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Trump blasts Vanity Fair for caving to left-wing outrage after joke Hillary video

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President Trump slammed Vanity Fair for backpedaling and apologizing for its video that caused infighting among liberals by poking fun at Hillary Clinton – but the backlash has made it clear that the left simply can’t laugh at itself.

“Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. 

Trump also mocked Anna Wintour, the openly liberal editorial director of Conde Nast and editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair’s sister publication, Vogue, for “begging for forgiveness.” Wintour has long supported Clinton and donated to her 2016 campaign. 

“[Liberals] find nothing funny in Trump’s America. Everything is an apocalypse. How dare people laugh!”

– Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor

Everyone from Hollywood liberals, such as actress Patricia Arquette, to anonymous Twitter eggs unloaded on the magazine for a simple attempt at humor when staffers suggested satirical ideas for Clinton’s New Year’s resolution. Clinton supporters were so outraged by the spoof that it’s even causing infighting among the constantly-triggered left.  

“This is a group of people, Kathy Griffin included, who thought it would be funny, thought it would be a joke, to decapitate President Trump and pose for art. But now if we make fun of Hillary Clinton… suddenly that’s below the belt,” Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren pointed out on Wednesday’s “Hannity.”

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News he predicted Democrats would panic as soon as he saw the video.

“Liberals are working under a clear commandment: Thou shalt not make fun of Queen Hillary,” Gainor said. “Liberals don’t laugh any more. They find nothing funny in Trump’s America. Everything is an apocalypse. How dare people laugh!”

Vanity Fair writer Maya Kosoff appeared in the video and has been attacked by Clinton super fans on Twitter. “This needs to scar her career,” one user wrote while another wrote, “Poor Maya, whose 15 seconds of fame will hopefully end with a pink slip.”

“Imagine being so boxed into a corner after dedicating your life to a bad candidate that you have to come out punching at a female journalist who was part of an ensemble, clearly light-hearted holiday video.”

– Katherine Krueger

One professor posted a multi-tweet thread offering advice on how the magazine can recover from a “major scandal over a stupid sexist video.” The same professor deleted a tweet aimed at Kosoff because “it took many people to create that horrid video” and he decided he didn’t “want to be mean to just one journalist” after he received backlash for his online bullying that caused others to come to Kosoff’s defense.

“Super interesting to see a Clinton Man so mad about sexism that he bullied a woman journalist offline,” journalist Katherine Krueger tweeted. “Imagine being so boxed into a corner after dedicating your life to a bad candidate that you have to come out punching at a female journalist who was part of an ensemble, clearly light-hearted holiday video.”

The video was part of a series by Vanity Fair that also suggests satirical New Year’s resolutions for members of the GOP such as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and President Trump, but there does not appear to be any outrage from conservatives. After a ton of liberal backlash, Vanity Fair said that the Clinton video was “an attempt at humor and we regret that it missed the mark,” but the statement did not stop Vanity Fair staffers from being attacked online.

“I don’t appreciate being taken out of context to make me seem super sexist,” Kosoff tweeted, according to HuffPost, on her now-private account. “This wasn’t a Hillary hit piece either… we made silly New Year’s resolutions for a bunch of politicians.”

Kosoff did not respond to a request for additional comment.

The 63-second video recommended Clinton starts working on a sequel to her book, “What Happened,” but with a new title, “What the hell happened?” Another Vanity Fair staffer said Clinton should “disable autofill” on her iPhone so that typing a simple “f” doesn’t automatically become “form exploratory committee.”

Another suggestion for Clinton was to teach a class on the alternate nostril breathing that she famously discussed during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, while another Vanity Fair staffer proposed she take more photos in the woods because, “How else are you going to meet unsuspecting hikers?

Knitting, volunteer work and improv comedy are suggested as new hobbies that will keep Clinton from running for president again in 2020. One Vanity Fair staffer said it is time Clinton finally puts away her James Comey voodoo doll.

“It’s a year later and time to move on,” a staffer says while others raise a glass of Champagne and offer cheers to the former first lady.

Over 30,000 tweets were sent criticizing the video, according to the New York Post. Many of them featured the hashtag “#CancelVanityFair.”

Even Dictionary.com’s verified Twitter account couldn’t take a joke, tweeting, “The word for telling a woman with a law degree from Yale to take up knitting is [link to the definition of ‘sexist’].” 

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

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Cuomo's 'open letter' to Trump after Texas school shooting slammed on Twitter: 'YOU do something'

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Hours after a gunman opened fire in a Texas high school classroom, killing at least 10 people, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter demanding President Trump “DO SOMETHING.” After listing seven mass shootings in a tweet to Trump, Cuomo, a Democrat, then drafted a letter.

The May 18 “open letter” calls on Trump, the House of Representatives and the Senate to take action.

“When is enough enough?” Cuomo asks. “How many more innocent people have to die before you act?”

Cuomo, who boasted about his “F” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), told the polticians to put their country first.

“You were elected to do something – do something. Your first responsibility is to the people of the United States, not the NRA – do something,” Cuomo repeated. “My heart breaks for the families who have to grieve from this needless violence – DO SOMETHING.”

AFTER TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING LEAVES SEVERAL DEAD, HUNT FOR EXPLOSIVES CONTINUES

The letter, signed by Cuomo — who dubbed himself the “father of Cara, Mariah and Michaela, taxpayer, Governor of New York, NRA ‘F’ Rated Elected Official” — garnered more than 665 retweets by Friday evening and received dozens of fiery replies.

Several Twitter users lectured Cuomo for allegedly not offering any solutions himself, while others told him he should instead focus on New York’s issues.

“You’re the elected official. What’s your plan? Don’t just pass the buck.”

– Twitter user

“This isn’t about you, it’s like you can’t help yourself. You were elected to help NYS, so NYers should be your priority. Sincerely, an ACTUAL taxpayer of NYS, commuter (when the trains work) and NRA member,” one Twitter user replied.

“Why don’t YOU do something in the State of NY that is so terrific that the rest of the States in the USA will follow? IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO LEAD!” another added.

“You’re the elected official. What’s your plan? Don’t just pass the buck,” one user wrote.

“Oh, like NYC is a crimeless utopia. Governor, DO SOMETHING,” another demanded.

Some people suggested Cuomo was “politicizing” the tragedy in order to boost his own popularity among voters — with at least one user calling it his “2020 audition.”

TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING SPARKS REACTION FROM TRUMP, OTHER LAWMAKERS: ‘THIS HAS TO STOP’

“Nice to politicize a tragedy. So while we’re going there, who were the presidents during all of these shootings?” one person asked.

“Really? You’re using this horrible massacre for your campaign? NRA F rated could have been left out of this tweet,” another added.

“Andy, STOP making it so obvious that you are running for Prez in 2020 with your ‘new found voice’ on Twitter!” a Twitter user added.

“Nice to politicize a tragedy. So while we’re going there, who were the presidents during all of these shootings?”

– Twitter user

In particular, many users took issue with Cuomo labeling himself a “taxpayer.”

“You are a Taxpayer rated F official as well,” one user commented.

“Taxpayer? Tax Spender Extraordinaire is more like it,” another jabbed.

However, a handful of people did offer Cuomo some support, echoing his comments to Trump and other lawmakers.

SANTA FE, TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT RECOUNTS HORRIFIC SHOOTING

New York Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda wrote, “Couldn’t agree more Governor.”

“I agree, Congress is failing our children,” one man responded.

Trump spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Friday afternoon to “offer his condolences for those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School,” an official told Fox News. He later addressed the nation, asking government officials to work together to prevent similar tragedies.

“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others,” Trump said. “Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe.”

Trump announced in late March that the administration would ban bump stocks and “all devices” that turn otherwise legal weapons into “illegal machine guns,” keeping a promise made amid a bipartisan gun control debate just weeks after 17 students were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Melania Trump to unveil platform focused on 'well-being of children' from White House

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First lady Melania Trump will announce her formal agenda from the White House Monday afternoon.

Stephanie Grisham, her spokeswoman, said Trump will not be “choosing just one topic as she’s done in the past.” Trump’s focus will be on the “well-being of children,” Grisham said.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MELANIA TRUMP ANNOUNCE HER OFFICIAL AGENDA

The first lady has a 12-year-old son, Barron, and has expressed her interest in children during numerous visits to hospitals and schools. She recently turned the Blue Room at the White House into a mock classroom and invited middle school students to share their hopes and dreams with her.

Trump has promised to tackle cyberbullying as first lady, hosting major online and social media companies at the White House earlier this year. She’s also brought that message directly to classrooms around the country.

And last year, she addressed the United Nations and encouraged world leaders to “step up” to help children in need. She said countries with poverty, trafficking, disease illiteracy and drug issues “hit first and hardest” the children.

“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” the first lady said. “We need to step up, come together and ensure that our children’s future is bright.”

The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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Strippers, strip club owners lobbying San Diego officials to lower permit fees

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Strippers and strip club owners in San Diego are calling on city officials to lower their annual permit fees, claiming they are unjustified and much higher than in other cities.

The San Diego Hospitality and Entertainment Coalition, a group representing the industry, wants to create a task force that would examine the risks of imposing these high fees that can push women toward unregulated websites where they are more vulnerable to prostitution and human trafficking, The San Diego Union-Tribunereported.

The campaigners say that the permit fees – set to rise to $388 for a stripper and $5,830 for a club operator this summer – could also lead to lower overall revenue for the city as more businesses and women could decide to exit the regulated industry.

“No other city charges fees this high, or even at all. Ten years ago the fees were half as much, and it was a lot easier to make ends meet.”

– Debra Seavello, a stripper at Expose in Kearny Mesa.

Police officials, however, say the fees are necessary. They say they need to allocate the personnel to process the permits, respond to incidents in the clubs and prevent prostitution and other criminal activity.

Much of the police work also occurs during late-night hours and that takes police resources away from other enforcement work, officials said at an earlier meeting.

But strippers and strip club owners said the fees are already higher than justified by how much police actually spends time enforcing laws involving strip clubs.

“No other city charges fees this high, or even at all,” Debra Seavello, a stripper at Expose in Kearny Mesa, told a city committee, according to the Union-Tribune. “Ten years ago the fees were half as much, and it was a lot easier to make ends meet.”

“That’s dangerous for them. At least in the clubs we keep them safe and regulated.”

– Jennifer Sales, a former stripper.

For comparison, a strip club operator in Los Angeles pays $528 for a permit compared to nearly $6,000 in San Diego.

“I know there might be a certain stigma for dancers, however these are mothers who are trying to raise children and do the right thing by working rather than being a burden to the state,” Seavello said. “We can’t afford these increases year after year.”

Jennifer Sales, a former stripper who now works as a manager at the strip club, claims the fees are encouraging vulnerable women to use Craig’s List or web cams for work instead. “That’s dangerous for them,” she said, according to the paper. “At least in the clubs we keep them safe and regulated.”

Dino Palmiotto, owner of Expose and president of the industry group, accused the city of violating state law by charging more than what it should actually cost for police to monitor the strip clubs and strippers.

He said the city could be sued if they don’t form a task force to address their concerns.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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