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Celebrities React: Donald Trump Tax Returns Revealed By Rachel Maddow

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Celebrities are reacting to Rachel Maddow revealing Donald Trump‘s tax returns. See reaction tweets from Hollywood stars below. On Tuesday night, Maddow tweeted, “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously).” She went on to write, “What we’ve got is from 2005… the President’s 1040 form… details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.” Immediately, celebs began responding on Twitter with a mix of curiosity and excitement.

Sophia Bush, for instance, exclaimed, “HOLY. SH*T. Let it all fall down.” Kathy Griffin reacted, “WHAT????? #Trumprussia #indivisible #resist #womensmarch #lgbt.” And Alyssa Milano went with, “ummmmmmm…..”

“Oh, this is delightful,” Chrissy Teigen tweeted, going on to guess Trump was “furiously trying to ban television right now.” Don Cheadle warned, “Don’t play with me, @maddow.” Patton Oswalt similarly said, “Holy SHI*. This better not be an empty tease. Wow…”

Come show time, Maddow said she had a “portion” of Trump’s federal return after it was “turned over” to a reporter. She credited that journalist, David K. Johnston, for obtaining the document, but admitted she did not know why it “surfaced.” The MSNBC host went on to recount how the president, then a candidate, refused to release his returns during his campaign, blaming it on an audit. “It ought to give you pause that his explanations have never made any factual sense,” Maddow insisted.

She then connected Trump to a Russian ogliarch, who paid him substantial money for a luxury home, raised questions about the recent U.S. attorney firings, brought up Michael Flynn’s firing, discussed the “unrelenting demand” to see the president’s tax returns, and said such “pressure” will never cease until more documents like this are leaked. As Maddow spoke non-stop, Rose McGowan tweeted, “Go @Maddow go.” Waiting for the big moment, Norm MacDonald said, “She is about to go through a rich guy’s tax returns. This should be powerful television.” Billy Eichner told followers, “Maddow knows more than you do times 10 so sit down and listen for a change SMDH.”

Maddow ultimately revealed that the 2005 tax form showed Trump paid $38 million in taxes, took a write-down of $103 million, and made more than $150 million. She also noted the White House, while confirming the authenticity of the return, released a statement ridiculing the “dishonest media” for running with the information and accusing the media of published the form illegally. Maddow stressed that there was nothing illegal about sharing it and nothing fake about her or her program. And Johnston, who appeared on the show live, said Trump essentially got a tax “discount” by the way he filed, and pointed out that the document doesn’t reveal the sources of his money. He also questioned whether it was the president himself who mailed it to him.

Teigen wasn’t satisfied. “Dammit. 2 pages!? give me the pee video. #teampeevideo,” she tweeted. Ava DuVernay thought, “Whatever #RachelMaddow has or doesn’t simply highlights that Trump’s tax release refusal has been a massive middle finger to public trust.” Griffin also tweeted to Johnston, “Thank you 4 doing your job. Deplorables & bots losing their sh*t tonight. @msnbc #Trumprussia.”

“Geraldo in the vault found more. But this is great theater,” opined Chris Harrison. Kal Penn admitted, “I got bored w the tax return things and have been watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills the last 20 mins and I like it.” Eichner argued, “Agree tonight was overhyped but @maddow is brilliant & digs into Trump’s corruption every night from every angle in a way few on TV do.”

Gabrielle Union quoted Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald‏ saying, “For people who don’t get it: Trumps reported income for 2005 shows he has been lying about his net worth for years,” and wrote, “This… and so much more.” And when columnist Shaun King said, “I absolutely believe Trump released this tax return himself. Anything to distract people from the countless other scandals he’s mired in,” Bush wrote “Same. 100 [percent].”

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“The View” Slams Donald Trump Over Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frederick Douglass Comments (VIDEO)

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“The View” co-hosts slammed Donald Trump on Thursday for his comments on Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frederick Douglass. Watch below. As Gossip Cop reported, Trump’s Black History Month speech, given on Wednesday, was not well-received in part because he seemed absolutely clueless about the subject. Most notably, he spoke about Douglass in the present tense. After playing the clip, Whoopi Goldberg now said, “I want to point out that Frederic Douglass died 122 years ago.”

The talk show also showed footage of Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer also making a similar gaffe, prompting Joy Behar to say, “It’s clear that these two white guys know diddly about black history.” Sara Haines was shocked that, in the time between the two meetings, no one bothered to “open a history book or something.” They also pointed out that Omarosa was on “The View” just last month, promising that she would aid the president in this area.

“[That’s why] this was so shocking to me,” Sunny Hostin commented, adding, “I don’t know what she has taught him.” Behar cracked, “I guess he missed that lesson.” Jedediah Bila also chided, “If you’re going to do a breakfast and you’re going to be celebrating Black History Month, do you research. Know something going out there.”

“Even if you didn’t know the depth of the history, shouldn’t you know the guy’s dead?” Bila went on to ask as the discussion continued. The talk show then segued into Trump slamming Schwarzenegger at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning. As Gossip Cop reported, the president took at a jab at his “Apprentice” replacement over ratings, and said to “pray” for him.

Behar now shot back, “I don’t have time to pray for Arnold. I’m too busy praying for Melania.” But the panelists all agreed that Trump’s comments were “super tone deaf” and an “embarrassment.” Bila, noting that she does “support” some of his policy initiatives, still reminded, “Donald, it’s not about you. It’s not about your ratings… He’s an egomaniac.”

But Goldberg wasn’t convinced all of this is coming from Trump himself. “I believe in my soul that Steve Bannon is controlling everything,” she said, later adding, “We know this is you, president Steve Bannon.” Check out the full video below.

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Donald Trump’s heartland voters shrug off global uproar over immigration ban

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Trump supporters celebrate as they attend the Inauguration Freedom Ball being held for US President Donald J Trump and first lady Melania Trump in Washington, US, January 20, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

The relaxed reaction among the kind of voters who drove Trump’s historic upset victory provided a striking contrast to the uproar that has gripped major coastal cities. Many of President Donald Trump’s core political supporters had a simple message on Sunday for the fiercest opponents of his immigration ban: Calm down. The relaxed reaction among the kind of voters who drove Trump’s historic upset victory – working- and middle-class residents of Midwest and the South – provided a striking contrast to the uproar that has gripped major coastal cities, where thousands of protesters flocked to airports where immigrants had been detained. In the St Louis suburb of Manchester, Missouri, 72-year-old Jo Ann Tieken characterized the president as bringing reason into an overheated debate. “Somebody has to stand up, be the grown up and see what we can do better to check on people coming in,” she said. “I’m all for everybody to stop and take a breath. Just give it a chance.”

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WATCH: The Netherlands gives Donald Trump a taste of his own medicine, and it’s hilarious

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Created by Dutch satirical TV show Zondag earlier this week, the video is a hilarious response after Trump’s inaugural speech. Did you watch Donald Trump giving his speech after he took oath as the 45th President of United States?

With salutary calls to “all Americans” in his inaugural speech, the billionaire businessman and reality television star took his new position at the White House. The first US president, who has never held political office or high military rank, promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen US jobs.

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Giving a warning to the world, he said, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” As he stressed on the words, “America first,” the world nations reacted to his speech. It seems that some were scared, others were disappointed and only a handful were happy.

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Donald Trump moving forward with border wall, weighs refugee cuts

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The US President tweeted: “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!” President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to build his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, according to two administration officials. He’s also expected to target so-called sanctuary cities and is reviewing proposals that would restrict the flow of refugees to the United States.

The president is expected to sign the first actions — including the measure to jumpstart construction of the wall — Wednesday during a trip to the Department of Homeland Security. Additional actions will be rolled out over the next few days, according to one official.

Trump is said to still be weighing the details of plans to restrict refugees coming to the U.S. The current proposal includes at least a four-month halt on all refugee admissions, as well as temporary ban on people coming from some Muslim majority countries, according to a representative of a public policy organization that monitors refugee issues.

The person was briefed on the details of that proposed action by a government official and outlined the expected steps for The Associated Press. The officials and the public policy organization’s representative insisted on anonymity in order to outline the plans ahead of Trump’s official announcements.

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World jittery about Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump – the first president who had never held political office or high military rank – promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs. President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy, but offered no specifics about America’s place in the world.

The billionaire businessman and reality television star – the first president who had never held political office or high military rank – promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs. “This American carnage stops right here,” Trump declared. In a warning to the world, he said, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”

A look at some reactions from around the world:

AFGHANS DISAPPOINTED BUT HOPEFUL

Like many in the Afghan capital of Kabul, restaurant owner Mohammad Nahim watched the presidential inauguration ceremonies but was disappointed to not hear any mention of Afghanistan. “Trump did not mention a word about Afghanistan in his speech and the salaries of the Afghan army and police are paid by the U.S.,” he said. He added that if the U.S. stops helping Afghanistan, “our country will again become a sanctuary to terrorists. I hope Trump will not forget Afghanistan.”

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Donald Trump warns journalists, calls them most dishonest human beings


President Donald Trump points to a member of the audience after speaking at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The US President said that the media falsely reported the number of people attending his inauguration ceremony. Describing journalists as the most dishonest human beings on Earth, US President Donald Trump has said he has been “running a war” with the media and warned them of consequences for falsely reporting that less number of people attended his inauguration. “We had a massive field of people. You saw them. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field,” Trump said.

“I say, wait a minute, I made a speech. I looked out, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. They (media) said, Donald Trump did not draw well. I said, it was almost raining, the rain should have scared them away, but God looked down and he said, we’re not going to let it rain on your speech,” he said. “Then I walked off and it poured right after I left. It poured. But, we have something that’s amazing because, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument. And I turn on — and by mistake I get this network, and it showed an empty field. And it said we drew 250,000 people,” he said.

“Now, that’s not bad, but it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the 20-block area, all the way back to the Washington Monument, was packed. So we caught them, and we caught them in a beauty. I think they’re going to pay a big price,” Trump warned. Trump was speaking at the CIA headquarters. He told his top spy agency that this is the reason for him visiting the CIA headquarters as the media has portrayed that he has differences with the intelligence community.

“The reason you’re my first stop is that, as you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth,” Trump said amidst applause and laughter from the CIA officials attending his maiden address to them. “They sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know, the reason you’re the number-one stop is exactly the opposite. They understand that, too,” he said and then said that the crown strength of his inauguration was being accurately being written by the media.

Then Trump listed out another incident. So a reporter wrote that Trump took down the bust, of Martin Luther King. “It was right there. But there was a cameraman that was in front of it. So a reporter writes a story about I took down. I would never do that because I have great respect for Martin Luther King. But this is how dishonest the media is,” Trump alleged.

“I only like to say that because I love honesty. I like honest reporting. I will tell you, final time — when you let in your thousands of other people that have been trying to come in — because I am coming back — we’re going to have to get you a larger room,” Trump said indicating that he would have a bigger room for the White House press corps.

Meanwhile, in an unusual sharply worded remark, that took the White House press corps by surprise, new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blasted the media for what he considered “inaccurate and unfair” press coverage over the past 48 hours. Prominent among these included tweets about a Martin Luther King bust in the Oval Office, and the crowd size coverage during presidential inauguration on Friday. “The president is committed to unifying the country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. This kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenge of bringing about our nation together is making it more difficult,” Spicer said.

“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable.And I am here to tell you that it goes two ways. We are going to hold the press accountable as well,” said the new White House Press Secretary. Spicer, did not took any question but said he would hold his first news conference on Monday. In an open display of anger and frustration against the media Spicer alleged photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimize the enormous support that it gathered on the National Mall.

“This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings had been used the protect the grass in the mall. That had the affect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing while in years past the grass eliminated this visual,” he charged.

Spicer said this was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the mall preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.

“Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers because the National Park Service which controls the National Mall does not put any out,” he asserted.

Spicer said this applies to any attempts to try to count the number of protesters today in the same fashion.

“We do know a few things so let’s go through the facts. We know that from the platform where the president was sworn in to 4th Street holds about 250,000 people. From 4th street to the media tent is about another 220,000. And from media tent to the Washington Monument another 250,000 people,” he said.

“All of this space was full when the president took the oath of office. We know that 420,000 people used the DC metro public transit yesterday which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural,” he said.

Spicer said this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. “Period. Both in person and around the globe,” he added.

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Way forward as Trump turns America inward

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Donald Trump arrives for his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States at the Capitol in Washington Friday. (Source: Reuters)

India must prepare for his buy-American-hire-American protectionism. In a powerful appeal to American nationalism and a clarion call to put “America First,” the new President of the United States Donald J Trump has promised to upend America’s long standing commitments to economic globalisation, open borders and expansive internationalism.

As Trump’s America turns inward and redefines its role in the world, India must limit the many negative consequences to its current economic engagement with the United States. At the same time, it must seize the new opportunities for strategic cooperation with Washington by shedding past inhibitions.

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Affirming America’s protectionist turn, Trump said: “We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.”

In a dramatic twist to the prolonged war on terror, Trump has reaffirmed the commitment to work with Russia and other civilised nations to wipe “radical Islamic terror” from the face of earth.”

None of these themes was a surprise from Trump. Through his presidential campaign during 2016, Trump had pounded away on these issues. Given the profound and entrenched opposition in Washington to Trump’s unorthodox views, many had hoped that Trump will moderate and finesse his positions. In choosing not to walk back, Trump has set himself on the ambitious course to change America’s economic and political trajectory after the Second World War.

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Trump’s new vision for America would demand some serious rethinking of the approach to the US in India at the political as well as policy level. For long, the Indian elites have either criticised the US for forcing globalisation down the throat of other peoples and of intervening in the name of promoting political values like democracy. They will now have to deal with Trump who will have none of this.

Trump has delivered a stinging criticism of globalisation and the much cherished American leadership of the global order. Trump declared, “we’ve enriched foreign industry, subsidised the armies of other countries, while allowing for the sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own.”

Unveiling a new vision that is bound to send a chill down the spine of many chancelleries around the world, Trump said from now on, “every decision on trade, taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers.We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”

Trump identified two simple rules for the new America: “buy American, hire American.”

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India must not only prepare for a more protectionist America, but also prepare for a United States that does not plan to mess around with other people’s affairs or squander blood and treasure in the name of promoting democratic values. “We do not seek to impose our way of life on any one, but rather to let it shine as an example.”

During the campaign and since, Trump had trashed America’s old alliances like the NATO. Tonight he said, “we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.” This is an extraordinary formulation that promises to transform US approach to friends and partners around the world.

Trump is not defining himself here as the leader of the “free world” or the “West.” Instead he is talking of uniting “the civilised world” and it quite clearly includes Russia. Trump has always insisted that Russia can be a partner in the fight against against ISIS and other extremist groups.

For eight years, Obama did not use the term “international terrorism.” His preference was for “violent extremism.” That terminological change alone underlines the prospects for a dramatic shift in the way Trump’s America might think about the nature of most important threats and the partnerships that are needed to counter them.

By any measure, Trump’s speech tonight marks a bold and unambiguous repudiation of the long standing beliefs in the American establishment about the United States and its role in the world. His questioning of the costs of globalisation, open borders and an interventionist foreign policy has struck a chord with a large number of voters.

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There is indeed an outside chance that Trump might be able to reinvent America’s international engagement and reorder its domestic politics. He has room indeed to build a bipartisan coalition on limiting free trade, modernising America’s infrastructure and on pursuing more modest foreign policy goals.

To be sure, Trump’s vision will face enormous resistance from the establishment. But then Trump has presented himself as an outsider ready to fight the establishment to make things work for the American people. This, in turn, sets the stage for a vigorous political contestation for America’s future direction in the next four years.

For outsiders, there is probably only one guidance to understanding Trump’s America: the past is not a good guide for the future.

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Inauguration Day Live Stream: Watch Donald Trump Inaugural Festivities Online

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It’s Inauguration Day, and Gossip Cop has a live stream of all the Donald Trump inaugural festivities. Watch below! Though Trump won’t be sworn in as president until noon, coverage of the historic day will actually begin in the early morning hours. Both the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” will broadcast from Washington, D.C., as will “CBS This Morning.”

In addition, the cable news channels will also have on-site broadcasts long before Trump makes his arrival.

Spectators will be allowed onto the U.S. Capitol grounds beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern time. There are designated viewing areas for the public on the West Lawn.

Informal proceedings will then start around 9:30 a.m. Eastern time with musical performances.

Among those slated to provide entertainment during the day are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Rockettes. In addition, Jackie Evancho is singing the National Anthem.

Opening remarks are slated for 11:30 a.m., after which the swearing-in ceremony will officially begin. Mike Pence will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

At noon, Trump will take the oath of office and be sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The new commander-in-chief will then deliver his Inaugural Address. In the afternoon, Trump will take part in the inauguration parade. Stay tuned for the live stream!

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Donald Trump’s swearing-in at 58th presidential inauguration ceremony

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President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump walk at a pre-Inaugural “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (Source: AP Photo)

America’s interest in inauguration has grown over the decades. When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the US today, this will be the 58th formal presidential inaugural ceremony since 1789. In all, US Presidents have been sworn into office 70 times – usually in public, sometimes in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday. Notably, the US Senate oversaw the first 28 Inaugurations of both the President and Vice President.

But it was in February 4, 1901, that the Senate approved a concurrent resolution to create the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). The Senate and House of Representatives then appointed members on February 5, 1901. Since then, all Inaugural Ceremonies at the US Capitol have been organised by the JCCIC. However, a separate Presidential Inaugural Committee, appointed by the President-elect, has the responsibility for all official inaugural events other than those held at the Capitol Hill.

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