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Pearl Jam cancels N.C. show over ‘despicable’ anti-trans law: ‘We must take a stand against prejudice’

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Pearl Jam became the latest high-profile act to protest North Carolina’s new anti-trans legislation when the veteran rock band announced on Monday it canceled an upcoming performance in the state.

“We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job because of who they are,” the group said in a statement posted on its Twitter and Facebook pages. “It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.”

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The band was slated to perform in Raleigh on April 20. Instead, it will donate to local groups opposing the law, which it described as “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”

Earlier this month, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil announced that they were cancelling performances in the state because of the law, which bars trans residents from using public restrooms according to their gender identity.


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‘They don’t understand what it means to be American’: Ex-Pentagon chief blasts White House

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained Wednesday that President Donald Trump went to St. John's Church with his Bible because it's what former President George W. Bush did after Sept. 11 and what Winston Churchill did during World War II. The problem, of course, being that protesters demanding an end to police brutality aren't the same as Al-Qaeda or the Nazis and it's police killing unarmed Americans, not Black Lives Matter.

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‘Comically ridiculous’: Kayleigh McEnany sparks outrage by comparing Trump to Winston Churchill

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At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared President Donald Trump's church photo-op stunt to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting bombing damage during the Nazi raids in World War II.

Kayleigh compares the President’s photo op to Churchill inspecting bombing damage pic.twitter.com/KP5ovHMYzI

— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 3, 2020

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Team Trump ‘running for cover’ after attempt to crack down on protests results in ‘humiliation’: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist Jennifer Rubin writes that the "tear-gassing of peaceful protesters, the debasement of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the wholly inappropriate participation of the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the goose step across Lafayette Square" were actually President Trump's way of compensating for reports that he retreated to an underground bunker when protesters got close to the White House.

Rubin points to Trump's claim that he went to the bunker for an "inspection." But according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he had no idea where Trump and the rest of his entourage were going.

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