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'Rapist, Cheat, Liar, Racist, Conman, A**hole': Rosie O'Donnell is Selling Anti-Trump Art

Former talk show host and outspoken LGBTQ advocate Rosie O'Donnell looks to be putting that crafts room she has to good use (we saw it during an episode of Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List back in the day). 

She has started developing a line of anti-Trump works of art that she's selling on the website Etsy. Rosie is one of the hundreds of celebrities who has criticized our current president over and over again, but she's taking her criticism in a different direction by focusing it on her art skills and it's very powerful message behind it.

She's selling these signed pieces of art for a good cause: to raise money for anti-Trump candidates and causes.

One particular piece of art read that Trump is a "rapist, cheat, liar,  racist, conman and asshole." She lovingly refers to him as Trumpy in the same piece of art.

Rosie must be doing something right here, as both collections listed above are sold out. however she has uploaded other drawings onto her Twitter account in recent days.

When Asking to Borrow a Van Gogh, Trump Was Offered a Gold Toilet

When the White House requested to borrow Vincent Van Gogh’s Landscape with Snow for Donald and Melania’s private living quarters, the Guggenheim museum in New York kindly declined. It is typical for the White House to request art for temporary periods of time to be on display at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—but that didn’t matter to the Guggenheim’s curator Nancy Spector who couldn’t allow it.

According to Spector, the painting was on its way to exhibit in Bilbao, Spain and then would return to New York.

The shade of it all? Spector did offer to provide the Trumps with a piece of artwork that she felt would go perfectly in their home. The piece is called America, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, and instead of a painting the piece is an 18-karat solid gold toilet—that is fully functioning to top it all off!

America is artist Cattelan’s commentary on the excess in which the American people live. He describes it as “1 percent art for the 99 percent.” It’s also perfect for a certain someone to put his shithole before heading to the golf course.

It's art for fart's sake!

According to the Washington Post, Spector shared:

Should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House, the artist would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan. It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.

The Guggenheim has not received a response from the White House so no word yet if Donald and Melania will be sitting on a gold thrown anytime soon.

When they’re ready, I know the perfect toilet paper to go with it!

 

 

Roseanne Thinks She Would Be a Better President Than Oprah

After the powerful acceptance speech from Oprah Winfrey as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes, the big “O” has been getting a lot of hype—especially from folks who are urging her to run for president in 2020.

Oprah’s speech, including an incredible ending that sounded so much like she is ready for the campaign trail:

In my career what I've always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave, to say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome. I've interviewed and portrayed people who have withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon.

Even Seth Meyers, who hosted the award show hinted that Oprah running for president would be an incredible thing:

Oprah, while I have you, in 2011 I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — jokes about how he was unqualified to be president — and some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president!

Not to mention the that the Twitterverse exploded with “Oprah for President 2020” and #Oprah2020 tweets.

Even Donald Trump had a few choice words on the subject:

Seems like everyone seems to be on board. Well—except for Roseanne Barr. The comedian, who presented at the Golden Globes, has voiced her big opinion once again on political matters. Roseanne, who has been open about her support for Donald Trump, shared her thoughts about the topic during a panel discussion about the return of Roseanne to ABC.

According to The Daily Wire, Roseanne commented:

I do love Oprah. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else. But you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different.

She was obviously referring to Trump.

Then she was asked about Susan Sarandon and what she thought about the idea of the actress running.

Actually, I think I’d be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, probably even President Trump. And I did run in 2012.

Yeah—and she came in 6th place.

 

 

So it seems that she’s still got the fire under her to possibly get her horse in the race yet again.

I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working-class people. And in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that yeah, that was very real, and something that needed to be discussed, and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.

Roseanne shared some more of her thoughts about Trump:

Well, he says a lot of crazy shit. I'm not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he's said and done that I don't agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don't agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says.

 

 

 

Pro-Trump Group to Run 'Thank You for Letting Us Say Merry Christmas Again" Ads

On Christmas morning you may find that while opening those gifts under the tree you may be interrupted by special Christmas day ads that celebrate the current president's successes over the last year. America First Policies, a pro-Trump group, has announced that they will run the ads in gratitude for Donald Trump who has made Christmas Great Again!

The videos show Trump supporters thanking him for various actions he's taken over the last year--none related to LGBTQ people, for obvious reasons.

The happy participants smile and thank Trump with the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and at the end a little girl appears on screen thanking him for "letting us say Merry Christmas again". Okay.

Donald Trump has insisted on multiple occasions that the phrase Merry Christmas has been removed from American vernacular because we are all too PC to say something that may offend others. He has also gone on record (via Twitter) that previous president Barack Obama was responsible for removing the 'Christmas' from our lives.

Depending on your opinion about Trump, you may just want to keep Yule Log on this year.

Check out the ad:

Los Angeles LGBT Center Issues Statement On President's Anti-Muslim Tweets

LOS ANGELES - In response to President Trump's tweeted endorsement of the far-right, anti-Muslim group Britain First, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following statement:

"The Los Angeles LGBT Center joins with the international human rights community to condemn President Trump’s endorsement this morning of far-right propaganda against Muslims.

"Tweeting videos spread by British extremists that further demonize Muslims opens the door for Trump’s supporters to target Muslims for acts of hatred and violence. This action is indefensible on many counts, but, put most simply, it is dangerous and obscene.

"The obsessive targeting of vulnerable populations by the president and his Administration has very real and violent consequences. Right now, one in five people who commit hate crimes in the United States reference President Trump by name.

"We must all stand against these vile acts of hatred directed against LGBT people, immigrants, people of color, women, Muslims, Jews, and many other vulnerable communities, and stand against the constant tide of normalization and encouragement that the president’s behavior grants to those who commit them.

"This is the time for all people of good conscience to say, ‘Enough!’"

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Federal Judge Rules Military Must Ignore Trump And Accept Trans People Starting January

The federal court judge who blocked Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military service people has now issued a court memo to clarify what the military is to do at this moment.

The judge issued the clarification memo just yesterday even though the ban was blocked back in October.

In the memo, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly writes that the military is to ignore Trump’s ban and begin accepting transgender troops by January 1 of next year.

As The Hill reports, the memo states: “that [Kollar-Kotelly’s] injunction means that the military must continue to follow the policies established by former President Barack Obama‘s ‘June 30, 2016 Directive-type Memorandum,’ which allowed transgender individuals to enlist beginning on January 1.”

On top of that, Defense Secretary James Mattis is to use “a six-month deadline to assess the role of transgender troops who are currently serving in the U.S. military.”

This memo is released a week after a second U.S. court blocked the ban because it violates the U.S. Constitutions’ equal protection clause and the guaranteed rights of service members to receive medical care.

Trump officially issued the ban back in August (after first tweeting about it).

Supposedly, he did not consult any currently serving military officials about the futures of what a 2016 RAND study says is somewhere between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender service members in active duty and 830 to 4,160 members on reserve.

(Though, the only other study estimating the number of transgender service members is a 2014 UCLA study, and it estimates that there are about 15,500 transgender service members to be enlisted on active duty, in the reserves, and in the National Guard).

In addition, Trump cited some of the reasoning for the ban as a way to cut “tremendous medical costs” for transgender people going through gender-reassignment surgery.

That said, the RAND study found that only 29-129 of the transgender service members would seek out medical treatment.

Richard Simmons Defends Transgender Defamation Lawsuit By Quoting Trump

Credit: USAMagazine

Did you know that Richard Simmons is going through a defamation lawsuit?

What happened was that Richard Simmons and his team discovered that the National Enquirer magazine ran multiple articles between June 2016 and March 2017. These articles had titles like “Shocking Sex Surgery” and spread the rumor that the fitness guru had gone under gender-reassignment surgery.

Credit: National Enquirer

Then in May, Simmons and his team filed a defamation lawsuit against the magazine stating that the articles were “cruel and malicious.”

But, American Media, which owns the magazine, is arguing back that it doesn’t count as defamation because there is no shame in being transgender. Thus, calling someone transgender shouldn’t be considered insulting or public image ruining.

But get this, Simmons and his legal team fired back by filing another lawsuit this past Thursday, and this time they cited Donald Trump.

They stated that in a time where the U.S. President will tweet intolerance towards trans people, the magazine used sensational wording like “exposing” and “bizarre” to sell a false and transphobic narrative.

Some of the specific wording that the prosecution used was:

“It is unclear why — if society (and AMI purportedly with it) so embraces the transgender community — that AMI would characterize its Articles as ‘exposing’ Mr. Simmons or use the word ‘bizarre’ to characterize his alleged new life as a trans woman,” states Simmons’ response.”

“Surely, if AMI’s readers rejected prejudice against trans people, such phrasing would not help sell magazines or promote internet clicks. AMI cannot at once cynically and deliberately publish falsehoods about Simmons that it touted to the world as ‘shocking’ and ‘bizarre,’ intentionally pandering to prejudice, and then righteously pretend that such prejudice does not exist.”

That said, perhaps the magazine really believed in its news and its stories. After all, Richard Simmons did suddenly disappear from public view for a few years. There are even websites and podcasts about it.

But, it seems that isn’t the case as the magazine continued to publish articles about this rumored sex change even after being sued.

In addition, media like the Enquirer were point fingers toward former masseuse and friend Mauro Oliveira as the source of the rumors.

They alleged/stated that Oliveira had become a stalker and said that he wanted to ruin what’s left of Simmons’s career and public image (if he wasn’t paid).

Credit: Entertainment Tonight

That said, Simmons's team filed a declaration on Thursday with a statement from Oliveira where he says he never said such a thing.

"I was shocked and disturbed after discovering that the National Enquirer and Radar Online published cover stories claiming that Richard Simmons has transitioned into a woman and included the photos I supplied," Oliveira stated.

"Although I may have said that Richard Simmons's chest looks like the chest of someone who might be on hormones," Oliveira's statemend added, "I never stated that Richard Simmons is now a woman, had breast implants, or had sex-change surgery."

That’s as far as the case has gone and there’s no way to know which way the verdict will go. But we'll keep you updated if there's any change.

Note (8/19/2017): An earlier version of this post reported on the Oliviera stalking as if it was true, but thanks to his comments to Instinct, we have updated the article to include his statement and declaration.

Clay Aiken Regrets Defending Trump

After appearing on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 and coming in second on the season finale, out singer Clay Aiken has been public about his support for our current president Donald Trump, who hosted the show. But since the events in Charlottesville have  transpired, Donald Trump’s comments on white nationalism are proving that the former reality show host turned Commander-in-Chief needs to hear that phrase he coined—“You’re fired!”

Aiken has come to the realization that his support for Trump was wrong and he should have never jumped on the “Make America Great Again” bandwagon--and he's claiming he never supported him! Like many other public figures and citizens, Aiken is getting a taste of what it’s like to have a racist bigot in the White House.

Here's what America's notorious runner-up is tweeting:

Republican Healthcare Bill Fails in Senate

The effort to undo the Affordable Care Act fell short of passing votes in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 after three Republican senators voted against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan. Republican senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV); Susan Collins (ME); and Lisa Murkowski (AK) joined Democrats and a few other Republicans in declaring they would not support the effort without a proper replacement for Obamacare.

If passed, the Republican Healthcare Bill would have affected patients with a long list of pre-existing conditions.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) mentioned:

“It’s time to move on. It’s time to start over. Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our healthcare system.”

Trump told reporters at the White House:

"We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

And as with everything else, the Donald took to Twitter to show his braggadocious persistence:

 

 

This failure leaves Trump without a significant legislative victory during his first six months in office.

A top Republican told CNN:

"He was playing with a firetruck and trying on a cowboy hat as the bill was collapsing and he had no clue.”

And due to Trump’s presence on social media, the people took to Twitter to comment