An unauthorized biography of Melania Trump offers insight into the very private First Lady, including that she and her husband not only sleep in separate bedrooms but on separate floors.
CNN reports “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography,” reveals that this First Lady is “way more powerful and influential with her husband than you might think,” and her “relationship with Ivanka Trump isn’t as chummy as it was pre-White House.”
But it was this tweet from CNN’s Brian Stelter that has drawn a lot of responses – some good, some bad – on social media:
POTUS & FLOTUS sleep on separate floors: “It is true the first couple doesn’t share a bedroom, according to several sources, and the first lady prefers her own large, private space in a suite of rooms on a separate floor.” https://t.co/566msWwTiR
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 2, 2019
Some note that there appears to be no mention of the fact that Melania Trump is (or was) a birther. She advanced her husband’s lies about President Barack Obama not being born in America, which is a lie.
Inside the Mind of a Birther. No thanks.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) December 2, 2019
Some noted that the Obamas were practically under a 24/7 media microscope, and if this story had been about them or the Clintons it would have garnered weeks of Fox News coverage:
We required the black people in the WH to perform perfection in all things including marriage but I guess this will just get shrugs https://t.co/K3z33Hh2tU
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) December 2, 2019
Seriously, this would have been a scandal in any other admin. If this were Barack and Michelle, Fox would have never stopped talking about this. https://t.co/PM1ojaivTX
— Emily Dresser (@mrsemilydresser) December 2, 2019
This would be the only thing America talked about for months if Obama or Clinton https://t.co/bbcUDUGmwX
— Josh Saul (@Saul_Asylum) December 2, 2019
this would’ve been a 14-week news story if abt Bill and Hillary in WH https://t.co/j9UEuBRN4c
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) December 2, 2019
Some said, “who cares?”
What a surprise.
Who cares? pic.twitter.com/HKuqgkYRJp
— kathleen koziol (@wscn2kk) December 2, 2019
Some blasted CNN for reporting the story:
yeah, because this is the most pressing matter re: the white house at this time, never mind the incompetent moron she’s married to https://t.co/vmk3z9X6Qi
— 🤷🏻♀️ (@armyofskeletons) December 2, 2019
While some just mocked the President:
Very low energy. https://t.co/sHaertfdcG
— James Greene (@JMGreene28) December 2, 2019
This is Quid Pro Quo Marriage https://t.co/dYqcaTkyfa
— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 2, 2019
Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks via Flickr
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Seven Florida Republicans File Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills
Seven Florida Republican lawmakers have filed four bills attacking the LGBTQ community.
NBC News reports “the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.”
Conversion therapy has been compared to torture by those who have been victims of it, and states have been banning the practice given its ties to suicide and attempted suicide.
The lawmakers are Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds (images above, in order of NBC’s reporting.) (NCRM has added links to their Twitter accounts.)
Orlando Weekly’s Solomon Gustavo reports on House Bill 136, filed by Sabatini and Baxley, “which would make it a second-degree felony for health care practitioners to administer treatment for transitioning or changing a child’s sex.”
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Investigation Into Legality of Trump Tipping Off Mar-a-Lago Guests to Soleimani’s Killing
Elizabeth Warren is calling for financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Trump broke the law when he told guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq, The Daily Beast reports.
“Individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information,” a letter Warren sent to agencies read. “These private individuals … would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort.”
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
Rupert Murdoch’s Son Rips Fox News for Pushing Falsehoods About Australian Wildfires
Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife launched an attack on News Corporation for promoting conspiracy theories about Australia’s devastating wildfires.
Columnists and broadcasters from News Corp Australia — which dominates the country’s media — have questioned climate change’s role in the fires and downplayed the devastation, and James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn condemned the family business, reported The Daily Beast.
“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
James Murdoch is CEO of the investment firm Lupa Systems but sits on the board of News Corp, which publishes more than 140 newspapers in Australia, and his brother Lachlan runs the Fox News Channel in the U.S.
“They are pissing inside the tent and that’s unusual,” said a longtime News Corp executive. “It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change. The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”
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