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Trump Gave Pope Francis A Copy Of MLK Jr. Writings And The Irony Was Almost Too Much

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis for the first time on Wednesday, and, as customary for visits between dignitaries, the two men exchanged gifts.

In a not-so-subtle nod to Trump’s shaky track record on environmental issues, Francis gave the U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si.

As his offering, Trump saw fit to present the pontiff with a first-edition set of writings by Martin Luther King Jr.

In some ways, the gesture was fitting. Francis spoke about King’s civil rights legacy during his address to Congress in 2015, and he frequently preaches on topics like nonviolence and the perils of capitalism, which were also close to King’s heart.

But Trump’s gift was filled with irony. The White House claimed the gift “honors Dr. King’s hope, vision, and inspiration for generations to come.” Whether Trump, himself, honors King’s message is a question many have pondered.

For one, Trump has had a troubling way of talking about black people over the years.

“I have a great relationship with the blacks,” he said in April 2011. “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

In his years as a casino mogul, Trump allegedly disparaged his black employees as “lazy” in vividly bigoted terms, according to a 1991 book by John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.

“I think the guy is lazy,” Trump said of a black employee, according to O’Donnell. “And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”

Trump was also a leading proponent of “birtherism,” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president. Trump claimed in 2011 to have sent people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was really born there. He insisted at the time that the researchers “cannot believe what they are finding.”

Two months before the election, Trump finally acknowledged that Obama was indeed born in the United States.

After his presidential win, Trump also consistently sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience that voting for any candidate other than Trump would be “treason to your heritage.”

When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a vote from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke. When Tapper pressed him twice more, Trump said he couldn’t condemn a group he hadn’t yet researched.

The president has also surrounded himself with a number of advisors and cabinet picks who have a history of prejudice. He replaced former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman to hold the position, with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a conservative, white, Republican senator from Alabama with a history of racially insensitive comments.

To kick off Black History Month in February, Trump hosted a “conversation” at the White House and managed to make part of the discussion mostly about himself.

In his remarks, the president also seemed a little shaky on his history when he referred to Frederick Douglass ― a man who escaped slavery to become an acclaimed author, abolitionist and civil rights activist ― as “an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”

Whether Trump fully grasps the struggles and achievements of black Americans like King enough to bestow his writings on the pope is a question many Twitter users were pondering on Wednesday:

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may 25, 00:35
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Pope Asks Trump To Be A Peacemaker During Vatican Meeting

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff’s message.

Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the U.S. election campaign last year, received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard when he arrived to meet the pope.

Trump entered a small elevator taking him to the third floor of the Apostolic Palace and, after a long ceremonial walk past frescoed corridors, shook the pope’s hand at the entrance to the private study, which the frugal pope uses only for official occasions.

Francis smiled faintly as he greeted Trump outside the study and was not as gregarious as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state. Trump, seeming subdued, said “it is a great honor.”

Even when the two were sitting at the pope’s desk in the presence of photographers and reporters, the pope avoided the kind of small talk that usually occurs before the media is ushered out.

The two talked privately for about 30 minutes with translators.

Both men looked far more relaxed at the end of the private meeting, with the pope smiling and joking with Trump and his wife Melania.

Francis gave the president a small sculptured olive tree and told him through the interpreter that it symbolized peace.

“It is my desire that you become an olive tree to construct peace,” the Pope said, speaking in Spanish through an interpreter.

Trump responded: “We can use peace.”

Francis also gave Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace message whose title is “Nonviolence - A Style of Politics for Peace,” and a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change.

“Well, I’ll be reading them,” Trump said.

Trump’s softer stance on environmental regulations is at odds with Francis’ view that climate change is caused mostly by human activity.


Trump gave the pope a boxed set of five first edition books by slain U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

As Trump and the pope said goodbye at the door of the study, Trump told the pope: “Thank you, thank you. I won’t forget what you said.”

The meeting with the pope was the third stop on a nine-day foreign tour due to end on Saturday, and part of his world tour of religions after meeting leaders of Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia and visiting holy sites in Jerusalem.

While his talks in Saudi Arabia and Israel were mostly friendly, the meeting between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the thrice-married, blunt-spoken Trump had the potential to be a little more confrontational.

The pope said last year a man who thinks about building walls and not bridges is “not Christian,” a sharp reprimand for Trump’s vow to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump said it was “disgraceful” of the Argentine-born pope, who represents just over half of the world’s two billion Christians, to question his faith.

“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president,” Trump said during the campaign.

The Vatican also took a dim view of Trump’s anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric, although he softened his tone considerably in a major speech in Riyadh.

Part of Trump’s motivation for meeting the pope was to dramatize how the three major religions should rally against the threat from Islamist militants.

Trump at first did not plan to stop in Rome during his visit to Europe, which some in the Vatican saw as a snub. When he changed his mind, the Vatican squeezed him in at 8:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, an unusual day and an unusually early time.

After the meeting, Francis held his weekly audience with the general public in St Peter’s Square.

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may 24, 10:31
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Syria's Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And 'Alt-Right' Nationalists

WASHINGTON ― Richard Spencer, a top figure in the white nationalist “alt-right” movement, was upset with President Donald Trump’s military strike on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday night. Spencer, a big fan of both leaders, says he wants them to get along. So, he hinted that Trump’s military attack would turn him away from the president in the next election to someone who seems like a startling alternative ― a Democrat and prominent booster of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) recently traveled to Syria to visit Assad. That was a few weeks after she discussed foreign policy with Trump, then pro-Assad.

Gabbard has long criticized the official American view that the Syrian regime is not legitimate, and has questioned intelligence from the U.S. and allied nations that suggests Assad has committed war crimes and used banned chemical weapons. A chemical bombing Tuesday that the U.S. blames on Assad is what prompted Trump’s strike.

Since that brutal attack, Gabbard has indicated that her views haven’t shifted. On the day reports of the chemical bombing emerged, she

she wanted whoever carried it out to be held accountable ― a statement suggesting she didn’t believe the intelligence pointing to Assad. On CNN Friday night, she said she was still skeptical. 

Gabbard has

Spencer before, and she has  herself from former KKK leader David Duke, a Spencer ally and Assad fan who has praised Gabbard’s position on Syria. 

But the rhetoric from Gabbard and her and allies on the left who say Washington should embrace Assad ― including former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and a bevy of prominent activists ― continues to mirror arguments from Spencer, Duke and other fringe figures on the right who have became ascendant in the Trump era.

Trump now appears to have turned on Assad. Reports suggest this is because of his reaction to the chemical attack, not some radical shift in his worldview. But the unorthodox vision of foreign policy he articulated prior to the election ― which allowed the alignment of views held by such strange bedfellows as Gabbard and Spencer ― remains a new but important thread in U.S. global behavior.

The striking and ongoing fascination with Assad in far corners of the right and the left is the best evidence of this.

The factions agree on two main points when it comes to the Syrian strongman. (They also share views on other broad matters, like the need to replace what they see as an aggressively capitalist, pro-war status quo.)

Calling Assad “secular” is a favorite tactic, one Gabbard employs frequently. It’s useful in her effort to discourage U.S. involvement in Syria because it helps connect the crisis to Americans’ memories of ousting “secular” dictators, like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, only to leave space for horrific groups like the so-called Islamic State.

Defenders of Assad’s rule use the “secular” label to argue that he is better than any alternative in Syria, despite well-organized homegrown resistance to the dictator and differences between the situation in Syria and those in Iraq and Libya. Kucinich, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate who has met with Assad twice, frequently ties the removal of the regime to the end of any hope for Syria’s religious minorities. That view echoes the dictator’s own rhetoric and ignores the fact that Assad is one of many Middle East authoritarians who created dynamics that make minority communities terrified of their countries’ majorities. 

There’s significant evidence that Assad is not “secular,” particularly in his regime’s dependence on Syrian and foreign forces that say they are driven by explicit religious commitments to holy Shiite sites. Their brutality is arguably religiously motivated in a way similar to that of ISIS.

That Gabbard and her allies believe being “secular” is enough to grant Assad legitimacy is even more important. The unspoken argument here is that alleged war crimes, mass torture and decades of repressive one-family rule are acceptable, so long as they don’t have a pesky Muslim tinge. The message is precisely what controversial Trump White House advisers like Sebastian Gorka believe: People in the Muslim-majority world do not become radical militants keen to target the West because of repression or deprivation. The problem lies in how “Muslim” they are ― or how “secular.” Activist Iyad el-Baghdadi

Gabbard’s position a clear case of Islamophobia.

Spencer and Duke are more explicit in acknowledging what this argument means. After Trump’s airstrike, Spencer

 a picture of Assad, with his wife beside him in a sleeveless dress. A few weeks earlier, Duke tweeted a different photograph of the couple, as well as one that appears to show a Syrian woman wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt in a car emblazoned with Assad’s face.

In the alt-right’s telling, Assad is a defender standing between the masses of hyper-conservative Muslims and the rest of the world. To them, imagery suggesting that Assad is “modern” is essential ― it’s a way to contrast him with other Muslims, like the millions of the Syrians the Assad regime has targeted, who they argue want to force white women into headscarves and impose Islamic law.

Given his enemy, then, Assad is justified in whatever he does. He is, after all, a secular man, with no beard and no wife in hijab.

The second favored talking point is related to the first. For those who like the idea of Assad as a “secular” option, the alternative must look irredeemably “religious” ― violently so, and driven to that violence by religious dogma.

Gabbard for years has argued that the armed opposition to Assad is dominated by extremists. While U.S. and regime policies have arguably made the extremists more powerful, this has never been fully true, according to experts. A coterie of left-wing

and activists, notably journalist Rania Khalek, have joined Gabbard in making this case. The movement cloaks itself in anti-imperialism ― and dares its critics to defend American overreach.

The idea has gained significant traction on the right. Prior to his inauguration, Trump himself doubted whether the U.S. knew who the anti-Assad rebels were. And after his strike,

have accused Trump of providing American support to radical groups. 

In their rush to demonize the opposition, some on the left and right have veered into conspiracy theories. Some writers argue that the internationally renowned volunteer medical organization known as the White Helmets is a terror front. Gabbard cites Stephen Kinzer, a fellow at Brown University who believes the American media is engaged in a government-led conspiracy to discredit Assad.

After the Syrian chemical attack this week, far-right blogger Mike Cernovich began telling his following of Trump supporters that anti-Assad rebels were responsible. Right-wing favorites InfoWars and WikiLeaks soon

him. Before long, so did Moscow. The Russian government has long tried to exploit disinformation to favor Assad, and knows it has a ready audience in the U.S. because of skittishness following decades of unhappy American interventions in the Middle East.

On Friday, the internet was treated to the piece de resistance: Conservative media personality Ann Coulter

 a screenshot from the lefty site Alternet.

Like many new aspects of U.S. politics, this alignment has been clear for years in Europe. The cause of defending Assad has brought together the left-wing group

in the U.K., and far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen in France. A Spanish leftist figure into the European Parliament just this week. Conservative British provocateur Katie Hopkins joined previously pro-Trump media and Brexit architect Nigel Farage in blasting the president’s airstrike on Friday:

None of this is to say that the far-left and far-right are equally troubling on Assad. Gabbard does not repeat conspiracy theories from Duke and Spencer about American intervention in Syria being a Zionist plot, and she has ― after a controversial anti-refugee vote last year ― become a critic of Trump’s harsh approach to refugees fleeing the conflict.

But the alignment shows a flourishing mood in the U.S. that is capable of fueling latent Islamophobia and Syrian suffering for years to come.

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apr 8, 03:17
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Twitter Noticed An Error On The New Green Trump Hats

It’s yet another bad hair day for President Donald Trump.

Last week, Team Trump announced a special green edition of their “Make America Great Again” hats. In a thrilling holiday update, the back of the hat bears a symbol to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day.

However, it’s the wrong one.

The Republican Party

as a stylish way to celebrate “St. Patty’s Day,” but Twitter quickly noticed that the hat is stitched with a four-leaf clover, rather than the shamrock associated with the holiday. 

Legend has it that St. Patrick, the Irish saint for whom the holiday is named, used the three leaves of a shamrock as a visual metaphor when teaching about the Christian trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

He did not use a four-leaf clover. 

The GOP referred to “St. Patty’s Day,” but Twitter was quick to point out the correct shortened spelling is “St. Paddy’s Day.”

One hat, two gaffes. Better luck next year.

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mar 8, 00:53
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Tens Of People Rally Across The Country In 'March 4 Trump'

Hours after Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wire-tapping Trump Tower before the election, the president’s fans gathered in cities across the country to show their support.

And with the help of Trump protesters, many of the crowds appeared to top dozens of people or more. 

To be sure, there were throngs of people in

, Tennessee, parts of Florida and some other states. And crowds were decidedly bigger than that really sad, lonely one in Maine. But the “March 4 Trump” rallies Saturday showed a stark contrast between crowds in support of the president and the hundreds of thousands of people who swept the nation in protest over the past few months.

According to organizers at, the rallies were held for just that ― support of the president:

President Trump has thankfully set a new course, and no matter your race, creed, color, gender, orientation, age, or anything else traitors exploit to divide, We The People are one.  Come show your support for him, each other, and our country right in the heart of our capital.

Speakers at various demonstrations railed against the media and protesters, called for Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to be jailed, accused Democrats of “forgetting 9/11” by electing the 44th president and generally lamented people lamenting Trump. An outbreak of 

at the capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hoping that our president fails ― our president who is the captain of the American ship ― if you hope he fails, we will all sink on that ship,” one speaker said at a rally in Washington, D.C.

Trump, who was scheduled to stay at the Mar-a-Lago Club over the weekend, reportedly stopped a motorcade in Palm Beach to wave at supporters.

Here’s a look at some of the rallies across the country that folks on Twitter shared images of:






 Washington, D.C. 


Patriots from both sides of the aisle took over Columbus.


New Jersey



 New York

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mar 4, 23:32
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Canadians Freak Out As Sarah Palin's Name Comes Up For Ambassador

After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday refused to discount the possibility that President Donald Trump might name Sarah Palin as the next ambassador to Canada, Twitter exploded with negative comments north of the border.

But first to complain were politicians. New Democrat Party member of Parliament Nathan Cullen told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation it would be difficult to take the former Alaska governor and onetime vice-presidential candidate seriously because she wouldn’t know the truth “if it jumped up and knocked her on the head.” He also compared her to “another Donald Trump.”

Another NDP member of Parliament, Charlie Angus, characterized such a choice as insulting, saying it shows “how little” Trump and Steve Bannon “think of Canada.”

Then the rest of Canada piled on their Alaska neighbor.

Speculation first arose last month after the resignation of ambassador Bruce Heyman, who was appointed by Barack Obama. It kicked up Wednesday when Spicer, pressed specifically on a Palin ambassador appointment at a White House news conference, did not count her out. “We have no additional ambassador nominations or announcements to make on that front,” he said. “I’m sure at some point we will have, soon.”

A headline in the Ottawa Citizen warned that Palin could “bring her carnival show here.” Twitter users’ #SarahPalin comments ranged from the hilarious to the horrified. Lots made fun of her notorious geographical mistakes (she boasted during the 2008 presidential campaign that you could “see Russia” from Alaska, as evidence of her global experience) and apparent general cluelessness about foreign affairs.

Others were mostly stunned. One asked Trump instead to simply bomb the country, and signed the tweet: “All intelligent life in Canada.”

A number of Americans apologized for the potential nomination, with one saying a Palin appointment was “no way to treat a friend.” One reminded Palin to “drive on the other side of the road.”

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feb 10, 05:14
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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, 02:40
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Jennifer Holliday Won't Perform At Donald Trump's Inauguration After All

Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday has canceled plans to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to The Wrap.

A letter from Holliday to the LGBT community published by The Wrap on Saturday called her initial plans to appear at an inaugural event a “lapse of judgement.” Holliday apologized “for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”

“I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country,” she wrote. “Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.”

Holliday retweeted a

from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Victoria “PorkChop” Parker thanking Holliday for canceling her performance:

@LadyJHOLLIDAY Has declined the offer to perform for #Trump #ThankYou Make your voice heard!

— PorkChop Parker (@PorkChopLA)

Holliday called herself a “bi-partisan songbird,” noting she has performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Others who agreed to perform at Trump’s inauguration include country singer Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down. Actor Jon Voight also is slated to appear.

Read Holliday’s letter at The Wrap.

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jan 14, 20:27
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Trump Tower Gets Renamed 'Dump Tower' On Google Maps

Donald Trump had an unusual place to call home Saturday.

Trump Tower, the president-elect’s New York City residence, was briefly renamed “Dump Tower” on Google Maps, to the amusement of eagle-eyed Internet users.



High five to the Google Maps genius who changed T***p Tower to its rightful name, Dump Tower

— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel)

Google Maps showing Trump Tower as Dump Tower.

Because they can and because it's funny as hell.

— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy)

#Trump is reacting from his Dump Tower. #DumpTower #MAGA

— ☆ (@OrangeLimonata)

It’s not clear when the name change took place. People started to tweet about it around 2 p.m. Saturday. Several hours later, a second Manhattan location, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, was also changed to “Dump,” WPIX reported.

By Sunday morning, both locations had been changed back.

A spokeswoman for Google apologized for the mistake but provided no explanation for the meddling.

“Some inappropriate names were surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams immediately took action and have fixed the issue,” a Google spokeswoman said in an email to The Huffington Post Sunday.

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nov 27 16, 20:03
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English Cafe’s Sign Sums Up How The World Feels About America Right Now

A chalkboard sign outside of a café in England is getting some Americans’ knickers in a bunch.

On Nov. 10, Daniel Alpert tweeted out a photo of a chalkboard sign he saw in Clerkenwell, England, that quickly went viral:

Outside a pub in Clerkenwell, England.

— Dan Alpert (@DanielAlpert)

The sign, found in front of Goswell Road Coffee (which is a café, and not a pub), reads: “All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.”

Due to heightened emotions and an overwhelming sense of fear in the U.S. after Donald Trump was elected president this week, many on Twitter weren’t laughing.

@danielalpert Ironic outside a pub in a country that voted for Brexit :)

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan)

@DanielAlpert @janetcadsawan Those who are in a glass house ...

— Barbara Schnell (@Barbara_Schnell)

@DanielAlpert and the "Brexiters" #Brexit is FOREVER .. Trump will be max 8 years!

— christophe ma\\et (@cmallet)

Some reactions were genuinely funny:

@jo_regular @_Joluni_ @DanielAlpert @teacherdude True, this is more the case

— Paul Robertson (@paulsrkendal)

And some who liked the sign felt compelled to speak up:

@DanielAlpert @hazelwood_tim serious sense of humour failures on this thread

— Simon Coombes (@LBACSimon)

@DanielAlpert @GreekAnalyst would be funny if the sign was not written by a Brit

— Anast L (@anastl)

@platypusrex256 @DanielAlpert @umairh you elected a man with zero political experience/brains to run your country. I think we do.

— Jo (@Tegan_Jovanka)

“Our signs are not meant as offensive but it is imperative to remember that offence is taken, not given,” a representative for Adrian Jones, the owner of the café, told The Huffington Post.

The representative also mentioned: “We also take the piss out of our own establishment.”


Jonestown Coffee, which is also owned by Jones, was responsible for this post-Brexit gem back in June:

Our A-board today. #euref #Trump

— JonestownCoffee (@jonestowncoffee)

In response to the backlash, Goswell Road shared this message on Nov. 11:

PRO Trump translate sign: left wingers calling us brainless kids.

ANTI Trump translate sign: right wingers calling us whiney kids.

— GoswellRdCoffee (@GoswellRdCoffee)

The account also featured a picture of Friday’s sign.

Our signs are for the LOLz only. We, as a company, have no political view or standing.

— GoswellRdCoffee (@GoswellRdCoffee)

Bloody hell. 

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