Samantha Bee Breaks Down List Of Dem White House Hopefuls On ‘Full Frontal’

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‘Political Speed Dating’: Hollywood Donors Opt for 2020 Meet-and-Greets Before Signing Checks

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Last month, surgeon Phil Mercado and Hollywood executive Todd Quinn invited over 100 of their richest friends to sip beer, drink wine, and try to fall in love. Not in a romantic sense, but with a presidential candidate.

This time it was with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Previous guests at their Hollywood Hills home have included New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and California Sen. Kamala Harris. The couple also hope to host former Vice President Joe Biden (who has not announced his candidacy) and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

But no one wants to commit to anyone. “Most people want to keep their powder dry,” Mercado said.

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The potential donors have the same problem as lots of Hollywood daters: There are too many attractive options, and new ones seem to pop up every day. The only thing everyone in liberal Hollywood seems to agree on is that anyone would be better than the guy they’re stuck with now.

With more than two dozen candidates either running or expected to run in the 2020 presidential race, Hollywood’s top donors are holding off on their contributions and weighing their options before making any commitments.

In 2016, the entertainment industry spent more than $86 million in donations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, mostly on Democrats, only to see Donald Trump win the general election.

So it’s no surprise many of them are now taking a more cautious approach, according to Jack Pitney, professor of government at California’s Claremont McKenna College.

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“It’s political speed dating,” Pitney told TheWrap. “They don’t want to spend money on a candidate who blows up or whose candidacy implodes.”

Many are trying to avoid anything serious right now, instead opting for high-powered meet-and-greets, like the one at Mercado and Quinn’s house, that don’t require anyone to sign a check to get in.

“In 2016 there was a clear frontrunner in Hillary Clinton,” Mercado said. “But this year it’s more analogous to what happened to the Republicans in the last cycle.”

For the candidates, the non-fundraising events are a chance to make their pitch to influential and wealthy supporters, while soaking up some of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour. They hope to make enough of an impression to score donations, time, or endorsements later on.

Media titan Haim Saban, a longtime Democratic Party funder and one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors in 2016, told TheWrap he’s “standing on the sidelines and waiting patiently to hear what everyone has to say.”

“With so many people saying so many things, it’s kind of difficult to hone in on any one person,” he said.

Saban and his wife Cheryl, a psychologist and author, donated more than $12.6 million to pro-Clinton efforts in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. But this year, he said, he may hold out until the general election before making any donations.

“I’m just going to sit back until somebody emerges who I feel shares my views of the world,” he added.

In 2016, attorney and longtime Democratic fundraiser Dana Perlman hosted “countless” events for Clinton and even canvassed for her in Iowa and Nevada. But this year, Perlman has decided to give his money directly to the the National Democratic Committee.

“I am all in with the DNC,” he told TheWrap. “Only one of them is going to  make it to the mountaintop and whoever that is I want to make sure that on Day 1 that person has the infrastructure available to her or him to immediately proceed into the general election and defeat Donald Trump.”

David Schneiderman, co-owner of Seismic Productions and longtime fundraiser, told TheWrap he too was thinking of giving his money to the party instead of the candidates.

“My allegiance changes every day,” Schneiderman said. “There are so many good candidates, it’s hard to decide.”

Schneiderman, who said he attended nine Clinton fundraisers last cycle, said he was leaning towards Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, or possibly O’Rourke. But he added that he was waiting to hear from Biden.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “I like a lot of people.”

Still, there are plenty of fundraisers in Hollywood these days. On Wednesday, director J.J. Abrams and his wife, producer Katie McGrath, hosted a fundraiser for Harris, an event co-chaired by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including WME Entertainment’s Ari Emanuel, ICM’s Chris Silbermann, political consultant Jennifer Gonring, and producer Shonda Rhimes. According to an invite obtained by TheWrap, the evening reception is priced at $2,800 per person, with those who write and raise $10,000 listed as co-hosts.

Also on Wednesday, United Talent Agency’s Jay Sures hosted Sen. Klobuchar for fundraiser at his home.

No one can say how much money the 2020 candidates have raised so far. The Federal Election Commission requires candidates to file quarterly reports, and the first isn’t due until April.

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But some of the candidates have released numbers for their first 24 hours following their announcements. So far, the person to beat is O’Rourke. The Texas Democrat announced Monday that his campaign hauled in an impressive $6.1 million in online donations in the 24 hours after his announcement. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he raised $5.9 million from more than 223,000 donors in the first 24 hours, and Harris clocked $1.5 million in donations during her campaign’s first 24 hours.

“I think there is a lot of excitement,” Mercado said. “Kamala [Harris] is of interest to a lot of people and so is Amy [Klobuchar]. We’ll probably end up seeing a clearer picture of who the frontrunners are closer to the debates. More people will announce before then and we’ll start to see more people falling in line behind their favorites.”

Dr. Howie Mandel (not the comedian), a prominent Los Angeles-based Democratic fundraiser who has attended several meet-and -greets this cycle said he believes the wait-and-see approach is “a good thing, not bad.”

“I don’t want to give money yet,” he told TheWrap. “Besides,” he said, “Hillary Clinton had more money than God and she lost.”

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Elizabeth Warren Rips Facebook After It Reinstates Pulled Ads

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren ripped Facebook on Monday night, saying it has “too much power,” after the social network removed — and later reinstated — her ads lambasting the company and other tech giants for trampling competition.

The ads came after the presidential candidate recently unveiled her plan to break up “anti-competitive” tech mergers, like Facebook’s buyout of WhatsApp and Instagram.

“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google,” the ads, which started running last Friday, said. “We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”

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The ads were taken down for violating Facebook’s ad policy, Politico first reported Monday. A Facebook rep told the outlet the ads were pulled for using the company’s logo but were later reinstated to encourage “robust debate.” Facebook did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Warren weighed in on the matter on Twitter soon after Politico’s story broke. “Curious why I think [Facebook] has too much power? Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether [it] has too much power.”

Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor. #BreakUpBigTech https://t.co/UPS6dozOxn

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 11, 2019

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Warren added in a follow-up tweet, “you shouldn’t have to contact Facebook’s publicists in order for them to decide to ‘allow robust debate’ about Facebook. They shouldn’t have that much power.”

Warren’s proposal to rein in Silicon Valley last week compared the current tech landscape to a modern day Gilded Age, where smaller companies are unable to compete with the big players. “We need to stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favor and throwing around their economic power to snuff out or buy up every potential competitor,” Warren said.

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Elizabeth Warren Pushes For Breakup Of Amazon, Google And Facebook

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As Democrats Lurch Further Left, Will Hollywood Follow?

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Just a couple of years ago, the studios lobbied for a lower corporate tax rate. Now a number of their top executives are backing a 2020 presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, who wants to raise it. Many high net worth individuals make up the industry’s…

Bill Maher Accuses Nitpicking Democrats of Bashing Kamala Harris for Prosecutions… When She Was a Prosecutor (Video)

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Bill Maher took a jab at Democrats on Friday’s “Real Time” for finding fault in 2020 presidential hopefuls like Sen. Kamala Harris.

“Let’s give them a chance. Let’s not eat our own the way we nitpicked Hillary to death, he said.

In his end-of-show “New Rules” segment, Maher called for the end of “swiping left on perfectly good presidential candidates,” adding that the pattern appeared to already be set in stone.

“Kamala Harris has already had to play defense because it’s come out that when she was a prosecutor… she prosecuted people,” he said firmly.

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“Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American. So what? Trump claimed to be human,” he said, pointing out that the Massachusetts senator is the “champion of consumer rights in the age of income inequality.”

And Bernie Sanders? “We used to like him, but he didn’t personally chaperone everyone on his campaign, so he’s a sex monster once removed,” Maher said. “The candidate has to have tough standards for their staff, but not too tough,” he added, as a photo flashed of Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar, who has been accused of being too tough on her staff.

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“I gotta ask, do you mean actually abusive or what millennials think of as abusive, because I think it’s like the pain chart in the hospital,” Maher said. “And I think my generation’s two is your generation’s 10. So welcome to the real world, snowflakes!”

You can watch Maher’s entire “New Rules” segment in the video above.

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Native American Journalists Association Demands HuffPost Apology Over ‘Irresponsible’ Elizabeth Warren Story

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The Native American Journalists Association is demanding an apology from HuffPost for an article dismissing tribal criticism of Elizabeth Warren’s 2018 DNA test aimed at demonstrating her Native American ancestry. In a press statement Wednesday, the organization called out reporter Jennifer Bendery by name and described her writing as “negligent and irresponsible.”

“NAJA hopes that Bendery, her editors and staff at Huffington Post reflect on this ethical negligence, apologize for their insensitive reporting, and employ substantive changes to improve their analysis of issues affecting Indigenous communities,” the group said. “NAJA also recommends that Huffington Post reporters take part in cultural sensitivity training to avoid publishing such errors in the future.”

In her piece, Bendery attacked mainstream media reports stating that Native Americans were upset by Warren’s DNA test and past claims of tribal heritage. Bendery also said that tribal leaders she spoke to didn’t care.

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“The consensus was clear: This narrative is incredibly overblown,” she wrote. “Tribal leaders have far more pressing matters to deal with than a senator’s DNA test. And, frustratingly, non-Native people are defining a debate about Native people without letting them speak for themselves.”

In their release, NAJA took specific issue with the “more pressing” line, which they dismissed as ill-informed.

“This analysis is not only inaccurate, it is a disservice to audiences that may not be familiar with how charged Warren’s DNA results have been and betrays the trust and agency of Indigenous communities most impacted,” NAJA said.

“The idea that a handful of Indigenous people can speak for the majority is deeply rooted in hurtful stereotypes, colonial attitudes and ideas of racial superiority. Indigenous communities often hold conflicting viewpoints on important issues and show concern about multiple matters affecting their lives.”

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A representative for HuffPost defended the article, telling TheWrap in a statement: “HuffPost respectfully disagrees with NAJA’s characterization of this story. We stand by our reporting and the perspectives reflected in the piece.”

In October, the Massachusetts senator hoped to corroborate her longstanding claims of Native American ancestry by releasing the results of a DNA test. The findings showed conclusively that Warren had a Native American ancestor between six and 10 generations in the past. That puts her ancestry anywhere between 1/64 and 1/1024. The results, however, backfired with critics seizing upon the upper end data as proof that Warren’s claims to tribal heritage were bogus.

“Well, as it turned out, old Lie-watha couldn’t come up with a single, not one American Indian in her family tree, the rest of the country laughed at her, and rightly so,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said of the results, adding that Warren was “roughly as American Indian as virtually every white person you’ve ever met.”

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President Trump has publicly mocked Warren as “Pocahontas” for years.

But it’s not just Carlson and Trump. In a statement of their own, the Cherokee Nation denounced the test. “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” they said in a statement after she went public with the results.

On New Years Eve 2020, Warren became the first major Democrat to announce her intention to run for president in 2020, and though she is a popular figure within her party, it seems certain the issue of her heritage will continue to follow her throughout the campaign.

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Politico Called Out for Tweet Suggesting Elizabeth Warren Is ‘Too Unlikable’ to Win Presidency

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Politico came in for broad criticism on Wednesday over a story wondering whether Elizabeth Warren could avoid “Clinton redux” in her 2020 presidential campaign.

“How does Elizabeth Warren avoid a Clinton redux — written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the ground?,” the website asked. 

“She’s too divisive and too liberal, Washington Democrats have complained privately. Her DNA rollout was a disaster — and quite possibly a White House deal-breaker,” wrote reporter Natasha Korecki laying out the rap from critics. “She’s already falling in the polls, and — perhaps most stinging — shares too many of the attributes that sank Hillary Clinton.”

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On New Year’s Eve, Warren became the first major Democrat to announce plans to seek the 2020 party presidential nomination.

“Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love,” Warren said, taking over an otherwise empty news day. “That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me”

Critics online — on both the left and the right — took issue with the framing of Politico’s question, wondering whether the same would be asked of Warren’s many male competitors.

“How dare you @politico?” Joan Walsh, a CNN contributor, said on Twitter Tuesday. “I am not endorsing anyone for a long time but you make me want to get into @ewarren’s corner fast. This is so offensive.”

“Why is @politico starting w/ this? She hasn’t even been on the campaign trail a day and @Politico already has this?” added former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

Reps for Politico did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

In a video laying out her agenda, Warren focused of her record with economic issues and role in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has returned millions of dollars back to consumers cheated by big banks. She also took a pointed shot at Fox News’ primetime line up,

“Our government’s supposed to work for all of us, but instead it has become a tool for the wealthy and the well connected,” Warren said. “The whole scam is propped up by an echo chamber of fear and hate designed to distract and divide us. People who will do or say anything to hang on to power, point the finger at anyone who looks, thinks, prays or loves differently than they do.”

As she spoke, images of Carlson, Ingraham and Hannity flashed past. Warren also threw in the network’s morning show “Fox & Friends” — a Trump favorite.

How dare you @politico? I am not endorsing anyone for a long time but you make me want to get into @ewarren‘s corner fast. This is so offensive. https://t.co/g5QtFXopgy

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) January 2, 2019

Politico out early with the ‘women’ and ‘unlikeable’ move. Come on wonen at @politico —call out some of this bullsh*t from your colleagues. https://t.co/RlPC1UjoeK

— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) January 2, 2019

I am not telling people to vote for or against @ewarren but I am w/ @soledadobrien on this – why is @politico starting w/ this? She hasn’t even been on the campaign trail a day and @Politico already has this? https://t.co/Q03S3pSCHk

— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) January 2, 2019

We can start by treating women as candidates for president, not homecoming queen. https://t.co/Qlwszu6Os0

— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) January 1, 2019

Lord. They misogynistic press coverage is starting early https://t.co/X2CYj3yDUp

— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) January 1, 2019

Shame on Politico for this lazy, vapid take.https://t.co/XLktfpWP9C

— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 2, 2019

She has to somehow will Politico out of existence. https://t.co/bkGORqnYwV

— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) January 2, 2019

When did @ewarren become unlikable? Looks like you can pinpoint time of unlikability to moment she showed ambition to be POTUS. As far as women have come, people still find women w/ ambition vexing. “There’s something about her I just don’t like.” https://t.co/zfiDyCDq8M

— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) January 1, 2019

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Donald Trump Rings In New Year Mocking Elizabeth Warren’s White House Run News

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Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson in Presidential Announcement

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren took on Fox News primetime hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham in a new ad announcing she will explore a presidential run in 2020.

“Our government’s supposed to work for all of us, but instead it has become a tool for the wealthy and the well connected,” Warren said in a video announcing she would form an exploratory committee to run for president. “The whole scam is propped up by an echo chamber of fear and hate designed to distract and divide us. People who will do or say anything to hang on to power, point the finger at anyone who looks, thinks, prays or loves differently than they do.”

As she spoke, images of Carlson, Ingraham and Hannity flashed past. Warren also threw in the network’s morning show “Fox & Friends” — a Trump favorite.

A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Trump has repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas,” a reference to her longstanding claims of Native American ancestry. Months before her announcement, Warren triumphantly revealed the results of a DNA test showing that she did in fact have a Native American ancestor from between six and 10 generations in the past.

“That’s about roughly as American Indian as virtually every white person you’ve ever met, which is to say, not American Indian at all,” Carlson said in response. The effort was also criticized by the Cherokee Nation, which said in a statement that “using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”

Warren may also face headwinds closer to home after her state’s most important newspaper, the Boston Globe, called on her not to run in 2020. 

“Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020,” said the Globe. “While Warren is an effective and impactful senator with an important voice nationally, she has become a divisive figure. A unifying voice is what the country needs now after the polarizing politics of Donald Trump.”

She did however coast to reelection in her 2018 Senate race, a year which broadly saw Republican gains in the chamber.

In her announcement ad, Warren suggested she would focus hard on income inequality in America, an issue she has championed for years in the Senate. The ad touted her success in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the millions of dollars it has returned to Americans cheated by big banks.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll from November suggests Warren will have a daunting field of competitors with no clear frontrunner. Joe Biden led the theoretical pack with 29 percent support, with Sen. Bernie Sanders taking 22 percent. Warren placed in a third tier of candidates which also included Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris.

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Boston Globe Tells Elizabeth Warren Not to Run in 2020: ‘She Has Become a Divisive Figure’

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Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential chances took a brutal hit on Friday after her state’s most influential paper, the Boston Globe, came out sharply against her nomination, saying that she missed her moment in 2016 and had now become a divisive figure in national politics.

“Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020,” said the Globe. “While Warren is an effective and impactful senator with an important voice nationally, she has become a divisive figure. A unifying voice is what the country needs now after the polarizing politics of Donald Trump.”

The Globe noted how they previously urged Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

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“Clearing the decks for Clinton didn’t exactly end well for Democrats, did it?” they chided.

In the Obama-era, the Massachusetts Senator had been one of the party’s rising stars. Her takedowns of smug bankers and financiers during ordinarily dry Senate hearings routinely went rival on social media.

She also played a critical role in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in the wake the 2008 financial crisis and helped created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — arguably the bill’s most famous achievement.

President Trump, however, has often used Warren as a political foil, openly disparaging her as “Pocahontas” over Warren’s claims to having Native American ancestry. The questions over the issue even prompted the senator to undergo a formal DNA test in October to check the claim which showed she did have ancestry dating from six to ten generations ago making her between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.

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But far from vindication, critics — including the Cherokee Nation —  were unimpressed.

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” they said in a statement at the time. “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

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If You Hate-Follow Dennis Miller on Twitter, You’ll Hate-Love His New Stand-Up Special

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Dennis Miller hopes you watch his new stand-up special. But if his Twitter feed is any indication, he knows a good number will do so just because of how much they hate him.

“It is odd, this function of social media that you learn that some people hate-follow you in an odd way. So some people might watch from that perspective,” Miller told TheWrap. “I can’t govern it once I’ve written it and said it. But I do know that if I put a tweet out, it seems like the first five people — you can see a couple of the comments under the tweet right away — are someone who hates your guts, like there’s a fire station and they’re right next to the pole waiting to get their boots on.”

Miller, the conservative comedian and former host of “Weekend Update,” of course gives those on the left plenty of reasons to hate his ninth special, “Fake News, Real Jokes!” His routine is a litany of right-wing talking points, from the perceived softening of the NFL to “gingerbread transgenders” at Christmas, not to mention plenty of thoughts on the Clintons and “tribe member Elizabeth Warren.”

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It’s all delivered in his classically sardonic tone of voice and wrapped in layers of intellectual wordplay and encyclopedic references. He compares wearing sleep apnea apparatus to dangling from the chandelier from “Phantom of the Opera,” and even slips in a nod to the now 31-year-old sketches from Tim Conway, “Dorf on Golf” (as someone born in the ’90s, I admittedly had to Google that one).

But any outrage or backlash that Miller might receive for his material or his tweets is, to him, just par for the course.

“I think social media is like a worldwide small town speed trap, and it’s going to catch a lot of people, because there’s a cop behind the billboard, and you go three over and they need to pave the roads, and you look in your rear window, and you know you’re about to be written up,” Miller said.

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One old friend of his in particular who Miller felt caught the brunt of this aspect of social media is Roseanne Barr, who was fired from her namesake show “Roseanne” by ABC after she was found having tweeted an offensive, racially-charged statement about former Barack Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Miller hasn’t spoken with Barr since, but he sympathizes.

“I’ve had the minor triage where I’ve been lit up for internet scrapes, but I haven’t had what Roseanne has had happen. It is such a long, strange trip, I could see why people lose heat tiles off their nose cones on re-entry,” Miller said. “Who knows what the next permutation is. Are people just done forever now?”

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Miller has recently seen his old “Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels, and the two “laugh our ass off” whenever they do meet. Though he says he no longer regularly watches “SNL,” he didn’t take the bait that Chevy Chase recently did in a Washington Post interview and slam the show.

“I’m not trying to be this or that. Chevy lit the show up, and it made me laugh. Chevy is always Chevy. He’s always just like that. That’s why I like him. He plays rough, but I do admire him,” Miller said. “All I know is Lorne has made the biggest late night hit outside of Carson in the history of television, so whatever he’s doing, he just keeps moving along.”

Miller is a sometimes guest host on Turner Classic Movies, and he likened the social media vicious cycle to the end of Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd,” in which Andy Griffith’s character is revealed to be spiteful and condescending toward his fans after he thinks his microphone is turned off, rapidly leading to his fans calling the TV station and turning on him.

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In that regard, Miller offered some advice to any aspiring comedian thinking about talking up their conservative politics on stage.

“Stay out of it. You’ve got to get a position,” Miller said. “You’ve got to get a toe hold. There are enough reasons to shut you down in Hollywood just by the nature of the being. Hollywood has always been tough. If you know that 99 percent of the people hiring are of a liberal bent and you’re going to do ill-liberal stuff in front of them, it’s a suicide rap.”

Miller recognized that as a former host of “Weekend Update,” he has a certain level of privilege and a platform that others would not. But he also acknowledged that times have changed for comics, quoting a line often attributed to Andy Warhol that someday, everyone would have his or her 15 minutes of fame.

“What I don’t think he knew and what I think we know now is that those 15 minutes of fame would have all the intended vitriol attached to it, but long term,” Miller said. “You can literally micro-encapsulate your career, something you put up is noticed, given affirmation, people who hear about it go over and don’t like and tear it down, like Norman Maine in ‘A Star Is Born,’ or whoever Bradley [Cooper] is playing now, all in one day.”

Miller’s ninth stand-up special “Fake News, Real Jokes” is available via the Comedy Dynamics Network on Nov. 6.

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President Donald Trump isn’t letting a little thing like DNA get in the way of his never-ending “Pocahontas” taunts against Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, nor does he seem in any way inclined to break with his longstanding traditio…

Trump Denies $1 Million Pledge Over Elizabeth Warren’s Ancestry That He Really Did Make (Video)

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President Trump denied that he owed a million dollars to charity on Monday after the Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing she actually does have Native American ancestry.

“I didn’t say that. You’d better read it again,” Trump told reporters at the White House Monday. “Who cares? Who cares?”

The remarks from Trump are 100 percent contradicted by comments he made in July in which he dared Warren to take exactly such a test and said he would donate a seven figure windfall to a charity of her choosing if she did.

“I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said during one of his trademark rallies. “I have a feeling she will say ‘no.’”

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On Monday, Warren surprised many by deciding to release the results of her DNA test, which she says proved she had a distant Native American ancestor dating from between six and 10 generations in the past. Results of the test were first provided by Warren to the Boston Globe.

Warren herself paired the announcement with a very presidential-looking campaign ad exploring her Oklahoma roots, which she released on Twitter.

“In the senator’s genome we did find 5 segments of Native American ancestry with very high confidence where we believe the error rate is less than one in a thousand,” said Carlos Bustamonte, a Stanford geneticist who administered the test.

“You absolutely have a native American ancestry in your pedigree,” he tells Warren over the phone in the ad.

My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on our heritage. And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry. pic.twitter.com/r3SNzP22f8

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018

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