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    x Vimeo Video Hi, folks. I’m taking this Fourth of July week off since I’m so damn patriotic. In honor of ‘Merica, here’s a “classic” cartoon, titled “America First,” that first ran on December 9th, 2020. If I do say so myself, this cartoon was eerily prescient as all the parts were falling into place for the January 6th insurrection.  But I don’t want to give myself too much credit, any idiot could see this was turning into a disaster — although I don’t think we realized just how much more craven Trump Republicans would become after January 6th. (And how gullible the Trump faithful were in the run-up to the insurrection.) Here’s what I wrote when the cartoon was first published: It is now even more obvious that America First really means America second. President Trump is trashing democracy on his way out the door and congressional Republicans are complicit. Abetted by nearly all leading Republicans, Trump is actively trying to undo the results of a free and fair election while inciting violence. The Republican Party long...
    Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump’s recent comments about Israel kicked off a firestorm Friday, resulting in the head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) labeling them “classic antisemitic stereotypes.” The controversial comments were released Friday in new audio of Trump discussing U.S.-Israeli relations with Axios reporter Barak Ravid. In the clip, Trump says, “There’s people in this country that are Jewish no longer love Israel. I’ll tell you the evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country.” New quotes from Trump to @BarakRavid: Most US Jews don’t love Israel. Exclusive for Unholy podcast @Freedland pic.twitter.com/Hv4joYkbCN — Yonit Levi (@LeviYonit) December 17, 2021 “It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress, and today I think it’s the exact opposite,” he continued. “And I think Obama and Biden did that. And yet in the election, they still get a lot of votes from Jewish people, which tells you that the Jewish people, and I’ve said this for a long time, the Jewish people in the United States, either don’t like Israel or...
    Donald Trump criticized late Secretary of State Colin Powell as a 'RINO' who 'made plenty of mistakes' in a Tuesday statement one day after Powell's death of COVID-19 complications at age 84. In a statement full of mixed messages Trump commented on the posthumous praise Powell has been receiving since Monday morning and said he hoped he'd get the same treatment 'one day.' 'Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media,' Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC. 'Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!' Powell's family announced his death in a Facebook post where they also mentioned the trailblazing government official was fully vaccinated against coronavirus. However he'd  previously been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that impacts the body's ability to fight infections. Powell...
    Former President Donald Trump criticized the late Colin Powell on Tuesday for his role in launching the Iraq War and being a "classic RINO." "Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media," Trump wrote in a statement the day after Powell, the first black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died due to complications from COVID-19. "Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!" BIDEN: COLIN POWELL WILL BE 'REMEMBERED AS ONE OF OUR GREAT AMERICANS' Powell's family announced his death Monday morning. The 84-year-old had been battling a rare blood cancer in addition to the coronavirus and died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, despite being fully vaccinated. President Joe Biden, whom Powell endorsed at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, said his "good...
    Former President Donald Trump attacked Colin Powell the day after the former Secretary of State’s passing. It’s been one day since Powell’s family announced his death from Covid-related complications. While Powell’s death has drawn a great deal of public grief from most, Trump marked the occasion by lashing out at Powell’s Iraq decision-making, calling him a RINO, and offering a clearly sarcastic wish that he rest in peace. Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace. Given the chance to be gracious about someone’s death, or say nothing at all, Trump takes a decidedly different route pic.twitter.com/HMgFAiiRcK — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 19, 2021 Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden, eulogized Powell yesterday by saluting him in a statement and saying he “embodied the...
    First Lady Melania Trump waved au revoir to the White House on Wednesday morning in a jet black ensemble mimicking the late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, former creative director of Chanel. Mrs. Trump walked across the South Lawn for the final time during her husband’s first term in office wearing an off-the-runway Chanel cropped jacket from the French fashion house’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection. Underneath is a fitted black crepe sheath dress by Dolce & Gabbana, perhaps Mrs. Trump’s most loyal fashion duo. The dress, from the Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection, retails for about $2,155. The cropped Chanel jacket, featuring silver buttons emblazoned with the brand’s iconic double C logo, was paired with black suede Bottega Veneta gloves, snakeskin Christian Louboutin stilettos, a rare black crocodile Hermès Birkin bag, and Mrs. Trump’s favorite pair of Bottega Veneta art deco-inspired sunglasses which retail for about $440. Melania Trump’s farewell to Washington, D.C. ensemble, styled by her friend and personal courtier Hervé Pierre, mimics the iconic fashion codes of the late Lagerfeld who famously headed Chanel for nearly four decades. Lagerfeld, like Mrs. Trump, often...
    ANGELA WEISS,MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump probably won’t be tuning in to Turner Classic Movies on Jan. 20. The network has scheduled an Inauguration Day lineup of films to celebrate incoming President Joe Biden, while not-so-subtly trolling Trump. TCM’s lineup on Jan. 20 is as follows: Ode to Billy Joe (1976), Polo Joe (1936), The Fabulous Joe (1947), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Joe Smith, American (1942), A Guy Named Joe (1943), Pal Joey (1957) and Mighty Joe Young (1949). The TCM day schedule for tomorrow, January 20, 2021. Ain’t it grand. (ht @JScottMcGee) pic.twitter.com/Od259ECqCy — Farran Nehme (@selfstyledsiren) January 19, 2021 Joe Dirt and Joe Versus the Volcano didn’t make the cut. This isn’t the first time that a TV network has used its influence to troll Trump. Last year, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation cut the president’s cameo out of a holiday airing of Home Alone 2. Just last week, star Macaulay Culkin supported a petition to digitally erase Trump from the film. Meanwhile, those tuning in to Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday can...
    I once wrote that whenever President Donald Trump exits office, he will likely leave as a “tragic hero.” Over two millennia ago, the Athenian tragedian Sophocles first described the archetype in his portraits of an angry and old but still fearsome Ajax, and heroic but stubborn and self-fixated Antigone. In the iconic John Ford Western “The Searchers” and in a host of other films from “Shane” to “High Noon,” we have seen stories of these sorts. The legalistic but impotent town council, the idealistic but outgunned sodbusters or the incompetent posse in desperation turns to unconventional deliverance. They suddenly need a John Wayne as a scary Ethan Edwards, or a mysterious gunslinger like Shane. But to call in such Manichean outsiders is to admit that the status quo of a sober establishment has failed. TUCKER CARLSON: JOE BIDEN’S AGENDA IS MEANT FOR AMERICA’S UNHAPPY RICH LADIES AND NO ONE ELSE The outsider deliverers are suspiciously seen as self-absorbed. Their methods bother an endangered, polite society, even as they begin to bring it results. We know such checkered iconoclasts from our...
    Matthew Rozsa November 2, 2020 11:18PM (UTC) "I just think we're very cynical people, and cynical people tend to be right more often than not." Whether or not you personally agree with Trevor Moore's observation, the comedian's philosophy is all over the work of "The Whitest Kids U' Know" (WKUK), a sketch comedy group whose self-titled TV show (2007-2011) has become a cult classic. It also may explain why the group's political sketches seem eerily prophetic today. : It just so happens that in the process of making us laugh about the problems they observed in America during their show's run — and which have gotten so much worse — they foresaw the advent of the Trump era. Their sketches also manage to speak directly to the problems of our time. This is not intended to say that their material never crossed over to the problematic. For instance, although their name "The Whitest Kids U Know" was based on a joke made about them by a friend, one could argue that it is a little tone-deaf more than a decade later. That...
    Leftist pop star Cher has re-written a 1940s classic tune “Happiness is a Thing Called Joe,” making the Joe Biden presidential campaign song, which debuted Sunday night during the “I Will Vote” online campaign fundraiser. On Monday, Cher debuted “Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe,” adding the word “just” to the title of the original “Happiness is a Thing Called Joe,” from the 1943 film musical, A Cabin the the Sky. “He’s got a smile that makes the lilacs want to grow,” Cher croons before diving into political themes. Right now our country’s gloomy, fear is in the air. Joe will keep us safe, that’s all we need to know.” “But when Joe smiles at us, compassion fills the air,” Cher sings, concluding by saying “President Joe” several times. Watch below:  Here’s the original, Oscar-nominated rendition of the classic tune sung by Ethel Waters. Watch below:  Sunday night’s celebrity mega bash included performances from Pink, John Legend, Dave Matthews, Black Eyed Peas, Darren Criss, and A$AP Ferg and rants about voting and other topics from Helen Mirren, Armie Hammer, Whoopi Goldberg,...
    Dr. Atul Gawande diagnosed President Trump with "classic steroid euphoria" during his Tuesday appearance on "The View." Gawande, a surgeon who is also a writer for The New Yorker and a Harvard professor, slammed Trump for his "reckless and dangerous message" upon his return to the White House, where he immediately took off his mask after recovering from the coronavirus at Walter Reed Medical Center. "He is still contagious," Gawande said. "He's in the midst of being actively infected. He is walking in the White House continuing to question and belittle mask use and that is not the message that we need to send, especially as we have the infection rates continuing to climb." CNN BLASTS TRUMP'S DEPARTURE FROM WALTER REED: 'THIS IS THE VIRUS COMING BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE' Joy Behar then pointed to the president's claim that he hasn't "felt this good in 20 years" but also highlighted the various medicine he has been taking including a steroid, something she speculated could have been affecting his behavior. "Some say that that can cause you to feel really...
    DONALD Trump boogied down to Village People's classic YMCA after a wild rally, while taking a Supreme Court victory lap. The president moved his arms to the beat of the song while facing his supporters in Middletown, Pennsylvania on Saturday night. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3The president was dancing to the songCredit: Fox News 3He moved his arms to the beatCredit: Fox News Trump continued to dance to the track as he thanked his fans and waved goodbye to them, before boarding Air Force One. The president was celebrating his official nomination for the vacant seat in the Supreme Court of Justice. "Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court," Trump said in the Rose Garden earlier that day. He then went on to confirm his nominee as Amy Coney Barrett, who he dubbed as a "woman of unparalleled achievement." 3He was at his Middletown, Pennsylvania rallyCredit: Getty Images - Getty Following the...
    Donald Trump uses victimhood as a means of manipulating and exploiting others. Whenever he fails or is caught in a lie or does something corrupt, he reflexively twists it around and blames others. Not only that, he then claims he is the victim. That is the classic pattern of a malignant narcissist. Trump has tweeted the phrase “Presidential harassment” 37 times in the past 2 years. In March 2019, he tweeted that he had faced “the most vicious and corrupt mainstream media that any president has ever had to endure.” In July 2020, Trump asserted that he was the victim of “political prosecution” by the U.S. Supreme Court after he lost his tax returns case. Trump’s constant victimhood is a byproduct of his psychiatric disorder. It is false. It is distorted. It is manufactured in his mind. Trump feels victimized as a way of protecting his self-image of superiority and grandiosity. Otherwise, if he accepts blame for his thoughts or actions, his self-image will crumble and wither away. That is totally unacceptable to him; his grandiose self-image must be maintained at all cost. Trump’s victimhood has...
    Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciSunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington CNN's Cupp, Carpenter, Setmayer to headline 'Convention on Founding Principles' Clash between Fox's Hilton, Scaramucci sparks Trump response MORE said Sunday that his former boss will display his "classic narcissism" by dominating the stage every night during this week's Republican National Convention. In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Scaramucci explained that the president wanted to show that he was capable of running his campaign for reelection without the aid of other high-profile Republicans. "But, knowing his personality, he thinks it's the right way for him to do it. He thinks it's all about him, him all the time," Scaramucci said. "The classic narcissism is to annihilate everybody around you and then show everybody that you can do it all alone, you can do it by yourself." "It's all about me and watch me. I'm going to win this without your help," the former White House aide continued. "And so I'm sure he was advised by some smart,...
    Donald Trump has a habit of talking about women as objects that he's just certain is appealing to them, even when he's trying to flatter them. It's perhaps most obvious when he's trash talking women, which, truth be told, really brings him a thrill.  "AOC, that’s a real beauty, isn’t it?” Trump said during an appearance in Ohio last week. It was a twofer, using both 'that' and 'it' as pronouns to refer to a woman—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, in that case.  But objectification is clearly Trump's highest form of flattery too. Though his initial appeal to "The Suburban Housewives of America" last month drew attention for its distinctly anachronistic Leave It to Beaver flare, Trump really upped the ante Wednesday. "The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me," he tweeted in transparent desperation the morning after Joe Biden electrified the election by naming California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. It wasn't just "the housewives"—plural—anymore. They had been reduced down to one lump sum of sameness—"the suburban housewife."  In some ways, it was more apt than...
    For The Daily Beast's membership drive, we're asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories. Barely a year into this administration, when the two of us—Daily Beast investigative reporter Lachlan Markay and White House correspondent Asawin Suebsaeng—were first approached to write a book on the era of President and racist game-show host Donald J. Trump, we were asked if we wanted to co-author something on the “adults in the room.” This meant: the president’s lieutenants who encouraged stability and maintained a respectable moral code against the backdrop and foreground of Trump’s tumult, vulgarity, and omnishambles. (Think: your Rex Tillersons, your John Kellys, your James Mattises… I guess.) We politely turned down the assignment given that, 1) we, as a reporting duo, didn’t believe the “adults in the room” in the age of Trump actually existed and, 2) even if they did, they don’t actually matter and there’s no need to craft puff pieces or nonfiction propaganda for the Nikki Haleys of the world. Our position then and now is simple. One of...
    President Trump’s floating of permanent cuts to the payroll tax, the program that funds Social Security and Medicare, sparked strong classic rebukes from Democrats that they have consistently used in the past as electoral politics tools. On Friday, Trump said that he was considering taking executive actions because negotiations remain at a standstill between Republicans and Democrats in Congress on the terms of a new coronavirus relief bill. One of those was a deferral of the payroll tax until the end of the year, or a “tax holiday.” “At the end of the year, it may be extended,” Trump said Friday at a press conference. While the tax deferment would still have to be paid at a later date, some Democrats and liberals nevertheless responded with claims that Trump is endangering the Social Security Trust Fund. The next day, Trump gave Democrats’ attacks teeth in comments after he signed four major coronavirus-relief executive orders — a move that is not clear the president has the legal authority to do since the Constitution assigns Congress power over...
    The Trump administration’s efforts to deport undocumented immigrants en masse just got more expensive. And the agency charged with loading people onto planes and flying them back to their home countries is blaming the coronavirus pandemic for the price hike. In April, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, increased its payments under a contract awarded in 2017 to Classic Air Charter, a company that subcontracts chartered deportation flights out of the country, primarily to Mexico and Central and South America, but also, more recently to other regions. ICE attributed the price hike to the novel coronavirus. The increase swells the already high cost that the federal government pays to fly undocumented immigrants out of the country. The two awards to Classic Air under its ICE contract since the pandemic began, each for $50.7 million, were the largest it’s received under the contract since it was inked three years ago. The next largest, for $46.6 million, came in May 2019, but prior to the coronavirus pandemic, ICE awards under the contract averaged just $12.7 million....
    CNN political director David Chalian on Tuesday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE's recent interview with Axios "so shameful" but "also classic Donald Trump," specifically pointing to his "astonishing" comments on the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisIn Black communities, changing how we treat diabetes is imperative Juan Williams: The Trump Show grows tired Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (D-Ga.).  Trump told Axios's Jonathan Swan in an interview released late Monday that Lewis, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963 and one of the original Freedom Riders, “made a big mistake” by refusing to attend his 2017 inauguration and subsequent State of the Union addresses because “nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have."  Asked in the interview recorded last week how history will remember Lewis, Trump responded that...
    Washington (CNN)In his first coronavirus briefing since April, President Donald Trump got a little more accurate about the state of the pandemic in the US -- but also continued to make some of the same false claims and promote some of the same misleading narratives of his previous moments in the White House briefing room.Trump, reading from prepared remarks, acknowledged a "concerning rise" in cases in the South (he had previously dismissed the sharp increase as mere evidence of how many people are being tested) and said the situation will get worse before it gets better (he had previously claimed, as late as June, that the virus was dying out).But Trump's new tone, like previous Trump new tones, did not last long.He continued to boast that the US has done many more tests than other countries, ignoring the fact that many peer nations did so much better controlling the virus that they haven't needed to keep conducting so many tests.He continued to say that the virus "will disappear," declining to acknowledge the inaccuracy of his previous suggestions that it would...
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