This Company Said Its Bot Wrote Part Of Trump’s Inaugural Speech. It Didn’t.

Six days after Donald Trump’s inauguration, a blogger calling himself Kumar published an explosive claim: Parts of the president’s inaugural address were lifted from a “content creation tool” called Articoolo, which uses bots to generate blocks of text.“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."“families trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”Articoolo, an Israeli startup that has already accumulated some good press, tweeted the blogger’s analysis. (After BuzzFeed News contacted the company for this article, the tweet was removed.) The CEO shared the the story on his Facebook page. Kumar reached out to BuzzFeed News with XML files to show that passages from two other Trump speeches were also first generated by Articoolo’s software. The claim was extraordinary, and the evidence seemed striking. But none of it appears to be true.BuzzFeed News found no evidence that Trump’s words originated in any articles produced by Articoolo. As for the blogger, Kumar Khan, he appears to be not a real person but rather the creation of the CEO himself, hiding behind a fake screen name.Separate emails sent to Kumar, who claimed to be in East Asia, and Doron Tal, the CEO, who claimed to be at home in Israel, were opened on the same single device, according to a widely used internet tracking service. And a private email to BuzzFeed News supposedly sent by Kumar used language — “I thought I’ve already seen it all, and then this happened” — almost identical to what Articoolo used in its public tweet.Asked about Continue Reading

Twitter users mock Donald Trump’s inauguration speech tweet with barrage of memes

At least he didn’t say Melania wrote it. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a picture of himself Wednesday hard at work on his inauguration speech, and the internet wasted no time weighing in. “Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago,” Trump tweeted. “Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration.” In the picture, taken at his Palm Beach estate, Trump flashes a stern look as he pushes a black pen against a white legal pad. There is no computer on the desk, no reference books filled with sweeping quotes — just the President-elect, his thoughts and a statue of an eagle. One critic tweeted an altered picture showing crayons on the desk. Another user imagined that Trump was drawing stick figures of himself and the “suckers” who voted for him. One user suggested Trump was writing a "thank you" letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Another tweet imagined Trump was sketching a live model. “Draw me like one of your French girls,” the caption read, a reference to the “Titanic” scene where Leonardo DiCaprio sketches a nude Kate Winslet. Earlier, CNN reported Trump had written a draft of his inauguration speech himself. Trump’s wife, Melania, was accused last year of lifting parts of her speech to the Republican National Convention from a Michelle Obama address. Continue Reading

Brooklyn Nets chief marketing officer explains why she’s coming out ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration

The chief marketing officer of the Brooklyn Nets — the team who signed the first openly gay athlete in North America's four major sports leagues — decided to come out in a personal essay the day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. In a story published Thursday, Elisa Padilla wrote for “The Advocate” that in President Obama's farewell speech he said, “Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.” She decided he was right. "In the polarizing political landscape we face today, I feel obligated to share my story. Because now, more than ever, we need a chorus of voices encouraging acceptance, understanding, and unity," Padilla wrote. "I am standing up, raising my hand, and joining the conversation. I am using my voice not only to demand change but to advocate for LGBTQ respect and inclusion," she continued. "I am taking action to show anyone who has struggled with their identity that they can achieve their dreams in any profession, in any industry, under any circumstance." Padilla, a Puerto Rican woman raised in Newark, N.J. who has kept her private life private, explained that most of her colleagues are unaware that she's a lesbian or is married to a woman whom she has been with for 28 years. She never wanted her "race, gender or sexual orientation to define" her career. It was the Nets in February 2014 who inked Jason Collins in an historic signing, and Padilla remembers being "so proud" to go to work that day. "He is a true role model, and I am honored to stand with him," Padilla wrote of Collins, who will be part of the team's first Pride Night on Jan. 25, when the Nets face the Miami Heat. "The Nets will celebrate diversity and inclusion, the Brooklyn way," Padilla said. "Fans will feel the love from the minute they arrive at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, with Barclays Continue Reading

Lupica: Mitt Romney finally shows up in GOP fight against Donald Trump

Forget about asking where the Mitt Romney who put that takedown move on Donald Trump Thursday was four years ago. Where was this Romney four months ago, before Trump started running over the other candidates in his party the way Barack Obama finally ran over Romney when he was the one running for President. Now Romney sees Trump as a threat not just to the Republican Party, but to the country. Now the so-called Republican establishment — whatever that is and whatever that means — wants to mobilize against Trump. But where have all of them been? Romney stood up big and called Trump a phony and a fraud on Thursday. But what does that make him for waiting this long to get into the game? Apparently he is just one more guy who decided Trump was dangerous once all these people started voting for him in primaries. MITT ROMNEY SLAMS 'FRAUD' DONALD TRUMP IN SPEECH But the party that Romney says he has to save from Trump — that party produced Donald Trump. All the anger that is fueling Trump's supporters, Mitt Romney's Republican Party has been stoking that exact same anger since so many of the party leaders began talking about making Obama a one-term President before he'd even taken his hand off the Bible at his first inauguration. You know what Mitt Romney and all the hand-wringers from the right — including all these bullhorn tough guys in the media who think these elections run through them, and then couldn't stop Obama from getting elected twice — really need to do: They all need to take a long look at themselves. Trump is them on steroids. Romney isn't the first Republican to get religion a little late in this particular church service. He was just the loudest on Thursday. Somehow he didn't get outraged about Trump until all the votes were counted on Super Tuesday. THE BEST ZINGERS FROM MITT ROMNEY'S SCATHING DONALD TRUMP SPEECH Continue Reading

Franklin Graham: ‘It Wasn’t Donald Trump That Divided This Country’

Rev. Franklin Graham joined "Fox & Friends" Thursday saying that Donald Trump has not divided this country and reaffirmed his stance that God played a role in getting Trump elected.When asked about the nearly 70 members of Congress skipping Friday's inauguration, Graham pointed to the six different faiths being represented as a show of unity. "It wasn't Donald Trump that divided this country," he said. "This country has been divided for a long time, and we do need to come together and we need to pray today now more than ever. ... Only God can fix this country." DC Group Plans to Hand Out Free Marijuana Joints at Inauguration Omarosa Blasts 'Inclusive' Women's March for Banning Pro-Life Groups Hannity: After 100 Days of President Trump, It Will Be Like Obama Was Never There Graham is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. His father, Billy, spoke at four presidential inaugurations.Trump took to Twitter to praise Graham's remarks."It's a great privilege to be able to stand with the president and to be able to stand before the nation and focus on God for a few minutes," Graham said.While he took some heat for saying God played a role in the election, he stood by his stance as he recalled what happened as he visited all 50 states during the campaign trail."I just sensed as I went across the country that God was getting ready to do something to change the direction of this country," he said.Share your thoughts on Graham's remarks in the comments section. 'What an Honor!': Tony Orlando to Perform at Trump Inaugural Ball O'Reilly: Americans Can Expect a 'Wild First Week' With President Trump Michigan 4th Grade Teacher Won't Let Students Watch Trump Inauguration Speech   Continue Reading

Gutfeld’s Advice for Trump’s Inauguration Speech: ‘Keep It Simple’

President-elect Donald Trump will officially become the 45th president of the United States tomorrow, and Greg Gutfeld has some advice for what he should say in his inaugural address."What would I like to hear from Donald Trump tomorrow? Something real, not sentimental or soaring," Gutfeld said.He explained that President Obama goes for sentiment, but it always comes crashing down to Earth."With Trump, everything he says is simple. He's not hiding behind a grad student's vocabulary," Gutfeld said. "If Obama was a sonnet, Trump is a limerick. And really, which one do you enjoy more?"He said that after eight years of Obama's speaking style, simplicity, clarity and transparency are worth a shot."So keep it simple, Mr. Trump."Watch more above, and stay with Fox News Channel for must-see coverage of the Trump inauguration festivities. FL Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Trump at Inauguration Gingrich: Dems Skipping Trump's Inauguration Are Abandoning America Girls Scouts Under Fire for Marching in Trump's Inaugural Parade FL Woman Says Trump Paid Her $1,000 Dinner Bill at His D.C. Hotel Continue Reading

Krauthammer: Address to Congress Should Have Been Trump’s Inaugural Speech

Charles Krauthammer praised President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress, calling it the best speech he has heard from Trump. He argued that a version of this address could have helped launch his presidency more effectively and may have calmed some of the "hysteria" that followed the inauguration."This should have been his inaugural address. ... This was a version of Trumpism, but done in a sober way," said Krauthammer.He compared that to the "dark" inaugural address in which Trump talked about "carnage" and ended up scaring people with his rhetoric.Krauthammer said Trump presented a vision for America, telling the country what he wants to do and why in a straightforward fashion."If this is the presidency of Trump, I think he will succeed. If this is an aberration, just a performance, he will not," he added, advising Trump to stop attacking his opponents and the media.Watch his full analysis above. Van Jones: Trump 'Became President' in Moment Honoring Fallen Navy SEAL Widow of Slain Navy SEAL Receives Standing Ovation During Trump's Address 'Bannon on Steroids With a Smile': Top Dems Respond to Trump Address   Continue Reading

Donald Trump packs a policy punch for New Jersey

For New Jerseyans and much of the nation — on either side of the Trump divide — it also likely marks the quiet before the storm. On a swath of policy fronts Trump pledges to change course, sharply and to the right.Beyond the weekend’s celebrations and protests, the enduring question is how. LIVE COVERAGE: Women's march on WashingtonGarden State business leaders heralded his pledges to jettison government red tape and regulations, while worrying of trade wars. Among their questions: What will Trump’s so-called “America first” policies mean to the state’s important import-export sector, jobs tied to selling abroad, consumer prices and cross-border relationships?Different questions greet the new president’s catch-all promise to end “this American carnage” — a gloomy cornucopia Trump described as rampant crime and gangs, poverty and drugs, and an “education system flush with cash” that still leaves our “young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.” EDITORIAL: If Trump can deliver, bravoSpecific policy prescriptions for the likes of Camden and Asbury Park, or Colts Neck for that matter? Trump hasn’t said, but clues arrived just ahead of the inaugural: The Hill reported that Trump and GOP Congressional leaders were preparing deep budget cuts. He has already called for more charter schools. Teasing out meaning Trump used his speech to double-down on pledges to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” shred the Affordable Care Act and “bring back our borders,” which during the campaign meant stepping up deportations of undocumented immigrants and building a wall along the southern border.But details? Not just yet. For now, the lack of specifics — across the policy spectrum — has some teasing out meaning for New Jersey in the smallest utterances by Trump.“We will build new roads and highways Continue Reading

In Arizona, some celebrated Donald Trump’s inauguration. Others vowed to resist.

More than 2,000 miles from Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday drew cheers from Republican well-wishers gathered at a watch party in Sun City and defiant chants of "Not my president!" at a protest at the state Capitol in Phoenix."How can I explain this feeling? I'm so overwhelmed. I'm so happy I could cry," said retiree Mary Santora, one of more than 50 people gathered at the Arizona Republican Party’s office in Sun City to watch the inauguration ceremony. "Thank God. In four years I see people getting together and making America great again like it used to be."Trump supporters shared potluck food and chatted excitedly about what the next four years would bring. There were boos for President Barack Obama and tears when Trump took the oath of office. Some had to excuse themselves to go to the restroom and "collect themselves" while others embraced. EDITORIAL:  Trump's inauguration speech proves he still doesn't get it As Trump delivered his speech, loud cheers and whoops of agreement mixed with people saying, "He went there," after his remarks about terrorism."(It's) fantastic! This is going to bring change to America," said Lou Sniderman, 71, a Republican precinct committeeman and retiree. "I can see more jobs, a closed border. I see this (administration) keeping us safer by eliminating the terror threat with better vetting ... because there really hasn't been any."Meanwhile, at the state Capitol, the mood was darker.Under gloomy skies and, at times, light rain, about 300 to 400 demonstrators carried anti-Trump signs and banners and chanted emotionally charged slogans such as "Our existence is resistance!"A huge inflatable Trump dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb and clutching a white hood stood over the protest.Protesters widely denounced Trump as unfit to hold office, saying he is a racist and fascist on par with the Nazis and the Klan. Some signs read "Not Mein Continue Reading

Our View: Trump’s inauguration speech proves he still doesn’t get it

America made history with yet another peaceful transfer of power.Though marred by some violent protests, the inauguration of Donald Trump was part of a long tradition of passing power to a new president -- a president who is often the political opposite of the one leaving office.Trump, who rose to the presidency by bucking tradition and defying conventional wisdom, took the oath of office with his former political opponent Hillary Clinton respectfully present in the audience.That was powerful symbolism of who we are as a nation. So was the graciousness of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama who demonstrated deep respect for the power that was changing hands.The day was as much about the right of Americans to shape their government as it was about Trump.Unfortunately, Trump didn’t get that.Trump squandered the opportunity to show he wants to be president of all Americans.With protesters around Washington and the country declaring "not our president," he aimed his inaugural speech almost exclusively at those who put him in office.His words show he remains in campaign mode, which may represent an over-reaction to U.S. intelligence reports that show Russia interfered on his behalf before the election.Trump’s inaugural speech was an opportunity to rise above a divisive campaign and his low approval ratings by reaching out to America's better angels.But he did not show an understanding that his audience has grown to include all Americans – those who voted for him and those who voted against him.He had nothing conciliatory or uplifting to say to Americans who have serious concerns about whether he is equipped to handle this job.As a president who lost the popular vote, Trump has a particular responsibility to show good will to all Americans.He did not. His words were about rallying the aggrieved. He reiterated the demonstrably false assertion that America needs to be made strong, wealthy, proud and safe Continue Reading