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If the GOP's attacks on corporate America are confusing you, it's because the whole party is confused
  • My colleague reasoned that the GOP is attacking 'woke' corporations while protecting their tax rates is consistent with its policy of helping shareholders.
  • The problem is that the party has no problem hurting shareholders when it wants to, depending on how 'woke' the company is.
  • "Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends," is the real principle here. The rest is just the GOP figuring itself out.
"Companies are reading the writing on the wall," Thomas DiNapoli, New York State's comptroller and trustee for the state's public pension fund, told the New York Times' DealBook. "Political and social polarization are bad for their business, and they need to decide if political donations are worth the risk."

Trying to use principles that the GOP once stood for to explain what it's doing with corporations — and just about anything else — right now is increasingly confusing, and that's because the party itself is confused.

We're watching the post-Trump Republican Party negotiate what it does and does not believe in in real time. Republicans still haven't let go of being the party of big business, but they've also fully embraced populist theatrics and grievance politics to please the base. The problem is that these two things aren't playing very well together and trying to make sense of the contradictions is like chasing a pig on LSD.

... What this leaves us with, is a Republican Party that is increasingly ideologically inconsistent and unreliable. And it leaves us with a corporate America that is being forced to move farther from the GOP to protect its interests because of that inconsistency and unreliability. If that sounds confusing to you, that's because it is.
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'F--- You': San Francisco LGBTQ Democratic Club sends pointed message to Tucker Carlson
  • The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club slammed Carlson for a 1991 college yearbook entry.
  • Carlson's entry listed that he was part of the "Dan White Society."
  • In 1978, White murdered San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone.
One of San Francisco's largest Democratic clubs sent a pointed note to Fox News host Tucker Carlson after his old college yearbook revealed a membership in a group that appeared to be named after the killer of the club's namesake.

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, named after California's first openly gay elected official, had little tolerance for reports that Carlson may have been part of the "Dan White Society."

Their message was direct: "Dear Mr. Carlson: F--- you."

On November 27, 1978, White, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, fatally shot Supervisor Milk and Mayor George Moscone at San Francisco City Hall in what became one of the darkest days in the city's history.

The Democratic club also slammed Carlson's 1991 yearbook listing as an "exaltation of the murder of Harvey Milk."
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Sen. Lindsey Graham says systemic racism doesn't exist in the United States
  • In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Lindsey Graham said systemic racism does not exist in the US.
  • "The vice president is of African American-Indian descent," he said. "So our systems are not racist."
  • Systemic racism is known to benefit white people across American institutions like law enforcement and education.
"The vice president is of African American-Indian descent," he continued, referring to Kamala Harris. "So our systems are not racist. America's not a racist country."

Extensive research and data illustrate how systemic racism in the United States makes basic experiences like banking, education, and interactions with law enforcement vastly different for people of color compared to white people.

Wallace asked Graham about systemic racism specifically within policing, which Graham also denied.

"Within every society, you have bad actors. The Chauvin trial was a just result," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

... This is not the first time Graham has made controversial remarks about racism and people of color.

Last October, Graham said Black people are safe in South Carolina — but only if they are not liberal.

"I care about everybody," Graham said, speaking at a forum for South Carolina Senate candidates. "If you're a young African American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state. You just need to be conservative, not liberal."
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A Hollywood parody award show honored Rudy Giuliani with two Razzies for his inappropriate appearance in the second Borat movie
  • Rudy Giuliani, ex-personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump, has received two Razzies.
  • The Razzies, parody awards meant to honor the worst content of the year, were given to him for his involvement in "Borat: Subsequent Movie Film."
  • In the movie, Giuliani had his hand down his pants while in a hotel room with a 15-year-old posing as an older reporter.
The Razzies, Hollywood's parody award show that honors the worst content created in the last year, has presented Rudy Giuliani with two awards.

Giuliani won the Worst Screen Combo Award for his role in "Borat: Subsequent Movie Film."

"For scariest screen pairing of any two people, costumes, or things. Our Worst Screen Combo Award," the voiceover said while announcing Giuliani as the winner of this category.

"The $4.97 trophy goes to Rudy Giuliani and his pants zipper for 'Borat: Subsequent Movie Film,'" the voiceover continued.

The movie features Giuliani in a hotel bedroom with Tutar — a character played by Maria Bakalova, the daughter of film lead Sacha Baron Cohen. Giuliani is seen in a hotel room with Tutar, a news reporter at this point in the movie who's meeting Giuliani for an interview.

At one point in the scene, Tutar and Giuliani are drinking scotch when she takes him into a hotel suite bedroom for the interview.

Giuliani can be seen tapping the small of her back with his hand. Another angle shows Tutar trying to remove the microphone wire from Giuliani's shirt as he's sitting on the bed. He then lies down on the bed with his hand down his pants.

Bakalova at the time of the scene's shooting was 23. Her character, however, was just 15.

The scene exploded on social media and the news. Giuliani, after the scene came out, tried to justify what appeared to be inappropriate behavior.

He said he had just been "tucking in my shirt" into his pants in the moment.

"The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate," Giuliani wrote in a tweet. "If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

Giuliani also won a second Razzie for his involvement in the film.

"For the most rotten second banana who gets billing below the title — and hits below the belt. The Worst Supporting Actor Razzie goes to Rudy Giuliani, again, for playing himself — and apparently with himself — in 'Borat: Subsequent Movie Film,'" the voiceover said.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.