actions.
On top of that, the Donald is a widdle diaper baby, and he hates losing almost as much as he hates eating his vegetables.
So if he's handed another defeat on top of the ass-whupping he suffered in November, you know he's gonna go on MySpace -- or whatever social media platform will still have him -- and work his sycophants up into a frenzy.
The Trump legal team suffered their first loss this week when the Senate ruled that the case against him is constitutional and should be permitted to proceed.
But if you're hoping that decision will be the beginning ot the end for ol' Donnie, we're afraid we have some bad news:
Impeachment requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and it seems highly unlikely that Democratic lawmakers will be able to convince many members of the GOP to stray from the party line just for the purpose of convicting some paunchy Florida retiree.
Republican Senator Rand Paul has already lobbied to have the case thrown out, and you've got a handful of aspiring Brown Shirts like Senator Josh Hawley, who will do anything their flabby fuhrer commands.
But for the most part, Republican senators are fully aware that Donald Trump put their lives in danger on January 6 -- but they won't punish him for it because they're worried about their own careers, and they live in fear of terrifying their constituents.
It's the height of cowardice, but what do you expect from people like Ted Cruz?
You can literally tell the whole world the guy's wife is ugly, and not only will he vote for you, he'll protect your efforts to destroy the country he claims to love.
2021 might have gotten off to an encouraging start, but with this caliber of spineless rodent in charge, you can bet that we'll be back in post-apocalyptic hellscape mode any day now.
Three former U.S. Presidents.
One very clear and pointed message.
Let's just hope Donald Trump was doing what he does best: Watching television, so he could receive it.
On Wednesday afternoon, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. (Perhaps you heard! Perhaps you celebrated!)
A few hours later, in lieu of the typical balls and parties that follow this ceremony, networks aired an event titled Celebrating America.
It featured celebrity cameos, musical acts, appreciation for everyday citizens, a second brief speech from Biden -- and the gathering of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
All three former Presidents attended the inauguration, of course, while Trump did not.
They also came together exactly two weeks after a deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, an uprising that enough Democrats and Republicans agreed was incited by Trump that it caused him to be impeached.
For a second time.
"Good evening, America," Obama said to open his remarks.
"Obviously, there was a personal element to seeing my former vice president become the 46th president, to see Kamala Harris as our first woman vice president.
"But more broadly, I think inaugurations signal a tradition of a peaceful transfer of power that is over two centuries old."
Bush echoed this sentiment.
"I think the fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a peaceful transfer of power speaks to the institutional integrity of our country," said the man who gracefully handed over the office to Obama in January 2009.
Trump, it should be noted, became the first president in modern history not to attend his successor's inauguration.
He flew down to Florida on Wednesday morning, hopefully to never be heard from ever again.
Added Clinton last night:
"So this is an unusual thing -- we are both trying to come back to normalcy, deal with totally abnormal challenges, and do what we do best, which is try to make a more perfect union.
"It's exciting times."
The ex-Commander-in-Chief was referring here to both the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to rage across the nation, and the disturbing levels of denial, anger and violence exhibited of late by certain segments of one political party.
Along these lines, Obama continued:
"We've gotta not just listen to folks we agree with but listen to folks we don't."
"One of my fondest memories of the inauguration was the grace and generosity that President Bush showed me, and Laura Bush showed Michelle.
"It was a reminder that we can have fierce disagreements, and yet recognize each other's common humanity, and that as Americans, we have more in common than what separates us."
"I think if Americans would love their neighbor like they'd like to be loved themselves, a lot of the division in our society would end," Bush added.
"That's what this means," Clinton said, "It's a new beginning."
Obama, Bush and Clinton -- who, like the many former Presidents before them, regularly make appearances together at official state functions -- all wished Biden success on his presidency to conclude their important message.
For his part, Biden encouraged unity during an inauguration address than Chris Wallace of Fox News said was the best he's ever heard.
"Today we celebrate the trump not of a candidate but of a case: a case of democracy," he said on stage.
"The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded.
"Democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed."
Later, in words he recited later that same evening, Biden told viewers, attendees and everyone in between:
"We come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have or more than two centuries.
"As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be."
Donald Trump is having a very, very bad week, and it is entirely his own doing.
He lost the election months ago. Those results were certified despite the armed white insurgents who stormed the Capitol Building with his encouragement.
Now, that suspension has been extended indefinitely after Trump once again tried to rile up his followers for their next attack.
On Friday evening on January 8, 2021, Twitter finally took the action that concerned users had been asking to see since 2015.
"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them," Twitter Safety announced.
The announcement continued: "We have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
Twitter Safety went on to explain that this should not have been surprising to Trump.
"In the context of horrific events this week," a subsequent tweet read, "we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action."
In other words, Twitter had told him that they were no longer making special allowances for him after his role in the horrific attack on the Capitol building. Trump ignored them.
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future," Trump had tweeted.
His deranged tweet continued: "They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
Twitter cited this as part of his misbehavior.
It was not long after that Trump tweeted: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Even months ago, this would have been in poor taste. After the attack on January 6, Twitter correctly observed that this tweet appeared in an alarming context.
The closest analogy would be a troubled high school student texting a friend to "not come to school" the next day -- in this case, Trump signaling that any harm done at the inauguration will not hurt him, personally.
"Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021," Twitter explained.
The explanation continued: "These two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences."
Twitter contineud: "including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks."
"After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy," Twitter reasoned.
The Safety page announced: "We have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy."
The formal announcement concluded: "and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service."
"President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate," Twitter went on.
"And," the Safety page noted, "is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an 'orderly transition' on January 20th."
That certainly seems to be Trump's intention, yes.
"The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts," Twitter wrote, "that the Inauguration would be a 'safe' target, as he will not be attending. "
"The use of the words 'American Patriots' to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol," Twitter noted.
Obviously, patriots do not smear feces along the halls of their capitol buildings, ransack offices, or display Nazi and Confederate symbols. Those are the acts of unpatriotic insurgents and terrorists.
"The mention of his supporters having a 'GIANT VOICE long into the future' and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an 'orderly transition,'" Twitter explained.
"And," the Safety page continued, "instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election."
"Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter," Twitter noted.
The Safety page added: "Including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021."
We hope that everyone at the inauguration remains safe and are glad that Trump is finally no longer able to use this platform to encourage acts of terror on American soil.
Nancy Pelosi has upped the ante.
Two days after the stunning assault against Democracy and the U.S. Capitol, one of the women right at the center of the mayhem has issued both a challenge and a threat to President Donald Trump.
The Speaker of the House says in a new statement that Trump can leave office of his own accord...
... or be forced out.
Late on Friday, the long-time Congresswoman spoke on behalf of her caucus and said the following:
"Today the House Democratic Caucus had an hours-long conversation that was sad, moving and patriotic. It was a conversation unlike any other, because it followed an action unlike any other."
This, of course, is a referrence to what transpired around 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday.
At that time, a few hours after receiving their marching orders from President Trump, thousands of Republicans committed an act of domestic terrorism when they stormed the Capitol.
They prompted a complete lockdown of the building and infiltrated both the Congressional Chamber and the offices of various lawmakers.
One of the most memorable and troubling photos from the insurrection features a man -- who has since been arrested -- with his feet on Speaker Pelosi's desk.
Five people, including a police offiicer, were also killed in the display of violence and sedition.
Donald Trump has since responded by calling the instigators "Patriots," while Facebook has responded by banning Trump from its platform.
"It is the hope of Members that the President will immediately resign," continued Pelosi.
"But if he does not, I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin's 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment.
"Accordingly, the House will preserve every option -- including the 25th Amendment, a motion to impeach or a privileged resolution for impeachment.
"With great respect, our deliberations will continue."
There have been calls to remove Trump from office via the 25th Amendment by numerous officials and politicians.
Even The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, has called on Trump to resign.
This seems unlikely to happen, though.
House Democrats therefore plan to introduce their impeachment resolution on Monday.
The latest draft of the impeachment resolution, obtained by CNN, includes one article of impeachment for "incitement of insurrection."
Pelosi will consult with President-Elect Joe Biden before making any final decisions.
Trump, of course, was impeached in early 2020, but the Senate voted to acquit the President at the time.
Would they do so again, considering a successful impeachment calls for a two-thirds majority of the Senate?
Probably, although Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski would almost definitely vote to convict Trump, while 2024 Presidential hopefuls such as Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley may do the same in order to ensure Trump cannot run again.
No matter what legislation is passed or what resolutions get voted on, Trump WILL leave office on January 20 when Biden gets sworn in as President.
Along these lines, Bernie Sanders Tweeted on Friday:
“Some people ask: Why would you impeach and convict a president who has only a few days left in office?
"The answer: Precedent.
"It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the U.S. government."
We still can't believe this has to now be spelled out.
But, hey, at least the corporate tax rate is lower now than it was under Barack Obama!
UPDATE: Twitter has permanent banned Donald Trump.
See for yourself:
"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter's official Safety account wrote on Friday evening.
For just about 75 million Americans, their long national nightmare is over.
On Saturday morning -- following days of confusion, chaos, misleading information and a great deal of vote-counting -- Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States.
It is now official.
Just a few minutes ago, outlets from CNN to NBC to The Associated Press all determined that Biden has won the 20 electoral college votes handed out by the state of Pennsylvania.
As a result, Biden now has, at minimum, 273 total electoral votes.
A candidate that surpasses or equals 270 electoral votes is named Commander-in-Chief.
As of Saturday morning, the AP had projected Biden won 284 electoral votes to Trump's 214... including the swing states of Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with additional leads in Georgia and Nevada.
Due to the influx of mail-in ballots over the past several weeks, it took numerous days for some of these tallies to be finalized.
To be clear, however, there was never any fraud and there was never anything fishy about this development.
This is the way Presidential elections have worked and the way votes have been tabulated for literal centuries.
Trump is the first incumbent to be defeated since George H.W. Bush 28 years ago.
He’s the fifth incumbent to be defeated in the last 100 years.
In Biden's running mate, California Senator, Kamala Harris, America has elected history-making vice president as well:
She's the first woman, the first Black person and first person of Asian descent to hold this office.
Both Biden and Trump had given speeches in the days since Election Day, with the latter baselessly and dangerously claiming that Biden was only winninng the election due to illegal means.
There has never been any evidence provided to back up this claim.
Biden, for his part, displayed confidence all week long that he was going to win, while also preaching patience.
"We need to be patient and it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted,” Biden said late Tuesday evening, going on to emphasize:
“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won the election. That’s the decision of the American people.”
And it's now been confirmed that those American people have spoken.
Loudly and strongly:
On track to win the popular vote by over four million votes, and on track to collect more than 75 million total votes across the United States, Biden has earned the most raw votes in Presidential history.
“The purpose of our politics is not total unrelenting warfare,” Biden said in a late-night speech on Friday, adding:
“We have to put the anger and demonization behind us. It’s time for us to come together as a nation to heal.”
Biden also told viewers that he and Harris were "not waiting to get the work done,” explaining that they had been meeting with experts over the past day or so in order to start executing their agenda as soon as they're in office.
The President-Elect will be sworn in on January 20, 2021.
“Look, we both know tensions are high,” he added yesterday.
“But we need to remember — we have to remain calm. As we count all the votes, we’re proving again what we’ve proved for 244 years in this country: Democracy works. Your vote will be counted.
"I don’t care how hard people try to stop it. I will not let it happen.”
Upon learning that his election had been made official, Biden issued the following statement on Saturday:
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.
Jennifer Aniston may have made a name for herself by starring on the sitcom Friends.
But the actress made it very clear on Friday:
She is NOT friends with Kanye West.
And, you know what?
She doesn't think the rapper would be a very good friend to Americans as their Commander-in-Chief, either.
Like over 52 millions citizens to date, Aniston voted early this afternoon, snapping a handful of photos of herself at the ballot box and then shortly afterward.
She posted these photos on Instagram -- and included with them a detailed and pointed message about the process, the country, the candidates she chose... and Kanye West.
"#IVOTED for @joebiden and @kamalaharris. I dropped my ballot off, and I did it early," wrote the beloved actress, adding:
"I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies.
"Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue.
"He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science... too many people have died."
Aniston continued along these same themes, sharing her views on various subjects and why she thinks Biden and Harris are best for The United States.
'I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we’re on right now...
"Your daughters, the LGBTQ+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting)."
For those unaware, this election pits Biden against incumbent loon Donald Trump.
Concluded Aniston in the main part of her post:
"This whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue, it’s about the future of this country and of the world.
"Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency."
Mostly fair and reasonable enough, right?
The post-script, however, is the reason why Aniston's single vote, and the caption she associated with it, have since gone viral.
PS - It’s not funny to vote for Kanye. I don’t know how else to say it. Please be responsible.
Oh, well. Okay then!
West, of course, really is running for President... in the states for which he's qualified to be on the ballot, that is.
This run thus far has angered his wife because Kanye has used his platform to say he wanted to abort daughter North West and to reveal lots of other personal information as well.
It's also angered millions of his fellow U.S. citizens because it's pretty evident at this point that West doesn't care about winning at all.
He only cares about taking votes away from Joe Biden and, therefore, helping Donald Trump earn a second term.
Kanye has not commented on this alleged collusion with the Trump campaign, but he's received assistance from administration operatives.
If you'll recall, West also met with Trump in the Oval Office a couple years ago, something that seemed totally unexpected and insane at the time.
Fast forward to now, though? And all that has transpired since?
And, well, can anything involving Trump be classified as surprising at this juncture?
According to a wild new report, Meghan Markle wants to run for President someday.
We have no idea whether or not that is true.
However, according to Representative Jason Smith -- who represents Missouri's 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives -- one thing is certain:
Markle and Prince Harry most definitely do NOT want Donald Trump to be President.
And the British monarch ought to do something about it.
In a tweet on Friday that also served as a mammoth self-own, Smith shared the letter he sent to Queen Elizabeth II, along with the caption:
"Prince Harry and Megan Markle are using foreign titles to campaign against President Trump and interfere with our election.
"Today, I asked the British Government to put a stop to it."
What the eff is Smith talking about?
On September 22, Markle and Harry appeared on a TV special honoring Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people.
During this appearance, Markle said 2020 represents "the most important election of our lifetime," while Harry added:
"When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes.
"Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only reflect but act.
"As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity."
As you can plainly see, neither Markle not Harry actually endorsed either candidate.
But many people out there, Smith included, interpreted their statements as push for former Vice President Joe Biden to defeat Trump.
Harry, of course, is not an American citizen and cannot vote in the upcoming election.
Markle, however, very much can and, we'd have to imagine, very much will.
Wrote Smith in his letter:
"It is my view the titles and privileges they retain by permission of Her Majesty the Queen, given with the advice and consent of her government, prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British Royal Family.
"Therefore, by allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and these political comments to continue, the British Government is effectively condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election from officials at the highest level of the British establishment."
This, naturally, is downright hilarious.
And also very revealing.
Markle and Harry encouraged individuals to do two things in the coming weeks:
- Reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.
Based on that alone, Smith thinks the stars are conspiring against President Trump.
Which says a whole lot about President Trump and the Republican party, doesn't it? If you're pro-democracy and anti-hateful rhetoric, you must be for Joe Biden, huh?
Markle and Harry stepped down as senior members of the British royal family earlier this year.
Despite the conclusion of their official royal duties, the duo still maintains their royal titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
According to constitutional tradition, the British royal family is prohibited from getting involved in British politics... and they tend to maintain political impartiality internationally as well.
However, past comments made by Markle in a 2016 TV interview calling Trump "divisive" and "misogynistic" have led people to believe that she does not back the president.
And the President doesn't back Markle, either.
"I'm not a fan of hers and I would say this, and she has probably heard this, I wish a lot of luck to Harry -- because he's going to need it," the President said last month when asked about the former actress.
In reference to Markle's "thinly disguised" political opinion, meanwhile, Smith said it represents "a serious breach of the British Royal Family's policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies."
What a doofus.
Now, she is combining the two with a very important message.
Lisa Rinna has posted a jaw-dropping thirst trap.
In the photo, she is wearing an eye-catching and festively colorful bikini.
But the real centerpiece is her incredible body. She looks better at 57 than a lot of people do at 27. Wow!
After those viewing her tantalizing display regained their senses enough to read her caption, there was a whole new reason to pay attention.
"So a lot of you have been asking about my diet and exercise routine," Lisa writes.
She reveals: "I start by voting as early as possible for #joebiden and #kamalaharris and all of the other democratic candidates."
Lisa continues: "Then try @isaacboots Torch’d class which will tone dat ass."
"So then," she says, "you can kick some white supremacists ass."
Lisa then correctly notes: "cuz the president is racist."
Lisa concludes her tongue-in-cheek but inspiring caption with: "This was inspired by @zoeisabellakravitz."
Zoe Kravitz is a total knockout herself.
Let's take a look at the talented 31-year-old's caption and compare the two.
"So, a lot of you have been asking me about my skin care routine," Zoe's Instagram post begins.
She shares: "I start by voting as early as possible for #joebiden and #kamalaharris and all the other democratic candidates."
"Then try some eye cream," Zoe recommends, "if you haven't been sleeping well because the president is a racist."
While no person could reasonably question the accusation that Donald Trump is an avowed and impassioned racist, some parts of Lisa's post are getting flak.
Unfortunately, like so many things in America, reality TV fandoms have portions that are racists and Trump supporters.
Though not (quite) all Trump supporters are racists themselves and not all racists are Trump supporters, the venn diagram of the two gets closer to a circle every day.
Some brought up Harry Hamlin's 2015 controversy, when -- as part of his Halloween costume -- he wore a swastika on his shirt.
Though it was a costume and not meant to convey his actual beliefs, some things -- such as hate symbols like swastikas, klan hoods, and MAGA hats -- are off-limits for costumes.
Given that Lisa's husband has not repeated this catastrophic error in judgment, he hopefully came to understand that it was truly a mistake.
Of course, the people choosing this moment to bring up the 2015 photos are openly acting in bad faith.
Why? Because they don't like Lisa's message -- about the importance of voting out Trump and voting in good, decent people who can undo at least some of the harm that he has done to America.
Instead, they are trying to distract from that by any means necessary. Calling out a swastika on a costume is a worthy activity ... unless you're trying to drown out criticisms of a white nationalist administration.
Lisa, Zoe, and millions of others are lending their voices and their platforms -- big or small -- as part of the courageous fight for the soul and future of our nation.
We all know what's at stake. We all need to come up with a concrete voting plan to ensure that we can take part in this electoral battle between good and evil.
Most of us won't be as hot as Lisa while we're doing it, but that's not really a fair comparison for anyone.
It is officiially on, American citizens.
On Tuesday afternoon, Joe Biden announced that he had selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 Presidential Election.
Harris, former nominee herself for the Oval Office, now becomes the first-ever Black woman to be nominated for Vice President of the United States.
"I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate," Biden Tweeted today.
Referencing his late son, Biden added:
"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau.
"I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign."
Harris is the fourth woman on a major presidential ticket, following Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008 and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A former prosecutor, she had been on a list of possible Vice Presidential candidates for months.
The first-term senator was elected to Congress in 2016 after serving as the California attorney general since 2011.
She challenged Biden on stage at the first Democratic debate late last year, calling out the former VP for what she outlined as his previous stance in the 1970s, opposing mandatory school busing legislation.
Such an aggressive approach saw Harris fly toward the top of the polls for a brief period of time.
However, by December, Harris said her campaign had ran out of funds and she dropped out the race.
Upon suspending her campaign, Harris vowed to "do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are.”
As for how Hollywood is reacting to the news?
Let's go to social media!
George Takei: "Biden/Harris will begin to heal our nation. From the devastation of the virus to systemic racism, from the economic collapse to the looming climate crisis, we have chosen two great leaders who will lift us up together, toward a new future, toward a new America. #BidenHarris2020."
John Legend: "Very happy for our friend and Senator and future Vice-President, @KamalaHarris, and very much looking forward to voting for the Biden-Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of recovering from this nightmare presidency and building an even better future."
Debra Messing: "BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden has chosen KAMALA HARRIS as his running mate. And . I. AM. ALL FOR IT!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!"
Whoopi Goldberg: "Sen.KamalaHarris this is a great moment. Let's take care of her and make sure we are supportive of her because this is a no nonsense race and she is ready. Go Kamala!"
Mark Hamill: "The next Vice President of the United States of America."
LeBron James: "Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it! Appreciate you JB."
Sarah Paulson: "The sexist and racist political attacks on @KamalaHarris have already begun. Let's demand that the media keep these ignorant, bad-faith attacks out of their 2020 election coverage. Let her know: #WeHaveHerBack"
Elizabeth Banks: "Congrats to all of us, especially @joebiden because @kamalaharris is a powerhouse #bidenharris2020."
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Florida Congressional Candidate Finally Addresses the Greatest Threat to Our Great Nation: Dragon Ball Z
There is a lot of serious stuff going on in the country right now. The protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd are still going on, the government pushback against the protests is bordering fascism, our response to COVID-19 is the worst in the entire world and it’s not getting any better and because of that the economy is on the brink of catastrophe.
But an independent candidate for Congress in Florida is talking the issues that really matter to people in the year 2020: Dragon Ball Z being bad.
They are now introducing a great deal of anime porn into the internet matrix.
Dragon Ball Z is one of the top issues here.
They are sexualizing cartoon characters to push a depraved agenda on our kids.
What’s next? Where will it end?
— KW Miller For Congress (FL-18) (@KwCongressional) July 29, 2020
Now, Dragon Ball did have its fair share of dirty jokes, especially early on. The most graphic it ever got, though, was the time you saw Bulma’s butt when she flashed Muten Roshi because she didn’t know Goku had taken her panties off because he thought something was wrong with her balls. It started as a comedy, okay?
It also started in 1984. Yeah, when Dragon Ball Z debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, the episodes they showed were ten years old and from the second half of the overall series.
Also, what the hell is the “internet matrix?” How can someone this clueless even get on Twitter?
It gets better though. This same guy claimed earlier this month that Beyoncé is actually Italian and just pretending to be Black. That is just top-shelf bizarre behavior. I want to take it, throw it in a pot with some garlic and onion, reduce it by half and serve it over rigatoni because it’s so rich and thick.
Miller also said BTS were part of some nebulous conspiracy involving Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and that BTS stood for “Big Time Socialists.” It actually stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan because they’re fucking Korean and don’t give a s**t about American politics any more than Miley Cyrus cares about South Korean politics.
The right’s obsession with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is really out of hand. It’s basically a bunch of people who don’t want to admit to themselves that they want to have sex with her so they act like she’s the antichrist. I, on the other hand, being the enlightened and mature person I am, have come to terms with wanting to have sex with that Kent State gun girl and am able to disagree with every word she says without turning it into some weird psychosexual melodrama.
This guy was also a director at Enron. This is like the gift that keeps on giving. I thought Kanye West was going to be the dumbest political campaign of this election season but I was very wrong. This guy makes Kanye West look like… well, still not anyone good, but someone better than Kanye West. Maybe George W Bush before the media campaign to rehabilitate his image and make everyone forget the entire world thought he was functionally retarded for eight years.
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Despite years and years of Kanye West's unhinged behavior, he still manages to catch people off guard.
On Independence Day, Kanye decided to announce that he is running to be President of the United States.
In 2015, Kanye West was for some reason awarded the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs.
This unfortunately meant that he was allowed to speak to the audience. At that time, he threatend to run for President in 2020.
At the time, the whole sounded farcial. Now, Kanye is making that mostly forgotten joke into a horrifying new reality.
"We must now realize the promise of America," Kanye tweeted on the evening of July 4, 2020.
He wrote that this promise can be realized "by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future."
"I am running for president of the United States," he threatens, sending a chill down the spines of millions.
In case anyone was wondering if any other members of the Insufferable Rich Clown Squad are also Team Kanye, the answer is yes.
D-list supervillain Elon Musk, who was hanging out with Kanye just a few days ago, immediately tweeted his support.
"You have my full support!" he tweeted as if that were a reasonable, non-embarrassing thing to say.
Naturally, Twitter was immediately filled with countless tweets roasting Kanye.
While there is a lot to be said about the ethics of making fun of an unmedicated man who appears to be surrounded by enablers ...
... We should remember that Kanye is still accountable for much of his behavior and poor choices.
A few people decided to make memes joking about supporting Kanye, which seems to be in very poor taste.
Others are taking his threat to run for President very seriously, warning that it may be a ploy to divide voters.
Honestly? He may mean it seriously, but many are unsure if Kanye is sufficiently grounded in the real world to predict this outcome.
Some are asking -- or even hoping -- that Kanye is already past the deadline for a Presidential run.
The answer is complicated.
There is no formal federal deadline for running, but each state has their own ballot access laws for registering to appear on the ballot.
Some people immediately expressed their hopes that Kanye is just joking.
He may eventually say that he was joking, just has he recently claimed that his Trump support was just a ploy.
But if he is joking right now, then Kim is playing along with him, as evidenced by her quote-tweet.
The amount of time that passed between his tweet and hers is raising some eyebrows.
Usually, people announcing their candidacy have a lengthy talk with their loved ones first, as well as meeting with campaign managers.
Their announcement is then carefully planned. Whether or not anything like that happened for Kanye, or whether Kim even knew, is unclear.
So aside from his general lack of impulse control and tendency to make statements that do not reflect reality, what is the issue with Kanye running?
For one thing, Kanye's infamous meeting with Donald Trump is still a fixture in the minds of many Americans.
He can claim anything that he likes about his motives for the photo op, but the damage from that meeting was done.
Additionally, Kanye has had many gaffes, including his comments about slavery having been a "choice."
Slavery was not, for the record, a choice -- choosing a job is literally antithetical to slavery.
Kanye can offer up all of the explanations that he likes, but nothing can ever make that an okay thing to have said.
Much more recently, Kanye did a lengthy interview in which he announced plans to change his name to Christian Genius Billionaire.
During that interview, he raved about many irrational topics, at one point claiming that doctors had given him drugs to "silence" him.
In fact, he even accused medical professionals of prescribing medications that caused him to gain weight "on purpose."
If anyone had "Kanye runs for President" on their 2020 apocalypse bingo sheet, you may as well go ahead and mark that one.
We do not know if Kanye will actually follow through on this fever dream of a Presidential run.
And if he does run, it is unclear whether or not he will run as Ye, Kanye, or Christian Genius Billionaire. So many choices.
The current state of the world has spurred Meghan to greater ambitions, including a run for political office.
According to a new report by The Daily Mail, Meghan is giving real consideration to a political run.
"Meghan said her work as a leader is more important than ever right now," the insider notes.
"And that she’s been speaking with Oprah," she source adds, "and other community leaders."
The insider detail that Meghan has been speaking and thinking "on how she can be part of the solution."
“Meghan feels like her mission goes far beyond acting," the source details.
"She said she wants to use her voice for change," the insider notes.
"And," the source reveals, Meghan "hasn’t ruled out a career in politics."
Obviously, the reason that Meghan and Harry left the UK -- announcing their departure in January of this year -- was not for a political run.
They left after two years in the country because the nightmarish racist attacks against Meghan and their son had only escalated. It was too much.
But it sounds like Meghan views it as a bit of providence that she ended up in the US during this critical time of much-needed change.
According to an alleged friend of Meghan's, she experienced a “gnawing urgency to uproot from England."
Now, months later, millions of Americans are joining courageous protests from coast to coast to oppose racism and escalating police violence.
Meghan is said to feel that it was "destined" that she be here at this time.
Lady Colin Campbell is the author of an upcoming book about Meghan, and decided to weigh in.
"I know the Duchess of Sussex has political ambitions," Campbell declared.
"And," she shared, "I’ve been told that one day she wants to run for President."
"The Royal Family went out of their way to embrace her," Campbell recalls.
She says that they did so "in a way that they have never gone out of their way to embrace anybody else.”
“Meghan was the only fiancee that was ever asked to Windsor before the wedding," Campbell observes.
"And," Campbell notes, "she was the only newlywed who was invited by the queen to accompany her on a daily engagement.”
Campbell went on to add that the Queen has been observed to harbor a special fondness for Meghan.
That is no real surprise to hear, given that it is believed that Harry is her favorite grandchild.
Meanwhile, a source reminded People that Meghan and Harry are focused on charity behind the scenes.
"They have had the opportunity to speak with some incredible thought leaders," that insider noted.
"And," the source added, "those conversations have been deeply educational and helpful in identifying the work they want to with Archewell.”
The insider reported: “They are applying all their learnings to the future of the organization."
Meghan has recently had to weather a scandal by association.
After Jessica Mulroney was fired amidst accusations of racism, Meghan had to ghost her.
It has been a great reminder that having brilliant, outspoken friends of color does not innoculate white people against being tone deaf or harmful.
"Meghan is absolutely mortified that she’s been dragged into this complete mess," an inside source notes.
"She said Jessica is in no way a racist," the insdier shares.
"But," the source acknowledges, "the way she handled the situation [with Exeter] was tone-deaf and heartbreaking.”
“Meghan said friends reflect friends," the insider reports.
"And because of what’s at stake," the source grimly reveals, "she can no longer be associated with Jessica."
The insider adds: "at least not in public."
"She has to do what she has to do," the source expresses.
The insider that Meghan has to do this "in order to preserve her dignity and her own reputation."
Icing out toxic, controversial friends is a key step that anyone must take before running for public office, lending credence to these reports.
That said, we should keep in mind that The Daily Mail is reporting this, and consider the source.
Even if Meghan is really considering a run for higher office, from mayor to President, she may wait a while.
After all, even if American media is quite as brazenly racist as British tabloids, a political run would bring lots of negative, racist attention.
But we have to say ... if she gets the right political experience beforehand, Meghan could make a wonderful President one day.
Kathryn Dennis may be done with Thomas Ravenel, but there are still times when she opens her mouth and says something that he might say.
For example, when a black radio host exposed the organizer of an upcoming Trump rally, Kathryn taunted her with a racist emoji.
A white beauty salon owner in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina announced that she is planning a MAGA rally.
Katie Shields told her followers that she is "organizing a Trump Boat Parade" for later this month.
"KAG flags and gear are required," she announced, referring to the orange menace's current and deeply ironic "Keep America Great" slogan.
Of said gear, she said "the tackier, the better." Something tells us that this won't be an issue.
Tamika Gadsden, a radio host, took to Twitter to put the woman's vile plans on blast.
"In Charleston you learn, fairly quickly, that the face of White Supremacy resembles that of the boutique-owning, gatekeeping glitterati," she wrote.
"This is Katie Shields, owner of Mylk Bar in Mt. Pleasant," Tamika added. "She’s organizing a Nautical MAGA rally with her friends."
"Katie is reprehensible," her tweet concluded, in case anyone had not already reached that conclusion.
Apparently, Kathryn Dennis saw this and was deeply upset to see this fashy boutique owner receive a callout.
In a series of DMs, the Southern Charm star bombarded the radio host with, well, you can see the messages for yourself.
"Ha dude you are crazy," Kathryn wrote in one DM.
In another, she instructed the radio host to "grow a pair."
"Why are you calling us 'white people?' that is so racist," Kathryn accused bizarrely.
There are specific circumstances in which highlighting someone's race is racist. This is not one of htem.
Also, it's not really a leap to suggest that the majority of attendees at a rally for a white nationalist candidate will be white themselves.
Kathryn is likely trolling, not making a serious accusation, but ... that doesn't really make it better.
It's clear that some aspects of the one-sided conversation are not public, such as whichever emoji response the radio host used at one point.
However, Kathryn accuses Tamika of hypocrisy because, once she reports this news, the culprit planning the rally was "harassed."
(A lot of people seem to be confusing natural consequences of bad choices with harassment or oppression)
Worst of all, Kathryn taunted Tamika with a monkey emoji.
Tamika took to Twitter to share some screenshots of what Kathryn had said in her DMs.
"This is what happens when a Black woman in #Charleston speaks up against white supremacy in the form of MAGA rallies," she wrote.
Tamika explained: "My comments re: Mylk Bar prompted this @BravoTV 'actor' @KathrynDennis to taunt me with monkey emojis in my DMs."
"Along with a whole host of other names," she added.
Wisely, Kathryn took to Twitter to issue an unwavering apology.
"I want to acknowledge that using a monkey emoji in my text was offensive," Kathryn begins.
"And from the bottom of my heart," she continues, "sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone I hurt."
"Although the context was not my intention," Kathryn notes, "there are no 'if ands or buts' that excuse me... "
"I did not give it thought, and it was and is wrong," Kathryn adds.
Some might have claimed that they didn't think of the emoji being racist as an excuse, but Kathryn clearly understands that "not thinking" is not an excuse.
"I know I am not that person," her tweets conclude. "I know and will do better."
We certainly hope so.
Some fans responded with the usual knee-jerk contrarian tweets that she shouldn't have apologized or "PC culture" is ruining everything somehow.
Others noted that they hoped that this will be a learning experience for Kathryn.
After all, she is a young woman who has been surrounded by white douchebag men for a lot of her life.
It's easy to see how hateful influences like Thomas Ravenel could have warped Kathryn's attitudes and behavior for the worst.
That said ... sometimes, our culture is too quick to make excuses for, to put it frankly, pretty white women.
Yes, Kathryn's storylines on Southern Charm have been sympathetic recently. Yes, we've been fond of her, too.
But she is a 28-year-old grown adult. She's a mom.
How much slack are we truly prepared to cut her?
Racist emoji aside, she chose to put time and energy into defending an indefensible woman.
Ultimately, it's not up to us to forgive Kathryn or not -- certainly not up to me, a white man.
I personally believe her apology to be sincere, but I'm not the one who gets to decide that Kathryn is off the hook.
Late last week, it was reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially Los Angeles residents after months of residing in Vancouver.
Now, Trump is implying that they asked for government-funded security and were turned down. What is the truth?
As we reported just a few days ago, Meghan and Harry opted to move to Los Angeles.
Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, lives there, making it a great spot for them to live.
Additionally, Meghan is an actress and Harry himself could potentially have many opportunities to appear on film in the future.
Meghan may have been hated in the UK, but most people in North America love her. She'll be a perfect fit in L.A.
On Sunday, March 29, an infamously deranged lunatic took to Twitter with a bizarre announcement.
"I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom," Donald Trump's tweet began.
"It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada," he noted.
"Now they have left Canada for the U.S.," Trump's tweet continued. "However, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"
While it's nice to hear Trump shout "they must pay" about anything that's not a minority group or his political opponents, it was a strange tweet.
First of all, it's been known for months that Harry and Meghan were interested in living in Los Angeles.
They were spotted house-hunting in L.A., as we reported much earlier this year.
But we suppose that a guy who can't be bothered to read his own security briefings isn't going to keep abreast of any news that isn't about him.
As Entertainment Tonight is now reporting, Trump's tweet is also strange because Meghan and Harry never asked for government-funded security.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. Government for security resources," an insider reports.
The source confirms that "privately funded security arrangements have been made."
That is not actually much of a surprise.
Prince Harry is part of the royal family -- as his grandmother has affirmed multiple times. So are his wife and son.
He, Meghan, and Archie could easily become targets for extremists or opportunists who want to make a point or take a nation hostage.
The Queen may not be the head of government, but she is still the head of state -- which makes her and her entire family a symbol.
Plus, Harry and Meghan are worth tens of millions of dollars. Of course they need security.
But the same wealth that compounds their need for private security also gives them the means to hire it themselves.
Yes, there was chatter about Canada offering them security if they resided there.
But a huge part of Meghan and Harry's priorities involves not leeching off of public money when they are themselves wealthy.
So no reasonable person really thought that they were asking for free handouts.
If they never asked the US government to offer them gratis protection, why did Trump make that tweet?
Trump has a tell when he's lying, and that tell is "whenever he is speaking or writing."
It may be that he wished to appear "tough" on celebrities, particularly while he is being excoriated for his abysmal failures during this pandemic.
But he may also just personally dislike and resent Meghan and Harry because they are good people and therefore opposed to him and his policies.
Last week, we reported that Deavan Clegg moved to South Korea because her life was in danger if she remained in the US.
Deavan is now speaking out about one single line of that coverage, a line that acknowledged the harsh reality of current immigration policies.
Taking to Instagram Live, Deavan is declaring that she hasn't seen much racism in America and doesn't think that Trump is at all racist.
"Um, I just read the article and it says somethings about Trump and the administration not liking people of color," Deavan said on Instagram Live.
Big shoutout to 90 Day Fiance blogger John Yates who captured Deavan's videos, which we have combined and trimmed down for your viewing.
"I'm actually quite pissed off about it," Deavan complains. "We might get hate for this, but Jihoon actually supports Trump."
"I won't talk about my political views," she adds. "But that's something we don't believe at all."
"We don't believe that just because someone is of color they can't come to America," Deavan says. "So I'm extremely pissed off about this article."
"We have nothing against the President of the United States," she insists. "We live in Korea, and Jihoon can easily go to America whenever he wants."
"And," Deavan claims. "It's not an issue for a lot of people."
"So for this article to say some f--ked up s--t about the President really pisses me off," she complains. We'll quote exactly what the article said in a bit.
"I don't care if I lose some followers," Deavan continues. "No matter who my President is, I'm gonna support it. I don't care who wins."
"Me and Jihoon support whoever the President is at the time," she adds. "Whoever they are."
Bringing up the article again, Deavan adds: "I'm super angry about it."
"I'm super pissed off that this article said ... this white nationalist that runs the country," she gripes. "And that makes me mad."
Deavan explains that she's angry because "first of all, I'm f--kin' white. And I'm not racist at all."
"I don't believe that America is racist," she adds. "I think that people say this s--t to start fights and to start wars and s--t."
"And it's stupid!" Deavan declares. "I'm so angry about this. And I honestly don't think that America is racist. I've seen very little racism in America."
"... Utah, where I'm from, I see very little racism," she says. "And for this article ... calling out Trump supporters, saying Trump supporters are racist."
That was definitely a lot, and it's clear that Deavan feels passionately about this. So what is all of this about?
Well, as we previously reported, Deavan's safety and that of her children was in danger within the US.
Within our reporting, we quoted Deavan extensively and also expressed our fervent desire that Deavan and her children remain safe.
Deavan (or rather, her social media management) shared a link to the post within her Instagram Stories.
However, one line in particular stood out to a handful of readers, and then to Deavan herself.
When Deavan revealed that her life was in danger from a crazed relative (her aunt), she mentioned Jihoon.
"Jihoon can realistically move to America at any time," she admitted in her Instagram Stories, just as she noted in the video.
The article noted that "the majority of the white nationalists in the Trump administration pushing against immigrants of color" were not focusing upon South Koreans.
The focus of these white nationalists has been primarily upon brown-skinned individuals from Central America, South America, nations in the Middle East and Africa.
As a number of Deavan's castmates in the 90 Day Fiance franchise have lamented, it is simply impossible to begin the K-1 visa process for some.
While the one-sentence explanation was not attributed to Deavan and was a single line from a larger article, some of Deavan's fans ... flipped out.
Commenting with that quote, a few fumed on Deavan's Instagram, declaring that they were "done" following her.
Some, perhaps lacking reading comprehension skills, assumed that Deavan herself had made the observation about current immigration policies.
While we understand Deavan's desire to clarify that she hadn't made a political statement, it's clear that she went beyond that.
Some fans are delighted to hear that she's all but come out as a Trump supporter.
Others are horrified about her statements about racism, noting that a white woman not noticing racism doesn't mean that it doesn't exist ... obviously.
She may not see racism in America or in immigration policies, but her 90 Day Fiance castmates beg to differ.
Avery did not mention Deavan by name in her Instagram Story, but nonetheless addressed the racism that she has witnessed as an American.
Among other things, she notes that people have said hateful things about Omar.
Recognizing that racism exists sometimes means acknowledging that one's own experiences are not universal.
And, for the record, the article that so incensed Deavan did not actually say that Trump or his supporters were racist.
Instead, it acknowledged that a white nationalist agenda at work within the administraton is severely curbing legal immigration, which is true.
Back in the simpler world of 2015, many believed that sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump would prevent the reality-star-turned-demagogue from being elected president.
Obviously, that turned out not to be the case, and the current climate in the United States is about what one would expect from a country that's presided over by an accused rapist.
As a longtime denizen of the New York literary scene who once cohabited with Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author E. Jean Carroll is certainly no stranger to bad behavior from powerful men.
She details several traumatic encounters with toxic male behavior in an excerpt from her upcoming memoir that was published on Friday on New York Magazine's website.
One account has attracted far more attention than the other, as the alleged assailant went on to become the President of the United States.
Carroll says she met Trump while shopping at Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman department store in "the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996."
Both she and Trump were in their fifties at the time, and he was married to his second wife, Marla Maples.
Carroll writes that Trump told her he was shopping for a present "for a girl" and asked for her help.
He suggested lingerie and convinced her to try it on for him.
Once she was in the dressing room, Carroll claims, Trump assaulted her.
"The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I'm not certain — inside me," Carroll writes.
"It turns into a colossal struggle."
Obviously, there's nothing funny about this horrific allegation.
But Carroll deserves credit for hitting Trump where it hurts and understanding that he's more likely to be upset by the suggestion that he might be sporting a half-wang than by yet another allegation of sexual assault.
After all, she is now the sixteenth woman to accuse the president of some form of sexual misconduct, and thus far, Trump hasn't even come close to suffering any sort of repercussions.
No criminal investigation, no impeachment, not even a formal censure.
It's always an act of bravery to come forward against a sexual predator, but when said predator is the most powerful man in the world and has been getting away with this sort of thing his entire life, calling him out publicly requires unfathomable courage.
We applaud Carroll for coming forward and encourage anyone who might be in her position to do the same.
After all, it's becoming increasingly evident that our future relies on fearless individuals willing to defend the ideals and values that were once protected by law and order.
Alabama’s state government recent passed an extremely draconian law outlawing abortion in the state, despite the fact that as worded it has almost no chance of surviving a constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court. This has served to draw a lot of attention to the state from even the most apolitical celebrities, so it’s no surprise that someone as politically active as Emily Ratajkowski would have a strong opinion to express.
Thankfully, the way Emily Ratajkowski protests is by getting pretty much all the way naked on Instagram.
This is really the form all political action should take. If nothing else, people would never stop begging Chelsea Clinton and Meghan McCain to get out of politics.
Logan Paul, who is normally just the biggest bumblefuck on the planet used his particular brand of brain-dead sophomoric humor for good, as well.
i took the liberty of drawing tiny dicks on the 25 male senators who voted to ban abortion in Alabama pic.twitter.com/ns0x02MzY1
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) May 16, 2019
Drawing dicks on politicians isn’t the most mature thing in the world, but I’ll take it. It’s absolutely the best thing Logan Paul has done in his entire life.
To the 35,000 people taking time out of their days to write HBO to tell them to reshoot Game of Thrones u don’t like the arc of the lady riding a dragon, how about you use some of that energy to write officials to tell them to stop forcing women to have a rapists’ baby
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 15, 2019
Josh Gad wins, though, taking a swipe at all people upset that Game of Thrones made them feel emotions while bringing attention to the issue. Good for him.
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You know, it’s pretty hard to have a decent experience on the Internet. Imagine you’re just minding your own business watching some porn and boom! Some guy pops up with a political ad. That’s disgusting, I don’t want my hypothetical children exposed to that kind of filth when they’re surreptitiously looking at pornography on the family computer while I’m asleep after a hard day in the hot take mines.
But that’s just the kind of filth that Danish politician Joachim B Olsen thinks is appropriate to show on a wholesome website like PornHub. According to the Copenhagen Post, the former Olympic silver medal shot put thrower is running this ad on the adult website.
“Når du er færdig med at gokke, så stem på Jokke” (when you finish wanking, vote for Jokke’ [a nickname for Joachim]) it reads.
He even confirmed his campaign ran the ad on his Facebook page in the least-interesting social media post to ever start “Yes, that’s me on PornHub.”
His reasoning is actually pretty sound.
“You need to get out everywhere, so we thought it could be amusing with an ad on Pornhub. Half the internet is porn and you need to be where the voters are – including a porn site,” Olsen told DR Nyheder.
That’s a good point, plus all the free advertising he gets from websites covering his ads as if it were actually newsworth… oh son of a bitch. Damn you, Olsen, I’m sending you a bill for this prime internet real estate here.
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At the end of March, beloved rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead, murdered by an acquaintance following a verbal disagreement.
Nipsey's funeral included tributes from singers and politicians. He was mourned by thousands -- he is mourned by thousands.
Fox News villain Laura Ingraham decided to mock those mourners. To smear Nipsey for her viewers, she played a video of a different black man.
"Yesterday in L.A.," Laura Ingraham says in a now viral Fox News clip. "Thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle."
"Now this dear artist," she says, her voice dripping with sarcasm. "Recently released a song called 'FDT.'"
Ingraham then explains that the song's title stands for: "Eff Donald Trump"
We don't say this often because it is rarely true, but Ingraham is right about the meaning of that title.
She then immediately squanders that brief moment of not being wrong by playing a clip from the music video.
As you will see when you watch the clip, the video focuses on an L.A. rapper by the name of YG.
That's because it's his song, from his 2016 album, Still Brazy.
Nipsey is featured in the song, but it's not his song and he didn't release it.
It's also not "recent" in music terms.
The song is three years old.
Why did Laura Ingraham use her show and platform to play the wrong music video in an attempt to disparage Nipsey?
Maybe she just wanted to address hot topics and give her core demographic -- ageing white supremacists -- a target for their ire.
A rapper who doesn't like Trump would certainly make an inviting target.
Fox News' whole brand is about distracting people from real stories by drumming up pointless outrage.
And maybe Ingraham and her entire staff really didn't know YG from Nipsey.
They look like different people to us.
But maybe all "Trump critics" look the same to them.
Ingraham's latest bad move comes on the heels of months of controversy, including her verbal attacks on children who survive school shootings.
The accused white nationalist's remarks have been praised by members of the KKK.
In the mean time, rappers and black celebrities have called for a boycott of Ingraham's show.
The goal is to deprive her of the platform that she uses to sow misinformation and hatred.
Absolutely anyone would mistake one face for another, especially if one spends all day staring at faces.
One would hope that someone with the infinite resource of Fox News behind them would be able to do some basic fact-checking.
Of course, that's doesn't seem to be a priority for them.
The fact that Laura Ingraham continues to have a job shows that the network doesn't take her white nationalist rants seriously.
Or worse -- that they're pleased with her hateful words.
We're sorry to say that mocking the lyrics of an associate of a dead black man is far from the worst thing that Ingraham has said.
A man named Eric Holder was arrested for Nipsey's murder and for the shooting of the two men who were with Nipsey but survived.
The 29-year-old was brought in following a manhunt and has entered a plea of Not Guilty.
His defense attorney is Chris Darden -- yes, the very same attorney who rose to fame as a prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson trial.
If Holder is convicted, he may face life behind bars.
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Colin Kaepernick has earned both praise and outrage for his bold, silent protest against the killing of unarmed black men.
His protest also ended his NFL career. He has been a free agent since 2016.
He sued the NFL for conspiring to keep him off of the field. And now that lawsuit has been settled.
Attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas released a joint statement on Friday, February 15.
"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and [Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid]," the statement begins.
It continues: "have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL."
"As a result of those discussions," the statement reads. "The parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances."
"The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement," the statement concludes. "So there will be no further comment by any party."
This settlement is a long time coming.
As you may recall, Kaepernick filed a grievance agains tthe NFL and its owners in late 2017.
He accused them of colluding to keep him off of the field.
Kaepernick became "controversial" in 2016 for peacefully kneeling during the anthem as a form of silent protest.
But though he was protesting the murders of unarmed black men by police, who then go unpunished, some political forces made him a target.
They present him and his protest as anti-American.
He accuses the NFL of responding to this controversy by conspiring to sabotage his career.
Eric Reid was the first to join Kaepernick's silent protest.
The NFL Player's Association filed a similar grievance against the NFL in 2018 on Reid's behalf.
"We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests," the NFLPA said Friday in a statement to ESPN.
The NFLPA "participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial."
They did all of this "in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them."
"We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract," the statement concludes. "And we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."
Fortunately, Colin Kaepernick's misfortunes were alleyed.
Nike decided to go all in, placing Kaepernick front and center on their campaign in 2018.
The controversial move had avowed racists throwing away or destroying their Nike shoes.
Just days ago, a store that had removed all Nike products from its shelves closed because of sales losses. Womp womp.
Nike, on the other hand, saw massive sales in 2018.
Their move not only supported Kaepernick when he needed it, but signaled something very affirming.
Ultimately, being progressive was the more profitable move than capitulating to racists. That should be encouragement for all of us.
Kaepernick has been a controversial figure for multiple reasons.
To racists and others in Donald Trump's base, he was a target because he's a black man taking a stand for what he believes in.
It's interesting to note that the people who complain about louder, less convenient protests tend to say "protest like Dr. King would!"
Their attempt to weaponize Dr. Martin Luther King is clearly empty words, since Kaepernick's protest is as silent and peaceful as a living human can be.
On the Left, Kaepernick was controversial because he did not vote in the 2016 election.
Many find it difficult to imagine how someone could risk (and lose) his career for a political cause, yet refuse to do his civic duty and vote for a better world.
Ultimately, though, Kaepernick is a politically significant and widely loved figure.
And no, it's not just because he's really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
It's also not just because of his skill on the field.
Kaepernick and Reid took a stand against white supremacy, against Trump, and against the NFL, which has been characterized as one of the world's most predatory businesses.
It is widely assumed that Kaepernick and Reid have made a substantial amount of money in this secret settlement.
If so, good for them.
However, it is unlikely that we will ever see confirmation of how much of a payout they received.
We Got Her: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Promising Political Future Cut Short by Revelation She Once Danced While in College
If you don’t follow politics, one of the biggest stories of the moment is the ascent of barista Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to become the youngest woman to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Bernie Sanders organizer in 2016, Ocasio-Cortez defeated the number three Democrat in the House on a platform of unabashed socialism. This caused the Republicans to immediately starting peeing their pants and corporate Democrats to try and find a way to convince people she won for any reason other than people liked her policies.
Ocasio-Cortez has been in Congress for about a day, but she’s already been the victim of a number of devastatingly effective attacks from the right. I mean, in the way Wile E. Coyote’s products from the Acme Corporation were devastatingly effective in catching the Roadrunner.
The first brain genius to try to bring down Ocasio-Cortez was John Cardillo, a Newsmax and Rebel TV host who slammed her for having the temerity to want to help poor people despite having grown up in this palatial 1500 square foot mansion.
This is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University.
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling. pic.twitter.com/xyOtZzVJII
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 1, 2018
He also got the college she went to wrong, but remember it was Boston University, it’ll be important later. By the way, this tweet became a pretty funny meme for a minute.
This is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University.
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling. pic.twitter.com/BazU1DjOK2
— Michelle Perez (@mperezwritesirl) July 3, 2018
This is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University.
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling. pic.twitter.com/vjB4AljxnH
— santi (@santipanti) July 3, 2018
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling. pic.twitter.com/AztnoeAAth
— Eggnognomicon (@necrofamicom) July 1, 2018
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling pic.twitter.com/RiZ231W3OL
— bsc (@HawksSB48Champ) July 3, 2018
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling pic.twitter.com/rJ9V5voF0S
— Nick Vucic (@npv708) July 3, 2018
A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling. pic.twitter.com/m8zG84Tjwe
— Black Sailor Moon (@AshantiMutinta) July 2, 2018
The next batter was Eddie Scarry who decided to go down swinging away with “She claims to be poor but can afford clothing. Clearly she’s a communist spy.”
That’s also kind of a creepy picture. Why are you posting pictures of a congresswoman’s ass, bro? He got so blown out that he deleted the tweet.
Which brings us to today. One of those QAnon morons who thinks there’s a child prostitution ring for the rich and powerful and Donald Trump was elected president to secretly bring it down posted a clip from this video that Ocasio-Cortez appeared in as a college junior to promote Boston University.
Yes, it’s a parody of the dance montage from The Breakfast Club and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does Ally Sheedy’s dance. Would the revelation that the sort of 29-year-old who gets elected to Congress might be a dork finally be enough to bring down this communist menace? Let’s check the scoreboard.
The 3 stages of every single MAGA/QAnon/pepe/Proud Boy/alt-right Twitter account. EVERY SINGLE ONE: pic.twitter.com/ievIN0FQEl
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 4, 2019
Yup, owned so hard he deleted his account. I’m not even sure what this guy thought he was going to accomplish here. Did he think that we live in the town from Footloose?
I’m sure these attacks are going to continue until she’s Speaker of the House or President or something. “Ocasio-Cortez pretends to be from a humble background, but we found out that she had both Pokemon Gold AND Pokemon Silver when she was 10. Clearly another one of those champagne socialists who will decide racism and homophobia are good when she finally gets out into the real world!”
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.”
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.”
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.
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The country has been left on high alert after numerous bombs and suspicious objects were sent to political and high profile figures as well as media outlets across the country.
On Wednesday afternoon, explosive devices were targeted at former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The device addressed to former CIA chief John Brennan was delivered to CNN’s New York headquarters and prompted an evacuation.
Officials said the devices addressed to Obama, Clinton and CNN appear to have been sent by the same person, The Washington Post reported.
In addition, PEOPLE confirms the Los Angeles Times building in Southern California received a suspicious box of envelopes on Wednesday. The El Segundo Police Department said there was no threat of a bomb and the building was not evacuated.
Days earlier, an explosive device was found in the mailbox of liberal philanthropist George Soros.
Motives of the would-be bombers remain unclear and there has been no claim of responsibility. No injuries have been reported as a result of any of the attempted bombings.
Here are all the things to know about the bomb threats across the country:
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s Offices
One device was found on Wednesday morning by a technician who screens mail at Clinton’s office and a similar device was sent to Obama’s office.
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the Secret Service said it had “intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.
“Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, D.C.,” the statement said.
“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them. The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible,” the statement said.
Clinton, 70, addressed the bomb threats made against her. “It is a troubling time, isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can do to bring our country together,” she said, according to The Hill.
An official told the New York Times that the devices sent to Clinton and Obama were similar to one found on Monday at the New York suburb home of Soros, who was not home at the time. A caretaker called police about the suspicious package.
The device, which was likely hand-delivered and not sent by the Postal Service, was constructed from a length of pipe about six inches long filled with explosive powder. It was “proactively detonated” by bomb squad technicians, according to another law enforcement official who was also briefed on the investigation.
Soros’ home is north of Manhattan and is located near the residences of Martha Stewart, Glenn Close and Ralph Lauren.
The moment when CNN’s fire alarm went off while Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto were on the air. (via CNN) pic.twitter.com/6JUqzxFeRE
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 24, 2018
On Wednesday morning, the New York Police Department responded to a suspicious device discovered in Time Warner Center, where CNN is based, the outlet reported, citing a law enforcement source.
The device, which was reportedly made from a pipe and wires, was discovered in the mailroom of Time Warner Center, according to CNN, which also reported that law enforcement authorities are treating the device as a real explosive.
CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto were forced to abruptly end their live broadcast due to the discovery of a possible explosive device. The exact moment was caught on camera and showed how the lights began to blare and a loud sound filled the offices. Sciutto appeared caught off guard by the sudden alarm as people in the background can be seen evacuating.
The Time Warner Center offices reopened around 3:30 p.m. ET and employees were returning to the building, NY1’s Van Tieu reported.
Another suspicious package arrived at the Sunrise, Florida, offices of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic rep for Florida’s 23 congressional district. According to a local NBC affiliate, a Broward Sheriff’s Office bomb squad unit and firefighters responded to the threat and FBI agents also investigated the scene.
The package in question was actually intended for Holder, but the address was incorrect so it was sent to Wasserman Schultz. Her Florida office address was the return address on all the packages, NBC News reported.
New York Gov. Cuomo‘s Manhattan offices were also targeted.
“This is the world we live in. Terrorism, the attempt to spread fear is the world that we live in,” he stated during a press conference. “In some ways, this is nothing new. We have lived with this for a long time. … Terrorism only works if you let it work. What they are trying to do is scare us and destabilize us. We will not allow that to happen… We will not allow these terrorist thugs to change the way we live our lives.”
Cuomo added, “There’s a number of devices and there’s a pattern, apparently, to the number of devices. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if more devices show up.”
The package turned out not to be related to the series of bombs sent to Obama, Clinton and CNN. Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said it was a computer thumb drive on the right wing radical group the Proud Boys.
“A preliminary investigation on the package at @NYGovCuomo’s office shows it is computer files on the hate group, The Proud Boys, who recently appeared in New York,” Azzopardi tweeted.
The Congresswoman, 80, said she was told by police her “office was the target of a suspicious package” that was intercepted and then referred to the FBI, according to the Washington Post.
It was unclear if the package contained an explosive device, and it was not among the packages listed by the FBI in a statement regarding the investigation.
After asserting that “the safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” and that “the full weight of our government is being deployed” to investigate the “despicable acts,” the president called for togetherness.
“I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify,” he said during an opioids event at the White House on Wednesday. “We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
Trump continued, “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans… We are extremely angry upset… We will get to the bottom of it.”
At the same event, First Lady Melania Trump told the crowd: “We cannot tolerate these cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence. I’m grateful to the Secret Service as well as the local and federal law enforcement for all they do on a daily basis to keep us safe and encourage people across the country to choose kindness over hatred.”
Earlier that day, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted about the bomb threats, calling them “cowardly” and despicable.” The president retweeted Pence’s remarks and simply responded, “I agree wholeheartedly!”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also spoke out the attacks. “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she said in a statement. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
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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.”
Reporter: "What evidence do you have that these are hardened criminals that are coming to the United States?"
President Trump: "Oh, please. Please. Don't be a baby. Okay? Take a look…I didn't say in all cases. But in many cases, these are hardened criminals." pic.twitter.com/KyycWvQj7f
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 20, 2018
“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.
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.
— ᑕᕼᑌᑎK (@chunkled) October 20, 2018
— Jskorn (@Jskorn) October 20, 2018
— HSetzler (@HeatherSetzler) October 20, 2018
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.
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.