First Amendment Today, July 24, 2018: Tronc Slashes Daily News Staff; Women Greet Pence in Handmaid’s Tale Garb; …and ‘Lock Him Up!’


And on the Seventh Day…: Anti-Trump demonstrators at the White House yell “Lock him up!” at POTUS

Photo of Donald Trump waving to someone off-camera, in a gesture reminiscent of a Nazi salute, at a campaign rally in late 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona
Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2016 (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Chicago-based Tronc fires half of New York Daily News editorial staff, including editor-in-chief

Women dress in Handmaid’s Tale garb to greet Vice President Pence in Philadelphia

Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon flees Twitter after old skit spoofing Showtime’s Dexter re-emerges on 4chan

Comedian Michael Ian Black calls far-right activist Mike Cernovich a “colossal asshole” in response to Twitter mob attack

Georgia State House Rep. Jason Spence rejects calls to resign after dropping trou and n-bombs during Sacha Baron Cohen prank

“Occupy ICE” protesters in Portland harass local food cart into closing

In response to the firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Bobcat Goldthwait requests that Disney remove his voice from one of its theme-park attractions

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I love @jamesgunn. He’s a loyal friend, super talented, passionate and kind. I wanted to say something, here it is: Dear @disney, I would hate for you to come off as hypocritical so I’m suggesting that you remove my voice from an attraction that’s coming to your park. It’s called WORLD OF COLOR – VILLAINOUS, and I reprise the role of Pain, a role I played in HERCULES. You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes. Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters. I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot! For the record I do stand with survivors of sexual abuse and I was wondering if you guys are still making money off of your movie POWDER? Asking for a friend. Thanks, Bobcat

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See Also:
“First Amendment Today, July 23, 2018: Disney Fires Guardians of the Galaxy Director Over ‘Offensive’ Old Tweets, While Teen-Years Twitter Bile Wins a Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher a Standing Ovation”


About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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