Michael Avenatti: 5 Things To Know About Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Sentenced To Prison

Michael Avenatti: 5 Things To Know About Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Sentenced To Prison

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Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame as porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer in her case against Donald Trump and his ex attorney, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Update (7/8/21 3:45 pm E.T.): Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult entertainer Stormy Daniels, was sentenced to 30 months (two and a half years) in prison on attempted extortion and honest services fraud, after he was found guilty in February 2020, according to The Washington Post. He attempted to extort Nike for $25 million and tried to intimidate the athletic company with bad press. “Mr. Avenatti had become drunk on the power of his platform, or what he perceived the power of his platform to be. He had become someone who operated as if the laws and rules which apply to everyone else didn’t apply to him,” U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe said in his remarks.

Original: Attorney Michael Avenatti, who has been by Stormy Daniels‘ side throughout her legal battles against President Donald Trump, was arrested on March 25, on charges that he tried to extort Nike for $20 million. His client, Stormi, allegedly was paid $133K in hush money days before the 2016 presidential election not to go public about an alleged affair the porn star had with the tycoon back in 2006, but it’s Avenatti who has now found himself in the midst of legal trouble. Avenatti has repped Stormy in her subsequent lawsuits against Cohen and now Trump, who she claims has defamed her. He’s also appeared alongside the 39-year-old during TV appearances on shows like The View and regularly appears on cable news outlets to discuss Stormy’s cases. We’ve got five things to know about the 47-year-old legal mind who’s now facing extortion charges.

1. Michael graduated at the top of his class in law school. He attended George Washington University where he worked closely alongside professors on constitutional issues relating to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Michael then graduated first in his class, earning the Order of the Coif.

2. According to Nike’s criminal complaint against Michael, he threatened to release damaging information about the company if they didn’t summon up millions of dollars.  “I’ll go take $10 billion dollars off your client’s market cap…I’m not f***ing around,” Avenatti said, according to the complaint.”And I’m not continuing to play games. You guys know enough now to know you’ve got a serious problem and it’s worth more in exposure to me to just blow the lid on this thing,” he added.

3. Michael has brought in bank when in comes to successfully arguing cases. His website claims that he has won $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for his clients, including “many well in excess of $10,000,000.” Wow!

4. Michael has sued Donald Trump once before Stormy’s lawsuit. He successfully represented a plaintiff in an idea theft lawsuit against The Apprentice and the show’s executive producers Mark Burnett and Trump. Mark Bethea had claimed that he came up with a reality-based television show called C.E.O. featuring Trump as the host and pitched it to Burnett’s business manager in 2001. The legendary reality producer allegedly passed on the idea then in 2003 debuted The Apprentice on NBC, with Trump as the host and E.P. The case was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

5. Michael is a race car driver. He’s just as hard charging when it comes to hobbies as he is at his law practice. Since 2010, Michael has competed in over 30 professional sports car races including 24 Hours of LeMans, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the Porsche SuperCup among others.

Barron Trump, 15, Is So Much Taller Than Mom Melania In New Photos Outside Trump Tower

Barron Trump, 15, Is So Much Taller Than Mom Melania In New Photos Outside Trump Tower

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Barron Trump was literally towering over his super model mother as the pair were spotted in NYC on Wednesday, July 7.

Barron Trump, 15, has grown so much! The teenager was spotted with mom Melania Trump, 51, as the pair left their home at the Trump Tower on Wednesday, July 7.  He looked older and more mature with his longer, grown out hair which had a slight wave to it as he towered over his mom. The teenager kept his outfit classic with a navy blue long sleeve and matching dark jean, accessorizing with a black, silver buckle belt and a limited edition orange Louis Vuitton duffle bag. The mother-son duo were seen getting into a vehicle after departing the building — see the photos her via Daily Mail.

Melania was also stylish for the outing, wearing a button down black blouse and white pants. Like Barron, she carried a designer bag — although, a much more expensive one: Melania held onto a black leather Hermès Birkin bag with gold hardware, worth about $11,000. She finished her runway-ready ensemble with Christian Louboutin’s white, pointy leather flats (worth $675). Her highlighted hair looked freshly blown out into a loose curl as she made her brief appearance, keeping her face hidden behind an oversized pair of black sunglasses.

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Height certainly runs in Barron’s blood, who is now apparently 6 foot 7 inches: dad Donald Trump is a towering 6 foot 3 inches, while mom Melania — who had a career as a model prior to her marriage to The Apprentice star — is 5 foot 11 inches. His older siblings are also tall: brother Donald Jr. is 6 foot 1 inch, Ivanka (who has also modeled) is 5 foot 11 inches, and sister Tiffany is 5 foot 8 inches. There’s no telling if this is Barron’s final growth spurt, but he certainly appears to keep growing every time he steps out.


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Back in Jan. 2020, the then 13-year-old was a full head taller than his father as the pair prepared to board Air Force One. Wearing a casual green bomber jacket and black pants, Barron walked behind his parents on the White House lawn. At the time, Barron was estimated to be about 6 foot 3 inches — so already a bit taller than his dad — meaning he’s grown a whopping four inches in just a year and a half. While Barron has yet to discuss his future ambitions or goals, a modeling career wouldn’t be out of the question with that height.

Maren Morris Claps Back After Hater Calls Out Her ‘Sexualized’ Photos & The Way She Dresses

Maren Morris Claps Back After Hater Calls Out Her ‘Sexualized’ Photos & The Way She Dresses

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Maren Morris for the win. The country star was recently criticized by a troll for her ‘sexualized’ look in photos — and she had the perfect mic drop response.

Maren Morris, 31, never lets her haters off easy. The Grammy award-winning artist — who is no stranger to speaking out against online critics — was slut-shamed on Twitter for her choice of attire in a promotional tour photo on July 7. In the pic, Maren was dressed in a stunning silver cover up, which one particular Twitter troll had an issue with for whatever reason. “@MarenMorris when you dress like that, you’re definitely inviting people to look at you in a sexual way. Don’t complain about being sexualized when you sexualize yourself,” the troll wrote to Maren.

But Maren stayed true to herself, as she always does, and had an epic response to her critic. She revived the photos from her 2019 Playboy shoot that show the singer looking absolutely amazing while stripped down wearing nothing but a pair of pants, boots and a cowgirl hat and shared them on Twitter. “Daniel’s really gonna hate it when he finds out I did Playboy,” Maren hilariously wrote alongside the photos.

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Maren’s response got a bunch of her fans to rally around the country superstar. And when one follower pointed out the sexist behavior of Maren’s troll, the mom of one shared a follow-up tweet to once again slam her hater. “He publicly put this sexist garbage online and @ me,” she wrote. “Also, ‘not liking someone’s clothing’ is one thing. Saying I deserve to be sexualized for a *pretty tame* outfit is just a hop, skip to ‘don’t dress like a slut and you won’t get creeped on.’ ”


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This is not the first time that Maren has been slut-shamed. In fact, she received a bunch of negative comments in 2019 when she first released her Playboy photoshoot, and she defended herself accordingly. “The thing about me is, I make music for myself,” she wrote. “I learned later that it touches others, which is the most wonderful byproduct of a songwriter’s calling. Some can slut-shame me for my lyrics about sex, ad you can put me in your little box, but I just want to live and love. I recently accepted myself and will put these photos in a frame because I’ll never have this moment back.” She also tweeted, “Small boobs are cool” in response to anyone commenting on her chest size.

To her credit, Maren has never been afraid to be outspoken about what she believes in. She has used her voice and platform to promote the acceptance of more female artists in country music. She’s even addressed some controversy in the country genre, such as Morgan Wallen using the N-word in Feb. 2021 and country wives supporting former president Donald Trump. Kudos to you, Maren Morris.

Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo: 5 Things To Know About NY Governor’s Daughter, 23, Who Is Demisexual

Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo: 5 Things To Know About NY Governor’s Daughter, 23, Who Is Demisexual

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s activist daughter, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, came out as demisexual during pride month. Here’s 5 things to know about her.

While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was at the forefront to try and contain the spread of Coronavirus, he got some much needed help from his 23-year-old daughter, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo. She proved herself to be an incredible role model for young people, joining her father, 62, during a message to New Yorkers. In the months since, she has also been open about her sexuality and her struggle with societal labels, revealing she identifies as demisexual. Here are five things you need to know about Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo.

1. Michaela came out as demisexual.

In honor of Pride Month, Michaela Kennedy Cuomo posted a selfie of herself with a background made up of rainbow flags, and opened up about her queer identity. She later offered some more insight about her sexual orientation during an Instagram Live with activist and author Donato Tramuto, revealing she identifies as demisexual. PFLAG describes it as individuals who only feel sexually attracted to someone when they have an emotional bond with the person. “When I was in elementary school, I feared that I was lesbian. When I was in middle school, I came out to my family and close friends as bisexual. When I was in high school, I discovered pansexuality and thought, ‘That’s the flag for me.’ ” Michaela explained. “I’ve recently learned more about demisexuality and have believed that that identity resonates with me most.”

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2. She comes from a very prominent family.

Not only is Michaela the daughter of the New York Governor, her mother, Kerry Kennedy, is a celebrated human rights activist and author. Furthermore, Michaela’s family is connected to American politics and one of the most well known political families in the United States. Her maternal grandfather was United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy, making her great uncle President John F. Kennedy. On her father’s side, Michaela is the niece of CNN correspondent Chris Cuomo. Michaela has two older twin sisters, Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo.

3. She attended an Ivy League school.

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, Michaela was wrapping up her final year at Brown University. She majored in Education and Human Development, with a focus on Social Inequality, according to her LinkedIn page. While attending Brown, Michaela wrote for the Brown Political Review as a Culture Writer.

4. She’s already embracing political activism.

While attending Brown, Michaela became one of the major leaders on her campus for the It’s On Us Campaign. The campaign began under the Obama administration and was a major tentpole for Vice President Joe Biden‘s time at the White House. It’s On Us combats sexual assault on college campuses by encouraging bystanders to horrific sexual crimes to speak up without penalty, empowering victims as well. Along with meeting Vice President Biden — and posting about it regularly on Instagram — she also shared images from It’s On Us week at her campus.

5. Michaela gets political online.

Apart from her Instagram, Michaela’s Twitter account also showcases some real activism. “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance,” reads the bio underneath her Twitter profile. In June 2019, Michaela used her Twitter account to speak out against former political candidate Roy Moore, Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and President Donald Trump for creating legislation “that protects privileged assailants at the expense of the survivor.”

Kodak Black Mocked For Throwing Thousands Of Dollars In The Water While Aboard A Boat — Watch

Kodak Black Mocked For Throwing Thousands Of Dollars In The Water While Aboard A Boat — Watch

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Kodak Black enraged his fans, to say the least, when he threw thousands of dollars in cash off a boat and into the ocean. And those fans made sure to let him know how they felt.

Has Kodak Black every heard of charity? The 24-year-old rapper drew ire from fans on social media after he threw a massive stack of hundred dollar bills (which must’ve added up to thousands of dollars total) off a boat and into the water. Kodak posted a video to Instagram on Tuesday that showed him tossing the money overboard at night. In another post, Kodak posed with the stack of cash before he dropped it into the ocean. And to make matters much worse, Kodak used up a couple more $100 bills to throw down the toilet and subsequently clog it. Kodak shared a video of that whole ordeal on Twitter.

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Naturally, Kodak’s fans were not happy with him. “U doing too much bra,” one follower told Kodak in the comments section of his Instagram post. Another follower said, “You must’ve lost yo f***ing mind !” Fans also called Kodak out on Twitter: one unhappy social media user said, “Instead of donating to the ones in need ,he throws it away just to catch attention.” Kodak got heat from another fan that wrote, “And people question why there isn’t enough money, food, etc because people just waste all that stuff like this to get views, attention, whatever they need to fill their egos for the time-being. It’s sad.”

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While Kodak (born Bill K. Kapri) seems to just be completely irrational in his actions, he apparently does have a reason for why he wasted all that money. According to Newsweek, the rapper was apparently sending a message to his old friend Jackboy, whom he had a falling out with. The outlet reported that Kodak was discarding the money after claiming that he made $1 million off of Jackboy. Their feud was going down publicly, with both guys reportedly throwing shade at one another in interviews and on social media.

Kodak is coming off of a wild few months. For starters, the rapper and his entourage were ambushed and shot at outside a Florida McDonald’s in April. Kodak’s bodyguard was wounded in the ensuing chaos and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, but he recovered. Luckily, Kodak was not in the vehicle that was shot at and managed to escape the scene unharmed.

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The terrifying shooting incident came just two months after Kodak was pardoned by the outgoing President Donald Trump. Kodak was incarcerated after pleading guilty to “lying on background check forms while buying multiple firearms in two different incidents” in 2019. He was given a 46-month prison sentencethat was set to end in August 2022, but Kodak was let go on Jan. 20, after Trump noted that Kodak “has served nearly half of his sentence,” and that before his conviction, Kodak was “deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts,” “committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts,” and while still incarcerated, “donated $50,000 to David Portnoy’s Barstool Fund, which provides funds to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Gwen Berry: 5 Things To Know About The Olympian Who Calls Herself An ‘Activist Athlete’

Gwen Berry: 5 Things To Know About The Olympian Who Calls Herself An ‘Activist Athlete’

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Gwen Berry made headlines when she snubbed the national anthem during the US Olympic Trials on June 26. Here is everything to know about Gwen, from her career in track and field to her activism in racial justice.

Gwen Berry had many people supporting her — and others not — when she decided to turn away from the American flag during the national anthem at the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 26, 2021. The 31-year-old track and field Olympian performed the controversial action as a sign of protest for racial justice after successfully qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. But Gwen’s decision wasn’t exactly a surprising one, given that she considers herself an “activist athlete.”

So who is Gwen Berry? Here are 5 key things to about Gwen, including her blossoming career in track and field and how she’s been a figure for racial justice activism for years now.

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Gwen began her track and field career in high school.

Gwen grew up in Florissant, Missouri, where she attended McCluer High School and played both basketball and track. Once she began her college years at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Gwen pursued throwing events specifically. According to her college sports bio, she came in fourth place in the hammer throw at the 2008 USA Junior Championship, and went on to become the champion of the Missouri Valley Conference in the weight throw and shot put. But that was just the start of Gwen’s impeccable athletic career.

Gwen holds the world record in the weight throw.

Gwen has a few personal records under her belt, but her most impressive by far is having the world record in the weight throw with a mark of 25.60 meters. Gwen set that record in March 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gwen’s additional person records include the outdoor shot put at 16.99 meters, the outdoor hammer throw with 77.78 meters and the indoor shot put with 16.30 meters. She set those records in 2011, 2018 and 2020, respectively.

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Gwen competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be Gwen’s first Olympics appearance. She qualified for the 2016 Rio Games after placing second in hammer throwing behind Team USA teammate Amber Campbell and ahead of DeAnna Price. Gwen represented U.S. at the Rio Games, but did not place in her competition.

Gwen’s activism began after the death of Michael Brown in 2014.

Gwen has had a passion for speaking up about injustices in the world ever since Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by police while walking home unharmed in Ferguson, Mo., Gwen’s home state. “I walked the streets, everybody was walking and protesting, and you could just feel the tension. My heart was broken,” she told ESPN. Gwen said that the tragedy “definitely woke me up” and inspired her to learn more about race relations at one of the Freedom Schools.

Gwen’s newfound education gave her a whole new mindset about the world she was living in. She told ESPN: “It was a turning point for me mentally, emotionally and, honestly, physically. It made me want to stay healthy and just up my game. Because the people who came before me were so powerful. They were survivors. So who am I not to survive, when I honestly have it easier than them?” From that point on, Gwen continued to focus on racial injustices in the world while simultaneously competing in track and field.

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Gwen protested ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at the 2019 Pan American Games.

A major moment in Gwen’s life and career came at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. While Gwen was being awarded the gold medal for the hammer throw, she raised her first near the end of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which was playing at the arena. Gwen’s protest, which was against injustice in the U.S. and then-President Donald Trump, had severe consequences. She was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was placed on probation for 12 months and lost roughly $50,000 in sponsorships that pulled out as a result of her protest, according to ESPN.

Gwen addressed her Pan American Games protest in an interview with CNN last year. “For me, it was extremely devastating because they cut off all my revenue,” the athlete said. “Competing, going overseas, going to competitions, getting prize money, and then ultimately making the Olympic team help me, help my family, help my community.” Despite that situation, Gwen has continued to bravely speak out and to let the consequences stop her from making a difference in the world.

Caitlyn Jenner Nearly Drops Her Drinks After Running To Starbucks In LA — See Photo

Caitlyn Jenner Nearly Drops Her Drinks After Running To Starbucks In LA — See Photo

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The California governor hopeful experienced some spillage during a Starbucks run with her pups.

Caitlyn Jenner experienced a bit of a fumble during a Starbucks run in Los Angeles on June 23. The Olympic gold medalist, 71, nearly dropped her coffee and tea order while attempting to unlock the car door. Caitlyn’s iced tea order managed to spill over a bit in the cupholder but the hot coffees appeared to have been salvaged, seen in the PHOTO HERE.

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During the outing, Caitlyn rocked a casual striped shirt and denim capri pants; the former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also brought along her two dogs. The Starbucks run comes after Caitlyn announced her run for California governor in April. A lifelong Republican and former Donald Trump supporter, Caitlyn has been a vocal opponent of current Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces a potential 2021 recall election.

Caitlyn shared a Caitlyn For California press release on her respective social media accounts after she filed the paperwork on April 23. “Californians want better and need better from their politicians,” it read, in part. “This will be a campaign of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done to this state.”

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While the Kardashian-Jenners are not involved in the campaign, Caitlyn revealed that her children were concerned for her safety after she informed them about the run. The former decathlete has six children, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, that she shares with former wives. “My kids are not involved whatsoever with this,” Caitlyn told CNN‘s Dana Bash in a May 10 interview. “I love my kids, the kids love me, and I have a great relationship, but I told them right at the start, I said ‘guys’, because they were scared — one for my safety and scared of what the media is gonna do.”

“You know, my family has certainly been out in the media and they’ve taken their shots that they don’t need to take anymore,” Caitlyn continued. “I said, ‘I am not going to ask you for one tweet, I am not going to ask you for one thing. You guys go live your life. This is my deal. This is my decision to do this and I’m going to tell the media [to] stay away. Don’t ask them. I told them just [to say] ‘no comment.’”

Joe Biden Quickly Corrects Himself After Calling President Putin ‘President Trump’: Watch 

Joe Biden Quickly Corrects Himself After Calling President Putin ‘President Trump’: Watch 

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President Joe Biden was speaking at the U.S-Russia summit in Geneva when he accidentally referred to Vladimir Putin as Donald Trump, but quickly corrected himself.

Joe Biden, 78, made a minor snafu when speaking at the U.S.-Russia summit in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, June 15. The president was delivering a speech at the podium when, on accident, he briefly referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as former U.S. President Donald Trump. “I caught part of President Trum…uh, Putin’s press conference,” Biden said. Video of Biden’s gaffe was shared by users on Twitter, which you can see below.

Joe Biden almost says President Trump when referring to Putin.. pic.twitter.com/8PH8tdrR91

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 16, 2021

Biden met with Putin, 68, on June 16 as part of his first trip abroad since being inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president in January. The political leaders spoke at the lakeside Villa La Grange for nearly four hours, according to Reuters. Discussions at the meeting reportedly centered on cyber attacks, the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and more.

Ahead of the meeting, Biden called Putin a “worthy adversary,” according to USA Today. After the meeting, Biden reportedly told reporters, “I did what I came to do.” Biden departed for the overseas trip on June 9 and has already attended the Group of Seven meeting in the United Kingdom and the NATO summit in Belgium.

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Biden’s relationship with Putin strongly contrasts to that of Trump’s. While in office, Trump, 75, was criticized for cozying up to Putin and refusing to accept evidence that there was Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. In a recent interview with NBC News, Putin said that Trump was “an extraordinary individual, talented individual.”

Trump has kept a low profile since leaving office in January — largely due to being banned from multiple social media platforms. He made an appearance at a rally in North Carolina on June 5, during which he was criticized for apparently wearing his trousers backwards. Joy Behar of The View was among the many to mock the 45th president. “This guy’s running around with pants that looked like he pooped in them or something!” Behar, 78, joked to her co-hosts. “It’s weird.” Trump did not respond to the buzz.

Rick Santorum Dropped From CNN After Racist Comments & Twitter Celebrates: ‘Good Riddance’

Rick Santorum Dropped From CNN After Racist Comments & Twitter Celebrates: ‘Good Riddance’

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CNN released a statement on May 22 saying that the network has ‘parted ways’ with commentator Rick Santorum following his widely condemned racist remarks about Native Americans.

Rick Santorum has been dropped by CNN. A spokesperson for the network released a statement on May 22, saying CNN has “parted ways” with the former US Senator, per Huffington Post. The decision for the network to terminate its contract with the former Pennsylvania senator comes roughly one month after he made racist comments about Native Americans that were widely condemned.

People celebrate Rick Santorum’s departure from CNN on Twitter.

“We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here,” he said at a conservative youth conference in April. “I mean, yes, we have Native Americans,” he said. “But candidly, that — there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.” Following his racist remarks, many called for Santorum’s termination from CNN. Today, a number of people on social media took to Twitter to celebrate Santorum’s departure.

People celebrate Rick Santorum’s departure from CNN on Twitter.

“Finally, a version of Rick-rolling we can support,” one person said on the social media platform. Another person aptly observed, “Our Indigenous Peoples deserve respect. Good.” More praised the decision, with one person acknowledging that Santorum’s departure, “Should have happened long ago. Good riddance. No—he’s not he [SIC] censored: no one is entitled to be on TV.”

People celebrate Rick Santorum’s departure from CNN on Twitter.

Following Santorum’s speech, the conservative commentator did not appear on CNN for roughly one week. He did, however, try to walk back his remarks. “I was talking about, and I misspoke in this respect, I was talking about the founding, and the principles embodied in the founding,” he tried to explain of his racist, dismissive language during a May appearance on Cuomo Primetime.

Rick Santorum’s contract was terminated by CNN, per a May 22 Huffington Post report [Shutterstock].“I would never, and you know, people have said, ‘Oh, I’m trying to dismiss what we did to the Native Americans.’ Far from it! The way we treated Native Americans was horrific. It goes against every bone and everything I’ve ever fought for, as a leader, in the Congress.” Santorum’s divisive presence on CNN has often been met with criticism. The former Republican politician turned commentator supported the agenda of former President Donald Trump, but often distanced himself from his behavior. Santorum joined CNN as a senior political commentator in January 2017.

‘Liz Cheney’ Bemoans Her Situation On ‘SNL’: ‘I’m Everything A Conservative Woman Is – Blonde & Mean’

‘Liz Cheney’ Bemoans Her Situation On ‘SNL’: ‘I’m Everything A Conservative Woman Is – Blonde & Mean’

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Kate McKinnon’s ‘Liz Cheney’ wasn’t thrilled about being ousted from House Republican leadership on ‘SNL’s Weekend Update!

Kate McKinnon was on fire tonight! The longtime SNL star appeared during Weekend Update alongside Colin Jost, this time playing Liz Cheney. The real-life Liz was just dumped by the GOP from her from her House leadership position after continuing to speak out against Donald Trump‘s “destructive lies” and other party members who support Donald Trump’s election falsehoods and more.

“Colin, this is the grand implosion of Trumpism. You don’t even know the size of the tsunami that’s coming. We’re talkin’ me, Omarosa, five white women, maybe six… have I said me?” – Kate McKinnon as Liz Cheney on #SNL 😂 pic.twitter.com/zHx5iJTgim

— LC (@Knope447) May 16, 2021

Kate’s Liz shared her own take on the situation. “I was kicked out of the Republican Party — I fell down to hell like Lil Nas X, fracked with the Devil and bounced back up onto MSNBC…I don’t know what happened,” she said next to a confused Colin. “I don’t know what I did wrong. Look at me! I’m everything a conservative woman should be — blonde, mean,” she hilariously added — seemingly about to continue the sentence, but stopping short.

“People are on my side. Brave Republicans, ready to speak my truth and start a movement. And there are more of us than you think,” Kate’s Liz, wearing a blue suit with a blonde bob wig went on. “This is grand implosion of Trumpism, you don’t even know the side of the tsunami…conservatives are leaving me high and dry! What more can I do for you people? I’m against gay marriage even though my sister is a lesbian…and I’m not conservative enough?” she also ranted.

The May 15 episode marked Keegan-Michael Key‘s SNL hosting debut — but the Michigan native is no stranger to sketch comedy! He was a longtime cast member on rival series MADtv, which aired on FOX from 1995 to 2009 (the series also saw a brief revival on The CW network back in 2016). Keegan-Michael joined the series in 2004 alongside Jordan Peele. Although he had a number of memorable characters over his time on the show, he is perhaps best known for the high school themed “Coach Hines” sketch.

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Keegan-Michael was over-the-moon about the bucket list opportunity, which was announced on May 3. Taking to Instagram, he reposted SNL‘s signature post-it note image featuring his name alongside musical guest Olivia Rodrigo‘s. “Dreams do come true. @nbcsnl,” he simply captioned the post, which got over 50,000 likes. The official SNL account sweetly replied with hearts, as several celebrities made it known that they’ll be tuning in! Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, “NOW I’LL WATCH,” while Terry Crews wrote several fire emojis. “AWESOME!!!!!” fellow comedian Kevin Nealon added. “Thank you to every friend and fan who supported me along this journey. It’s tonight!” he added several hours before showtime.

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Before blowing up in the comedy world, Keegan-Michael attended both the University of Detroit Mercy and Pennsylvania State University to study theatre. His earliest memories of comedy, however, come from watching shows with his father — including The Bugs Bunny Show. “The embryonic beginnings of what the power of comedy was…My father, a grown man, would just laugh uproariously at the roadrunner and the coyote,” he recalled on the In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast. “You’re a child, so your parents are godlike to you. ‘This material on the television is disarming my father.’ That’s powerful. Why is it so powerful?” he reflected.

Michael Fanone: 5 Things About DC Cop Speaking Out After Nearly Dying During Capitol Riot

Michael Fanone: 5 Things About DC Cop Speaking Out After Nearly Dying During Capitol Riot

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Officer Michael Fanone isn’t holding back while speaking about his harrowing experience during the Capitol insurrection, which gave him a heart attack and left him with PTSD.

UPDATE (5/12/2021, 10:24 PM ET): Congress. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) took to Twitter on May 12 to claim that Officer Michael Fanone was hung up on by the staff for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) when he called his office to “show” how he nearly died during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

I just spoke with a very upset Officer Michael Fanone. It’s #PoliceWeek and for weeks Ofc. Fanone has made multiple requests to talk to @GOPLeader. He wants to show McCarthy what he experienced on 1/6. Today he was hung up on by McCarthy’s staff. RT if Kevin should meet a hero.

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 12, 2021

“I just spoke with a very upset Officer Michael Fanone. It’s #PoliceWeek and for weeks Ofc. Fanone has made multiple requests to talk to @GOPLeader. He wants to show McCarthy what he experienced on 1/6. Today he was hung up on by McCarthy’s staff. RT if Kevin should meet a hero,” the tweet read. 

It didn’t take long for McCarthy’s communications director Michele Perez Exner to respond to Swalwell’s tweet and deny the accusation. “This is not true. Officer Fanone called our office and spoke with our staff who then offered to provide the email address of our director of operations. He was not hung up on,” her response read. Swalwell then reportedly followed up with, “Officer Fanone told me he was hung up on. Are you calling him a liar?”

This is not true. Officer Fanone called our office and spoke with our staff who then offered to provide the email address of our director of operations. He was not hung up on. https://t.co/em5RKTp7vq

— Michele Perez Exner (@michelepexner) May 12, 2021

ORIGINAL: As insurrectionists attacked the United States Capitol building on January 6, Officer Michael Fanone, quite literally, put his life on the line to protect those inside. Fanone, a 40-year-old father of four, is now speaking out about the attack that caused him to have a heart attack and condemning politicians who continue to “whitewash” what happened that day. Here’s what you need to know:

He Suffered A Heart Attack During the Siege

Fanone called the insurrection a “medieval battle scene” in a January interview with The Washington Post. Hours into that battle, as Fanone and his fellow officers battled “15,000 people,” someone grabbed his helmet, pulled him to the ground, and dragged him down a set of stairs on his stomach. Rioters swarmed and began beating him and other officers with metal pipes and a pole with an American flag attached, according to police.

Fanone and another cop were hit with stun guns, which caused him to have a “mild” heart attack. He recalled in the interview that the mob was repeatedly shouting “USA!” as the siege occurred, adding that he heard someone shout, “We got one! We got one! Kill him with his own gun!” The rioters had stolen his badge, spare ammunition, and his police radio. Footage of the attack immediately went viral.

Officer Michael Fanone tells @donlemon it’s been very difficult to see elected officials whitewash what happened on Jan. 6.

He was stun-gunned several times and beaten with a flagpole during the Capitol attack.

Watch part 1 of his first in-depth interview: pic.twitter.com/4LzuJcfztl

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) April 28, 2021

He’s Calling Out Politicians Who ‘Downplayed’ The Riot

In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Fanone said it’s been “difficult” to hear politicians act like the siege on the Capitol, where Trump-backed insurrections broke barriers, damaged property, called for the heads of prominent politicians, and violently attacked officers such as himself, was no big deal. Last month, former president Donald Trump falsely claimed that the rioters were “hugging and kissing” police.

“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened,” Fanone said in the April 27 interview, which you can watch above. “Some of the terminology that was used, like ‘hugs and kisses’ and ‘very fine people,’ is very different from what I experienced and what my co-workers experienced on the 6th.” When asked specifically about Trump’s comments, Fanone said, “I think it’s dangerous. It is very much not the experience I had on the 6th. I experienced a group of individuals who were trying to kill me to accomplish their goal.”

He Has PTSD After The Capitol Attack

Along with the heart attack Fanone suffered during the insurrection, the officer also experienced a traumatic brain injury and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), he told CNN. “It’s been a roller coaster, man. It’s been up and down,” Fanone said. “Probably for about the first two weeks after the 6th, I was still riding pretty high on adrenaline. Shortly thereafter, I started to experience some of the more psychological injuries, PTSD, some of the emotional trauma from what I experienced that day.”

DC Police Officer Michael Fanone nearly died during the Capitol insurrection (Courtesy CBS News)

The Men Who Attacked Him Have Been Arrested

Daniel Rodriguez, the rioter accused of shocking Fanone with a stun gun and triggering his heart attack, was arrested in March for assault. Assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Rodriguez is also accused of smashing a window at the Capitol and stealing an emergency escape hood, which is designed to protect lawmakers against chemical munitions.

He Joined The Force After 9/11

Fanone has been with the DC Police Department for nearly two decades. He was inspired to serve in law enforcement after the attacks of September 11, 2001, in which terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in DC. Fanone normally works in plainclothes as a narcotics officer, but geared up and headed to the Capitol with hundreds of other officers as the siege broke out.

Jill Biden Shows Support For Melania Trump After Posting A Photo Of Her Rose Garden – See Pic

Jill Biden Shows Support For Melania Trump After Posting A Photo Of Her Rose Garden – See Pic

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First Lady Jill Biden took to Twitter to show off a gorgeous pic of the White House’s Rose Garden that Melania Trump previously renovated.

Jill Biden, 69, is appreciating the renovated Rose Garden that Melania Trump, 51, left behind after leaving the White House earlier this year. The First Lady shared a new pic of the flower-filled area to her Twitter page on May 7 and added an exciting caption to it. “Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse!” the caption read.

Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse! pic.twitter.com/n87JOlJ7NN

— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2021

Although she didn’t mention Melania directly, the tweet could be seen as a sign of support for the wife of former President Donald Trump, 74. After she renovated the garden in Aug. 2020, it received a lot of controversy from critics. Private donations were used to return the garden back to its roots and honor the original design by Bunny Mellon, which President John Kennedy requested in 1962, but people spoke out against the results once they noticed Melania got rid of the crabapple trees that were originally put there during Kennedy’s time at the White House.

Some online users also complained that Melania’s chosen flowers were too pale compared to the brightly colored ones that were there during the Obama administration and an online petition on change.org even garnered more than 75,000 signatures to try and get the Biden administration to undo her changes. Former first lady Jackie Kennedy was the one to originally restore the garden in the early 1960s after years of neglect and the description of the petition states that the late political figure’s “legacy was ripped away” when Melania renovated the garden. At the time of the changes, the White House responded and explained that the flowers just needed time to grow before they would eventually flourish.

First Lady Jill Biden recently showed support for Melania Trump’s renovated Rose Garden by posting a pic of it. (Shutterstock)

After Jill shared her latest photo of the Melania-approved Rose Garden, some followers brought up the ongoing controversy and asked her to change it back to the way it was prior to Melania’s changes. “Sadly scarred by concrete and the loss of beautiful trees. Please restore our Rose Garden,” one follower wrote while another urged her to “take out the wretched cement and return the rose garden to its former glory!” A third pleaded, “Please replace the beautiful rose garden & crabapple trees that were horrendously & callously destroyed. Return it to the beauty it once was.”

Please restore Jackie Kennedy’s rose garden. It would make many of us very happy. It’s such a same someone felt the need to destroy it.

— Native (@802Vermont59) May 7, 2021

Despite the command for changes, there’s no confirmation that the Rose Garden will undergo any renovations anytime soon. The South Lawn of the White House, however, is currently undergoing a massive renovation which is reportedly part of a security and infrastructure upgrade.

Rihanna New Album: Will We Finally Get it in 2021?

Rihanna New Album: Will We Finally Get it in 2021?

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One question has been plaguing Rihanna for what feels like forever: where’s the new album? As fans eagerly await her to drop new music, here’s what we know.

Rihanna has an extensive body of work – eight studio albums, two remix albums, a handful of EPs, and countless singles – but by the way fans react whenever she does anything, you’d think she’s been holding out. Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty can’t post a picture on Instagram, enjoy herself while watching a DJ’s live stream, or practically do anything without someone popping up and demanding that she releases a new album. It’s almost as bad as fans begging for Adele’s new record.

However, 2021 marks the longest period that fans have gone without a new Rihanna record. Her last full-length was 2016’s Anti, a triple-Platinum album best known for its chart-topping single – and one of her frequent collabs with Drake — “Work.” Anti followed 2012’s Unapologetic, which contained arguably Rihanna’s biggest song, “Diamonds.” Until 2021, the four years between Anti and Unapologetic were the longest gap fans endured between Rihanna projects, as she used to put out albums at a much more frequent pace.

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Her debut studio album, 2005’s Music of the Sun, was quickly followed up by A Girl Like Me in 2006. Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rated R (2009), and Loud (2010) closed out the decade, meaning that Rihanna released five albums in as many years. Talk That Talk arrived in 2011, with Unapologetic arriving a year later. While other artists risk oversaturating the market with such a prolific output, Rihanna maintained a steady level of commercial and critical success. Outside of her debut release, all of her albums have gone Platinum numerous times, and her lowest score on Metacritic is 61.

So, there is an audience just waiting to give Rihanna all their money, but from the way she responded to a fan at the start of 2021, she might be good. “New year’s resolution: apply the pressure,” she captioned a Jan. 1 IG post featuring her in a metallic outfit. “Resolution should be releasing the album,” a snarky fan added in the comments, which prompted Rihanna to respond with, “This comment is sooo 2019. Grow up.”

When Will Rihana’s New Album Be Released?
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As of May 2021, we don’t know when Rihanna’s album will drop, and honestly, it’s best to stop asking.

“If one of y’all motherf-ckers ask me about the album one more time when I’m trying to save the world, unlike y’all president….on sight,” she said during an April 202 Instagram Live chat, likely referencing then-president Donald Trump, and how she had pledged to donate a $5 million to global coronavirus relief via her Clara Lionel Foundation. However, she did give fans some positive news almost a year after this rant.

After Anti spent a record-breaking five years on the Billboard 200 chart – making her the first Black artist to achieve such a goal – she posted an Instagram video to celebrate. Like clockwork, fans said she should “celebrated [Anti] by releasing a song.” “I think I should,” she said. “Just 1 tho lol.” This was, obviously, just a troll from Rihanna.

In July 2020, while doing a promotional tour for Fenty Beauty, Rihanna explained why it’s been taking so long to finish her ninth studio album. “I can’t wait to put something out that I’m really proud of and excited about,” she said in an interview with Access Online. “It probably is gonna be sooner than my fans think, but I’m just gonna leave that alone because I got enough stress, questions, and, ‘R9, when’s the album coming.’ They don’t leave me alone. I haven’t neglected them. Music is still my baby.”

During the conversation, she also explained that when she was first making Anti, a “paparazzi caught me going into the studio and after that, they thought my album was coming out that week,” she said. “So, Anti to them, took forever… so anytime you give them a little, but of information that I’m working on music, they expect it to come now because, in the past, it’s worked like that. n the past, I’d shoot out an album in three months, but now, I don’t have the luxury of doing that because I have this other baby [her Savage x Fenty lingerie line].”

However, as of May 2021, we don’t have a definite release date.

What Is Rihanna’s New Album Called?
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“So, so far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy,” Rihanna said in an interview with The New York Times, referencing her followers’ fandom name. “I’m about to call it [“R9”] probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?” How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?

Fans thought that she announced the album’s title in 2019. “to all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me,” she captioned a November 2019 Instagram post.  This year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb.” Rihanna likely meant she was working on the “work-life balance,” but fans, hungry for any scrap of information about the project, instantly started asking, “Is her new album called Balance?”

What’s Rihanna’s New Record Going To Sound Like?
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Reggae – or a similar facsimile. Rihanna confirmed, in a 2019 interview with Vogue, that she was putting out a Reggae-flavored project. “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” she said. It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks.”

“Reggae always feels right to me. It’s in my blood,” the Barbadian singer said. “It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high. Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”

Fans got a preview of what the album is not going to sound like, courtesy of singer Skylar Grey. During a September 2020 IG Live session, dubbed a “Reject Party,” Skylar played the music that she wrote for other artists that were, ultimately, rejected. This was when Rihanna was supposedly doing some kind of reggae album,” she said during the video. “I don’t know if she’s still making a reggae album or what. But this is the song we did for it. I don’t have the whole song.” In the snippet, Skylar is heard singing the words “no pressure,” which would connect this track to the phrase Rihanna used in her Jan. 1/New Year’s Resolution post.

Who Will Feature On Rihanna’s New Album? 
Rihanna in concert in Cape Town Stadium, South Africa in 2015 (Shutterstock)

In the years following Anti’s release, Rihanna has appeared on N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” in 2017, teamed with Future for his song “Selfish,” joined Bryson Tiller for DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” jumped on Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty,” and – most recently – teamed with PARTYNEXTDOOR for “Believe It.” It’s possible that Kendrick, PND, and Bryson could lend their vocals to R9. At this point, it’s uncertain.

“I’m going to be in the studio. I’m so excited, actually. I can’t say who I’m working with, but it’s somebody I’ve been wanting to work with him for a long time,” she told The Cut in 2020. “Okay, I’ll tell you. [It’s] Pharrell [Williams].”

RiRi also said who wasn’t going to be on the album: her longtime collaborator and on-again/off-again fling, Drake. When The New York Times asked if she was going to collaborate with him again, she said, “Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure.” She also shot down rumors of Lady Gaga being on the album (“It’s not in the books right now, but I’m not against it.”)

What Songs Are Going To Be On Rihanna’s New Album?

Like everything else with the album, as of May 2021, we don’t know. Rihanna did shed some light on the vibes she hopes these new songs will bring.

“Now it’s more what do I feel, personally? What do I want to put out as an artist? How do I want to play it with my art?” she said in an October 2020 interview with the Associated Press. “How do I want to interpret that, reimagine that? Because it’s been so structured before. You do pop, you do this genre, you do that, you do radio, you do who’s following you and your fans. But now, it’s just like – what makes me happy? I just want to have fun with music.”

“Everything is so heavy,” she continued. “The world that we live in, a lot is overwhelming—every single day. And music, I’m using that as my outlet. I just want to have fun with that.”

“He that can have patience can have what he will,” goes a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Meaning, if you want R9, you got to wait for it. It’s coming – likely this year – and as another maligned proverb goes, “Good things come to those who wait.”

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Caitlyn Jenner Shows Huge Closet & Calls Herself A ‘Compassionate Disrupter’ In Campaign Ad

Caitlyn Jenner Shows Huge Closet & Calls Herself A ‘Compassionate Disrupter’ In Campaign Ad







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Caitlyn Jenner showed off her first campaign ad in her run to take over California Governor Gavin Newsom’s spot and revealed she wants to ‘save’ the state.

Caitlyn Jenner, 71, is letting people know “California is worth fighting for” in her very first political campaign ad. The former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete is running to be the state’s next governor in a potential recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom this year and revealed her reasons for entering the race as well as her plans to make a difference in the new video, which she debuted on Good Morning America on May 4.

WATCH: I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world. Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, because California is worth fighting for! pic.twitter.com/BHglwn5ZSE

— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 4, 2021

“WATCH: I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world. Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, because California is worth fighting for!” she wrote in the caption for the tweet that shared the ad.

The video, which can be seen above, starts off showing Caitlyn walking through what appears to be her house before turning to go into her massive closet. A voice from what sounds like a newscast is announcing her plans to run for California governor in the background as she takes out a box of her Olympic medal from a safe and looks at it. Clips of moments in California are then shown as she talks over them and calls herself a “compassionate disrupter” fighting against the “elitist” politicians.

Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California. (Shutterstock)

“The American Dream grew up here, yet career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream,” she says in the three-minute ad. “I came here with a dream 48 years ago, to be the greatest athlete in the world,” she says over clips of her as athlete in the 1970s interspliced with present-day footage. “Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet: to save California.”

Caitlyn’s ad comes after news of her run for governor first made headlines on Apr. 23. She is known for being a devoted Republican, and identifies as “economically conservative, socially progressive.” After initially supporting former Republican President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, she revoked the support in 2018 due to his administration’s attacks on the transgender community.

Caitlyn, who came out publicly as a transgender woman in 2015, is running against Governor Newsom at a time he’s recently come under fire for his conflicting regulations and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In her ad, she also states that she wants “to carry the torch for the parents who had to balance work and their child’s education, for business owners who are forced to shut down, for pastors who are not able to be with their congregation, for the family who lost their home in a fire, for an entire generation of students who lost a year of education.”

Two days before her campaign ad debuted, Caitlyn made headlines for telling paparazzi that she “opposes” trans girls participating in female sports at schools because she feels it “isn’t fair” for “biological boys” to be going up against biological girls. “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” she said.

Members Of LGBTQ+ Community Dismiss Caitlyn Jenner’s Run For Governor: ‘Her Views Are Terrible’

Members Of LGBTQ+ Community Dismiss Caitlyn Jenner’s Run For Governor: ‘Her Views Are Terrible’

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Stars like George Takei and Alyssa Milano have reacted to the news that lifelong Republican Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California. See the tweets.

Former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Caitlyn Jenner has officially filed paperwork to run for governor of California in a potential 2021 recall election. The 71-year-old is a lifelong Republican, and members of the LGBTQ+ community were quick to take to social media, saying they won’t back her “vanity campaign.” Star Wars actor George Takei, who is gay, compared her standing in the LGBTQ community to that of conservative pundit Candace Owens‘ reputation in the Black community. “Black people wouldn’t vote for Candace Owen for office. The disabled community wouldn’t vote for Madison Cawthorn,” he tweeted. “I’m LGBTQ but I won’t be voting for Caitlyn Jenner. Just so we’re clear.”

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Running under the slogan ‘Caitlyn For California‘, she is yet to confirm whether she is running as a Republican or as an Independent, however she is reportedly already surrounding herself with a team of Donald Trump‘s former aides. CNN reported she was taking advice from ex Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, ahead of her potential California gubernatorial bid. “The support for this campaign has been amazing nationwide,” Caitlyn captioned an IG post, one day after revealing the big news. Nevertheless, the phrase “HELL NO” began trending soon after her announcement.

With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO. https://t.co/tUiBHTqZ0P

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 23, 2021

Transgender activist Charlotte Clymer slammed the reality star’s run as a “vanity campaign” that would allow transphobia to proliferate. “Caitlyn Jenner is a deeply unqualified hack who doesn’t care about anyone but herself,” Charlotte wrote. “Her views are terrible. She is a horrible candidate.” She later added, “Caitlyn Jenner has no real support. I don’t care about her candidacy. I do care about the ways in which her asinine views will be weaponized against trans people and the ways in which transphobia will go unchecked … This is purely a vanity campaign, and it’s incredibly selfish.”

Appropriate response: Caitlyn Jenner is a deeply unqualified hack who doesn't care about anyone but herself. Her views are terrible. She is a horrible candidate.

Inappropriate response: [Misgendering Caitlyn Jenner because you think transphobia is okay here. It's not.]

— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) April 23, 2021

Even actress Alyssa Milano weighed in, tweeting, “You are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth.” At the same time that she filed her paperwork, Caitlyn her campaign website, and revealed her mission statement. “California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” the statement read. “I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”

Lil Wayne Sparks Speculation He & Denise Bidot Are Engaged With Tweet: ‘Happiest Man Alive’

Lil Wayne Sparks Speculation He & Denise Bidot Are Engaged With Tweet: ‘Happiest Man Alive’







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Lil Wayne and Denise Bidot seem to be on again four months after their split, and now they might be engaged, as  Weezy wrote a tweet about ‘today is the beginning of our forever.’

Lil Wayne and girlfriend Denise Bidot seem to have made up following their Jan. 2021 split with a possible engagement. The 38-year-old rapper tweeted on Apr. 20, 2021 the cryptic message, “Happiest man alive! Today is the beginning of our forever. Forever?? Forever, ever?? FOREVER EVER!!!!! The Carters,” as Wayne’s full name is  Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. Not to be confused of course with the most famous power couple also known as The Carters, which is Jay Z and Beyoncé .

Wayne’s tweet sure made it seem like Denise made him the “happiest man alive” by agreeing to marry him. Weezy just hinted about a reunion with an Apr. 14 Instagram stories video of Denise, 34, kneeling in the sand near the ocean. She wrote their names in the sand and drew a big heart around them and a smaller heard connecting their monikers. The brunette beauty then blew a kiss to the camera.

Happiest man alive! Today is the beginning of our forever. Forever?? Forever, ever?? FOREVER EVER!!!!! The Carters.

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) April 20, 2021

So far Weezy hasn’t posted anything to his Instagram yet about getting engaged to Denise. Instead, he’s been using the date of 4/20 to promote his new GKUA Ultra Premium weed products line with his Mr. Carter OG strain. Wayne even shared the big news that he’ll be teaming up with his marijuana company to put on a series of summer concerts now that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, featuring an Aug. 13 show at L.A.’s Coliseum with his Young Money crew.

Lil Wayne and Denise Bidot have broken up several times, only to get back together. Now he’s sparked engagement speculation with a cryptic tweet. Photo credit: SplashNews

Wayne and Denise began dating over the summer of 2020, but split up briefly following the “Lollipop” rapper giving Donald Trump a last minute presidential endorsement on Oct. 29, 2020. Wayne even posed with then then-POTUS for a photo and tweeted, “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

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Denise then deleted all of her photos with Weezy, and later disabled her entire Instagram account altogether in an apparent split. She tweeted in frustration on Nov. 2, “Wow…can this year be over already.” But the pair was back together by Thanksgiving, when Wayne whisked Denise away on a romantic vacation. The two then rang in 2021 together, smiling in an IG selfie with fireworks going off behind them.

But the reunion proved short lived, as on Jan. 5, Wayne and Denise unfollowed each other on Instagram. She then shared a cryptic message that read “Pretty disappointing when you defend someone throughout everything and they turn out being just as sh*tty as everyone said they were,” without naming Weezy directly. But his post of her drawing their name in the sand with a heart sure made it seem like the two had made up again….and now six days later, Wayne is talking about “the beginning of our forever.” We’ll have to wait to see if he ends up posting a photo alongside Denise, or better yet, a photo of the model showing off some major ice on her left ring finger!

Lil’ Wayne & Denise Bidot Appear To Be Dating Again 4 Months After Split — Watch

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It looks like Lil Wayne and Denise Bidot have managed to patch things up after their January split. She smiled and drew their names in the sand inside of a heart.

After several breakups, it appears Lil Wayne and model Denise Bidot have found a way to make up again. The 38-year-old rapper — real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. — shared an Instagram stories video of Denise, 34, kneeling in the sand near the ocean, with the brunette beauty writing their names in the sand and drawing a big heart around them. She used her finger to draw “Denise” with a small heart for “loves Dwayne” then blew a kiss to the camera.

Over the video, Wayne seemed to be teasing a new track, as bars from a song could be heard. He didn’t write anything on the vid, though it seemed to speak for itself that he shared Denise showing so much love in his direction. This would be the first big indication that the pair have reconciled after splitting in early January. Denise hasn’t posted anything to her IG account since Jan. 21, and that was after she scrubbed it of photos of Wayne following their latest breakup.

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On Jan. 5.,  Denise dropped a cryptic message that read “Pretty disappointing when you defend someone throughout everything and they turn out being just as sh*tty as everyone said they were,” though she didn’t mention Wayne by name,  She also shared a photo of her daughter giving a thumbs up sign and assured fans in caption, “We good over here. Happy Tuesday.” The pair also unfollowed each other on the ‘gram signaling another split.

It came despite the two appearing to be a happy couple again over New Years, where they were seen cuddling close as fireworks were going off overhead. Both Denise and Wayne had big smiles on their faces and were wearing shiny silver New Year’s 2021 novelty glasses.

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That reunion came after Denise seemed to break up with Lil Wayne in early Nov. 2020, following his surprise meeting and endorsement for then-President Donald Trump. He shared an Oct. 30 photo standing with Trump giving thumbs up signs with to his Twitter with the caption, “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020

Wow … can this year be over already

— Denise Bidot (@DeniseBidot) November 2, 2020

Denise — a Joe Biden supporter — then deleted not just her IG photos of her and Wayne, but her entire Instagram account as they appeared to split up. She kept her Twitter active where on Nov. 2, she wrote, “Wow…can this year be over already,” seemingly in reference to Wayne’s support of Trump. But the pair were back together by Thanksgiving, where he whisked her away on a lavish vacation.

Supporting Trump up paying off for the “Lollipop” rapper, as late on Jan. 19, 2021 in Trump’s final hours in office, he gave Wayne a presidential pardon, which saved him from a possible 10 year prison sentence. In Dec. 2020, Wayne pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded gun when his private jet landed in Miami and was searched by authorities. He’s not allowed to carry a firearm as a convicted felon. His sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 28, 2020, where he could have received up to a decade behind bars.

 

Donald Trump Gets Dragged After He’s Pictured With Diet Coke Again Amid His Coca-Cola Boycott

Donald Trump Gets Dragged After He’s Pictured With Diet Coke Again Amid His Coca-Cola Boycott







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Donald Trump appeared to be photographed by a bottle of Diet Coke, despite urging his followers to ‘fight back’ and boycott Coca-Cola six days prior. This is the second time he’s been pictured by the soda.

Donald Trump appeared to be caught red-handed with the red-wrapped soda bottle — again. Yes, we’re talking about Diet Coke, a beverage from the very same company that Trump called for his supporters to boycott after Coca-Cola’s CEO denounced Georgia’s controversial new voting bill. The Diet Coke bottle could be seen on the table where Trump was eating lunch at his private golf club, the National Golf Club Jupiter in Florida, on April 9. You can see the photo here, which was taken amid Trump’s golfing day with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Trump: BOYCOTT COCA-COLA!

Also Trump: pic.twitter.com/7zfnRRF9LQ

— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 6, 2021

This was the second time a bottle of Diet Coke could be seen in a photo with Trump…after he called to boycott the soda company. The first instance happened on April 5, when Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller posted a photo of his “terrific meeting” with the former POTUS. A bottle of what appeared to be Diet Coke could be seen hiding (not very well) behind a phone on the desk Trump was sitting at.

Trump sending out a demand for his followers to boycott Coke then getting caught trying to hide a bottle in a picture with his favorite vampire is so on brand it's like an 'Inception' level of layers of Trump brand.

— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) April 5, 2021

“Trump sending out a demand for his followers to boycott Coke then getting caught trying to hide a bottle in a picture with his favorite vampire is so on brand it’s like an ‘Inception’ level of layers of Trump brand,” Project Lincoln founder Fred Wellman tweeted in response to the Diet Coke-hypocrisy. Another person tweeted, “Donald Trump calling for a boycott of Coke only to be caught with a Coke on his desk days later is symbolic of his entire presidency. It was a parody, a joke, for four years straight! I’m so thankful it’s OVER! Aren’t you?”

Of course Trump was drinking Coke while telling you not to, he did the same thing with the COVID vaccine.

— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 6, 2021

Filmmaker Jeremy Newberger pointed out that Trump seems to be handling his Diet Coke boycott the same way he did with the COVID-19 vaccine. “Of course Trump was drinking Coke while telling you not to, he did the same thing with the COVID vaccine,” he cheekily tweeted, referring to the fact that Trump received the vaccine (without announcing this to his followers) in January.

Critics called out Trump just as hard after what appeared to be his second Diet Coke offense. “Trump said You people should boycott Coke, not me,” one critic tweeted over a photo of the new photo showing Trump by the soda bottle, while another tweeted, “Trump can’t even hide the Diet Coke.”

Someone is going to make a fortune leaking pics of Trump, drinking Diet Coke 12 times a day.

— Alison 🇨🇦🇿🇦 (@EHTSHIRTCOMPANY) April 4, 2021

Even after Trump announced the soda boycott, many fans found it hard to imagine the ex-president quitting Diet Coke cold turkey. “Is it true trump is going to quit drinking Diet Coke??!! I say no way in hell…he will still be drinking it on the low down no doubt,” someone tweeted on April 3. In case you forgot, Trump used to have a Diet Coke button on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. When he pressed the red button, someone would fetch him a Diet Coke.

The boycott began after Coca-Cola’s CEO, James Quincey, denounced the SB 202 bill backed by Georgia Republicans that many critics have argued would suppress voters. “I want to be crystal clear. The Coca-Cola Company does not support this legislation, as it makes it harder for people to vote, not easier,” James announced, which The New York Times reported on March 31.

BREAKING: President Trump calls for major corporate boycott pic.twitter.com/58wpnMc1ks

— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 4, 2021

Not long after, Trump issued his rallying cry in an official statement on April 3. “For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them. Now they are going big time with the WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections. It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back— we have more people than they do— by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them,” Trump wrote in a statement that the Save America PAC issued, per Complex. But will Trump take his own advice?

Andrew Giuliani, 35: 5 Things To Know About Rudy’s Son Who Says He’ll Run For NY Governor Against Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Giuliani, 35: 5 Things To Know About Rudy’s Son Who Says He’ll Run For NY Governor Against Andrew Cuomo







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Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew has announced he intends to run against Andrew Cuomo for governor of NY in 2022. We have five things to know about the political scion.

Andrew Giuliani grew up around politics, with his dad Rudy Giuliani, 76, serving as New York City’s mayor from 1994-2001. The 35-year-old current Newsmax political contributor eventually followed his father into the profession, having worked for former President Donald Trump. Now the Republican has big political aspirations of his own, wanting to challenge embattled incumbent Andrew Cuomo — or whoever is on Democratic ticket in 2022 — for governor of New York. Andrew told the Washington Examiner on Apr. 7, “I plan to run,” setting up a possible challenge against two of New York politics’ biggest names in a Cuomo-Giuliani showdown. We’ve got five things to know about the NY Republican gubernatorial hopeful.

Andrew thinks either he or one of the Trump children could be New York’s next governor

“Outside of anybody named Trump, I think I have the best chance to win and take the state back, and I think there’s an opportunity in 2022 with a wounded Democratic candidate, whether it’s going to be Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo, whether it’s going to be a radical [Attorney General] Letitia James, whether it’s going to be a no-name lieutenant governor, I think there’s a very, very real chance to win,” Andrew told the Examiner. So far, neither Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump or Ivanka Trump have expressed interest in the 2022 election, though Don Jr. floated a run as New York’s governor in 2017.

Andrew Giuliani has announced he’s planning to run for governor of New York in 2022. Photo credit: Shutterstock.
Andrew worked in former President Trump’s administration

He served in the Trump White House as a director of the Office of Public Liaison. In 2019 Andrew was promoted to Special Assistant to the President. Andrew’s dad Rudy famously served as the 74-year-old POTUS’s personal attorney. “Andrew worked tirelessly for President Trump in the White House while still having a smile on his face every day,” political strategist Boris Epshteyn told the Examiner after Andrew announced his run, adding, “I know that he was specifically focused on issues vital to New Yorkers.”

Andrew has never won an elected office and has little political experience, but is very close to Donald Trump

He entered the Trump White House as an appointee with no political experience. In a Nov. 18, 2019 article in The Atlantic titled “What does Rudy Giuliani’s son do?” Rudy told the author it “wasn’t the usual ‘hire my kid’ situation. He’s known the president since he was a baby. Now, did he know him in the first place because he was the mayor’s son? Sure, but they also had a relationship independent of me.” A former senior White House official called Andrew’s position a “a nepotism job” to the publication. According to two former White House officials who were close with Giuliani, “Trump has long been a father figure to his personal lawyer’s son,” the magazine wrote about Trump and Andrew’s close relationship.

Andrew’s sister Caroline was vocal in telling people to vote for Joe Biden over Trump in the 2020 presidential election

In an Oct. 15, 2020 Vanity Fair op ed, the film producer called herself “multiverses apart, politically and otherwise,” from her dad Rudy and that “I may not be able to change my father’s mind, but together, we can vote this toxic administration out of office,” saying that Trump’s politics were “cruel and selfish.” Caroline added that, “The only way to end this nightmare is to vote. There is hope on the horizon, but we’ll only grasp it if we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Rudy and son Andrew Giuliani are seen on the links, as Andrew is a former professional golfer. Photo credit: Shutterstock
Andrew is a longtime golf aficionado, playing at the pro level

He lettered in golf all four years in high school and his team won New Jersey’s State title during Andrew’s junior year. He played golf while attending Duke University and turned pro in 2009, playing professional golf for the next seven years. Andrew stuck with it as a career until 2016, when he also worked as a sales intern at a boutique investment bank. His biggest win came in August 2009 when he took first place in the 94th Metropolitan Open. Andrew has been a frequent golfing companion of Donald Trump since his teenage years.

Dave Chappelle Claims He Saw Celebs Leaving ‘Dirty Notes’ For Trump Staff At White House Party

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Dave Chappelle talked about attending one of the ‘last big parties’ then President Barack Obama threw and revealed he saw some fellow attendees writing ‘crazy’ notes for Donald Trump and his staff to find.

Dave Chappelle, 47, is speaking out about seeing celebrities allegedly leave Donald Trump and his administration “dirty notes” in the cabinets and drawers of the White House before he moved in. The comedian revealed the news when he discussed attending one of the last parties President Barack Obama and his administration held before turning over the job to Trump, in a new interview with Naomi Campbell.

“It was one of the last big parties the Obamas threw and I’m not gonna say these celebrities’ names… There was a thing,” Dave explained on the Apr. 6 episode of No Filter with Naomi. “Remember when the Trump administration moved in, they said, ‘The Obama staff left dirty notes for us in all the drawers and all the cabinets.’ Now, I saw this happening.”

Donald Trump and Melania Trump posing with Queen Elizabeth at a previous event. (MEGA)

“I’m not gonna say who did it,” he continued. “But it was celebrities writing all this crazy s**t and putting it all over there and I saw them do it, so when I saw that news I laughed real hard.”

Dave’s claim comes after White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham made her own claim about former Obama aides leaving the new Trump administration notes, which allegedly read things like, “you will fail” and “you aren’t going to make it”, back in Nov. 2019. CNN reporter Abby D. Phillip tweeted about the things Stephanie reportedly said on a radio interview.

WH Press Sec Stephanie Grisham claims Obama aides left 'you will fail" notes in offices for Trump aides: “We came into the WH, I’ll tell you something. Every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said ‘you will fail,’ ‘you aren’t going to make it,’”

— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) November 19, 2019

“WH Press Sec Stephanie Grisham claims Obama aides left ‘you will fail” notes in offices for Trump aides: ‘We came into the WH, I’ll tell you something. Every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said ‘you will fail,’ ‘you aren’t going to make it,’” the tweet read.

Shortly after the claim went public, former Obama aides quickly denied it. “This is another bald faced lie,” Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice tweeted in response to Abby’s tweet. “This is an outrageous lie. I know. I handed over the nuclear office at the (National Security Council). Shameless and disgusting,” former senior director of the National Security Council Jon Wolfsthal also tweeted.

Kodak Black’s Bodyguard Shot & In ‘Stable Condition’ After Rapper Is Ambushed In Florida

Kodak Black’s Bodyguard Shot & In ‘Stable Condition’ After Rapper Is Ambushed In Florida

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A member of Kodak Black’s team is recovering after an alleged shooting outside a Florida McDonald’s. Here’s what we know.

In a case of not “lovin’ it,” Kodak Black and his entourage came under fire outside a McDonald’s in Tallahassee, Florida, sometime around 3 AM on Monday (Apr. 5), according to TMZ. The alleged attack occurred hours after Kodak, 23, had headlined the Cultur3 Fest music festival. Kodak and his crew were “followed by several cars attempting to cut them off as they left a nightclub,” according to TMZ. During all this, Kodak and his entourage pulled into a local Mcdonald’s, “blocked the entrance with a car,” and had the rapper go inside to pick up their order. That’s when the alleged shooting started.

The shooter was reportedly inside one of the cars that were tailing Kodak, according to TMZ. The publication also reports that the vehicle went to the McDonald’s, left, and then came back. Upon returning, the alleged shooter opened fire, hitting Kodak’s security guard in the leg. The guard was quickly rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries after one of the shots apparently hit an artery. Kodak was taken away from the scene in an armored car, totally unharmed. Bradford Cohen, attorney for Kodak, gave TMZ an update later in the day, saying that Kodak was “not in the vehicle” that was shot and that the guard was inside, not outside, the car when he was struck in the laid. Cohen also shared the news that the injured guard was now in “stable condition.”

Kodak Black attends the fourth annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn benefit concert (Shutterstock)

The attack comes just two months after Kodak Black was pardoned by the outgoing President Donald Trump. Kodak was incarcerated after pleading guilty to “lying on background check forms while buying multiple firearms in two different incidents” in 2019. He was given a 46-month prison sentence that was set to end in August 2022, but Kodak (born Bill K. Kapri) was let go on Jan. 20, after the twice-impeached, one-term president noted that Kodak “has served nearly half of his sentence,” and that before his conviction, Black was “deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts,” “committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts,” and while still incarcerated, “donated $50,000 to David Portnoy’s Barstool Fund, which provides funds to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Kodak Black attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards (Shutterstock)

However, what likely earned Kodak a pardon was his vocal support of Trump’s “Platinum Plan,” a series of promises aimed at helping the Black community. “What do you think of the platinum plan? @bradfordcohen sent it to me, and I read it. This is what the community needs,” Kodak’s Twitter account tweeted in October 2020, while Kodak was still behind bars. “More ownership. That plan is right! I want to help with justice reform when I am out as well. @realDonaldTrump #justicereform #prisonreform.” Similarly, Lil Wayne – who was facing up to a decade in prison on gun charges from a 2019 arrest – met with Trump and voices support of his administration’s plans.

Chrissy Teigen Deletes Her Twitter Account After Admitting It ‘No Longer Served’ Her ‘Positively’

Chrissy Teigen Deletes Her Twitter Account After Admitting It ‘No Longer Served’ Her ‘Positively’

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Chrissy Teigen said her Twitter fans have ‘been her world’ but that it was ‘time to say goodbye’ before deleting her account.

Chrissy Teigen is saying goodbye to Twitter! The 35-year-old confessed the social media platform “no longer served” her “positively” on Wednesday, March 24 — then deleted her verified account. “Hey. For over 10 years, you guys have been my world. I honestly owe so much to this world we have created here. I truly consider so many of you my actual friends,” she wrote.

She posted a long thread then deactivated shortly after. pic.twitter.com/FFsGDfw9TC

— Kenneth Uhlir (@KenUhlir) March 25, 2021

“But it’s time for me to say goodbye. This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something,” the Cravings author went on. “I’ve always been portrayed as the strong clap back girl but I’m just not. My desire to be liked and fear of pissing people off has made me somebody you didn’t sign up for, and a different human than I started out here as!” she explained. “I encourage you to know and never forget that your words matter. No matter what you see, what that person portrays, or your intention. For years I have taken so many small, 2-follower count punches that at this point, I am honestly deeply bruised,” she also wrote.

Chrissy Teigen deleting her account is just one more example of cyber bullying being fun and cool pic.twitter.com/omnTkWYeB4

— Brizzle Bill (@Brizzleboybill) March 25, 2021

“I have made my mistakes, throughout years and in front of hundreds of thousands, and been held accountable for them. I’ve learned an incredible amount here…God I have said f—– up s— and killed myself over it as much as you killed me. But one thing I haven’t learned is how to block out the negativity,” she concluded with a “<3.” After her heartbreaking miscarriage last fall, Chrissy also confirmed she was taking a “break” from Twitter.

Chrissy Teigen deleted her Twitter account on Wednesday, March 24. (Shutterstock)

While Chrissy has become known for her online humor — particularly hilarious tweets — she has also had her fair share of drama on social media. She was notoriously blocked from President Donald Trump‘s account after calling him out (and was later unblocked from the @POTUS account when Joe Biden was elected), but has also had feuds with Piers Morgan and food writer Alison Roman, who is the author of NYT best seller Nothing Fancy & Dining In.

Alison seemingly blasted Chrissy for having “people running a content farm for her” and launching a Target line in June 2020, leading Chrissy to clap back. “This is a huge bummer and hit me hard,” Chrissy responded. “I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article.” At the time, the wife of John Legend also took her account private.

‘American Idol’: Claudia Conway Makes It Past Round 1 Of Hollywood Week With Mom In Crowd

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Alyssa Norwin
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The judges were impressed by Claudia Conway’s performance on this week’s ‘American Idol.’

After making it through the audition round, Claudia Conway returned for Hollywood Week on the March 21 episode of American Idol. For the first round of Hollywood Week, the artists chose one of six genres to perform a song from. They then went head-to-head with other contestants from the same genre with performances in front of the judges.

Claudia chose chose the pop genre, which was the most popular choice amongst the contestants. When she stepped onstage, Katy Perry immediately commented on her major transformation — she dyed her hair from blonde to dark brown! Claudia sang “River” by Bishop Briggs, and the judges applauded her after the rendition. She even made it through to the next round of Hollywood Week!

Claudia Conway performing on ‘American Idol.’ (ABC)

My audition wasn’t my best,” Claudia admitted before the performance. “I was really, really nervous. I had these doubts in my head telling me, you’re not ready, you’re not good enough. In my life, I’m so focused on all the noise and people hating on me and my family online and on social media. Katy Perry told me, ‘You have to calm the storm that is around you.’ She believed in me. I could not be more grateful for that. Now, I’m just drowning out the noise and telling myself I can do it.”

This week, Claudia had a special guest with her — her mom, Kellyanne Conway, who was formerly a senior advisor for Donald Trump. Claudia and Kellyanne’s relationship has made headlines due to their very different political views, which led to tension between them that was publicized ahead of the 2020 election. “It’s okay for you to have different views than people you love,” Claudia said on Idol.

Claudia Conway performs during Hollywood Week on ‘American Idol.’ (ABC)

Before Claudia took the stage, Ryan Seacrest asked her how important being on this show was for her in finding out who she wants to be apart from her parents. “It’s the most important thing in the world for me,” Claudia confirmed. “I’ve been trying to establish my own identity for a while. Most people don’t know I’m a singer and it’s very, very important to me.”

Although Claudia was “literally freaking out” before her performance, she totally pulled it together! Kellyanne couldn’t have been more proud, and was on her feet in the crowd when Claudia was announced as moving on. Next, she’ll take on the Duets round in Hollywood Week.

Chrissy Teigen Dresses As A Hooters Girl In Tank & Short Shorts As She Reveals She Once Worked There

Chrissy Teigen Dresses As A Hooters Girl In Tank & Short Shorts As She Reveals She Once Worked There

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Chrissy Teigen joked about returning to ‘her roots’ while dressed as a Hooters waitress, and the company hilariously asked if she wanted her job back.

Chrissy Teigen has revealed she used to be a Hooters waitress, as she dusted off her old short shorts and tank top for a themed birthday party. The 35-year-old model turned cookbook author shared a snap of herself rocking the iconic uniform as she threw her stylist Alana Van Deraa a 28th birthday party at her home with husband John Legend, 42. “back to my roots. was a hostess at the hoots! the shorts, they have changed!!!!” she captioned a clip of herself posing in the mirror, wearing tiny orange shorts and a white tank top.

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The chain restaurant’s official IG account commented on the snap, writing, “Just say the word and you’ve got your job back.” Other fans joked about just how short her pants were. Girl! Did those shorts buy you dinner first? Because they are getting INTIMATE.” Chrissy catered the party with the restaurant’s hot wings and a big Hooters cake, as she arranged an elaborate balloon display featuring orange, white and silver balloons. “everyone here are like total losers except you guys, you guys seem super cool !!!!” she captioned another snap, which showed her and her mini-me daughter Luna posing in front of the balloons.

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One fan joked, “Glad you can post this quality content now that POTUS is off the feed,” referencing Joe Biden, 78, unfollowing the model on social media so she didn’t feel bad about posting racy content. Chrissy was blocked from the @potus Twitter account while Donald Trump, 74, was in office, and initially asked Biden to unblock her after he was sworn in on Jan. 20. Nevertheless, she subsequently wrote, “I have tweeted a handful of times since my treasured @POTUS following. In order for me to flourish as me, I must ask you to please lord unfollow me. I love you!!! It’s not you it’s me!!!!” Almost immediately after Chrissy shared her tweet, the president’s Twitter account unfollowed her.

‘Borat’ Star Sacha Baron Cohen, 49, Goes For A Shirtless Dip In Australia — See Pics

‘Borat’ Star Sacha Baron Cohen, 49, Goes For A Shirtless Dip In Australia — See Pics

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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was spotted going for a swim at a Sydney beach, after relocating to Australia with his wife Isla Fisher.

Sacha Baron Cohen is Sydney’s newest resident! The Borat star has moved Down Under with his Australian wife, Isla Fisher and their three kids — and he’s already blending in with the locals. The British comedian, 49, was seen going for a dip on February 27, and showed off his fit physique as he went shirtless on a Sydney beach — see the pics here. He walked along the golden sand, before going for a swim in the ocean, rocking nothing but a pair of black swimming trunks.

It comes less than six months after Sacha released the long awaited sequel to the 2006 mockumentary Borat. The controversial film attracted much attention, including from  Donald Trump. The then-POTUS was asked about a viral clip from the movie, which showed former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, 76, seemingly in a compromising position. Reporter Steve Herman, who was on Air Force One, said Trump claimed he had no idea what happened. “To me, he’s a creep,” he said of Sacha, adding, “I don’t know what happened. But years ago, you know, he [Sacha] tried to scam me and I was the only one who said no way. That’s a phony guy and I don’t find him funny.”

Just one week prior, footage emerged of Rudy Giuliani interacting with Borat’s teenage daughter, played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova. Rudy follows Maria, who is under the guise of Borat’s daughter named Tutar Sagdiyev, into a hotel room for a “drink,” per The Hollywood Reporter. The politician then asked her for her phone number, as he lied down on the bed and puts his hand down his pants.

Rudy claimed to have called the police after the interaction, upon realizing he’d been pranked. “The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment,” he tweeted. “At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone-cold liar. … As soon as I realized it was a set up, I called the police, which has been noted in [The Hollywood Reporter] article on July 8th.”

Donald Trump’s Weird Eating Habits Revealed From Diet Coke Rituals To Sealed Ketchup & Tootsie Rolls

Donald Trump’s Weird Eating Habits Revealed From Diet Coke Rituals To Sealed Ketchup & Tootsie Rolls

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Donald Trump has long been known for his unhealthy eating choices. But now his dining out habits are being revealed, and some of his practices are just plain bizarre.

Former President Donald Trump‘s deep love of Diet Coke and fast food is a well known fact. But when he was POTUS, the 74-year-old had a fine dining ritual for those four years whenever he headed to the upscale BLT Prime restaurant inside the Trump D.C. Hotel. There was even a Standard Operating Procedure manual that staff had to follow whenever Trump came in, which has been obtained by the Washingtonian. It revealed that table 72 of the eatery was always on constant reserve for when Trump decided to eat there.

Even though Trump refused to wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, he apparently was a germaphobe while dining out. When he arrived at BLT Prime, the POTUS was “discreetly” given a mini bottle of Purell hand sanitizer. He also demanded that his Diet Coke choices be presented in a certain way and the pouring involved seven steps. It began with the waiter asking, “Good (time of day) Mr. President. Would you like your Diet Coke with or without ice?” The publication reports that “A polished tray with chilled bottles and highball glasses was already prepared for either response.”

Some of former POTUS Donald Trump’s rather odd fine dining habits have been revealed. Photo credit: AP.

“The beverage had to be opened in front of the germaphobe commander in chief, ‘never beforehand.’ The server was to hold a longneck-bottle opener by the lower third of the handle in one hand and the Diet Coke, also by the lower third, in the other. Once poured, the drink had to be placed at the President’s right-hand side. ‘Repeat until POTUS departs,” the instructions reportedly continued.

According to the S.O.P. document, Trump always had the same order: “Shrimp cocktail, well-done steak, and fries (plus sometimes apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert). Popovers — make it a double for the President — had to be served within two minutes and the crustaceans ‘immediately.’” Trump’s germaphobe habits came into play again, as the server’s instruction manual advised that they “open mini glass bottles of Heinz ketchup in front of Trump, taking care to ensure he could hear the seal make the ‘pop” sound,’” according to the Washingtonian.

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the instructions was the amount of candy and snacks that had to be on hand for when the president dined at BLT Prime. It was required that  “A tray of junk food needed to be available for every Trump visit: Lay’s potato chips (specifically, sour cream and onion), Milky Way, Snickers, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Tic Tacs, gummy bears, Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Tootsie Rolls, chocolate-covered raisins, and Pop-Secret,” according to the site. As if he couldn’t get those in the White House as well?!

Donald Trump loved Diet Coke so much he had a red button on his Oval Office desk that when pressed immediately had the soda delivered to him. Photo credit: MEGA.

Trump’s love of Diet Coke was so great that he had a red button on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office that when pressed, the soda would be delivered by a butler. U.K’s Time Radio Chief Political Commentator Tom Newton Dunn pointed it out in a tweet showing photos of freshly inaugurated President Joe Biden at the Resolute Desk on Jan. 20, 2021 compared to Trump’s previous setup.

“President Biden has removed the Diet Coke button. When @ShippersUnbound and I interviewed Donald Trump in 2019, we became fascinated by what the little red button did. Eventually Trump pressed it, and a butler swiftly brought in a Diet Coke on a silver platter. It’s gone now,” Dunn shared, stunning the world that Trump actually had a Diet Coke button on his desk!

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Clemson is really eating FAST FOOD at the White House!!!!!
President Trump (@realDonaldTrump) is serving McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and pizza to the College football National title team at the White House. @wusa9 @WUSA9sports #Clemson #FastFood #Trump pic.twitter.com/tRMaLqpvPb

— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) January 14, 2019

Trump’s love of fast food has has also been well well documented. His first wife Ivana Trump claimed that Donald’s greatest “weakness is the Big Mac” from McDonald’s. During a Jan. 2019 White House visit by the newly victorious the NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers football squad, Trump had McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s items laid out on expensive platters for the players as their dinner. While the visit did occur during an ongoing government shutdown over his border wall funding demands, Trump told reporters that “I would think that’s their favorite food,” when discussing his cheap and greasy dinner selection for the elite athletes, as he himself loved the stuff.

Donald Trump Acquitted In Senate Impeachment Trial: Not Guilty Of Incitement Of Insurrection

Donald Trump Acquitted In Senate Impeachment Trial: Not Guilty Of Incitement Of Insurrection

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Former President Donald Trump has been acquitted of ‘incitement of insurrection’ in his Senate impeachment trial, with seven Republican senators voting to convict.

The United States Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump, finding him not guilty of “incitement of insurrection” for the role he played in the January 6 siege on Capitol Hill. The February 13 vote was a first in American history. No United States president has ever stood trial for impeachment after leaving office. Voting came down to 57 votes “yea” and 43 votes “nay.” Seven Republicans shockingly voted to convict: Richard Burr (NC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Toomey (PA).

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tore into the decision to acquit in a speech following the vote. “The former President inspired, directed, and propelled a mob to violently prevent the peaceful transfer of power, subvert the will of the people, and illegally keep that President in power,” Schumer said. “There is nothing, nothing more un-American than that. There is nothing, nothing more antithetical to our democracy… insulting to the generations of Americans patriots who gave their lives to defend our form of government. Let it live on in infamy, a stain on Donald John Trump that can never, never be washed away.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks to constituents at the White House (AP)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a baffling speech of his own in which he condemned Trump’s actions regarding the insurrection, just minutes after voting to acquit. “Former president’s Trump’s actions preceding the riots were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty. There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” McConnell stated. Again, he and 42 of his colleagues had just voted to acquit Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors for inciting the riots.

The acquittal came after five days of harrowing testimony from lawmakers who were at the Capitol when Trump supporters attacked on January 6. House Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) shared never before seen footage from the riot during her testimony at the trial. The incredibly disturbing videos, taken from the halls of the Capitol, showed insurgents breaking windows and attacking police officers.

While marching through the building, a group of rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” Minutes earlier, Trump had tweeted that the vice president “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.” The president had just learned that Pence and his family were fleeing the Capitol. Gallows were erected outside. In another part of the building, an insurgent yelled “Nancy, where are you?” as he and cohorts tried to break down locked doors while trying to find the House Speaker.

They nearly reached Pelosi’s staffers, who were hiding in one of the rooms under a table. The footage from the insurrection also revealed that some of the insurgents were heavily armed with tactical gear. The person photographed sitting with his feet up on Pelosi’s desk had a 925,000 volt stun gun on his belt.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House(AP)

Trump’s trial and acquittal come after he was impeached for the second time on January 13 — a staggering “accomplishment,” considering they each occurred in just over one year. Trump is now responsible for two of the four total presidential impeachments in United States history. The House of Representatives held their hearing and cast votes in a matter of hours after concluding that he was responsible for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol that left five dead.

Ten Republican representatives joined the Democrats in voting to impeach: Adam Kinzinger (IL), John Katko (NY), Liz Cheney (WI), Fred Upton (MI), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), Dan Newhouse (WA), Peter Meijer (MI), Tom Rice (NC), David Valadao (CA), and Anthony Gonzalez (OH). No House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in 2019.

Trump statement makes clear he’s not going away: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you…” pic.twitter.com/vOCD30rTqW

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 13, 2021

Seven Republican senators followed their lead on February 13, voting to convict. If Trump had been convicted, he would have lost a number of benefits afforded to past presidents under the Former President Act: Secret Service detail, a lifetime pension of $400,000 per year, private air travel, access to classified intelligence information, and, most importantly, the ability to run for office at any level. Trump’s threat to run for a second term in 2024 is still viable.

Trump issued a statement immediately after the verdict was announced in Senate, indicating that he’s not going anywhere, anytime soon: My deepest thanks to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country… Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you.”

Melania Trump ‘Bitter’ Over Jill Biden Getting Attention & Publicity As First Lady, Report Claims

Melania Trump ‘Bitter’ Over Jill Biden Getting Attention & Publicity As First Lady, Report Claims

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Former FLOTUS Melania Trump is reportedly upset after seeing the warm reception Dr. Jill Biden has received in her short time in the White House that she never had.

Melania Trump left Washington, DC, behind on January 20 both physically and mentally. The former FLOTUS, 50, who had the worst public approval ratings of any first lady in modern history, has spent her time post-White House at the spa while husband Donald Trump focuses on his second impeachment trial, a source with knowledge of her schedule told CNN. It doesn’t seem like that will change anytime soon.

“She goes to the spa, has lunch, goes to the spa (again) and has dinner with Donald on the patio,” the source at Mar-a-Lago said. “Rinse and repeat. Every day.” It was clear that Trump had checked out in her last weeks in the White House, only being seen in public a handful of times. Unhappy with how his presidency ended — and the way it affected her — Trump has allegedly been “bitter and chilly” toward her husband. Especially because her successor, Dr. Jill Biden, has received a warm welcome by the public.

Melania Trump arrives in Palm Beach on Air Force One after leaving the White House for the last time, 1/20/21 (AP)

Trump’s most “fervent ire” was seeing Dr. Biden settle into the East Wing with ease. Within two weeks, she had over a dozen staffers happily working for her; in the last weeks of her husband’s administration, Trump’s staff was dropping out in droves. Shortly before Joe Biden‘s inauguration, a report surfaced claiming that Trump never reached out to Dr. Biden to facilitate an East Wing transition or welcome her to the White House — a tradition for most, if not all, first ladies. Trump reportedly did leave a note for Dr. Biden in the Executive Residence, but the contents of the letter weren’t publicized.

Former President Trump lamented before his Twitter account shut down that his wife never appeared on magazine covers during her four years as presidency. Less than a month after becoming first lady, Dr. Biden graced the cover of PEOPLE with her husband, the new president, and was featured in an article for Parents magazine. She also recorded a televised message with her husband that aired before Super Bowl LV.

Dr. Jill Biden campaigns for husband Joe Biden in Houston, 10/13/20 (AP)

Most recently, Twitter praised Dr. Biden’s wholesome and adorable Valentine’s Day decorations at the White House. The new FLOTUS hand-painted giant red hearts with inspirational messages and placed them on the White House lawn. Meanwhile, Trump’s Christmas decorations were mocked for looking like something out of Suspiria. Essentially, their experiences as first ladies already couldn’t be more different.

 

 

 

 

Angelina Jolie Shows Daughter Shiloh’s, 14, New Long Hair Makeover In Pics From Election Night

Angelina Jolie Shows Daughter Shiloh’s, 14, New Long Hair Makeover In Pics From Election Night

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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s new long hair was front and center in a gorgeous photo taken from her mom’s ‘British Vogue’ shoot.

As Shiloh Jolie-Pitt grows up, she continues to have a style all her own. The 14-year-old was once known for keeping the blonde locks she inherited from dad Brad Pitt clipped short. Now, she’s trying out longer hair like her sisters, Zahara and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. Shiloh’s long hair was shown from behind in a sweet photo featured in mom Angelina Jolie‘s British Vogue shoot. The photo features Shiloh and her sisters, plus brother Knox, watching the 2020 election results with their mother. See the photo HERE.

While Shiloh now has long hair, you can see in the photo that she’s keeping it tied back in a casual ponytail. While the photo was taken in November, fans first got a good look at the new ‘do while the teen was out and about with Angelina and Zahara in January. The ladies indulged in a quick shopping trip in Los Angeles, where Shiloh rocked her high ponytail, denim shorts, a black hoodie, and Converse hi-tops. As they walked around LA, it was clear that she’s now just as tall — maybe taller — than her mother.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt reveals she’s grown out her hair while hanging with mom Angelina Jolie and sister Zahara Jolie-Pitt (MEGA)

The British Vogue photo is absolutely wholesome. The Jolie-Pitt kids all perch on furniture in their mom’s living room while CBS News blares on the TV above the bookcase. Though none of the four kids are old enough to vote, they look enraptured while waiting to see who would win on November 3 — Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Angelina spoke about her love for her six kids — she’s also mom to sons Maddox and Pax Jolie-Pitt — and their unique style in the in-depth feature.

“I couldn’t force anything on anybody, which is part of the fun. They are all very different,” the Oscar winner gushed, adding that she thinks they’re “very” cool. “I was best friends with my mom. I loved having babies, but I love sitting up at night and talking to my kids. I like the teenage years. I like the older years. I love hanging out with them,” she said.

Trump Trolled For Misspelling United States In Formal Answer To Impeachment

Trump Trolled For Misspelling United States In Formal Answer To Impeachment

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Former president Donald Trump’s response to his impeachment was riddled with typos, including one glaring error in the very first line. What’s the ‘Unites’ States of America?

Donald Trump‘s formal answer to his January 13 impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” not only came three weeks late, but was delivered with a glaring typo. The former president’s statement, released February 2, is addressed to “The Honorable, the Member of the Unites States Senate.” This simple, but completely avoidable mistake isn’t the worst of it. Not by a long shot.

Trump's formal answer to his impeachment starts off by misspelling "United States."

It goes downhill from there. pic.twitter.com/G2S0Bx50bt

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 2, 2021

I dare anyone to write an impeachment lawyer misquoting the constitution into a comedy screenplay that doesn’t get rejected for being too unclever

— Pool Ladder, MD (@_ladder_MD) February 2, 2021

The filing comes from Trump’s two new defense lawyers, Bruce Castor and David Schoen, who signed on after his original impeachment legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, resigned. The brief contains two central themes, that impeaching a former president is unconstitutional (it’s not), and that Trump’s First Amendment rights were allegedly violated. It also includes several allusions to Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him by voter fraud.

While arguing about unconstitutionality, Castor and Schoen… misquoted the United States Constitution. They write: “Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution states ‘[j]udgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy AN office of honor…’” The Constitution actually says “ANY office of honor.” Trump’s defense lawyers are arguing their case on a misreading, insisting that because the former president has already left office, he cannot be removed.

Donald Trump waves goodbye as he leaves the White House for the last time on Marine One, 1/20/21 (AP Photo/ Alex Brandon)

Needless to say, the former president and his lawyers are getting roasted on Twitter. “I dare anyone to write an impeachment lawyer misquoting the constitution into a comedy screenplay that doesn’t get rejected for being too unclever [sic],” one Twitter user wrote in response to seeing the typos. “You’d think you could copy/paste that at least,” another person tweeted. “Trump, as usual, is getting what he‘s too cheap and unwilling to pay for,” one Trump critic quipped.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on January 13, one week after his supporters stormed Capitol Hill on his command. Inside, a joint session of Congress was counting Joe Biden’s electoral votes to certify him as president. The violent insurrectionists burst into the Capitol building, searching for lawmakers and leaving destruction in their wake. They had all just come from a rally where Trump told them to march to the Capitol and fight for their country. His Senate impeachment trial begins February 8.