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Trump Campaign Reportedly Leverages Kanye West Support For Fundraising

Amongst many other things, the signed MAGA hat became a marketing tool, selling Trump’s campaign with and through the support of Kanye West.

If you’ve been keeping up with Kanye West, you know that his most recent strings of tweets have aligned him with the GOP and, more significantly, with President Donald Trump. After West boasted about a signed hat from the president, “MAGA” suddenly became more than a slang term. It permeated the minds of fans and came in contact with those who weren’t devotees of the Yeezus rapper otherwise. West's ideas rolled off the tongues of former allies, but as his wife, Kim Kardashian West, noted, “Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion.”

Amongst other things, the signed hat became a marketing tool, selling Trump’s campaign with and through the support of West. The endorsement proved fruitful for Trump, his team jumping on the chance to raise money and spread the word, Complex reports. Amanda Hess of the New York Times and Julie Bykowicz of the Wall Street Journal posted screenshots of a text that all Trump supporters received from the campaign.

“We support Kanye speaking his mind, even if sometimes we do not agree on the issues,” it reads. “Do not let them silence you. “Get your red MAGA hat today.” The GOP also advertised the MAGA merchandise.

Despite the outrage that West has incited, the general response and impact are only due to his lengthy hiatus, and thus, a disconnect between himself and his fan base. It’s not his first time being vocal about supporting Trump or encouraging that validation.

In August 2016, the producer/fashion designer met with the then president-elect at Trump Tower, voicing concern about the lack of change in his home city of Chicago. In November of the same year, West stopped a concert to tell black people to “stop focusing on racism.” “The world is racist, okay?” he said. “Let’s stop being distracted. We are in a racist country. Period.” He told fans that, had he voted, he would have voted for Trump.

Fans and stars have allegedly unfollowed Ye at unimaginable rates since the onset of his latest reveal. Many fans have called his mental health into question but KKW has assured fans that West is as well as they come.

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Tomi Lahren paid a visit to Fox & Friends, where she discussed her Twitter feud with Cardi B. Last week after the "I Like It" rapper posted a video discussing the partial government shutdown, the right-wing pundit took to Twitter to write out her views on Cardi's comments.

"Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020," she wrote, which prompted Cardi to write that she will "dog walk" her.

“I just like to point out the left’s hypocrisy because can you imagine if I would threaten to dog walk Cardi B — or anyone else for that matter — as a conservative, as a Trump supporter?” Lahren said during her appearance on the show. “I would never get away with that but they’re able to do it, and the left applauds it... you can see that there are leftists with verified accounts who are not only laughing at the fact of me being ‘dog walked’ — they’re tweeting out memes showing me in a leash and a collar with Cardi B walking me. Beyond that, they are actually saying, ‘Yeah, she would hurt you, she would beat you up — I wish we could start a GoFundMe page so we can watch your teeth get knocked out.’"

She also criticized U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wrote on Twitter that people shouldn't underestimate people from The Bronx (where she and Cardi hail from).

“Well, I’m not surprised at anything Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, but again, I’m also impressed the way the left does the mental gymnastics to justify it,” she said. “...these are elected representatives who are endorsing and saying the same thing. So, you know, it’s really puzzling and troubling.”

Friendly reminder: after over a month, the government is still shut down.

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Cardi B Will Reportedly Have Her Own Las Vegas Residency

Cardi B is reportedly getting her first Las Vegas residency. According to The Associated Press, the “Money” rapper will have a residency at the Palms Casino Resort in anticipation of the debut of its newest complex, KAOS.

“Above and Beyond, G-EAZY, Kaskade and Skrillex are among the other artists who will have exclusive residencies at the complex,” the report reads. KAOS will reportedly open in April. “KAOS is part of the Palms’ $690 million renovation that features state-of-the-art technology designed to enhance performances including a rotating 360-degree DJ booth.”

This news comes just a week after the announcement of Drake’s reported residency at the XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. The musical reportedly “inked a 12-show deal over the next two years."

Cardi B has shown no signs of slowing down. She is currently nominated for five Grammy awards, and she is set to perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. She also made headlines recently for her thoughts about the current partial government shutdown, clapping back at detractors like Tomi Lahren.

"You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much," she wrote on Twitter with a statement aimed at the political pundit.

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Illinois Man Awarded $1.25 Million After Cops Tackled Him For Stealing His Own Car

A former Northwestern University doctoral student was awarded $1.25 million after police tackled the then 25-year old assuming he was trying to steal a car that was actually his own.

The Associated Press reports Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz confirmed the settlement amount had been reached Wednesday. (Jan. 23) Crosby was an engineering major in 2015 when the incident occurred.

Crosby’s attorney Timothy Touhy said his client was attempting to repair something with his car when a white woman watching called local police to report what she thought was a robbery.

The unidentified woman then followed Crosby in his car as he left his apartment and headed to a science building on Northwestern's campus, giving police his location.

Crosby reportedly exited his vehicle with his hands up but was immediately tackled by law enforcement when he didn't obey orders to get on the ground. Cops later determined Crosby was the owner of the vehicle but charged him with resisting arrest.

A spokesman for the Evanston police said the use of force was justified at the time because officers assumed a theft was in progress. Crosby was the victim of knee strikes and open-handed strikes.

A judge threw out the charges.

“It’s his hope that as a result of this case, that all of us begin a discussion on implicit bias and begin to recognize it and begin to discuss it between yourselves and your friends,” said Steven Yonover, who represented Crosby in the case.

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