News Round-Up: August 15, 2018

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 Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Julio Morales is happy to get to 38 in one piece. What was a birthday you felt proud of?

• A gay couple shared bloody pics of themselves after a homophobic attack in Belgium.

• Hot men took over the Red Dress Run this year and it was New Orleans fab!

• If you ever want to see a Fox News host yell at a Trump supporter, this may be your chance. Fox’s Ed Henry called Katrina Pierson out for lying on-air the day before about Omarosa’s allegations that Trump used the N-word.

• Twitter finally suspended InfoWars‘ Alex Jones for inciting violence. But just for a week…

• The latest Omarosa bombshell – Trump covets his daughter, Ivanka. #Oy

• Is there a Designing Women reboot in the near future?

• As an effeminate gay actor, Corey Camperchioli was once teased for his feminine traits. Then he made a film project about it as he wears his femininity as a badge of honor.

Trump Spokesman: Plane Assault Couldn’t Have Happened Because “Seats In First-Class Have Fixed Armrests”

As Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson tries to assert that one of the now many accusations of sexual assault by Donald Trump couldn’t have happened on a plane ride in first class back in the 80s, the rest of the panel begins to lose their shit laughing.

From Mediaite:

The Atlantic‘s Peter Beinart broke into uncontrollable laughter upon hearing Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson go into a convoluted explanation on CNN about how he couldn’t have sexually assaulted a woman on a plane in the 1980’s.

Beinart was keeping it all together until Pierson unexpectedly starting rattling off airplane facts. “We’re talking about the early 1980s, Don. Seriously, back then, you had planes, what, a DC 9, DC 10, an MD-80, a 707, and maybe an L011?” she said.

“But she said specifically this was to New York,” Pierson braved on as Beinart began to laugh uncontrollably. “And this is what’s important. We can ex out the LC 11 and the DC 10. Guess what? The first-class seats have fixed armrests!”

Check out fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s face. He’s got nothing.

It’s really come to this?

And by the way – you knew this was coming – folks are already posting pictures of first class seats from the 70s and 80s which show some designs allowed passengers to lift and lower the armrest.

But, Katrina, girl, keep yourself together. Only a few weeks left to cash the check while embarrassing yourself.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Trump Spokesperson: Unscientific ‘Polls’ Are Better Than Real Polls

Right Wing Watch reports on Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson’s appearance on a radio show today defending the accuracy of unscientific, online polls.

She also hints that Hillary Clinton does better in fact based polls because news organizations have a “vested interest” in Hillary becoming president.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson took a page from her boss and touted Trump’s performance in post-debate online polls that have no scientific accuracy whatsoever. After conservative talk show host Joe Pags told Pierson that “news organization polling” is tilted against Trump because media outlets “have some sort of vested interested in getting Hillary Clinton elected,” Pierson said that the scientific polls conducted by media firms are “skewed.” As proof, she cited the fact that the CNN sampled more Democrats in its poll of debate viewers. Three other scientific polls also found that most people thought that Clinton won the debate.

Pierson vigorously defended the accuracy of voluntary, unscientific online polls: “When you look at the online polls, these are people who are, like I said, not engaged in the day-to-day, 24-hour news cycle, watching cable news all day every day, these are just people. If you’re looking at Time magazine, if you’re on another website and they’re doing a poll and you vote in that poll, by the way, to the tune of over a million votes in some of these polls, that’s important, because those aren’t the people who are in it one way or another, a lot of those people are just engaging.”

You’ll note what Pierson doesn’t explain is the fact that with unscientific “widget” polls, a couple of thousand followers can “vote, refresh, vote, refresh, vote, refresh” to the tune of hundreds of thousands of votes, making it appear Trump had more support than he actually has.

As I reported earlier this week, Trump followers posted instructions on a Reddit board encouraging Trumpers to do just that.

Trump Spokesperson: “He Hasn’t Changed His Position On Immigration – He’s Changed The Words That He Is Saying”

Bless Katrina Pierson’s little heart. I can only hope she gets paid a LOT of money for embarrassing herself like this.

Via The Hill:

Donald Trump’s spokeswoman on Thursday defended the GOP nominee over criticism about his immigration policies. “He hasn’t changed his position on immigration. He’s changed the words that he is saying,” Katrina Pierson said on CNN.

“What he has always said from the beginning is that he does not want to allow people to stay in this country illegally. He does want to build a wall.” When pressed, Pierson continued to say Trump is not giving a different message, but is just “using different words to give that message.”

“Everyone on the news is saying that he’s a bigot and that he’s a racist because of the words that he uses,” Pierson said. “Now, he’s simply saying, yeah, we are going to follow the law. We are going to enforce the law.”

Bolding is mine.

Trump Spokesperson: Obama Started The Afghanistan War

As we all know, the U.S. war in Afghanistan began October 7, 2001, when President George W. Bush launched what was then known as “Operation Enduring Freedom” with the UK.

That war lasted 13 years, 2 months and 3 weeks, until December 28, 2014, NATO formally ended combat operations in Afghanistan.

Now that we have actual history facts out of the way, someone please send this information to Donald Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson who appeared on CNN today and told the world that President Obama “took the U.S. into Afghanistan.”

The comment came as Pierson was trying to explain that Donald Trump’s “sarcastic/not so sarcastic” remarks about Obama being the “founder of ISIS.

From Mediaite:

Remember how Pierson blamed Obama for Captain Humayun Khan‘s death in 2004?

Well, on CNN this morning, as she was arguing with anchor Victor Blackwell about Trump’s “founder of ISIS” remark, Pierson actually said, “Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”

Blackwell asked, “You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009?” Pierson said, “That was Obama’s war, yes.”

To be honest, I don’t know which is more shocking – Pierson’s woeful understanding of history or the fact that she actually gets paid to represent a presidential candidate.

Trump Spokesperson: “Gay Is Not Normal – Accept That”

Surprising no one, Donald “Ask the Gays” Trump’s spokesperson Katrina Pierson turns out to be not so friendly to “the gays.”

Dominic Holden of Buzzfeed finds several anti-LGBT comments in Pierson’s Twitter history, such as the one below.

When asked about the tweets Pierson replied:

“It’s a long reach to go back to 2012 to try to create a new hit piece and call it relevant,” Pierson wrote to BuzzFeed News in an email. “You’ll also find that as a grassroots volunteer for multiple campaigns, it’s quite common that Twitter is a platform to promote/defend the policies and values of the candidates at the time. Many times, it’s about engaging trolls which can lead to humorous and sarcastic banter.”

Saying “it’s a long reach to go back to 2012” is an interesting comments considering the entire Trump campaign against Hillary Clinton is about “reaching back” much, much further than 4 years.

Trump Spokesperson: Captain Khan Probably Died Because Obama & Clinton

Katrina Pierson, Donald Trump’s spokesperson, told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that Muslim-American Army Captain Humayan Khan probably died because President Obama and Hillary Clinton had “changed the rules of engagement” for US troops.

Captain Khan died in the line of service June 8, 2004.

As I’m sure you know, President Obama didn’t become president until January 20, 2009. Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State for the first four years of Obama’s administration.

How Obama and Clinton could be responsible for a service member’s death in 2004 is beyond me.

I’m not sure Pierson is all there.

(h/t JMG)