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Kayne West in The White House, Washington DC, USA last year

This afternoon.

Further to his Presidential bid….

….Rapper Kayne West reveals to Forbes:

That he’s running for president in 2020 under a new banner—the Birthday Party—with guidance from Elon Musk and an obscure vice presidential candidate he’s already chosen. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life,” says West, “I’m doing to win.”

That he no longer supports President Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”

That he’s ok with siphoning off Black votes from the Democratic nominee, thus helping Trump. “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”

That he’s never voted in his life.

That he was sick with Covid-19 in February.

That he’s suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine, terming vaccines “the mark of the beast.”

That he believes “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”

That he envisions a White House organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda – in Black Panther (2018)…

Kanye West Says He’s Done With Trump—Opens Up About White House Bid, Damaging Biden And Everything In Between (Forbes)

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Non profit US publishing house McSweeneys has been compiling a detailed timeline of Donald Trump’s most egregious pronouncements and actions.  736 items so far, and counting. To wit:

We called this list a collection of Trump’s cruelties, collusions, and crimes, and it felt urgent then to track them, to ensure these horrors — happening almost daily — would not be forgotten. This election year, amid a harrowing global health, civil rights, humanitarian, and economic crisis, we know it’s never been more critical to note these horrors, to remember them, and to do all in our power to reverse them. This list will be updated between now and the November 2020 Presidential election.

READ ON: Lest We Forget the Horrors: A Catalog of Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes: The Complete Listing (So Far) (McSweeneys)

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Last night.

Twitter HQ, Fenian Street, Dublin 2.

Poo-based, Trump-related ‘Projection Bomb’ visual caper carried out by Twitter Action Ireland, ‘a group of artists and activists’ policing the Twittersphere.

Caroline writes:

We have carried out this action at Twitter’s EMEA headquarters Dublin in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and across the world.

We are embarrassed and angry that Twitter’s worldwide dissemination of Donald Trump’s racist views continues to be funded by the Irish state by way of the disreputable Irish tax avoidance schemes…

We call on the Irish employees of Twitter to take action in support of our demands. If you no longer want to work in a environment that facilitates Trump’s racism please make your feelings known to Twitter management.

…Together we have the power to bring about change. Let’s make Twitter Dump Racist Trump.”

FIGHT!

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn during a September 2016 town hall meeting

This morning/afternoon.

Following the United States Justice Department decision to drop the criminal case against US President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge: “The last thing most Americans remember about General Flynn is that he was fired. And that he admitted lying to the FBI. Does the fact remain that he lied?”

US Attorney General William Barr: “Well, you know, people sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes. … And the Department of Justice is not persuaded that this was material to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation. So it was not a crime.”

Herridge: “When a special counsel report was released last year, you were accused by critics of putting your thumb on the scale in the president’s favor. Are you doing the president’s bidding in General Flynn’s case?”

Barr: “No, I’m doing the law’s bidding. I’m doing my duty under the law, as I see it.”

Herridge: “You know you’re going to take a lot of incoming … for this decision. Are you prepared for that?”

Barr: “Yea, I’m prepared for that. I also think it’s sad that nowadays these partisan feelings are so strong that people have lost any sense of justice.”

Herridge: “What should Americans take away from your actions in the Flynn case today?”

Barr: “I was concerned people were feeling there were two standards of justice in this country. … I wanted to make sure that we restore confidence in the system. There’s only one standard of justice.”

Attorney General Barr says what Michael Flynn did “was not a crime” (CBS News)

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US President Donald Trump; An aeriel view of the the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China

Last night.

US President Donald Trump claimed he’d seen evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan — but offered no details.

“Yes, I have,” Trump told White House reporters when asked whether he’s seen proof that would suggest the virus originated in the lab.

When pressed, on what gave him that confidence, he said: “I can’t tell you that. I am not allowed to tell you that.”

Earlier on Thursday, the US intelligence community said it agreed with the scientific consensus that the novel coronavirus was not “manmade or genetically modified.”

But it confirmed that it was looking into “whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”

Trump claims to have evidence coronavirus started in Chinese lab but offers no details (The Guardian)

Trump claims he has seen evidence linking coronavirus to Wuhan lab (New York Post)

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The move effectively achieves a long-term Trump policy goal to curb immigration, making use of the health and economic crisis that has swept the country as a result of the pandemic to do so.

The decision drew swift condemnation from some Democrats, who accused the president of creating a distraction from what they view as a slow and faulty response to the coronavirus.

Trump said he was taking the action to protect the U.S. workforce. Millions of Americans are suffering unemployment after companies shed employees amid nationwide lockdowns to stop the contagion.

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” Trump said in a tweet.

The White House declined to offer further details about the reasoning behind the decision, its timing, or its legal basis.

Donald Trump’s immigration ban could hit tech sector (BBC)

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January 14, 2020

 

January 16, 2020

 

US President Donald Trump at yesterday’s White House Covid-19 press briefing

Last night.

According to Mr Trump, WHO prevented transparency over the outbreak and the United States – the UN body’s biggest funder which provided $400 million last year – will now “discuss what to do with all that money that goes to the WHO.”

He said that the WHO had not sent experts into China quickly enough when the outbreak first emerged and took the assurances from that country’s leaders “at face value”.

Mr Trump said had the WHO “done its job” by getting experts into China swiftly then “the outbreak could have been contained at its sources with very little death”. The US president suggested thousands of lives could have been saved by such action.

Coronavirus live news: Trump suspends WHO funding as Denmark begins to reopen schools (The Guardian)

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Meanwhile…

Meanwhile…

Bill Gates’ Instagram.

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