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Tenn. CEO compares Michelle Obama to chimpanzee

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“I don’t care who you are, … this is funny.”

Thus began an e-mail that Walt Baker, CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, sent to to a few friends, the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several members of the press.

It continues by comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan’s chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta. There are two photos at the bottom — one of Obama with an awkward pursing of her lips and another of a chimp.

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Unsurprisingly, Baker has already begun apologizing for the outrage created by the e-mail.

“I am sorry for my actions. I am sorry for the offensive contents of the email,” Baker said. “I can only hope those that know me can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Many of Tennessee’s leaders are angry that their state is once again front and center of a negative media spotlight.

“Who wants to come to a state where people think like that? This is far reaching and it’s damaging,” said District 3 Metro Council Member Walter Hunt.

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This isn’t the first e-mail sent by a Tennessee official since President Obama took office that smacks of racism.

In October, a state trooper sent a “white pride” e-mail to nearly 800 state employees.

Several months before, an aide in the state Senate sent out an e-mail depicting Obama as two cartoonish white eyes peering from a black background.

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The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has decided to drop its contract with Baker’s marketing firm Saturday, but many are calling for Baker’s resignation from the Tennessee Hospitality Association.


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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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Maddow reveals Trump’s Ukraine scandal is also an attempt to ‘unblame’ Russia for 2016 interference

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On MSNBC Thursday night, Rachel Maddow walked through an underreported aspect of the Ukraine scandal. When President Donald Trump dangled foreign aid in front of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he was not just demanding he dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — he was also demanding he help dig up information that would disprove the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation.

"This scheme that the president and Giuliani were enacting using the three amigos, Gordon Sondland, Rick Perry, and [Kurt] Volker, who has already resigned, the scheme was to hold up a White House meeting for this foreign leader unless he coughed up stuff that Trump could use for his re-election effort against Joe Biden," said Maddow. "And in addition to that, interestingly, he needed help unblaming Russia for the 2016 election attack."

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Trump says Republicans ‘are all happy’ with his ‘deal’ to sell out the Kurds

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President Donald Trump on claimed during a Thursday night campaign rally in Texas that "all" Republicans on Capitol Hill are "happy" with the deal he cut with Turkey that cave the country Kurdish land in Syria.

Trump praised Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for their work on the deal, which has been blasted as ethnic cleansing.

"I took a lot of heat, even from some of our congressmen, some of our senators," Trump admitted.

"But now they're all happy," he argued.

"I am happy with them," he added. "I am happy with them."

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