Source: Associated Press contributed to this article
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is going to use the Democratic National Convention to embarrass fallen police officers, a police union spokesman claims — and it has local cops furious.
Philadelphia’s police union is condemning Clinton for allowing relatives of people killed by police to speak at next weeks DNC without giving equal time to families of fallen officers.
John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, said the union is insulted by the decision to exclude families of officers killed in the line of duty.
“It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country,” he wrote in Wednesday’s statement.
Nesby ends by saying: “Mrs. Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.”
“The Mothers of the Movement” group that is scheduled to participate in the convention July 26 includes the mothers of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, whose controversial deaths in police-involved shootings sparked multiple instances of anti-cop rioting in cities around the country.
The National Fraternal Order of Police echoed Philadelphia’s union on Thursday, saying it was shocked by the decision, especially as law enforcement officers gear up to protect the residents of Philadelphia and visitors during the event.
“It’s time for politicians so cynical as to pick sides against the rule of law and due process to make the right choice and stand with the men and women of law enforcement and to stop shameful rhetoric,” the statement said.
McNesby’s open letter to the Clinton can be seen below —
Source: World Socialist
German security forces have been conducting a huge anti-terror operation in the city of Munich, after several people were shot dead in a shopping centre near the Olympic Park last night.
At the time of writing, the exact circumstances of the attack remain unclear. According to police, shots were fired at a McDonald’s store across from the shopping mall on Friday, at around 6:00 pm. According to the latest reports, 10 people have been killed and at least 21 injured. Witnesses reported they had seen three men with guns.
Munich police labelled the events “an acute terror situation” and took unprecedented security measures. For hours Munich was under virtual police lockdown. Police urged people to stay at home and avoid all public places. Public transport was suspended and Munich’s central railway station evacuated.
Shortly after the reported attack, police helicopters flew over the city and additional security forces were deployed. The media also reported GSG9 German elite counterterrorism units arriving in several more helicopters.
Lynn Stein, who was inside the shopping centre at the time of the attack, told CNN: “I was in a neighbouring store when shots were fired. People started running. More shots were fired. People were screaming. Then I heard several shots at the parking station next to the mall. I went back inside the mall, to check on my co-workers. There were a couple of people coming in towards me, and I told them to leave as I continued towards my store. A man told me he saw a gunman. I ran outside, and police told me to leave, which I did. This was about 15 minutes after it happened, and then I was evacuated.”
Local residents described the massive security operation that followed the horrifying event. “Those people told us that there was a shooting outside and so the security closed the door of this mall and asked everybody to go upstairs to the fifth floor,” someone told the BBC. A man working at a petrol station in the Bavarian capital said: “We see just ambulances and firemen and police, but all of this area is evacuated, all the streets. Now [there] are no cars, only on the side of the streets. All of the streets are blocked. I see that the people are scared. Everybody is running around.”
Munich police initially claimed they did not know who and where “the perpetrators” were. “Look after yourselves and avoid public places,” read a message sent out to residents. Police also urged people to avoid “speculation” and to desist from posting photos or videos of police operations online.
However, following the recent attacks in Nice and on a train in Bavaria, German and international media pundits, security advisors and politicians were quick to “speculate” that this was yet another terrorist attack conducted by ISIS.
Raffaello Pantucci, the director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London, claimed on German TV that Islamic State had Germany high on its agenda as a target. “They see it as one of the countries fighting in the alliance against them; it’s a country with a lot of attention around immigration and it’s a major European power.”
In an official statement, the Obama White House condemned, “in the strongest terms the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in Munich.” It threatened to step up the so-called “war on terror,” that is, the imperialist destruction of the Middle East. The statement continued, “The resolve of Germany, the United States, and the broader international community will remain unshaken in the face of acts of despicable violence such as this.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who had promised to destroy Islamic State “now” and “fast” in his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, likewise issued a statement, declaring, “This cannot continue. The rise of terrorism threatens the way of life for all civilized people, and we must do everything in our power to keep it from our shores.”
A number of German politicians also sought to exploit the events for reactionary political ends. Defence spokesman for the CSU, Florian Hahn, wrote on Twitter, “To restore public order we have to rely on the Bundeswehr [German army] in the coming days.” Dr. Maximilian Krah, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU in Dresden, tweeted, “I am in Munich. This must be the turning point. The welcoming culture [towards refugees] is deadly. It’s about our country!”
Notwithstanding these pronouncements, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the perpetrator had an Islamist terrorist background.
At a press conference early Saturday, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae identified the gunman as an 18-year-old German-Iranian, who had been living in Munich for more than two years. Andrae said the perpetrator had killed himself, and that police did not believe he had any accomplices. His motive for the attack was still unclear.
Other evidence pointed to a right-wing anti-Islamic background. In a video posted on social media, a man can be heard insulting the suspected gunman in a car park. The man tells the attacker to lower his weapon and calls him names. At this point the gunman attempts to defend himself, declaring that he is a German national. He shouts: “I’m a German”. The man shouts back in abusive language, whereupon the gunman tells him to “shut your trap”. Then he fires more shots. The rest of the conversation is incomprehensible.
Various media have noted that yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the murder of 77 people at the hands of right-wing Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik. On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed eight people in Oslo and 69 more at a youth summer camp on Utoeya Island in Norway.
On Friday Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 hacked emails it says are from the accounts of Democratic National Committee officials.
The documents were released just days before the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
The hacked emails revealed the DNC’s hatred for Bernie Sanders and his movement. The documents reveal the party’s hidden ties with the liberal media. The emails reveal the heights of dishonesty of the party infrastructure.
Now there is a list of a few of the most shocking emails released by Wikileaks.
The list was compiled thanks to the work of Reddit Bernie Sander supporters and Donald Trump supporters:
Hat Tip Steve A.
DNC member killing horses for insurance money.
DNC making fun of black womans name.
DNC telling each other, “I love you too. no homo.”
DNC requesting a pull an MSNBC commentary segment.
DNC controlling the narrative with time released stories.
DNC conspiring to create false Trump information and release with Reuters.
DNC Hillary supporters infiltrated Sanders campaign.
DNC members going to complain to Morning Joe producers about his mentioning of a “rigged system.”
DNC discussing their relationship with NBC/MSNBC/CNN and how to get better treatment.
Super PAC paying young voters to push back online Sanders supporters. Paid shills.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz having an off the record meeting in MSNBC President Phil Griffin’s office.
DNC being messed with by the Washington Examiner.
DNC discussing Hillary’s policies as unfeasible.
$200k for a private dinner with Hillary.
Offering to send interns out to fake a protest against the RNC.
Faking outrage and pasting in a video later.
A mole working inside of the Sanders campaign.
Bringing up Sanders religion to scare the southern voters.
Possible money laundering by moving money back and forth to bypass legal limits.
Politico writer sending his stories to the DNC before he sends them to his editor.
DNC feeding CNN the questions they want to be asked in interviews.
Creating a fake job ad for a Trump business to paint him as a sexist.
Hillary funding 2 million dollars in a cooridanted campaign in battleground states to win back the Senate.
DNC is upset that their “allies” didn’t send in protestors so they sent out interns.
“Clinton Foundation quid-pro-quo worries are lingering, will be exploited in general.”
$50,000 – Lawrence Benenson.
Daily Fundraising Report for the DNC.
Content & Social Strategy Discussion.
Re: BuzzFeed and DNC connection.
Draft linking news articles about trump to use as negative press.
Fwd: State Dinner Countdown.
Some chick is angry she hasn’t been given more stuff from the Obama administration…might be interesting to follow up.
Re: State Dinner Countdown.
Tim O’Brien: Trump’s Fixation on Inflating his Net Worth is a Cause for Concern.
RE: May Fundraising Numbers.
Hillary for America Raised $26.4 Million in April, Began May with More than $30 Million Cash on Hand.
Re: For approval: Trump supporter graphics.
Press talking points, states Hillary is their candidate, dated May 5, 2016. More of a smoking gun than the ambiguous talk in the emails themselves.
Consultant calling megyn kelly a bimbo. Has PDF attached that says the same.
DNC trying to get away with violating the Hatch Act.
Democrats using interns to organize fake “protests.”
RE: Action on DNC tomorrow (Immigration Raids).
Source: Stars and Stripes
In Turkey‘s Incirlik Air Base there is a vault containing up to several dozen intermediate-yield strategic and tactical nuclear weapons.
The B61 variable yield nuclear gravity bomb is a free-fall thermonuclear weapon that can easily be attached to the wings of an aircraft.
In the wrong hands the weapons could be devastating as one B61 could have over ten times the yield of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima at the end of world war two.
The B61 gravity bombs are considered small, though some could have yields more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. Given the attempted coup and increasing instability of Turkey, they worry one San Antonian, a former commander of all Air Force and Navy strategic nuclear weapons.
Retired Air Force Gen. Eugene Habiger said the U.S. missile umbrella is its main nuclear deterrent and the bombs no longer have any military usefulness. Yet 200 of them are still in NATO’s European arsenal, along with 62,000 U.S. troops, because European policymakers have wanted to make sure the United States is part of any war with Russia from the first day of conflict, he said.
“There’s a risk of having nuclear weapons; I don’t care where they are,” said Habiger, who ran the San Antonio Water System after he left the service. “It’s a very, very dangerous weapon in terms of military consequences, political consequences, and I think what happened in Turkey highlights the potential unintended consequences of having nuclear weapons forward deployed if there is no military requirement.”
The attempted coup in Turkey a week ago and the resulting crackdown against the military, police, judiciary, press and public employees by its elected strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have challenged Turkey’s democratic status and Ankara’s continued ability to be part of the multinational coalition fighting ISIS. Tens of thousands have been swept up by the government in response to the coup — one of them the Turkish commander of the Incirlik base.
Washington had already ordered dependents of diplomats and military personnel out of southern Turkey in late March because of rising terrorist threats.
The Air Force’s training command in San Antonio confirmed Friday that some of the dependents were relocated here and elsewhere in Texas but would not say how many.
The coup also triggered concerns about military equipment falling into the wrong hands. The Turkish government said all its assets, including F-16 fighters, were in its control, the Associated Press reported. American aircraft based at Incirlik, including A-10 close-air support jets and drones, have resumed strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria after the government briefly closed its airspace.
But worries persist.
“It looks to me that Erdogan has made some severe mistakes in regard to reacting to this coup,” syndicated columnist Austin Bay, a retired Army Reserve colonel and Iraq veteran, said early this week. “His reaction is severe and at this point it appears to me to be unjustified.”
“Scenarios of doom regarding U.S. assets” are cause for concern but appear to be overstated, added Bay, author of the book “Ataturk: The Extraordinary Life and Achievements of the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire.”
Still, for Habiger and other experts, including GlobalSecurity.org’s John Pike, the failed coup was a chilling reminder of the risks of keeping nuclear weapons on foreign soil. The risk of losing them is remote, they said. But they wonder about the wisdom of keeping them in Turkey.
Retired Gen. Ronald Fogleman, a former Air Force chief of staff, said American involvement in storing tactical nuclear weapons overseas ensures they are secure, but he agreed it might be time to reassess their presence in Europe.
“There are other things, I think, we ought to be worried about,” he said. “Although it’s certainly something that should be on the agenda and … maybe it’s time to relook at the whole issue and are they still serving the purpose that they were.”
The Pentagon will not acknowledge the existence of nuclear bombs on Incirlik Air Base. “It is our policy to not comment on the location of strategic tactical assets,” spokeswoman Henrietta Levin said.
But Habiger, 77, a former B-52 bomber pilot who led the Strategic Command from 1996 to 1998, in charge of nuclear weapons in the continental United States and on U.S. submarines, said some of the B61 bombs are in vaults at Incirlik and that others are in Germany, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands.
They are NATO weapons under Air Force control and their purpose, he said, is purely psychological. Europe has never forgotten that America tried to avoid both world wars, Habiger said. And Europe is aware that American politicians have been backing away from decades of cold war internationalism, with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump raising questions about the future U.S. commitment to NATO.
“Is NATO going to attack Russia? Who is NATO going to attack with nuclear weapons? That’s a rhetorical question,” Habiger said. “Why does NATO need nuclear weapons? Except for their own psycho-social security, to say, ‘We have a nuclear capability.’”
Pike, who has long studied nuclear weapons, said the yields on the bombs stored in Europe range from a few hundred tons to 160 kilotons and noted that the Hiroshima bomb — at about 15 kilotons — incinerated a 2- to 3-mile radius.
If used, the bombs would be delivered by F-16 fighters. While the Pentagon said the United States has no F-16 jets at Incirlik, it has two squadrons at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Those and other aircraft occasionally rotate through Incirlik, but they also could come from the United States. Pike noted that crews certified to fly nuclear warheads could be quickly deployed to the region if a crisis arose, noting, “They’re not there now because they just don’t need them. They’re not welded to the ground.”
The United States doesn’t disclose the number of tactical nuclear weapons it has, but President George W. Bush quietly reduced the number from about 450 to about 200 over the course of his administration, defense analyst Loren Thompson said.
There are four versions of the B61 that carry different yields, for tactical or strategic purposes, and they are small enough to place under a fighter’s wings and possibly could be carried by Turkish pilots, Thompson said.
“The way in which these weapons have been deployed in the past, they could potentially be delivered by host-country crews rather by U.S. crews,” said Thompson, of the Lexington Institute. “When you ask a country to store your nuclear weapons on their territory, they’re going to ask for something in return, and usually that something is some form of control.”
That gives Turkey’s leaders a card to play, but former Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters said they have another: Incirlik’s role as a critical hub for U.S. military aircraft throughout conflicts in the region over the past 25 years.
“I think you certainly can revisit the policy, but Incirlik Air Force Base is just too important a base for us to give up at this point,” he said. “And I think that’s pretty strong leverage, frankly, given where we are in the Middle East, and given how important Incirlik has been, certainly since the last Gulf War and probably before that.”
‘Angel Moms’ Who Lost Children to Illegal Alien Crimes to Hold Event at Wall Surrounding Paul Ryan’s Home
JANESVILLE, WI– On Saturday, American mothers who have buried their children as a result of illegal alien crime will be holding a press conference in front of Paul Ryan’s personal border wall that protects his family and his estate.
These “angel moms” say that Ryan has ignored the American families that have been torn apart by open borders for too long.
The press event is being organized by both the Remembrance Project—a non-profit that represents the victims of illegal alien crime and advocates for border security— and Wisconsin businessman, Paul Nehlen, who is running to unseat Ryan in Wisconsin’s August 9th primary.
Nehlen, who has been endorsed by several of the victims, has made Ryan’s support for open borders immigration policies a central focus of his campaign.
Nehlen has said that while Ryan protects his family and his home with a border wall, Ryan has denied the American people those same protections.
Last year, Ryan’s omnibus spending bill failed to provide funding for the completion of the 700 mile double-layer border fence that Congress promised the American public a decade ago. Earlier this month, Ryan would not commit to bringing up legislation to fund a wall along the southern border to protect America’s families– even as he was defending his use of his own personal border wall.
Ryan said that his border wall is a good idea for his family because he has “three dogs and three kids.”
Following Ryan’s defense, Nehlen issued a statement blasting Ryan for essentially telling “Wisconsin voters that his family deserves the protections afforded by a border wall, but your family does not.”
Nehlen described Ryan’s comments as “more radical and more disturbing than anything John Boehner, Eric Cantor or any other bought-and-paid-for Washington career politican has ever said about the matter.”
Ryan gets world class security around the clock at the expense of American taxpayers. He protects his family with a border fence, while he ignores the pleas of American mothers and fathers who have desperately begged Congress to secure our border and stop the senseless deaths of our children…
When Kate Stienle’s father begged Congress to take action, Paul Ryan voted to reward sanctuary cities with federal funding.
After 18 year-old Joshua Wilkerson was tortured and murdered by an illegal immigrant youth, Paul Ryan voted to bankroll and rubber stamp President Obama’s 2012 unconstitutional amnesty for illegal immigrant youths…
Paul Ryan shields himself and his family from the open borders policies that he has spent decades imposing upon the American people. How many more Americans have to die for the open border agenda of Paul Ryan’s donors?
The mothers at Saturday’s press event will include Laura Wilkerson, Julie Golvach, Agnes Gibboney, and Michelle Root.
On November 16, 2010, Wilkerson’s 18-year-old son Joshua was tied up, beaten, strangled, set on fire, and tortured to death by his illegal alien classmate while he was on his way home from school. Wilkerson says that her son’s killer would have qualified for Obama’s 2012 executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—i.e. illegal aliens that allegedly entered the country as minors.
Ryan “hasn’t done anything to help us,” Wilkerson’s husband, George, has told Breitbart. “His tone is totally against Americans as far as I’m concerned… He’s doing more for foreign citizens than he is for his own American citizens.”
Interestingly, in 2013, Ryan said that his job as a U.S. lawmaker is to put himself in the shoes of the illegal alien DREAMer and then craft legislative solutions that best serve the illegal immigrant’s interests.
Indeed, last year, Ryan voted to fully fund Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty for illegal alien DREAMers.
Wilkerson explained that Ryan insulates his family from the immigration policies he forces upon the American people, who can’t afford big fences and exclusive schools like Ryan can:
[Ryan’s] got all the protection in the world: Secret Service, big houses with fences, private schools for his kids where they don’t have to deal with all of the people they’re dumping into our cities and towns. He doesn’t have to deal with any of this. He’s got all the protections in the world…
On January 31, 2015, Julie Golvach’s 25 year-old son, Spencer, was murdered by an illegal alien. Spencer was shot in the head while stopped at a red light.
Nehlen has noted that on Father’s Day, Golvach’s father, Dan, had asked “Ryan to accompany him to the place where Dan will spend every Father’s Day for the rest of his life—his son’s grave. Dan wrote: ‘This way Speaker Ryan can see first hand what pandering to the cheap illegal labor lobby means to Americans who can’t afford to put a security fence up around their house.’ But Paul Ryan ignored Dan’s plea.”
On April 27, 2002, Agnes Gibboney’s son, 29 year-old son Ronald Da Silva, was standing in his girlfriend’s driveway talking to a friend when he was suddenly shot and killed by a previously deported illegal alien. Gibboney says that she supports building a border wall to protect American communities and told the Los Angeles Times, “I want to lay the first brick if I can.”
On January 31, 2016, Michelle Root’s 21-year old daughter, Sarah, was murdered by a drunk illegal alien from Honduras who was street racing in a 35 mph zone. Sarah was killed the day after she had graduated college with a 4.0 GPA. The illegal alien rear-ended Sarah’s vehicle at more than 70 mph– severing her spine and breaking her skull in two places.
After Sarah had been murdered by a drunk illegal alien driver, Ryan told Bill O’Reilly that the reason the House hadn’t pushed Kate’s Law— named in honor of Kate Steinle—was because he didn’t want to be “clogging up our jails” with illegal alien drunk drivers.
Root’s killer had entered the country illegally as an “unaccompanied child” at the age of 16 and was released into the interior. Last year, Ryan voted to fund the President Obama’s resettlement of illegal immigrant border crossers into the interior of the U.S.
In stark contrast to Speaker Ryan– who has been accused of ignoring these families and working against their interests–the Republican Party’s nominee, Donald Trump, has become their champion.
In his Thursday night acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump named just a few of the American victims specifically and said: “I’ve met Sarah’s [Sarah Root’s] beautiful family. But to this Administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders.”
Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border. These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann [Mendoza], Sabine [Durden] and Jamiel [Shaw]? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly? These wounded American families have been alone. But they are alone no longer. Tonight, this candidate and this whole nation stand in their corner to support them, to send them our love, and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the party’s convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Several emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion. Some emails also show DNC and White House officials mulling whether to invite guests with controversial backgrounds to Democratic party events.
Although Wikileaks’ posting of the emails Friday did not disclose the identity of who provided the private material, those knowledgeable about the breach said last month that Russian hackers had penetrated the DNC computer system. At the time, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the breach was a “serious incident” and a private contractor hired to sweep the organization’s network had “moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”
On its web page, Wikileaks said the new cache of emails came from the accounts of “seven key figures in the DNC” and warned that the release was “part one of our new Hillary Leaks series” – an indication that more material might be published soon. Among the officials whose emails were made public were DNC spokesman Luis Miranda, national finance director Jordon Kaplan and finance chief Scott Comer, but other DNC and media figures and even some White House officials communicated with them between January 2015 and last May, Wikileaks said.
The emails include several stinging denunciations of Sanders and his organization before and after the DNC briefly shut off his campaign’s access to the party’s key list of likely Democratic voters.
The DNC temporarily curtailed Sanders’ access to the list in December 2015 because the organization accused the insurgent campaign of illegally tapping into confidential voter information compiled by the Clinton campaign. The Sanders campaign briefly sued the DNC but the party reached an accord with Sanders and the suit was dropped in April.
The emails show that after the furor over the voter records was resolved, hostility simmered from top DNC officials over the Sanders campaign.
In mid-May emails with Miranda, his deputy, Mark Paustenbach, questioned whether the DNC should use the voter record furor to raise doubts about the Sanders campaign.
“Wondering if there’s a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never had his act together, that his campaign was a mess,” Paustenbach wrote. Miranda spurned the idea, although he agreed with Paustenbach’s take: “True, but the Chair has been advised not to engage. So we’ll have to leave it alone.”
The same month, in another email to DNC officials, another official identified only as “Marshall” said of Sanders: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”
The Associated Press emailed Miranda, Paustenbach and DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall about the Wikileaks releases but they were not immediately available for comment.
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Saturday that the emails show “what many of us have known for some time, that there were certainly people at the DNC who were actively helping the Clinton effort and trying to hurt Bernie Sanders’ campaign.”
Weaver said the emails showed that the DNC’s “senior staffers” attacked Sanders about his religion and had roles in “planting negative stories about him with religious leaders in various states.”
Weaver also said the emails may make it harder to promote party unity as Sanders’ supporters mix with Clinton’s majority at the Philadelphia convention. Sanders endorsed Clinton and appeared with him earlier this month in Vermont, but there are concerns over whether some of his embittered supporters might sit out the election this fall.
The new Wikileaks releases also included exchanges between DNC officials and White House event planning officials about whether to allow several influential Democratic party donors to attend events where President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were scheduled to appear. The emails contained lengthy discussions about the donors’ backgrounds, including, in some cases, criminal histories.
One email exchange concerned whether to allow singer Ariana Grande to perform at a DNC event in the wake of an infamous online video posted on the TMZ website that showed Grande licking other customers’ doughnuts at a bakery in California. DNC officials also worried about the singer’s comment in the same video that “I hate America.” Grande, whose real name is Ariana Butera, later apologized for the comment.
According to the emails, White House officials vetoed Grande’s performance.