Melania Trump, who pushed the racist Obama birther conspiracy in 2011, said the hardest thing she has had to deal with as first lady is contending with the “opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves.”
“I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday when asked what has been the hardest thing about being first lady.
“Does it hurt?” Hannity asked.
“It doesn’t hurt. The problem is they’re writing the history and it’s not correct,” Trump responded.
“They like to focus on the gossip and I would like to … focus on the substance, and what we do, not just about nonsense,” Trump said.
“I do what I think is right,” Trump told Hannity. “I know I will get the criticism from the public or from the media but I will do what is right and what I feel is right for the country and for the people.”
In a Tuesday appearance on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, conservative pundit Ann Coulter claimed that the only thing tying together the Democratic party is their hatred for white men.
“They all hate one another,” Coulter said, discussing the alleged discord between members of the Democratic Party.
She went on to list exactly who she thinks Democrats are: “I mean you, have the Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers,” Coulter said.
“The only thing that keeps the Democratic base together is for them to keep focusing on: ‘No, white men are the ones keeping you down, you must hate white men.’ It’s the only thing they all have in common,” Coulter added as she appeared on Fox News as a guest on The Ingraham Angle on Tuesday.
The new Democratic-controlled House that will take over in January is set to be the most diverse in history.
Pew Research has found that 37 percent of white men “affiliate with or lean toward the Democratic Party.”
On Ingraham's Fox News show, Ann Coulter describes her version of the Dem party
"I mean you have the Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers … you must hate white men. It's the one thing they have in common" pic.twitter.com/xGWe0wH2uP
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle denounced Coulter’s remarks, writing: “PLEASE @FoxNews I am actually begging can we please stop this. This has NOTHING to do with politics or policy. This is pure hatred. Freedom of free speech is what makes out country great. Giving these words a platform any larger than a sewer is truly awful.”
PLEASE @FoxNews I am actually begging can we please stop this This has NOTHING to do with politics or policy This is pure hatred
Freedom of free speech is what makes out country great Giving these words a platform any larger than a sewer is truly awful
Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) fired back at Donald Trump Jr. on Friday after the president’s eldest son shared a meme on Instagram implying that her democratic socialist views would lead to Americans eating dogs.
“I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Please, keep it coming Jr — it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.”
“Have fun!” she added.
I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up.
Please, keep it coming Jr – it’s definitely a “very, very large brain” idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham claims that liberals despise the 1964 Christmas TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” so much that they would probably prefer to watch child pornography instead.
Ingraham made the remarks on her Courtside Entertainment Group radio show Thursday morning during a discussion about the ongoing outrage generated by a Huffington Post video that called the popular holiday “problematic.” Some critics have noted how several of the fictional characters are bullied, insulted and berated even by their so-called loved ones.
Donald Trump Jr. slammed the video, tweeting that “liberalism is a disease.”
Ingraham called liberals “killjoys” for criticizing the classic film.
“When you think of the left today, are those the kind of people you want to hang around with?” Ingraham said, according to video posted by Media Matters. “Just, just, just — talking like now beyond politics. They are the biggest killjoys out there, killjoys! They don’t want you to enjoy your life. They want you to listen to them, shut up, and sit down.”
Ingraham then predicted that in a few years the movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” could be banned, telling her listeners that they would have to hide the movie if they had the DVD in their homes.
“You’ll have to hide it!” Ingraham said. “You can’t keep that around the house, oh no. That might as well be child pornography. They actually probably like child pornography better than they like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at this point.”
She then claimed that liberals do not “really have a problem with pornography at all,” and said they have issues with anything that is traditional.
“But they have a problem with anything that in their mind is traditional or even slightly hearkens back to a more traditional time. Because the traditions themselves of family and so forth were enslaving to women, were enslaving to people,” Ingraham said during her radio show. “I mean, there’s real slavery but then there’s the slavery that they have developed in their way of thinking — that we were all slaves to the patriarchy. So all vestiges of the patriarchy must be destroyed, must be called out. So, you know, the Confederate soldier Silent Sam at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, all the protests about that, as if putting that in a dumpster is going to change anyone’s life.”
Love Island star Chris Hughes has received widespread praise for bravely undergoing a testicular examination live on a U.K. morning television show.
The 25-year-old joined the hosts of This Morning to help raise awareness of testicular cancer and other related issues.
After opening his robe, Chris showed off a long scar on his own testicle as he detailed his own health scare.
“I was around 14 and I noticed like a build up of veins and eventually got it looked at [six years later, aged 20] and they referred to hospitals and I ended up having three operations on my left testicle, and that was more down to safety with infertility, because the veins take oxygen,” he said before Dr Chris Steele demonstrated how an examination takes place.
First lady Melania Trump defended her Be Best initiative to fight cyberbullying in a town hall last week in a message that also seemed to channel her husband President Donald Trump’s combative approach to social media.
“Sometimes, you need to fight back. I’m sorry,” she told students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, drawing cheers from the audience.
The first lady received widespread criticism after the White House announced her cyberbullying initiative in May because the president, who has been dubbed by critics as the “cyberbully-in-chief,” has frequently used his Twitter account to mock women’s appearances and attack his political foes’ intelligence.
First lady Melania Trump says she knew that when she started her "Be Best" campaign she "will be criticized, but I will do what is right" so the "next generation can be respectful and kind, and also sometimes you need to fight back, I'm sorry" https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5pic.twitter.com/cbAC5sXSBu
The first lady’s message to “fight back” appeared at odds with the internet safety guide Be Best published in May. In a section titled “What to do about a cyberbully,” parents are encouraged to “keep a cool head” if their child is targeted.
“Remind your child that most people realize bullying is wrong,” the guide says. “Tell your child not to respond in kind.”
Byron High School administrators disciplined ten football players in November after acknowledging that they took part in a naked “Oreo run” at the school’s football field, reports the Rockford Register Star.
After a thorough investigation, which included interviews with nearly 30 varsity players and all the coaches and a review of dark security video footage, school officials determined that players who ran across the school’s football field with an Oreo wedged between their buttocks were not being hazed.
“We take any allegations like this very seriously, and we have a system in place to address it,” Byron Superintendent Buster Barton said. “But this had nothing to do with hazing.”
The players were suspended for indecent exposure and forced to sit out of games on Nov. 10, 17 and 23, the last of which was the Class 3A state championship game, documents obtained by the Register Star through the Freedom of Information Act show. In a letter sent to parents about the discipline, the district said the run happened Oct. 26 and school officials learned of it on Nov. 8. Parents were called the next day.
Barton confirmed in an email to the Register Star that 10 players admitted to participating in the run. While it’s not clear whether players were suspended in accordance to the letter, it appears that the team’s best players did not miss the three playoff games listed, including the state championship game against Monticello, the Tigers only loss of the season.
The school’s athletic department sent letters to the parents of the students who allegedly participated in the Oreo Run, which read: “Your son’s name was brought forward as a possible connection to the situation in question. [Your son’s teammate] admitted to running across the football field, without his clothes, while carrying an Oreo cookie between his buttocks. This action is a violation [of] the Byron School Policy […] for participants in extracurricular activities.”
“There was no thought given to the football season, wins or losses, who are the stars and who’s not, in this entire thing,” said Volunteer assistant Sean Considine. “It was dealt with using an iron fist, and I will stand by all of it.”
Barton said that a parent told one of the coaches about the incident at Everett Stine Stadium.
“The report was promptly relayed to me and I immediately directed that an investigation take place,” he said. ”(They) interviewed all nine football coaches. They also interviewed nearly 30 members of the varsity football team, many in the presence of one or more parent. They also accessed and examined footage from various security cameras at or near the stadium.”
“The board was informed right away, and they investigated this to the very best of their ability. I’m confident in that,” said Byron School Board President Carol Nauman. “They did everything they could (to protect the kids), and they have worked very hard to get this right.
“As far as making it better for the future, I think that’s going to take some time, but we need to work on that.”
The incident is similar to the hazing depicted in the opening episode of the college-football themed comedy “Blue Mountain State,” where players perform the Oreo run in an episode titled “It’s Called Hazing, Look It Up.”
I mentioned to a friend, a gay man nearing 60, that World AIDS Day, which has been observed on Dec. 1 since 1988, was almost upon us. He had no idea that World AIDS Day still exists.
This lack of knowledge is a testament to the great accomplishments that have occurred since World AIDS Day was created 30 years ago. It is also due to an accident in the timing of his birth that my friend escaped the devastation wreaked by AIDS among gay men in the U.S., before there was antiretroviral therapy.
Many people have forgotten AIDS, but there are consequences to forgetting. The fight against AIDS is at a tipping point. Increasingly, there are signs that we may be heading in the wrong direction.
Many successes, yet the grand prize is elusive
I am a social epidemiologist with more than 20 years of research experience in HIV and STD prevention. I am also the founder of The Basics with Dr. Mo, a sex health communications project that translates prevention science directly for people who need it most.
Most recently, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – the use of antiretrovial drugs to prevent HIV infection among those exposed – has proved to be a successful prevention approach.
Yet the prize – a vaccine that can prevent HIV infection – remains elusive, and makes impossible the use of the only known strategy to have ever eradicated an infectious disease: widespread vaccination. That disease was smallpox, in 1980.
The seeds of unease
A demonstration for AIDS advances in July 2018 in The Netherlands, with Princess Margaret Van Orange pictured at the center. Paolo Amorim/Shutterstock.com
Despite the lack of a vaccine, in 2016 United Nations member states adopted a political declaration on ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Prominent scientists have already begun to question the ability to eradicate AIDS by the 2030 deadline, and concede that the situation has stagnated. The attainment of eradication looks bleak, without the aid of either an effective vaccine or the immediate large-scale promotion and utilization of existing prevention tools (i.e., condoms, voluntary circumcision and potentially PrEP). Given that the vast majority of new HIV infections are sexually transmitted and that condoms have played a decisive role in the global control of HIV transmission, ongoing condom availability and use will be essential to future eradication.
Condoms – both male and female – remain a highly effective mechanism of HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as of other sexually transmitted infections that greatly enhance the risk of HIV transmission.
Condom availability is a different matter and varies greatly from country to country. Countries with the highest levels of HIV often rely heavily on donor support. According to the most recent data, in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, only 10 condoms were available annually for every man aged 15 to 64 (as compared with the recommended 50 to 60), and, on average, there was one female condom available for every eight women. Funding required to maintain – let alone scale up – HIV commitments, particularly those dedicated to prevention, are increasingly uncertain.
The hydra, sprouting new heads
Even though condoms are an extremely effective barrier method, it is usage that makes condoms efficacious in preventing HIV transmission. Reported condom use varies considerably around the world, and ranges from 80 percent use by men in Namibia and Cambodia to less than 40 percent usage by men and women in other countries, including some highly affected by HIV such as Sierra Leone and Mozambique.
Age plays a role, too. Among young people aged 15 to 24, condom use at last sex varies from more than 80 percent in some Latin American and European countries to less than 30 percent in some West African countries. In the U.S., condom use is at the lower end of the spectrum: Only one-third of the population uses condoms, a number that has not changed significantly over the past two decades.
The majority – 66 percent – of the world’s HIV/AIDS cases are in sub-Saharan Africa, where there has been much progress, particularly with the provision of antiretroviral therapy.
However, there are worrying signs in other parts of the world. There has been little change in new HIV infections in countries outside of sub-Saharan Africa between 1990 and 2017.
In fact, six of the 10 most populous countries in the world have experienced 10 percent to 45 percent increases in new HIV infections since 2010: Russia, China, Brazil, Pakistan, Mexico and Bangladesh. Even in countries such as the U.S., where new HIV infections have decreased by 8 percent overall, the rates of change are unevenly distributed. For example, young African-American men who have sex with men show no decrease in new infections; African-American gay and bisexual men represent the largest percentage of new HIV infections: more than one-quarter.
The increased provision of antiretroviral therapy to people living with AIDS has had a huge impact on extending life and in preventing new HIV infections. However, there remains 25 percent of the population who live with HIV, about 9 million people, who do not know their status.
While we have been necessarily focused on the head of the hydra in sub-Saharan Africa, other hydra heads are beginning to make their presence known, many in countries ill-prepared to deal with increases in the number of new HIV infections.
In the absence of a vaccine, behavior change in the form of condom use promotion, acceptance and adoption, at a scale that many gay men utilized during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the industrialized world, will need to occur. There are many challenges: continued stigma and gender inequality, not to mention issues of availability, distribution and proactive, nonjudgmental promotion.
We must not forget. Progress on reducing the rate of new HIV infection has been done before. It can be done again, but only if we take forceful, funded action now.
CNN commentator Keith Boykin shared a video on Wednesday showing President Trump, who is considered to be a hero by many American evangelical Christians, standing in complete silence as the former presidents seated near him read off the Apostles’ Creed at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.
In addition to former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Vice President can also be seen in the short video reading from the text of the prayer during the service.
“This is your ‘Christian’ evangelical president,” Boykin wrote in the tweet sharing the video.
Mediaite columnist John Ziegler tweeted: “It’s SO weird that Barack Obama (the “Muslim”) knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, and Donald Trump (the Evangelical hero) didn’t know any of them, and didn’t even bother to read them. ”
It’s SO weird that Barack Obama (the “Muslim”) knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, and Donald Trump (the Evangelical hero) didn’t know any of them, and didn’t even bother to read them. #GeorgeHWBushFuneral
Trump has previously attacked former President Obama as the founder of ISIS, claimed that he is sympathetic to radical Islamist terrorists and peddled the debunked conspiracy theory that he was not born in the United States.
“There’s something going on,” Trump intoned about Obama in a June 2017 interview on Fox News. “You know, people cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There’s something going on — it’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
“ISIS is honoring President Obama. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS,” Trump said at an August 10, 2016, campaign rally.
“I want him to show his birth certificate. … There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like,” Trump said on “The View” on March 23, 2011.
“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud,” he tweeted on August 6, 2012.
CNN’s Ana Navarro on Tuesday fired back at President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump after he accused conservative lawyer George Conway, husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, of showing “utter disrespect” to her work with his frequent criticism of the President.
“Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all,” Eric Trump tweeted Monday evening. “@KellyannePolls is great person and frankly his actions are horrible.”
Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all. @KellyannePolls is great person and frankly his actions are horrible.
Conway, who last month called Trump’s administration “a s***show in a dumpster fire” and said that Trump “was in the crapper when [Kellyanne] took that campaign over,” suggested on Monday that the president’s recent praise for political operative Roger Stone likely constituted a violation of federal witness tampering statutes.
“Your father is Donald Trump, who cheated on every one of his three wives, including your mom. Who cheated on his current wife with a Playboy bunny, and cheated on the Playboy bunny with a stripper,” Navarro said in response to Eric Trump’s attack. “Maybe, just maybe, talking about husbands being disrespectful to wives is not the alley, is not the one that you should be taking on.”
“I can tell you it seems to me that George Conway has great respect for justice, for the truth, for the Constitution, the rule of law, for the role of the presidency, for the integrity of judicial proceedings, for the independence of the judicial branch,” she added. “For that I think a lot of Americans respect him.”
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