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Charlie Kirk’s Conservative Student Org ‘Turning Point USA’ Behind Massive Youth Troll Farm Pushing Conspiracy Theories, Disinformation on Social Media

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Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA, the conservative student organization, is at the root of a youth troll farm that has been pushing conspiracy theories on Facebook and Twitter.

The Washington Post reports: “The messages have been emanating in recent months from the accounts of young people in Arizona seemingly expressing their own views — standing up for President Trump in a battleground state and echoing talking points from his reelection campaign. Far from representing a genuine social media groundswell, however, the posts are the product of a sprawling yet secretive campaign that experts say evades the guardrails put in place by social media companies to limit online disinformation of the sort used by Russia during the 2016 campaign.”

Many of the teens being paid to pump out the disinformation are minors, according to the report. Both Twitter and Facebook have deleted many of the accounts, which “generated thousands of posts this summer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram” according to the WaPo’s investigation, “a fraction of the overall output.”

Read the full story HERE.

Kirk’s speech at the Republican National Convention:

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President Donald Trump Says ‘I’m Not a Fan of Hers’ After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s 2020 Election Comments

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The last word? President Donald Trump fired back at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after the pair released a message in honor of National Voter Registration Day.

“I’m not a fan of hers,” Trump, 74, told reporters from the White House on Wednesday, September 23.

The president then directed his remarks toward Harry, 36, and his decision to marry the former Suits actress, 39.

“I would say this — and she has probably heard that — I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it,” Trump said.

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Ahead of the president’s response, his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told the Daily Mail that Markle and Harry “made Britain great again by leaving, I hope they do the same for us.”

The former Celebrity Apprentice host’s comments came after the couple recorded a video urging U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election in November. The speech aired during an ABC special celebrating Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2020.

Although neither Markle nor her husband directly told viewers to vote Trump out of office, they pleaded with voters to make their voices heard this November.

“Every four years we are told the same thing: that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is,” Markle said on Tuesday, September 22, while sitting beside her husband in the backyard of their new home in Montecito, California. “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard.”

The former military pilot cannot vote in the election as he is a British citizen, but he echoed his American wife’s sentiments, as Trump faces off against former vice president Joe Biden.

“When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes,” Harry said. “Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act.”

The prince has never voted in the U.K. (members of the royal family are expected to stay politically neutral) either, but he reminded Americans to always reject “hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”

Markle, who shares 16-month-old son, Archie, with Harry, has been vocal about a woman’s right to vote in the U.S. and casting one’s ballot ahead of the impending election.

“We all know what’s at stake this year,” she said in August during a virtual event for the When All Women Vote campaign. “The fight is worth fighting, and we all have to be out there mobilizing. … At this juncture, if we aren’t part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. If you’re complacent, you’re complicit. We can make the difference in this election. And we will make the difference in this election.”

The same month, Markle sat down with feminist and activist Gloria Steinem for a candid conversation about making your vote count.

“People forget how hard women like you and so many others before you fought for us to just be where we are right now,” the Duchess of Sussex explained at the time.

Steinem, 86, replied back, saying, the voting booth is the “only place we’re all equal.”

Markle and Harry announced in January that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family. They moved to Markle’s native California in March with their son after initially staying in Canada.

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Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union Share What They’ve Learned From Zaya

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Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s support of Zaya Wade is one of the many things that helped land them on this year’s TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. However, the proud parents are giving Zaya much of the credit.

On September 22, Union told Good Morning America, “We’re still kind of getting used to being recognized for doing things that have really kind of come naturally like loving your kids as they are. It’s just weird to get credit for that.”

When talking about 13-year-old Zaya, Dwyane added, “She’s helped us see life differently, and I’m thankful for her. She’s allowed me to be informed where I can help in the same process… Right now it’s a lot of people in the Black community that that will not accept someone of transgender, you know, and look at them as different and not worthy, not worthy of life.”

RELATED: Zaya Wade Speaks Out About Identifying As Female

The former NBA player continued, “I think I’m finding my voice, continuing to let everyone know that I am not perfect. I do not know everything, but I lead with my heart. I lead with love.”

Wade has another child, Zaire, 18, with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, who is Zaya’s biological mother. Also, a son, Xavier, 6, with Aja Metoyer. He has custody of his nephew, Dahveon, 17 and in November of 2018, Union and Wade welcomed their first daughter together, Kaavia James, via a surrogate.

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A ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 29 Elimination Tracker for Everyone Too Lazy to Actually Watch

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Much like the Little Engine That Could, Dancing with the Stars is still chugging along through this pandemic. And now we’ve *officially* started the process of eliminating the contestants based on votes from you. Yes, you!

We’ll be tracking which celebrity gets voted off each week because lord knows there’s nothing else on TV to engage with at the moment (other than The Masked Singer, shudder), but just a friendly reminder: if we, the people, can take the time to vote on DWTS, we can definitely take the time to vote in the upcoming presidential election, so I’m just gonna go ahead and casually…put…this….right….here….

Kay, without further ado, here’s who was voted off Dancing with the Stars this week:

The First Elimination

The celebrity and pro dancer pairs in jeopardy this week were Charles Oakley and Emma Slater + Carole “Definitely Didn’t Feed My Husband to Tigers” Baskin and Pasha Pashkov. The judges made their decision based on two weeks worth of dancing, but here’s what they were dealing with this week:

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Derek Hough ended up breaking a tie between his fellow judges by saving Carole and Pasha—meaning Charles Oakley was sent home. Bummer, but at least we’ll get to see Carole wear yet another tiger-inspired costume.

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As a reminder, here’s who’s left!

  • Cheer coach Monica Aldama
  • The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe
  • Super Bowl champ Vernon Davis
  • Actress Anne Heche
  • Actress Skai Jackson
  • Actress Justina Machado
  • The Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean
  • The Real host Jeannie Mai
  • Actor Jesse Metcalfe
  • Rapper Nelly
  • Catfish host Nev Schulman
  • Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause
  • Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir
  • Tiger King star Carole Baskin

    Due to not having much of a life, I’ll be updating this tracker every week. Stay tuned!

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