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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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In the category of "claims to fame nobody wants," the United States can now add "exporter of white supremacist ideology" to its repertoire. Super.

Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, made this claim in a briefing at The Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. "For almost two decades, the United States has pointed abroad at countries who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology," Travers said. "We are now being seen as the exporter of white supremacist ideology. That's a reality with which we are going to have to deal."

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Since the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, whale populations have been steadily recovering. However, whales in the wild still face other dangers. In the summer of 2018, four Russian companies that supply aquariums with marine animals captured almost 100 beluga whales and killer whales (aka orcas). After a public outcry, those whales are swimming free as the last of the captive whales have been released, the first time this many captured whales have been released back into the wild.

In late 2018 and early 2019, a drone captured footage of 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales crammed into holding pens in the Srednyaya Bay. The so-called "whale jail" made headlines, and authorities began to investigate their potentially illegal capture.

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An anonymous White House official claims President Trump cruelly limited Hispanic immigrants in their new book, "A Warning."

The book, to be released on November 19, gives an alleged insider account of the Trump White House and paints a picture of the president as a chaotic man who lacks the mental and moral acumen required for the job.

The anonymous staffer says that Trump once feigned a Hispanic accent and made fun of women attempting to immigrate to the U.S.

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The 2020 election is a year away, but Donald Trump has some serious ground to cover if he doesn't want it to be a historical blowout.

A Washington Post- ABC News poll released Tuesday shows that Trump loses by double digits to the top Democratic contenders.

Vice President Joe Biden (56%-39%); Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (54%-39%); Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (56%-39%); South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (52%-41%); and Sen. Kamala Harris of California (52%-41%) all have big leads over the president.

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Since 1992, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has been holding reunion ceremonies between Holocaust survivors and rescuers once a year. But the tradition is coming to an end, as many have died or are too frail to travel. What might be the last reunion of its kind took place when a 92-year-old woman met up with the two surviving family members that she helped hide during the Holocaust, and their descendants.

Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor introduced Melpomeni Dina (nee Gianopoulou) to their almost 40 family members, all decedents of the Mordechai family, the family of seven that Dina and her two sisters hid during WWII. "There are no words to describe this feeling," Dina told the Jeruselum Post. "It is very emotional for us to be together again."

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