Former McCain Campaign Aides Nicolle Wallace, Steve Schmidt Reportedly Not Invited to His Funeral

It appears that the snub list of Sen. John McCain‘s funeral is longer than President Donald Trump and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. According to a report from Politico, three of McCain’s top staffers of his 2008 campaign were not invited to attend any of the services that are being held in his honor this week. They include his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and strategist John Weaver. Per Politico:
It’s not clear whether McCain ordered the snubbing of formerly high-ranking aides before his death. The McCain family has carefully organized all of the funeral proceedings, which begin Thursday in Arizona and conclude Saturday at the National Cathedral. Invitations were extended on Monday with RSVPs from invitees requested by Tuesday, according to one of the people familiar with the proceedings.
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Sarah Palin Not Expected to Attend McCain Memorial, Per NBC News

A number of high-profile figures, both Democrats and Republicans, will be in attendance at John McCain‘s memorial. But one report says his former running mate may not be. NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell reports this afternoon that former Alaska governor and McCain ’08 VP pick Sarah Palin is “not expected to attend”: Following McCain’s passing, Palin put out a statement calling him a friend and saying, “Today we lost Continue reading "Sarah Palin Not Expected to Attend McCain Memorial, Per NBC News"

Showtime Exec Hints Sacha Baron Cohen’s Sarah Palin Interview Might Not Air

Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Who Is America? has stirred outrage among certain of its interviewees, perhaps most notably Sarah Palin — who railed against the comedian’s antics in a Facebook tirade warning the public she was duped. However, the much anticipated footage may have not made the final cut. Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine dropped the hint during the Television Critics Association’s Beverly Hills press tour Monday while speaking with reporters, according to Entertainment Weekly. “There are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be headed their way,” Levine said, responding to a direct question about Palin. Pressed on whether the former Alaska governor would appear on the show, he offered a teasingly vague answer. “Sacha is very hardworking and selective in [creating] the final product,” he said. “He’s always refining it. We’ll see.” Palin took to social media last month to vent Continue reading "Showtime Exec Hints Sacha Baron Cohen’s Sarah Palin Interview Might Not Air"

Gun Store Owner Tells Fox & Friends How He Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen Prank: ‘He Just Looked Stupid’

Sacha Baron Cohen has fooled a host of prominent current and former politicians — such as; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sarah Palin, and Joe Walsh — into appearing on his new Showtime series Who is America? But one gun store owner in Riverside, CA totally wasn’t buying what the comedian was selling. Thursday on Fox & Friends, Norris Sweidan described the incident — in which Cohen was purportedly filming a documentary about a Hungarian immigrant looking to purchase a gun. But the gun store proprietor claims Cohen wasn’t even close to convincing with his act. “When he walked in [with] that disguise, he just looked stupid,” Sweidan said. “Tight plants, big boots, that beard, a dumb-looking hat. He didn’t say much. He just kind of…he wouldn’t make eye contact with me…He kept looking at the producers. Soon as I kept trying to make eye contact with him, I Continue reading "Gun Store Owner Tells Fox & Friends How He Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen Prank: ‘He Just Looked Stupid’"

Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Pretended to Be Disabled Vet, Despite Sarah Palin’s Claim

Showtime issued a statement on Monday denying that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pretended to be a disabled veteran to dupe Sarah Palin, despite her claims. Cohen’s show Who is America? debuted on Sunday night, and featured the comedian doing what he does best: donning disguises to trick politicians and other public figures into saying stupid shit, including endorsing the arming of toddlers. Palin revealed last week she was one of Cohen’s victims, and claimed he impersonated a disabled veteran to dupe her — causing some outrage over the stunt. But now the pay cabler is denying Cohen’s character, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. who interviewed Bernie Sanders in the show’s premier, is a veteran. Watch that clip above. “There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime Continue reading "Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Pretended to Be Disabled Vet, Despite Sarah Palin’s Claim"

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Palin Interview ‘Appalling,’ He Crossed a Line

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz lambasted Sacha Baron Cohen after Sarah Palin spoke out a few days ago about how he duped her. Palin wrote on Facebook recently that the comedian was disguised as a disabled veteran. She said, “The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.” She called on CBS and Showtime to donate all proceeds to a group to support American veterans. And this morning, Kurtz said, “Sarah Palin and her daughter fly around the country to do this interview for what she thought was a serious documentary on veterans and she runs into this bozo dressed up as a disabled veteran. Kind of appalling, isn’t it?” Fox News Headlines 24/7 reporter Carley Shimkus agreed and said, “What Sacha Baron Cohen did to Sarah Palin was horrible.” She did say that Baron Cohen Continue reading "Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Palin Interview ‘Appalling,’ He Crossed a Line"

Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers

Yet another victim of Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on television to give publicity to the comedian’s new show describe how he was duped by the comedian: Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman turned talk radio host. Cohen’s upcoming Showtime show — set to premier Sunday night — has buzzed with anticipation as a series of Cohen’s victims have come forward to decry his methods. Those include Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and more. Walsh kicked off his interview with the obvious: Cohen is “a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.” The former congressman confessed that he’s a fan of Borat, before adding that Cohen, “gets people to say stupid things because he lies to them.” Walsh eplained that Showtime flew him to Washington D.C. to present him with an award for his support of Israel. Continue reading "Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers"