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Little Girl Meets Trump Impersonator, Doesn't Hold Back

A little girl has become a viral sensation for confronting a man impersonating President Donald Trump.

“You’re a disgrace to the world,” the unidentified child said. 

Some people on social media were under the impression the girl was insulting Trump himself. However, the man in the video was Anthony Atamanuik, who hosts “The President Show” on Comedy Central as Trump. 

It’s not clear if she knew it was Atamanuik, or thought it was the real Trump ― but the impersonator said on Twitter that the moment was spontaneous and unplanned. 

“I watched her form it in her mind right in front of me,” he wrote. “


Atamanuik also called her “


The clip turned the girl into a new hero of the left on social media: 


(h/t Raw Story)

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may 8 17, 05:44
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Twitter Thinks The White House Easter Egg Roll Bunny Channels 'Donnie Darko'

The 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll kicked off Monday morning with a furry friend that the internet found mildly disturbing.

Thousands of adults and children came to the South Lawn to participate as the formal event, which began in 1870s on the grounds of the Capitol, kicked off at 7:30 a.m. ET. Various other activities and entertainment accompanied the actual egg roll, a game where children race wooden eggs with spoons.

Per tradition that began during the Nixon administration, there is also a costumed Easter bunny to aid in the celebrations. But this year, the bespeckled bunny that made an appearance had viewers, uh, perplexed.

The suit, mouth agape, had Twitter users all over making comparisons to a character in the 2001 cult-classic film “Donnie Darko.”

For reference, this is what the actual “Donnie Darko” bunny, Frank, looks like:


The “Donnie Darko” bunny is clearly more sinister, but the joke is still pretty great:

Maybe next year we’ll get the Sean Spicer bunny again.

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apr 17 17, 18:35
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Donald Trump Shared A Proverb With His 'Irish Friends.' It Likely Wasn't Irish.

President Donald Trump lauded America’s ties to Ireland by quoting one of his favorite “Irish” proverbs ― except that it probably wasn’t Irish at all.

Standing alongside Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Friends of Ireland luncheon in Washington, D.C., on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, Trump said that “as we stand together with our Irish friends” he was “reminded of that proverb” he’d heard “for many, many years and I love it.”

“Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you,” recited Trump. “We know that, politically speaking.”

But many Irish people questioned the authenticity of his saying.

Some Twitter users suggested that a member of Trump’s team had simply plucked the saying from one of the multiple websites on which it’s dubiously listed as an old Irish proverb:

Others claimed the line actually emanated from the poem “Remember to forget,” by Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan, to whom The Huffington Post has reached out for comment.

Mashable also notes how Joanne Tuttle claims the phrase in her online book of poems, Crystal Inspirations.  

In fairness to Trump, he didn’t explicitly state that the saying was Irish ― but Twitter users were unwilling to let him off the hook, given that he said he was prompted to say it while standing “together with our Irish friends.”

While the origin of the phrase remains unclear, a White House spokeswoman explained its appearance in Trump’s speech to The Hill by saying it was “originally supplied in an email on March 8 by the State Department via [the National Security Council] as building blocks in advance of this event,” 

“These building blocks were supplied in the context of the Shamrock Ceremony and were ultimately used in the prepared remarks for the luncheon,” she added.

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mar 17 17, 12:03
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#LetThemDie: 'Heartless' Donald Trump Blasted For Killing Meals On Wheels Funds

President Donald Trump is coming under fire for proposing a budget that includes the complete elimination of federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs.

Meals on Wheels provides food to the elderly, poor, veterans, disabled and others who often can’t leave their homes.

However, under the proposed budget, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s entire $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program would be eliminated, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The grants fund services for low-income Americans ― including grants for Meals on Wheels programs.

Since most Meals on Wheels programs use funding from several sources, it’s unlikely the cuts would end the services. However, they could force many to reduce the number of people they are able to serve.

And many people criticized the proposed cuts on Twitter: 

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mar 16 17, 11:42
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Trump Makes His First Visit To A School As President, And It's A Private Religious One

President Trump made his first visit to a school as president on Friday, amid reports that he is planning an expensive and widespread federal school choice program.

He did not visit one of the traditional public schools that 90 percent of American students attend. Instead, he spent the afternoon in a private Catholic school that participates in Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. That program gives tax breaks to corporations and individuals who donate money to a scholarship granting group. This group, in turn, helps low-income kids attend private schools. 

Trump’s visit has been seen as a show of support for programs like Florida’s, which make it easier for students to attend private schools. He has signaled his support for such programs before, although it is unclear what a school choice initiative from his administration would look like. 

Trump visited the school with an entourage, including U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. He visited a fourth-grade classroom and participated in a roundtable discussion with school leaders. 

St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando serves students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The school’s website says: “our goals are simple: College and Heaven.”

While at the school, Trump highlighted Denisha Merriweather, a young woman who enrolled in a private school through Florida’s school choice program. Earlier in the week, Merriweather was one of his guests to his address to Congress. 

He said he hopes to see “millions more to achieve the same success” as Merriweather during the visit.

After one child told him she wants to start a business, he joked that she’s “gonna make a lot of money. But don’t run for politics,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

Public education leaders strongly criticized Trump’s trip to the school, citing evidence that school voucher programs ― a close cousin of tax credit scholarship programs ― are ineffective and drain resources from public schools.

“To borrow a word from President Trump, it’s so ‘sad’ that the president and his secretary of education have demonstrated such an antipathy toward public schools,” said president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten in a statement. “He has taken a page right out of the extremist playbook by criticizing, undermining and proposing the defunding of public schools and instead trumpeting private alternatives.” 

Similar to tax credit programs, voucher programs also use taxpayer money to pay for children to go to private schools. President of the National Education Association Lily Eskelsen García noted that unlike public schools, private schools do not have to accept every student and are not held accountable for their performance. 

“A child’s success should not depend on a gamble, and yet today’s visit by President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shows they’re doubling down on failed policies like voucher schemes that steal taxpayer dollars from public schools to fund private and for-profit schools, all at the expense of students,” said García’s statement. 

In recent days, groups like The Century Foundation have also released reports criticizing Trump’s education agenda and emphasis on private schools.

Richard Kahlenberg, report author and a senior fellow at the left-leaning foundation, says that if Trump follows through on his proposed education plans, it could help lead to the privatization of the American public school system.

“I think public education is under a bigger threat than any time in my memory,” Kahlenberg told The Huffington Post. 

Kahlenberg noted that tax credit programs essentially have the same result as voucher programs, in “diverting public money from public schools to private schools.”

DeVos, Trump’s controversial secretary of education, has long been a supporter of these types of programs. She has said she sees tax credit and voucher programs as a way to provide the same opportunities to poor families as rich families. 

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Rebecca Klein covers the challenges faced in school discipline, school segregation and the achievement gap in K-12 education. Tips? Email:


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mar 4 17, 03:38
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People Are Ticked That Rory McIlroy Played Golf With Donald Trump

Golf champ Rory McIlroy hit into the social media rough after playing golf with President Donald Trump on Sunday.

McIlroy, who has won four majors and is the World No. 3, told No Laying Up he accepted an invitation to play with the president at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, despite recovering from a stress fracture in his rib.

A picture posted Saturday of him on the links with Trump, ClearSports CEO Garry Singer and former New York Yankees star Paul O’Neill made the rounds, but Mclroy told No Laying Up that O’Neill and Singer were not part of the Sunday foursome.

McIlroy called the commander-in-chief a “decent player for a guy in his 70s,” but the Internet was not all compliments about the golf star associating with the controversial chief executive. To some Twitter users, McIlroy had dug a hole for himself.

In all fairness, McIlroy did get some support too.

 H/T For The Win

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feb 21 17, 20:01
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James Corden Burns Trump In 2017 Grammys Opening

James Corden may have come out tripping in his Grammys opening, but he stuck the landing.

The host started things by pretending to overcome stage malfunctions and faux falling down steps. 

It was all a bit confusing because viewers didn’t know if everything was planned or not, but then Corden hit his stride with a rap, preparing us for the show and taking a shot at Trump.

“Live it all up because this is the best and with President Trump we don’t know what comes next,” said Corden.

Corden, who’s already called out Trump’s travel ban, seemed to reference its divisiveness again, saying, “We sit here tonight, no matter our race or where we were born or color or face. Music is art, remember forever. We can survive by sticking together.”

Following Corden, Jennifer Lopez came on stage and kept the same sentiment going, saying, “At this particular point in history our voices are needed more than ever.”

As far as Grammys openings go, it was pretty yuge. 

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feb 13 17, 05:04
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Donald Trump Isn't Going To Like This Magazine Cover

President Donald Trump kicked the huddled masses to the curb this week, signing off on a hastily implemented, potentially unconstitutional executive order late last Friday that halted travel to the U.S. of more than 200 million people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The order also blocks all refugees for 120 days and bans Syrian refugee resettlement indefinitely.

In case the true meaning of the act was lost on anyone, Germany’s Der Spiegel decided to illustrate it and use the graphic metaphor as its magazine cover, set to be published Saturday:

The cover depicts Trump as a machete-wielding figure, mouth agape, holding the Statue of Liberty’s severed head aloft menacingly ― not unlike the very same terrorists he claims his executive order protects Americans from.

”AMERICA FIRST,” the cover reads in black, uppercase letters. Trump pointedly used the phrase in his inaugural address; it’s also the name of an American movement that sympathized with the Nazis in 1941.

Just who is terrorizing whom here?

Fittingly, the cover’s illustrator, Edel Rodriguez, is himself a U.S. immigrant from Cuba. Rodriguez told The Washington Post that the cover speaks for itself.

“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” he said. “And clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison” to be made between the terror group and Trump. “Both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.”

It’s not the first anti-Trump cover Der Spiegel has produced. In November, the magazine depicted Trump as a fiery Earth-bound asteroid, calling his election “The end of the world (as we know it).”

And last January, Der Spiegel published this Trump cover, which now looks tame by comparison:

This post has been updated with information about the illustrator, Edel Rodriguez.

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feb 3 17, 22:23
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Trump's Hotel Expansion Not Welcome In Cities That Voted Against Him

WASHINGTON ― Just days after taking the oath of office, Donald Trump’s business empire celebrated the opening of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver, Canada, a 69-story draw ― for protesters.

The downtown tower, with luxury condos, fine restaurants and an Ivanka Trump spa, is actually owned by a development company run by Joo Kim Tiah, the son of one of the richest men in Malaysia. But it’s the Trump name that has brought the Women’s March and immigrant rights protesters to its ornate doorstep.

Now, with Trump Hotels announcing it will triple its properties across the U.S., several prospective cities are saying no thanks. 

At a hotel industry conference, Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danzinger announced plans to expand Trump-brand hotels in Nashville, Cincinnati, Dallas, New York City and Austin, Texas. It also hopes to pursue luxury hotels in Seattle, Denver and San Francisco.

“Good luck with that,” Mark Farrell, a San Francisco supervisor, said in a statement to The Huffington Post. 

“Donald Trump and the Trump Organization do not share San Francisco values, and I don’t believe San Francisco will ever allow a Trump Hotel in our city,” Farrell added.

London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, didn’t mince words in a statement rejecting the notion of a Trump hotel in the city, “Maybe we can set him up with a nice room in Alcatraz.”

In Austin, the city’s human rights commission voted, 8 to 2, in support of a nonbinding resolution calling on city officials to boycott Trump hotels and products. Austin Mayor Steve Adler has joined in protests against the president’s executive order temporarily halting refugee resettlements and banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

In a statement to HuffPost about a possible Trump hotel expansion in Austin, Adler said, “This isn’t surprising because Austin is the best city in America to start a business, but I’m not sure the way we do things in Austin is aligned with the Trump brand.”

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, told HuffPost that the movement fighting Trump has declared a “ban on Donald Trump and the odious billionaires he is associated with.”

“Not only do we not welcome a Trump hotel, we will have a mass movement of resistance and civil disobedience if there’s any suggestion Trump, himself or the billionaires on his Cabinet visit Seattle,” she added.

Elected officials in other cities where the Trump Organization is planning its expansion have denounced the president and vowed to protect their constituents from his actions while not sharing specific opinions about the Trump Organization’s business plans.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has denounced the “authoritarian message” coming from the Trump administration on immigration. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told a local news station that the country is better “than what we are showing right now.” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings appeared before protesters at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport to voice his displeasure with the president’s order that led to immigrants being detained at that airport and many others.

Trump Hotels’ expansion announcement came after Trump decided not to fully separate himself from his businesses. After claiming that the president “can’t have a conflict,” Trump handed management of his businesses to his two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, but he did not sell his ownership stake. He is the first president in the modern era to not separate himself from business interests that pose real and potential conflicts of interest.

Trump’s controversial actions as president are already colliding with his refusal to fully divest himself from the financial benefits of his multibillion-dollar company. 

This isn’t the ideal atmosphere in which to vastly increase a brand-centric company’s holdings.

The most likely way that the Trump Organization will expand its hotel business is through licensing deals with other real estate developers. These deals would provide the Trump or Scion brand to other real estate developers who would in turn provide the capital and take on the debt to build and operate the hotel.

Trump’s unpopular standing in most cities where the company hopes to expand could create political problems for the developers they partner with. Many cities and municipalities offer preferential tax treatment through reduced hospitality taxes or tax-increment financing for new real estate developments. There are always other hotel companies and brands that won’t build a protest site in the middle of a city.

The Trump Organization is linked to seven hotels in the United States. It either fully or partially owns hotels at the Trump golf course in Doral, Florida, and in Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas and Washington. The company also licenses the Trump brand to a hotel in Hawaii. Tripling its hotel business would require opening 14 new hotels. Danzinger, meanwhile, has said there is no reason the company can’t be in each of the 26 major metropolitan regions.

The domestic expansion is important for the business as Trump announced that the company would not pursue any new deals outside of the United States while he served as president. This meant canceling deals to license the Trump name to hotel projects in Azerbaijan, Argentina, Brazil, Georgia and India. The company had also made big plans to expand in China, but Danzinger told the hotel conference, “That’s pretty much off.”

That money has to be made up somewhere else ― even if it’s in cities where the president is extremely unpopular.

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feb 1 17, 02:40
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The KKK And Their Friends Are Overjoyed With President Trump's First 10 Days

President Donald Trump may have historically low approval ratings overall, but for many of America’s most politically extreme figures, the commander-in-chief has been a dream come true.

A wide range of fringe figures in the public sphere and on the web ― including white nationalists, anti-Semites, so-called “men’s rights activists” and others with discriminatory views ― have acclaimed Trump’s first week in office, focusing in particular on his executive actions ordering the construction of a border wall with Mexico and banning refugees from entering the country.

“Hail Prez Trump! America First!”

, the former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard and still outspoken white supremacist and anti-Semite, the day of Trump’s inauguration. “Save USA borders not foreign. Make nations (((Israel)))? pay own defense! NO to (((Neocon))) warmongers!” (Those multiple parentheses are called “echoes,” and they’re used by anti-Semites to indicate people and things perceived to be nefariously Jewish.)

“President Trump has the potential to be placed amongst the greatest,”

on Sunday.

Richard Spencer, arguably the best-known member of the so-called “alt-right” white nationalist movement, has voiced similar support for Trump’s agenda. “This is getting awesome,” Spencer

after Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday. “The Wall is a symbol, a symbol of the will to survive. #Trump,” he opined in
 last week.

In a blog post on his website over the weekend, Spencer sneered at criticism of the administration’s decision not to specifically mention the 6 million Jewish victims in its Holocaust Day statement. “[W]hen viewed from the perspective of Jewish activists, Trump’s statement becomes outrageous, as it dethrones Jews from a special position in the universe,”

This is getting awesome.
Richard Spencer, a leading figure among white nationalists

The far-right extremists see Trump so far fulfilling some of their deepest policy wishes, according to Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“These are exactly the type of ‘banish the black and brown people’ policies they’ve been hoping for,” said Beirich. “They’re pretty happy with the guy. The Muslim ban in particular is right up their alley.”  

Jared Taylor, editor-in-chief of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, greeted Trump’s inauguration as a welcome development, describing the new president’s ascension as “a sign of rising white consciousness.”

“Our movement has the wind in its sails as never before,” Taylor wrote last week. “Let us seize this moment and make the most of it.”

Well-known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has altered his famously dire outlook about the country since President Trump was sworn in. In addition to claiming that his website Infowars had received White House press credentials (a notion disputed by the White House press office), Jones said in a recent video that Trump will help combat the wicked forces he perceives to be running the federal government.

“[W]e’re devolving in a good way, power from the federal government back to the people, back from the centralized MSM [mainstream media] to the people, just like Trump said in his speech,” Jones declared.

Infowars has been reporting favorably about Trump’s orders on the border wall and the refugee ban.

Mike Cernovich, another conspiracy theorist and men’s rights blogger with close ties to white nationalists, has vociferously defended the president’s policies, especially the refugee ban and the border wall.

“Every terrorist attack now belongs to the left,” Cernovich

about opposition to the anti-Muslim ban over the weekend.  

Our movement has the wind in its sails as never before. Let us seize this moment and make the most of it.
Jared Taylor, editor-in-chief of American Renaissance

Reaction has been even more fervent on extremist online message boards. On Tuesday, one of the top posts on Reddit’s AltRight subreddit was

 “LMFAO!! Trump calls out communist jew Chuck Schumer for his ‘fake tears’ when shilling for the Islamic invasion!” That slam echoes Trump’s own criticism of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s tearful remarks about the refugee ban.

The subject of another popular Reddit post predicted approvingly that the administration’s actions presaged a democratic decline. It was titled “I get the feeling that Trump deep down is planning on going full fash,” meaning fascist.

On the white supremacist message board Stormfront, users expressed support for Trump’s proposed border wall, with many offering suggestions on how it should be built. “I too like the idea of a minefield,” wrote user AryanWarrior. “Drones, helicopters, guard towers, starving dogs who love dark meat, all the bells & whistles :)”

Trump has repeatedly faced questions about the support he garners from such circles. During the campaign, he was criticized for not denouncing the KKK fast enough.

He offered some less-than-enthusiastic disapproval in December. “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,” then President-elect Trump said of the “alt-right” during a visit to the New York Times headquarters. “It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

And in response to The Huffington Post’s request for comment, White House spokesperson Kelly Love said, “As President Trump clearly stated during the campaign he disavows David Duke and his followers and does not want their support.”

But the president still refuses to denounce white nationalists in a more public setting.

“This country went through massive upheavals to secure civil rights for everyone and these people oppose that,” said Beirich, of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “And the president can’t take five minutes to denounce it.”

This story has been updated with comment from the White House.

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