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Stephen King faces backlash for saying ‘quality’ should matter in Oscar nominees over ‘diversity’

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Legendary horror author Stephen King is facing backlash on Tuesday for his commentary on this year’s Oscar nominations, stressing that the “quality” of the art should matter over “diversity.”

On Monday, the Oscar nominations were revealed, and the Academy was slammed for both not having any female nominees for Best Director and for the numerous snubs of people of color among the other categories.

King weighed in on the controversy on Twitter.

“As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue — as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway — did not come up. That said… I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong,” King wrote.

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The “Shining” mastermind was criticized on social media. But many of his critics offered polite responses to the famed writer.

“With the utmost respect, I think this is quite a bit unfair. When films created by people of color, irrespective of quality, constantly get overlooked by institutions that are predominately comprised of white men, there is an implicit bias at work here,” Zora senior editor Morgan Jerkins said.

“Sir, respectfully saying you as a white man can’t really say that. You had more advantages and opportunities than a person of color would have. They have been wrongfully held back in so many ways just because of their color skin, Twitter user David Weissman told King.

“With all due respect, I’m afraid that a meritocracy could work only if the game weren’t rigged,” author Laura Lippman said.

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King later attempted to explain his tweets.

“The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color or orientation. Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts,” King said. “You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.”

Among the four acting categories, the only person of color nominated was Cynthia Erivo, who earned a nod for her lead performance as Harriet Tubman in the biopic “Harriet.”

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Critics pointed to several acting snubs including Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers,” Lupita Nyong’o in “Us,” Awkwafina in “The Farewell” and Eddie Murphy in “Dolemite Is My Name” as those who would have improved the diversity among the Oscar nominees.

There was also a big outcry for the snubs among female directors, including Greta Gerwig of “Little Women” and Lulu Wang of “The Farewell,” who were shut out of the Best Director race by five male directors.

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Stephen King faces backlash for saying ‘quality’ should matter in Oscar nominees over ‘diversity’

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Legendary horror author Stephen King is facing backlash on Tuesday for his commentary on this year’s Oscar nominations, stressing that the “quality” of the art should matter over “diversity.”

On Monday, the Oscar nominations were revealed, and the Academy was slammed for both not having any female nominees for Best Director and for the numerous snubs of people of color among the other categories.

King weighed in on the controversy on Twitter.

“As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue — as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway — did not come up. That said… I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong,” King wrote.

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The “Shining” mastermind was criticized on social media. But many of his critics offered polite responses to the famed writer.

“With the utmost respect, I think this is quite a bit unfair. When films created by people of color, irrespective of quality, constantly get overlooked by institutions that are predominately comprised of white men, there is an implicit bias at work here,” Zora senior editor Morgan Jerkins said.

“Sir, respectfully saying you as a white man can’t really say that. You had more advantages and opportunities than a person of color would have. They have been wrongfully held back in so many ways just because of their color skin, Twitter user David Weissman told King.

“With all due respect, I’m afraid that a meritocracy could work only if the game weren’t rigged,” author Laura Lippman said.

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King later attempted to explain his tweets.

“The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color or orientation. Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts,” King said. “You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.”

Among the four acting categories, the only person of color nominated was Cynthia Erivo, who earned a nod for her lead performance as Harriet Tubman in the biopic “Harriet.”

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Critics pointed to several acting snubs including Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers,” Lupita Nyong’o in “Us,” Awkwafina in “The Farewell” and Eddie Murphy in “Dolemite Is My Name” as those who would have improved the diversity among the Oscar nominees.

There was also a big outcry for the snubs among female directors, including Greta Gerwig of “Little Women” and Lulu Wang of “The Farewell,” who were shut out of the Best Director race by five male directors.

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Singer Akon announces futuristic ‘Akon City’ in Senegal

Is a pop idol building Wakanda?

Akon announced on his social-media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa.

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” the musical artist of Senegalese descent tweeted.

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Akon City, which was authorized by Senegal’s state-owned SAPCO tourism company, will be a “crypto-city” built on 2,000 acres of land.

For money, residents will use a cryptocurrency known as AKoin.

The city, a five-minute drive outside of Dakar, will be billed as a global ecotourism destination.

Senegal’s tourism ministry said the singer wanted to build a sustainable ecotourism village that would “campaign for the environment.”

Akon City shall run entirely on renewable energy through the artist’s solar-power project, Akon Lighting Africa.

“Beyond his status as an artist, it is Akon, the investor who believes in Africa,” the tourism ministry said in a statement before the ceremony.

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Akon announced on his social-media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

He spoke to Newsweek in 2018 about the project.

“With the AKoin we are building cities, the first one being in Senegal,” the singer, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, explained. “We’re securing the land and closing out all the legislation papers for the city. We want to make it a free zone, and cryptocurrency-driven as a test market.

“If it works, we will scale it out to all the other countries in Africa so all the cities are connected. It’s going to be a 50-to-100-year project, most likely. I probably won’t even live to see it finished. But for the project in Senegal, we have a 10-year deadline for that city to be built out.

“We’re currently raising all the money for it now; some of it will be through hedge funds outside of Africa, and the majority of it will be through NGOs and investors within Africa itself.”

Appearing on “The Real” in November, the rapper spoke about his philanthropy efforts in Africa.

“A lot of people don’t really know, but I’m literally advising 30 African presidents as we speak,” Akon said, receiving a wealth of applause from the audience.

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“It’s all based on the youth, the development of the youth and things of that nature. I’m everywhere in the world dealing with politics, so my foreign experience is through the roof.”

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New Iran plane crash video shows 2 missiles hit Ukrainian jet

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New video footage from a security camera surfaced on Tuesday that shows two Iranian missiles being fired at a Ukranian passenger plane, resulting in an explosion that killed all 176 passengers on board.

The news comes after Iran claimed to have accidentally shot down the airliner minutes after it took off from Tehran International Airport on Wednesday.

The New York Times verified the authenticity of the camera footage, which shows the destruction of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. Two missiles were reportedly launched from an Iranian military site about eight miles from the plane.

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The Times also discovered that the plane’s transponder stopped working after the first missile hit before the second missile struck less than 30 seconds later.

The video shows that the airliner was on fire and did not plummet back to earth right away. It attempted to turn back toward the airport, but ultimately exploded and came crashing down out of the sky.

The clip was uploaded to YouTube by an Iranian user around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, according to The Times.

The plane was headed to Kiev and was shot down just hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases that house U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq. The attacks were in retaliation for a deadly U.S. drone strike earlier this month that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

No Americans were wounded in the attack on the military bases.

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Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the aerospace division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, told state TV that his unit accepts “full responsibility” for shooting down the Ukrainian aircraft. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attributed the tragedy to “human error.”

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and Lucia l. Suarez Sang contributed to this report 

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Viral video shows man calmly eating meal while fight rages around him

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This guy must really like his kebab.

Footage of a fight at a kebab shop in England showed a man calmly sitting at a table eating his food while a fight rages around him. After it was shared on social media, the video went viral with many people commenting on the kebab-eater’s calm attitude.

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The fight occurred last Friday night at Ken’s Kebabs in Portsmouth, Yahoo News reported. The footage showed several people involved in the altercation, although several of them appear to be trying to break up the fight.

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The footage also shows a man calmly sitting at one of the establishment’s tables, eating his food. Even when the fight gets close to him, he barely seems to react.

Yahoo News identified the man as Chris Hill, a 52-year-old father who reportedly popped into the kebab shop after a trip to the pub.

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According to the news outlet, Hill noticed the fight erupt but decided not to leave his seat and continued to listen to the radio. Apparently, he was enjoying his kebab, although he was reportedly not a big fan of the fries.

Authorities were not called to the scene, according to Yahoo News.

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Footage of the incident was viewed over 21 million times on Twitter. Many of the commenters were amused by Hill’s lack of reaction, with many joking about him minding his own business. Several users referred to it as the funniest part of the video.

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House Intel Committee Democrat says panel will revisit Russia investigation after impeachment

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The Russia investigation isn’t over yet, according to Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.

Quigley told MSNBC on Tuesday that the House Intelligence Committee will revisit the Russia investigation after it finishes dealing with impeachment.

“When this process is all over, the Committee on Intelligence will continue to investigate this president from all the issues relating to the Russia investigation, including money laundering,” he told MSNBC host Craig Melvin. “So I want the public to know that the investigation of this president, the desire to hold him accountable, will continue.”

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For months, House Democrats have been pushing impeachment over the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Prior to that, however, House Democratic committees pursued several investigations against the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., resisted calls to impeach President Trump over the Russia investigation but started an inquiry this past fall following news of Trump’s call.

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Axios suggested on Tuesday that Pelosi could have additional leverage on impeachment after Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, turned over contents from his iPhone to the House Intelligence Committee. The content reportedly included details on interactions “with a number of individuals relevant to the impeachment inquiry.”

When asked about Parnas’ disclosure, Quigley said: “it remains to be seen exactly what’s in there [the phone records] and how they are valued.”

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He added, however, that “other information” has also surfaced surrounding the Ukraine controversy.

“For example, [we have learned] that the president, 90 minutes after the call with President Zelensky, ordered that the halt of military aid to our ally in Ukraine,” he said. “So I suspect we’re going to be continuing to learn.”

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France’s Macron: If Trump pulls US military out of Africa, it would be ‘bad news’

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French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Trump administration not to withdraw troops from Africa after U.S. military officials announced they were contemplating a shift in focus to threats from Russia and China.

“If the U.S. decided to withdraw from Africa, it would be bad news for us,” Macron said at a news conference Monday. He was speaking after a summit in Pau, France, with the presidents of the five African countries that make up the G5 Sahel coalition: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

“I would like to be able to convince President Trump that the fight against terrorism to which he is deeply committed is playing out also in this region,” Macron continued.

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Mille, on his way to a NATO conference in Brussels said, according to AFP, resources “could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase readiness of the force in the continental U.S. or shifted to” the Pacific. He said Defense Secretary Mark Esper had not made up his mind about what changes he would make.

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“We’re developing options for the secretary to consider, and we are developing those options in coordination with our allies and partners,” Milley said.

France has led the West’s counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel region in northern Africa, and the summit was called to address increasing danger in the region. In one instance of escalating violence, suspected jihadist militants in Niger killed 89 soldiers last week.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that attacks have increased significantly in frequency and in the number killed in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016.

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More than 4,000 deaths were reported last year, a dramatic increase over the 770 in 2016, he said.

France has launched its biggest overseas military operation to assist with the threat. Around 4,500 French soldiers have been deployed to the area since 2014 to oust various jihadists from power. Macron announced Monday he would be deploying an additional 220 troops to the region, earlier this month UN Chief Antonio Guterres warned that “terrorist groups are gaining ground.”

French officials said that U.S. military presence is relatively small, but critical.

The U.S. has some 7,000 special forces in rotation on the continent to fight jihadists, particularly in Somalia. An additional 2,000 soldiers are conducting training missions in 40 African countries and providing logistical assistance to France’s mission. It also has a drone base in Niger which provides key intelligence capabilities.

Some 13,000 UN peacekeeping troops operate in Mali, the heart of the conflict which has since spread to its neighbors.

Milley insisted U.S. forces would not pull out of Africa completely.  “We’re developing options for the secretary to consider, and we are developing those options in coordination with our allies and partners,” Milly said. “Economy of forces does not mean zero.”

Still yet, French officials aren’t convinced. “Macron plays with an open hand,” said a French diplomatic official. “Africom [United States Africa Command] is 1 percent of U.S. resources abroad, and security in Africa is an interest we have in common.”

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The G5 Sahel meeting came as NATO ambassadors met in Brussels to discuss the state of affairs in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. President Trump last week called on NATO counterparts to step up their contributions in the Middle East.

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Fred Fleitz: Pensacola shooting – Trump is honest about radical Islam threat, Obama tried to ignore it

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To solve a problem you first have to acknowledge it exists, accepting reality even when it isn’t politically correct. Attorney General William Barr did this Monday when he said the December triple-murder by Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was “an act of terrorism.”

This was a dramatic contrast to President Barack Obama’s policy of closing his eyes to reality and absurdly pretending that another mass murder 2009 – by U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan – wasn’t a case of radical Islamist terrorism, when it obviously was.

Barr’s statement was just the latest example of reality-based policies embraced by President Trump, illustrating the president’s determination to see the world as it is, rather than as some would like it to be.

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Barr said Monday that an investigation found that Alshamrani was “motivated by jihadist ideology” when the Saudi Air Force officer shot and killed three U.S. sailors and severely wounded eight other Americans Dec. 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Alshamrani was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy responding to his attack, preventing the Saudi from killing and wounding more Americans.

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Alshamrani, who was undergoing pilot training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, had a history of airing virulently anti-American, anti-Israel and radical Islamist views on social media. He also showed mass shooting videos at a dinner party the night before the attack. His Islamist motivation for his act of terrorism was crystal clear.

On November 5, 2009, Maj. Hasan – an Army psychiatrist – shot and killed 13 people and injured 30 more at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan, an American-born Muslim, yelled “Allahu Akbar!”(“God is great” in Arabic) as he fired his gun. His attack ended when he was shot and severely wounded, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Hasan was convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in 2013 and sentenced to death. Incredibly, he was never charged with terrorism. His sentencing is now being appealed.

Prosecutors established that Hasan carefully planned this attack and had been in contact via email with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Islamic cleric who lived in Yemen at the time, where he was senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Several of the 9/11 terrorists attended services at a Virginia mosque near Washington when Awlaki was its iman.  After the shooting, Awlaki called Hasan “a hero” on his website. Awlaki was killed in 2011 by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

One would think the U.S. government would have quickly determined the obvious fact that the Fort Hood shooting was an act of terrorism – radical Islamist terrorism, to be precise. Unbelievably, this didn’t happen.

The Obama administration instead referred to the shooting as “workplace violence,” supposedly because Hasan was not part of a terrorist organization and this attack was not proved to have been directed by a terrorist organization.

But the real reason Obama did not want to call the Fort Hood mass murder terrorism was that he refused to acknowledge radical Islam is a global threat that inspires its followers to commit acts of terrorism by spreading its violent ideology through the Internet.

U.S. government employees were actually barred from using terms like “radical Islam,” “jihad” and “sharia” during the Obama years. Instead of radical Islamism, the Obama administration used the vague term “violent extremism.”

President Obama stubbornly refused to use the term “radical Islam” through the end of his presidency, because he thought it somehow insulted Muslims or emboldened Islamist terrorists.

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Instead, Obama sharply criticized Donald Trump during the presidential campaign in 2016, claiming Trump’s condemnation of radical Islam was un-American, dangerous and driving Muslims who might be prone to radicalization into the arms of ISIS.

Fortunately, President Trump and his administration have rejected Obama’s foolish positions on this issue and clearly named the enemy: radical Islam.

It is ridiculous to say that President Trump’s acknowledgment of reality is somehow a condemnation of all Muslims. The president has close relations with leaders of Saudi Araba and other Muslim nations, and recognizes that the overwhelming majority of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims are law-abiding citizens and have no connection with terrorism. It is a lie to call the president a religious bigot.

But facing the fact that a tiny percentage of Muslims embrace radical Islamist terrorism is not an act of prejudice – it is simply an act of seeing the world as it is, not in some idealistic vision based on fantasy.

Radical Islamists killed more than 91 people and injured over 370 on U.S. soil during Barack Obama’s presidency.  This includes the June 2016 Orlando nightclub attack that killed 49 people and the 2015 San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people.

Despite this carnage, President Obama never acknowledged radical Islam was a threat. He never admitted that radical Islamist terrorism represents a global ideology at war with modern society.

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Candidate Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would reverse Obama’s dangerously naïve views of radical Islam, including with immigration policies to stop importing radical Islamists.

Attorney General Barr’s acknowledgment that the Pensacola shooting was an act of radical Islamist terrorism is another confirmation that President Trump is keeping this important promise. The American people are safer as a result.

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Nuclear winter would trigger a global famine, but one expert says his doomsday diet could save humanity

A full-scale nuclear war would likely trigger a worldwide period of cold and darkness that could spark a famine.

However, David Denkenberger, a mechanical engineer at the University of Alaska who runs the nonprofit Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), told Business Insider that it would still be possible to save humanity with some type of sustainable “disaster diet.”

Experts have warned that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would unleash a global catastrophe that would result in 50 to 125 million direct fatalaties and cause a sharp drop in the global temperature — devastating the world’s food supply.

Researchers found “that if Pakistan attacks urban targets in 2025 with 150-kiloton nuclear weapons and if India responds with 100-kiloton nuclear weapons, smoke from burning cities would release 16 to 36 teragrams of black carbon into the atmosphere, blocking out sunlight and cooling the global surface by 2 to 5°C (3.6 to 9°F),” according to a news story on the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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According to Denkenberger, who published his work in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, there are ways to sustain humanity even amid a nuclear winter. A 2008 paper describing how fungi could survive a thermonuclear holocaust and a subsequent nuclear winter drew his interest.

“The conclusion of the paper was, maybe when humans go extinct, the world will be ruled by mushrooms again,” Denkenberger said in an interview with Business Insider. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. Why don’t we eat the mushrooms and not go extinct?'”

Mushrooms could feed on the milions of dead trees, which could potentially feed everyone still alive for about three years, according to Denkenberger’s estimates in his study.

In addition to mushrooms, which don’t need much light to grow, seaweed is another potential food source.

“Seaweed is a really good food source in a scenario like this because it can tolerate a low light levels,” Denkenberger explained to the business publication. “It’s also very fast-growing. In a nuclear winter, the land will cool down faster than the oceans, so the oceans will remain a little bit warmer. Seaweed can handle relatively low temperatures.”

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The mechanical engineer estimates the world would need about 1.6 billion tons of dry food per year to feed everyone, but he said humans could possibly grow that much seaweed in three to six months.

“There’s definitely historical precedent,” he told Business Insider, noting previous volcanic winters that have taken place and triggered cooler temperatures worldwide. “But it has been a challenge getting people to think about these bigger disasters.”

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

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Sanders campaign blasts the ‘millionaires on The View’ for ‘smearing’ his supporters as anti-women

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The Sanders campaign had a sharp response to the ladies of “The View” on Tuesday after the daytime hosts slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over his sexism-charged dustup with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The conversation began with co-host Sunny Hostin appeared to side with Warren, telling her colleagues that she doesn’t “doubt that he perhaps said that and that he “may very well believe that” given the male-dominated history of past presidents.

“They’d rather vote for a 78-year-old socialist who just had a heart attack than a woman,” Joy Behar chuckled.

Meghan McCain, however, expressed that Sanders’ supporters, specifically the  “Bernie Bros,” have a “problem” with women.

“It’s actually one of the few things that really connects liberal pundits and conservative female pundits together, is there’s just a level of misogyny. Look at Twitter,” McCain elaborated. “He has a problem with women and he has for a long time. And I think if Elizabeth Warren has this in her back pocket, all is fair in politics, all is fair in love and war. And look, I don’t want another misogynist as president, okay?”

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That drew ire from Sanders press secretary Briahna Joy Gray on social media.

“More women have given to Bernie’s campaign than any other campaign. We have the most diverse, least white collation. But the millionaires on the View openly smear the teachers, Walmart workers, and post office employees who form our base. Shameful,” Gray reacted.  The women of @TheView should consider having on one of the many women who make up Bernie’s 70% female leadership team. Even better, they should have on one of the working class women whose interests they undermine by parroting baseless, long debunked talking points.”

She added, “I’m a longtime watcher of @TheView, and respect its reach and influence a great deal. That’s why I want it to be accountable to the women whose interests it’s attacking. Whatever this segment is, it isn’t feminism.”

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ABC News did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The dustup began on Monday after it was reported that Sanders told Warren during a December 2018 meeting before either of them launched their presidential bids that he believed a woman couldn’t win, according to sources close to Warren and who were familiar with the meeting.

Sanders offered a strong denial against the claim.

“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” Sanders told Fox News. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”

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Following the report, a video clip from 1988 surfaced of Sanders expressing his support for a woman to become president.

“The real issue is not whether you’re black or white, whether you’re a woman or a man — in my view, a woman could be elected president of the United States,” Sanders said at the time while backing Jesse Jackson’s candidacy. “The real issue is whose side are you on? Are you on the side of workers and poor people or are you on the side of big money and the corporations?”

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However, Warren issued a statement affirming the report.

“Bernie and I met for more than two hours in December 2018 to discuss the 2020 election, our past work together and our shared goals: beating Donald Trump, taking back our government from the wealthy and well-connected, and building an economy that works for everyone. Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed,” Warren said.

She continued, “I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.  I’m in this race to talk about what’s broken in this country and how to fix it — and that’s what I’m going to continue to do. I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason. We have been friends and allies in this fight for a long time, and I have no doubt we will continue to work together to defeat Donald Trump and put our government on the side of the people.”

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