Patton Oswalt took the stage with fellow stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle on New Year’s Eve, but he says that shouldn’t be read as an endorsement of his pal’s controversial takes. In a lengthy Instagram post Sunday, Oswalt defended the surprise Seattle performance with his long-time friend and the celebratory photo he shared after. “Thirty four YEARS we’ve been friends. He’s refocused and refined ideas a lot of us took as settled about race & history & Life On Planet Earth and spun them around with a phrase or punchline. We’ve done bad & good gigs, open mikes & TV tapings,” Oswalt, 52, wrote. ...
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Security guards at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston blocked a small group of Proud Boys extremists from entering the security perimeter Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Washington Times reported.
“The security agents told The Washington Times that NRA officials directed them not to allow Proud Boys through the gate,” the newspaper reported. “The group walked away in their signature yellow and black clothing toward the gun control protesters on the other side of the street and Houston Police established a hard barrier dividing them. The NRA did not return a request for comment.”
Houston TV station KHOU-11 reported that law enforcement broke up multiple arguments between the Proud Boys and gun-control protesters who were across the street from the convention at Discovery Green. Fencing had been erected to keep the two sides apart, the Houston Chronicle reported.
On Twitter, freelance journalist Steven Monacelli posted video of a brief confrontation in which he said showed the Proud Boys using homophobic slurs to provoke the protesters.
\u201cTo reiterate: the Proud Boys are a fascistic street gang known for their interest in provoking violence against their perceived political opponents.\u201d— steven monacelli (@steven monacelli) 1653677411
\u201cProud Boys are in Houston outside the NRA convention\u2026\u201d— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1653764459
\u201cWhen I asked Proud Boys members whether they participated in the attack on the Capitol, they refused to engage. One then shouted that he blamed the political establishment for the death of Ashli Babbitt.\u201d— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1653764459
Donald Trump was startled by the appearance of his hair while speaking at a campaign rally in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday.
Trump was speaking at the Ford Wyoming Center, which he did not fill, in support of Republican congressional hopeful Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney for the state's lone congressional seat.
In his speech, Trump complained about the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, offered lots of red meat for his MAGA base, and offered his take on the 2022 midterms.
As he was ranting about transgender Americans and schools, the former president abruptly interrupted his speech to discuss his hair.
"Excuse me, these massive screens that we paid a fortune for, I'm just looking at the back of my head. Is it getting a little thin?" he asked the crowd.
"I'm not happy, I don't like that," he said.
Trump apparently likes his hair so much that he allegedly took $70,000 in illegal tax deductions for hair care. In the video, it appears Trump has returned to dying his hair.
During the 2016 campaign, Monica Hesse wrote "the 100 greatest descriptions of Donald Trump's hair ever written for The Washington Post.
"It appears to be a comb-over, but, incredibly, it doesn’t arrive from any direction. You cannot stare at The Donald’s hair very long. It’s like staring into the sun," was one entry.
"The male equivalent of a push-up bra," was another.
Another said Trump's hair "resembles the behavior of alpha chimps who, as primatologist Frans de Waal reports in ‘Chimpanzee Politics,’ make their hair stand on end in order to look large."
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'Political torment': Trump whines about Jan. 6 investigation while defending rioters at anti-Cheney rally
Donald Trump complained about the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol as he campaigned against the body's vice chair, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Trump held a Sat. rally at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, an arena he failed to fill.
"She's aided and abetted the radical Democrat (sic) Party in one of the most unhinged, lawless, and dangerous witch hunts of all time, the unselect committee on Jan. 6," Trump said.
"But as one of nation's leading proponents of the insurrection hoax, Liz Cheney has pushed a grotesquely false, fabricated, and hysterical, partisan narrative and that was the narrative of day, which has become the pretext for the most chilling assault on your civil liberties in generations. Look what they're doing to these people, look what they're doing to these people," he said, apparently referring to those charged for the Jan. 6 attack.
He went on a friend described him as "the most honest man in the history of our country."
"It's true," said the man who documented making 30,573 false or misleading claims.
"And now you look the so-called word insurrection, Jan. 6, what a lot of crap. What a lot of crap. And most of this country knows it, and you know who else knows it? The Democrats. It's another con job just like Russia, Russia, Russia. This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a total fake story," he said.
"She really represents despicable things. With Liz Cheney's support, the unselect committee has turned the United States House of Representatives into an instrument of political torment and repression," Trump claimed. "You know that, you see that every night."
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