Elephant Acts

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Jeff Darcy)

In other news, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a transgender rights bill that would make it easier for transgender people to alter their birth certificate.

Under the bill, transgender people would not be required to undergo reassignment surgery before altering their birth certificate, but according to Christie that is a potential security threat. Not every transgender person decides to undergo surgery and they should not be required to. Gender identity cannot and should not be reduced to the binary of personal plumbing. Governor Christie has no fucking clue what he's saying or doing.

Meanwhile, there appears to be trouble in paradise.

This morning, Trump tweeted that [Fox News boss Roger Ailes] called to assure him that Fox will cover him “fairly” going forward. According to two high-level Fox sources, Ailes's diplomacy was the result of increasing concern inside Fox News that Trump could damage the network. Immediately following Thursday's debate, Fox was deluged with pro-Trump emails. The chatter on Twitter was equally in Trump’s favor. “In the beginning, virtually 100-percent of the emails were against Megyn Kelly,” one Fox source, who was briefed on the situation told me. “Roger was not happy. Most of the Fox viewers were taking Trump’s side.”

Things got worse for Ailes over the weekend. In a phone conversation, Trump told Sean Hannity that “he was never doing Fox again,” according to one person with knowledge of the call. The anti-Kelly emails, and threat of a boycott by Trump, seems to have pushed Ailes to diffuse the war. One Fox personality told me that Fox producers gave instructions to tell in-house talent not to bring up Trump’s controversial comments that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever" during the debate. According to one count, Fox only aired Trump’s comment once since Friday, while CNN mentioned it at least 50 times.

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Fixed News: 0