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New Doc Shows Steve Bannon Manipulating Information About AOC, And How Easily He Creates False Narratives

President Donald Trump may have coined the phrase “fake news,” but his administration has certainly dished out misinformation from the get-go. Since Trump’s election, it’s as if the Republicans and Democrats — along with their respective commentators — are quick to draw a narrative on whatever issue or topic even if it’s not correct.

The best way to squash a lie is to have tangible evidence that proves otherwise.

Last summer, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon flat out lied and said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s election campaign aimed to impeach Trump.

The evidence of Bannon’s lie was caught during the filming of the documentary “The Brink.” Bannon, who worked in the White House between 2016-2017, said that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ran on a ticket that was all about impeaching the president. There’s proof that never happened, yet Bannon’s bald-faced lie could be taken as truth because of his manipulative way of speaking.

The documentary was filmed last year during the historic midterm elections in which Democrats took over the House.

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The film’s director Alison Klayman told The Daily Beast that Bannon’s comment came just a month after Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had won her election. She said that viewers should note how easily he manipulated the topic by first paying Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a compliment, then outright lying, which makes it harder for people to discern the lie.

The director said was surprised how easily Bannon tried to spin a false narrative without having the facts to back it up.

“AOC has recently won her primary, and I had watched her victory speech online. I was struck by how substantive her speech was (later in the film I used her voice along with other victorious female Dems in an election-night montage precisely for this reason). I wanted to know what Bannon thought of her at this moment, and as you see, his response is pure positioning without real knowledge to back it up,” explains Klayman. “He expresses some admiration for her and then goes on to completely mischaracterize her victory speech, falling back on a caricature of a hysterical Democrat triggered by Trump. She didn’t mention Trump once in her whole speech.”

Watch the clip of the trailer.

READ: Minor League Baseball Team Calls Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez An ‘Enemy Of Freedom’

Ivanka Trump Whose Father Allegedly Cheated His Way Into College Tells Out-Of-Work Americans To Pass On College And ‘Find Something New’

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Ivanka Trump Whose Father Allegedly Cheated His Way Into College Tells Out-Of-Work Americans To Pass On College And ‘Find Something New’

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When Donald Trump ran in 2016, many of his supporters were banking on the real estate mogul’s successful empire to help them transform their own pennies into mountains of gold. Now, with a pandemic and unemployment rates skyrocketing, that potential is being put to the test and proving to be failing. As of July, the United States is being gravely incapacitated by an economic collapse caused by a national stay at home orders and the shut down of non-essential businesses. In April, a record number of 20.5 million people lost their jobs, a decline reported as being the most sudden on record.

Still, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump wants Americans to pull themselves up by their own britches and “find something new.”

In a new ad campaign called “Find Something New,” Ivanka Trump is attempting to encourage unemployed Americans to find new careers.

The adviser to her father launched a new initiative on Tuesday urging Americans that are unemployed to find new careers during virtual roundtable which took place amongst other business leaders. Apple CEO Tim Cook was also involved in the discussion which featured a handful of Americans opening up about their own employment stories.

“Now, as a result of COVID, people need to, unfortunately, in some cases learn a completely new skill,” Trump urged during the campaign’s launch. “But that is also an opportunity to be put on for a new trajectory for themselves and their lives and we want to facilitate that connection back to the workforce and make it as smooth as possible.”

Users on Twitter were quick to lambast the “Find Something New” campaign in part for its title. After all, the suggestion to many Americans who have forged careers through years of work and financial commitments to their education is as CNN puts it, “too simplistic a catchphrase to describe the unemployment meltdown happening for millions of Americans as a global pandemic continues to ravage physical and financial health.”

In response to critics, Ivanka Trump defended herself on Twitter.

“I suggest that you visit http://FindSomethingNew.org,” Trump wrote. “This initiative is about challenging the idea the traditional 2 and 4 yr college is the only option to acquire the skills needed to secure a job. This work has never been more urgent.”

Born out of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Trump’s “Find Something New” campaign has a website that directs users towards other work opportunities. Trump, a graduate of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, whose niece recently claimed he cheated to get into, has recently called his supporters to overlook college and university job programs in favor of vocational and technical schools. His daughter, Ivanka Trump herself is also a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and while she has proven to be a jack of various trades in terms of career (besides being an advisor to her father, she is a reality star and designer) can undoubtedly chalk all of that up to the success of her own father.

Naya Rivera’s Most Powerful Performances On Glee Will Make You Llorar

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Naya Rivera’s Most Powerful Performances On Glee Will Make You Llorar

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As Naya Rivera fans mourn her death, we wanted to pay tribute to the beautiful singer whose voice made such a difference to girls and boys watching her on “Glee.” For all of her performances, Rivera manages to give her full heart and often made her fans cry.

Here’s to the Afro-Latina beauty and her legacy.

“Landslide”

For her performance of the Fleetwood Mac version of “Landslide,” Rivera delivered another emotional performance alongside her co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Morris. In the episode, Santana chooses the song to tell Brittany how she feels about her. Despite her performance, Santana tells her classmate Rachel Berry that just because she sang a song with Brittany, it doesn’t mean that anyone, can put a label on her.

“If I Die Young”

In the episode honoring the death of her former co-star Cory Monteith, Rivera as Santana reveals how hurt she is by his character Finn’s death.

”River Deep, Mountain

High” 

Originally performed by Ike & Tina Turner, Santana sings this song alongside her peer Mercedes for the Glee Club’s the duet competition to win a free meal Breadstix. Which we all know Santana loved.

“Valerie”

In the Season Two and ninth episode of Glee, Santana gave a soulful performance of Valerie by The Zutons (Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse version

“Girl On Fire”

In Season Four, Santana sang “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys while making the decision to move on from her life and to New York.

“Don’t Rain On My Parade”

In season 5 of “Glee” Santana’s performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” quite literally stunned everyone.

“Rumor Has It / Someone Like You”

In the final song of the season 3, Santana sings “Rumour Has It/Someone Like You” by Adele as a mash-up.

“Survivor/ I Will Survive”

For her big performance, Santana sang the Destiny’s Child/Gloria Gaynor mashup in the eighth episode of Season Three.

“Mine”

Santana broke just about every heart, including Brittany’s when she breaks up with her while singing “Mine” by Taylor Swift.