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Kanye West Admits His Fake Campaign Is A Ploy To Help Donald Trump Win


Kanye West is all but admitting that his presidential campaign is a sham meant to hurt former Vice President Joe Biden and help Donald Trump.

According to a Forbes exclusive published Thursday, “Amid various reports that Republican and Trump-affiliated political operatives are trying to get Kanye West onto various state ballots for November’s presidential election, the billionaire rap superstar indicated, in an interview by text today, that he was in fact running to siphon votes from the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden.”

The report noted that as recently as this summer, West would end text messages with “Trump 2020” and a “fist raised high,” hardly the sentiments of someone truly interested in defeating the incumbent president.

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When it was pointed out that he actually can’t win in 2020—that he won’t be on enough ballots to yield 270 electoral votes, and that a write-in campaign isn’t feasible—and thus was serving as a spoiler, West replied: “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”

In a wide-ranging interview with Forbes last month about his political aspirations, West, who has never voted before, laid out a platform for his “Birthday Party” that included a pro-life plank that alleged that Planned Parenthood was placed in cities by white supremacists, a management style patterned on the fictional country of Wakanda in Black Panther and anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. In that interview, West also claimed that he was dumping Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.” His reason: “It looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”

However, he was reticent to criticize Trump besides that. “Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation,” he said.

And West was eager to criticize Biden, and expressed comfort with the idea of doing damage to the former vice president’s White House chances. “I’m not denying it; I just told you.”

A reality TV stunt to help a reality TV president

It should be noted that Donald Trump and Kanye West are basically the same person – men with clear mental health troubles who live for attention and adoration.

In 2015, when Donald Trump announced his campaign for president, he had no intention of winning, let alone actually doing the hard work of governing a country. He’s made it clear since taking office that he sees himself as a glorified TV pundit and Twitter troll, not a president with real responsibilities.

In 2020, Kanye West is trying to pull off a similar reality TV-style stunt – with the help of desperate Republicans – to peel away some of Joe Biden’s supporters.

It’s unlikely that Kanye West will have a consequential impact on this presidential race, but it is remarkable that he is willing to admit his campaign is a sham.

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Trump Campaign Slammed for Running Ad Using Doctored Photo of Joe Biden


President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has come under fire for running an ad using a doctored photo of his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden.

The ad falsely depicts Biden as “hiding” alone in his basement using an image that was edited to remove several other people.

But the ruse was noticed almost immediately. The original photo was taken by photo editor Liz Martin, who said there were several dozen people at the event at the time.

Iowa State Senator Zach Wahls also commented, saying he was “literally in the room” when the photo was taken.

The Trump campaign has not yet responded to requests for comment.





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Trump Halfheartedly Urges Supporters To Wear Masks In Bizarre Campaign Email


In a bizarre email to his supporters with the subject line “Patriots Wear Face Masks,” Donald Trump halfheartedly endorsed the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“I don’t love wearing them either,” Trump said in the campaign email. “Masks may be good, they may be just okay, or they may be great. My feeling is, we have nothing to lose.”

Trump concluded, “I recently tweeted that many view wearing a mask as a patriotic act, and there is no one more patriotic than me and you. Why not give it a shot!”

Trump’s semi-reversal on masks is too little, too late

Set aside the fact that Donald Trump clearly wrote this bizarrely-worded email himself, without any campaign adviser brave enough to tell him how ridiculous it sounds.

Nearly seven months after the first coronavirus case was reported in the United States, this sudden 180 on face coverings is simply too little, too late.

The president spent months turning mask-wearing into a political issue, which has convinced many of his supporters that face coverings are either a sign of weakness or a government conspiracy.

Two months ago, in fact, Trump was literally running Facebook ads mocking former Vice President Joe Biden for setting an example and wearing a mask in public.

As his coronavirus approval ratings tank, Trump may have finally warmed up to the idea of wearing face masks. But the damage he has already done is irreparable.

It took crashing poll numbers and 160,000 dead Americans for Donald Trump to finally send out a lukewarm endorsement of life-saving face coverings.

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Trump’s top strategist reboots campaign with focus on early-voting states



Trump advisers declined to specify which states the ads would be focused on, but there are several key battlegrounds at the front of the early voting calendar. Either in-person or mail-in voting will begin in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania by the end of September.

The commercials will also be backed by a national ad buy on cable and broadcast, Trump advisers said. Stepien used a Wednesday evening staff meeting to preview several upcoming spots.

The move comes at a pivotal moment for the president, who finds himself trailing Biden across the electoral map.

Stepien has been undertaking a broader review of the campaign’s operation, including its budgeting and hiring. There has been a focus on TV buying, which comprises a substantial portion of any presidential campaign’s overall spending.

“Everything on the campaign needs to be purpose driven and goal-oriented — that goes for the political operation, the communications operation, and most importantly ad buying,” Stepien said in a Thursday interview. “It would be malpractice if we didn’t reexamine that we are spending money in the right places on the right message.”

“We are making the decision to use the right data to make the right political and spending decisions by way of our advertising,” he added.

Since taking over the campaign two weeks ago, Stepien has quietly implemented changes. He has taken a particular interest in the budget and has tasked deputy campaign manager Justin Clark to review spending moving forward.

Stepien has also altered the campaign’s previously flat structure, empowering a few deputies to communicate directly with staff. Stepien has been holding daily 8 a.m. meetings with a small core of senior advisers.

Stepien, a former top aide to ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has also intensified the campaign’s battleground state outreach to battleground states and has tapped Nick Trainer to make an array of political decisions. During the Wednesday evening staff meeting, Trainer led a presentation on Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes.

With Trump trailing, Stepien has pushed staffers to embrace the mindset that every day matters and to consider if what they’re doing at any given moment is getting votes.

Part of his focus has been on ensuring that the campaign has enough money to fund a massive fall television barrage. The reelection effort has spent nearly $94 million on TV ads so far this year and has another $146 million booked through Election Day, according to Advertising Analytics.

The new commercials are expected to echo by-now familiar themes, casting Biden as a Washington insider who is beholden to liberals.



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Ashley Graham Shows Her Stretch Marks In Swim Campaign


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“After this photo shoot, I felt so empowered.”

Ashley Graham has taken her followers on her pregnancy and postpartum journey, sharing the realities of both, whether that was her incredible growing body or the diapers she wore while she was recovering from giving birth.

Now, in her work as a supermodel, Ashley is continuing that — this time putting the stretch marks from her pregnancy front and center for her new swimsuit campaign.

Ashley looks absolutely incredible in her latest campaign for Swimsuits for All, which she refused to have retouched (“except for a clamp holding up the DIY backdrop,” as she explained to People.)

“It looks so simple and beautiful, but powerful,” she told the publication. “I’ve got more weight on me. I have stretch marks, and in the beginning I really had to have a lot of conversations with myself and tell myself, ‘Okay, new body, new mindset.’ But after this photo shoot, I felt so empowered because I was like, ‘Yes. I look good. I feel good. This is my new mom bod’.”

“With a new postpartum body, I thought that things were going to feel different, and that they were going to look different, and they do, but it’s a newfound joy in that,” she added.

After seeing Ashley’s joy, hopefully other moms will feel just as inspired to show off their postpartum bodies — and campaigns like these will be a lot more commonplace.


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Will Trump’s Abrupt Shift on Coronavirus Re-energize His Campaign?


“He’s wearing a mask and canceling the convention,” said Mark McKinnon, who was in charge of advertising for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. “That’s a head-snapping reversal for a guy who hates to be wrong, hates to back down and, worst of all, hates to be perceived as weak.”

The canceling of the Florida convention would appear, for now, to also play to the Democrats’ advantage. Mr. Biden and his aides no longer have to worry that his scaled-down virtual acceptance speech would look small and silly next to a full-blown speech by Mr. Trump, as Republicans had once hoped.

And the Democrats cut back their convention methodically and with no drama and little notice, calibrating to the worsening pandemic and to the cautions of medical professionals against large gatherings. By contrast, Mr. Trump and his party stumbled into this decision, a long and messy process that included a last-minute switch of the convention to Florida from North Carolina.

The chaos surrounding the convention planning mirrored the chaos that surrounded decision-making on many issues in the White House, including Covid-19. Mr. Trump announced the cancellation at the start of his Thursday coronavirus briefing, with no real plan about what, if anything, the Republicans would do in its stead.

“The Republicans now have a month to put together a remote convention and the Democrats had a three-month head start,” Ms. Fowler said. ”And they have wasted a lot of money. It sort of reinforces the competence problems that this administration has been dealing with.”

Mr. Trump, who has long been a master of imagery, had been hoping to draw a contrast with Mr. Biden, downplaying the seriousness of the virus as he pushed to open cities, hold big rallies and gather for conventions like the one he wanted in Jacksonville. His stance recalled the long history of Republicans portraying themselves as unbending, resilient and self-sufficient — the purported party of strength. (It also recalled the swagger with which Mr. Trump approached his real estate dealings when he was a developer in New York.)

“The Trump strategy was to campaign as the strong man,” Mr. McKinnon said. While Mr. Biden was hidden “in a mask in a basement he would be stepping maskless into adoring crowds at a packed convention.”



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Trump’s for-profit company invents new grift to more directly suck in Trump campaign cash


Yup. Now that Trump has so thoroughly endangered the American public that even he is beginning to suspect he will not be able to put on in-person rallies, he is planning to funnel the for-profit work of organizing virtual rallies to his own company.

Before, Trump could take a cut of his own appearances and rallies (and more importantly, those of any willing supplicants) by hosting them at his for-profit hotels and clubs. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered that particular scam less profitable, the Trump clan is scurrying to shift business to charging the Trump campaign and supplicant campaigns for hosting the internet versions they are now forced to use after Trump’s colossal, history-altering pandemic failure.

What could go wrong? When you think “technological prowess in the organization and application of distributed virtual communications platforms,” your mind naturally turns to … Eric and Donald Trump Jr. Right? Eh, they’ll buy something. It’ll be fine.

To repeat, everything the Trump family does has been geared towards milking Pumpkin Hitler’s newfound power for cheap-ass, low-caliber grifts. Let us host the British Open. Come have your industry meetup at our Washington hotel. What if we, like, formed a new line of hotels themed around patriotism? What if we started charging fees every time Dad had a campaign speech—can we do that? Etc.

If they had more money, Don Jr. would probably pay scientists to genetically engineer new, never-before-seen animals to kill, ones with 10-foot antlers and T-R-U-M-P spelled out in gold hair on their flanks. But sure, go with the same grift Rudy Giuliani used to launder influence-seeking cash after his own public decline—claim you’re now technology experts. How original.





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Kanye West Breaks Down In Tears While Talking About Abortion At First Campaign Rally


Kanye West held his first-ever presidential rally at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston on Sunday.

And like many expected, Ye gave a passionate speech. At one point, the rapper teared up when talking about his wife, Kim Kardashian.

He recalled a significant moment in his life when he and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star learned they were expecting their first child together, North West. However, the 43-year-old star admitted that they both contemplated abortion.

“In the bible it says thou shalt not kill,” he began to describe. “I remember when my girlfriend [at the time] called me screaming and crying… . And I just thought to myself, ‘Please don’t tell me I gave Kim Kardashian AIDS.'”

“Then, she said, ‘I’m pregnant’ and I said, ‘Yes.’ …. she said ‘No.’ She was crying… [and] said she had to go to the doctor,” he continued.



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Trump replaces Parscale as campaign manager


Replacing Parscale is a classic move from the Trump playbook: The president replaced two campaign managers during his 2016 campaign before his surprise victory, and he has cycled through four chiefs of staff in less than four years in the White House.

But the type of attention-grabbing shakeup Trump has long favored doesn’t address the fundamental problems he faces with 111 days left until the election: Americans are dying, sick and out of work as coronavirus spreads throughout the nation, and voters have harshly judged his response to the pandemic, sending his popularity lower than it’s been for most of his presidency. Meanwhile, Biden has established wide leads in national polls and surveys of key swing states, threatening to not only flip back the Midwest but challenge Trump in longtime Republican strongholds in the South and Southwest, like Arizona and Georgia.

Trump began informing advisers of the shakeup Wednesday before making the announcement official. Replacing Parscale had been under consideration for about a month prior to Wednesday’s announcement, people close to the president said.

Senior advisers point out that, unlike past Trump campaign managers, Parscale has been asked to remain on the campaign. Parscale has spent the last decade working for the Trump organization, has been a favorite of the president’s family and was placed in the campaign manager role by Kushner.

Parscale, who managed Trump’s digital advertising during the 2016 campaign and was named campaign manager in 2018, spent months building a more professionalized reelection campaign that was in stark contrast to the chaotic 2016 operation. Under his leadership, the campaign had remained largely stable until recently, as the president turned his eye more and more to the election. Some party officials were stunned by the suddenness of the shakeup.

Parscale will remain focused on his specialty areas, digital politicking and data management, according to people briefed on the campaign shakeup. The former campaign manager has played a key role in building up Trump’s campaign into a small-donor juggernaut, raking in millions of dollars per month via email and other digital appeals in addition to big-dollar events starring Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and others.

Stepien is a longtime Trump adviser. After joining the president’s campaign in the summer of 2016, he went on to become White House political director. After the 2018 midterms, he left the White House to join the reelection effort as a consultant. He was recently promoted to deputy campaign manager, a move intended to bolster Parscale amid the campaign’s struggles. Like Parscale, Stepien is close to Kushner.

Prior to joining Trump’s orbit, Stepien served as a top political adviser to ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who cut Stepien loose over emails in which he dismissed the George Washington Bridge scandal as “fine” and mocked the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. as an “idiot.” Another Christie aide later testified that he told Stepien about the “Bridgegate” scheme, which was designed to snarl traffic in Fort Lee as political retribution against the mayor. Stepien has denied knowing about the plan and was not charged with a crime.

Stepien’s elevation is the latest in a series of moves the president has made to revamp his faltering campaign in recent weeks, as his closest confidantes sounded the alarm about his standing. Last month, the president had dinner with Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, a Republican megadonor, who suggested he make changes.

Trump recently re-hired Jason Miller, who was a top aide in 2016, and in late June, Trump loyalist Michael Glassner was replaced as chief operating officer by 2016 campaign adviser Jeff DeWit. Meanwhile, Trump’s son-in law, Jared Kushner, has been asserting more control over the president’s political apparatus behind the scenes. Kushner has been a key player in orchestrating the recent staff moves.



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Biden Ignores Reporter, Walks Off Stage, Refuses to Answer Any Questions at Delaware Campaign Event (VIDEO)


Biden on Tuesday held a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden rarely leaves his Delaware basement and when he does, he stays close to home. He’s feeble and scared.

The 77-year-old creep unveiled his bold new plan to ‘build an economy of the future’ which included a $2 trillion climate agenda.

The plan “would attempt to eliminate carbon emissions from the power grid by 2035, put Americans into electric vehicles and zero-emission mass transit, and rebuild roads, bridges, and other infrastructure,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The plan would devote spending to minority communities and bolster rules to support unions, which the Biden campaign frames as a way to ensure benefits go first to the poor and working-class people and to communities hurt the most by pollution.”

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Reporters wanted to ask Biden questions after he concluded his speech.

“Mr. Vice President, time for a few questions?” a reporter asked as Biden closed his notebook and walked off stage.

Biden only answers scripted questions from reporters and he wasn’t having any of it today.

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