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5 Most Outrageous Right-Wing Moments of the Week: 'Fox and Friends' Pushes Trump Off the Air During Interview

A busy week was punctuated by extremism, fear-mongering and a bizarre celebrity meltdown.

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'Fox and Friends' Boots Trump from His Own Disastrous Interview

On Thursday, President Donald Trump made a surprise call to ‘Fox and Friends' that left the right-wing hosts squirming in their seats.

Trump’s interview was a manic and rambling monologue. He claimed that lawyer Michael Cohen only did a ”tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work, which undercuts any claim he could make to attorney-client privilege.The president also threw his fixer under the bus by attacking Cohen's character, suggesting that the attorney was pleading the Fifth due to his own business dealings.

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This interview also marked the first time Trump said the words "Stormy Daniels" on-the-record as president.

Trump's time on the show ended when a visibly uncomfortable Brian Kilmeade suggested that the president "looks like you have a million things to do" and cut the interview short.

Media insiders suggest that the 'Fox and Friends' hosts shut the interview down after an intervention call was placed by a Trump handler from the White House.

Check out the interview in full below.

Kanye West Joins the Alt-Right

Rap superstar Kanye West proclaimed his support for President Donald Trump after the 2016 election but wasn’t taken all that seriously. His comments occurred inside the context of a public breakdown that ended with the entertainer committed to a psychiatric hospital.

After West reemerged from a long Twitter hiatus, he released a series of characteristically bizarre tweets. But the musings took a dark turn when he tweeted out about his “love” for “brother” Donald Trump.

The backlash was immediate.

West responded by posing with a man making a seemingly white supremacist sign while wearing a signed Make America Great Again Hat.

 

 

Trump tweeted support for Kanye as well-known celebrities began unfollowing him on Twitter and publicly blasting the rapper.

West remains defiant.

NRATV Attacks Waffle House Hero Who Stopped Gunman

A bastion of extremism, NRATV outdid itself by attacking the man who saved lives during the Tennessee Waffle House massacre by physically attacking the gunman.

The network suggested that James Shaw would have been a more effective hero if he’d had a gun and been able to kill the attacker.

“Clearly if someone was there with a gun, we wouldn’t be having a manhunt right now,” host Grant Stinchfield said, suggesting Shaw’s duty included killing the attacker.

This might be the first time an NRA entity has expressed a vested interest in protecting the Second Amendment rights of Black men, since Shaw is a person of color.

The shooter was apprehended shortly after the interview.

Republican Congressman Tries to Stoke Fears of Murderous Socialists

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks decided to advance a new hypothesis about why Republicans are fleeing Congress in drove. Predictably, it had nothing to do with the impact of Trump’s presidency on their electability.

“There are a growing number of leftists who believe the way to resolve this is not at the ballot box but through threats and sometimes through violence and assassinations,” Brooks said.

You read that correctly: “violence and assassinations.” Brooks specifically referenced the “socialist Bernie Sanders wing of society.” 

The congressman appears to be trying to link the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to the left-wing, conveniently ignoring the assassination attempt on former Democratic senator Gabriel Giffords.

Regardless of politics, Brooks' fearmongering lacks any basis in reality.

The last member of Congress successfully assassinated on U.S. soil was Democratic New York Senator Robert Kennedy.

That was in 1968.

A New Domestic Terror Threat Emerges from Misogyny

The deadly van attack that left 10 people dead in Toronto resulted in a disturbing word entering the public consciousness: “incel.”

Killer Alek Minassian posted on his Facebook that he pledged allegiance to the “Incel Rebellion” and wrote positively of the Santa Barbara shooter Eliott Roger.

“Incel” is short-hand for “involuntary celibacy.” Roger serves as an inspiration for “incel culture,” as he complained at length in a pathetic manifesto that women didn’t like him.

While the majority of online “incel” groups are reportedly made up of “sad and lonely” men without violent tendencies, a group of radicals has emerged.

This frightening subset, as described by Vox, “believe women being freed to make their own sexual choices, rather than being married off to men and made subordinate, is the reason women can choose to sleep with attractive men and ignore the so-called incels.”

Extremist “incel” members are proving to be a growing terror threat, with the latest killer serving as yet another idol to the disaffected, sexually frustrated misogynists.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.