Viral Tweets Of People Dancing In Line To Vote Is The Energy We Need Rn

Joy to the Polls wants to support voters in line at the polls

People are out in record numbers to cast their ballots early this year, and as news of long lines and hours-long waiting makes the headlines, people are finding unique ways to stay entertained and a video of a group dancing in line to vote in Philadelphia is going viral on Twitter.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Election Defenders are a group that, among other things, wants to support voters waiting in line at the polls. How do they do this you may be asking? By launching a nationwide “Joy to the Polls” effort that kicked off on Saturday in Philadelphia — and it involves some serious singing and dancing while waiting in line to vote.

The group partnered local artists and traveled around to early-voting locations to provide musical entertainment and much-needed distractions for those standing in long lines. The results were nothing short of glorious.

“A whole mood! The joyful defiance of dancing in line at the polls in a “f*** 2020” Tshirt is what voting in 2020 looks like! Nothing and no one is getting in the way of our joy and our vote!” Resistance Revival Chorus wrote alongside a dancin’ video at the polls that went viral and was reposted all over Twitter.

Election Defenders is more than just entertainment. According to their website, the group “will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), and election and voter defense, de-escalating white supremacist intimidation tactics and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out.”

It’s not just the early voters who get the joy of spending time with the group, this joyful group will be back on Election Day.

“There has been so much coverage and social media that has been focused on white supremacists, militias, intimidation tactics, aggressive electioneering…We’re figuring we can do something for the voters,” said Nelini Stamp, campaign director for Election Defenders, also told the Inquirer. “We are here for the voters to motivate them, to stop the demobilization efforts, and bring some joy and love and happiness to people while they wait for a really long time on line.”

Stamp said not only is the goal to bring joy to those voting in this upcoming election but to change the narrative and focus away from the negative dialogue happening around voting in 2020. And yes, voter suppression is real and waiting for hours to vote should not even be a reality, but sadly, that’s our reality, so if the lines are deterring voters but the dancing is enticing people to stay and vote, then that’s a positive thing and with only nine days until the election, our country needs to do whatever it can to incentivize voters.

Voting is a right, and one that should be celebrated — now more than ever. This is the kind of movement we should all be celebrating. Here’s hoping this catches on throughout the country because we need this kind of energy to carry us until November 3.

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Illinois Health Director Cries While Giving Update On COVID Deaths

Illinois and most other states are seeing record spikes of coronavirus cases

The Illinois Director of the Department of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, broke down during Friday afternoon’s press briefing while talking about the growing number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state.

Ezike was talking about the number of new deaths and cases that took place the day prior and had to hold back tears to continue to update viewers on the state’s outlook. “Since yesterday we have lost an additional 31 lives, for a total of 9,418 deaths,” she said. “These are people who started with us in 2020 and who won’t be with us at the Thanksgiving table. Today, we are reporting 3,874 new cases, for a total of 364,033 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.”

 

“Excuse me, please,” Ezike then said, pausing several times. Someone brought her a box of tissues and she turned around to give herself a minute. “I’m sorry.”

Just yesterday, over 83,000 new coronavirus cases nationally were reported and the CDC issued a dire warning. “We easily will hit six-figure numbers in terms of the number of cases,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN Friday night. “And the deaths are going to go up precipitously in the next three to four weeks, following usually new cases by about two to three weeks.”

Ezike continued, telling Illinois residents that she understands the mental and the emotional toll that the pandemic is taking on everyone, herself included. “Not just because I’m asking people, it’s because I’m feeling it and living it myself,” she said. “I don’t get to live in some COVID-free bubble, exempt from all the pain and tragedy of this pandemic. So I understand how pandemic fatigue is striking everyone. It’s real.”

She continued: “The way we work, the way we live, the way we play has changed, and the harsh reality is that the sacrifices we’ve made, that we continue to make do not have a future expiration date. And I know that that’s difficult.”

The New York Times reports that Illinois, along with 33 other states in the U.S., are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases as the third wave of the virus rages. the state is reporting an average of 4,131 cases per day, an 81 percent increase from the average just two weeks ago.

Ezike also urged viewers to continue to practice social distancing, wear masks, and do what it takes to get to the other side.

“This is what we will have to do to bring the spread down in our community…Let’s please work together. I know many of you are healthy and don’t have a concern in the world of dying from this COVID,” Ezike said. “I would say that of course there are some people whose chances are much lower. But let’s please think beyond ourselves. And think about the people we could unknowingly infect who may not be as fortunate.”

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The RBG ‘Dissent Collar’ Is Back At Banana Republic

And 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the International Center for Research on Women

The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “Dissent Collar” is being re-released by Banana Republic with a new name fitting the champion of women’s rights and gender equality: the Notorious Necklace.

Ginsburg, the second woman in history to sit on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court and often referred to as “The Notorious RBG,” died Sept. 18 after a battle with cancer. As we continue to mourn her death, Banana Republic decided to bring back its original black-and-white beaded necklace given to her at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, which she won in 2012.

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The sequined accessory, often worn by Ginsberg as a symbol of her disagreement with the majority opinion on Supreme Court cases, got its name after she sat down with Katie Couric for a 2014 interview. “This is my dissenting collar. It looks fitting for dissent,” she said.

“You know, the standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show, and the tie. So, Sandra Day O’Connor and I thought it would be appropriate if we included as part of our robe something typical of a woman,” Justice Ginsburg told the Washington Post in 2009.

Banana Republic officially renamed it the Dissent Collar Necklace in 2019, with 50 percent of the retail price donated to the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project.

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“Banana Republic feels this is an opportunity to benefit the advancement of women’s rights as a continuation of the brand’s commitment to champion equality,” the company said in a statement, per Fashionista.

“Originally released in 2012, we’re reissuing this special necklace with its sparkling glass stones and a velvet tie,” the retailer said on its website.

While the necklace became a symbol of her dissents, it became famous when she took to the bench following Donald Trump’s election in 2016. “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president… For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that,” she told the New York Times in July before the election.

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg later told her granddaughter, the week before her death.

The necklace, which is now available for preorder until its official launch on Nov. 30, will be sold for $98 with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the International Center for Research on Women, an organization that honored RBG with its Champions for Change award in 2016.

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You Can Crochet Yourself All 4 ‘Golden Girls’ With Help From A New Book

The book comes with all the materials to make Sophia

As we enter the 800th month of this coronavirus pandemic, people are still looking for new ways to entertain themselves. If you’ve never crocheted before, now may be a good time to learn because there’s a book that will help you create an entire Golden Girls crew of your very own.

Crochet The Golden Girls is a new book from Allison Hoffman, and it promises to deliver the four sassy ladies we’ve all come to know and love — Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux, Dorothy Zbornak, and Sophia Petrillo — for under $23. Time to grab a crochet hook, some cheesecake, and a favorite beverage of choice because this sounds like the perfect little Sunday to me.

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The book gives readers a step-by-step guide to creating our very own tiny, soft ladies of Miami; and, as a bonus, the kit includes all the materials you need to make Sophia. Of course, she wouldn’t be complete without her signature eyeglasses and wicker purse, and those are included as well.

The book also gives us patterns to create the rest of the crew, along with classic accessories like their couch, a palm leaf brooch, and two versions of cheesecake, because you can never, ever have enough cheesecake.

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“Grab a crochet hook and head out to the lanai because it’s time to stitch up your favorite sassy senior ladies!” the book description reads on Amazon. “This officially licensed kit includes all the materials and instructions needed to make your own adorable Sophia doll complete with her signature purse, plus patterns to create Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy as well as fun accessories and props from the classic show that continues to have a cult following.”

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If crocheting isn’t your idea of a relaxing time, there’s a ton of Golden Girls merch available to brighten up any space. In fact, not only are there Golden Girls Chia Pets to adorn your home, you can get everything from Golden Girls PEZ dispensers, granny panties (because who doesn’t want one of those faces covering their lady bits?), and even an entire Golden Girls-themed cruise you can go on with all of your friends complete with a “One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party.” Finally, if you’re all-in on the show, you can adorn your walls with Golden Girls wallpaper, which will most definitely set your house apart from the neighbors.

“Give a set to your best friend,” author Allison Hoffman wrote. “Make a Sophia coin purse for your mom. Feeling nostalgic? Crochet a little Fernando the Teddy Bear (one ear only) for the Rose in your life. What are you waiting for? Head out to the lanai with your crochet kit, whip up these amigurumi Golden Girls, then celebrate with cheesecake!”

Sounds like a plan to us.

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San Francisco Wants To Let 16-Year-Olds Vote — And It’s On The Ballot This Year

One of the goals is to create life-long voting habits — sooner rather than later

San Francisco residents will be going to the polls in November — not only to vote for our president for the next four-to-eight years but whether the city should allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections.

If it passes, San Francisco will become the first major American city to grant the right to vote in municipal elections to those under 18. NBC News reports that the concept was originally introduced in 2016 and narrowly failed to pass with 48 percent of the vote. The goal is to get youth to think about what’s happening in local government from an earlier age which may translate into them becoming active voters in the future.

“I really think that Vote 16 will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age, and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older,” Crystal Chan, an 18-year old organizer for Vote 16 SF, told the outlet.

San Francisco may be the first major city if the bill passes, but not the first city in the U.S. to join the initiative. Takoma Park, a suburb in Maryland, has allowed 16 and 17-year olds to vote in local elections since 2013 and say they’ve seen positive results in youth turnout.

“Research is clear on this, that voting is a habit. And 16 is a better time than 18 to establish that habit,” Brandon Klugman, Vote 16’s campaign manager, told NBC News. “Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they’re eligible for, and then to continue participating throughout their lives which is good for democracy on every level.”

The initiative also has interest at a federal level. Congresswoman Grace Meng, D-NY introduced a constitutional amendment in 2018 to lower the voting age nationwide to 16. “I’m always inspired by our nation’s youth who have demonstrated wisdom, maturity and passion on issues like social justice, gun control, and climate change,” Meng said in a statement (via The Hill). “They are the leaders of our future and the decisions we make impact their lives every day. To capture their views and experiences, we must lower the voting age to 16 in all elections.”

Vote16.org’s reasons for wanting the bill passed are simple and they make a lot of sense. Lowering the voting age can lead to a long-term increase in voter turnout and helps strengthen civil education. Plus, teens are impacted by political issues and the age group is ready to vote and “have the necessary civic knowledge, skills, and cognitive ability to vote for their futures.”

Kids this age can legally drive a car, join a trade union, join the Armed Forces with parental consent, get married (in most states) and work, so why not have a say in their elected officials as well?

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This Austin No-Kill Shelter Is Building Tiny Homes For Their Rescue Pups

The goal is to help the dogs feel more at home while waiting for adoption

Animal shelters do amazing work but one no-kill organization called Austin Pets Alive! is going above and beyond to make sure their pups feel at home until they find their forever home by building them tiny houses — complete with heat and A/C.

The shelter is swapping out kennels for tiny homes which gives adoptable dogs and staff a workspace to train and build relationships with the dogs. “The idea,” they wrote on their Facebook page, “is to provide more of a home-like environment for the dogs, for decompression, training, and quality-of-life purposes.” The shelter builds programs like these for “key groups of animals that are typically euthanized in a shelter setting,” to help them survive.

“These cottages will double as comfortable and quiet housing for the most in-need dogs and workspaces for staff and volunteers,” they wrote. “The cottages will each have their own yard and be outfitted with dog-friendly seating and work spaces, as well as heat and a/c. The goal is that the dogs assigned to these cottages will move in permanently until we are able to find a foster or adoptive home for them — no more kennel life for these lucky pups!”

No-kill shelters are critical to protecting at-risk animals. According to the ASPCA, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats) each year, which is down from 2.6 million in 2011 thanks to the efforts of shelters like this and the “adopt don’t shop” campaigns highlighting all the animals who need loving homes.

Austin Pets Alive! is doing their part to impact these numbers. According to their Facebook page, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to “helping to keep Austin no kill. Since 2008, APA! has saved over 80,000 dogs and cats from being killed at Central Texas shelters.”

The organization said they are still putting the finishing touches on the tiny homes but are hopeful the pups will be able to move into their new pads next month. “We are still in the process of completing these but we’re expecting our first pups will move in by October. We are very excited about this project!” they wrote.

Shelters rely on donations and volunteers to remain in business. Many offer their homes to foster animals while they wait to be adopted but for programs like the ones Austin Pets Alive! is doing for at-risk animals, money is what they need the most. If you have the ability to support the shelter financially, you can do so here.

These are some very lucky dogs, indeed.

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It’s 2020 So Of Course A ‘Karen’ Halloween Mask Exists

Managers, get ready: A ‘Karen’ Halloween costume is coming for you

Yes, we know all Karens aren’t like this; and, yes, we know it’s an unfortunate moment if your name happens to be Karen. But someone created a “Karen” Halloween mask, and it’s getting quite a bit of attention.

Los Angeles artist Jason Adcock created a very on-brand 2020 look with a new Halloween mask that’s sure to turn some manager’s heads this October. The full-head latex mask comes with an appropriately short, blonde bob hairstyle and eyelashes. All you need is a cell phone, some misplaced outrage, and a kid in a stroller and this outfit is complete.

The term “Karen” has been used for years but gained quite a bit of attention in 2020 to describe an entitled white woman who is over-the-top offended and uses her privilege to demand whatever wrong be righted. Immediately.

Adcock shared his creation on his Instagram page and Etsy shop Kamoras Costumes with the sentiment, “The scariest thing you can be on Halloween!!!!” The mask has “vision slits above the eyes and and additional vents in mouth nose and ears,” so you can see and hear All Of The Things that make your blood boil. Just have your mobile phone ready with 9-1-1 punched in so you’re ready.

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According to Adcock, the mask is one size fits most, but if it’s too big, he suggests just gluing a bit of sponge to the inside top and you should be good to go. He obviously took his time creating the look, which includes red, angry eyes, gnashed teeth, and a mouth propped open ready to yell about masks, #AllLivesMatter, or a Black person sitting on their own front porch reading a book.

“It’s never to early to shop for #Halloween #costumes,” Adcock wrote on Etsy. “2020 is the year of the KAREN! Scare all ur friends with ur big hair and narrow mind.”

 

Karen is just the latest name to get a not-so-glamourous makeover. Names such as Kyle, Becky, Debbie, and Chad have been similarly dragged in the past. Adcock just happened to hit the nail on the head recreating the perfect “Karen” for Halloween this year.

The mask isn’t cheap, though. It’ll set you back $180 plus shipping, so you need to be especially committed to the job. Given the amount of shit that’s happened this year, it’s an extremely on-brand costume for those who have a bone to pick with everything and everyone and just need some goddamn Halloween candy to make it all better.

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‘The Princess Bride’ Cast Will Reunite For A Live Virtual Script Reading

The movie’s most beloved stars will read their famous lines — in support of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

This time, it’s conceivable! Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Many Patinkin, and other beloved cast members of The Princess Bride are coming together again for a script reading to support the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

The stars of the iconic 1987 film are taking part in the virtual reading of the script and will be answering questions afterwards from film’s director, Rob Reiner. Joining him will be Patton Oswalt, who will be moderating the panel, according to Deadline.

Other actors participating in the reading are Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, and Wallace Shawn. Elwes made his own announcement on Twitter, writing, “#Inconceivable! I’m excited to announce a virtual #PrincessBrideReunion! Chip in any amount at the link & get an invite to this special event on Sun. Sept. 13th with myself, @RealRobinWright, @PatinkinMandy, @robreiner & many more!” He also included a gem of a hashtag, “#DumpTrumperdinck.”

Anyone who wants to join can signup here and donate in order to view the reading. There’s no minimum donation, and the event will be live-streamed on Sept. 13 at 7/6c.

“I think most people are aware by now that Donald Trump has completely abdicated his duties as President to represent and stand up for all Americans,” Elwes said in a statement, per Deadline. “He has failed to keep the country safe from COVID-19 and, as a result, he is responsible for the devastating chaos, violence and economic collapse that we are now experiencing.”

“If America is going to have a real chance at healing we must get rid of Trump. And that is only possible if we win Wisconsin,” Elwes continued. “I am thrilled to be part of this very rare reunion of my colleagues from The Princess Bride as a way to increase awareness and garner resources for the state that will determine the fate of America.”

Princess Bride fans got to see the late Carl Reiner in his final performance as a part of the fan-filmed version  directed by his son, Rob Reiner. But this gives us the chance to see the actors themselves read their famous lines, like, “Hello. My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said of the event, “The 2020 election is just like The Princess Bride: giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles. We’re thrilled that some of the world’s greatest stars are joining us to relive the magic of my favorite movie in the world and help us safely navigate the fire swamp of Wisconsin politics.”

As you wish.

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The 2020 Pottery Barn ‘Harry Potter’ Collection Is Here And It’s Riddikulusly Good

The collection has something for every Potterhead

Pottery Barn outdid themselves last year when it introduced its Harry Potter collection, but this year, the retailer clearly upped its game because the results are Riddikulus.

This year’s collection of floating candle sticks, velvet tablecloths, drinkware, and serveware are peak Potter, and we are here for all of them. Not only do they have the adults covered, but they also kept the tiny muggles in mind, offering a line of clothing, backpacks, and decor that’s sure to please any-aged fan.

First, check out this adorable Sorting Hat Metal Snack Server. According to the product description, the antique gold finish is perfect for serving “chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Fizzing Whizbees or Cauldron Cakes: Choose your favorite treat with our Sorting Hat Snack Server.” It’s almost $70, but your guests will be forever impressed.

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If you’re still drinking coffee and tea like it’s your job, check out these Hogwarts Houses Stoneware Mugs. Pick your favorite house or get the set of four: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Then, just fill and enjoy.

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A perfect highlight for any room is most definitely these Golden Snitch String Lights. You could put these on a tree, mantle, or strung on a porch ceiling and light up any space.

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Every home needs a welcome mat, but not just any welcome mat — this Patronus Light Up Doormat, which is “scripted with one of the most powerful charms known to wizardkind.” The best part is it lights up, letting all your guests know exactly which house belongs to you.

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If you really want to impress guests, it’s time to invest in a Griffin Hand Crafted Snack Bowl. With this on display, there’s zero chance people will doubt your commitment to the franchise, and the possibilities are endless for the amount of food you can serve.

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If you’re looking for first for your little one (or the perfect gift for a friend’s new bundle of joy), you must get your hands on this Heirloom Baby Blanket. It has all our favorite Harry Potter symbols and comes in shades of blue, grey, and ivory.

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With the weather turning cold, your little one deserves these adorable Lightening Bolt PJs. This “stylish one-piece boasts a lightning bolt and is the perfect outfit for sweet dreams. It’s made from so-soft, breathable cotton to keep baby warm and cozy through the night.” Oh so cute.

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If your kids are headed back-to-school, they most definitely need a Happy Potter Quidditch Backpack. It’s a perfect place to stash your books and pens. Brooms sold separately.

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Like most merchandise from the Wizarding World, these items are likely to fly right off the shelves, so go ahead and fill those virtual shopping carts to the brim while you can. Will you blow through your kid’s college savings account? Maybe. But, they’re going to Hogwarts anyway.

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Jim Gaffigan Unleashed A Series Of Tweets About The Trump Admin: ‘Wake Up’

The father-of-five did *not* hold back his feelings on Trump

Jim Gaffigan is known for his witty stories about fatherhood, his general laziness, and his thoughts on food in his stand-up comic routines and books. He’s also called a “clean” comic because he almost never swears in either (he even opened for the Pope once). But Jim Gaffigan, like the rest of the world, has had it with Trump, and he’s letting all the fucks fly while he gets some things off his chest.

Gaffigan took to Twitter after watching the Republican National Convention to give fans a little piece of his mind about the current state of the world as a result of the Trump administration. He started out pretty simply, summing up the RNC with two little words: “RIP Truth.”

He then tried appealing to Trump supporters’ senses a bit, writing, “Look Trumpers, I get it. As a kid, I was a Cubs fan, and I know you stick by your team no matter what, but he’s a traitor and a con man who doesn’t care about you. Deep down, you know it. I’m sure you enjoy pissing people off, but you know Trump is a liar and a criminal.”

Then, through a series of additional tweets, Gaffigan lays it out there for anyone who may still be on the fence about who they’re voting for. “I know you hate snobs and elites I get it but look at Ivana and that douchebag Jerod,” he wrote. “Think they are on your side? Do you think they’ve ever done a real days work in their lives. Wake up.”

It’s like everyone’s favorite dad saying “douchebag” in front of you for the first time: It’s awkward, but it feels right.

When people started attacking him for daring to mix career with politics, he had this to say: “To those of you who think Im destroying my career wake up. if trump gets elected, the economy will never come back.”

One such woman, unfortunately named Karen, got a bit of Jim’s wrath when she told him to “stick to comedy.” He replied: “hey fuck you Karen.” The father-of-five has officially had enough of the bullshit.

Gaffigan also implored people to wake up and see what is going on in the country as a result of Trump’s actions and, many times, his inaction. “You know Trump just creates enemies. You know you can’t trust him,” he wrote in part. “You know he been incompetent during this crisis. You know all those people didn’t need to die. Trump talks about the Space Program and you can’t safely go to a movie. Wake up.”

Gaffigan made some pretty powerful points during his Twitter tirade but, as it should be, his wife and writing partner had the final say: “No need to curse tho,” she wrote.

Listen, he’s not wrong.

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