New Yorker: “Trump had been a celebrity since the eighties, his persona shaped by the best-selling book The Art of the Deal. But his business had foundered, and by 2003 he had become a garish figure of local interest—a punch line on Page Six. The Apprentice mythologized him anew, and on a much bigger scale, turning him into an icon of American success.”
“Linton — something of a Marie Antoinette of the digital age — took a sabbatical from the site after she caused an uproar in August 2017 for listing the many designers she was wearing in a picture of her getting off a government plane.”
“Her new Instagram account is clearly a brand overhaul — featuring posts about her charity endeavors.”
Citing the praise President Trump gave him after naming him his “first Celebrity Apprentice” in the 2008, British TV personality Piers Morgan writes in the Daily Mail that he wished to “formally apply” to be White House chief of staff.
He closed with 10 reasons he should be the next White House Chief of staff:
- “You need someone who will look you in the eye and tell you when you’re being an idiot. Seriously.”
- He would “surround the Oval Office with loyal people who like and respect you, not the type of ghastly, untrustworthy reptiles like Omarosa Manigault Newman.”
- He would vet Trump’s tweets.
- He would get the media to focus more on Trump’s achievements.
- He would be a chief of staff “who gets on with Ivanka and Jared, and encourages you to listen to them as much as possible.”
- He could bring an end to the war with CNN.
- Things are about to get heated with special counsel Robert Mueller. “I love a scrap.”
- He would “use Melania more. She’s become a very popular electoral asset.”
- “I’d literally pay to work for you.”
- “You need someone whose reputation won’t be remotely tarnished by working with you and who won’t mind in the slightest if you suddenly fire him.”
“Steve Bannon will no longer be speaking at a UM, the latest and third event to be canceled following the announcement he would be a keynote speaker at a joint conference on sex robots this month,” the Montana Kaiman reports.
“Michael Avenatti’s cable TV bookings have dwindled. He was uninvited from one prominent Democratic event and skipped out on another. Now his highest-profile client is bringing new allegations against him,” Politico reports.
“In just a matter of weeks, Avenatti’s fortunes have taken a nosedive, rapidly downshifting from 2020 presidential prospect to political pariah.”
“Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era,” the AP reports.
“The former Saturday Night Live funnyman released a podcast on health care this week, just days after a Thanksgiving Day Facebook post in which he mused how much he missed ‘being in the fight every day.’”
Said Franken, on his podcast: “When I left the Senate I said I was giving up my seat but not my voice, and after the midterm elections I thought I’d start experimenting with ways to make my voice heard.” He ended by saying: “Maybe I’ll do another one, I don’t know.”
Stormy Daniels told the Daily Beast that Michael Avenatti sued Donald Trump for defaming her against her wishes.
“Avenatti also started a new fundraising site to raise money for her legal defense fund without telling her, Daniels said. She said she is not sure whether or not she will keep Avenatti on as her lawyer.”
“I shouldn’t say this, you’ll say I’m very conceited, because I’m not, but other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up they said I looked like Elvis. Can you believe it?”
— President Trump, quoted by The Hill, at a campaign rally in Mississippi.
“Attorney Michael Avenatti will not face felony charges based on allegations of domestic violence lodged against him by a 24-year-old actress,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“Avenatti has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, lashed out at media outlets and insinuated in a series of tweets that his arrest was a setup by a conservative activist.”
“An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges he dragged her by the arm across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument,” the AP reports.
Avenatti says the allegations are “completely false” and “fabricated.” He says he’ll be fully vindicated after a thorough investigation.
Cindy McCain told CBS News that “one or two” of her children might have political aspirations like their father, the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Said McCain: “There are two I know that won’t, but there’s two that I think will.”
She declined to name which of their four children (John McCain had three other children from a previous marriage), but added: “They’ve all grown up in politics. It’s hard not to – you either catch the bug or you don’t.”
Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared on stage with President Trump at his Missouri rally to parrot his midterm campaign slogans — despite earlier insisting he would only be covering the event as a journalist, the Daily Beast reports.
Said Hannity: “I had no idea you were going to invite me up here.”
New York Times: “The show onstage might well have been called Fox & Friend.”
Author Stephen King urged Iowans to defeat Rep. Steve King (R-IA), The Hill reports.
Said King: “Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out. I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.”
A new Daily Beast/Ipsos poll finds Kanye West’s favorability rating stands at 22%, with an 11% favorability rating among Democrats, 40% among Republicans, and 15% among Independents.
“Those numbers were among the worst of the nearly 20 public figures polled, reflecting the damage that the cultural icon has done to his image with his foray into politics. West is less popular than Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Stormy Daniels, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Bezos, Nikki Haley, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Bloomberg, and Beto O’Rourke. He is even less popular than Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, who is deeply despised by vast portions of Democratic voters and not that beloved by his own Republicans either.”
“Oprah Winfrey, the Oscar-nominated, self-made billionaire and media icon, is heading to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams,” BuzzFeed News reports.
“The star will join Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, on Thursday. If Abrams wins the race, she will be the first black woman governor in the history of the U.S.”
Alex Cora, manager of the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, was asked if the team will visit President Trump at the White House but said that decision has not yet been made, CBS Boston reports.
Said Cora: “We’ll talk about it later on.”
Cora has been very critical of the president’s response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.
“Amy Schumer’s decision to support Colin Kaepernick by refusing to do Super Bowl ads is the latest sign that advertising’s biggest stage is becoming increasingly political for brands,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Some Super Bowl ads already are stirring up partisan passions, like the 2017 Budweiser ad about the brand’s immigrant roots, which some called a critique of President Trump’simmigration policies. Now every spot is under the microscope, and the scrutiny is even creeping beyond the ads’ content.”
Axios: “The Super Bowl was once a coveted event at which brands competed for commercial space and celebrities were anxious to perform. But as the nation’s politics become more polarized and Kaepernick remains jobless, the league’s biggest game has become a lightning rod for controversy.”