"Jesus Christ" is trending, but not for the reason you think...

Oct 10, 2016

No, not the "Jesus Christ" who serves as the central figure of Christianity, but the "Jesus Christ" that believers and nonbelievers alike invoke when witnessing acts of headslapping shamelessness - the sort of acts we saw in droves during last night's second debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This being the pair's first public meeting since last Friday's "October Surprise" reveal of Trump bragging about committing acts of sexual assault, emotions as well as outrageous rudeness hit fittingly high levels last night. Trump's attempts to showcase the various women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault received a ton of attention (and over 10,000 shares), but perhaps most striking - and unprecedented - was Trump's threat to "jail" Hillary if he were elected president. “Okay, not to sound too corny," said CNN's Dana Bash, "but what makes this country different from countries that have dictators in Africa or Stalin or Hitler or any of those countries with dictators and totalitarian leaders is that when they took over, they put their opponents in jail.” Former Attorney General Eric Holder was more to the point, tweeting, "In the USA we do not threaten to jail political opponents. @realDonaldTrump said he would. He is promising to abuse the power of the office."

Less unprecedented were Trump's comments on Muslim-Americans. He implied that in order to be considered welcome in this country, Muslim-Americans should be eager to report suspicious activity. This led to one of the few bright spots of the evening on Twitter, when Trump's remarks were hijacked by the Muslim community using the hashtag #MuslimsReportStuff. Here's a prime example, from Zainab Chaudry: "Creepy orange clowns sighted recently across the country. Some say they saw one pacing the debate stage tonight.."

And finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Ken Bone, an audience member at last night's Town Hall Debate whose red-sweater-wearing, disposable-camera-snapping, sentient Guess Who card who stole the show last night and, in the minds of many, easily "won the debate." And the hits just kept on coming this morning, as Bone told CNN that the reason he wore that now-signature red sweater is because the morning of the debate he had "split the seat of my pants wide open.” Buried lede: The pants were part of an "olive suit" ensemble, he says!

In other news you should know:

USA Today has identified at least 20 lawsuits accusing Trump and his companies of mistreating women. John Kelly, one of the piece's three writers, says, "A married waitress testified Trump always flirted, asked whenever she served him if she was 'still happily married.'" (6,000 shares)

Michael Luo, Deputy Metro Editor of the New York Times has written a heart-wrenching, must-read piece titled, "An Open Letter to the Woman Who Told My Family to Go Back to China." (20,000 shares). It's a painful reminder of why even so-called "Model Minorities" as Luo describes himself, "still often feel like an outsider."

And for some news from across the pond, a big investigation from Buzzfeed by Heidi Blake reveals that the Royal Bank of Scotland "systematically crushed British businesses for profit."

Aaand back to the election, according to Politico's Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan, House speaker and top Republican Paul Ryan has considered revoking his endorsement of Trump in the wake of last week's shocking hot mic clip in which the candidate bragged about sexual assault.

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reporter covering music tech + politics. bylines @FastCompany @Guardian @thedailybeast @Stereogum I wrote @propublica's fracking song davemholmes@gmail.com

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