Trump Reveals ‘Easier’ Way He Got a Purple Heart. Then Democrat Double Amputee Shows Him How Much

Donald Trump has seemingly been embroiled in a whirlwind of controversy on military matters since Khizr Khan, the father of a slain Army veteran, called him out at the Democratic National Convention.

(The media silence about Pat Smith calling out Mrs. Clinton over those killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack, on the hand, has been deafening.)

Add a fresh controversy (or non-troversy, depending on one’s point-of-view) about a recent comment Trump made regarding his receipt of a Purple Heart from a grateful fan.

While at an event in Ashburn, Virginia, Trump gave his account of a touching moment he shared with a military veteran.

“He said, ‘That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.’ And I said, ‘Man, that’s, like, that’s, like, big stuff.’ I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said.

The authentic sentiment that Trump related was immediately overwhelmed by media blowback over his debatable phrasing. The context of Trump’s remarks–a New York Times piece over his four college deferments and one for his bad feet–as well as the imbroglio with Khizr Khan had created a hubbub looking for a fresh controversy.

Seizing the opportunity to blast Trump was Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran whose wounds in the Iraq War led to the double amputation of her legs.

Rep. Duckworth’s post reads:

.@realdonaldtrump, this is how one usually looks when you are awarded the Purple Heart. Nothing easy about it.

In the struggle over the veterans’ vote, the Democratic Party has Donald Trump fixed in its crosshairs.

Regardless of what one thinks about Donald Trump, it is interesting to see Democrats excoriate the Republican presidential candidate over his lack of military service, when the “sacrifice” of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a time of war is seriously lacking.

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Defense Used by Dylann Roof’s Lawyer to Try and Get Him Out of Death Penalty Has America Furious

On Monday night, defense lawyers for accused mass murderer Dylann Roof filed a challenge to the death penalty sentence that federal prosecutors are seeking in his murder trial.

Their argument?

It’s unconstitutional.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 19: In this image from the video uplink from the detention center to the courtroom, Dylann Roof appears at Centralized Bond Hearing Court June 19, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder and firearms charges in the shooting deaths at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. (Photo by Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

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Roof’s lawyers laid out their argument in a 30-page motion and presented to the court:

“[T]his Court should rule that the federal death penalty constitutes a legally prohibited, arbitrary, cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by both the Fifth and Eighth Amendments.”

Roof, of course, is accused of killing nine black members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 after attending a bible study with the group.

The Justice Department seeks the death penalty for the murders in addition to hate crime charges, alleging that he targeted his victims on the basis of their race and religion.

CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 19: Kearston Farr comforts her daughter, Taliyah Farr,5, as they stand in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a mass shooting at the church that killed nine people of June 19, 2015. A 21-year-old white gunman is suspected of killing nine people during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement in July of last year that Roof intentionally targeted the victims based on race and religion for the purpose of setting back race relations:

“To carry out these twin goals of fanning racial flames and exacting revenge, Roof further decided to seek out and murder African Americans because of their race. An essential element of his plan, however, was to find his victims inside of a church, specifically an African-American church, to ensure the greatest notoriety and attention to his actions.”

But the defense’s motion argues that a punishment which can be proven to be “unconstitutional” cannot be enacted:

“The facts of this case are indisputably grave. But if, as we contend here, the FDPA [Federal Death Penalty Act] is unconstitutional, no one can be lawfully sentenced to death or executed under it, no matter what his crimes.”

The motion goes on to state that the “constitutional” challenge is the result of the prosecution’s refusal to accept Roof’s guilty pleas and willingness to serve multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole. 

CHARLESTON, SC - JULY 16: Dylann Roof (R), 21, listens to proceeding with assistant defense attorney William Maguire during a hearing at the Judicial Center July 16, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof is charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month. (Photo by Randall Hill - Pool/Getty Images)

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The defense also writes that the challenge will be dropped if the prosecution drops the death penalty and accepts Roof’s guilty plea.

However, it’s not clear from reports just how Roof’s team plans to show that the death penalty is unconstitutional, other than claim that “arbitrary, cruel and unusual punishment violates both the Fifth and Eighth Amendments.”

Meanwhile, people are lashing out all over social media and in comments sections over the Roof team’s motion.

On Jezebel’s article, the comments section is filled with strong reactions:

Reader “SweetLittleButtercup” writes:

“That’s when we know that the Constitution works. When we acknowledge the constitutional rights of a little sh*t like this.”

While “Molly with the Mediocre Hair” chimes in:

“I mean, they’re probably not wrong. The death penalty sure seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me and to a number of Supreme Court justices over the years, although the official word from on high is that capital punishment is permissible under the 5th Amendment.

“On the other hand, f**k Dylann Roof. I’m not sure anyone ever deserves to die, but he’s testing my thinking on that subject.””

Over on The Hill’s article, people are spelling out their feelings pretty plainly.

“PDS The Christian View” writes:

“If I was on Roof’s jury, he would be sentenced to die.”

Reader “Maya” adds:

“I am a pretty cynical person. I can be kind of a b**ch, I will admit. The only time that I have lost it watching news and felt we as a country we are beyond redemption was when this man killed all the people at that church. Kill him. I do not care. Just kill him.”

CHARLESTON, SC - UNDATED: In this undated photo provided by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Dylann Storm Roof appears in a mugshot from a previous arrest, released on June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, is the suspect in a deadly shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015. Nine people were killed in the attack. (Photo by Lexington County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)

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Three federal inmates have been executed in the United States following the reinstatement in 1988 of the federal death penalty— Timothy McVeigh, Juan Raul Garza, and Louis Jones.

Currently, around 60 individuals are on federal death row, with Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev among the most recent additions.

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The DNC Email Hack Produces 3 More Scalps as Top Officials Announce Resignations

Another round of top Democratic Party officials announced their resignations Tuesday in the wake of the massive email and information breach at the DNC.

Tens of thousands of email exchanges from the DNC were posted online by Wikileaks in July, revealing a series of exchanges disparaging donors and candidates.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee admitted to being hacked as well. While no culprit has been determined, the Washington Post reported that a Russian intelligence service is likely to blame.

Because of the Russian involvement, the FBI is including both the DNC and DCCC breaches in their investigation of the hack, the Post noted.

But while federal officials attempt to get to the bottom of the hack, the Democratic Party is continuing to shed the individuals exposed by the release of information.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile announced the departures of:

  • Chief Executive Amy Dacey
  • Communications Director Luis Miranda
  • Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall.

Brazile, who assumed command of the DNC after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) announced her intent to resign on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thanked the officials for their service:

“Thanks in part to the hard work of Amy, Luis, and Brad, the Democratic Party has adopted the most progressive platform in history, has put itself in financial position to win in November, and has begun the important work of investing in state party partnerships.”

Brazile added that she wished them the best in their future endeavors.

To make things even dicier for those Democrats, Debbie Wasserman Schultz faces a new inquiry into whether she violated federal law at the DNC.

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Amanda Knox Pens Intimately Confessional Letter Describing Life After Controversial Murder Trial

American citizen Amanda Knox spent four years inside an Italian prison, after being accused of a murder she didn’t commit.

Back in 2007, Italian authorities contended that the exchange student murdered her roommate, Meredith Kercher — Kercher’s body had been found in their apartment, with her throat cut. She’d also been sexually assaulted.

Police looked at Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, as their main suspects.

Things were made even murkier when Knox accused Congolese barman Patrick Lumumba of committing the atrocious act.

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Knox even said that she witnessed the murder herself, telling police that she “covered her ears as he killed” Kercher.

Lumumba spent 2 weeks in prison but was vindicated. Meanwhile, Knox has said that she was traumatized by the interrogation, thus accounting for the false memories.

Additionally, the actual murderer, a criminal named Rudy Guede, was free.

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Knox was eventually acquitted when forensic evidence was examined and Guede’s fingerprints were found at the scene.

She returned home to Seattle after four years, but her readjustment to society — and fame — has proven to be difficult.

The 29-year-old penned an editorial on the difficulties of this struggle for the West Seattle Herald.

The editorial comes on the eve of her moving in with her boyfriend Chris, which she touched upon:

“By my weary, vacant look, you wouldn’t guess at how thrilled I am. I’m so exhausted, I forget myself.

This is because all this past week, my partner Chris and I have been organizing, gathering, and boxing our separate households to move in together.

We’ve been looking forward to the big day for a while, and now that it’s come, it’s easy to feel physically and emotionally overwhelmed.”

Her thoughts soon turned to her extended stay in an Italian prison:

“I’m reminded of how my cell in Capanne prison transformed in character with the arrival or release of even just one prisoner.

While none of us was allowed much in the way of material possessions, our combined emotional baggage, when bashed together without consideration, could make an already inescapable situation insufferable, even dangerous.”

Through it all, her family and friends stood by her.

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She poured out her heart for them:

“My loved ones have stood by me through a decade of overcoming internal and external obstacles.

Their struggle didn’t neatly wrap up with my return home, though they needn’t pass through prison barriers just to see me anymore.”

Finally, Knox revealed that she is slowly becoming a normal 29-year-old, despite her tragic past:

“Slowly, bit by bit, I’m recovering.

It may still be the case that, when I call Puget Sound Energy to set up a new utility account, I’m reminded that I’m ‘That girl in Italy?! That Amanda Knox?!’ Yeah, I’m her.

I’m also the Amanda Knox who is so excited to be living my life alongside people I love and respect, lugging furniture, scooping cat poop, paying the bills, moving on.”

Amanda Knox currently works as a freelance writer.

Murderer Rudy Guede, meanwhile, is serving a 16-year sentence. He still maintains his innocence.

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Every Parent Can Relate to Ashton Kutcher’s Reaction To Hearing His Toddler Daughter Drop an F-Bomb

Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis have a history of being “real” about their parenting challenges, which (celebrity status aside) are the kind of problems that most parents understand all-too-well.

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When their daughter, Wyatt, was only five months old, Kutcher posted about his frustration at the lack of changing tables in men’s rooms. Meanwhile, Kunis shared the frightening “mom fail” moment she experienced after she forgot to buckle their daughter’s car seat.

Now, Kutcher has highlighted another parenting milestone—baby’s first swear word.

According to Us Weekly, the actor recently shared his bemused reaction to his toddler daughter’s unexpected use of the f-word.

“When you 22-month-old drops and f bomb [sic] and it is (not funny) except it’s really funny and you can’t laugh #baddads #badmoms,” Kutcher wrote on Instagram.

Kutcher was clearly torn between laughter and setting a good example—a familiar dilemma for parents who discover that their toddler has added a few choice swear words to a growing vocabulary.

Of course, in addition to not reacting, there’s also the challenge of correcting your child without accidentally teaching them that this is a great way to get attention.

Kutcher may have tagged his post with, “#baddads #badmoms,” but it seems more accurate to call it “#everyparent.”

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Former ‘Voice’ Contestant RaeLynn Reveals Deeply Personal Childhood Memories Written into ‘Love Triangle’

Former “The Voice” contestant RaeLynn is now forging her way in the country music world.

Her latest single, “Love Triangle,” paints the picture of a child caught in the middle of divorced parents.

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The singer recently revealed to People that the song is deeply personal because it’s inspired from her own experience:

“When you’re a kid of divorce, that is your life,” RaeLynn, 22, tells PEOPLE exclusively of knowing the feeling first-hand. “You have two beds, you have two separate lives. The whole point of family is to be a unit and to do a lot of things together and it’s just not that when your parents are divorced. I think there’s been a lot of divorce songs out there, but they’ve always been about the parents. They’ve never been from the kid’s perspective.”

Lyrics like “baby two weeks ain’t really that long” are based off of RaeLynn’s childhood memories that she still remembers vividly:

“My dad would pick me up every other Friday at 6, and drop me off by 6 on Sunday. Around 4 every Sunday, I remember him getting a little sad, because he wouldn’t get to see his baby for two weeks. I can’t imagine, when I become a mother, not being able to see my child for two weeks.”

Happy 60th Birthday to the man that gave me a reason to wear glasses. I love you so much daddy. You mean the world to me!

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RaeLynn has found emotional healing though the song and hopes it will provide some closure and healing for people who have gone and are going through similar experiences.

Watch the music video here…

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In Case There Was Any Doubt, Trump Just Let America Know Where Obama Ranks Among Presidents

President Obama said mean things about Donald Trump today, and now The Donald is firing back on Twitter.

So let’s just get this out in the open. Trump doesn’t like Obama.

Trump has tweeted nice things at Obama before, such as congratulating him on a wedding anniversary:

But the bulk of Trump tweets about Obama are not so nice, as Trump would say.

There was the questioning of Obama’s birthplace:

The offer to donate $5 million to charity in exchange for Obama’s college transcripts:

The jokes after the Boston Bombing:

And this gem:

So, we get it. Trump and Obama aren’t friends.

Fast-forward to today, and the President is claiming Trump is “unfit” to be president.

Trump’s response: “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States”.

So there you have it.

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Mom of Murdered Ohio College Student Furious Over Details Emerging About Daughter’s Alleged Killer

Twenty-year-old Sierah Joughin went on a bike ride with her boyfriend on July 19, 2016 and never returned home.

Her remains were discovered three days later alongside County Road 7 in Fulton County, Ohio.

Fifty-seven-year-old James D. Worley — who spent three years in prison for abduction in 1990 — was arrested and charged with aggravated murder and abduction in the case. Worley is pictured below:

According to search warrants obtained by People magazine, Mace, a ski mask, and zip ties were found in Worley’s truck. Chains, a meat hook, plastic sheets, and ropes were found on his property, which was less than five miles from where Joughlin’s remains were found. People magazine provides further details about the search warrant’s account of a room in Worley’s home:

“The Ohio man accused of murdering a 20-year-old college student allegedly kept a secret ‘room’ on his property that had bloody walls, a bloody freezer and restraints, ‘for holding human against their will.’”

Joughin’s mother, Sheila Vaculik, is still struggling with it all. Though Worley’s arrest has allowed her to feel some closure, she is still coming to terms with the fact that this man, who police believe to be a serial abductor, lived in such close proximity to her family. She tells People magazine:

“[I felt] some relief, but still, [I was] very angry that he lived so close — so close to our schools. I’m slowly working through that.”

Vaculik hopes that Worley’s arrest will also bring comfort to other families, who may have been affected by his heinous acts.

“My ultimate prayer is — because I do believe that there have been others — that this is closure to families that don’t have the closure that I have.”

When it comes to sentencing, Vaculik wants Worley to pay the price for his actions:

“I’m not looking for a plea deal, I’m not looking for him to get off, I’m looking for him to pay. That’s what I want.”

Vaculik says that every day gets a little better, and she finds comfort in knowing that Joughin, pictured below, is now in a better place.

She tells People magazine:

“In my heart I know that God had taken Sierah [and] that whatever [the suspect] may have done to her body, he did not do to her [soul].”

Worley, who is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, is scheduled to appear in court on August 18th.

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