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Facebook Discloses New Disinformation Campaigns From Russia and Iran

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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Monday said it had found and taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, the latest of dozens the company has identified and removed this year.

Three of the campaigns originated in Iran, and one in Russia, Facebook said, with state-backed actors disguised as genuine users. Their posts targeted people in North Africa, Latin America and the United States, the company said.

At the same time, the social network unveiled several new initiatives to reduce the spread of false information across its services, including an effort to clearly label some inaccurate posts that appear on the site.

The moves suggest that while Facebook is amping up its protections ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election, malicious actors wanting to shape public discourse show no signs of going away.

Facebook, by far the world’s largest social network, faces a near-daily torrent of criticism from American presidential candidates, the public, the press and regulators around the world, many of whom argue that the company is unable to properly corral its outsize power.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently accused Facebook of being a “disinformation-for-profit machine.” The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are conducting investigations into Facebook’s market power and history of technology acquisitions.

Facebook generally takes a hands-off approach toward users sharing false or inaccurate information on the site. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, delivered a robust defense of the company’s policies, including users and politicians’ ability to publish inaccurate posts. He said that Facebook had been founded to give people a voice.

The company does not want to be the arbiter of what speech will be allowed on the platform, Facebook executives have said. But the people and accounts posting to the network, they said, should be clearly identifiable.

To that end, Facebook will now apply labels to pages considered state-sponsored media — including outlets like Russia Today — to inform people whether the outlets are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their country’s government. The company will also apply the labels to the outlet’s Facebook Page, as well as make the label visible inside of the social network’s advertising library.

“We will hold these Pages to a higher standard of transparency because they combine the opinion-making influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The company said it developed its definition of state-sponsored media with input from more than 40 outside global organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, the European Journalism Center, Unesco and the Center for Media, Data and Society.

The company will also more prominently label posts on Facebook and on its Instagram app that have been deemed partly or wholly false by outside fact-checking organizations. Facebook said the change was meant to help people better determine what they should read, trust and share. The label will be displayed prominently on top of photos and videos that appear in the news feed, as well as across Instagram stories.

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Severe weather that spawned Dallas tornado moves east, 1 killed by falling tree in Arkansas

A line of potent thunderstorms responsible for the powerful tornado that tore through parts of Dallas late Sunday has moved east, blasting the region with strong winds and leaving at least one person dead after a tree fell on an Arkansas home early Monday.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said numerous showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue throughout the day along the Mississippi River Valley southward to the Gulf Coast ahead of a cold front.

“There will be enough instability ahead of the front across parts of the Deep South to support the development of some strong to severe thunderstorms on Monday, and there may be additional strong storms over the Southeast U.S. on Tuesday,” the NWS said.

The strong to severe thunderstorm threat from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley brings the threat of large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

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The area of possible severe weather stretches from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. (Fox News)

“We had a tornado yesterday in Dallas, Texas it came overnight, last night. We have the threat for severe weather today, again,” Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “Just be aware we could see the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms, know what to do if there is a watch or warning.”

DALLAS STARS’ TYLER SEGUIN LOSES HOME IN TORNADO, SAYS IT’S ‘EXTREMELY SAD SIGHT TO SEE’

In Arkansas, one person was killed just after midnight after a tree fell on a home in Rogers, located about 150 miles northwest of Little Rock, according to an NWS report.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also confirmed the death on Twitter, saying “significant storm damage” was reported in the northwest part of the state.

The storms, which struck the Dallas area late Sunday, moved through Arkansas in the early morning hours on Monday, triggering several tornado warnings while damage was also reported in the northeast corner of the state. Tornado warnings were in effect Monday morning in far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River as the storm system moved to the east.

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The storm system continues to move east, bringing the threat of severe weather stretching from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast. (Fox News)

Damage was also reported in Oklahoma and Missouri, and tens of thousands of customers in the Memphis area were without power after the storms moved through, FOX13 reported.

In Dallas, many people spent Monday assessing the damage after the tornado struck the northern part of the city.

The twister touched down around 9 p.m. near Love Field Airport in North Dallas before moving northeast through the city, knocking out power for thousands. The tornado’s path took it through the Walnut Lane area of Dallas before it moved through sections of Garland, Richardson, Rockwall and Sachse.

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This Oct. 20, 2019 image made from video by Twitter user @AthenaRising shows the tornado in Rockwall, Texas. (@AthenaRising via AP)

In the Royal Lane area, Jeff Nguyen told FOX4 his children were upstairs when tornado sirens began blaring. Nguyen said his wife was trying to make it up the stairs when the tornado began to blow their roof off and “threw her back down the stairs.”

“I kind of pushed her down and got past her and got upstairs. My son was up in his bed with the covers over him. The window blew out and flew into the side of his bed,” he told FOX4. “If he didn’t have a bunk bed I don’t know where it would have landed on him. But that probably saved him.”

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Extensive damage in the Dallas area can be seen after a tornado late Sunday. (FOX4)

Aerial footage from FOX4 showed the extent of the damage throughout the region, including several homes with their roofs ripped off.

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The tornado was reported around 9 p.m. Sunday, and caused extensive damage in the northern part of the city. (FOX4)

Power lines throughout the region were down, and a Home Depot on Forest Lane near the Central Expressway also had serious damage. The store’s manager told FOX4 he saw the severe weather reports and sent most of his employees home early.

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Extensive damage to a Home Depot in the Dallas area can be seen after a tornado tore through the region late Sunday. (FOX4)

The manager told FOX4 he sent the last few employees home and closed up about 30 minutes before the tornado caused part of the building to collapse.

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Damage to Dallas Fire Rescue’s Station 41 can be seen after the tornado. (Dallas Fire-Rescue )

Dallas Fire Rescue’s Station 41 on Royal Lane near the Dallas North Tollway was almost completely destroyed by the twister. Photos released by the department showed the roof is gone and the walls are damaged, but officials said that no firefighters were hurt.

TORNADO RIPS THROUGH DALLAS, LEAVING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER

There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries early Monday, according to a release from the city of Dallas, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Associated Press that three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

Search teams were set to begin a second round of efforts at daylight, according to Evans, who told the AP that crews have responded to “everything from power lines down to fallen trees to people being injured inside of their homes by broken glass.”

The storm’s fury was captured on social media, with one video showing debris flying around.

Damage within Dallas is limited to an area bordered by Royal Lane to the north and Northwest Highway to the south, as well as Harry Hines Boulevard to the west and Interstate 75 to the east — essentially, northwest Dallas, according to Evans. Video of the twister showed electrical flashes as it moved northeast, bringing down power lines.

Nearly 140,000 electric customers were without power in Texas as of 4 a.m. Monday, according to Oncor’s online outage map. The electric utility said storms across East Texas had caused significant damage to power lines.

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Mayor Eric Johnson said the city of Dallas opened the Bachman Recreation Center with the help of the Red Cross. The shelter will be open for anyone who was displaced by the storm, remains without power or needs help. The Red Cross is assessing if additional shelters need to be opened.

Citing extensive damage to campuses, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Virginia Individual Income Tax 6-Month Filing Extension Deadline is Nov. 1

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“In 2018, approximately 373,000 people in Virginia took advantage of the six-month extension, with most of those returns coming in to Virginia Tax electronically,” said Tax Commissioner Craig M. Burns. “We continue to encourage you to file electronically, as there are many benefits to e-filing versus using paper forms.”

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U.S. Has Been Cutting Its Troops in Afghanistan Despite Failed Peace Talks

The United States has been reducing the number of American troops in Afghanistan over the past year, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, despite peace talks with the Taliban being declared “dead” by President Donald Trump in September.

Gen. Austin S. Miller, speaking at a press conference in Afghanistan, said 2,000 U.S. troops have been withdrawn, leaving roughly 12,000. This reduction had not been previously made public “as part of our optimization,” he said.

“What it’s based on is: understand the risks to the force, risks to the mission, and look at it in terms of capabilities,” he said.

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Idrees Ali / Reuters U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. He has said his aim is to resume peace talks with the Taliban.

“I’m confident that we have the right capabilities to … reach our objectives, as well as continue Train Advise Assist Command throughout the country,” he said, naming the NATO mission that works with the Afghan military to prevent terrorist safe havens.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who also attended the press conference during his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office, said troop withdrawal would help the Pentagon better focus on its national defense in relation to China and Russia. Objectives in Afghanistan would still be met, he added, but with the minimum number of troops needed.

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NOORULLAH SHIRZADA via Getty Images At least three people were killed and about 20 children wounded when a Taliban truck bomb detonated on Oct. 16 near a rural police station and partially destroyed a nearby religious school, Afghan officials said. Children are seen receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

“Not any more or not any less than we need otherwise,” he said.

Esper had earlier told reporters traveling with him that the U.S. could reduce the number of American troops to roughly 8,600 without weakening its operations against militant groups. That reduction, he said, would happen as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban. 

One of Trump’s campaign promises had been withdrawing troops in Afghanistan, though peace talks with the Taliban were called off following failed efforts to reduce violence in the Middle East. Esper said his aim is to get those talks started again.

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Omar Sobhani/Reuters There are roughly 12,000 U.S. troops left in Afghanistan, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday. U.S. troops are seen at an Afghan National Army Base in Logar province, Afghanistan, last year.

Late last year, it was reported that Trump ordered about half of U.S. troops ― or more than 7,000 ― to pull out of Afghanistan and more than 2,000 to leave Syria.

That Syria withdrawal drew backlash, however, prompting him to reverse his decision until earlier this month.

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Former Georgia, Miami coach Mark Richt says he’s OK after heart attack: ‘I plan to be at work this week’

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Mark Richt suffered a heart attack Monday morning but is recovering and “doing fine,” the former Georgia and Miami coach tweeted.

In fact, Richt wanted everyone to know he plans to be back at work in the short term. 

“I assuming word travels fast,” Richt wrote. “So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine. As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week.”

Richt, 59, led Georgia from 2001-15 before moving on to coach his alma mater Miami for three seasons. He retired following last season and handed the reins to Manny Diaz. Richt has been an analyst for ESPN and the newly launched ACC Network since his retirement. 

Richt has a career 171-64 coaching record, with a 10-7 record in bowl games.

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Virginia Individual Income Tax 6-Month Filing Extension Deadline is Nov. 1

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“In 2018, approximately 373,000 people in Virginia took advantage of the six-month extension, with most of those returns coming in to Virginia Tax electronically,” said Tax Commissioner Craig M. Burns. “We continue to encourage you to file electronically, as there are many benefits to e-filing versus using paper forms.”

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In Iowa, Amy Klobuchar Gets a Second Look After Debate

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MASON CITY, Iowa — Before last week, Beth Kundel Vogel was undecided when it came to the Democratic presidential hopefuls.

But in the debate on Tuesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota impressed her by calling out Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusets for offering voters a “pipe dream” rather than a plan to pay for universal health care.

And on Friday, Ms. Kundel Vogel heard Ms. Klobuchar speak passionately in Davenport, Iowa, about one way of thinking about the 2020 race: the need to win support beyond the party base. “We have to remember that nearly 10 percent of Trump voters voted for Barack Obama,” Ms. Klobuchar said. “It’s our job to bring them in.”

“Seeing her in person just closed the deal for me,” said Ms. Kundel Vogel, 47, a human resources manager. “She understands what it’s going to take to win, which is to win over independents and former Trump voters.”

Riding a post-debate wave of attention, Ms. Klobuchar blitzed New Hampshire and Iowa last week, attracting new supporters and donors in those two states with early nominating contests. After months stuck in the polling doldrums, Ms. Klobuchar is getting a second look. But she faces several challenges, among them that she is arguing how to win general election swing states but has yet to show how she would win the nomination first.

The renewed interest comes as the Democratic field undergoes something of a shake-up. Ms. Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont are each jostling to consolidate the left wing, while the two Midwest moderates in the race, Ms. Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., are trying to break into the top tier of candidates after both enjoyed strong debate performances. Mr. Buttigieg is well ahead of Ms. Klobuchar in recent Iowa polls, adding to the pressure on her candidacy.

The competitive hunger on the campaign trail reflects a new urgency especially among moderate candidates and voters seeking an alternative to the ascendant Ms. Warren. Some donors and supporters of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. suddenly seem up for grabs.

In an interview on Saturday, Ms. Klobuchar drew an even sharper bead on Ms. Warren, comparing her avoidance of how to pay for “Medicare for all” with Mr. Trump’s habitual shirking of the truth.

“You’ve got a president that lies and doesn’t tell the truth, and I think it puts it on us to say, hey, there’s a different kind of president here where we’re going to be honest with you, look you in the eye, tell you the truth,” Ms. Klobuchar said. (Ms. Warren announced on Sunday that she would release a plan to finance her “Medicare for all” plan in the coming weeks.)

For Ms. Klobuchar, the stakes couldn’t be higher. She has yet to qualify for the next debate in November. She has hit 3 percent support in only two qualifying polls, including one of Iowa voters released Monday morning; she needs to reach that mark in two more national or early state polls.

She is counting on a debate surge to make the cut.

“We are very hopeful that it will; we have a whole month to get it done,” Ms. Klobuchar said on her campaign bus as it headed to Waterloo, Iowa, on Day 2 of a three-day swing.

She packed the rooms where she appeared with 150 to 200 voters, who applauded warmly, even wildly at times, including when she said, “We have a huge amount of momentum coming out of that debate.”

But as a reality check in a state where Ms. Klobuchar drew only 3 percent in the latest Des Moines Register poll, Ms. Warren attracted more than 1,000 at an appearance on Sunday night in Des Moines.

The Klobuchar campaign says it had its best 36 hours of fund-raising following Tuesday’s CNN/New York Times debate, pulling in $1.5 million in small-dollar donations. The money paid for a campaign bus wrapped in green with “Amy” in huge letters, and for a five-figure digital ad campaign in Iowa. (She began her first TV ad here in early October.) Still, her cash on hand is tight: As of this month, she had $3.7 million, putting her eighth in the field.

She told Iowans that “many, many, many, many times” the ultimate nominee was not the candidate leading in polls at this point, and she offered examples: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama.

On Friday, more Iowans filled in cards at her events committing to caucus for Ms. Klobuchar than any day of her candidacy.

Still, it is far from certain that post-debate momentum alone will make her a viable candidate. If she fails to make the next debates, she said, she will run at least through the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3. When asked how high a finish she would need to continue, she offered only a tight-lipped chuckle.

She did not hint at any strategy shift to create a breakthrough. She believes her best argument to be the nominee is that she is the most electable, as a heartland senator with proven appeal to swing voters, as shown in her re-election to a third term in 2018 when she carried Minnesota regions that Mr. Trump had won by double digits.

Two voters who committed on Saturday to caucus for Ms. Klobuchar, Tom and Dorinda Pounds, had watched earlier debates torn among her, Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Biden.

“This debate, she finally got a chance to talk, and the way she handled herself really made a big difference,” Mr. Pounds, a retired county administrator, said at a Klobuchar appearance in Waterloo.

During the debate, in addition to calling out Ms. Warren, Ms. Klobuchar also attacked Mr. Trump more aggressively than Mr. Biden did. Ms. Klobuchar’s newfound readiness to swing a saber appealed to many who came out to hear her.

“With each candidate, I’m thinking how are they going to be on the debate stage against Trump, and I think she will handle herself well,” said Becky Langdon, a freelance writer in Davenport, who is on the fence about who to support. “She showed some passion and wanting to fight for it.”

Ms. Klobuchar was eager to contrast herself with Mr. Buttigieg over the weekend, who has a far bigger campaign war chest and more committed supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“I am the one who has won statewide,” she said, referring to Mr. Buttigieg’s defeat in a 2010 race for Indiana treasurer.

On Sunday in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ms. Klobuchar aimed a poison dart at Mr. Buttigieg over a 2018 tweet of his in support of a “Medicare for all” bill.

Mr. Buttigieg had just told the host Jake Tapper on the same broadcast that he later gave up backing “Medicare for all” after politicians concluded that it meant eliminating all private insurance.

Ms. Klobuchar was unrelenting. “The bill has been very clear from the beginning,” she said. “On page eight it says it will dismantle our current insurance system. It says 149 million people will be kicked off their current insurance.”

On the stump, Ms. Klobuchar, 59, presents herself as the same hard-working, results-driven politician as she was when she won her first election in fourth grade, with the now-discarded slogan “All the way with Amy K.”

She name-checks Republicans she teamed up with on more than 100 bills that passed the Senate. She emphasizes her priorities of strengthening election security, doubling Pell Grants for college students (but not free college for all) and lowering medical costs through a public option.

All her plans include proposals to pay for them, she notes, a point of pride that reflects a fiscal responsibility that she acquired from her family.

“I don’t come from money,” Ms. Klobuchar tells voters, recalling her mother who taught second grade until she was 70 and her newspaperman father who battled alcoholism.

While the Democratic base is fired up, Ms. Klobuchar argues that the 2020 nominee must carry the battleground states of the Midwest that voted for Mr. Trump.

In Waterloo, speaking at a brew pub, she surmised there were people in the crowd who voted for Mr. Trump.

“It’s important for us as a party to not shut everyone out, to bring them with us, to bring back some of those conservative Democrats who voted for him or stayed home,” she said. “To bring back some of our base, our liberal Democrats who were disenchanted.”

A voter named Bob, whose written question was read out to Ms. Klobuchar, put his finger on a core dilemma for a candidate whose is running on a message about winning the heartland.

“We need a moderate candidate to beat Trump,” Bob asked. “How will you get through the primary?”

Ms. Klobuchar answered that she considers herself “a proven progressive,” citing her liberal views on abortion, immigration and the environment.

But rather than answering Bob in depth, she pivoted to talk about the need for a civil tone in politics.

Back on her campaign bus, she made the case more forcefully that someone with a profile like herself — rather than Ms. Warren or Mr. Sanders — is best positioned to win 2020 swing states. She cited the example of the 2018 midterms, when Democrats flipped governorships in Wisconsin and Michigan and gained a House majority by appealing to independents and disaffected Republicans in the suburbs.

“I just keep going back to 2018 because I have the facts on my side,” she said. “Everyone united behind the candidate, but tell me in those swing House districts, how many of them supported ‘Medicare for all’?”

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Burger King debuts ‘Ghost Whopper’ with white, cheddar-infused buns

After debuting its jet-black “Halloween Whopper” and green-tinted “Nightmare King” burger over the last few years, Burger King is finally ready to make a sandwich with pasty white buns.

The fast-food chain announced on Monday the release of its new “Ghost Whopper,” which is assembled on a white, white-cheddar-flavored bun.

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“Burger King is known for its crazy Halloween burgers and stunts, and this year the brand is taking things to the next level,” the chain wrote in a press release. (Burger King)

“Burger King is known for its crazy Halloween burgers and stunts, and this year the brand is taking things to the next level,” the chain wrote in a press release.

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As part of its campaign for the new Ghost Whopper, Burger King hired a psychic named Riz Mirza — describing him as “a medium of international renown” — for an ad campaign in which he “channels” the spirits of the dead to taste-test the new offering.

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“This is a very unusual experiment,” Mirza tells a group of (what appear to be) unsuspecting participants in the séance. “And I agreed to it because it would be very unusual.”

Mirza, who is very clearly in on the joke, then uses his body to channel the spirits, who use his body as a vessel to eat the Ghost Whoppers.

Unfortunately for most Burger King customers, a psychic medium might be the only way they’ll ever experience the Ghost Whopper. The new item will only be available for a limited time at 10 select locations in Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Savannah, Summerville, S.C., and New Orleans.

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Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.

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Virginia Individual Income Tax 6-Month Filing Extension Deadline is Nov. 1

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“In 2018, approximately 373,000 people in Virginia took advantage of the six-month extension, with most of those returns coming in to Virginia Tax electronically,” said Tax Commissioner Craig M. Burns. “We continue to encourage you to file electronically, as there are many benefits to e-filing versus using paper forms.”

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Louis Vuitton Director Slams Trump As ‘Joke’ After Visit To Brand’s Texas Workshop

Westlake Legal Group 5dadc9f120000040185064e3 Louis Vuitton Director Slams Trump As ‘Joke’ After Visit To Brand’s Texas Workshop

Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière had a few choice words for President Donald Trump on Instagram mere days after the president appeared at the opening of a new Louis Vuitton factory in Texas.

On Sunday, the French fashion designer, who has been Vuitton’s creative director since 2013, posted an image of the cover of the 1984 song “High Energy” by Evelyn Thomas alongside these words: “Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association.”

Ghesquière ended the post with the hashtags “#trumpisajoke” and “#homophobia.”

On Thursday, Trump appeared alongside LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke at the opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas. The facility, which now employs 150, is expected to generate 1,000 jobs over the next five years.

Arnault told Women’s Wear Daily that he’s known Trump since the 1980s and that he was “very honored to have the president of the United States” at the event.

In response to Ghesquiere’s criticism, commenters on the post showing their support included the editor-in-chief of Out magazine Phillip Picardi, editor-in-chief of Interview Nick Haramis, Louis Vuitton’s accessories creative director Camile Miceli, designer Giambattista Valli, trans models Teddy Quinlivan and Indya Moore, and many others.

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