Watch U2 Get Bleeped at Grammys as Band Takes Shot at Trump (Video)


The 2018 Grammy Awards on Sunday night only got political during a few moments, but there’s one you might have missed.

During U2’s emotional performance of “Get Out Of Your Own Way” in front of the Statue of Liberty Sunday night (though it was taped earlier), Bono said, “Blessed are the shithole countries, for they gave us the American dream,” in a reference to Donald Trump’s apparent use of the offensive phrase. You can hear it around the 3:32 mark in the video above.

CBS’ broadcast bleeped the comment out, but other outlets have played the uncensored version.

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U2’s performance came after Grammy nominee Camila Cabello gave an impassioned speech about DACA and the Dreamers, which immediately followed an emotional performance by Kesha of her song “Praying,” joined by Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha.

Watch U2’s performance above.

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Sean Penn: ‘Sh-thole’ Comments Make Donald Trump ‘An Enemy of Mankind’


In a blistering op-ed for Time on Friday, Sean Penn called president Donald Trump “an enemy of mankind” and “an enemy of the state” over reported remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations that have been widely condemned as racist.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Trump asked, during a meeting with GOP lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?” instead of from countries like Norway. Trump later said he used “tough” language but denied that he said “sh-thole.”

In the essay marking the eight year anniversary of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, Penn talked about his experiences as a volunteer, and about his experience with the Haitian people. Including those who emigrate to the United States, whose children he said have higher education rates higher than the general population. “While Haitian immigrants typically arrive in the United States with lower levels of education and income than the general population, they sacrifice as parents to scrap and save and to ensure that their children can make the most of the opportunity to be here,” he wrote. “They contribute. And there is no disputing the value they add to American society.”

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Penn then noted Trump’s reported comments, saying that his “words describing the glorious people of Africa, El Salvador and Haiti is far worse than mere insensitivity or even nationalism. Those standards are not disgraceful enough.”

“We will find unity,” Penn concluded, “only when we recognize that in our current president we have elected, perhaps for the first time in our history, an enemy of compassion. Indeed, we can be unified not only with each other but with Africa, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, the Middle East and beyond if we recognize President Donald Trump is an enemy of Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Independents and every new child born. An enemy of mankind. He is indeed an enemy of the state.”

Read the whole thing here.

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Colbert Defends Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’: ‘For One, Donald Trump Isn’t Their President’ (Video)


Like pretty much everyone else Thursday, Stephen Colbert had a lot to say about the report in the Washington Post that, during a meeting with GOP lawmakers, Trump asked “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” then complained that we don’t get more immigration from countries like Norway.

The reported remarks were widely condemned as racist, but at the top of Thursday night’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Colbert said they also signaled the return of “the same unstable, reactionary president we’ve come to know… and know.”

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“All week long president Trump has tried desperately to convince us that he’s a stable, steady leader,” Colbert said, noting meetings with foreign dignitaries and his press conference. “It was a nice act. But like many men his age, he can only keep it up for so long.”

Reciting the infamous comment, Colbert added “sir, they’re not shithole countries. For one, Donald Trump isn’t their president.”

Watch the clip below.

TONIGHT: You better believe if the President is speaking his mind about certain [redacted] countries, Stephen’s speaking his mind about this [redacted] President. #LSSC

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) January 12, 2018

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Watch Don Lemon’s Tense Confrontation With Trump Surrogate Over ‘Shithole’ Remarks (Video)


A discussion on “CNN Tonight” about remarks attributed to President Trump that have been widely condemned as racist took a turn for the extremely tense Thursday night, after one of the episode’s panel guests insulted host Don Lemon.

“This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The President of the United States is racist. A lot of us already knew that.” So began Lemon, bringing up the the Washington Post report Thursday afternoon that during an impromptu meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss immigration reform, Trump asked “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” and went on to say that the country should instead bring more people from countries like Norway.

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Right wing radio host and Trump’s Virginia campaign chair, John Fredericks, was the first panelist to speak about the matter, but the discussion was brought a halt when Fredericks first denied that Trump’s remarks had anything to do with race, then called Lemon “lazy.”

After letting Fredericks continue for several seconds, Lemon had his feed cut. Several minutes went by before Lemon allowed Fredericks to return to the show. “I invited you to come on, I like you sometimes, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna sit here at let you insult me,” Lemon said. “So if you would like to apologize for calling me ‘lazy’ and making an ad hominem attack against me… so if you want to have a conversation with me and be smart about that then we can do so. But if you’re not going to do that then I do not want to hear from you.”

Fredericks apologized, but the conversation remained tense throughout the broadcast, as he defended the remarks, saying that “truer words today in the Oval Office have never been said” and insisted the comments were purely economic in nature.

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“What does that have to do with calling… black and brown countries “shitholes”?” asked Lemon.”You said truer words were never spoken, so do you in fact yourself believe that these countries are shitholes?”

Lemon posed the question several more times, but Fredericks elided, instead returning to his defense of Trump’s comments as economic in nature. Fredericks repeatedly referred to what he called the “scam visa lottery system,” said Trump’s comments reflected what is said around American dinner tables every night, and lamented the lack of education or wealth of immigrants from the countries Trump complained about.

Suffice to say the conversation only became more heated from there — and at one point Fredericks refused to allow another panel guest to speak, prompting a lecture about decorum from Lemon. You can watch the exchange above.

Meanwhile, Lemon ended the segment thusly: “I love this country, but it’s not easy every single night, and hear people call an apple a banana… It’s frustrating. You know it’s not true, you know they know its not true…  and as a black person you know it’s racist.”

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