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Donald Trump Jr. Booed Off The Stage By His Father’s Supporters And Twitter Is Living For It

Donald Trump Jr. fled his own book tour appearance at the University of California – Los Angeles after 20 minutes of booing. While it is not uncommon for members of the president’s family to incite protests, what’s peculiar about this one is that Trump Jr.’s detractors were also his father’s supporters. 

To quote Inae Oh of Mother Jones, “white nationalists” are beginning to “eat their own.” Could this signal another internal splintering of the Republican party following the dissident Tea Party Movement’s full integration into the GOP during the 2010s? Only time will tell but in the meantime, Twitter is too busy cackling at Trump Jr.’s flop of an appearance. 

Young Republicans were triggered during Trump Jr.’s appearance to promote his new book Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. 

Trump Jr. was at UCLA with his girlfriend Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle to promote his new book Triggered. The book essentially serves to make fun of members of the Democratic party who are known to want to end racism, sexism, climate change, and inhumane practices like torture and family separation. 

Triggered makes a mockery of political correctness. It claims members of the left want to silence those on the right despite his and hundreds of other conservatives receiving book publishing contracts, public speaking gigs like this one and numerous other opportunities to receive money in exchange for espousing their worldview. 

Little irony was lost when Trump Jr. refused to do a Q&A with the conservative audience — which they interpreted as “being silenced.” The audience began to boo incessantly — which silenced him. Guilfoyle began to reprimand the audience who she implied were incels.  

“You’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous,” she said. “I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.” 

The far-far-right was protesting the far-right, in a bizarre turn of events. 

After 20 minutes, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle fled the scene. The event was intended to last at least two hours. The audience chanted “USA! USA!” Then “Q and A! Q and A!” But Trump Jr. could not get a word in before fleeing. 

This is where things get confusing. Trump Jr.’s appearance was arranged by Turning Point USA, a group that brings controversial conservative speakers to college campuses. CBS News has described TPUSA as a “far-right organization.” 

The group is led by Charlie Kirk who according to Media Matters, “is a pro-Trump troll. […] He has a history of pushing right-wing hoaxes and conspiracy theories.” 

People like Kirk spread these conspiracies, they tend to be repeated by real political figures, then end up getting coverage on Fox News, which the President watches and then those lies get reposted on Twitter by him. When conspiracy theories become normalized as truth in a political party things get messy. 

Conspiracy theories shared amongst Republicans are dividing Republicans.

The protestors at Trump Jr.’s appearance support him and his father but they are considered far-far-right and oppose Charlie Kirk. These detractors are followers of Nick Fuentes, a 21-year-old white nationalist. According to The Guardian, Fuentes and his supporters believe a conspiracy that the President is being controlled by secret members of a “deep state” who won’t let him do what he really wants — a conspiracy spread by Kirk as recently as last week, except many far-far-right members now believe Kirk is a part of that deep state. 

Kirk is accused by them of not being hard enough on immigration, not being Christian enough, and being too supportive of LGBTQ+ people. 

“Charlie Kirk is a FAKE CONSERVATIVE that promotes the LGBT agenda, supports immigration policies that hurt the American worker, and says that America is simply a worthless ‘placeholder.’ Kirk was virulently anti-Trump until we won the nomination. He is hurting MAGA!” Fuentes tweeted about the incident.

Basically, it turned into a which group is more pro-Trump than the other.

“It was an absolute disaster for them. We wanted to ask questions about immigration and about Christianity, but they didn’t want to face those questions,” Joe and Orion Miles, who booed Trump Jr., told The Guardian.

Two far-right groups who spread conspiracy theories and support Trump are fighting each other because the conspiracies they shared amongst one another have told them to. As Oh notes in Mother Jones, conservatives will call-out the racism of other conservatives if it benefits them, but “have little to say about their own roles in encouraging hatred, white nationalism, and anti-Semitism for a new generation. The chaos on Sunday is the kind of thing you should expect when young conservatives are trained to be at the front lines of the culture wars, armed with ‘fake news’ chants and hashtag-ready taunts.”

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The Man Who Created ICE Is Now Releasing A Book To Honor Immigrants

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The Man Who Created ICE Is Now Releasing A Book To Honor Immigrants

George Bush Presidential Center

The 43rd president, the man who literally helped create Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is now releasing a book meant to honor immigrants to the U.S. Cue the massive eye rolls.

As president, Bush oversaw a massive expansion of the country’s deportation apparatus and his policies directly impacted the lives of millions of people in the United States, with and without documents.

So it was no surprise that as Bush announced the new book, social media was quick to point out the blatant hypocrisy and tone deaf messaging the former president is sending. It’s all nice and good that he may have had a change of heart on immigration – particularly after seeing the destructive policies of the current president – but many are pointing out Bush will be making potentially millions of dollars of the backs of the very people he once demonized.

George Bush is releasing a book highlighting stories of immigrants to the U.S.

A new book by former President George W. Bush will highlight an issue which now sets him apart from many of his fellow Republicans — immigration.

The book includes 43 portraits by the 43rd president, four-color paintings of immigrants he has come to know over the years, along with biographical essays he wrote about each of them.

“While I recognize that immigration can be an emotional issue, I reject the premise that it is a partisan issue. It is perhaps the most American of issues, and it should be one that unites us,” Bush writes in the new book’s introduction, noting that he did not want it to come out during the election season. Bush has not endorsed Trump or his presumptive Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“My hope is that this book will help focus our collective attention on the positive impacts that immigrants are making on our country.”

The book will serve as a companion to an upcoming exhibition at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Credit: Penguin Random House

“Both ‘Out of Many, One’ and the exhibition of the same name will include bold, principle-based solutions that comprehensively address the current debate on immigration,” according to Crown. “At the heart of the recommendations is the belief that every year that passes without reforming the nation’s broken system means missed opportunities to ensure the future prosperity, vitality, and security of our country.”

Bush has become a dedicated portrait painter and best-selling author since leaving the White House. His memoir “Decision Points” has sold more than 3 million copies, and his other books include “41,” about his father, former President George H.W. Bush; and a collection of paintings of military veterans, “Portraits of Courage.”

He will donate a portion of his “Out Of Many, One” proceeds to organizations that help immigrants resettle.

Although he may be friends with the Obamas, Bush has a terrible record on immigration.

Credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

Apart from Donald Trump, few presidents were as intertwined with immigration than George Bush, which has led to swift blowback on social media. Critics have been quick to point out the blatant hypocrisy with the president’s new series, since his administration created US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more commonly known as ICE, which has cracked down harshly on undocumented immigration under Trump.  

And although Bush has on occasion criticized the state of immigration policies under Trump, it doesn’t make up for his hurtful policies as president.

In 2018, on the day after the Trump administration issued guidance for asylum seekers at the border that threatened thousands of individuals with being turned away before they could plead their cases in court, Bush said he was “disturbed” by the immigration debate taking place in the United States. Bush has also praised the nation’s immigrant history as “a blessing” while calling for comprehensive reform.

Bush’s own record on immigration isn’t totally black and white either. Many point out that the former president did introduce a bill that would have included a pathway to citizenship for 17 million immigrants in the U.S. However, the bill was defeated with bipartisan support because many Democrats felt it didn’t offer enough protections and many Republicans said it was illegal amnesty.

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The Difference Between The Confederate And Pride Flag? One Represents Hate The Other Represents Love And Inclusion

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The Difference Between The Confederate And Pride Flag? One Represents Hate The Other Represents Love And Inclusion

Some kids do the darnedest things. Others… commit acts that are just plain stupid. 

In a story, high school students from a town in Missouri acted against several displays of the Pride flag at their school by displaying a Confederate flag in their cafeteria. 

Yawn.

After a group of students at West Plains High School in Missouri passed out pride flags to show solidarity with LGBTQ students, some conservative students apparently took issue.

In response to the flags, several students hung up a Confederate flag in their school cafeteria area. The display ultimately sparked a heavy debate on social media and amongst the people of West Plains. According to a report by Buzzfeed students had posted the Confederate flag incident to Snapchat accounts. One post had captioned the images of the flag with the words “If they can fly their queer flags, others can fly their rebel flags. Butt hurt?”

The incident which occurred on December 9th is reportedly under investigation by the West Plains School District. As of Monday, the school has yet to take disciplinary actions against any of the students involved according to a district spokesperson who spoke to BuzzFeed News. 

In a statement issued by the West Plains School District the school views the incident as unacceptable. 

“Last week groups of high school students chose to bring banners to school, and while we respect student’s first amendment rights, however, we became aware the banners were used by some members of the groups to taunt other students, and that is not acceptable,” the statement read. “Rather than deal with this a disciplinary matter, we chose to deal with it as a learning experience. No disciplinary actions were taken. Our hope is to teach our students to respect each other and to respect different viewpoints on a variety of societal issues. Since that occurrence, rumors have sprung up from the most part from people who were not affiliated with the school district, but we want our community to know what the true facts are and set aside any rumors that are being heard.”

According to Buzfeed, the “banners” that were referred to in the statement are actually addressing both the Confederate and Pride flags. (Insert world’s most massive eye roll.)

In an interview with BuzzFeed New, two students who had taken part in passing out the Pride flags have said they are currently experieing hateful comments online. 

“A lot of students don’t have parents who support them,”  Marianne, a 15-year-old sophomore from the school where the incident took place told BuzzFeed. The sophomore took part in passing out Pride flags to students at the school before the Confederate flags were strung up. “We were just trying to show that we’re proud of who we are.”

According to students who interviewed with Buzzfeed, 60 Pride flags had been bought and passed around to other students. Distribution of the flags had been done without Mal intent and many students stuck their flags out of their backpacks or carried them by hand around the school’s campus. Students had said that they wanted to share the flags to show LGBTQ+ students at their high school that they were never alone. 

According to the students who had talked to Buzzfeed, it wasn’t until their lunch period that they had noticed two or three male students string up a Confederate flag in the seniors café.

“To us it was just like retaliation to people who were holding their own [pride] flags,” Taylor, another 15-year-old who spoke to Buzzfeed said. “The worst part is that others were backing them up.”

Some students claimed that anti-gay slurs were used against students who had passed out the flags while they were in the cafeteria. The incident piqued when kids ran from the cafeteria upset and phoned their parents so that they would be picked up.

Eventually school administrators took down the flag away.

While a superintendent for the Missouri school district said that the school recognizes students’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression, they had to ask students to put the banners away when it became a disruption.

“But when it became a point of disruption, we had to eliminate the disruption and we simply asked students to put the banners away,” said the superintendent. “It doesn’t matter what the banner consists of.”

The images of the incident have circulated online, often with comments that are homophobic and against the LGBTQ+ community.

Students involved in the incident have argued on Snapchat that they were expressing their equal right to practice freedom of speech. Still, their true intentions were clue. As one FB user who had read the commentary wrote in response, “One is for love and acceptance and the other represents hatred! Sorry, schools should not allow that!”

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