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Kevin Hart proclaims people can kneel at the VMAs: ‘There’s no old white man that can stop you’

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Comedians Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish

Comedians Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish opened the MTV Video Music Awards Monday with a quick few words about the two being a dream team of comedy.

“It’s like if LeBron somehow teamed up with LeBron!” Hart said. “Tiff, you ready?”

Given that they are the LeBron of the VMAs, Hart said he views it like game day.

“We’re live coast to coast right now. I’m looking at this like it’s game day people,” he said. “But don’t worry, at this game, you guys are allowed to kneel. Do whatever the hell you want. There’s no old white men who can stop you.”

The reference was to the protests by sports stars kneeling during the National Anthem, something President Donald Trump has ranted about extensively, calling the protest unpatriotic.

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Haddish told the young audience that for those that have class Tuesday not to worry.

“If the teacher says ‘What kind of career are you gonna have if you keep goofing off on your phone all day?’ Just tell her, ‘I’m gonna be DJ Khaled.'”

Watch the opener below:

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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UK prime minister hopefuls slam Trump tweets — but refuse to call them racist

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The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".

But front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to call the tweets racist when pressed to do so during their last debate before next week's announcement of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.

May's spokesman had earlier said that the outgoing leader's view was that Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable".

On Monday Trump doubled down on a series of his tweets from the day before urging the four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to the countries they came from.

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New Zealand prime minister condemns Trump’s racist tweets

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen.

Ardern, the charismatic young leader who has been hailed as "the anti-Trump" by US media, said she proudly celebrated her country's diversity.

"Usually I don't get into other people's politics, but it will be clear to most people that I completely and utterly disagree with him," Ardern told Radio New Zealand.

Trump on Sunday urged a group of four Democratic congresswomen of colour -- three of them US-born -- to "go back" to the countries they came from, then renewed his attack on them a day later.

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