Athletic wear company Reebok used their Twitter account to scathingly mock President Donald Trump on Friday, taking a shot at the president for comments he made to France’s first lady on Friday.
Trump made headlines Friday during his visit to Paris, France, on Bastille Day. Trump and first lady Melania Trump were meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron. The duo toured museums and participated in Bastille Day celebrations together.
After the Trumps and Macrons finished their visit of museums at Les Invalides, a Facebook video posted by the French government caught Trump telling Brigitte that she’s “in such good shape” and “beautiful,” according to the New York Times.
Trump was heavily criticized for the comment after it went viral, the Guardian reports.
That comment is what Reebok seized on.
On Friday afternoon, they posted an image to their Twitter account that appeared to be a flow chart of events detailing when it’s appropriate to use the phrase that Trump used when describing Brigitte.
In case you were wondering when it IS appropriate to say, “You’re in such good shape…beautiful,”… THIS: pic.twitter.com/Z1cnnRD8Ut
— Reebok (@Reebok) July 14, 2017
“When is it appropriate to say: You’re in such good shape…beautiful,” the poster asks. The poster then gives six scenarios — including the one Trump was in on Friday when he made the comments — and asks if the phrase is appropriate to use in those scenarios.
Not surprisingly, the poster instructs that it’s not appropriate to use the phrase when “you are a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state.” The only scenario it does instruct is appropriate to use the phrase is when you just discover a “forgotten action figure from your youth” that is “unscathed after decades in your parents’ basement.”
The poster was widely shared and appreciated. As of Sunday evening, it has accumulated more than 40,000 retweets and nearly 70,000 “likes.”
But just as quickly as the tweet went viral, Reebok was being exposed for an apparent double standard.
Comedian Jim Norton replied to Reebok’s tweet with a Reebok ad image that features a scantily-clad woman. He wrote: “Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape.”
Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape. pic.twitter.com/vuj8oe86ZL
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) July 15, 2017
Of course, the point of Norton’s tweet was that Reebok was being hypocritical with their criticism of Trump’s comments — which many critics said were sexist — while simultaneously promoting ads that feature partially nude women.
Indeed, many athletic brands like Reebox typically use photoshopped pictures of athletes wearing minimal amounts of clothing to advertise their products, all under the mantra that “sex sells.” But it’s a bit difficult to criticize someone for allegedly objectifying women when your ad department featured nearly nude women in ads.
A “queer feminist legal analyst” has sued President Donald Trump after she was blocked by the president from viewing his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump.
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza alleged that her career has suffered irreparable damage in the weeks after she was personally barred via Twitter’s “block” function from replying to or interacting in any way with Trump’s personal tweets or Twitter account.
Writing in Fortune magazine, Buckwalter-Poza said:
Gone now is my ability to participate in the timeliest and most robust conversations around law, policy, and politics on Twitter—those around the president’s tweets. Taking part in these exchanges was an ideal way to stay current on not just facts, but new ideas. These threads make up the marketplace of ideas in which my peers and potential employers, colleagues, and audience are present and participating. I’ve been forced out and have no meaningful way to rejoin them.
I didn’t think being blocked on Twitter was a big deal at first. It’s just a button you can click, a way to mute an ex or tune out trolls’ attacks. But it turns out that when the person who blocks you is the president of the United States, it can matter quite a bit. Every day I’m blocked I lose opportunities to advance my views and engage others’—literally the reason a reader follows a writer’s work, the substance a publication pays a writer for—in these conversations. I can’t fire off a 140-word tweet, create a thread, or share pieces I write to drive discussion within these very conversations. That quick click I thought was so inconsequential is constraining my career in ways I have yet to fully appreciate.
When Buckwalter-Poza boasted about the suit on Twitter, she was widely mocked:
I am dumber for having read this. Be warned, you’ll feel your IQ evaporate off your brain like water on a hot skillet. https://t.co/pdQ1LOXUPq
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 14, 2017
Some people lose jobs because of robots, or because the plant was moved to Mexico; others because a celebrity blocked them on the twitterz
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 14, 2017
of all the arguments in favor of using the courts to micromanage how trump uses his twitter account this hed is by far the least persuasive https://t.co/lmBBwqLjdO
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 14, 2017
Trump’s tweets are fully visible to anyone not logged into Twitter. Unless your purpose is to tweet him, this literally doesn’t affect you.
— neontaster (@neontaster) July 14, 2017
Snowflakes are so fragile. https://t.co/PjIJ4yQWX9
— David Starsky (@Dogtownz) July 14, 2017
— DEPLORABLE CHRIS (@DeplorableChri5) July 14, 2017
Being blocked by Trump isn’t hurting you at all. Log out and view.
Or perhaps, create another account like countless banned conservatives
— Aaron Lee Mathis (@aaronlmathis) July 14, 2017
Referring to yourself as a “public intellectual” is both hilarious and insufferably smug. How has the inability to tweet @ potus harmed you?
Someone help this poor woman, who can’t figure out how to set up a side account and screenshot Trump’s tweets. https://t.co/goI5jSRfXr
— Brooke Rogers (@bkerogers) July 14, 2017
Trump is being sued by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which advocates for free speech. White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Trump’s director of social media, Dan Scavino, are also named as defendants in the suit. The suit was filed in the Southern district of New York.
The plaintiffs allege that Trump’s personal Twitter account, which boasts nearly 34 million followers, is a public forum, and being blocked for their viewpoints is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Public forums are areas that typically receive the strongest First Amendment protects.
The plaintiffs seek to be unblocked from Trump’s personal Twitter account, in addition to Trump being barred from future banning over opposing viewpoints.
Comedienne Kathy Griffin posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday which seemed to confirm that she was interviewed extensively by President Donald Trump’s Secret Service detail after she posed in a photo shoot featuring the decapitated head of Trump.
“Yes, it’s true,” Griffin wrote on Twitter.
Yes, it’s true.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 6, 2017
Reports circulated on Monday that Griffin was interrogated for over an hour, and in person, and that the investigation into Griffin’s photo shoot remained open a month after it went viral in June.
A criminal defense attorney for Griffin told The New York Times in June that his client was involved in the investigation, and defended Griffin’s position in taking part in the controversial photo shoot.
“She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke,” Gorin told the newspaper. “When you look at everything in the media, all the times entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you’ve never seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation.”
During a manic and hysterical press conference that the entertainer held in June, Griffin accused the president of bullying her, and claimed that she had been subjected to death threats as a result of her decision to take part in the photo shoot.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to his Twitter account to explain why CNN might have committed a crime when they threatened to expose the identity of a Reddit user to created an animated video the president later tweeted.
The public furor over the controversy has prompted some to wonder if CNN committed an act of extortion or coercion.
A user of the Reddit social media platform claimed that he was the creator of the animated video the president tweeted intended to mock CNN, but some called an incitement to violence.
#FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski said that he figured out the man’s identity by using autobiographical details he had left in his social media footprint. He contacted the man on Monday, but before they communicated, he deleted his online posts and published a lengthy apology.
CNN’s article on the event implied that if the man continued in his online trolling that they would reconsider revealing his identity. Kaczynski has vigorously denied the charge that they bullied him into apologizing or that they had ever threatened him.
“Troubling,” Cruz tweeted about the story. “I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP… it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….’”
Cruz later tweeted another law that CNN might have broken.
“Another relevant crim law: NY § 135.60: ‘A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he…induces a person… to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he…has a legal right to engage…by means of instilling…a fear…the actor will… Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule..”
The backlash to CNN’s actions came not only from the right, from also from some on the left who said that it was thoroughly unethical for a journalist to bully the subject of a story.
Actress and singer Lindsay Lohan has jumped to the defense of President Donald Trump, castigating liberals and progressives who seek to do nothing more than bully the president.
Lohan on Monday replied to a tweet that featured a screenshot of an article discussing Trump’s offer to help Charlie Gard, a British infant whose parents cannot afford to keep their son on life support.
“THIS IS our president,” 31-year-old Lohan tweeted. “Stop #bullying him & start trusting him.”
To the president, she said, “Thank you personally for supporting #THEUSA.”
Trump supporters rallied around the entertainer and lifted up her praise of the president, while others called into question the weight of Lohan’s words.
“Trump has done a lot of good in his life,” one user wrote in response to the backlash Lohan received over her support of the president. “You’ll just have to manage like we did under Ocommie.”
In response to a user who used the hashtag “resist,” another user added, “What are you resisting? Helping vets, getting criminals out of USA, saving the coal industry, the DOW going up? Very sad. #MAGA”
One Twitter user even went as far as to call into question Lohan’s sobriety, which the actress struggled with in younger years.
“You may have a blind spot, girlfriend. Call your sponsor?” the user implored.
This isn’t the first time Lohan has stood up to defend Trump.
Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, the entertainer in February said that Americans should rally around the president and “join him.”
“I think always in the public eye you’re going to get scrutinized,” she said during a Facebook Live Q&A session with The Daily Mail. “He is the president — we have to join him. If you can’t beat him, join him.”
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto went through a list of all the violence coming from the left since President Trump was elected in order to show what he saw as hypocrisy of the media on Trump’s offensive tweeting. The monologue aired Monday at the end of his show.
“So ABC News reports that after his CNN wrestling tweet,” Cavuto began, “President Trump will have to own any violence that might come as a result. The New York Times cites some journalists’ fears the wrestling themed portrayal of violence is dangerous, saying it could incite attacks or threats against news media employees.”
“CNN itself says it is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” he added.
“But I guess it’s really not a sad day when it’s former New Year’s host Kathy Griffin holds up the president’s bloody head,” he added. “Not so sad there.”
“Or when a Shakespeare in the Park troupe murders Caesar-style a President Trump look-alike. That’s OK,” he explained. “Just like rioters at UC Berkeley turning violent to shut down a pro-Trump speech by Ann Coulter is OK, only weeks after doing the same exact thing to protest another conservative speaker was deemed OK.”
“Or turning over cars and lighting them on fire at the president’s inauguration is OK,” Cavuto continued. “Or left-wing professors urging violence against Trump supporters, including one, Eric Clanton arrested for assaulting Trump backers with a bike lock. That’s OK. Or liberal actress Sarah Silverman calling for a coup, that’s OK. Or Charlie Sheen calling for the president’s death, that’s OK.”
“Or Johnny Depp musing about another actor killing another president,” he added. “That’s OK. Or liberal journalists such as VOX’s Emmett Reinsin defending such acts because that’s OK, they’re all OK.”
“You know what, NO, they’re not OK, not a one of them is OK,” Cavuto protested. “Not remotely OK.”
“There is a big difference my friend between speaking your mind and quite another proving you don’t have one,” Cavuto continued with a list of rhetoric from Democratic leaders. “Entertainers proving they’re twisted is no excuse for real leaders proving they’re worse.”
“Top Democrat Tim Kaine calling for a fight in the streets against President Trump. Hillary Clinton vowing to lead the resistance against, you guessed it, President Trump,” he listed. “Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee calling for his impeachment, voting against anything President Trump wants in the meantime, all the time.”
“All OK,” Cavuto surmised.
“The moaning, the burning cauldrons of violence they fear coming from the right,” he continued, “ignoring all that real violence that has been coming from the left, from them. Not from others, from themselves. Not a few cases, lots of cases, not too few to care, too many to mention.”
“Yet the media seems to only fear a silly pro-wrestling tweet from the president right now,” he added, “oblivious to the very real act of violence that still has Congressman Steve Scalise in a hospital, right now. So forget who’s tweeting silly stuff, focus on who’s doing far more serious stuff. Leaving aside I’m not really a fan of the president going off message with these tweets, that not I’m against his tweeting just against things that do nothing to advance his agenda.”
“But to say these tweeting distractions breed violence, that, that would be news,” Cavuto concluded. “Ignoring the very real violence perpetrated by the left, that would be fake news.”
Trump was widely criticized in the media for a tweet containing an animated video of himself wrestling and beating a man with the CNN logo superimposed over his face. The White House has offered no apologies for what some in the media said was inciting violence against the press.
President Donald Trump is a fan of Twitter, and he loves to use his Twitter account to speak directly to his followers and America.
But since becoming president, Trump has come under fire for the way he uses his account. Prior to becoming president, it was normal for Trump to fire off tweets critical of the media or tweets that criticized people by name. Some believe Trump’s tweets are evidence he’s not fit for office, while others shrug them off because it’s normal for him.
However, after some controversial remarks directed at MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski this week, Trump found a way to take his Twitter criticisms to new heights on Saturday.
He began Saturday by wishing Canadians a happy Canada Day. Then he criticized NBC for firing Greta Van Susteren from her MSNBC show, remarking that Susteren was fired because she refused to “go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”
Next, Trump hit the dozens of states refusing to turn over voter information to the Trump administration’s panel investigating voter fraud. “What are they trying to hide?” Trump asked.
Then Trump issued one of his most poignant criticisms of CNN to date.
“I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!” the president wrote.
I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
To round out his Saturday morning tweet storm, Trump took one final slash at Scarborough and Brzezinski.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” Trump wrote.
Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
But Trump wasn’t done there. Just after 6 p.m. EST Saturday evening, Trump issued a three-tweet tirade against CNN, probably the news network that he criticizes the most for being “fake news” outside of “the failing” New York Times.
Trump was responding to people who criticized his direct use of social media to air out his grievances.
“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won…the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!” Trump wrote.
“I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!” he added.
The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
….the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
He then followed those tweets up with another that reiterated the fact that he will continue to use social media to communicate directly with Americans:
My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
After lashing out at Brzezinski on Twitter this week, one member of Congress, Democrat Shelia Jackson Lee (Texas), called on Trump to resign.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews came under fire this week after he seemingly appeared to approve of White House adviser Jared Kushner, also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, being assassinated.
During a discussion on his show Thursday, Matthews made clear his disdain for nepotism and the dangers he believes it poses to democracy. But during his remarks, he appeared to approve of assassination as a way to rid a government of the threat that nepotism has.
“So the son-in-law — you know, one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law. I mean, I’m talking about Ciano,” Matthews said on his show.
Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter. He serves as a senior adviser to the president and is focused on foreign policy issues.
But apparently Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing tired of the influence that Kushner yields in the West Wing. That is why Matthews was discussing the apparent nepotism on Thursday.
However, according to a list of salaries in the West Wing, Kushner, who was already a multi-millionaire before coming to the White House, doesn’t take a salary as an adviser of the president, one of only three White House staffers to do so. His wife is one of the other three. So the claims of nepotism may be unfounded, since Kushner is not financially benefiting from his White House job.
Still, given the shape of political rhetoric in America right now, Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s first child and brother-in-law to Kushner, just couldn’t let Matthews away with those comments.
After all, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was nearly killed last month after a devout liberal opened fire on a group of congressional Republicans practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. Most attributed the shooter’s extreme liberal politics as the motive for the crime.
That’s why Trump Jr. didn’t quite understand why more weren’t outraged about Matthews’ comments.
“Given this week’s ‘outrage’ I’m trying to figure out why this is ok & no one has a problem with it? LMK Thanks,” Trump Jr. wrote.
Then Trump Jr. answered his own question.
“Hint: lib double standard,” he explained.
Given this week’s “outrage” I’m trying to figure out why this is ok & no one has a problem with it? LMK Thanks. Hint: lib double standard https://t.co/Y3lFH7vRhn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 30, 2017
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski spoke to InStyle magazine for an interview that ran on Friday and had much to say about first lady Melania Trump.
Out of the gate, Brzezinski claimed that she “knew” Melania, and opined that President Donald Trump’s wife has “the worst job in the world.”
InStyle spoke with Brzezinski and said, “You mentioned how you know Melania Trump [during an airing of ‘Morning Joe’]. Her campaign as the first lady surrounds cyber bullying.”
In response to the magazine’s comments, Brzezinski added, “I know Melania. I haven’t talked to her in months, but if my gut is right, I don’t think she’s going to put up with it much longer. I know nothing. That’s just my instinct and I go with my gut and my gut’s always right.”
“I’m just telling you, Melania’s got the worst job in the country and I don’t think she wants do it a lot longer,” Brzezinski added. “I think she will do it for as long as she has to for her son [Barron Trump], and that’s it.”
Melania, in response to the allegations that she won’t “put up with it much longer,” issued a statement to The Daily Mail decrying the MSNBC host’s comments.
The statement from the Office of the First Lady read:
“It is sad when people try to further their own agenda by commenting on me and my family, especially when they don’t know me.”
During the InStyle interview, Brzezinski also trashed Trump for his tweets against her, which mocked her for reported plastic surgery.
When asked by the magazine how she explains how “something like this” happens to young women, Brzezinski said, “My daughters are adults, they’re 19 and 21. I think that they’re forming their own opinions. I say the same thing [to them that] I say on the show: I think [Trump’s] got a real problem with women, and that this presidency is a setback.”
“Women in the administration need to step up and tell him that they will not stand for the way he is treating women,” she added. “I think that also applies to men in the administration.”
The president came under fire on Thursday after he tweeted a tirade against the MSNBC personality and her co-host — and fiancee — Joe Scarborough, which read, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Rush Limbaugh, during Thursday’s airing of his nationally syndicated radio show, went all in on President Donald Trump’s tweets slamming “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski’s IQ, face, and Joe Scarborough’s mental health.
Addressing the history of Trump and his issues with the MSNBC show hosts, Limbaugh said, “Let’s look at Trump here and his tweets now on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. If you go back to the campaign, Trump has branded people that he considers his opponents. We got Low Energy Jeb. We have Little Marco. We had Lyin’ Ted. We had Crooked Hillary. Now we have Low IQ Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe. Trump’s tweets today have everybody bewildered. What in the world is he thinking? And it’s actually not that. The tweets tell us what he’s thinking.”
Though Limbaugh doesn’t claim to know exactly what’s happening with Trump and his opponents, he’s willing to venture a guess.
“I do have some insight for you that might — nothing can justify this, but it might make you look at it a little bit differently,” he said, rehashing Trump’s tweets which read, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Limbaugh said, “They’re having collapse fits at CNN.”
“Just a couple of stories here,” Limbaugh added. “And folks, I’m just trying to add spice, information to this. I have no idea why Trump decided to do this. No clue whatsoever. I can tell you that the establishment, as you could well understand, is just beside itself at this display of barbaric behavior, this insolence, this crudity, this yuck!”
Limbaugh later launched into a possible explanation of the vitriol.
“So I don’t know when this was,” he began. “Yes, I do. It was 2012. So five years ago, and I believe it was a Friday afternoon. I’m sitting here minding my own business, and I get a note that Mika Brzezinski and Scarborough are in town. There’s something going on in town that they’re here, they’re here making an appearance. It might have been Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend or some such thing as that. I think it was at The Breakers. And they asked to come by.”
“I met Scarborough a long, long time ago,” he continued. “He was a member of the freshman class in 1994. I had never met Mika Brzezinski.”
He continued, “We got there right at five o’clock, right as Trump was meeting with the Tuesday group, a group of Republican House members. There were 17 ‘no’ votes. We watched the whole thing, right off Oval Office. He converted 16 of those votes to ‘yes’ votes. … At dinner, I don’t know how it came up, he asked me if I knew Scarborough and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve met him.’ He said, ‘Those two are weird.’ And I just sat there. He said, ‘Yeah, New Year’s Eve, they call, they begged to come to Mar-a-Lago. They want to be around me. They come to Mar-a-Lago. I said, ‘I gotta let ’em in, I’m president-elect, they want to come.’ I didn’t want them there, but they wanted to come. And they hang out for all three days, and I kind of felt obligated to have ’em.’”
Limbaugh noted that Scarborough and Brzezinski had been “going after” him for years, but he’s brushed it off.
Trump, he said, not so much.
“Now, Trump is not that way,” Limbaugh said. “Trump obviously cares. And Trump, when you hit Trump he is gonna come back at you times five harder. That’s just the way he does it. … He’s not gonna sit back and take it. He’s not gonna sit back and take it. If you’re gonna say despicable things about him — by the way, this is not new. I mean, Trump has been doing this ever since he became a candidate. And this is what it looks like.”
Talking about the offense taken by leftists, Limbaugh added, “All you have to do is disagree with a leftist and you automatically become a bully. The people that were bullies when I was growing up were constantly attacking and mocking and making fun of and attempting to take advantage of and usually trying to force an army of people along with them. They would isolate you and they would genuinely try to scare you.”
“But that’s not what it is anymore,” he said. “Today’s bully is simply somebody who doesn’t back off their position. And so they call Trump a bully. Or they call Spicer or whoever a bully. If you don’t change, if they attack you because you don’t agree with them, and you don’t sit there, if you fire back at ’em, you are bullying them. It is another way that they have tried to take control of the language, like changing the definition of marriage to now changing the definition of bullying.”
President Trump accused former President Barack Obama on Monday for failure to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election all because Obama purportedly expected then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to win the election.
Trump noted that Obama didn’t choke — he simply “colluded or obstructed.”
“The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win…..and did not want to ‘rock the boat,’ ” Trump tweeted from his personal account early Monday morning. “He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good.”
He continued his tirade against Obama and added, “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia … under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction.”
“I should be given apology!” he added.
The president’s condemnations of Obama cropped up once again after Democrats ramped up their accusations that then-candidate Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. As a result, the Justice Department, Senate and House Intelligence Committees as well as the FBI are exploring possible links between Trump’s transition team and Russian officials.
During an interview last week on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Trump blasted Obama over Russia’s alleged interference in the election, and said that the president knew it and “did nothing about it.”
“Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it,” Trump said. “But nobody wants to talk about that.”
He added, “The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even — before the election. And I hardly see it. It’s an amazing thing.”
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snubbed the call for a bipartisan de-escalation of heated rhetoric and instead tweeted a message calling Republicans the “death party” Friday.
Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017
The tweet read, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”
It appeared to reference the controversy over “death panels” that conservatives feared would be instituted in the Obamacare legislation passed by Democrats. While the media and the left called it hysteria on the part of Republicans, Clinton seems eager to employ even worse rhetoric against the health care bill just released by Senate Republicans.
Her tweet linked to a study by left-wing think tank claiming that their analysis of the CBO scoring of the Republican bill indicated that between 18,100 and 27,700 deaths would result from decreases in health care coverage in 2026.
The study also claimed the Republican bill would result in 217,000 deaths over a decade.
Clinton’s “death party” tweet was met with ire on social media, including that from conservatives who thought it was inappropriate to tweet such an incendiary message after the Scalise shooting.
Beneath contempt. But absolutely mainstream in Democratic politics today. https://t.co/T7gd5JxMS1
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 23, 2017
2020 Hillary Clinton: “Forget death party. If Republicans win in November, they will sacrifice your children to Satan in the Oval Office.” https://t.co/fHZsQrxOMv
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 23, 2017
Says the woman who had Gaddafi killed and threw his country into chaos (Libya). Now they have open air slave markets thanks to you. https://t.co/sBtX28d4M3
— Lee Junn (@Lee_KGB_Junn) June 23, 2017
That’s weird considering someone from your party literally just tried to murder a bunch of Republicans a week ago… https://t.co/JjbARhLOta
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 23, 2017
Yes PLEASE keep saying that Republicans want everyone to die. That’s really sane rhetoric that I’m sure everyone takes really seriously. https://t.co/9CV8vEL1QY
— Nick McIntyre (@Nick_McIntyre) June 23, 2017
Says the woman who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization that dismembers babies https://t.co/J0uvfsRR6Z
— Daniel Darling (@dandarling) June 23, 2017
OFFICIAL DEATH PARTY THREAD What are you bringing to the death party?
I’m bringing a map to Wisconsin and a case of Coors Original https://t.co/EfKMyYg2gS
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 23, 2017
Everybody who is not me is literally coming to murder youhttps://t.co/QMuUAMjN3X
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 23, 2017
“Death party” — one week after GOP targeted for assassination, from a party that supports abortion on demand. Media will shrug. https://t.co/XjgQbMJBML
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 23, 2017
Out: It’s time to tone down the rhetoric in Washington. (from last week)
In: The GOP is literally going to kill everyone you’ve ever known! https://t.co/fPF1Zo9XUk
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 23, 2017
The tweet comes just a day after fellow Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts was similarly brutalized on social media over her tone-deaf tweet.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is still recovering from the nearly lethal shooting. His condition has improved to fair, and he was able to leave the intensive care unit Thursday.
Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist politician from the United Kingdom, said Sunday he “welcomes” the cancellation of President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to his country.
Corbyn, who leads the UK’s Labour Party and won 40 percent of the vote in the recent UK national election, cited Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change and Trump’s “attack” on London Mayor Sadiq Khan as reason Trump should not come to the UK.
“Cancellation of President Trump’s State Visit is welcome, especially after his attack on London’s mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.
Cancellation of President Trump’s State Visit is welcome, especially after his attack on London’s mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 11, 2017
The “attack” that Corbyn recalled refers to Trump lashing out at Khan via Twitter last Sunday for Khan’s response to a terrorist attack last Saturday in London that left eight people dead and 48 others injured. Trump was widely criticized for taking Khan’s comments about the attack out of context.
In addition, Trump has been widely criticized by world leaders in recent weeks for choosing to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement on climate change, which was agreed upon by former President Barack Obama.
Trump said he withdrew the U.S. from the agreement because it will stifle the American economy.
But many on Sunday found Corbyn’s comments to be a bit hypocritical because in 2009 he called Islamic terrorists in Hamas and Hezbollah “friends” when he was a member of the UK Parliament.
“It will be my pleasure and honor to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking … I’ve also invited our friends from Hamas to come and speak as well,” Corbyn said at the time.
Given his comments then, and his denunciation of Trump, many thought Corbyn’s hypocrisy was on full display Sunday:
Says the man who once called Hamas & Hezbollah ‘friends’. https://t.co/cCzQEWtHCe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 11, 2017
Hamas & Hezbollah are “friends,” but the duly elected president of your country’s top ally is unwelcome. Got it. What a disgrace. https://t.co/CUMJCOfERA
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 11, 2017
So you want to have an open dialogue with terrorists but @POTUS is too unsavoury for you?
— GAMJ (@Gabrielka_J) June 11, 2017
Corbyn called Hamas & Hezbollah friends, and praised Chavez’s leadership. Yet, the President of your countries strongest ally isn’t welcome?
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) June 11, 2017
Hate it when Corbyn gets on his high horse about gay rights. Sorry but you cant do that when you’ve welcomed Hamas and taken money from Iran
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell recently donated $1,000 to the “relief fund” of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old government contractor accused of leaking top secret information, and then boasted about it on social media.
She even called Winner, who is being charged under the Espionage Act, a “brave young patriot.”
brave young patriot – https://t.co/MCnQ1U33vF
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 7, 2017
Indeed, many Democrats believe that Winner, who is openly against President Donald Trump, his administration and other Republicans, took an honorable action by leaking the highly sensitive documents to news outlet The Intercept.
Obviously, the government disagrees as do most other Republicans and conservatives. Many top conservative commentators said Winner is a “deep state” actor who had an ax to grind with the Trump administration.
Then there are others, like Fox News host Dana Perino, who believe that supporting the actions of Winner encourage other young women to ruin their lives, too — something O’Donnell, who is supposedly a feminist, seemingly wouldn’t support.
“Rosie O’Donnell risks ruining young women’s lives by egging on illegal acts that will bankrupt their parents,” Perino tweeted Saturday, adding an angry “emoji.”
Rosie O'Donnell risks ruining young women's lives by egging on illegal acts that will bankrupt their parents. 😡 https://t.co/aj8WPgeHUy
Perino’s single tweet was all it took to trigger O’Donnell, who later replied on Twitter that she “never liked” Perino and denied that she is encouraging other young women to follow in Winner’s footsteps.
never liked @DanaPerino – i am not egging on anyone – i sent a donation to #RealityWinner –https://t.co/MCnQ1U33vF – she isnt the problem
Hillary Clinton defended London mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday after President Donald Trump tweeted a criticism directed at Khan for the way he responded to the weekend terrorist attack in Britain.
After Khan told citizens of the city that they should not be alarmed by increased law enforcement presence, Trump tweeted, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
Trump later doubled down on his remarks and followed his original tweet reaffirming his first.
“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” he wrote.
The Washington Examiner reported that Clinton called for solidarity and understanding worldwide in the wake of the latest London attack.
“This is a time for us to reach out to the world, to understand more about what is happening. Not just in our own country, but indeed across the globe,” she said.
While attending a fundraiser for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) youth program, she added, “It is time for steady, determined leadership like we are seeing from London’s mayor and local authorities.”
Though Clinton did not name Trump particularly, her comments seemed to reference the president’s tweets.
“This is not the time to lash out, to incite fear, and use trash talk and terror for political gain,” Clinton said.
Less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 and injured scores more at an Ariana Grade concert in Manchester, Islamic terrorists killed seven and injured another 48 people during an attack on London Bridge.
Three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on the bridge and after striking those on foot, exited the vehicle and began stabbing patrons at nearby facilities in the Borough Market area, a location rife with restaurants and bars.
As the terrorists attacked, eyewitnesses claimed that the terrorists shouted “This is for Allah.”
The three attackers were shot and killed eight minutes after embarking on their attack.
Terry Frei, sportswriter at The Denver Post, lost his job on Monday after tweeting that Japanese race car driver Takuma Sato’s win at the Indy 500 made him “uncomfortable.”
“Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” he wrote Sunday on Twitter, and immediately faced an intense amount of backlash.
Frei tweeted about Sato’s win approximately an hour after Sato became the first Japanese winner in the Indy 500’s history.
Frei was called racist and xenophobic in an avalanche of Twitter criticisms, and he eventually deleted the original tweet.
He did, however, later fire off another tweet that was apparently directed at the response he’d received over his initial tweet decrying Sato’s Indy 500 win.
“THIS is what Memorial Day is about. Dave Schreiner’s death in Battle of Okinawa,” Frei wrote. “Not for squeamish or ‘sensitive.’”
He later deleted that tweet as well after receiving more critical response.
Frei eventually apologized, and simply wrote, “I apologize,” but on Monday was fired from his position at The Denver Post.
The Post wrote:
“We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent out by one of our reporters. Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post. It’s our policy not to comment further on personnel issues. The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.”
On Monday Frei explained his reasoning behind the tweet and doubled down on his apology.
Frei addressed the controversy on Twitter and wrote that he’d “fouled up.” Frei also clarified his tweet regarding Memorial Day, and explained that it was an “emotional weekend.”
See Frei’s full statement on the matter below.
OK, I took out the name of a book. pic.twitter.com/b953FbqMEh
As White House press secretary, its Sean Spicer’s job to set the record straight.
That’s exactly what he did Saturday when the mainstream media pushed stories that alleged President Donald Trump didn’t wear an earpiece to hear the translation of a speech that a foreign leader gave at the G7 Summit on Saturday.
The narrative of Trump not wearing an earpiece quickly spread following a tweet from a BBC journalist:
A short clip that sums up this G7 summit: look who has chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host’s speech #G6 pic.twitter.com/6pXbBlfvof
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) May 27, 2017
“A short clip that sums up this G7 summit: look who has chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host’s speech,” wrote BBC correspondent James Landale.
Other journalists piled on:
Yet another memorable moment for Trump abroad https://t.co/6eq9FLBMy4
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) May 27, 2017
Trump obviously speaks fluent Italian so there is no need for headphones for translation https://t.co/CTq0N5iJu2
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 27, 2017
Indeed, at first glance, it appears that Trump was not listening to the speech while other world leaders surrounding him were.
However, the video doesn’t tell the whole story.
According to Spicer, Trump was listening to the speech via an earpiece in his right ear. The video, which panned from left to right, wasn’t able to capture footage of the earpiece because of the angle that the president was sitting in reference to the camera.
“As usual @POTUS wears a single ear piece for translation in his right ear,” Spicer tweeted in response to Landale’s tweet.
As usual @POTUS wears a single ear piece for translation in his right ear https://t.co/Opm2qk1hOQ
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) May 27, 2017
Images taken on Friday corroborated Spicer’s tweet and show that Trump does, indeed, wear a small earpiece inside his right ear.
Landale’s original, incorrect tweet amassed more than 10,000 retweets, but his correction tweet received just 42:
White House says that Donald Trump wears an ear piece in his right ear for translation https://t.co/kquwUeSi6k
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) May 27, 2017
The White House was not happy about the spread of the fake news, according to Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs:
Trump was indeed listening to foreign leaders via a translation earpiece. White House not happy there was false reporting otherwise. https://t.co/t589XTIhP5
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 27, 2017
Trump departed Italy following meetings in Sicily and is en route back to Washington D.C.
Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, caught major flak after photos of them at their son’s Jonathan’s graduation from the University of Texas went viral. The family was photographed throwing the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign that is nearly synonymous with attending UT.
Outside of the University’s usage portraying their mascot, the Texas Longhorn Bevo, the gesture has also been used in the music world, popularized by the late Ronnie James Dio who used it to mean “rock on.”
However, in some cultures, the “Hook ’em Horns” sign is construed as a sign of the devil, and many people on social media called Osteen and his family out in response for using what they perceived to be the devil’s sign.
See the original photos below as well as some of the more outraged comments from the Osteens’ Twitter followers.
Congratulations @JonathanOsteen on your graduation from the University of Texas at Austin! I couldn’t be more proud! pic.twitter.com/cw7hcChut6
— Victoria Osteen (@VictoriaOsteen) May 20, 2017
We had a great day celebrating @JonathanOsteen‘s graduation from the University of Texas at Austin! So proud of him! pic.twitter.com/fHATVCFPQy
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) May 20, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Doing horns?! Even though is UT, that symbol ain’t good! Thats devil’s symbol!
— Isaac Hogg (@isaachogg) May 21, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Pst Joel I read and share your devotions with my family, very fond of you but you should’ve be sensitive to that sign, to christ its wrong
— wayne (@waynekitt) May 21, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Yea what’s with the Satanist hex
— sergio gonzalez jr (@hoodysoldy) May 20, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen What symbolic signs are u showing the world? Congratulations for belonging to the or what? Pls Victoria kindly explain.
— Andre Andre (@AndreUPX) May 21, 2017
@JoelOsteen @JonathanOsteen That’s symbol depicted by your fingers has sent a very deep message on your identity.
— Oyola Kiasa (@sir_oyola) May 20, 2017
@JoelOsteen @JonathanOsteen Why on Earth would you use the devil sign? My goodness a thumbs up would work or you don’t have thumbs??
— askofu indimuli (@ian_indimuli) May 20, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Is it just me is anybody else troubled by hand gestures
— American Dad (@God_Guns45) May 20, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen Please explain why you u used that sign @JoelOsteen ,@VictoriaOsteen we seem not to understand
— Daakye Hene Emma (@LallypopGuy) May 20, 2017
@VictoriaOsteen @JonathanOsteen @VictoriaOsteen why that sign, really your teachings have uplifted us but that sign makes me concerned and worried
Cosmopolitan was caught Tuesday brazenly misrepresenting the faith of a taxi cab driver in Manchester after the attacks in order to push a pro-Muslim narrative, and they got incinerated over it on social media.
The tweet and article shows a man in a turban who is a taxi driver – he offered free rides in Manchester after the horrible terror attack left many stranded. But rather than represent him as what he is, a follower of the Sikh faith, Cosmopolitan identified him as a Muslim in order to push a heart-warming narrative about Muslims helping victims after the attack.
The image came from the “Singh Lions” account, and internet sleuths were able to find when the tweet where Cosmo’s Mylan Torres specifically asked the account for permission to use in the magazine. She deleted the tweet, and the “Singh Lions” account issued their disappointment over the matter, saying, “Sad. It is upsetting, Sikhs are compelled to fight ignorance about them in this hour of mourning the tragic loss.”
He added, “I am shocked how @Cosmopolitan has used the image of the Sikh cab driver but have shown him as a Muslim!”
That Cosmo would misrepresent a Sikh man as a Muslim is no small matter. Sikhs are terribly sensitive about it because there have been attacks on their community by bigots who don’t understand the difference between them and Muslims.
This is what animated the rage against Cosmopolitan on social media.
@Cosmopolitan You need to change this ASAP. This man is Sikh. You are misinforming MILLIONS. pic.twitter.com/Tp7ohIryTl
— SikhPressAssociation (@SikhPA) May 23, 2017
@Cosmopolitan Holy uneducated reporting, Batman. This man is clearly a Sikh. Check your facts or stick to articles about sex.
— Taylor (@_tahlore_) May 23, 2017
I wonder when @Cosmopolitan will apologize for their racist Tweet that they deleted.
— Burg (@BurgerVonStadt) May 23, 2017
Hey @Cosmopolitan – why did you describe this guy as a Muslim when you knew he was a Sikh? pic.twitter.com/zm7kRRQaCJ
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday addressed President Donald Trump’s Twitter claims that he was the subject of a “witch hunt” after a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“The president is entitled to his opinion, but we’re a nation of laws,” Rubio told reporters. “That’s not a criticism of the president. That is a reality that our institutions work. The acting attorney general has the authority to appoint a special counsel and has done so.”
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as special prosecutor in the ongoing Russian investigation on Wednesday.
Calling Mueller a “person of high esteem,” Rubio admitted that he has “full confidence” that Mueller will “conduct an independent, thorough and fair investigation.”
Thursday saw Trump tweet, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” referencing the appointment of Mueller as special counsel.
The president added, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed.”
On Wednesday night, former CIA official Phillip Mudd praised Mueller during a televised appearance on CNN with Wolf Blitzer.
“For four and a half years of sitting down the hall from [Mueller] I saw one two three times a day threaten meetings, personnel meetings, meetings with three attorneys general,” Mudd told Blitzer about Mueller’s stern and fair principles.
“I can tell you, every American who thinks that this is a moment of turmoil, whether they like the president or not, should breathe easy tonight,” he said. “Robert Mueller is solid ground. I saw presidents, kings, prime ministers, secretaries of state, CIA directors, the former U.S. Attorney in New York said he’s one of the best.”
Joss Whedon, a famous Hollywood director, writer and producer, took to Twitter Sunday — also Mother’s Day — to bash what America has become under President Donald Trump by stating he’s glad his mother isn’t alive to witness it.
“Today I gratefully give my mother the gift of having been dead for 25 years and not having to see what a tub of f**kery our country’s become,” Whedon tweeted.
Whedon is known for his work in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Toy Story, “Cabin in the Woods” and other various movies and television shows. He is an avowed atheist and liberal, supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the last presidential election cycle, although Warren never ran.
Given that Sunday is Mother’s Day in America, a day where everyone celebrates their mother, Whedon’s negative and politically charged tweet was quick to earn the stern rebuke of Twitter.
Many blamed Whedon’s tweet on an over-politicized America:
This is the kind of dumb stuff you say when everything becomes about politics. My mom’s been gone for 18 years and I wish she were here. https://t.co/XFqIaVuzUw
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) May 14, 2017
@joss So, you’re glad your mom is dead, so she doesn’t have to live to see President Trump. You’re insane even for Hollywood’s standards man.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 14, 2017
@joss Only a Hollywood liberal would prefer his mom be dead than live under the Trump Administration.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 14, 2017
@MarkDice @joss This is a whole new low from Hollywood’s liberal nutters
— Señor Gruñon (@stewyj2) May 14, 2017
@joss Shame on you. Nothing I would want more than to have my mother back despite how bad things may be. A mother’s life and love trumps all.
— Austin Petersen (@AP4Liberty) May 14, 2017
@joss *Tweets that he’ll ‘be quiet for a bit’
*Chimes in on #MothersDay to say he’s grateful his Mom’s been dead for 25 years @joss is awful pic.twitter.com/fC0E6aX3Hk
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) May 14, 2017
@joss I find it disturbing that a son would use his dead mother’s memory, on Mother’s Day of all days, to hash out petty politics.
— Tracie whitmore (@Traciewhitmore3) May 14, 2017
@joss I find this tweet very upsetting. Who says things like this? What happened to you?
@joss That was just tasteless. Do you know how many miss their mothers as of today?
— Adam J. (@AFreakyDude) May 14, 2017
This isn’t the first time Whedon has found himself in a bit of controversy. In fact, since Trump became president, Whedon as found himself mired in some sort of controversy quite a few times.
Just one week before Trump’s inauguration in January, Whedon tweeted that he hopes House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is murdered by a rhino. He also stirred up controversy last month when he mocked a teenage cancer survivor’s appearance after she met with Republicans.
President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, but the only thing the internet could talk about was the way the former president wore his button-down shirt.
Obama delivered his speech and casually wore a blazer over a button-down shirt—a button-down shirt that many said was one button too far.
Addressing the dangers of climate change as well as the consumption and waste of food around the globe, Obama said, “During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority because I believe that for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically, perhaps, than any other.”
While perhaps the most hard-hitting component of Obama’s remarks came when he brought up worldwide food consumption, saying, “Our existing food system is a significant contributor to climate change. We need to create a food culture that encourages a demand for healthier more sustainable food.”
The former president noted that up to 40% of Americans waste food while other nations starve on a daily basis.
The message, however, might have been lost as most of the internet’s focus was more on Obama’s shirt rather than on his message.
See some of the comments below.
At his next speaking event Obama’s gonna roll in with his shirt completely unbuttoned, piña colada in hand
— catherine mcaloon (@clmcaloon) May 9, 2017
Obama undoes an additional button for each month he’s been out of office pic.twitter.com/rTtOfpI6q7
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) May 9, 2017
Great Obama message on climate, but he’s taken “casual post-presidency” one button too far https://t.co/k4se6UuAO9 pic.twitter.com/HfTioK6MI5
— Andrew Holland (@TheAndyHolland) May 9, 2017
Obama loses one shirt button per month chilling with Richard Branson. pic.twitter.com/ejqOaWAn7L
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) May 9, 2017
Great. Now “half unbuttoned shirt” Obama is going to come out and give his take on Comey.
— CADS12 (@CheersObama) May 9, 2017
There’s a direct correlation between how many shirt buttons Obama looses and how many months he spends with Richard Branson
— Diana Idibe (@diana_idibe) May 9, 2017
Happening now: Pres Obama speaking in Milan, Italy on Food scurity n Climate. Lots of cheers n energy, his shirt open like on the beach
In apparent reaction to ex-CIA director James Clapper’s testimony during Monday’s Russia hearing, President Donald Trump changed his Twitter profile header to reflect one of Clapper’s comments.
The tweet, superimposed over GOP figureheads flashing the thumbs-up sign, reads, “Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows – there is ‘no evidence’ of collusion w/Russia and Trump.”
The new profile header elicited strong reactions from social media varying in degrees from laughter to scorn.
See the president’s new profile header as well as some of the outraged reactions below.
This header photo is the most presidential header photo on Twitter: pic.twitter.com/3gBHXO7BGE
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) May 9, 2017
Wow this is insane. pic.twitter.com/hnAf1JD454
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) May 9, 2017
Nothing says “I’m innocent! Innocent I tell ya!” like changing your Twitter header to say “I’m innocent! Innocent I tell ya!” pic.twitter.com/hyWM09B4Jb
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) May 9, 2017
“Getting a staffer to Photoshop your tweet denying collusion with Russia into your banner image” is untold levels of Not Mad pic.twitter.com/M2kUZkkG2W
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) May 9, 2017
oh god, the banner pic.twitter.com/hwu4s79dLI
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) May 9, 2017
this looks like a photoshopped joke but no, it’s real, the leader of the free world did the most manual self-RT – the banner pic quote tweet pic.twitter.com/WV1j8yl7GE
— Mark Berman (@markberman) May 9, 2017
The “mission accomplished” banner of Twitter headers pic.twitter.com/tSuObDDOSl
— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) May 9, 2017
I wonder what Twitter thinks about @realDonaldTrump putting its logo in his header pic.twitter.com/bXkMVYYeU0
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) May 9, 2017
After the president changed his profile header photo, he tweeted, “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?”
Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General, testified on Monday that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised by his ties to Russia, and as a result, was vulnerable to blackmail.
Flynn resigned from his position in February after admitting to briefing Vice President Mike Pence with “incomplete information” about his phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about the Trump administration’s purported Russian interference, Yates said, “We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians.”
“To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians,” she said.
Following the House successfully voting to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act, angry Democrats and liberals took to Twitter to mock Republicans with “things Jesus never said.”
In fact, on Friday and Saturday the hashtag “#ThingsJesusNeverSaid” was one of the highest trending topics on Twitter worldwide. At first, the hashtag was used to mock Republicans for allegedly removing the pre-existing conditions provision in Obamacare.
But the hashtag quickly devolved into broader criticisms of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party as a whole.
Users criticized the GOP for being against refugees and immigration, for wanting to replace Obamacare with a market-based solution, for advocating tax reform, for wanting to build a wall on the southern U.S.-Mexico border, among other current American political issues.
One user wrote: “#ThingsJesusNeverSaid ‘You have a pre-existing condition, I can’t cure you.’”
Another added: “‘Build that wall’ #ThingsJesusNeverSaid.”
Even a Catholic priest added to the rhetoric: “‘Blessed are those whose mercy extends only to those who are like them.’ #ThingsJesusNeverSaid.”
But the hashtag works both ways, liberals quickly learned.
Conservatives, Republicans and libertarians on Twitter were quick to hit back with some statements of their own, mostly focusing on the fact that Democrats and liberals alike generally advocate for abortion, which many contend is murder.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, but before you gestated for nine months you weren’t a human being.” #ThingsJesusNeverSaid
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) May 6, 2017
#ThingsJesusNeverSaid women should have the right to choose to kill their babies.
— Jeb Sanford (@JebSanford) May 6, 2017
“Sure, you can totally kill babies. No problem.” #ThingsJesusNeverSaid
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 6, 2017
“Blessed are the children, unless they are unplanned.” #ThingsJesusNeverSaid
— Craigé Schmuckatelli (@CraigR3521) May 6, 2017
“It’s not a baby, it’s just a blob of cells.” #ThingsJesusNeverSaid
— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) May 6, 2017
While others added other issues to the mix:
#ThingsJesusNeverSaid It totally counts as compassion if you let the government pretend to care for the poor.
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) May 6, 2017
#ThingsJesusNeverSaid: There are 80 different genders.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 6, 2017
“Marriage is whatever you want it to be.” #ThingsJesusNeverSaid
It must be noted that despite the liberal outrage, the AHCA is not yet law. In fact, the Senate has not even voted on the bill yet, and it’s expected they will pass a different version of the law, complicating the law making process.
Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban gave some advice to his erstwhile friend President Donald Trump – stop “scaring the hell” out everybody every day, and talk about America’s strengths. He made the comments as a guest on Fox News’ new show, The Specialists, Monday.
“Part of the problem I see is that he’s scaring the hell out of everybody every single day, right” he said.
“You talking about Twitter?” co-host Eboni Williams.
“Well, in general right,” Cuban responded, listing countries in crisis currently, “North Korea, Iran, ISIS, who else, Syria? I mean, all these catastrophic potential conflicts. So instead of just scaring us, I think he should really be talking about why he got voted in: His strength, his confidence in what we can do.”
“Tell us the good stuff, right, tell us where this military is going, and how you know what, these are threats but, here’s how we’re going to deal with it. “We don’t need timelines, we just need a sense that he can do it.”
Cuban has been a constant critic of Trump since before he began his presidential campaign, although he said they have been very friendly in the past. He even once said that he would consider running alongside Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, as her Vice Presidential candidate.
.@mcuban on global threats: “[@POTUS] is scaring the hell out of everybody every single day.” #FoxNewsSpecialists https://t.co/MuxXLRcBh6 pic.twitter.com/h8bvyCRP3B
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 1, 2017
Critics have decried Trump’s dealings with North Korea, including his comment last week that there was a possibility of a “major, major” conflict with the nuclear power.
North Korea has since responded defiantly with a missile launch over the weekend. Trump has just said that he would be willing to meet with Kim Jong Un under the right conditions.
Bret Stephens, one of the New York Times’ newest conservative columnists, endured a wrath of anger from liberals on Friday who proceeded to meltdown after his first column for the Times stated that “climate change” isn’t certain.
The general idea of Stephens’ column was that the science behind “climate change” is not certain — despite claims from climate change alarmists that it is — and that when uncertain science is deemed certain it undermines science as a whole.
“Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong,” Stephens wrote.
“None of this is to deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences. But ordinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism. They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power,” he explained.
To put it lightly, liberals and climate change alarmists lost their minds. They proceeded to lambaste Stephens on Twitter:
1. Bret Stephens first op-ed for the NYT is an abomination https://t.co/X6Juy3jyHh
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 28, 2017
Someone, somewhere, thought a Bret Stephens op-ed was worthy of a push notification. That person was wrong. pic.twitter.com/flLj393At2
— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) April 28, 2017
The Truth Is More Important Now Than Ever, Except If You’re Reading Our Op-Ed Page pic.twitter.com/1bWM9IPM1k
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 28, 2017
i love to subscribe to the new york times and support quality journalism. now to look at my push alerts and take a big sip of my coffee
— libby watson 🥞 (@libbycwatson) April 28, 2017
It’s really a shame what has happened to this once-great newspaper. https://t.co/GAqOJx6hUd
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) April 28, 2017
Democracy dies in the darkness. So, too, the climate. Thanks, Times, for spreading fake opinion. https://t.co/y22I0b987N
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 28, 2017
Well this is considerably worse than I had dared imagine. Dimwitted, ridden w/ caricature & basic misunderstandings, & relentlessly smug. https://t.co/h8ewD1pwgc
— David Roberts (@drvox) April 28, 2017
Oh yeah, this is *exactly* what the NYT was missing. Water muddying wrapped up in intellectual pretension. smdh https://t.co/IIVWQiXOLd
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) April 28, 2017
Finally, the world will hear from the climate skeptic. I think America will remember Miami fondly. https://t.co/5SjCEvP4xM
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) April 28, 2017
“literally go f*ck yourself, new york times. go eat dog d*cks,” wrote another user.
All of the outrage over his column, or his assertion that it’s OK to be skeptical of climate change despite those who claim it to be “settled science,” didn’t get past Stephens.
“After 20 months of being harangued by bullying Trump supporters, I’m reminded that the nasty left is no different. Perhaps worse,” he responded.
After 20 months of being harangued by bullying Trump supporters, I’m reminded that the nasty left is no different. Perhaps worse. https://t.co/uQ2L5lox6e
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) April 28, 2017
However, the hate continued to pour in.
“bret if you think that tweet was “nasty” i have some news for you: you’re a sh*thead. a crybaby lil f*ckin weenie. a massive tw*t too,” wrote one journalist.
“Oh no, someone said you should get fired, how dare they insult you for being a huge piece of sh*t, on record, over and over again,” added another Twitter user.
“f*ck you, crybaby,” said yet another.
In response to the outrage, the New York Times tweeted its coverage of climate change to its followers on Friday.
Where to find NYT reporting on climate change: https://t.co/Q9izvisJSo pic.twitter.com/NsLw4S7heF
— NYT Climate (@nytclimate) April 28, 2017
But for many liberals who are afraid to read anything they disagree with, publishing Stephens’ column was the final straw. Many called the Times’ subscription office to cancel their subscription of the paper.
Why I cancelled my @nytimes subscription. @BretStephensNYT pic.twitter.com/A3lFZNJdhY
— Stefan Rahmstorf (@rahmstorf) April 27, 2017
@nytopinion Bye pic.twitter.com/btFvlFMzIs
— Marie Mosley (@MMosley) April 28, 2017
@nytopinion @BretStephensNYT Think it’s time to cancel my subscription.
Filmmaker Joss Whedon is known more for his creative movies, but fans that follow him on Twitter were treated to a pretty offensive joke he posted about President Trump.
Tonight on White House Wife Hunt, Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the “Not a 10” card pic.twitter.com/r6pafzUZkN
— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 27, 2017
The post showed a picture of Speaker Paul Ryan welcoming some young women to the U.S. Capitol, with Whedon’s snarky caption, “Tonight on White House Wife Hunt, Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the ‘Not a 10’ card.” He appeared to be making a reference to Trump’s prior career as a reality television host and producer.
But unfortunately for Whedon, he either didn’t investigate what the picture really was about, or he didn’t care. According to the original posting of the photo from Speaker Ryan, the young women are cancer survivors.
“Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer,” he posted on his official account.
Whedon was immediately and brutally skewered on Twitter for the offensive joke that appeared to imply sexual relations between President Trump and the teenage cancer survivors.
Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer. pic.twitter.com/VJ0eQDXu7U
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 27, 2017
Here’s some of the less bleep-worthy reaction:
So the joke is about…Paul Ryan having sex with 15 year old cancer survivors? Not even sure what he was going for here
— Woko Haram (@wokieleaks1) April 28, 2017
Maybe you don’t think they’re 10s, @joss, but while you were barfing up your next Mary Sue these kids were beating cancer. pic.twitter.com/YOH9qYBLZL
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) April 27, 2017
This is @joss. Joss is a progressive. Joss hates Trump so much he trashed kids with cancer. Joss is a jackass. Don’t be Joss. pic.twitter.com/fprrfLzSM3
— TheFOO (@PolitiBunny) April 28, 2017
oh my god
I didn’t even notice Joss Whedon’s avatar is that Fearless Girl statue
as he mocks young cancer survivors.
— RINO Pundit (@RINOPundit) April 28, 2017
You almost have to wonder if @joss is working on a Marvel reboot of “Three’s Company” starring himself, Bryan Singer, and Roman Polanski.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 27, 2017
Joss, in this tweet, is making fun of teens who have battled pediatric cancer. There’s truly a special place in hell for people like you. https://t.co/Dp9LBBDxBt
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) April 27, 2017
@joss Only you could turn a meeting with young cancer survivors into a meme, you despicable human being
— Charlie Nash (@MrNashington) April 27, 2017
That time Joss Whedon attacked female teenage cancer survivors and journalists said “Yeah not rushing toward that fire either.”
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 27, 2017
Gotta admit I didn’t expect pedophilia to be the next stage in Joss’s total mental breakdown https://t.co/NrlRYrnnav
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) April 27, 2017
Whedon hadn’t responded to the criticism, or deleted the tweet at the time of publication.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said Friday that all Democrats who run for political office must support a “women’s right to choose” — which really means be pro-abortion.
Perez said in a statement, according the Huffington Post:
Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.
At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.
Perez added in a series of tweets that when he ran for DNC chair, he promised to fight for abortion rights.
When I ran for DNC Chair, I made a promise to protect women’s rights to safe, legal, and accessible abortion.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) April 21, 2017
I am committed — as I have been my entire life — to ensuring access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) April 21, 2017
The statements come amid some controversy surrounding Heath Mello, a Democratic candidate for mayor in Omaha, Nebraska. Mello, it was recently discovered, had for years fought against abortion, leading many pro-abortion organizations to rebuke him last week.
Perez initially defended the DNC’s support of Mello, saying in a statement that his job is to help Democrats who have garnered support to “cross the finish line and win” in elections and that the “biggest threat” to abortion rights is the GOP.
However, Perez changed his tune on Friday with his statement about abortion rights being an issue that all Democrats must support. In addition, Perez stated that he “fundamentally disagrees” with Mello’s position on abortion rights and reiterated that “every candidate who runs as a Democrat should do the same, because every woman should be able to make her own health choices,” according to the Huffington Post.
Republicans, of course, take issue with this hardline abortion stance. But Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) had just one quick question for Perez on Sunday.
Writing on Twitter, Sasse noted that Perez’s Twitter bio says he is “fighting for the little guy.” So Sasse decided to test the limits on just which “little guys” Perez is fighting for.
Tweeting a picture of a 12-week-old unborn baby, Sasse wrote: “Your profile says you fight for the little guy. Please check out this little fella — special, isn’t he? (He’s 12 weeks old.)”
.@TomPerez Your profile says you fight for the little guy. Please check out this little fella — special, isn’t he? (He’s 12 weeks old.) pic.twitter.com/g8e6sMTaSB
Actor George Takei, best known for his role in “Star Trek,” is an outspoken liberal who makes his opposition to President Donald Trump very clear. But on Friday, he took his rhetoric up a notch.
Takei took to his Twitter account to compare Trump to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In fact, Takei said the two leaders are in the “same basket.”
“Understand that the rest of the world puts both Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump into the same unbalanced, nuclear-armed state leader basket,” Takei wrote.
Understand that the rest of the world puts both Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump into the same unbalanced, nuclear-armed state leader basket.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 15, 2017
Takei’s comparison comes as U.S. relations with North Korea continue to tank. Last week, the U.S. Navy sent U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, which includes the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to the Western Pacific near waters just off the Korean Peninsula.
Saturday also marked North Korea’s national holiday “Day of the Sun,” which commemorates the birthday of their “eternal president” Kim Il-sung, who was the country’s first dictator.
Also over the weekend, North Korea test launched another missile, though the test proved to be an enormous failure.
Many people bashed Takei for his comparison. After all, North Korea is an enemy of the U.S:
@GeorgeTakei Understand the fact you can bitch about Trump openly on Twitter proves he’s nothing like Kim Jong-in.
— TheFOO (@PolitiBunny) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei You are deeply mentally unbalanced. You need psychological help.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 15, 2017
In case you missed it, America was literally founded on not giving a f–k what the world thinks cc @PolitiBunny https://t.co/boXAJMTyUu
— (((Aaron Worthing))) (@AaronWorthing) April 15, 2017
@PolitiBunny The irony of people TWEETING this garbage is completely lost on them, huh?
— clarice starling (@hell_oh_clarice) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei Funny. I haven’t heard of Donald Trump having his own people shot. Let alone with an anti-aircraft gun.
— Richard DeCamp (@richdecamp) April 15, 2017
@illchangethis @pinkheretic @PolitiBunny @GeorgeTakei So which uncle did Trump have torn apart by wild dogs? How many constituents has he sent to die in labor camps?
— Juli Caldwell (@ImJuliCaldwell) April 15, 2017
But the large majority of replies fell in agreement with Takei’s comparison — a surprisingly scary reaction given that the vast majority of Takei’s followers are Americans. Many even said they felt Trump is a more dangerous leader:
@GeorgeTakei A basket of deplorables indeed.
— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) April 15, 2017
— Mike Brown (@BrownSugarCSB) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei Trump is as scary as Kim Jong-un. A man who’s so narcissistic he thinks he can solve the world’s problems basically by himself is dangerous.
— Josee (Evita) (@Joseevita) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei @Prufrockery Actually America is scarier becuase u guys can literally end the world.
— NoFucksGiven (@FionaGillen2013) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei I think a lot of the world, us Aussies included, see trump as more dangerous. He is unpredictably mad – KJ is at least predictably mad.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro took Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to school on Twitter over the weekend after the self-described democratic-socialist senator tweeted about “income inequality.”
“38 years ago, the top 0.1% owned about 7% of our nation’s wealth. Today, that same 0.1% owns 22% of the wealth,” Sanders tweeted Saturday afternoon.
38 years ago, the top 0.1% owned about 7% of our nation’s wealth. Today, that same 0.1% owns 22% of the wealth.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 1, 2017
But facts may stand in the way of Sanders’ tweet. According to Shapiro, every American is more wealthy than they were 38 years ago, or in 1979. In addition, Shapiro noted that the upper middle class has grown since then.
“In 1979, life expectancy was 7 years shorter, and upper middle class was 12% of US (today 30%). We’re all richer,” Shapiro tweeted back at Sanders.
In 1979, life expectancy was 7 years shorter, and upper middle class was 12% of US (today 30%). We’re all richer. https://t.co/JcHYYkn8Qs
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 2, 2017
But Shapiro wasn’t done. When one Twitter user disagreed with Shapiro and said America isn’t richer and that median income has declined over the last four decades, Shapiro hit back strong.
“Except for how we have cellphones, computers, air conditioning, larger living spaces on average, you’re right,” he wrote.
Except for how we have cellphones, computers, air conditioning, larger living spaces on average, you’re right. https://t.co/d6QOkGDnEK
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 2, 2017
Indeed, according to economic data, the median income in the 1970’s was less than it is today when adjusted for inflation.
But Shapiro’s followers also noticed something important: that liberals aren’t necessarily angry over growing incomes, but they believe that some making more than others is just “unfair.”
@benshapiro Ever notice Libs always want to sink some boats instead of having a rising tide lift all boats?
— diogenes (@diogenes323bc) April 2, 2017
@diogenes323bc @benshapiro That and they ignore the fact that people comprising each of those percentiles always change. That’s the definition of opportunity.
— klear (@raelk2) April 2, 2017
@benshapiro Capitalism makes everyone richer over time but does nothing to prevent resentment and envy.
— Penrod Schofield (@PenrodSchofield) April 2, 2017
@benshapiro If you’re able to afford a $200 pair of Jordans, you’re not poor.
— CharlestonChiver (@Charlestoned420) April 2, 2017
@benshapiro Memory likely failing. Waiting in line for gas in 1979 was less fun than Bernie remembers. pic.twitter.com/4gfmzml7oS
— DJGOLDEN (@FREE_REMARKS) April 2, 2017
Someone do Sanders a favor and get him some note-taking materials.
President Trump took to Twitter Thursday and named names of those Freedom Caucus Republicans he thinks are to blame for the crash of the “American Health Care Act” legislation meant to replace Obamacare.
The afternoon series of tweets pointed to an opinion piece at The Hill by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), who explained why he supported the doomed bill despite his support of the Freedom Caucus.
Yes, I’m a conservative. I pal around with those liberty-loving Freedom Caucus guys. I get better grades on conservative scorecards than I ever received in college. And frankly, if you asked the Speaker, I think he’d tell you I’m a bit of a right-wing rabble-rouser.
“I supported the AHCA, and will continue to support it,” Buck said pointedly, “because a yes vote is the principled, conservative position.”
Trump contrasted Buck’s support with the lack of support he got from Freedom Caucus members, and named them outright.
“Great op-ed from @RepKenBuck,” Trump tweeted. “Looks like some in the Freedom Caucus are helping me end #Obamacare.”
“If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform,” he added with their Twitter handles tagged to make sure they saw the comment. “Where are @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador?” He added the hashtags for “repeal and replace,” and “Obamacare.”
If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Where are @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador?#RepealANDReplace #Obamacare
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Earlier Thursday he had issued what many saw as a threat to support efforts to replace those Freedom Caucus members who would not support the much-maligned Obamacare replacement bill.
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Some Freedom Caucus members fought back, especially Rep. Amash (R-Mich.) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) who took to their own Twitter accounts.
It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment. https://t.co/9bDo8yzH7I
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran. Remember who your real friends are. We’re trying to help u succeed.
— Raúl R. Labrador (@Raul_Labrador) March 30, 2017
Other members of the conservative group were more accommodating in hopes of moving ahead on health care and repeal of Obamacare with the president.
Trump laid out his plan immediately after the bill’s failure, saying that he would allow Obamacare to “explode” and wait for Democrats to come to him looking for a deal. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded that Democrats would be willing to work with the president, but only if a repeal was off the table.
California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) took to her Twitter account Saturday to share her view that health care is not a “privilege” but rather a “right.”
“Here’s what I believe: health care is a right, not a privilege. RT if you agree,” she tweeted.
Here’s what I believe: health care is a right, not a privilege. RT if you agree.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 18, 2017
The tweet comes as the nation continues to debate which direction the health care system in America should go. Republicans recently introduced a bill to replace Obamacare. They have pledged to replace Obamacare with a market-based solution.
Democrats, on the other hand, continue to push for a health care system similar to the socialist systems found in Europe. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) regularly pushed for a single-payer, Medicare-like system.
Still, though, health care is not a legal right in America, like it is in many other first world countries. That’s mostly because simply declaring it a right doesn’t solve the problem of who would pay for everyone to have the care — since health care, after all, costs money.
Harris’ constituents were quick to inform her of that fact on Twitter:
@KamalaHarris @SarahThyre are you going to pay for it? I will send you the bill to my right
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) March 19, 2017
Guns are in the Bill of Rights, but they aren’t one. The right to have others pay for your health care is not, but is a right? @KamalaHarris
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) March 19, 2017
@KamalaHarris I mean, you also think infrastructure spending is a right so….
— Brandon Whitehill (@bwhitehill27) March 18, 2017
@KamalaHarris @drobinsonjd What kind of health care? How much? Define the “right.” And a right as against whom? States? Feds?
— acaseth (@acasethchandler) March 18, 2017
Health care is between an individual and her doctor. You have no right to take my money go pay for your “right”.@KamalaHarris
— PBS=Pravda Guerrilla (@FoundersSeceded) March 19, 2017
@KamalaHarris Everyone has “the right” to purchase health care. You don’t have the “privilege” of forcing me to pay for YOURS.
— CK (@grannygethealth) March 19, 2017
@KamalaHarris Any constitutional basis for your belief about the right of health care?
— Arqahn (@Arqahn) March 18, 2017
@KamalaHarris @christineyhsd I believe housing is a right, & large bank accounts. How can I get ppl to support my belief? Where’s it end?
— Brent Monday (@Global_Occupant) March 18, 2017
@KamalaHarris @MDaware Please explain who should pay for this right. Or must I provide it for free?
— Pam Bensen, MD (@icd10MD) March 19, 2017
TheBlaze’s Matt Walsh had just one question for Harris: If health care is a “right,” doesn’t it apply to unborn babies, too?
Are the unborn included in this or nah? https://t.co/V1K8Sbprf5
According to The Associated Press, the Pakistani government has reached out to the major social media networks Facebook and Twitter to help eliminate what it considers blasphemous content by pointing out who is making it.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that an official from Pakistan’s Washington embassy has reached out to both companies to identify Pakistanis both in the country and abroad who have circulated material deemed offensive to Islam. So far, Pakistani authorities have identified 11 people they will seek to question over their social media activities.
It should be noted that blaspheming against Islam and its prophet can carry a death sentence.
While Facebook has said that it considers every request of it made by a government very closely, the company has said it will do so with the privacy of its users in mind.
“We disclose information about accounts solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or other formal request may be required for international requests, and we include these in our Government Requests Report,” which is publicized each year, it said in a statement.
While Facebook’s response was diplomatic, they have refused to give the Pakistani government information about a fake picture of a Pakistani judiciary that marred his character.
Rumors have circulated that come March 22, the Pakistani government will block Facebook from use within the country because of a rise of “blasphemous content,” according to MonthlyBrands. These rumors have begun floating due to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan threatening to block social media sites should they continue to host offensive content.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is under fire for a controversial post he made on Twitter on Sunday, in which he appears to suggest the United States shouldn’t allow more immigrants to enter the country because it would prevent the restoration of “civilization.”
“[Geert] Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” wrote King. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017
Geert Wilders is a right-wing, nationalist politician in the Netherlands who heads the Freedom Party. His party is currently leading in the polls anticipating the upcoming Dutch elections, which will be held on Wednesday.
One of Wilders’ most controversial positions is on immigration, especially as it relates to Muslims. According to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Wilders has said he plans to “de-Islamise” the Netherlands, vowing to close mosques and Islamic schools and ban the Koran, the Islamic holy book.
King’s tweet was included alongside a post he shared by Twitter user Voice of Europe, which claims to provide “real news from a beautiful continent in danger” and describes itself as “Anti EU / Pro Europe / MAGA.” “MAGA” is an acronym for President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American Great Again.”
In the post shared by King, Voice of Europe wrote, “Hundreds of Islamists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years.”
Alongside Voice of Europe’s post is a cartoon of Wilders plugging with his finger a hole in a giant concrete structure labeled “Western Civilization.” Crashing over the wall and seeping through the wall’s cracks is green liquid that’s embedded with Islamic symbols. In the background of the picture, two security guards stand side-by-side as a crowd of armed, angry Middle-Eastern-looking men approach. One of the cartoon men has a sword. Another appears to have bombs strapped to his chest. Two of the crowd members have signs. One reads, “Infidels, know your limits.” Another reads, “Freedom of speech, go to hell.”
Hundreds of Islamists shouting “Allahu Akbar” in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years. #turkijerel pic.twitter.com/dV2SjXg23r
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) March 12, 2017
The backlash against King’s tweet has been swift and fierce. The post has garnered more than 5,000 replies, most of which have been negative, just three hours after having been posted.
Writer Dennis Perkins suggests King is a Nazi. “You just can’t wait to accept the first detention center kommandant post, can you?” Perkins wrote.
@SteveKingIA You just can’t wait to accept the first detention center kommandant post, can you?
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) March 12, 2017
Venture capitalist Peter Brack wrote, “You, Congressman, are simply a bigot. Good thing is, I know a lot of smart Dems eyeing your seat.”
@SteveKingIA You, Congressman, are simply a bigot. Good thing is, I know a lot of smart Dems eyeing your seat.
— Peter Brack (@peterbrack) March 12, 2017
Pat Garofalo, a Republican state representative in Minnesota, said, “Rep King is … A Fake conservative. A Fake Republican. But an authentic Cro-Magnon.”
.@SteveKingIA <— Rep King is… A Fake conservative. A Fake Republican. But an authentic Cro-Magnon.
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 12, 2017
King has yet to respond to the thousands of comments made against him or to clarify his remarks.
Ben Rhodes, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, came to his former boss’s defense Saturday after President Donald Trump accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the later stages of last year’s presidential campaign.
Quote tweeting Trump’s original tweet, Rhodes fired back at Trump, “No President can order a wiretap.”
“Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” he added.
No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you. https://t.co/lEVscjkzSw
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 4, 2017
The tweet went viral quickly amassing more than 32,000 retweets and more than 53,000 “likes” by Saturday afternoon.
However, there was a large section of Twitter, particularly the conservative users, that simply weren’t buying Rhodes comments — given Obama’s history of wiretapping. Many were quick to point out the fact that Fox News correspondent James Rosen was infamously wiretapped in 2013 when the Justice Department was investigating government leaks. The Associated Press was also wiretapped in relation to the same investigation.
Given Obama’s history, “he had no lawful power to do that” is not evidence that he didn’t. https://t.co/3QcNXYWolt
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 4, 2017
I mean it’s not like the Obama admin used subverted authority to go after political opponents before tapping Trump tower…Oh… pic.twitter.com/P7DYZB3cfo
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 4, 2017
@redsteeze democrats use the government as a weapon against their political enemies
— Scurrilous Dog (@Scottymcmahon22) March 4, 2017
Let’s discuss Obama’s WIRETAPPING the AP in 2013, shall we? https://t.co/Eu4Yyyp8lD
— ∂(Megan)/∂(t) (@neuro7plastic) March 4, 2017
@redsteeze @DLoesch it’s not like the Obama regime tried to undermine the election in Israel 🤔
— Jami (@Kitcatshadowcat) March 4, 2017
@redsteeze @AdamBaldwin I suggest we check in with Fox reporter @JamesRosenFNC who also had his phone tapped for political reasons
— Charles R. Smith (@softwarnet) March 4, 2017
@redsteeze @Daddy_Warpig remember what they did to James Rosen and his parents? Or the AP?
— Tone Loc (@ToneLocNV) March 4, 2017
@redsteeze Here’s the proof. If McCarthy knew about it, you can bet Trump knows. -VJhttps://t.co/KSPovDW4lM
— RealVinnieJames (@RealVinnieJames) March 4, 2017
(Wink) We know the Obama administration never abused any levers of power (wink) https://t.co/rKed9l6Ohe
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) March 4, 2017
Liberals on Twitter made a photograph of Hillary Clinton go viral because of what the headline read on the newspaper on her lap.
Here’s the photo from a twitter user who claimed to be a friend of the person who snapped the photo, explaining, “my friend is on the same plane as Hillary Clinton. Zoom in on the title of the article she’s looking at.”
You guys, my friend is on the same plane as Hillary Clinton. Zoom in on the title of the article she’s looking at. pic.twitter.com/356oE9uT0s
— JOHN (@thelastwalt) March 3, 2017
The headline reads, “Pence used personal email in office” from the weekend edition of USA Today. The story has to do with the report that Vice President Pence had used a private AOL email account to conduct business as the governor of Indiana, and that his account had been hacked. Many have compared the story to Hillary’s own email scandal.
The photo has gone viral with many liberals angrily denouncing the irony of the picture.
Feminist reporter Annalisa Merelli tweeted, “She is basically every woman who lost a job interview to someone less qualified than her in the history of womanhood.” Anti-Trump writer Leah McElrath tweeted, “The anger and grief still come in waves at times.”
This makes me cry. I’m #StillWithHer @HillaryClinton Zoom in on the paper. | @MadYellowDog @justabadazz @TheSteveTheCat @Brijeshask @TjayJT https://t.co/CIPeFBjsov
— Margaret’s Folly (@margaretsfolly) March 4, 2017
This picture tells a thousand screams. https://t.co/srSqQNUah4
— Devin Glaser (@BombasticMo) March 3, 2017
Irony officially died on 3/3/2017. RIPIP https://t.co/RYF5hDUwT9
— HayleyBecker (@HaylBecks) March 3, 2017
The emails…the emails. https://t.co/DILbXV1N59
— Mary Carolyn Englum (@mcenglum) March 3, 2017
“Aint this bout a B….”- HRC https://t.co/JQnSzSxeLg
— Lance BlackWater (@StarScream_Blu) March 3, 2017
Austin Smith tweeted, “That she survived this campaign and the absurdities that have followed is a real triumph of the human spirit.”
Caitlin Quigley, who is identified as the photographer, added, “she and huma said hi and i died.”
Many people on the left have disdainfully pointed out perceived outrages by the Trump administration, adding, “but the emails,” sarcastically, to mock those on the left who could not bring themselves to vote for Hillary. Clinton also cites the email scandal, and specifically FBI Director Comey’s investigation into the scandal, as the reason she lost the election to Donald Trump.
President Trump is once again taking to Twitter to insult and criticize his political opponents, after garnering praise for staying away from the social media platform for so long.
Trump said that there should be an immediate investigation into Senator Schumer’s “ties to Russia and Putin,” and called him a “total hypocrite!” He attached a photo of Schumer and Putin having a donut. The picture had been up on Drudge Report Friday morning.
We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite! pic.twitter.com/Ik3yqjHzsA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
Senator Schumer hit back on his own Twitter account, saying that he would “happily talk” about his contact with Mr. Putin and his associates, which he says took place in 2003. He challenged Trump and his team to discuss their own ties “full view of the press and public under oath.”
Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in ’03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team? https://t.co/yXgw3U8tmQ
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2017
Trump responded by demanding a second investigation, of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) for “her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.”
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. https://t.co/qCDljfF3wN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
He linked a Politico article detailing how Pelosi had told reporters she’d never met with a Russian ambassador.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she’s never met with the current Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
“Not with this Russian ambassador, no,” Pelosi told POLITICO’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer during a Playbook interview, when asked whether she had ever met with the Russian envoy.
But a photo was discovered with Pelosi doing exactly what she denied.
Asked to square Pelosi’s comments with the photo of the meeting, a spokesman said Pelosi simply meant she never had a solo meeting with Kislyak.
“Of course, that’s what she meant,” said the spokesman, Drew Hammill. “She has never had a private one-on-one with him.”
Pelosi responded on Twitter as well, saying that there was a difference between an official meeting photographed by the press, and a closed meeting that Attorney General Sessions “lied about under oath.”
.@realDonaldTrump doesn’t know difference between official mtg photographed by press & closed secret mtg his AG lied about under oath. https://t.co/YRFCuJkjLA
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 3, 2017
Schumer and other Democrats have been calling for Sessions’ resignation after he recused himself from investigations into the Trump campaign when it was discovered that he neglected to disclose his own communications to a confirmation committee.
Mike Pence said that despite the attacks, the administration would hold firm behind Sessions. “President and I have full confidence in the Attorney General. He is a man of integrity,” he said from Janesville, Wisconsin.
Schumer followed up with a very important clarification:
And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2017
.@POTUS and @SenSchumer in Twitter war over Russia ties. #SpecialReport pic.twitter.com/OIpLoQZVPm
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 3, 2017
Leaks to the press have plagued the Trump administration, and ended up with the resignation of his national security advisor Mike Flynn, while adding to the suspicions of critics that there are nefarious connections between Trump’s team and the Russian government.
Trump has responded with attacks on the media who report what he calls “fake news,” and demanding investigations into the leaks from the government to the press.
World famous signer Paul Hewson, known by his stage name “Bono” who leads the rock group U2, met with Vice President Mike Pence during a security conference in Germany on Saturday — and liberals couldn’t stand it.
From The Hill:
According to a pool report, the two men shared an exchange about the 2003 passage of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief and its 2008 renewal, which Pence advocated for as an Indiana congressman.
“Twice on the House floor you defended that. That’s how we know you,” Bono, who has been a vocal proponent of the fight against AIDS, told Pence.
“And we really appreciate it,” he added.
Enjoyed chatting w/ Bono at @MunSecConf. Discussed prior effort to twice pass Africa AIDS assistance & future security in developing nations pic.twitter.com/LJcvF4mXid
— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 18, 2017
In almost no time at all, liberals on Twitter began to explode over Bono’s friendly meeting.
St. Bono crawls up the arse of a creep https://t.co/rep3uqSkrw
— Rab Dickson (@Roy1Batty) February 18, 2017
Bono would shake hand with The Devil https://t.co/pRzQ38YzkY
— Adrian The_Kew_Tour (@Adriankewmutu) February 18, 2017
What an absolute cock Bono is. https://t.co/5ULah1pAQK
— Brian Doherty (@Bdoherty84) February 18, 2017
@U2 U2 fans should be very ashamed of Bono supporting a Nazi regime!!! pic.twitter.com/ndaDy28YPU
— Chuck Heffernan (@chuckheffernan) February 18, 2017
@hrkbenowen Bono is a POS.
— Konrad (@raklas) February 18, 2017
@ItaOKelly Why Bono? Why?
— Ursula Curtin (@ursulacurtin) February 18, 2017
Bono praising Pence for supporting HIV meds in Africa ignores his responsibility for the explosion of HIV in Indiana through program cuts
— D Gilmore-Kavanagh (@DrDeclanK) February 18, 2017
“Man, f**k Bono,” added Twitter user Jordan Rucks.
“Are you f**king kidding me @U@ Mike Pence shut down Planned Parenthood in Indiana and caused an HIV epidemic,” said Twitter user Colin Taylor.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke does not hide the fact that he’s a great supporter of President Trump, in fact he vehemently and exuberantly defends him and his policies whenever he can all over your television dial.
But he put other Trump supporters to shame Friday with what is quite possibly the Trumpiest selfie ever tweeted.
Michelle Obama said she was never proud of her country til they elected her husband POTUS. I’ve never been prouder since we got rid of him. pic.twitter.com/pzAxahe7eD
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 17, 2017
The tweet reads, “Michelle Obama said she was never proud of her country til they elected her husband POTUS [president of the United States]. I’ve never been prouder since we got rid of him.”
Clarke is making reference to a controversial statement the former first lady made in March of 2008 during the primary election. “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback,” she said, making people wonder if this was an expression of hostility towards America.
He followed that one up with this post:
Lady came up, told me I should take this hat off. Told her she should go get her money back for her ugly haircut. That ended THAT! Mic drop! pic.twitter.com/SfQQDMNi9V
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 17, 2017
So many people shared Sheriff Clarke’s sentiment that the tweet has been retweeted 8,466 times and “favorited” 23,501 times, at the time of publication.
Earlier, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down President Donald Trump’s executive order for the travel ban that would restrict immigration from certain Muslim majority countries. Since then, Trump has taken to Twitter, and in all caps stating “See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!”
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
BREAKING: President Trump reacts to travel ban ruling, tweets, “SEE YOU IN COURT”https://t.co/Xlop0TjDeI https://t.co/ohT30wi6fq
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) February 9, 2017
This indicates that Trump will most likely take the case to a higher court, however he may not find the going so easy there either. His won nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch will not be confirmed in time in order to help rule in on the ban. Furthermore, the ban only had a 90 day lifespan, and would likely end before the Supreme Court could even take up the case at all.