Lana del Rey announces a new album by sowing chaos in seven fanbases

If I was younger and I still lived and breathed stan culture, perhaps I would be in my feelings about Lana del Rey’s new statement. But as it is, I just find it funny. Lana is so chaotic and amazing, I think we might have to stan if just for the much-needed DRAMA of it all. Lana announced that her new album – a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Norman F–king Rockwell – will be out in early September. She announced the album with a statement on her Instagram which is just so unnecessarily bitter and shady. I LOVE HER.

In a statement posted to her Instagram account, the “Summertime Sadness” singer wrote: “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f—ing, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

Del Rey takes a stand on “female writers and alt-singers” who accuse her glamorizing abuse “when in reality,” she continues, “I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world.”

She continues, “With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.”

There’s clearly no shortage of ammunition for her next projects, which she mentions in the final stanza. “Anyways,” she writes, “none of this has anything to do about much but I’ll be detailing some of my feelings in my next two books of poetry (mostly the second one) with Simon and Schuster. Yes I’m still making personal reparations with the proceeds of the book to my choice of Native American foundations which I’m very happy about. And I’m sure there will be tinges of what I’ve been pondering in my new album,” which is set for Sept. 5.”

[From Billboard]

People – youths? – are mad because they think Lana is, like, calling out their fave? When really she’s just saying that she was the first and your fave followed HER. Which is a separate issue. She’s not saying Beyonce, Nicki, Cardi, Ari, Doja, etc are trash, she’s saying that they’ve all been copying her, that she was the first person to sing about abusive relationships and falling in love with problematic men and making terrible love mistakes. Which… is not true. Lana was not the first, and she’s delusional for thinking that and saying that. But also, lmao. She’s ridiculous and her album announcement got the chaotic energy she wanted. (Also, I saw this on Twitter: Lana did this on the first day of Gemini Season OH MY GOD LMAO).

— 𝑘𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑛🍊 (@electric_lana) May 21, 2020

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Mary-Kate Olsen is ‘career focused’ but Olivier is ‘very French’ & wanted her home

Mary-Kate Olsen is divorcing Olivier Sarkozy, her seventeen-years-older French banker husband. They said it was a weird match and they said it wouldn’t last, and look at that. But I didn’t predict that it would be so messy so fast. To recap, the lockdown meant that MK couldn’t file for divorce in mid-April, Olivier cancelled the lease on their New York apartment without telling her and now he’s trying to get her to move her sh-t out by the 18th. She said, slow your roll, you can’t do that in a pandemic situation, and she tried again to file for divorce, only the court rejected her filing again (because it wasn’t an emergency). Silver lining, maybe: at least her money is protected. So now we’re getting some stories about what was going on in their marriage:

Mary Kate Olsen has filed for divorce from husband Olivier Sarkozy after five years of marriage, and one insider says it’s partly because the two don’t see eye to eye on her career.

“She’s super career focused and he’s very French and wanted her to be more available,” the source tells PEOPLE of the banker, 50. “You can’t control a girl who has been on the billionaire track since her 20s.”

The former child star and fashion icon, 33, currently runs two luxury fashion brands with twin sister Ashley Olsen: The Row and Elizabeth and James. Mary-Kate and Ashley opened up to WWD about the successful business ventures in 2018, saying their detail-oriented approach to both brands ultimately keeps their partnership strong.

[From People]

“He’s very French” ah, j’ai compris. He thought he was marrying a much younger, rich, silly American woman who would want to make his dinner and have babies and shut up. And MK was like “I gotta go to work, I’ll be back in a week.” Speaking of, E! News says that MK has already left the city so she can be with her sister Ashley and some friends:

After news broke that Mary-Kate filed an emergency order to divorce her husband of five years, a source tells E! News exclusively that the 33-year-old fashion mogul is spending time with her identical other half. We’re told Mary-Kate has left the couple’s Big Apple home to be with Ashley and group of friends outside the city.

“It’s gotten very ugly between them,” the insider reveals of Mary-Kate and Olivier’s current dynamic. It’s become a “heated divorce,” the source adds. “She’s done with constant drama.”

[From E! News]

As a gossip blogger, I would love nothing more for this to turn into a gigantic tabloid mess with the NY Post running some absurd anti-French headlines (“Olsen Twin Seeks Liberté From Froggy Sarko”). But realistically, I know this is probably as good as it will get. Olivier is the wild card here – if MK had it her way, she would make this all go away quietly, with no “sources” running to People or E! News. But if Olivier keeps it dramatic, MK will squash him in the papers and in court. Hopefully.

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Celebrity bodyguard Steve Stanulis spills the tea on Kanye West & Leo DiCaprio

We were sent this promotional email about the Hollywood Raw podcast interview of Steve Stanulis, who is apparently the bodyguard to the stars. Some of the interview is stale tea, like Stanulis’s suspicion that Kim Kardashian (gasp) calls the paparazzi herself. Stanulis has bodyguarded Kanye West and Kim, Leonardo DiCaprio, Woody Harrelson, Alanis Morrisette and more – you can hear the podcast here. Here are some interesting pieces:

On Kanye West: Kanye was “One of my least favorite people to work with over the course of time….“The first day I met him… it was fashion week. I was supposed to meet him at the studio. When he gets there, we get into the elevator and he’s says “aren’t you going to push what floor we are going to?” I was like “I have no idea what floor, it’s my first day”. So he starts ranting “So you mean you didn’t call ahead to find out where I’m supposed to be going?” I said “no.” So he’s ranting and raving. So I said “look bro, we can do this one of three ways. One, you could tell me what button to press, and now I’ll know. Two, you could press the button, and I’ll see which one you press so I’ll know. Or three, you can sit in here all day and tell me how important your time is and we are not going to go anywhere.” Again, that was our first interaction. He went for the first option.”

Kanye complained that the bodyguard was in his paparazzi shot: “So we walked out, again, I don’t know who’s who. If it’s someone you don’t recognize and I don’t know what your intentions are, technically, I’m supposed to walk in front to make sure he’s ok. He got mad at me for being in his shot. I’m like “are you serious?” He was worried about me being in his shot for a TMZ video or Daily Mail video. Instead of saying thank you.”

Neediest celeb? – Kanye

Nicest celeb? – Leo

Moodiest celeb? – Kanye

Biggest partier? – Robert Downy Jr.

Hardest worker? – Kanye

Great person? – Woody Harrelson, Stephen Baldwin, Alanis Morissette

Kindest? – Toby McGuire

Best tipper? – P-ssy Posse

Worst tipper? – Kanye

Never work with again – Kanye

[From the Hollywood Raw podcat]

I screamed when he said the P-ssy Posse were the best tippers. Lord almighty. And Tobey Maguire is the kindest? Doubtful. Personally, I didn’t know that one had to “tip” a bodyguard? Do you tip per day of guarding? Do you tip every time you leave a car? Or is he just saying that he saw how these guys tip service industry people? And how in the world is RDJ the biggest partier when he’s been sober for more than a decade? When did Stanulis guard RDJ, the ‘80s?

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Donald Trump tries & fails to explain what crimes Barack Obama committed

Donald Trump has been doing fewer press conferences lately, likely because Republicans told him that those press conferences were a big reason why his numbers were sinking. But it’s like an itch Trump has to scratch – he needs the attention, the same attention he used to get from the Nazi rallies thrown to honor him. So Trump waddled up to the podium in the Rose Garden yesterday evening for yet another unhinged press conference. This was after a weekend full of rage-tweeting, mostly about Barack Obama and “Obamagate,” which is the nebulous scandal the Trumpers desperately want to hype without ever defining. Perhaps the real Obamagate is the friends we made along the way. Maybe! Because Donald Trump can’t explain what Obamagate really is either:

I laughed to keep from crying. What crime has Obama committed? “Obamagate! It’s been going on for a long time.” I can only assume that Obamagate is – perhaps? – the crime of being a black president, in Trump’s pea-brain. “It’s been going on for a long time. It’s been going on from before I even got elected. And it’s a disgrace that it happened.” Yes, he’s totally talking about the crime of “being a black president,” right? When pressed further to name Obama’s exact crime, Trump said: “You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.” Narrator’s voice: “The crime was presidenting while black.”

But that wasn’t all! Trump also said some sh-t about “go ask JY-NA” when an Asian-American reporter pressed him on all of the false, nonsensical claims he’s made about testing. When this woman asked him why, he called her nasty and then when pressed further by another female journalist (is that Erin Burnett?), he waddled off, abruptly ending the presser:


Meanwhile, remember how coronavirus cases keep popping up in the White House, joint chiefs and vice president’s office? So now the White House has ordered staff to wear masks everywhere inside the WH. The fact that this is being ordered in the same week that Trump is pushing states to reopen their economies… well…

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Why in the world are so many Karens bitter about Archie’s birthday video?

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I’m so happy that we got this video with Meghan and Archie, filmed by Prince Harry. It’s so joyful! People kept laughing throughout the day about Archie picking up a new book, tossing it to the floor and all of the general baby shenanigans. Like, I want to believe that 99% of us were like “how cute,” but there was that 1%. Those people complained about all kinds of things. But here’s what I kept thinking about… they weren’t filming that video live, you know? Who’s to say they didn’t try a few different “takes” and this was merely the funniest one? Who knows? What I do know is that Meghan and Harry are completely comfortable showing their authentic “just like us” selves, completely with a chonky baby who chews on books. So how did Mr. Archie celebrate his birthday in LA?

Archie’s first birthday is also his first Zoom birthday — and it will be a messy one! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are marking their son’s milestone on Wednesday in their new L.A. home with a traditional “smash cake” — no fork needed! — and remote celebrations amid the ongoing social isolation guidelines.

“They are celebrating as a family focused on Archie and being together,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They’ll have a smash cake and Zooms with family and friends. It’s been beautiful weather, so perhaps a family stroll with the dogs.”

[From People]

For those who don’t know, a smash cake is just a small cake meant for babies/toddlers, something easy that they can grab with their hands. I suspect that even without the pandemic and everything, Meghan and Harry always intended for a smaller birthday celebration for Archie. And I’m so glad we got to see him!

Going back to what I was saying about that Bitter 1% criticizing the video… the Bitter Karen patron saint is apparently author Emily Giffin. She’s blonde and she wrote Something Borrowed, which became a Kate Hudson film of the same name. Bitter Karen hates the natural vibes of a… mother reading to her son while daddy films it. That’s the thing that just absolutely destroys these salty bitches: the fact that A) Harry chose Meghan and Archie over his “white family,” B) Harry is incredibly proud of Meghan and Archie and he delights in them every day and C) Harry doesn’t regret any of his choices. All of that is absolutely destroying these pathetic women.

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Prince Andrew ‘refused three interview requests’ from lawyer for Epstein’s victims

It was my hope that during the pandemic, several industries would use the global “timeout” to reassess and change some things which are clearly not working. Turns out, not so much when it comes to royalty and how the royals are covered. Even in a pandemic, the British tabloid press has continued to be downright unhinged about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It would be horrifying on its own, but the same tabloid press falls all over itself to excuse Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the same pedophile who trafficked teenage girls to Andrew as “gifts.” Some of Epstein’s victims have hired David Boies to represent them in their ongoing pursuit of justice from the Epstein estate, Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew. Boies spoke out this weekend about Andrew’s continuing lack of cooperation:

Prince Andrew has refused three requests to be interviewed in Jeffrey Epstein’s investigation, a lawyer for the dead paedo’s alleged victims has claimed. David Boies is representing a number of the disgraced financier’s alleged victims, including Virginia Roberts. Ms Roberts, 36, alleges Epstein used her as a sex slave and forced her to sleep with the Duke of York three times in 2001 when she was 17. Prince Andrew, 60, has always strongly denied the allegations against him.

Mr Boies said he has tried to contact Prince Andrew over the past few months. He told The Mirror: “We’ve made at least three formal written attempts to his address in London and also to his lawyers in the past few months.”

Mr Boies has also urged the royal to ask himself: “If I avoid extradition, do I really want this hanging over my head and my family’s head for the rest of my life? Do I want my epitaph to be ‘I succeeded in escaping justice’?” Mr Boies added: “Often, people in his position are surrounded by advisers who think they will be more valued if they come across as very aggressive on their principal’s behalf and that can lead to somebody not getting very good advice.”

However, pals of the Prince have accused the attorney of acting out of “self-promotion”. One told The Mirror that “no competent legal team” would advise on cooperating with “for-profit civil lawyers”. They added: “That begs the question as to why these firms continue to pursue the Duke and not Epstein’s estate. The answer is surely self-promotion.”

Geoffrey Berman – the US attorney who indicted paedo Epstein last year – has previously said both his office and the FBI had reached out to the under-fire British royal via his lawyers. In January, he said: “The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew’s attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew, and to date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation. He publicly offered, indeed in a press release, to cooperate with law enforcement investigating the crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators.”

[From The Sun]

Ah, yes, all of those get-rich/get-famous schemes which involve law school, taking the bar, spending decades in civil and criminal law, all to take on human-trafficking victims pro bono and attempt to get justice for them from the various powerful men who abused them when they were children. It’s worth repeating endlessly: Andrew said he would cooperate with authorities. He lied. He has not cooperated with the US Attorney or any of the civil lawyers for the victims. HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is a liar, a coward and a guilty pervert.

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Thandie Newton gave a director food poisoning with her banana bread

Me and LoveBug @nicoparkerofficial talking the talk tonight @westworldhbo Last episode Sunday! @stephencolbert Adore xxxxx

Thandie Newton was The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and her daughter Nico came on about 2 minutes in. They were so cute together. I haven’t been keeping up with Stephen at home, but my mom loves him and says he’s doing a great job. She says his makeup is better than the other at-home hosts because his young adult daughter is doing it, incidentally. Thandie is always goals to me and I love watching her interviews. She told Stephen that she’s in London with her kids, who are stuck with her. Thandie is my age, 47, she’s been married to director Ol Parker since 1998 and they have three children: Ripley, 19, Nico, 15 and Booker, 6. The best story she told was about how she gave one of her directors food poisoning and has never told anyone about it until now.

On how she’s coping in quarantine
Thandie: It is a blessing to be with all my children, to have them locked in the house for 8 weeks. My 19-year-old who moved out at the end of last year is back home. So that’s fantastic. We’re all doing our bit… to help the vulnerable, but there’s a lot of playing.

He asked Nico if she gives her mom acting critiques
Nico: I don’t watch them. I watched one episode of Westworld, you were great. I really do praise her on Big Mouth.

Who is the cook [in your house]
Thandie: I make a mean banana bread. I did this terrible thing once though. I was doing a movie in Vancouver. To befriend people I made them banana bread. I made one for Judi Dench and she loved it. I made one for the director and I didn’t realize that the butter that I used was rancid. The next day I heard that he was in hospital on a drip because he had violent food poisoning. No one knew it was me. The rancid goat butter in the banana bread, but it was good to have the four days off.

[From The Late Show on YouTube]

That was hilarious! Thandie is slated to get an OBE but it’s been postponed of course. When Stephen said that it must have been the first time Nico heard about it as she looked surprised. Thandie is going to wait until everything opens up again and she can accept it in person at the castle. She said that she spoke to someone who already has an OBE and that “there’s a wonderful gift shop afterwards. I’m going to get it all. If there’s a key ring with my picture in it, posters.” This is why I love her! I would get all the merch with my face on it too.

As for Thandie’s poison banana bread, I feel bad for her director. I searched for the movie that Thandie and Judi Dench were in together and it’s The Chronicles of Riddick(!) from 2004. So the director was David Twohy. Here’s my favorite banana bread recipe. I have been making it about once a week, I can’t believe how easy baking is! Over the weekend I also made buttermilk bread, which turned out great but you need yeast for it.

Here’s that interview! Nico comes on at around 2 minutes and you get a glimpse of their pretty black cat at about 8:20.

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Megan Thee Stallion: ‘It takes more energy to be a bitch than it does to just be nice’

I find Megan Thee Stallion to be SO pretty. She just has such a beautiful face and figure. Goals. Megan covers the latest issue of Marie Claire, and the photoshoot is colorful and sexy and actually quite cute. Meghan is, I believe, one of those sexy, pretty women who is beloved by women across the board. Even though her lyrics make me blush, she’s funny and ballsy and I love her confidence and vibe. Meghan is promoting new music and the new reality show Legendary – you can read the full profile here. Some highlights:

She’s debauched but she’s also a college student: She attends Texas Southern University. She’s currently working toward a degree in health-care administration, and she dreams of one day opening assisted-living facilities for the elderly in her hometown. “I never had a plan B; I always had two plan As. I knew I wanted to go to school, but I knew I wanted to pursue music,” she says. Due to her hectic work schedule, most of her schooling currently happens online. “When you really want to do something, you’re really going to put your mind to doing it. And I really want to do both. I have to do both.”

She’s okay with being messy: “I don’t know when it became the trend to be so motherf–king perfect, but I hate it. I know that I’m a mess sometimes, and it’s okay to be a mess. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to scream. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to go through a thousand different emotions.”

On the double-standards for a woman to rap in graphic detail about sex. “A man can be as mediocre as he wants to be but still be praised. A man can talk about how he’s about to do all of these drugs and then come and shoot your house up. But as soon as I say something about my vagina, it’s the end of the world? What are you really mad about? You cannot be mad about me rapping about sex. That’s not what you’re mad about. It’s something deeper. Not only am I rapping about sex, I’m rapping about you making me feel good….Sometimes it’s overwhelming to some men. They can’t handle it, they get a little shook, they get a little scared. But I’m not going nowhere, so get used to it.”

Women are superior: “I know that women are powerful. I know that we are out here birthing people. I know that we are out here running sh-t, so I can’t even be mad at you for thinking that we should be held to a high standard. We’re the ultimate beings. We are the superior beings.”

What her grandmother taught her: “It takes more energy to be a bitch than it does to just be nice.”

She’s Beyonce’s #1 fan: “Everyone knows I’m Beyoncé’s number-one fan. When I met her, I wanted to faint, but I had to keep it cool.” Meg admits she often wonders what Queen Bey would make of her choices. “I know I’m not doing sh-t that Beyoncé would do. Half the time, I’m like ‘Damn, Beyoncé would not be proud of this.’”

[From Marie Claire]

I think Beyonce is probably really proud of her fellow Houston lady? Yeah, Megan’s choices are not Beyonce’s choices, but I also feel like Beyonce is old enough at this point to respect when the younger women are coming in hot and raunchy. Anyway, I love that Megan’s still in college and that she’s got other goals than just “being famous and successful in music.” Now, does that mean I agree with her that it’s easier to be nice than it is to be a bitch? Not really!

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Chris Evans’ name was almost G. Robert Evans, and he would have gone by Bobby

Chris Evans covers the latest issue of Esquire to promote Defending Jacob, his Apple+ limited series where he plays a lawyer whose son has been accused of murder. The interview took place in Chris’s Boston home (estate, really) before the quarantine, but Chris was actually being low-key and introverted before the quarantine anyway. In previous interviews, Chris has mentioned the importance of his long-time group of bro friends and that’s how the piece starts, with a mention of his close-knit crew, and the fact that Chris mostly operates (his personal brand, if you will) as a normal Boston guy with normal Boston buds. The Esquire writer does mention frequently that for all of Chris’s bro-vibes, he actually seemed quite squirrelly when it came to even the most basic questions. It just felt like Chris was in a MOOD. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Defending Jacob was shot in the Boston suburbs. “It felt like I had a regular nine-to-five job. I’d sleep in my own bed; I’d see my family on weekends. A lot of times you have a bit of a nomadic lifestyle as an actor. You live out of suitcases and in cities you’re not familiar with. Doing Jacob made me feel like I was home but still doing what I love. It was incredibly comforting.”

On his political/apolitical site, A Starting Point: “We were just so aware of the fact that we weren’t in our lane. There was so much to learn, starting with the vernacular. Like, you don’t say the word politician; you say elected official. It’s a very tricky system. The simple fact that they have to be elected to stay in office. People want to say, ‘I’m going to go to D. C. to be a politician, and I’m going to live by my morals and principles, and everything will be okay.’ But once you’re there, you have to start playing this weird game of chess; you have to start measuring whether the juice is worth the squeeze. It starts with little compromises and justifications, and before you know it . . .”

He’s going to stop tweeting about politics for now: “I’m going to take my foot off the gas [of social media] for a little bit until we get this thing up and running.”

His name was going to be something else: “I was supposed to be G. Robert Evans IV. I would’ve been Bobby, but my mother was in love with the name Chris. So my dad gave it to her.” After his father remarried, he started a second family. Evans now has a stepbrother named G. Robert Evans IV. “My dad was very happy to pass that on. I always wondered if I would have been a good Bobby. I’m glad I’m Chris. I would’ve been honored to have had that moniker, be in that lineage. But Chris is good, too.”

On his father: Chris says he “lasted in this business without my father’s pragmatism and his curiosity. I think my dad’s level head is the thing that makes getting up every day possible for me.” When Evans saw the final cut of Defending Jacob, he says, “it was a little disconcerting. A lot of scenes where I’m doing certain things, like, for instance, my character’s morning routine in the kitchen—there was the tie, the cup of coffee, and I was like, ‘Wow, I am watching my dad. I’m old.’ It just happened.”

[From Esquire]

For f–ks sake, he’s not *that* old. He’s 38, he’ll be 39 in June (he’s a Gemini, which… makes sense). People make too much of the whole “staring down the barrel of 40” thing. Yes, turning 40 BLOWS. It 100% sucks. It’s not just a psychological blow, it’s also a physical blow – you are very aware of how much your body is slowing down, you pick up more injuries and it takes you longer to recover and on and on. But still, Chris is fine. He should stop worrying about “turning into his dad” or whatever. As for his name… yeah, he seems like a Chris. But he also TOTALLY seems like a Bobby, right? Robert doesn’t suit him at all, but Bobby Evans the bro from Boston? Come on, he’s totally that guy.

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Donald Trump eats French fries & watches cable news until noon before going to work

What do we know about Donald Trump’s daily schedule at the White House? We have enough data from his three years and three months in office – the man is a buffoon who watches cable news all day and eats and tweets. He used to break up this schedule by golfing on the weekend, but during the pandemic, Trump has mostly stayed in the White House on weekends. Which led to a New York Times story about how Trump is sad, isolated, binge-eating and watching TV during the lockdown:

President Trump arrives in the Oval Office these days as late as noon, when he is usually in a sour mood after his morning marathon of television. He has been up in the White House master bedroom as early as 5 a.m. watching Fox News, then CNN, with a dollop of MSNBC thrown in for rage viewing. He makes calls with the TV on in the background, his routine since he first arrived at the White House. But now there are differences.

The president sees few allies no matter which channel he clicks. He is angry even with Fox, an old security blanket, for not portraying him as he would like to be seen. And he makes time to watch Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s briefings from New York, closely monitoring for a sporadic compliment or snipe.Confined to the White House, the president is isolated from the supporters, visitors, travel and golf that once entertained him, according to more than a dozen administration officials and close advisers who spoke about Mr. Trump’s strange new life. He is tested weekly, as is Vice President Mike Pence, for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The economy — Mr. Trump’s main case for re-election — has imploded. News coverage of his handling of the coronavirus has been overwhelmingly negative as Democrats have condemned him for a lack of empathy, honesty and competence in the face of a pandemic. Even Republicans have criticized Mr. Trump’s briefings as long-winded and his rough handling of critics as unproductive.

His own internal polling shows him sliding in some swing states, a major reason he declared a temporary halt to the issuance of green cards to those outside the United States. The executive order — watered down with loopholes after an uproar from business groups — was aimed at pleasing his political base, people close to him said, and was the kind of move Mr. Trump makes when things feel out of control. Friends who have spoken to him said he seemed unsettled and worried about losing the election.

[From The New York Times]

HE ARRIVES AT THE OVAL OFFICE AT NOON. I cannot get over that. George W. Bush and Barack Obama started their work days, in the Oval Office, between 8 am and 9 am, but they were often meeting with senior staff, making calls or getting briefed outside the Oval before then. In the evenings, Obama would go up to the residence to have dinner with his wife and children, then he would sit in his office in the residence for hours after his girls went to bed so he could catch up on reading – briefing papers, reports, scientific journals, law journals. Meanwhile, Dipsh-t Orange Man can’t put down the French fries as he mainlines cable news for six-plus hours every morning. Anyway, this Times report was so “damaging” to Trump’s reputation that he sent his chief of staff to personally refute it:

President Trump’s schedule is so packed amid the coronavirus crisis that he sometimes skips lunch, his aides told The Post — refuting a report that the commander-in-chief spends his days obsessing over TV coverage and eating fries. White House staffers said the president works around the clock and can make five dozen work-related calls a day during the pandemic.

“I can tell you that the biggest concern I have as a new chief of staff is making sure he gets some time to get a quick bite to eat,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told The Post. He said that Trump recently called him at 3:19 a.m. He wasn’t expecting the call and was asleep when the phone rang. “I can tell you that he will go back in and have a lunch just off the Oval Office and more times than not it is interrupted by several phone calls,” Meadows said. “If he gets more than 10 minutes of time in a given day I haven’t seen in the five weeks I’ve been here.”

A different White House official said that Trump, some days, doesn’t eat lunch. “There are times when lunch isn’t even a thought,” the official said. “A lot of time there’s either no time for lunch or there is 10 minutes for lunch.”

[From The NY Post]

Um…. he doesn’t need to eat lunch if he spends six hours every morning binge-eating fries and watching cable news. As for the 30-plus calls he makes every day… he’s calling political allies to threaten them or to get his ego massaged. That’s also not work. Also, he tweet-denied it with such specificity, you know it’s true:

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2020

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