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Clay Aiken Just Exposed Pres. Trump’s Dirty Little Apprentice Secret

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Clay Aiken Just Exposed Pres. Trump’s Dirty Little Apprentice Secret

In the wake of this morning’s shocking revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s secret attempts to collude with the Russian Federation comes yet another Trump scandal.

While this one has no real consequences for the nation, it’s another stunning look into how the entire public persona of Donald Trump is nothing but an act.

Donald Trump became a household name in the United States for his role as the host of the Apprentice and for his trademark firing of unsatisfactory candidates – but a former contestant just revealed that Trump didn’t even get to decide who got fired.

Former American Idol finalist Clay Aiken spoke to the North Carolina News & Observer’s Domecast podcast and revealed that:

“Trump didn’t decide who got fired on ‘Apprentice,’ I mean, NBC made those decisions. There used to be a little thing right on his desk that looked like a phone — he pretended it was a phone — but it was actually a teleprompter where the producers were sending him notes.

He didn’t know that people were getting in fights during the week while we were doing these tasks, the producers did. And they’d send him notes and he’d say, ‘Oh you two didn’t get along. It was very much, ‘I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.

I’m not saying this to be incendiary. but Donald Trump isn’t the businessman that people believe he is because we saw him on TV playing the ‘Apprentice.’”

It’s pretty clear at this point that Donald Trump isn’t a businessman, he just plays one on TV. Trump hasn’t made a single “deal” as President that has actually accomplished anything beyond throwing our taxpayer dollars at corporations only for them to move jobs to Mexico anyway, and since taking office has still not shown any indication he’s capable of grasping basic economics, riding the strong economy that President Obama left him and claiming it as his own.

Aiken goes on to confirm as much, saying that Trump definitely has no idea what he’s doing:

“I think to myself, the man as president definitely has a teleprompter sitting on his desk right now with people telling him, ‘Well such and such is in the healthcare bill, don’t say this.’ I feel like half the time his teleprompter has broken down as president and he doesn’t know what’s going on.”

Aiken’s comments are disturbing because a significant portion of Trump’s supporters voted for him because they thought he was the businessman he appeared to be on TV.

Hoodwinked by a fantasy concocted by television producers, they now are enthralled by a similar fantasy of a competent president concocted by the producers at FOX News and by dangerous white supremacist ideologues like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller.

Just more evidence that Trump isn’t even qualified to run a television show, let alone our nation.

Listen to it here:

Via: Occupy Democrats

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WATCH: Ex-Bush Adviser – ‘If You Think Iraq Was A Bad War, Wait Until You See Iran’

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WATCH: Ex-Bush Adviser – ‘If You Think Iraq Was A Bad War, Wait Until You See Iran’

 

President Donald Trump has based nearly his entire political identity on positioning himself as the opposite of former President Barack Obama – the racist birther movement was the beginning of Trump’s foray into politics, and his obsession with disassembling the Affordable Care Act is probably his most publicized.

However, a former adviser to President George W. Bush seems to think that Trump’s desire to undermine his predecessor becomes most frightening when dealing with the Iran nuclear deal. He claims Trump, and complicit Republicans, will lead us into a deadly war with Iran.

Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Chief of Staff to Bush’s Secretary of State Colin Powell, appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy and stated that Trump and his congressional apologists are deliberately setting up for years of war with North Korea and the Middle East. He told MSNBC host Joy Reid:

“I think we are doing the same thing as we did in 2003, and I was very intimate with that process in Iraq. We are marching down the road to war. If you think Iraq was a bad war wait until you see Iran.”

Wilkerson argued that Saudi Arabia, a country which Trump’s team has shown all manner of favor towards, is actually the country destabilizing the Middle East, claiming:

“The Saudis are far worse than Iran and we are getting ready to make that situation even worse, more profoundly destabilizing, by taking on Iran militarily.”

Wilkerson was heavily involved with Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, and he knows a thing or two about twisting intelligence and public perception to lead a country into war. He left Reid speechless with this ominous warning to our troops:

“I will tell every GI out there: You have had 17 straight years of war, get ready for 17 more.”

Watch Wilkerson’s conversation with Reid below. Is America great again?

Featured image via YouTube screen capture.

Via: LA

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WTF? ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Makes MS Snowflakes ‘Uncomfortable’ (TWEETS)

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WTF? ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Makes MS Snowflakes ‘Uncomfortable’ (TWEETS)

 

For more than half a century, Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been a staple of eighth and ninth-grade English classes around the country. It’s also been a fixture on lists of banned and challenged books due to its brutally honest depictions of racism and rape. According to the American Library Association, it was the 21st most-challenged book in the first decade of the new millennium.

Well, add another challenge to the list. Late last week, school officials in Biloxi, Mississippi removed “To Kill A Mockingbird” from the eighth grade language arts reading list. According to school board vice president Kenny Holloway, school officials had fielded a number of complaints that “there was some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.” Ultimately, administration and English department officials concluded that they could “teach the same lesson with other books.”

While Holloway didn’t elaborate, the (Biloxi) Sun Herald received an email from one parent at Biloxi Junior High School that may have provided something of an explanation. According to the parent, eighth graders were still reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” when the decision was made to yank it from the curriculum. Now, according to this parent, they won’t be allowed to finish it “due to the use of the N-word.” This parent called the move “one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard.”

“Disturbing” is being kind to it. This book teaches a number of important lessons–such as the need to have compassion and empathy for everyone, regardless of race or economic background. It also lays threadbare the outrageous reality of racism and prejudice in the Depression-era Deep South, and does so through the eyes of children. For those who don’t recall, Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill are forced to mature and quickly after seeing absolute evil first hand. If that makes people “uncomfortable,” it actually proves why kids in Biloxi need to be exposed to this classic.

A lot of people are of the same mind. The reaction in the Twitterverse has been unsparing.

These aren’t just the objections of “outside agitators,” though. The decision doesn’t seem to be playing very well on the Mississippi Gulf Coast either.

The Sun Herald editorial board blasted the decision, saying that the school board had denied eighth graders a chance to understand why, in the words of Atticus Finch, “reasonable people go stark raving mad” whenever race is even discussed. The Facebook comments sections for both the original article and the editorial are, with virtually no exceptions, filled with people blasting this decision.

Considering this area’s history, this is very refreshing. The Gulf Coast was one of the first areas of the South where the old-line Democrats started turning their backs on the national party after it became more receptive to civil rights. It has since become one of the most Republican areas of the South. Harrison County, home to Biloxi, has not supported a Democrat for president since 1960.

If the reaction to this decision is any indication, though, it does appear that the people in this area do have some standards. While the book is still available at the Biloxi Junior High library, district officials should be ashamed at their apparent decision to cave in to a few snowflakes.

Hopefully someone at either Biloxi Junior High or Biloxi High has the guts to allow their kids to continue reading this book, or at the very least allow them to watch the Oscar-winning film version that came out in 1962 and stars Gregory Peck as Atticus. Of course, though, the only real way to right this wrong is for the Biloxi school board to grow a pair and put this book back in the curriculum. Let them have it on the Web, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

(featured image: screenshot courtesy Universal Pictures, part of public domain)

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Fox & Friends Loses It Over Female Thomas The Tank Engine Characters (VIDEO)

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Taking a break from trying to remember whether or not President Donald Trump ever admitted to committing sexual assault, the hosts of Fox & Friends turned their shrieking ire to a new target: children’s cartoon Thomas and Friends.

Specifically, it is Thomas and Friends’ addition of two female characters that have ruffled the F&F feathers. Host Pete Hegseth really kicked things off with this brilliant observation, sputtering as he tried to string together an argument.:

“Traditionally, boys have probably loved trains and girls probably do too. But there are more boy engines than girl engines. They’re balancing it out. They’re getting rid of two of the males and replacing them with female trains, one from Africa. And then the other changes — they are going to make Thomas more sustainable. He’s going to follow U.N. goals and stop polluting so much, and start being more environmentally friendly.”

This then launches into an argument about allowing “childhood to be childhood,” because, apparently, a show that includes female anthropomorphic train engines is too much for some children to deal with. Male anthropomorphic train engines that love polluting, however, are just fine.

Host David Webb continued to express his concern for our children, trying to clarify his anti-female train stance:

“I’m not against girl or boy trains or any trains. I would like to see a nice high-speed train represented, whatever the case may be. You know, Abby, I just don’t see the agenda being the driver.”

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Third host Abby Huntsman is the lone voice of reason in the discussion, arguing that gender equality in the cartoon train world is okay by her, all while her co-hosts attempt to interrupt her:

“Adding more women faces to trains, as a woman, I think that’s great. Also, clean energy, I’m all for clean energy in this country. I’m all for being more energy independent in this country. So, if this is something to be worried about, I just don’t know if that’s on the top of my list.”

Webb claims that the female trains on Thomas & Friends are “killing childhood.” Huntsman questions that argument, incredulously stating:

“Does that kill childhood, though? Because I know I’m about to have a girl and to read her that book or show her that, I don’t think that ends her childhood.”

Adding women to popular entertainment has long ruffled the skirts of the far right; alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was booted off Twitter for (among other things) directing his fans to harass actor Leslie Jones, who was starring in the female reboot of Ghostbusters.

Keep in mind that this was a four minute segment on President Trump’s favorite morning news show, and it was discussing if the children of the United States are being indoctrinated because they added female trains to an animated children’s show. Watch the unbelievable exchange below, and especially note Abby Huntsman trying not to laugh in Pete Hegseth’s face as he introduces the segment:

Featured image via YouTube screen capture.

 

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