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Republican 'Fox & Friends' guest breaks down over Trump's Charlottesville response

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:40 AM

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President Donald Trump is known to be an avid viewer of “Fox & Friends,” but on Wednesday morning, the show wasn’t entirely kind to him. Republican strategist Gianno Caldwell, who heads up Caldwell Strategic Consulting in Washington, D.C., broke down when talking about Trump’s response to the deadly Charlottesville violence.

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Host Abby Huntsman first asked Johns Hopkins professor Wendy Osefo for her stance; Huntsman introduced the topic as the removal of Confederate monuments. However, Osefo quickly addressed the racism she saw in Charlottesville, saying, “This is not ‘talking points’ here; this is personal. And we as a nation, as a country, have to do better.”

>> Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville

Huntsman moved to Caldwell, saying, “There are good people on both sides of this debate. We talk about keeping these statues up, people that I’ve talked to have said this is about history. How do we move forward — how do we learn from those mistakes if we just tear everything down?” But Caldwell, clearly emotional, opened by saying, “Last night I couldn’t sleep at all. Because President Trump — our president — has literally betrayed the conscience of our country.”

>> Woman who allegedly helped topple North Carolina Confederate statue arrested

Caldwell then hit back directly at Huntsman’s remarks, saying, “It’s very unfortunate that our president would say things like he did in that press conference yesterday when he says, ‘There’s good people on the side of the Nazis. They weren’t all Nazis. They weren’t all white supremacists.”
He continued:

"Mr. President, good people don’t pal around with Nazis and white supremacists. Maybe they don’t consider themselves white supremacists and Nazis, but certainly they hold those views. This has become very troubling, and for anyone to come on any network and defend what President Trump did and said at that press conference yesterday is completely lost, and the potential to be morally bankrupt. I am sorry, no I believe that, and I’m being very honest as someone who has been talking about these issues for a very long time. I’m sorry that this is where we are right now."

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Huntsman tried to return to her talking point of the Confederate statues, saying, “It’s a slippery slope. Where does that end? Where do you fall specifically on that debate?” Caldwell said, “People who are taking down the statues should do so legally. … You can’t destroy property. That’s against the law.”

“Fox & Friends” is generally friendly to Trump, and his Twitter feed often directly references the show — if he sees something he likes on “Fox & Friends,” he quickly tweets it out to his 36 million followers. The New York Times noted that “for no other reason than its No. 1 fan, ['Fox & Friends'] is the most powerful TV show in America.”

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Cardi B cancels some tour dates due to pregnancy

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:49 AM

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Cardi B is canceling some tour dates this summer due to her pregnancy.

The rapper, whose major label album “Invasion of Privacy” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chartrevealed her pregnancy on “Saturday Night Live” after reports speculated she was expecting. It is her first child with her fiance, Migos rapper Offset.

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Billboard reported that Cardi is set to perform at the Broccoli City Festival this weekend at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds in Washington. She announced on Instagram Wednesday that it would be her last performance before canceling some shows.

Related: Cardi B reveals pregnancy, shows off baby bump in ‘SNL’ performance

“Broccoli Fest will be my last performance for a little while and everything because, you know, shawty keep growin’,” Cardi said about her baby. “I be looking like I be moving and everything but in reality, a (expletive) barely can breathe!”

The canceled dates include stops in Texas, Florida, Ireland and New York.

Related: Photos: Cardi B performs at Coachella

Cardi performed her own set at both weekends of Coachella and made an appearance during Migos’ weekend two performance. She said she would be back on stage for Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” tour, which starts in September.

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Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ is No. 1 Billboard 200 album

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Cardi B's debut studio album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Cardi B's debut studio album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella/Getty Images for Coachella)

Cardi B has become the fifth female rapper to have a No. 1 record on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The rapper’s debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” debuted at No. 1 and is the biggest selling album for an R&B or hip-hop album this year. According to Nielsen Music, the release has sold 255,000 equivalent album units.

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Forbes reported that, due to a technicality, the album was eligible to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 units. Cardi’s debut major label single, “Bodak Yellow,” has been certified 5-times platinum by the RIAA, selling 5 million copies. Ten track units is equal to one album sale, which works out to 500,000 album units.

Cardi B joins the company of Nicki Minaj, Eve, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill who have all had a No. 1 Billboard 200 album. 

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Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West, says ‘black people don’t have to be democrats’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

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Chance the Rapper is in hot water for a tweet that seems to defend his fellow rapper and friend Kanye West.

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The Chicago Tribune reported that West started a series of tweets Wednesday that  appeared to criticize former President Barack Obama and support President Donald Trump. West tweeted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and another of a MAGA hat signed by Trump. He also said that although he loves Trump, he doesn’t agree with everything he does.

The rapper, who in the past supported Democratic President Obama, said that he is not political. 

“I love when people have their own ideas,” he tweeted. “You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That’s free thought. I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.” 

Regardless of his political affiliation, Chance appeared to support his friend’s tweets.

“Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health,” Chance tweeted, according to The Washington Post. “Black people don’t have to be democrats.”

Chance’s tweet was met with more criticism from fans who had a problem with West, a black rapper, supporting Trump, who has put in place policies that many argue disproportionately affect people of color and the LGBTQ community. Both are groups West has expressed support for in the past. 

Trump, for his part, was appreciative of West’s tweets.

West may clarify his support for Trump and his other tweets in an upcoming interview with radio personality Charlamagne tha God. The date for the interview has not been announced.

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Twitter says Kanye West lost followers because of technical ‘inconsistency’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

What You Need to Know: Kanye West

After a string of tweets that expressed his support for President Donald Trump, some media outlets have reported that dozens of celebrities have unfollowed Kanye West on Twitter.

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Although the rapper clarified that he does not agree with everything Trump does, he has posted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and shared one of a MAGA hat signed by Trump.

Related: Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West, says ‘black people don’t have to be democrats’

But according to a report from The Verge, the apparent unfollowing spree isn’t related to the tweets - it’s just a technical issue.

“We can confirm that Kanye’s follower count is currently at approximately 27M followers,” a spokesperson for Twitter told The Verge Wednesday. “Any fluctuation that people might be seeing is an inconsistency and should be resolved soon.”

It appears the inconsistency has been resolved. As of Thursday morning, West’s follower count is at 27.9 million.

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