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Pope Francis Looking Super Sad With The Trumps Is A Divine New Meme






A picture is worth a thousand words, as the phrase goes.


And after this snap of Pope Francis looking miserable while standing beside President Donald Trump at the Vatican began circulating online Wednesday, many people rushed to social media to suggest what some of them might be:



Trump’s differences in opinion with the pontiff over issues such as immigration and climate change are well documented. But it would be unfair to say the pope looked completely forlorn throughout the president’s visit.


Reuters news agency noted how he “smiled faintly” as he greeted Trump, but also pointed out that the pontiff was “not as gregarious as he sometimes is with visiting heads of state.”


Twitter users, however, compared the above image to photographs taken of former President Barack Obama with the pope, in which they are both smiling. They also suggested just what Francis was thinking of as his picture was being taken with the president, wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump.


Check out a sampling of the tweets below:














































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may 24, 15:59
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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, 18:35
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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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Celebrities Are Heartbroken Over Trump's Proposed Arts Funding Cuts


President Donald Trump is officially at war with the arts.


Late Wednesday night, the president released his budget proposals for the federal government’s spending in 2018. Apart from directing more funds to military and defense programs, Trump proposed major cuts to departments across sectors like education, justice and agriculture. 


In addition to these changes, Trump’s proposal is calling for the elimination of arts agencies across the country that support networks like PBS and NPR and other non-profit arts groups. Under Trump’s vision, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with their $971 million collective budgets, would no longer receive government funding. 


To give you some perspective, Trump’s proposed spending for the Defense Department in 2018 rounds out to $639 billion. 


Politically engaged celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Ruffalo and Billy Eichner immediately took to social media to publicly resist these proposals and lend their support to those most impacted by these changes. 


Check out how Hollywood reacted to Trump’s budget cuts below. 

















































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mar 16, 22:17
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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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feb 13, 05:04
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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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Charlie Hebdo Perfectly Captures What So Many Americans Are Feeling


For those who still don't get @Charlie_Hebdo_ : This is a typical very strong and antiracist cover about the election of #Trump. pic.twitter.com/5Teyep2YUT

— Caroline Fourest (@CarolineFourest)



French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo nailed the fear that many people across the United States are likely feeling after Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election early Wednesday.


Its latest cover features a sweating and red-eyed President Barack Obama running away from two white police officers who are shooting at him.


“Obama, once again a regular citizen, like the rest of us,” the cover reads.


The image speaks to the ongoing problem with police brutality in the U.S. and a widespread belief that white police officers systematically target black civilians. More than 800 people have been shot and killed by police so far in 2016, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.


The fear is more pronounced than ever given that Trump sowed the seed of divisiveness throughout his campaign and offered white nationalists a massive platform. He has blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for instigating police killings and demonized people of color, women, Muslims and Mexicans.


The magazine releases a new issue every Wednesday.


Charlie Hebdo, which has not tweeted since the day its militants attacked its offices last January, killing 12, made the Obama drawing its profile and cover photo Wednesday.

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nov 9 16, 15:52
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White House: No, Donald Trump, Vets With PTSD Are Not Weak


WASHINGTON ― The White House collectively sighed Monday before responding to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s suggestion that veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder are weak.


“It is not a sign of weakness to get help,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in his daily briefing. “In fact, it’s a sign of character and a sign of strength to ensure that you’re taking care of yourself.”


Earnest’s comments came hours after Trump, who dodged the military draft five times, suggested veterans with PTSD are not “strong” and “can’t handle it.”


“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump said during a Q&A with the Retired American Warriors PAC.


Here’s a video clip:





From 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD, and about 12 percent of Gulf War veterans struggle with the condition, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have had it in their lifetimes.


PTSD is also a risk factor for suicide among veterans. On average, 20 veterans die from suicide every day.


The stigma associated with PTSD ― that you are weak or unstable if you have it, for example ― is one of the reasons people don’t seek help. The fact that Trump reinforced that stigma did not go over well with vets.


“Trump’s comments about veterans with PTSD reveal his total disdain for veterans and military families and highlight just how disconnected he is with our community,” Will Fischer, an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, said in a statement. “Calling combat veterans weak is mighty bold coming from someone who’s kept awake at night over a mean tweet and who leveraged a minor injury and family privilege to dodge service during Vietnam.”


Others vented on Twitter.



Dear @realDonaldTrump, here's a picture of my "weak" father who served his country proudly and struggles with depression. #PTSD pic.twitter.com/GUzkdF9XzZ

— Jeremy Dickey (@JeremyDDickey)




@ComplexMag my dad is a veteran and deals with ptsd every single day. How dare this man disrespect vets who suffer from this. I am disgusted

— COR (@corrineleewhite)




Hey @realDonaldTrump, I've been to war. Seven deployments. Two theaters. Combat arms. WIA. I've suffered PTSD. I am far stronger than you.

— Mister Megative (@mistermegative)




.@realDonaldTrump As a Veteran with PTSD, I'm stronger than you could ever be. pic.twitter.com/OXeqSkDNnt

— Kevin Plantz (@KevinPlantz)




@Oil_Ranger @Blob_Fish @GovPenceIN My father suffered from PTSD & committed suicide. He wasn't weak, he served his country not like Trump.

— Diane Nowak (@dianenowak)




My BF served 15 yrs in USMC w/ 3 tours in Iraq. He has a service dog for PTSD & now works for USSS. #Trump has no grasp of that kind of life https://t.co/qkQOUBOK7L

— LawBlarg‽ (@LawBlarg)



Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to comment but pointed to a statement issued by Marine Staff Sergeant Chad Robichaux, the man who asked Trump the PTSD question in Monday’s forum.


“I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda,” said Robichaux. “I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them.”


The Republican presidential nominee did go on to say he would make veterans’ mental health a priority if he wins in November. He promised “a very, very robust level of performance” in VA mental health services.


“We are losing so many people that can be taken care of if they have proper care,” he said.


Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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oct 3 16, 23:19
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Finally, There's Proof That Donald Trump Has Small Hands


For all the reprehensible things Donald Trump has been accused of, the Republican presidential nominee has sure spent a lot of time defending the size of his hands. 


He’s so sensitive about them that he even mentioned the issue during a debate in March, after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a GOP primary challenger, made jokes about Trump’s hand size.


“Look at those hands, are they small hands?” Trump asked on the debate stage. “And [Rubio] referred to my hands: ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”


It’s one thing to tease Trump about having small hands, but it’s another to prove he does.


However, The Hollywood Reporter has done just that. Editors have printed a life-size image of Trump’s hands, which they created based on a bronzed handprint hanging in the New York branch of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.


The handprint has been there since 1997, after artists from the museum made impressions of Trump for a wax figure. You can find a full-sized, printable version here. 




Are Trump’s hands really that tiny? No ― at 7.25 inches long, they’re slightly smaller than average.


However, the majority of American men have larger hands, according to neuroscientist Justin Kiggins, who pointed to a chart from an Ergonomics Center of North Carolina report for proof. 



It's official: Trump has tinier hands than 85% of men. pic.twitter.com/FV6m95KH2W

— Justin Kiggins (@neuromusic)



Many people are posting photos to Twitter using the hashtag #trumpmyhand to show how they measure up to the candidate.



This means I'm more qualified to be Prez than #Trump. That being said, I'm not qualified to be Prez. #TrumpMyHand pic.twitter.com/FY1I5s4NUz

— Corey Taft Sports (@CoreyTaftSports)




#TrumpMyHand evidently I'm trustworthy. pic.twitter.com/m7jzqJSHGL

— David Woodruff (@davidwoodruff)




My wife is 5-0 on a good day & her hand is not that far from @realDonaldTrump #TrumpMyHand pic.twitter.com/pQMqmoA2Tp

— Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040)




@seanmdav My dog almost has bigger paws than @realDonaldTrump 's tiny hands! #TrumpMyHand #ChocolateLab pic.twitter.com/sGZOVJBG2d

— JstJoan (@JstJoan)



Editor’s note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. 

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aug 3 16, 23:02
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Harrison Ford Definitely Did Not Endorse Donald Trump

Sorry, Trump supporters, Harrison Ford isn't one of you. 


The below photo of the "Indiana Jones" actor holding a Trump campaign sign has been circulating around the Web today, leading some to believe the contrary.



Harrison Ford says #OHIO "Get out and vote for Donald J Trump America's last hope" #TrumpTrain #Trump 2016 pic.twitter.com/yKS8HkoP3l

— Chris (@inyourface34)



As it turns out, the photo is most definitely fake. The shot was actually posted online a year ago by Ford, when he was participating in a Reddit AMA




Ford's rep confirmed the photo was fake to BuzzFeed News, adding, "He's not endorsing him for president." 


In case you needed any more proof that Ford isn't a fan of The Donald, the actor once shredded Trump for praising his acting work.


After Trump said he loved movies with heroic presidents, like Ford in "Air Force One," the Hollywood legend brought the businessman-turned-politician back down to earth. 


"Donald, it was a movie," Ford said. "It's not like this in real life. But how would you know?"




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