A group of counter-demonstrators led by famed comedy writer Robert Smigel injected some levity into the cacophony surrounding the Republican National Convention on Tuesday when they aped — then mocked — a Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) group in the Cleveland Public Square.
Smigel, creator of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, led the group as they stood in front of the Westboro contingent carrying rainbow-colored signs reminiscent of the ones the WBC typically takes to their own demonstrations.
But instead of condemning gay people, the counter-protesters’ signs bore slogans like “God hates morning people,” “God hates bangs,” “Kevins repent” — with a picture of Kevin Spacey’s face — and a sign depicting Taylor Swift with “devil’s horns” warning, “Bangs are the devil’s children.”
Smigel not only directed them through several chants, but took audience requests — up to a point, since he turned down a woman’s request that they chant, “God hates the military industrial complex.”
“Too complicated,” he said, with Triumph visible in one hand. “Sorry, these are protests for morons.”
Instead, he led the group in a simpler chant — “God hates bad wifi.”
Watch the counter-demonstration, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
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The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
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In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.