People are also talking about Scarlett Johansson's tree roles, tropical storm Barry and Beyonce meeting a duchess.
Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the countries they came from
Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive.
Following a familiar script, Republicans remained largely silent after Trump's Sunday morning broadsides against the four women. But the president's nativist tweets caused Democrats to set aside their internal rifts to rise up in a united chorus against the president.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump wants to "make America white again." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, after jousting for days with Pelosi, said Trump "can't conceive of an America that includes us."
Trump, who has a long history of making racist remarks, was almost certainly referring to Ocasio-Cortez and her House allies in what's become known as "the squad." The others are Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Only Omar, from Somalia, is foreign-born.
Ocasio-Cortez swiftly denounced his remarks . "Mr. President, the country I 'come from,' & the country we all swear to, is the United States," she tweeted, adding that "You rely on a frightened America for your plunder." Omar also addressed herself directly to Trump in a tweet, writing: "You are stoking white nationalism (because) you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda."
You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019
You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it.
Yet here we are.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, summed up the Democratic response: "Racial arsonist strikes again. Shut. Your. Reckless. Mouth."
With his tweet, Trump inserted himself further into a rift between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez, just two days after he offered an unsolicited defense of the Democratic speaker. Pelosi has been seeking to minimize Ocasio-Cortez's influence in the House Democratic caucus in recent days, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to accuse Pelosi of trying to marginalize women of color.
"She is not a racist," Trump said of Pelosi on Friday.
On Sunday, Trump's tone took a turn.
The attacks may have been meant to widen the divides within the Democrat caucus, which has been riven by internal debate over how far left to go in countering Trump and over whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings against the president. Instead, the president's tweets, which evoked the trope of telling black people to go back to Africa, brought Democrats together.
Few Republicans weighed in on the president's comments. Congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, did not respond to requests for comment, nor did Sen. Tim. Scott of South Carolina, the only Republican black senator.
Trump appeared unbowed Sunday night when he returned to Twitter to say it was "so sad" to see Democrats sticking up for the women. "If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior," he tweeted, "then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!"
It was far from the first time that Trump has been accused of holding racist views.
Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in suburban Westchester County.
Pressley, the first black woman elected to the House from Massachusetts, was born in Cincinnati.
Omar, the first Somali native elected to Congress and one of its first Muslim women, was born in Somalia but spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as civil war tore apart her home country. She immigrated to the United States at age 12, teaching herself English by watching American TV and eventually settling with her family in Minneapolis.
Tlaib was born in Detroit.
Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued
Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the "authentic casting" debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.
The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in "Ghost in the Shell" and canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man in the upcoming film "Rub & Tug," after transgender actors and advocates questioned the casting.
In a recent interview with As If magazine, she said actors should be allowed to play "...any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job."
The Internet did what it does best — created a meme.
I’m not mad at Scarlett Johansson but if she gets a role as a bonsai tree ima be furious— dummie (@dumbfoundead) July 14, 2019
Johansson said Saturday that those comments were subsequently edited in other publications for "clickbait."
"I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness," she said in a statement.
"I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cisgender actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to."
Today is Amazon's Prime Day, but some workers are planning a strike
Amazon, the Internet shopping behemoth, is holding a two day sale called Amazon Prime Day.
As CNN reports, the markdowns are comparable to Black Friday, and shoppers anticipate the site's markdowns.
The sale covers many of the types of items Amazon sells, from clothes to electronics to Amazon's own devices (Fire TV Stick, usually $39.99 is $14.99).
But this year, workers at an Amazon warehouse in suburban Minneapolis say they'll strike.
The strike and rally are being organized by the Awood Center, a group that advocates for Somali and other East African workers. Awood, which means "power" in Somali, was formed as a partnership between the Minnesota chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations and Service Employees International Union Local 26. The Prime Day action won't be the first time the Minnesota workers have banded together to press Amazon for change.
Workers at Amazon's nonunion facilities in Minnesota began publicly complaining last year about harsh working conditions, increasing workloads, safety and limited advancement opportunities. Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali American from Minneapolis, joined them for a rally in December. But they say management has failed to address their concerns. So they've called for a six-hour stoppage that will overlap the morning and evening shifts on Prime Day.
The Seattle-based company, which says Amazon Prime has over 100 million paid members, called the organizers' allegations baseless.
"The fact is Amazon offers already what this outside organization is asking for," spokeswoman Brenda Alfred said in a statement. "We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay — ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more."
Weakened Barry still poses flood risk
Even though Tropical Depression Barry did not unleash catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, many across the Gulf Coast were urged to take heed of tornado and flash-flood warnings Monday as the storm moved north.
Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon but continued to pose a threat. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged residents to be cautious as they ventured outside after a weekend in which many had sheltered indoors.
He said he was "extremely grateful" that the storm had not caused the disastrous floods that had earlier been forecast. More than 90 people had been rescued in 11 parishes, but there were no reports of weather-related fatalities, Edwards said.
"This was a storm that obviously could have played out very, very differently," he said. "We're thankful that the worst-case scenario did not happen."
Forecasters warned of a continued threat of heavy rains into Monday as the center of the storm trudged inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday parts of south-central Louisiana could still have rainfall totals of up to 12 inches, with isolated pockets of 15 inches.
In Mississippi, forecasters said 8 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Jasper and Jones counties, with several more inches possible.
Barry's center was moving from northern Louisiana into Arkansas. The forecast in St. Louis for today calls for showers and thunderstorms, and a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Sunday the city was "beyond lucky" that rainfall there fell well short of early predictions of a deluge that could overwhelm the city's pumping systems.
"We were spared," she said at a news conference, while noting the city was ready to help nearby parishes hit harder.
About 51,000 customers in Louisiana, 1,800 customers in Mississippi and another 1,700 customers in Arkansas were without power Sunday night, according to poweroutage.us.
The duchess meets the Queen Bey
Two royal couples showed up at "The Lion King" premiere on Sunday.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attended the European premiere of the movie in London. Shortly after, pop royalty — Beyoncé and Jay-Z — arrived.
Meghan hugged both Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Beyoncé congratulated the royals on the birth of their baby Archie, according to The Daily Mail's Rebecca English.
Jay-Z even threw in some parenting advice for the new parents: "Always find time for yourself."
Not just anyone gets a hug from a royal — and etiquette dictates that normal people aren't supposed to touch royals unless they initiate it first. But clearly Queen Bey and Jay-Z aren't ordinary people.
Beyoncé stars as the lioness Nala in Disney's remake of the 1994 animated classic.
Blackout hit NYC, but electric company isn't sure what caused it
New York City and Con Edison officials are befuddled over what caused Saturday night’s blackout on Manhattan’s west side, which left hundreds of thousands without electricity and subway service.
Mayor de Blasio told reporters Sunday the outage was not caused by a cyber attack or an act of terrorism, and Con Ed officials will have to go through reams of data to determine a root cause. High electricity demand and the old age of the city’s electrical grid were also not to blame, officials said.
Con Ed president Tim Cawley said a major electrical transmission substation on W. 49th St. stopped producing power — he did not know why.
The mayor said he’ll work with Con Ed to complete its analysis of the blackout’s cause, and that he will provide the public with any major updates as new information surfaces.
The power outage stranded subway passengers, shut out the lights in Times Square, and stopped or canceled multiple events on the west side of Manhattan, with fans evacuating a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden. On Broadway, the blackout occurred about an hour before many of the shows were set to begin, eventually leading to the cancellation of 26 of the 30 shows scheduled to run Saturday evening.
Performers from multiple Broadway shows gave impromptu renditions to crowds along the streets outside the theaters.
I guess this is what they call a New York moment. After being trapped on the F for an hour because of the power outage I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street. #nyc #Blackout pic.twitter.com/3p9UWtRrel— Briallen Hopper (@briallenhopper) July 14, 2019