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‘The real spectacle was watching Trump pretend to care’: Charles Blow nails Trump for nonsense criminal justice campaign

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Kanye West hugging Trump

In what is being called a “manic episode,” rapper Kanye West unleashed a torrent of non-sequiturs about his masculinity and his father while the president of the United States looked on with an awkward smile.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, commentator Charles Blow called Trump’s “use” of Kanye “callous.”

“It was all just as sad and tragic as one might have imagined,” he noted. “But, for me, too much of the focus afterward was placed on Kanye’s spectacle and not nearly enough on the callous way Trump tried to use and exploit that moment, and the degree to which we have every right to be incredulous about Trump’s manufactured concern for the criminal justice system’s propensity to chew up black lives and destroy them.”

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He brought up the plea from West spouse Kim Kardashian, who pleaded with Trump to release 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, in prison for 20 years thus far with 22 left to go.

“How this would have happened, and maybe it was a different time, a different age, but we do need reform,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview. “And, that doesn’t mean easy. We’re going to make certain categories tougher when it comes to drug dealing and other things. But there has to be a reform because it’s very unfair right now. It’s very unfair to African-Americans. It’s very unfair to everybody.”

Blow called it “disingenuous” for Trump to claim he had no understanding that the criminal justice system over-sentences people of color. After all, he was the one who demanded the death penalty for the Central Park Five, who were found innocent. He’s also advocated that drug dealers be put to death. Attorney General Jeff Sessions backed the president up, pledging to “seek the death penalty whenever appropriate.”

Trump has attacked the ACLU for fighting “Stop and Frisk” in Chicago.

“I’ve told them to work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU,” Trump told an audience of law enforcement officers in Chicago last week. It “ties law enforcement’s hands; and to strongly consider stop-and-frisk. It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago. It was meant for it. Stop-and-frisk.”

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“The spectacle wasn’t really Kanye,” Blow explained. “The spectacle was watching Trump pretend to care about remedying a problem that he is consciously continuing to not only cheer but worsen. Kanye was just being used.”

Read the full op-ed at The New York Times.

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Saturday Night Live mocks Trump as an unpopular high school dork after disastrous NATO Summit

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday ridiculed President Donald Trump after he was laughed at by world leaders during a NATO Summit in London.

The skit featured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emanuel Macron as the cool kids at the NATO cafeteria, while U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to join their cliche.

Trump asked to sit at their table, but they suggested he sit with Latvia.

They said the seat was for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was then invited to join the cool kids table.

The skit included Johnson taping an "impeach me" sign to Trump's back.

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Watch a band in cow costumes sing about Devin Nunes at White House impeachment protest

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Protesters clad in full-body furry costumes sang about Rep. Devin Nunes during a Saturday protest at the White House.

The protesters were dressed as cattle after the Fresno Republican sued a fake cow Twitter, @DevinCow.

The protesters changed the lyrics to the hit 1958 Chuck Berry song "Johnny B. Goode" to "Devin Nunes."

Video of the protested was posted to Twitter by Democratic strategist Parkhomenko, who was targeted by Nunes in one of his lawsuits.

The lyrics to the 1958 Champs song "Tequila" were changed to "subpoenas."

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Shocking photos document the devastating flooding pummeling San Francisco

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San Francisco was battered by a heavy winter storm on Saturday that caused localized flooding throughout the city.

"A low pressure system off the Northern California coast Saturday hurled bans of strong downpours into the Bay Area, triggering a flood warning for San Francisco," KPIX-TV reported.

"San Francisco Muni officials tweeted that train service between West Portal to Embarcadero Station had been shut down due to flooding. Several streets were flooded in San Francisco’s western neighborhood including knee-high water at 15th Ave and Wawona," the station noted.

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