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R.E.M. band member rips ‘President A**hole” Trump for re-tweeting parody video using ‘Everybody Hurts’

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R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills has responded to President Trump’s re-tweeting of a parody video created by a right-wing fan of Trump’s that featured the band’s song “Everybody Hurts” Friday. The meme sets the song to footage of Trump’s recent State of the Union speech, specifically focusing on reaction shots of prominent Democratic congressman, and a few Trump critics such as Mitt Romney, too.

“The a**holes @CarpeDonktum created the meme. #PresidentAsshole retweeted it. Measures have been taken to stop it. @jack you need to get on this.” The bassist tweeted Friday.

It’s fair to say founding members of the band are no fans of Trump. Four years ago, R.E.M. railed against conservative figures who use their music without permission.

“Go f*ck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” lead singer Michael Stipe said in 2015 on behalf of the band after their song, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” was played during a rally where Trump spoke.

 

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‘It’s a disaster — and it’s getting worse’: House GOP members in a frenzy over 2020 prospects as fundraising flounders

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According to a report in Politico, GOP House members are angry with their own National Republican Congressional Committee, claiming it is doing a poor job of fundraising and is making horrible decisions that could impact the party in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The reports states that Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) was forced to attempt to calm the waters at private caucus meeting Wednesday and allay members' fears by saying the internal problems were being inflated by Democrats and the press.

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Ex-prosecutor slams Congress for not jailing subpoena violators in the Trump administration: ‘It’s incomprehensible’

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House Democrats have been blocked at every turn from their lawful oversight functions as President Donald Trump's administration directs its members to ignore subpoenas for information on a variety of topics, from the Russia investigation to the census.

On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner castigated Democrats for their unwillingness to use their biggest weapon in the subpoena fight: inherent contempt.

It’s incomprehensible that Congress appears unwilling to use its lawful inherent contempt powers to force the issue of administration members ignoring properly issued subpoenas. Like a football team refusing to pass the ball, forever running up the middle, gaining zero yards. https://t.co/AaWvEsJvk2

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Trump’s campaign is a perpetual outrage machine designed to inflame ‘every f-cking deplorable’ in America

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is gambling on an unprecedented strategy by focusing entirely on his base, while making little or no effort to attract new supporters.

The president still hasn't cracked 50 percent approval in two and a half years in the White House, and his 2020 campaign was built around a perpetual outrage machine designed to inflame his core supporters -- and drive them to the polls, reported TIME.

The campaign uses Google and Facebook algorithms to make massive digital advertising purchases any time Trump stirs up controversy, and scoops up data when supporters interact with those ads or buy online merchandise from the Trump campaign website.

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