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White House thought freeing rapper A$AP Rocky and having him grovel before Trump would win black voters: report

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President Donald Trump’s unusual efforts to get rapper A$AP Rocky out of Swedish custody after he was arrested for — and later convicted of — assault was reportedly part of a White House strategy for winning over black voters.

Yahoo News reports that the campaign to get A$AP Rocky released from jail was designed to eventually “facilitate a scene that would bolster Trump’s image among African-Americans.”

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Trump, who weeks earlier had gotten in hot water for telling four women of color to “go back” to their home countries despite all being American citizens, apparently believed that helping a high-profile black celebrity would bolster his reputation among black voters who have been among the least likely to support him throughout his first term.

The scheme to free Rocky was hatched by Pastor Darrell Scott, a Trump-backing minister who has been one of the president’s top advisers on issues related to black Americans.

Scott tells Yahoo News that he told Rocky’s manager that the only thing that he wanted in return for helping the rapper was for him to publicly thank the president for securing his release.

“The White House didn’t ask for anything,” Scott recalls telling the manager. “There were no conditions attached, but my condition… was that all I’m asking for you guys to do is say thank you.”

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Rocky disappointed the White House, however, when he responded to his eventual release by thanking his friends and his fans — but not once thanking the president or the White House.

“All he had to do was do a two-minute call to say thank you,” Scott tells Yahoo News. “Rocky hasn’t even called us and said, ‘Hey, man, thank you guys. I appreciate it,’ in private. Just in private.”


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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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