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Trump Can’t Take the Heat, Hangs Up on NPR When Host Pushes Back on Election Lies

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Donald Trump spewed election lies and then hung up on NPR’s Steve Inskeep after the host pushed him on his falsehoods.

Inskeep tweeted on Tuesday that he’d been trying to schedule an interview with Trump for six years. The former president finally agreed, but the interview that was scheduled to last for 15 minutes only lasted nine. It came to an end after Inskeep asked Trump whether pushing that the 2020 election was stolen is a prerequisite for 2022 candidates seeking his endorsement. “If I can just move on to ask, are you telling Republicans in 2022 that they must press your case on the past election in order to get your endorsement?” Inskeep asked. “Is that an absolute?”

“They are going to do whatever they want to do — whatever they have to do, they’re going to do,” Trump replied. “But the ones that are smart — the ones that know, you take a look at. Again, you take a look at how Kari Lake is doing, running for governor. She’s very big on this issue. She’s leading by a lot. People have no idea how big this issue is, and they don’t want it to happen again. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen, and they don’t want it to happen again.”

Inskeep began to ask another question, but he realized mid-sentence that Trump had already hung up.

Former President Donald Trump abruptly ended a live interview call with NPR reporter Steve Inskeep after he was challenged on his false 2020 election fraud claims. @kaitlancollins breaks down the interaction. pic.twitter.com/T0kb2XKhBV

— New Day (@NewDay) January 12, 2022

Inskeep had previously asked Trump to respond to comments by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), who said recently that Republicans claiming elections are rigged will harm their chances of winning future elections. “No, I think it’s an advantage, because otherwise they’re going to do it again in ’22 and ’24, and Rounds is wrong on that. Totally wrong,” said Trump, who also released a statement after Rounds’ comments that called the senator a “jerk.”

Rounds isn’t the only Senate Republican who hasn’t been beating the drum about rigged elections. When Inskeep asked why the “vast majority” of Trump’s allies in the Senate aren’t “standing behind” him, Trump called GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “a loser” and said the senator was to blame for the lost 2020 presidential election.

“Frankly,” Trump said, “Mitch McConnell, if he were on the other side and if Schumer were put in his position, he would have been fighting this like you’ve never seen before.”

Inskeep and Trump discussed Covid-19, with Trump said Biden’s vaccine mandates are “really hurting our country,” but the 2020 election dominated the conversation. Trump wondered how he possibly could have lost when his rallies were attracting more people than Biden’s (“If you’ll forgive me, maybe because the election was about you,” Inskeep replied), and made absurd claims like that there were “more votes than there were voters” in certain swing state cities. “Go into Detroit and just ask yourself, is it true that there are more votes than there are voters? Look at Pennsylvania. Look at Philadelphia. Is it true that there were far more votes than there were voters?” Trump said.

“It is not true,” Inskeep replied.

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Black Girl Magic: Issa Rae and H.E.R. Lead The 53rd NAACP Image Awards Nominations

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Issa Rae and H.E.R. lead the pack in nods at The 53rd NAACP Image Awards.

Issa Rae, Regina King and Jennifer Hudson are the leading contenders for motion picture categories at this year’s NAACP Image Awards.

The nominees were announced Tuesday, and leading the list with 12 nominations each was Issa Rae’s HBO series “Insecure,” and the Netflix Black Western “The Harder They Fall.

Regina King co-stars in “The Harder They Fall,” and is also up for Entertainer of the Year. Jennifer Hudson is up for Entertainer of the Year as well, and her movie “Respect” has six nominations.

Singer-songwriter H.E.R. took the lead 6 nominations. Including being nominated for best female artist, best album for “Back of My Mind,” best R&B album, song of the year for “Fight For You” and more.

Following behind H.E.R. with four nominations each is Chlöe, Drake, Silk Sonic and Jazmine Sullivan.

This year’s list featured 83 categories for recordings, motion pictures, TV and streaming, documentaries, directing, podcasts, literary, and writing.

See the full list of nominations here.

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by Anthony Anderson on Saturday, February 26th at 8 p.m. ET/PT live on BET.

The NAACP will recognize winners in non-televised categories February 21-25, with those ceremonies to stream on NAACPImageAwards.net.

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Happy Birthday To The Roots’ Questlove!

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Happy Born day to Ahmir Khalib Thompson better known as ?uestlove a.k.a Questlove! Born in 1971, he turns a half century today. The OG is originally known as the drummer for the legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, but he has many roles.

On February 17, 2014, he became a part of the in-house band for The Tonight Show, and with The Roots he’s played the same role during the 969-episodes of  Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. 

Let’s not forget about the many artists he has produced such as Jay Z, Common, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, the late Amy Winehouse, John Legend, and old school R&B legend Al Green. The list goes on with all the production teams he has been a part of, including Hip Hop pioneers like The Soulsonics and The Grand Wizards.

The influence of this multi-faceted musician has reached far beyond most in his lifetime thus far, and he’s nearly only half way thru. Happy Birthday Questlove and many more to come!

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[WATCH] Fat Joe: Jay-Z’s “Feelin’ It” Has The “Hardest Lyric In Hip Hop”

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In an exclusive interview on the I Am Athlete podcast, Bronx rap legend Fat Joe and the hosts of the show discuss the importance of having a strong support system in order to achieve success. Joe uses a bar from Jay-Z’s “Feelin’ It”, a hit song from his Reasonable Doubt debut, to prove that exact point, rapping, “If every n***a in your clique is rich, your clique is rugged/Nobody will fall ‘cause everyone will be each other’s crutches…”

The TS general adds, “Everybody wanna be the man. Everybody wanna be the guy everybody looks up to. There’s no real strength in that. The strength is in everybody eating, so that if one of us falls, we can lift him up. You have to understand that mentality.”

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