Trump praises Kanye West after ‘SNL’ speech

President Trump criticized “Saturday Night Live” on Sunday afternoon for allegedly losing its humor and charm but praised musical guest Kanye West — who delivered an impromptu pro-Trump speech to awkward silence and a scattered mixture of boos and applause. On Twitter, Trump accused the show of becoming a big political advertisement for the Democrats with its routine lampooning of conservative figures. The 44th season’s premiere on Saturday opened with a sketch of Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh screaming at Committee.
Trump said he does not watch the popular late-night comedy show despite having hosted it in the past. However, he did catch wind of West sporting his “Make America Great Again” hat and praising Trump to the mostly liberal audience inside NBC’s Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
During a performance of “Ghost Town,” a song off his latest studio album, “Ye,” West was agitated by audience members laughing at him and launched into a pro-Trump monologue with the “SNL” cast standing behind him on stage, after the broadcast had ended.
KANYE SNL TALK THAT GOT CUT OFF FREEDOM OF SPEECH SHOULD HAVE EXTENDED pic.twitter.com/IpULoEJxsN
— MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) September 30, 2018
“You see they laughing at me. You heard them. They scream at me. They bully me. They bullied me backstage. They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me backstage. They bullied me. And then they say I’m in a sunken place,” West said. “You want to see the sunken place? OK, I’m going to listen to y’all now… or I’m going to put my Superman cape on because this means you can’t tell me what to do.”
West urged the audience to follow their hearts and to stop “following [their] minds” because “that’s how we’re controlled, that’s how we’re programed.” He thanked “SNL” for giving him a platform to speak his mind and acknowledged that many cast members don’t agree with him, but said their attacks against Trump “aren’t that helpful.”
“I think the universe has balance. Ninety percent of news are liberal. Ninety percent of TV, L.A., New York, writers, rappers, musicians, so it’s easy to make it seem so, so, so one-sided,” West said before returning to the song.
SNL alumnus Chris Rock was in the audience and posted portions of West’s speech on Instagram. In these video clips, West said “the Democratic plan” has been to remove fathers from black homes and promote welfare.
West has delivered similarly impromptu speeches about politics at his concerts and received tremendous backlash from prominent figures in hip-hop for his support of Trump .
had so much fun at SNL. Lorne agreed that I would host before the year is out. Need to set a date. Gonna be s lit. In the words of Lil Pump …Esskeetit !
— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love pic.twitter.com/a15WqI8zgu
— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018

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Whitehouse: I’ve cracked the calendar code to pinpoint Kavanaugh’s sexual assault

Has American political life become permanently … boofed ? Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse declared today that he has somehow cracked Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar code to discover the date of Christine Blasey Ford’s victimization at his hands. In the Judiciary Committee meeting, Whitehouse highlighted a calendar entry listing a July 1 party as evidence that “may” corroborate Ford’s testimony:
Sen. Whitehouse, reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s calendar:
“This may, may be powerful corroborating evidence that the assault happened … but with no FBI investigation, we can’t tell.” pic.twitter.com/HMgQJTmTHF
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 28, 2018
“Bart” Kavanaugh? For a man on a fact-finding mission, Whitehouse seems pretty thin on his own grasp. No one is disputing that Kavanaugh, PJ Smyth, and Mark Judge attended parties together, nor that they were drinking at those parties. The calendar doesn’t mention Ford or Leland Keyser, by the way, the fourth person named by Ford, but Whitehouse has a theory about that too. Would you add the name of the woman you’d just sexually assaulted ? Er, wut ? No one has claimed that Kavanaugh assaulted Keyser, and in fact Keyser has submitted a declaration to the committee that she didn’t attend any party with Kavanaugh in that period.
And don’t people normally put events on a calendar before rather than after they take place?
This is simply more wild speculation without any evidence in an attempt to assassinate Kavanaugh’s character and keep the Supreme Court seat open. Unfortunately, it’s been par for the course in this process, which continues to derail today.
Yesterday’s hearing should not pass out of the spotlight without at least some comment on its absolute nadir provided by Whitehouse. As we await the final vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee on its recommendation for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, consider the deeply intellectual review of the nominee’s life work that we all saw yesterday. The only thing missing was a porcelain goddess, which we all needed after this five-minute exchange:
WHITEHOUSE: I’m good. One of the reasons, Mr. Kavanaugh, that we are looking at the yearbook is that it is relatively consistent in time with the events at issue here and because it appears to be your words. Is it, in fact, your words on your yearbook page?
KAVANAUGH: We — we submitted things to the editors and I believe they took them. I don’t know if they changed things or not, but. …
WHITEHOUSE: Let’s look at, “Beach Week Ralph Club — Biggest Contributor,” what does the word Ralph mean in that?
KAVANAUGH: That probably refers to throwing up. I’m known to have a weak stomach and I always have. In fact, the last time I was here, you asked me about having ketchup on spaghetti. I always have had a weak stomach. …
WHITEHOUSE: So the vomiting that you reference in the Ralph Club reference, related to the consumption of alcohol?
To get to that point, Whitehouse then digged deep to pin Kavanaugh down on his judicial inclination toward … beer.
WHITEHOUSE: Did it relate to alcohol? You haven’t answered that.
KAVANAUGH: I like beer. I like beer. I don’t know if you do…
WHITEHOUSE: OK.
Whitehouse had Kavanaugh on the ropes with that answer! A man who likes beer has a major impediment to sitting on the Supreme Court, which is … that his farts might disturb the other eight justices:
WHITEHOUSE: … Judge, have you — I don’t know if it’s “boufed” or “boofed” — how do you pronounce that?
KAVANAUGH: That refers to flatulence. We were 16.
(LAUGHTER)
WHITEHOUSE: OK. And so when your friend Mark Judge said the same — put the same thing in his yearbook page back to you, he had the same meaning? It was flatulence?
KAVANAUGH: I don’t know what he did, but that’s my recollection. We want to talk about flatulence at age 16 on a yearbook page, I’m — I’m game.
Now, one can make the argument that this was a strategy by Whitehouse to set perjury traps for Kavanaugh. If he’s willing to lie about “boofing,” what else is he lying about? But that assumes that a high-school yearbook or teenage drinking is in any way relevant to a judicial confirmation in the first place, and that Kavanaugh’s memory of those indicates anything except the passage of thirty-six years. Nonetheless, Whitehouse is still clinging to this argument:
“I don’t believe ‘boof’ is flatulence.” — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) September 28, 2018
So what? Even if Kavanaugh’s misremembering it and it refers to sex, it still wouldn’t have have anything to do with the allegation that Christine Blasey Ford made. No one disputes that Kavanaugh drank in high school, not even Kavanaugh. No one disputes that he was a teenager with typically immature teenager humor and interests. Whitehouse’s entire line of questioning about the yearbook was designed to suggest that Kavanaugh was a blackout drunk whose lack of memory might account for his inability to recall a sexual assault, despite on-the-record denials from the other three people Ford named that they don’t have any recollection of it either or deny it happened altogether. At best , it’s indirect speculation centering on irrelevancies in order to build a legal hypothesis t hat’s already contradicted by sworn statements .
Whitehouse wants to keep throwing speculation up against the wall to see if it sticks. The rest of us are under no obligation to provide him a stage for that nonsense, nor to take him seriously. Especially “Bart.”
Update and correction : Earlier, I identified Whitehouse as a senator from Ohio. Of course, Whitehouse is from Rhode Island. Sherrod Brown is from Ohio. My apologies to Ohio, Rhode Island, Senators Whitehouse and Brown, and our readers. I’ve fixed it above.
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Whitehouse: I’ve cracked the calendar code to pinpoint Kavanaugh’s sexual assault

Whitehouse: I’ve cracked the calendar code to pinpoint Kavanaugh’s sexual assault Ed Morrissey Posted at 12:01 pm on September 28,
Has American political life become permanently … boofed ? Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse declared today that he has somehow cracked Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar code to discover the date of Christine Blasey Ford’s victimization at his hands. In the Judiciary Committee meeting, Whitehouse highlighted a calendar entry listing a July 1 party as evidence that “may” corroborate Ford’s testimony: Sen. Whitehouse, reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s calendar:
“This may, may be powerful corroborating evidence that the assault happened … but with no FBI investigation, we can’t tell.” pic.twitter.com/HMgQJTmTHF
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 28, 2018
“Bart” Kavanaugh? For a man on a fact-finding mission, Whitehouse seems pretty thin on his own grasp. No one is disputing that Kavanaugh, PJ Smyth, and Mark Judge attended parties together, nor that they were drinking at those parties. The calendar doesn’t mention Ford or Leland Keyser, by the way, the fourth person named by Ford, but Whitehouse has a theory about that too. Would you add the name of the woman you’d just sexually assaulted ? Er, wut ? No one has claimed that Kavanaugh assaulted Keyser, and in fact Keyser has submitted a declaration to the committee that she didn’t attend any party with Kavanaugh in that period.
And don’t people normally put events on a calendar before rather than after they take place?
This is simply more wild speculation without any evidence in an attempt to assassinate Kavanaugh’s character and keep the Supreme Court seat open. Unfortunately, it’s been par for the course in this process, which continues to derail today.
Yesterday’s hearing should not pass out of the spotlight without at least some comment on its absolute nadir provided by Whitehouse. As we await the final vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee on its recommendation for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, consider the deeply intellectual review of the nominee’s life work that we all saw yesterday. The only thing missing was a porcelain goddess, which we all needed after this five-minute exchange:
WHITEHOUSE: I’m good. One of the reasons, Mr. Kavanaugh, that we are looking at the yearbook is that it is relatively consistent in time with the events at issue here and because it appears to be your words. Is it, in fact, your words on your yearbook page?
KAVANAUGH: We — we submitted things to the editors and I believe they took them. I don’t know if they changed things or not, but. …
WHITEHOUSE: Let’s look at, “Beach Week Ralph Club — Biggest Contributor,” what does the word Ralph mean in that?
KAVANAUGH: That probably refers to throwing up. I’m known to have a weak stomach and I always have. In fact, the last time I was here, you asked me about having ketchup on spaghetti. I always have had a weak stomach. …
WHITEHOUSE: So the vomiting that you reference in the Ralph Club reference, related to the consumption of alcohol?
To get to that point, Whitehouse then digged deep to pin Kavanaugh down on his judicial inclination toward … beer.
WHITEHOUSE: Did it relate to alcohol? You haven’t answered that.
KAVANAUGH: I like beer. I like beer. I don’t know if you do…
WHITEHOUSE: OK.
Whitehouse had Kavanaugh on the ropes with that answer! A man who likes beer has a major impediment to sitting on the Supreme Court, which is … that his farts might disturb the other eight justices:
WHITEHOUSE: … Judge, have you — I don’t know if it’s “boufed” or “boofed” — how do you pronounce that?
KAVANAUGH: That refers to flatulence. We were 16.
(LAUGHTER)
WHITEHOUSE: OK. And so when your friend Mark Judge said the same — put the same thing in his yearbook page back to you, he had the same meaning? It was flatulence?
KAVANAUGH: I don’t know what he did, but that’s my recollection. We want to talk about flatulence at age 16 on a yearbook page, I’m — I’m game.
Now, one can make the argument that this was a strategy by Whitehouse to set perjury traps for Kavanaugh. If he’s willing to lie about “boofing,” what else is he lying about? But that assumes that a high-school yearbook or teenage drinking is in any way relevant to a judicial confirmation in the first place, and that Kavanaugh’s memory of those indicates anything except the passage of thirty-six years. Nonetheless, Whitehouse is still clinging to this argument: “I don’t believe ‘boof’ is flatulence.”— Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) September 28, 2018
So what? Even if Kavanaugh’s misremembering it and it refers to sex, it still wouldn’t have have anything to do with the allegation that Christine Blasey Ford made. No one disputes that Kavanaugh drank in high school, not even Kavanaugh. No one disputes that he was a teenager with typically immature teenager humor and interests. Whitehouse’s entire line of questioning about the yearbook was designed to suggest that Kavanaugh was a blackout drunk whose lack of memory might account for his inability to recall a sexual assault, despite on-the-record denials from the other three people Ford named that they don’t have any recollection of it either or deny it happened altogether. At best , it’s indirect speculation centering on irrelevancies in order to build a legal hypothesis t hat’s already contradicted by sworn statements .
Whitehouse wants to keep throwing speculation up against the wall to see if it sticks. The rest of us are under no obligation to provide him a stage for that nonsense, nor to take him seriously. Especially “Bart.”
Update and correction : Earlier, I identified Whitehouse as a senator from Ohio. Of course, Whitehouse is from Rhode Island. Sherrod Brown is from Ohio. My apologies to Ohio, Rhode Island, Senators Whitehouse and Brown, and our readers. I’ve fixed it above.

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