Catching Up Over Christmas

By Fat House Productions

In a Texas airport I recently had 20 minutes to watch CNN and catch up a little on US news and culture. Big mistake.

In those 15 minutes, I saw two reports. The first covered Donald Trump making a speech about how polls say he will be the Republican candidate for President in 2016. One of his central campaign promises is to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, and make Mexico pay for it. He also recently called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

He’s popular among white supremacists and autocrats. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called Trump “an outstanding and talented personality.” William Daniel Johnson, the chairman of the white supremacist American Freedom Party, said in an interview with Venezuela’s teleSUR, that Trump is “the real deal” and that “virtually all pro-white nationalists are at least somewhat supportive of Donald Trump and most are even enthusiastic.” He added, “It takes someone with the intestinal fortitude of Donald Trump to lead the way” and, “Look for white nationalism to gain widespread acceptance and even a degree of admiration in the coming decade.”

Trump is a “birther,” or someone who does not believe that President Obama was born in the United States. Trump even paid a team of private detectives to try to prove that Obama was not born in Hawaii. Obama released his birth certificate in 2011, but Trump still won’t say Obama was born in the US. A recent Public Policy poll even found that 61% of Trump supporters believe Obama is lying about being born in the US and only 21% think he really was. Incredibly, even MORE Trump supporters, 66%, believe Obama is lying about being Christian and is actually Muslim, and only 12% think he’s Christian like he says he is.

The Trump reporting ended and I was mistakenly relieved. Next up on CNN, usually considered far more professional than its rival Fox, was a story about the Miss Universe competition, for some reason. The host, Steve Harvey, a well-known American TV personality, announced on live TV that 10 million people had voted, for some reason. The votes from around the world were counted for some reason, and Miss Colombia was Miss Universe 2015 for some reason. She got the crown and the bouquet and wept with joy for some reason. The audience erupted in cheers for some reason. Steve Harvey looked at the results card in his hand and made an ugly face, for a very good reason. He said, “I have to apologize… the first runner-up is Colombia… Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines.”

CNN talked about that for a long time for some reason. They forgot to mention Harvey’s first apology tweet that spelled both countries wrong. “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia,” he wrote. Donald Trump also weighed in on Twitter: “Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened.” Trump was in fact forced to sell the annual spectacle that marries women’s value to their looks because NBC cut ties with him after he said in a speech, “When Mexico sends its people,” to the US, those people are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” After only 20 minutes, I felt all caught up.

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