May 17, 2022

Trump Attacks Gen. Mark Milley While Denying Coup Attempt; Heidi Klum was Told to Quit Project Runway by an Unnamed Supermodel; Olivia Rodrigo Wants a Taylor Swift Tattoo; Teen Joins the Blue Origin Flight After $28M Auction Winner is Unable to Make it; ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Richard Branson’s Space Flight

Trump Attacks Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, While Denying Coup Attempt

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump renewed his attack on Gen. Mark Milley, this time on new reports that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff attempted to prevent Trump from carrying out a government takeover akin to Nazi Germany in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Trump refuted in a more than 400-word statement given from his post-presidential office that he had ever “threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government,” to anyone, labeling the notion “So ridiculous!”

“Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of ‘coup,'” Trump said, “and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.”

The former president made the statement in response to portions from a forthcoming book published this week by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker in which Milley compared Trump’s misleading assertions about the 2020 election to “the gospel of the Führer.”

According to Leonnig and Rucker’s reporting, Milley referred to Trump’s ongoing efforts to overturn the election results as “a Reichstag moment” – a reference to Adolf Hitler’s 1933 attack on Germany’s parliament building as a pretext for establishing a Nazi dictatorship.

Milley was also disturbed by Trump’s attempt to overturn the election, the book alleges, and he and other military leaders began informal preparations on how they would prevent the then-president from deploying America’s armed forces in a way that would aid him in retaining power.

Trump lashed out at Milley on Thursday in response to the new claims, saying that he appointed the four-star Army General as Joint Chiefs chair in 2018 “only because the world’s most overrated general, James Mattis, could not stand him, had no respect for him, and would not recommend him.”

“To me,” Trump said, “the fact that Mattis didn’t like him, just like Obama didn’t like him and actually fired Milley, was a good thing, not a bad thing. I often act counter to people’s advice who I don’t respect.”

Trump is inaccurate in asserting that former President Barack Obama fired Milley. Mattis was removed as head of US Central Command by Obama in 2013, mainly due to Mattis’ increasingly hardline stance toward Iran.

Heidi Klum was Told to Quit Project Runway by an Unnamed Supermodel and TV Host

Tim Gunn may have validated a rumor that has been circulating for months among Project Runway fans. In a letter to his longstanding “TV wife,” Heidi Klum, published by Good Housekeeping, the fashion genius revealed an intriguing detail about Project Runway’s origins.

Gunn, who served as a mentor to candidates on the Bravo and Lifetime fashion design competition series, wrote about how nervous he was during his first season on the program and how the supermodel “wrapped an arm” around him for comfort.

He continued in the same manner. “Later in that season, I got to return one of your many kindnesses and offers of support. This time you were nervous about how the show would be received,” he wrote. “You had shown a preview to so-and-so (another supermodel and host of another fashion-related show) who said to you, ‘It looks awful. Cancel the show and quit.’ This time, I took your hand, and we sat and huddled.”

He went on to say, “‘Think about it,’ I remember saying. ‘She’s nervous and jealous. You and this show are a competition for her. She wants to make you nervous and upset. Trust me. There’s nothing to be concerned about and everything to feel confident about.’ You leaned over and kissed me. And we had a fabulous season!”

There are indications that this unidentified model and television host may have been Tyra Banks. Project Runway started in 2004, and America’s Next Top Model, hosted by Banks, has been aired since 2003.

“Needless to say, ‘that other show’ became a big hit,” Gunn wrote in his letter, referring to Project Runway. “We made 16 seasons together! Remember the night of our Emmy win for cohosts? That show dragged on and on and on, with our category being second to last. At every break, we snuck out for champagne, lots of champagne. By the time the show finally got to our category, we were bombed — nervous, jittery, laughing bombed. WE WON!”

Tyra Banks’ representatives did not respond to EW’s request for comment.

Olivia Rodrigo Wants Her First Tattoo to be a Tribute to Taylor Swift

Olivia Rodrigo launched her debut album, Sour, paid a White House visit to President Joe Biden, topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with her single “Good 4 You,” and celebrated a momentous birthday in 2021. What she did not do, at least not yet, was to get inked.

The singer, who recently turned 18, revealed in an interview with Kiss 92.5’s The Roz and Mocha Show that she considered getting a tattoo to commemorate the occasion but finally opted against it.

“It’s my 18th, so it’s a big one, so I wanted to do something fun,” Rodrigo said. “I think the plan now is to get – I was going to get a tattoo or a piercing, and I was like ‘Ah, I don’t want to get a tattoo,’ so I’m just going to get a second ear piercing.”

Even while she’s not certain she’ll ever get inked, she did reveal what her first piece of body art would be if she did: a Taylor Swift tattoo. A 13 from the singer’s Fearless tour, to be precise. “I wanted to get one with my best friend – we’re both like huge Swifties,” said Rodrigo. “We wanted to get like little baby 13s.” Like the one Swift drew in Sharpie on her hand during the 2009-2010 tour.

Rodrigo, a longtime Swift fan, was thrilled to finally meet her idol at the 2021 BRIT Awards in May, where the couple posed for a lovely photo. We’re not sure how this affects her tattoo plans, but we believe it would make their bond even sweeter.

Olivia Isabel Rodrigo is an actress, singer, and composer best known for her appearances in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Series and the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. Rodrigo signed with Interscope and Geffen Records in 2020 and released her debut single “Driver’s License” in January 2021. The song was written in her living room during quarantine and produced in her garage.

Teen Joins the Blue Origin Flight After $28M Auction Winner is Unable to Make it

The son of a Dutch investor will join Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s first commercial spaceflight, the firm revealed Thursday after the person who bid $28 million for a seat was unable to make it.

Oliver Daemen, 18, will take the place of the unnamed winner, who is unable to go on July 20 owing to a schedule difficulty, Blue Origin stated.

“I am ecstatic to be going into space,” Daemen stated in a social media video. “I’ve been fantasizing about this my entire life.”

The kid tourist will become Blue Origin’s first paying customer — and is also on track to become the youngest person to fly into space.

Daemen, who took a year off following his high school graduation last year to get his private pilot’s license, secured the fourth and final seat aboard the New Shepard rocket.

He will join Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark, as well as Wally Funk, a female pilot who underwent the same tests as NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts in the 1960s — but was never allowed to join the exploration because only men were authorized.

At 82, Funk will be the world’s oldest astronaut. When the auction winner withdrew, Blue Origin seized the opportunity to carry the world’s oldest and youngest persons into space on the same mission, according to a family spokeswoman.

The winner, who has not been identified, will board a future aircraft, Blue Origin stated.

Although the firm did not disclose the cost of Daemen’s ticket, a representative stated that it would be significantly less than the winning bid.

Joes Daemen, the founder and CEO of Dutch private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners was another bidder in last month’s auction for a ticket on Blue Origin’s debut human trip.

“However, as offers began to soar during the auction, we withdrew,” the older Daemen stated in a statement.

Daemen, who will begin his studies at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in September to study physics and innovation management, was scheduled to participate in the company’s second paid client launch.

Both father and son were en route to Texas on Thursday to begin preparations for the launch.

‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Richard Branson’s Space Flight

The psychic abilities of “The Simpsons” are mind-blowing. Throughout its 32 seasons, the animated comedy series has demonstrated an uncanny capacity to forecast the future and is now being attributed with foreseeing Richard Branson’s space flight.

Fans of the long-running Fox show noticed an uncanny resemblance between a sequence from a 2014 episode and footage published Sunday showing the British billionaire floating inside his Virgin Galactic rocket.

Branson leaning back and admiring a picture while hovering atop a spaceship, was featured in the Season 25 episode “The War of Art.”

“How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing?” one person posted on Twitter, along with the two images.

“So the @TheSimpsons predicted yet another thing that came true. @richardbranson making his flight into space for the #Unity22 launch,” another user wrote.

Branson’s Virgin Atlantic agreed, tweeting “The Simpsons predicted it…” and a clapping hands emoji.

As one user pointed out, Branson created Virgin Galactic in 2004 with the stated goal of bringing visitors to space, “So the show wasn’t exactly being Nostradamus here.”

While this is not the most astounding forecast from the show, its cartoonists have been credited with foreseeing a number of significant events, including Donald Trump’s presidency and the coronavirus outbreak.

The Simpsons is a Fox Broadcasting Company adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. It is a satirical representation of American life, exemplified by Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Other Springfield residents include the family’s religious neighbor, Ned Flanders, family physician Dr Hibbert, Moe the bartender, and police chief Clancy Wiggum.

The long-running animated comedy is set in a fictional town called Springfield and mocks American culture, society and television, and the human condition. The show is purposefully vague in its depiction of Springfield’s location, which is in an unknown and impossible-to-determine state in the United States. Since its inception as a series, The Simpsons has won scores of honors, including 34 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award.