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Hilarious ‘Skype bombing’ shuts down Zimmerman trial witness testimony

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An attempt to allow a witness to offer live video testimony in the murder trial of George Zimmerman ended in failure on Wednesday after Internet pranksters inundated his Skype connection with dozens of call requests.

Prosecutors introduced Seminole State College criminal justice professor Gordon Scott Pleasants by displaying a Skype video chat that included his user name and a list of other contacts.

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While Skype testimony is becoming more common, most trials are not shown live to hundreds of thousands of people across the nation. And some of the viewers on Wednesday apparently decided to take the opportunity to congratulate Pleasants on his new-found fame and began calling his Skype number.

As the prosecution attempted to ask questions, alerts began flooding the screen, notifying Pleasants that people all over the country wanted to chat.

“Is that his phone?” Judge Debra Nelson wondered.

Pleasants laughed as he realized that he could not clear the alerts messages from the screen faster than they were appearing.

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“There’s now a really good chance that we’re being toyed with, just so you know,” Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara noted.

Following a short break, Pleasants returned to testify in a traditional audio-only telephone call.

Watch this video from MSNBC, broadcast July 3, 2013.

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Trump told NRA’s Wayne LaPierre he’s not ‘waffling’ anymore — background checks are off the table

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President Donald Trump made a congratulatory phone call to National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre to let the far-right organization know that the White House was reversing itself and would not be supporting universal background checks for firearms sales.

Following shooting massacres in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Trump had argued the time was now for background checks.

"Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks," Trump argued. "Perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"

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On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's "Deadline: White House," Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Tim O'Brien said that President Donald Trump is losing what little control he had — and getting all the more dangerous for it.

"I think he’s getting more panicked," said O'Brien. "I think — I suspect that Trump, when the Mueller investigation ended, thought that sort of existential threats to his presidency had been put to rest, and in very short order I think 'Trump the racist' became a very appropriate and damning moniker that got attached to him after Elijah Cummings, 'Trump the racist' will be part of his historical legacy. And now you have the economy starting to deteriorate a bit around the edges. Whether or not that’s going to be a recession or not, I don’t know, but there’s enough alarm bells on there for a president who has routinely attached his reputation, to a strong economy that’s a job creating economy, and markets are going bananas."

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Trump: ‘Any Jewish people’ who vote for Democrats have ‘a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the majority of Jewish American voters of having "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty" because they support Democrats.

While discussing Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a talk with reporters, the president said he couldn't imagine any Jewish American voting for the Democrats due to the congresswomen's comments about Israel.

"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.

In fact, the majority of Jews in the United States have voted for Democratic candidates in every election since the election of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.

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