Author: Todd Van Luling

Trevor Noah And ‘The Daily Show’ Just Took Donald Trump Mockery To The Next Level

THE HUFFINGTON POST Trevor Noah addressed a crowd while standing inside a recreation of the Oval Office with a Russian flag flanking him and an open golden toilet directly behind him. “Welcome to what I hope will become a place we live to remember for a very long time,” Noah said into a microphone. “The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library.” Thursday night, “The Daily Show” finally debuted their pop-up library that’s dedicated to Donald Trump’s tweets. In many ways, it’s like a typical presidential library, with immersive exhibits and placards adding context to historical artifacts. In other ways, it...

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Tucker Carlson Once Said Democrats ‘Made Up The Concept Of Sexual Harassment’

THE HUFFINGTON POST Earlier today, 21st Century Fox announced that they were terminating Bill O’Reilly and his show amid renewed focus on various sexual harassment allegations leveled against him. Shortly after this announcement from their parent company, Fox News Channel revealed that conservative pundit Tucker Carlson would take over the 8 p.m. time slot hole left by “The O’Reilly Factor.” Carlson was already hosting the 9 p.m. slot on Fox News, but the earlier time traditionally sees higher ratings. However, as evidenced from a statement Carlson made on a previous show of his, taking over the space from O’Reilly is hardly a...

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Hollywood’s Loudest Trump Naysayers Are Joining Forces

THE HUFFINGTON POST On Friday, The Huffington Post will partner with Funny or Die to promote the 21st-century telethon Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. The Facebook Live event will gather celebrities to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has opposed certain of President Donald Trump’s actions since his election. Packed with beloved A-listers including Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm and Tina Fey, just about every famous person known for speaking out against Trump is going to be there. The full list has not yet been released, but it’s basically a celebrity Trump-resistance supergroup. The ACLU previously joined...

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As Expected, The Oscars Became A Night Of Protest Against Donald Trump

Leading up to the Oscars this year, both liberals and conservatives knew full well that the event would be clouded by the now-perpetual shadow of President Donald Trump. In January, Meryl Streep’s pro-immigration speech became the most memorable moment from the Golden Globes. Later in the year, many Grammys performers and attendees spent that night creating musical moments of resistance. It was clear: The 89th Academy Awards were simply going to get political. The ceremony quickly became political as messages of opposition began surfacing during the first minutes of the red carpet. Here are a few notable moments. Many celebrities wore blue ribbons to the event in support of the ACLU. Kevin Mazur via Getty Images The American Civil Liberties Union was widely represented at the awards. The non-profit had reached out to major nominees prior to the ceremony to ask if they’d wear the ribbon. The ACLU is one of several organizations actively working to resist Trump’s policies, including his divisive executive order regarding immigrants and refugees. On the red carpet, a Syrian refugee featured in a nominated short film advocated for help. “My msg would be for ppl to help. A lot of Syrian families need help.” Hala Kamil, Syrian refugee from the Oscar short “Watani my homeland” pic.twitter.com/L18ctocOFa — Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) February 26, 2017 Famous chef Wolfgang Puck spoke about the official Oscar after-party meal he made for the guests...

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Jimmy Kimmel Attacks Donald Trump During Oscars For His War On The Media

As expected, Jimmy Kimmel went after Donald Trump almost immediately during the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony. After he repeatedly roasted Trump in his Oscars monologue, Kimmel spent his first transitional segment making fun of the president for calling the media “fake news.” Kimmel asked if anyone from CNN, the Los Angeles Times or the New York Times were in the building, and then jokingly asked them all to leave. “We have no tolerance for fake news,” said Kimmel, adding, “Fake tans we love.” The comedian went on to kid that anybody who works for an organization with “Times” in the name ― including “Medieval Times” ― was no longer welcome. People on Twitter seemed to particularly like the shoutout to the popular knight-themed dinner theater venue. Kimmel just gave a shoutout to “Medieval Times” and my heart ached. @TheDrewStarr @maura #Oscars — Melinda Green (@greenmelinda) February 27, 2017 …even the medieval times. Kimmel still on fire. — Alex (@alexxshortty) February 27, 2017 Here’s video of Kimmel’s segment on fake news: Jimmy Kimmel kicks out fake news live at the Oscars you heard it here first good job Jimmy pic.twitter.com/1Vc5jM7lEk — Guy lord Mattaliano (@MattalianoGuy) February 27, 2017 Here’s a quote from Kimmel’s monologue earlier in the night: Ji Sub Jeong / The Huffington...

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The Strange Story Of The Time Donald Trump Got To Hold An Oscar

The annual Vanity Fair Oscars party is perennially a destination for the A-listers of Hollywood in any given year, and 2005 was no exception. Tom Cruise entered the venue ― the since-closed restaurant Mortons ― through a back entrance after riding over on his black Ducati motorcycle. Beyoncé and Jay Z hung out at a back table with Usher, Gwen Stefani and Mary J. Blige. Tom Brady apparently was the only one wearing a white tie at the party, but GQ remarked he was “proportioned like the Oscar statuette.” Jake Gyllenhaal (with a shaved head presumably for “Jarhead”) made conversation near a wall as his sister, Maggie, posed for a photograph a few feet away. “Everybody you can read about in every single gossip rag is in there!” Destiny Child’s Kelly Rowland told People outside the party. And perhaps surprisingly, many of these “gossip rag” stars from Vanity Fair’s party in 2005 are just as relevant now, if not more so. This is no more true than with Donald Trump, who attended the party with his new wife, Melania. Given their recent wedding and the early success of “The Apprentice,” Trump’s incredible fame at this time was arguably at its most innocent. In 2005, he had graduated from being little-more than a blowhard personality in the New York City real estate scene and had not yet developed into a voice for...

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Here’s A Case For Marijuana Legalization In The United States

A few of our country’s most notable Founding Fathers ― think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams ― grew the cannabis plant, hemp, as a multipurpose crop, while colonists from that time could pay their taxes with the plant. Betsy Ross sewed her American flag from hemp. “How could it be any more all-American than that?” Jesse Ventura asked with a laugh while talking on the phone with The Huffington Post in promotion of his book, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. “If George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were alive today, they’d both be raided by the DEA,” said Ventura, a former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler. “They’d be doing 10 to 12 years in the federal prison for being major drug dealers. Now, does anyone besides Jesse Ventura see something wrong with that picture?” Ventura’s book, co-written with Jen Hobbs, makes the case for marijuana legalization in the United States. In it, Ventura provides personal anecdotes, reported stories and gathered statistics on the pros, like potential economic boosts for state governments and health benefits with consumption. For example, a recent Harvard blog explained marijuana’s usefulness for AIDS and cancer patients to stimulate appetite or stave off nausea. “I’d rather have someone take a hit of marijuana than be on Prozac,” said Ventura. His book also advocates for the societal negatives that would be lost with legalization, such as an end to the collateral...

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Donald Trump’s Lewd Remarks About Women Disturbed Guests At White House Event

Deborah Feingold via Getty Images. Peggy Noonan In 1993, Donald Trump attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as the guest of Vanity Fair. The future president sat next to model Vendela Kirsebom and spent the evening talking about breasts, how overweight women are not “real women,” and the person with whom he wanted to have sex in the room. The discussion was so vulgar that Kirsebom requested to be seated elsewhere. Editor of Vanity Fair Graydon Carter briefly recalled these incidents in a piece written before the election about various moments he experienced with Trump. After publication, Kirsebom spoke to the Daily Mail to confirm Carter’s recollection. Now, The Huffington Post has obtained an out-of-print 1994 book by Ronald Reagan’s former speechwriter and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, in which the conservative writer detailed the events much closer to when they happened. “Donald Trump was with us, at the next table,” wrote Noonan in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. “A halo of sprayed hair, a face still round with subcutaneous fat. When we were introduced I looked into his eyes ― small, bright, thoughtfree ― and was surprised to think: He’s crazy.” Trump’s behavior at the White House event suggests that his tendency to speak in this manner is not just “locker room banter” as he claimed when the Washington Post published leaked audio of him saying he grabs...

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