Jim Carrey calls Donald Trump a 'melanoma', says Republicans are 'raping our system'

Actor Jim Carrey has called Donald Trump a “melanoma” and said that the current administration is “raping our system”.

In a strongly worded attack reported by the Hollywood Reporter during a panel discussion at the Vulture festival in Los Angeles, Carrey denounced Republicans while speaking about his interest in politically oriented painting.

Carrey called Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell “incredibly dangerous, a threat to homeland security. And now he has the nerve to come out a couple of days ago and ask for bipartisanship.” During the discussion, Carrey posted a painting of McConnell on social media, depicting the politician as a turtle waving a white flag on which is written the word “Bipartisanship” while a wave – an allusion to the Democratic “blue wave” in the 2018 mid-term elections – threatens to swamp him.

Carrey reportedly added, “These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal. A rapist needs to be removed, not negotiated with. These people are raping our system, they’re destroying it right in front of us … This corrupt Republican Congress that was … These people have to be removed from our system because they’re bad for us. Trump is a melanoma, and anybody that covers for him, including Sarah Sanders, is putting makeup on it. It shows that there’s a deeper problem in this country, and that problem is greed.”

Carrey also had harsh words for the Christian right, saying: “I think they’re going to find out once and for all that the Christian right has never been about morality, it’s been about holding on to power and using morality to do so.”

Carrey has produced a stream of artworks in the last few years, to less than resounding acclaim. He has recently posted pictures of Trump and vice president Mike Pence in space, Trump crucifying Jesus, and former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt vomiting oil.

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Trump, after the elections

As we all know, the so-called midterm elections were held in the United States on Tuesday.

They took place in a normal labor day, because US authorities do not give them great importance.

When they closed, Donald Trump branded them “a tremendous success” for his candidates.

In this kind of elections, characterized by the indifference of a large number of voters, the average turnout has been about 40 percent.

Although a clear victory of Democrats was foreseen, the high turnout did not prevent the polls to reflect again the existing deep polarization in the country.

Washington Post columnist Dan Balz said on Wednesday that “the general rules of the voting in the House and the Senate, as well as the polls, reflected that the differences, which have defined United States during the presidency of Trump, remain and seem to strengthen”.

He added “That lays the foundations for very competitive presidential elections within two years”.

According to the analyst, Trump will seek his reelection in 2020.

New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser wrote “Democrats yet haven’t left Trump’s 2016 victory behind” and added that many believed the current polls would dilute the image that follows them since that year”.

But a few hours ago, Trump’s opponents won control of the House, in addition to picking two governor seats in such states as Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Both were key for his election in 2016.

For their part, Republicans along with Trump, spread out an alarmist discourse on immigration, its caravans and Democratic plans.

Glasser thought that both parties should do a soul searching before the new Congress takes over in January.

Bruce Miroff, American Presidency expert at the University of Albany, told EFE last week: “Trump would take no responsibility if his party loses the majority in the House of Representatives. For him, winning is always his business, losing is never his fault”.

Everything takes place amidst the widespread crisis that hits U.S. and that they will fail to solve not even with the mountain of dollars allocated for their military spendings in the current budget.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Georgia Dem Wants Full Count Against 'Architect of Suppression'

The state’s election system has been at the center of heated debates involving people often requesting Kemp’s resignation.

Georgia Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams was adamant that some votes remain uncounted, after the result of a closely contested race resulted in her finishing behind Republican Brian Kemp.

RELATED: Oprah Jumps into Midterm Georgia Race, Endorses Democrat Abrams

“Friends, we are still on the verge of history,” Abrams told supporters late Wednesday. “We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach, but we cannot seize it until all voices are heard, and I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted.”

Abrams is attempting to become the first black woman elected governor in the United States. The campaign team of the candidate, who described Kemp as “an architect of suppression,” explained that there were outstanding absentee ballots that have yet to be tallied.

Kemp pushed back, declaring that an investigation will be launched into Georgia Democrats for “possible cybercrimes.”

“Votes remain to be counted. There are voices that are waiting to be heard,” Abrams said. “In a civilized country, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere. Not just for certain places and not just on a certain day. You’re going to have a chance to have a do-over.”

A win in the state race would make the democratic candidate the first woman or nonwhite governor in Georgia’s history, on the heels of her making history as the first black woman to be a major-party gubernatorial nominee.

Republicans have won every Georgia governor’s race since 2002.

“I’ve never seen a time where the state of Georgia had more at stake than we do in this contest,” Kemp told supporters at one of his final campaign stops.

The state’s election system has been at the center of heated debates involving people often requesting Kemp’s resignation. The system has also been heavily scrutinized about the compromise of the ethics of the process since the Republican candidate double’s as the secretary of state.

The election chief has also been accused of creating obstacles to frustrate minorities who are tracking to cast their ballot for Abrams who is an African American. Ironically, Kemp has met with went a voter card issue when he tried to cast his ballot.

Kemp currently leads by a slim margin, 50.5 percent to Abrams’ 48.5 percent.

Late Tuesday, a nonprofit organization, Protect Democracy, file a last-minute lawsuit which noted that Kemp presiding over an election in which he is a candidate “violates a basic notion of fairness.”

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US Midterms: Early Voting Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers

With early voting for the U.S. midterm elections underway, turnout across the nation is staggering. Young voters are the main driver.

More voters in the United States are casting their ballots early in this year’s midterm elections than in previous years.

RELATED: Native Americans Unyielding Battle Against Voter Suppression

Tens of millions of people have submitted their votes early around the nation. There are still days to go before the official election, scheduled for Nov. 6.

Up to 28 million votes have been cast since the early-voting process began in September.

Still, some issues have arisen, including ballots flipping to the other party and a lack of polling places near Prairie View A&M University, a historically black university in Texas, VOA reports. Other issues include rejected voter registrations and confusion among election workers, according to the Associated Press.

“Given the state that the country is in right now, there are very few people who don’t know that there is an election coming and that it matters,” Kat Calvin, founder of the non-profit Spread the Vote, told the New York Times. “People on both sides are really fired up.”

In response to a wave of deadly school shootings and no definitive sign of gun control legislation, young American activists vowed to get their peers to the polls in droves, Reuters says.

Party lines are divided greatly by generational gaps. Senior citizens are far more likely to vote Republican than younger voters.

However, that alone does not promise a shift in power. Though people have voted early, there is no indication of how they voted.

Both Democrats and Republicans indicated increased enthusiasm since the spring, with 54 percent of Democrats intending to vote in the midterms and 43 percent of Republicans planning to do so, Reuters reports.

In 18 states, the numbers have surpassed their early voting numbers from the last midterm election in 2014, including Georgia and Texas which have two hotly contested races.

In both those states, early and absentee voting from people under 30 has increased by over 400 percent, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic data firm tracking early voting nationwide.

Four other states are close to reaching their early voting records from 2014, including North Dakota where Native Americans are fighting back against voter I.D. laws which have left them disenfranchised.

In the U.S. 37 of 50 states allow some form of early-voting, be it by absentee ballot or in-person.

Elections will take place Tuesday.

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U.S. Elections: Will anti-Trump vote prevail?

Although many anticipated it that way, the criterion is not clearly unanimous.

Steffen W. Schmidt, professor of Political Science at Iowa University, claimed that the Democratic Party should not count on the Hispanic vote to tip November’s upcoming midterm election in their favor.   

Thus published Theconversation.com website on Sunday.  

Schmidt argues that the said possibility could be stimulated by the anti-immigrant policy followed by Trump.

So, Democrats try to court Latinos in red states such as Arizona and Florida.

But the professor adds that his investigation questions that a massive Latin vote tilts the balance towards Democrats.

He bases it, by way of example, through inaccurate surveys.

Steffen W. Schmidt considers that “2018 will be a sharp and significant test of Latin voter behaviour in U.S., regarding the 2016 presidential election”.

Now, the difference lies, among others, on the fact that many US Latinos and their families suffer the highly questioned migratory policy of President Donald Trump, as well as the cruelty against the young immigrants known as “Dreamers”.

The university professor warned that should the Latin vote moves away from Republicans in November, “Trump would have endangered the political future of his own party”.

Something is secure: the behaviour, generally, primitive of the head of state, has undermined the Republican Party and has turned the White House into a nasty casino of public dirty tricks.

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Donald Trump Threatens US Government Shutdown Over Immigration

Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats refuse to back his demand for a wall at the Mexican border and other major changes to immigration laws his administration wants.

"I would be willing to 'shut down' government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!" Trump said on Twitter.

The Republican president has used the threat of a government shutdown several times since taking office in 2017 in a bid to get his priorities in congressional spending bills, especially funding for a wall along the southern U.S. border.

A disruption in federal government operations in the months before November congressional elections could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

Trump wants Congress to pass legislation that addresses immigration issues, including the border wall, changing the way visas are allotted and other immigration restrictions.

Although Republicans control Congress, disagreements between moderates and conservatives in the party have impeded a speedy legislative fix.

Standoffs over spending levels and immigration led to a three-day government shutdown, mostly over a weekend, in January and an hours-long shutdown in February.

The Republican president has made tougher immigration laws a centerpiece of his administration, from the first ill-fated travel ban on people from predominantly Muslim nations to the current battle raging over the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A federal judge on Friday urged the U.S. government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents so it could reunite them with their children who remain in the United States.

Trump has requested $25 billion to build the border wall and $1.6 billion has already appropriated for the project.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said lawmakers were considering an appropriations measure seeking an additional $5 billion for the wall.

However, its passage in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a slim majority, is a long shot.

Lawmakers met with Trump last week to discuss the appropriations process to fund the government by the September deadline.

"We really just want to get the military funded, on time, on budget on schedule this year. And that's the primary concern," Ryan said Wednesday on Fox News.

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"Gave Up Nothing" At Meeting With Putin, Says Donald Trump

Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he "gave up nothing" at last week's private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin but remained elusive about their conversation as fellow Republicans and other critics questioned any potential deals.

Following the two leaders' summit in Helsinki, Trump previously said they discussed a range of issues, including efforts to denuclearize North Korea, the Middle East peace efforts and cyber attacks but has not given any details.

Russian officials have said Putin made concrete proposals to Trump during their one-on-one talk regarding conflict in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said the two discussed the Syrian crisis.

But top U.S. intelligence officials and members of Congress have said they do not know what was discussed and have not been briefed.

"I gave up NOTHING, we merely talked about future benefits for both countries," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Despite the fierce criticism, Trump has extended an invitation for Putin to visit Washington for a second meeting this autumn.

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‘Absolutely not’: GOP says questioning Trump’s translator would end presidential diplomacy

Republicans in Congress rejected calls from the Democrats to summon President Donald Trump’s translator from the Helsinki summit, saying it would block future presidential diplomatic efforts.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a frequent critic of the president, said he would “absolutely not” support having the translator testify before Congress, arguing it would have a chilling effect on future presidential meetings.

“That would be the last time you ever have a foreign leader meet with a president of the US privately,” he told Politico. “I can’t imagine how that would affect future presidents in terms of their ability to talk to foreign leaders.”

@politico "Absolutely not," Lindsey Graham said when asked if he'd support having Marina Gross, the American translator in Trump's meeting with Putin, testify before Congress.

He said that precedent could prevent foreign leaders from wanting to meet with future U.S. presidents privately

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), chair of the Foreign Relations Committee and another Trump critic, said that summoning the translator and demanding her notes would set a bad precedent.

“If we are going to start getting translator’s notes, I think we are moving to a precedent that – unless some crime has been committed – is unprecedented and just not appropriate,” Corker said on Thursday.

@ElizLanders @SenBobCorker NOT going to ask for Trump's translator's notes from Putin meeting, tells @FoxReports:

"If we are going to start getting translator’s notes, I think we are moving to a precedent that – unless some crime has been committed – is unprecedented & just not appropriate”

Following Monday’s meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Democrats insinuated that the US president could not be trusted and demanded to get an account of his two-hour meeting with Putin from the translator, who was identified as Marina Gross.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), wanted the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to summon Gross “to determine what was specifically discussed and agreed to on the US behalf.”

Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, Democrats from California, pushed for Gross to be summoned before the House Intelligence Committee as well, but their proposal was shot down by the Republican majority.

Senate Republicans did, however, join the Democrats in unanimously denouncing Putin’s Helsinki proposal to grant US and Russian prosecutors access to suspects under a 1999 treaty.

The Senate unanimously adopted the proposal by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), expressing the sense that the “United States should refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government or Vladimir Putin."

Putin’s proposal would have enabled Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors to speak with Russians they’ve accused of hacking during the 2016 US presidential election, in exchange for Russian investigators questioning US officials, such as former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and businessman Bill Browder, who is suspected of financial misdeeds in Russia.

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