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BUSTED: DC-based sandwich chain declares bankruptcy and closes all stores over owner’s ties to Trump

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A Washington, D.C. based hoagie shop will close all 17 of its stores after facing backlash over the owner’s decision to join President Donald Trump’s small business roundtable, reports Washingtonian.

Taylor Gourmet was a rapidly expanding and successful brand which will now shutter all of its stores this Sunday.

The development came after owner Casey Patten accepted an invitation to attend the White House’s small business roundtable. He said he went to pitch= Trump on his idea to increase the employment of workers ages 16 to 24 and to “cut down the red tape.”

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The roundtable—which the owner described as “exhilarating“—happened at the height of the furor over Trump’s Muslim ban.

Patten registered as Republican but after the uproar claimed that he was “apolitical”and didn’t vote in the 2016 presidential election, pointing out that Obama had once eaten at the hoagie chain.

He even tried diffusing the anger with a billboard in one Washington location which said “Less Politics, More Hoagies.”

Washingtonian reports that an insider said sales dropped 40 percent the day after the Trump meeting “and it persisted and never really got any better.”

Social media reaction was mostly lacking in sympathy:

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‘Damned evil’: Trump shocks Americans with open boasts about defunding the Post Office before election

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President Donald Trump has shocked many Americans with his declaration that he doesn't want to give the United States Postal Service enough funding to count ballots that have been sent via mail.

When asked by Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo about extra funding for the Post Office during a Thursday morning interview, Trump explicitly tied his refusal to give the USPS what it needed with his desire to block mail-in voting.

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Trump proposes new rules for shower heads after the president complains about what the water pressure does to his hair

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President Donald Trump has a history of complaining about water pressure that he considers inadequate, from toilets to showers. And the Trump administration, Reuters reports, is proposing new rules that would allow shower heads to increase water pressure.

In December 2019, Trump complained about water pressure in toilets, saying, “People are flushing toilets ten times, 15 times as opposed to once.” And recently, during a White House event, Trump complained that water does not come out fast enough when he is taking a shower. Trump told those in attendance, “So, what do you do? You just stand there longer, or you take a shower longer? Because my hair — I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect.”

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‘Very cynical and very racist’ Republican operatives are exploiting Kanye West’s mental illness: columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, Molly Roberts says that the Republicans who are enabling Kanye West's presidential candidacy "are very cynical, very racist and also very wrong."

"Their strategy rests on a misunderstanding both of Black voters and of their own," she writes.

While Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian West warned about his bipolar disorder and pleaded with the public to "give grace" to individuals like him, Republicans have appropriated West’s electoral cause as their own are offering a "mixture of enablement and exploitation," according to Roberts.

"This gambit wouldn’t be happening if West were in better health, because it’s much easier to persuade a billionaire with zero political experience to fork over legal fees for catapulting him over the finish line to nowhere, just as the clock is running out, when he’s struggling to maintain his balance," Roberts writes. "And it also wouldn’t be happening if West weren’t Black, because the thinking behind this old-fashioned, third-party ploy relies on reducing both the candidate and his imaginary supporters to their race."

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