Video: Trump asks Melania to 'smile' during today's fascist photo op

In this video, you can see Donald Trump appearing to ask First Lady Melania to 'smile' during today's fascist photo op.

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As coronavirus spreads, Melania Trump defends new White House tennis pavilion

...paid for with your tax dollars

The cinematic universe of Melania Trump christmas videos

Each year, the White House issues a video of Melania Trump wandering around it revealing the Christmas decorations. The decorations are beautiful, cold and slightly weird, and in combination with her lonely routine the result has the unsettling charmlessness of a Stanley Kubrick movie.

I added the Eyes Wide Shut theme in the embedded video here to highlight that suggestion; here Bobby Fingers takes a remarks on the semiotics of Melania's xmas.

Imagine that life for a second. It’s not prison—that’s an offensive comparison, and Melania has shown she’s unlikely to have any idea what that sort of misery is actually like. But it certainly isn’t the kind of freedom with which most of us are familiar, and it’s not a life we’d even want. It’s a life inside the margins, being watched but not worried about or cared for.

Here's 2017, 2018 and 2019, the originals:

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Melania Trump's 2019 Christmas Video but with more appropriate music

I enjoyed Melania Trump's disquieting 2019 Christmas video, featuring her pacing alone around the symmetrical expanses of the executive mansion, inspecting its coldly festive ornaments. But it needed a certain je ne sais quoi; which is to say Jocelyn Pook's soundtrack to Eyes Wide Shut. Read the rest

Melania Trump receives "loud and substantial" booing when giving speech

Melania Trump, perhaps best known for promoting a racist birth certificate hoax on national television, was loudly booed in Baltimore today as she took the stage to give a speech on opioid awareness.

From someecards:

CNN Reporter Kate Bennett was on the scene, and described the booing as loud and substantial. As Bennett notes, Donald Trump has a history of insulting Baltimore, most recently calling the predominantly black city a "rodent infested mess." The feeling is mutual.

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Trump grounds Pelosi, Melania flies Air Force to Florida same day (cost: $35,217.50)

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Melania's 2018 White House holiday decor includes blood-red trees and a 'Be Best' pencil wreath

This morning, an official video was released of Melania Trump walking through the White House, silently admiring its new Christmas decorations.

Holding leather gloves in one hand, the FLOTUS first makes her way through a forest of blood-red trees (bring on the metaphors!). We are then shown a glass ornament of the White House and then some laser-cut art of U.S. cities. Tasteful enough, I suppose. But as the minute-long video goes on, it strays back into the strange. Some decorations featuring the First Lady's initiative of "Be Best" are revealed including an ornament and a wreath made of pencils that has to be seen to be believed.


Previously: Just Be Best: Randy Rainbow sings about Melania

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Just Be Best: Randy Rainbow sings about Melania

One of the "most bullied" people in the world -- Melania Trump, of course -- gets the Randy Rainbow treatment in "Just Be Best." It's the best.

(Hey! Randy Rainbow is on tour.)

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Melania leads low-effort battle against the cyber bullies

Slovenian immigrant and reluctant First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is gearing up her long awaited battle against cyberbullying. She's going to hold a meeting where no one expects her to actively do anything. This meeting will be with the leadership of several social media giants, good people to not do much about online bullying with.

Yesterday her husband fired the Secretary of State via a tweet. Looks like she has her work cut out for her.

Via NBC News:

Mrs. Trump plans to ask the tech companies about what efforts they're making to tackle online trolls, bots and other malicious content. They added that they don't expect her to be involved in drafting any potential policy proposals.

Of course, the meeting — if it happens — has the potential to draw attention to calls for Mrs. Trump to end cyberbullying in her own home, starting with getting the president to tone down his tweets.

During a lunch with spouses of governors visiting the White House last month, the first lady called on everyone to practice "positive habits with social media and technology."

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Judge tosses out Hulk Hogan lawyer's suit against Techdirt over that guy who claimed he invented email

Earlier this year Techdirt was sued for $15M by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email in 1978, eight years after Ray Tomlinson sent an email over ARPANET. Ayyadurai was represented by Charles Harder, the lawyer who was paid by Peter Thiel to kill Gawker Media through Hulk Hogan's lawsuit. Read the rest

Laura Benanti’s Melania Trump really doesn’t want to move into the White House

The always hilarious Laura Benanti returns to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to share how Melania Trump is feeling about moving into the White House. Read the rest

Melania rejects Trump's hand once again with new maneuver

Yesterday, when Trump tried to hold Melania's hand on the tarmac in Israel, she was quick to swat it away. Read the rest

Brilliant visual analysis of Melania Trump's 470 Twitter photos

Kate Imbach looked at all of Melania Trump's Twitter photos with her filmmaker's eye, revealing remarkable patterns of Melania's "dark fairytale" life. Read the rest

West Virginia mayor glad to see "ape in heels" Michelle Obama replaced by beautiful Melania Trump

A racist facebook post describing First Lady Michelle Obama as "a Ape in heels" was so satisfying to read it made Clay, W. Va,. mayor Beverly Whaling's day.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an "ape".

"It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels," she said.

Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with "just made my day Pam".

Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

It has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Taylor was immediately fired after the exchange was spotted by local newshounds at WBAZ. Taylor says her words could be "interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be," and she's going to sue someone over it all for slander. Whaling told the Washington Post that "My comment was not intended to be racist" and apologies for it "getting out of hand." Read the rest

A Surreal Vic Berger Edit of Melania Trump's Charm Offensive with Anderson Cooper on CNN

Here's Vic Berger’s hilarious and disturbing edit of Melania Trump’s interview with Anderson Cooper on the Trump tapes. Read the rest

Melania Trump demands People retract part of accuser's sexual assault story--but not that part

Melania Trump is demanding that People Magazine retract a portion of a story that claims her husband sexually assaulted a reporter. Which part of the story? Not the part about sexual assault. Read the rest

Hulk Hogan's lawyer in Gawker case is helping Melania Trump sue Daily Mail over escort story

In a Maryland Circuit Court today, Melania Trump filed a complaint against the publisher of the Daily Mail tabloid over the August 19 article "Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won't go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump's Slovenian wife." Read the rest

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