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Jeffrey Toobin Unloads On 'Grotesque' Comey Firing

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin did not mince words when responding to President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey on Tuesday.


Toobin compared the dismissal of the FBI director while investigations into ties between the president’s campaign and Russia are ongoing to Richard Nixon’s firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973. 


“It is a grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States,” Toobin said. “This is the kind of things that goes on in non-democracies. That when there is an investigation that reaches near the president of the United States or the leader of a non-democracy, they fire the people who are in charge of the investigation.”






Many people applauded Toobin’s direct and pointed criticism of the shocking move, while other networks were bungling the delivery of the news






























 


Toobin’s own brief tweets say it all. 










The president dismissed Comey as he was leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia and that country’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. Comey learned about his own termination after seeing it on TV and initially thought it was a joke, according to several reports. 


Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, also compared the move to Nixon’s firing of Cox


“Today’s action by President Trump completely obliterates any semblance of an independent investigation into Russian efforts to influence our election, and places our nation on the verge of a constitutional crisis,” he said. “There is little doubt that the President’s actions harken our nation back to Watergate and the Saturday Night Massacre. This decision makes it clear that we must have an independent, non-partisan commission to investigate both Russian interference in the U.S. election and allegations of collusion between the government of Vladimir Putin and the Trump campaign. Today’s actions reek of a cover up and appear to be part of an ongoing effort by the Trump White House to impede the investigation into Russian ties and interference in our elections.”


The White House sent a letter saying that Comey’s firing came in an effort to restore “public trust and confidence.” In October, just two weeks before the election, the FBI director said the Department of Justice was reviewing additional emails that could be related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton, months after saying he would not recommend charges against her.  





Speculation abounds as to why Trump dismissed the director now. The New York Times’ editorial board said it believes Trump fired Comey because his investigation “could bring down a president.” Trump, however, seems to think both sides of the aisle will eventually thank him for the decision. 





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may 10, 17:46
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Melania Trump May Have Just Trolled Her Husband


First lady Melania Trump ― or whoever is running her account ― liked a tweet Tuesday that implied a chilly relationship between her and President Donald Trump


Here’s the tweet from progressive blogger Andy Ostroy that earned a like from the first lady’s official personal account: 






The like vanished shortly after it appeared, but it will survive forever in the form of a screenshot: 



The like was one of just two she’s bestowed ― the other being her first tweet.


So what’s the story? Accidental? Rogue staffer? Coded cry for help? Subtle trolling of her husband?


Twitter has no shortage of theories: 


























































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may 3, 06:55
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Twitter Hilariously Reacts To Trump’s Bad Susan B. Anthony Joke






We can’t Susan B-lieve how poorly this joke went. 


On Wednesday, President Donald Trump hosted a panel discussion on women’s empowerment at the White House, during which he decided to drop some knowledge on the ladies. He name-checked a few noteworthy women in U.S. history like Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony.






After spouting off some names, he had a question for the room full of women.


“Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony?” he quipped. “I’m shocked that you’ve heard of her.”






He then went on to say that Anthony dreamed of “an America where women themselves, as she said, helped to make laws and elect the lawmakers. And that’s what’s happening more and more.”


He then added, “Tough competition out there, I wanna tell you!”


Uh, OK. What?


Not long after Trump made his attempt at Susan B. Anthony-based humor,

. And people had some feelings.


Here are some of the best responses:














































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mar 30, 02:06
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Despite Death Threats, Artist Behind Nazi-Themed Trump Billboard Plans To Make More







After designing a controversial billboard that appeared in Phoenix, Arizona, last week, artist Karen Fiorito has received a lot of death threats.


Her billboard, on view since March 17, features President Donald Trump’s visage surrounded by swastika money signs and twin nuclear mushroom clouds. On the backside, it showcases an image of five hands signing “unity,” but that’s not the part of the billboard that’s provoked critics, who have suggested over phone, email and social media that Fiorito sleep with a gun under her pillow.


“You are a sick, disgusting person to compare President Trump to anything like this,” one Facebook user commented on Fiorito’s page, referencing her Nazi imagery.


“Regarding your SWASTIKA billboard in my town [...] I’m going to tell you that no, they symbolize hate and anti-semitism. Shame on you,” another wrote.







The billboard space was provided by owner Beatrice Moore, who, according to local outlet 12 News, will keep Fiorito’s divisive image up for the remainder of Trump’s presidency. Despite the torrent of harassment she’s experienced, Fiorito is on board. In fact, she has plans to make more billboards ― trolls be damned.


“I think a lot of people are feeling this way and I’m just trying to express what I think is on a lot of people’s minds these days,” explained the artist, who’s also responsible for a series of 12 billboards addressing California’s drought. “Something that really concerned us was this idea of a dictatorship where things were going in a certain direction.”


“There are people who say, ‘Well, it’s offensive,’” she added, “but the current administration ― its policies, the people that are put in power ― are offensive to me.” 


We checked in with Fiorito not long after her billboard went viral to discuss the wave of backlash she’s encountered and her persistent desire to make more billboards. It’s safe to say Americans will probably be seeing other Nazi-themed Trump billboards in the future.





Can you elaborate on the kinds of death threats you’ve received from critics of the billboard?


There are some people telling me I should die, or they are “coming to get me.” Others say that I’m “disgusting,” “not an artist,” a “traitor,” a “Nazi,” a “Communist,” a “Feminist,” and my favorite, “Fake News.” Most are just the uneducated insults, and there is a lot of crass and vulgar language so I can’t really say much more than that. 


When someone says, “You should sleep with a gun under your pillow” or, “Me and my boys are coming to get you,” it’s a little scary. What’s scarier is when they have your home address, email and phone number. I know most of this is hot air, but it only takes one crazy person. I am not too afraid, but my family members are afraid for me.



Have the threats been lodged anonymously, or are individuals or groups using their names or other information to identify themselves? Are they happening online, or via other forms of communication?


I’ve gotten hundreds of phone calls and emails. I’ve gotten hundreds of threats on every page I have on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. They tried to hack my accounts (Facebook, Gmail) and my social security number. They never identify themselves unless it is on social media. Many have called from blocked or “anonymous” numbers and emails. I have kept a call log of every number along with its corresponding message and am reporting them to the police, just in case. 


KPNX claimed that you did expect “blowback” from Trump supporters before installing the billboard. Was the reaction in line with what you expected?


This is not my first political artwork. I have a history of political posters and billboards. I did an anti-Bush billboard in 2004 and an anti-Fox News billboard in 2005. Each of these caused me to receive many death threats and hate. [People] also hacked my email and posted my personal information online. These are their tactics. They will do anything to scare and intimidate you because they know you are right. They want me to be silent. They want me to live in fear and take the billboard down. That is not going to happen.


What has been the general local response to the billboard in Phoenix? 


I heard ― I am in California ― from the owner that there has been a line to take selfies with it every day and a line of traffic around the block all day. People have been traveling from all over Arizona and California to visit it. People are hanging signs around it and leaving candles. It’s been very popular.


Are you planning on installing anymore billboards?


Yes. We are compiling a list of cities right now and doing research on costs, etcetera. We will be announcing something soon!


Have you received commissions for more?


I have had many people ask me to put it up in their home town or city, even some who have offered me money, but nothing confirmed yet.


What is your advice to artists who wish to resist Trump, but might be afraid of potential retribution from Trump supporters?


Join a group or local organization against Trump and his policies. Lots of artists are forming groups, and there is power in numbers. If you are still afraid, do what I wish I would have done: remain anonymous (like Banksy).





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mar 24, 20:02
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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, 12:03
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Donald Trump And King Kong Have An Odd History Together


In the poster for the upcoming film “Kong: Skull Island,” a large, terrifying figure looms over the horizon. A glowing orange sun with a yellow top surrounds the monster as though a halo might, casting an ominous figure.


The film, another installment of the many “King Kong” films out there, is coming to theaters this weekend, a bit more than a decade after the last major reboot in 2005.


“King Kong: Skull Island” has an estimated budget of around $190 million, and is expected to gross around $50 million in the U.S. and Canada alone during this opening weekend. It stands to become a blockbuster.


The legendary story of the oversized, mythical gorilla will play out on screen for viewers as the public contends with an ongoing spectacle in the White House. Interestingly, President Donald Trump, has a long history with the story of the famous primate.






At the 2002 Academy Awards, Trump appeared in a short video segment created by filmmaker Errol Morris that focused on the favorite movie moments of the featured individuals. Speaking alongside notable faces such as Iggy Pop and Mikhail Gorbachev, Trump had a particularly telling answer for his cherished movie memory.


“Seeing King Kong try and conquer New York,” he said, with a small grin.


Back when he was better known as a bloviating figure of New York real estate, Trump gained an ownership stake of the Empire State Building, the same one associated with King Kong in the 1990s. He attempted to win control of the entire building, but was ultimately thwarted as his stake was bought out.


In 2005, he publicly attended Universal Studios’ premiere of the Peter Jackson–directed reboot with wife Melania.



Yet the 2016 presidential campaign led artists and political commentators alike to align Trump and the Empire State–dominating film icon even further.


In a segment about Trump’s infamous “locker-room banter” with Billy Bush, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah compared Trump to Kong


“Trump is like King Kong in that they both broke free of their shackles and like grabbing white women without asking,” he said.


Around the time that scandal erupted, Trump himself tweeted a message containing imagery reminiscent of King Kong.






As a method of protest to Trump’s misogynistic and xenophobic rhetoric during his campaign and beyond, artists have frequently aligned the man with the city-conquering Kong. 



In January, Madonna shared a depiction of Trump as King Kong atop the Statue of Liberty.






Other visuals aligning Trump with Kong have ended up as covers on editions of 

and
.


Just last week during Mardi Gras, a float imagined Trump as the ape clinging to the Washington Monument.


A political cartoon by Michael de Adder depicted Trump as a shackled Kong — the moment in the original film just before Kong violently reacts to the jarring flashes of photographers and breaks free of his restraints.






The star of “Skull Island,” Brie Larson, has even 

 that her new film contains a message that directly advocates against Trump’s aggressive tendencies — especially toward the media. 


“I make movies as a form of activism,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “I believe we learn from what we see in our leaders. I’m proud to play Mason Weaver in @kongskullislandmovie because she represents the many journalists who risk their lives everyday to share with us the truth. Weaver leads with compassion and believes that unity cannot be obtained through aggression.”


Whether you take your entertainment in the form of a gorilla blockbuster or The New York Times, it’s hard not to notice the fascinating timing of it all.






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mar 9, 23:40
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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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'SNL's' Movie Trailer Honors The Republican Who Stood Up To Trump




Saturday Night Live” wanted to honor the brave Republican who stood up to President Donald Trump, so they made a trailer for that hero’s biopic. 


The trailer has all the makings of an instant classic: suspense, inspiration, Octavia Spencer. All it’s missing is its star.


“A country in chaos, a nation divided, led by a president with unchecked power,” an ominous voice-over says. “Until one Republican decided enough was enough. A patriot who put country over party, who finally stood up for his nation’s founding values.”


That person is, of course, still to be determined ― much like in real life.


“So you want to speak out against the president? Aren’t you scared?” a man asks the TBD hero.


TBD’s response was... well, we don’t know, but it was probably brave. And he had a “rallying cry that spoke to all people” ― not that we know what it is.


“SNL’s” fake trailer for the “The TBD Story” hopefully provides some inspiration to Republicans in Congress, who have kept quiet despite the controversy surrounding the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia, Trump’s own hateful and xenophobic rhetoric and his unsubstantiated claims against former president Barack Obama.


Even though this conservative hero hasn’t stepped forward yet, the trailer got one thing right: “It’s definitely not Paul Ryan,” according to a fake review from Rolling Stone.


And a lot of people are anxious for “The TBD Story’s” real-life debut.





















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mar 5, 10:04
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People Want To Move To The Newly Found Planets To Escape Donald Trump






NASA scientists caused a stir when they announced the discovery of seven previously unknown Earth-sized planets on Wednesday.


And with the TRAPPIST-1 solar system a mere 39 light years away, it didn’t take long for hundreds of Twitter users to declare they’d be moving there to escape Donald Trump’s presidency:






























Some tweeters took a different approach by suggesting that Trump could himself be sent there, alone, as a test:


















Others used the news to throw shade on Trump’s controversial immigration policies, including his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and imminently rewritten travel ban:






















Some social media users just imagined Trump’s reaction to the discovery:














Plenty of others, meanwhile, just used it to mock the intelligence of Trump and the members of his administration:










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feb 23, 15:17
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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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