During a discussion about the activism expressed at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday, commentator Angela Rye refused to let the National Rifle Association off the hook for being out of touch with Americans.
It began with Republican strategist Alice Stewart citing Kumail Nanjiani’s comment that most in Hollywood don’t know where Pakistan and Iowa are on a map. She explained that the “bubble” makes them out of touch with the rest of the world. She went on to call Hollywood hypocrites for sitting in a theater with armed guards while trashing the NRA. She brought up veterans and other buzzwords, none of which had anything to do with the gun lobby.
“So, Alice, are you on retainer?” Rye quipped. “Like last week we were sitting right here… and you did this same NRA public service announcement. Like these folks are as wrong as two left shoes. They are wrong. This isn’t about the NRA standing up to protect people in Hollywood. This isn’t about people who are out of touch. The NRA is out of touch.”
She went on to explain that even laying partisanship aside, the fact that the NRA seems to be continuing to lobby for more guns, now in classrooms, ignores the deaths experienced not only in Parkland, Florida but Las Vegas, Sandy Hook and other mass shootings
“Let’s lay partisanship aside. Let’s lay all of this aside and say, kids have died. The NRA is out of touch. They are in God’s way,” Rye continued, quoting rapper Common from his Oscar performance. “Common had it right, right? Like we didn’t need anybody to tell us that. We don’t need you on here telling us how amazing the NRA is. They’re not. They’re terrible. They are terrible, and it’s high time that somebody that wasn’t just standing up for the Second Amendment — and we don’t even have time to unpack all of that. But, like, it’s high time that there is an organization that competes with them to say, we are not going to allow you to buy public service. That is not for sale. You owe everything to this country. You owe public servants. You have to protect your constituents.”
She concluded by saying she simply “can’t deal” with the “NRA PSA tonight.”
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The couple shared surveillance video of the incident, which then went viral. The couple also has a Black Lives Matter sign visibly displayed on their front lawn.
“Eventually I realized that this is something that happens, and there are a lot of people who think it doesn’t happen,” said Malia Zirkle, whose father, according to the Herald Net, is half Black.
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Writing Monday, Boot began by admitting that Hillary Clinton was right all along. It's one of many things she warned of in the 2016 election that went ignored by the Republican Party and the majority of voters in Rust Belt states.
"He managed to pay no federal income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — and only $750 in 2016 and 2017 — by claiming vast losses from his business empire," Boot said, citing the New York Times report. "That $750 figure is a killer because it’s a number that middle-class Americans can understand. As a just-released Biden campaign ad points out, that’s far less than the taxes paid by the average teacher, nurse or firefighter."
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The report showed the president was "abusing the tax system" by paying no income taxes in 10 of the 15 years before he entered the White House, and paid only $750 in his first two years in office, according to experts who spoke to The Guardian.
“This shows that Trump is either a very bad businessman or a tax cheat who is not respecting the tax system that he is asking everyone else to pay," said Alex Cobham, the chief executive of the Tax Justice Network. "Probably both are true.”