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John Oliver: Calling Uganda’s anti-LGBT laws ‘harsh’ is like calling Stalin ‘a bit of a grump’

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For Pride weekend, Last Week Tonight’s host John Oliver trained his eye on Uganda, pointing out that the country’s anti-gay laws have become more extreme with the help of anti-gay crusaders like Scott Lively of the United States.

Uganda recently passed a law that imposes life sentences on those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.”

“Calling Uganda’s laws ‘harsh’ doesn’t really do them justice. That’s like calling Stalin ‘a bit of a grump,’ ” Oliver explained. “Or the Triangle Shirtwaist fire a ‘whoopsie-doo’. Or the Titanic a ‘disappointing vacation.'”

Pointing out that, since the anti-gay legislation went into effect in Uganda, actual attacks on gays in the country have increased between 750 to 1900 percent from previous years, Oliver said, “It’s gotten to the point where people from the dark ages could build a time machine, travel to 2014 Uganda, step outside and go ‘ah shit, it didn’t work.'”

Asking how Uganda’s laws had become so extreme, Oliver notes that the country has the support of American anti-gay evangelicals like Scott Lively.

Saying “you may know Lively as that crazy guy … attempting to take back the rainbow as a symbol from the gays,” Oliver added, “Scott Lively is clearly an idiot, and luckily, over here we just get to laugh at him.”

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In Uganda, however, Lively is held in such esteem, that he was allowed to address the Ugandan Parliament for five hours.

“I don’t know what is more shocking here. That he addressed the parliament at all or that he did it for five hours,” Oliver said. “Because, listen, if your hard-on for homophobia lasts five hours, you need to seek medical attention.”

Oliver shared clips of Lively telling Ugandan audiences that it is common in America for “lesbians to be molested by other women,” equating homosexuality with pedophilia, and calling gays “monsters” and “Nazis.”

“It’s like he ate the most offensive package of magnetic poetry and then vomited it all over his audience, ” Oliver said.

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Noting that Uganda’s extreme anti-gay legislation passed following his appearances there, Oliver shared a clip of Lively disavowing any responsibility.

“Oh no, no, of course not. You were simply saying ‘look guys, gay people are dangerous insidious Nazis… do with that information what you will. Lively out. Lively out.'”

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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BUSTED: Trump’s DOJ intervened to keep Paul Manafort from being imprisoned at Rikers Island

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President Donald Trump's Department of Justice intervened to keep his former campaign chairman out of jail, The New York Times reported Monday.

Manafort had been expected to be moved to the Rikers Island jail complex.

"But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York," the newspaper reported.

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