People Have Raised Almost $80K For The Woman Who Stuck Her Middle Finger Up to Donald Trump

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Juli Briskman was fired from her job earlier this month after sticking up her middle finger at Trump’s motorcade while they drove past her on her bike. She worked for government contractor Akima LLC, which was apparently not pleased at the attention Briskman brought to the company.

But some stories do have happy endings. A GoFundMe page was launched by the public to help out the internet hero, and now Briskman has almost $80,000 raised in her name.

“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” reads the page. “This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights.”

As a refresher, here’s the now iconic Briskman.

 

 

It looks like the internet isn’t such a toxic place after all. The campaign’s goal is to raise a cool $100K. “Through your generous donations, heavy burdens have been lifted. Thank you!” reads a quote from Briskman on the page.

Artist Projects Insults Onto Trump Properties in Act of Resistance

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An artist has projected insults onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. in an act of protest. One such projection reads “Pay Trump Bribes Here” above the building’s entrance, while another reads “Open 24 Hours.”

The man behind piece is Robin Bell, a social justice artis and activist and multimedia journalist. Bell’s been projecting things onto the Trump property, just blocks from the White House, since the election in November. He first gathered attention in 2015 projecting “#JaredLies” alongside poop emojis in protest of the building of a local Subway restaurant.

Bell also projected the emoluments clause of the Constitution upon the wall of the hotel, alongside the words ‘Emoluments Welcome’ and images of the Turkish, Chinese, Saudi Arabian, and Russian flags.

“(They are) the countries we know for sure are paying Trump money,” Bell told Buzzfeed.

The emoluments clause prevents American federal officials from accepting money from foreign governments, and is the basis for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s lawsuit against the President.

While the projections were only up for about ten minutes before security guard covered the lens, onlookers were quick to document the images and send them viral online.

“One of the best moments tonight was one of the big tourists buses stopped in front of the hotel, and everyone started to clap,” Bell continued. “That was amazing.”

A Donald Trump Impersonator Is Getting His Own Talk Show on Comedy Central

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NYC-based comedian and professional Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik is getting his own late night talk show as the president on Comedy Central, Vulture reports. The President Show will air weekly on comedy’s arguably biggest platform starting April 27.

Atamanuik is a staple at the Upright Citizens Brigade improv theater. His Trump impression earned its place as favorite among comedians after he completed a 40 city comedy tour, “Trump vs. Bernie,” and appeared on various podcast and TV programs, including “The View” and “Bitch Sesh.”

“Laughing at the president is a proud American tradition and we hope not to disappoint anyone in that department,” said Atamanuik. “But our political system is too broken for us to be content joking about one man, even though he is a disastrous silly little toddler boy. Mostly I’d just like to thank Comedy Central for giving us this platform to speak truth to power and if we’re lucky, end up in prison!”

The President Show will feature segments just like a regular talk show – desk segments, field segments, guest interviews, and Peter Grosz as Mike Pence serving as the program’s “Chuy.”

Take a look at the trailer, featuring Atamanuik’s uncanny impression of Trump, below.

Alec Baldwin Hasn’t Ruled Out Playing Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night with the talk show host, Alec Baldwin revealed he “wouldn’t say he’s not lobbying” to play Trump at the upcoming White House Correspondents’ Dinner, for which several other men apparently are lobbying.

Baldwin also revealed how his now famous impression of Donald Trump came to be: “I had no idea what I was going to do. I mean literally the moment I walked out there, I just said to myself, ‘Eyebrow out.’ I tried to stick my face out, my mouth out. I was in the makeup room, they’re putting my wig on, and it was like a scene from a mental hospital: I’m getting the wig on me and I’m sitting there the whole time going, ‘China, China,’ again and again, until you don’t think about it.”

It’s one thing to get the voice and facial scrunch down, but Baldwin says to really capture the essence of Trump, you must understand his fundamental speech and thought pattern: “To me, Trump was someone who, he’s always searching for a stronger, better word, and he never finds it. So whenever you do Trump, he’ll sit there going, ‘These people, they’re great people, they’re fantastic people, and I just want to say working with them was —’ [pauses] … and then he goes: ‘a fantastic experience.'”

Take a look at the clip below:

Shia LaBeouf Arrested for Pushing Man Who Said ‘Hitler Did Nothing Wrong’

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Shia LaBeouf has been arrested for pushing a man who appoached him and said “Hitler did nothing wrong” at his installation video outside of the Museum of the Moving Image. LaBeouf, who has set up a video of himself protesting Donald Trump’s presidency to continue for the next four years. LaBeouf encouraged viewers of the installation to chant “He will not divide us!” into the camera, which is situated below a white wall with the same phrase written above it:

In retaliation Trump supporters have attempted to block the lense with “Make America Great Again” signs and, now, neo-Nazism. LaBeouf has already confronted many of these people, but things got physical when LaBeouf gave a light shove to a man supporting Hitler. NYPD officers arrested LaBeouf and charged him with misdemeanor assault and a harrassment violation before being released.

Watch the video of the incident below:

And here’s the livestream recording of LaBeouf being arrested:

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Member Quits Rather Than Sing for Trump

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Following the news that some Radio City Rockettes are objecting to their gig performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, discord has now surfaced amongst another of the President-elect’s musical acts. Indeed, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, also scheduled to perform at the event in Washington in January, has quit the group rather than sing for Trump, according to her Facebook page.

In the post, Jan Chamberlin explains: “I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self-respect.”

Scheduled to headline on January 20th is America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho – hardly an a-list prize for such a high-profile event. But virtually all of the pop music community has refused to participate, leaving organizers scrambling.

Trump’s Campaign on Lack of Stars at Inauguration: ‘It’s Not Woodstock’

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It’s no secret that the Trump campaign has had a difficult time in securing talent for their upcoming inauguration ceremony – the list of hard declines from potential musicians continues to grow. Even among the three groups that have been announced to perform: America’s Next Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Radio City Rockettes – there’s been talk of discord among group members about performing. One Rockette even said: “The majority of us said no immediately.”

Now, Boris Epshteyn, Trump’s inaugural committee communications director, has told CNN, “You know, this is not Woodstock. It’s not Summer Jam. It’s not a concert. It’s not about celebrities. As Donald Trump tweeted himself, it’s about the people. That’s what we’re concentrated on.”

He went on to say: “The Rockettes represent the American people. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir represents the American people. And that’s what we’re concentrating on.”

Yes, certainly, the majority of the American people like to jam out to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir whenever they really want to enjoy their favorite songs.

Seth Meyers Takes A Closer Look at Trump’s Environmental Policies

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In his ‘A Closer Look’ special segment, Seth Meyers examined what exactly is going on with Trump’s environmental plans when he assumes the presidency.

He began by noting scientists have found 2016 to be the hottest year ever in history, making 16 of the 17 hottest years after 2000. “Of course, the other hottest year on record came in 1863, when Mary Todd Lincoln took a boob out at the Gettysburg Address.”

Meyers recalled that in addition to this year being the hottest ever, Trump won the presidency and the Cubs won the World Series. “I’m pretty sure that’s three out of the four horsemen of the apocalypse right there. If Dirty Grandpa wins Best Picture at the Oscars, we done for.”

Meyers also addressed how Ivanka Trump has met with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore to talk climate change policies. “She met with Leonardo DiCaprio first, and then Al Gore. That is the wrong order. I’ll have the hot fudge sundae for dinner, and for dessert, a cold bag of peas.”

Watch the full clip below:

Trump’s pick for head of the Environmental Protection Agency is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy. Both are frightening choices – Pruitt has strong ties to gas and oil companies and Perry has outright mocked climate change as a result of human action.

Michael Moore’s New Prediction: “Trump is Gonna Get Us All Killed”

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Michael Moore’s latest essay, titled ‘Donald Trump is Gonna Kill Us All,’ begins with two disturbing sentences:

“A week has gone by since Donald Trump admitted he’s only been to “two or three” of his daily presidential national security briefings. There have been 36 of them since the day he secured enough electoral college votes to be appointed president next Monday when the Electoral College meets.”

Trump’s disregard for national security, in Moore’s words, “boggles the mind.” He writes:

“When the next terrorist attack happens — and it will happen, we all know that — and after the tragedy is over, amidst the death and destruction that might have been prevented, you will see Donald Trump acting quickly to blame everyone but himself. He will suspend constitutional rights. He will round up anyone he deems a threat. He will declare war, and his Republican Congress will back him.

And no one will remember that he wasn’t paying attention to the growing threat.”

His essay proceeds to draw parallels between Trump’s behavior and that of George W. Bush’s before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which Bush had been warned of five weeks before planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. Moore wrote another essay back in July titled ‘5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win.’ That frightening prediction, of course, has already come true.

Moore concludes his essay with these words:

“To you, Mr. Trump, I say this: When this next terrorist attack takes place, it is YOU who will be charged by the American people with a gross dereliction of duty. It was YOUR job to pay attention, to protect the country. But you were too busy tweeting and defending Putin and appointing cabinet members to dismantle the government. You didn’t have time for the daily national security briefing. Don’t think we’re going to let you use a modern-day burning of the Reichstag as your excuse to eliminate our civil liberties and our democracy.”

You can read the entire thing here.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker and author is responsible for such documentaries at Fahrenheit 9/11 (a critical look at Bush’s presidency and the War on Terror and the highest-grossing documentary of all time) and Bowling for Columbine (about the Columbine massacres, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature).