Chalk one up for the good guys. After pointing out and retweeting some of the vile and racist tweets sent her way, Ghostbusters star, Leslie Jones, got some sort of redemption on Tuesday when Twitter finally responded by permanently suspending some of the racists who took part in the attack.
Among those banned Tuesday was Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who has been a controversial figure on the site and helped lead the abuse against Jones. Yiannopoulos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter has long come under criticism for not doing enough to police abusive behavior on the often-freewheeling messaging service. Other celebrities have taken issue with abuse on the site, including writer and actress Lena Dunham, who said in September she had hired someone to tweet on her behalf because it was no longer a “safe space” for her.
Twitter said in a statement Tuesday that it had seen an “uptick” in the number of accounts violating its abuse and harassment policies over the past 48 hours, noting it had enforced its policies either by issuing warnings or permanently suspending users.
“We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree,” Twitter said in the statement. “We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders.”
Jones, who is also a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live, publicly pondered over several tweets what would prompt people to “spew hate.”
“I used to wonder why some celebs don’t have Twitter accts now I know,” she wrote in one tweet. In a separate post, she added: “Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let [hate] spread like that.”
In an interview with Joy Reid on MSNBC, comedian D.L Hughly got serious for a moment when the subject of Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, was mentioned, And before the Trump question was fully asked, Hughley answered, “Donlad Trump is a racist!”
Hughley then associated the rest of the Republican leadership with Trump’s racism, quoting House Speaker Paul Ryan as saying that Trump’s basically a “textbook” racist. “And if you can say that,” Hughley continued about Ryan, “it’s because you’re not affected by racists.”
Hughley ended the piece on Trump saying that “if I’m in a car, I committed a crime and the dude in the car with me pretend that he don’t know, that ain’t going to work. You’re a co-conspirator. And if you know that he is a racist, you’re a co-racist. Simple as that!”
Although some Republicans remain totally blinded by the obvious racist remarks of Donald Trump in reference to the heritage of a federal judge, a small amount of them have seen the light. Marco Rubio, a former Republican presidential candidate, appears to be one of them, and he is apparently pulling away from the leader of his party.
Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make clear that if he speaks at the Republican National Convention this July, he will not be on stage as a Donald Trump surrogate.
“I may not be asked to speak, but if I am at a convention or any Republican gathering for that matter, what I would communicate is the things I believe in,” Rubio said Monday.
He said that no one has reached out to him about a potential speaking slot.
Rubio said his vision is, in some cases, “substantially different from what Donald is offering, and that’s why I’m not sure I’m going to be asked to speak at the convention.”
After Trump’s comments suggested that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel should not preside over a case against Trump University due to his Mexican-American heritage, Rubio was among the GOP lawmakers saying that Trump should stop the rhetoric.
“I’ve never said I would stand and speak on behalf of someone else’s agenda,” Rubio said. “I would speak about the things I believe in, not somebody else’s platform or on behalf of anyone else for that matter.”
When you’re applying for the job of president of all the American people and the militia comes to your rescue promising to “forcefully” protect some people over the safety and wellbeing of others, it would seem that your next move should be to disavow the militia and reassure all Americans that you will be their president.
If you are Donald Trump running for president under the Republican banner however, you will welcome the militia’s actions. In fact, you will even encourage it.
Hours after a protester rushed the stage at Trump’s Dayton rally, a Twitter group called “The Lion’s Guard” called on supporters of the GOP front-runner to join a make-shift militia, according to RT.
“Do you want to provide security protection to innocent people who are subject to harassment and assault by Far-left agitators?” Lion’s Guard asked in a call to action. “If so, you are welcome to join. That’s the mission — to protect innocents who can’t hire their own security guards.”
Lion’s Guard said that their members would be unarmed, “but willing to forcefully protect people if need be.”
“We are *defensive*, *protective* of innocents who are being beaten and harassed for their political views.”
Within hours, the account reportedly had over 500 followers, and members were already asking for “uniform suggestions.”
It was certainly bound to happen. After all, one of Donald Trump’s earliest backers hosted the same crowd when she was running for national office. This is what happens when a politician plays into the anger with more anger and blame and bluster and racism and Islamophobia and, above all, ignorance.
Look, Bernie Sanders has some angry Democrats at his rallies, but Sanders is a responsible, thinking adult who knows that the way you channel anger is to turn it into positive energy and constructive policies.
But the Republican Party has denied climate change for so long that they didn’t see the political climate shifting underneath their Gucci loafers. And now that both the planet and the right-wing are heating up to the point that there’s no turning back, we have our first political super storm. And it’s ugly. Trump has fed the storm for years with his claim that President Obama was not a citizen and that Ted Cruz should be barred from the GOP race. He’s also claimed his own reality when it comes to his finances, his bankruptcies and, in the aftermath of his canceled Chicago rally, the claim that if he hadn’t brought up immigration, it wouldn’t have been an issue in this campaign. Of course it would have: the difference is that maybe we could have had an adult conversation about it, not a white-hot ethnic slur-fest that’s resulting in more Hispanics applying for citizenship so they can vote against Trump (shudder) in November.
The motley crew’s endorsement of Trump – from the Klan to the Illinois Nazi Party to Chris Christie to Ben Carson – makes it quite clear that his message is dangerous and that he needs to be careful about stoking emotional outbursts. Trump needs to rebuke all of this in a national statement, but I’m not holding my breath.
In the meantime, the deniers will ensure that the atmosphere just gets hotter.
Donald Trump found himself in hot water on Sunday when he refused to denounce an endorsement by the former leader of the KKK, David Duke Now his son, Donald Trump Jr., apparently thought it appropriate to give a 20-minute radio interview to a white supremacist, a man who said slavery was great for black Americans.
James Edwards, host of the show “Political Cesspool,” scored a 20-minute interview with Donald Trump Jr. at a Memphis rally on Saturday, he wrote on his blog.
Edwards, who calls his views unabashedly “pro-white,” has hosted Ku Klux Klan leaders and Holocaust deniers on his show. He once wrote of slavery: “For blacks in the Americas, slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to them. Unfortunately, it’s the worst thing that ever happened to white Americans.”
Fresh back from his vacation, HBO’s Bill Maher was interviewed by The Daily Beast and asked a series of questions ranging from President Obama’s last State of The Union address to The Republican Presidential candidates. And as usual, Maher’s perspective on the issues are usually spot on, and although the interview has many quotable areas, it was his feelings on the Teaparty that had me nodding my head in agreement.
Asked if the Teaparty was born out of pure racism for the first black American president, Maher quickly agreed… and expanded on the racism foundation in the Teaparty.
More like totally. Born, bred, and raised from racism. Of course. There’s a number of things that prove it, but Obama has mostly completed their agenda. He cut taxes on 98 percent of Americans. He cut the deficit by two-thirds. He reduced the size of government, which is something that Bush and Reagan never did. And yet they still hate him. What could it be? I am always racking my brain! Is it because he’s skinny? What could it be! That’s of course what it is. There was no Tea Party during Bush despite the financial collapse, the bailout of the banks, the bailout of the automobile industry—all of this “socialist money” out the window, the thing that they supposedly hate, and yet no movement of concerned white taxpayers sprouting up. But suddenly, a month after Count Chocula takes office, they break out the three-cornered hat!