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From Street Art to Sex Toys: Six Ways the Creative Community has Responded to Donald Trump

Tump-mania inspires activists to step up their game when it comes to the GOP’s leading candidate.

For better or (almost certainly) for worse, this has been the “Summer of Trump.” Since taking the lead in the GOP presidential primaries, the candidate has spent the last several months both confounding political analysts, and enraging Latinos, Women, and Veterans (to name just a few) with his offensive rhetoric and over-the-top personality. It’s not just that Trump’s statements about “Mexican rapists” and “blood coming out of [Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly's] wherever” haven’t damaged him in the polls—if anything, they’ve helped solidify his brand as a “tells it like it is” un-politician among certain voters.

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But while Teflon Don may appear to be nigh on invincible for the time being (the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll has him leading or tied in nearly every metric among likely Republican Iowa voters) there are those outside the political arena, and in the creative one—artists, activists, and comedians—who have been working hard to define Donald’s brand themselves, eschewing “tell it like it is” in favor of highlighting the candidate’s xenophobic, sexist and all-around offensive behavior.

If there’s an upside to Trump’s continued dominance in the polls, it’s that perhaps it will inspire more hilarious “tributes,” like the following examples.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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