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In a health, economic and electoral quandary, Trump backflips on coronavirus again

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If a week is a long time in politics, it’s an eternity during a pandemic.

Last week, this column described Donald Trump as a changed man: factual, decisive, upfront.

It seems the transformation was temporary.

This week, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson turned the health policy equivalent of the Titanic around.

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He ordered his nation to hide in their homes after his advisers initially suggested “herd immunity” would see them through.

Over the same short period of time, Mr Trump was doing his second U-turn in as many weeks.

He suggested Americans could be set free and attending “packed churches all over the country” on Easter Sunday.

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@TVNewsHQ Watch: President @realDonaldTrump tells Fox News Town Hall he would “love to have the country back up and running by Easter.”

Indeed, on the very day the World Health Organisation warned America it could soon become the global epicentre of the pandemic, Mr Trump pushed for the US economy to be “opened up and raring to go” in just over two weeks.

“Our people are full of vim and vigour and energy,” he told Fox News viewers.

“They don’t want to be locked into a house or an apartment or some space. It’s not for our country. We’re not built that way.”

Larry Brilliant, a veteran of the eradication of smallpox, told the New York Times ending the lockdown so early would be “an error of epic proportions”.

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@stuartathompson Trump wants everyone mingling by Easter.

Modelling suggests a nationwide lifting of restrictions by Easter would see 118 million Americans infected by October, resulting in more than 1.2 million dead.

That doesn’t take into account the complete breakdown of the health system that would occur, increasing the mortality rate substantially.

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Mr Trump insists the health of American citizens is forefront in his mind.


While Mr Trump says he wants packed churches by Easter, most priests are sticking to drive-through confessions for the foreseeable future. (Reuters: Tom Brenner)

And his own White House advisers have watered down the suggestion of a nationwide lifting of restrictions.

Instead they’re suggesting it could be possible in pockets where infection rates are low — and only if much better data becomes available through widespread testing.

But the President has fallen back on misleading comparisons with the flu and fatal car crashes.

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@realDonaldTrump The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed

It seems keeping Americans alive during the most dangerous pandemic in a century isn’t the only thing Donald Trump has to consider.

Coronavirus has become a partisan issue

A national Gallop poll last week showed 73 per cent of Democrats feared exposure to the coronavirus, compared with just 42 per cent of Republicans — a whopping 31 per cent difference.

That could be partly attributed to the misinformation initially pedalled by Fox News, which leans heavily toward the Republican side of politics.

But it probably has more to do with geography.


A locked-down playground in Washington, one of the US states hardest hit by the pandemic. (Reuters: Lindsey Wasson)

The early stages of the outbreak have had a much heavier impact in Democrat-leaning states like New York, Washington and California.

As the Atlantic points out, Republican-leaning states have displayed noticeably less urgency about the outbreak because most of them haven’t been seriously impacted … yet.

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Republican governors and members of Congress have been urging the President to put the economy first.

“We don’t shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways,” said Republican senator Ron Johnson.

“Getting coronavirus is not a death sentence except for maybe no more than 3.4 per cent of our population [and] I think probably far less.”

Three-point-four per cent of America’s population is 11 million people.

Despite his apparent willingness to accept those deaths, the Senator is right about one thing: the impact on the economy can’t be ignored.

Americans are facing economic peril

In the past fortnight, unemployment insurance claims in the United States have jumped 1,500 per cent.

That’s not a typo.

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@MattGarrahan Thirty years of unemployment claims in the US

More than 3 million Americans filed new unemployment claims last week.

That’s nearly five times the highest level of claims seen during the global financial crisis of 2007.

As the world fixates on Wall Street’s daily convulsions, the broader economy of the richest and most powerful nation on Earth is crumbling before our eyes.

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It’s a prelude of what might be coming for Australia, which has been about 10 days behind America in terms of city-wide shutdowns, according to data from mobility apps like Citymapper.

The instantaneous loss of income is frightening for anyone and especially so in a nation where around half of American families claim to be living paycheque to paycheque.


With schools closed, students who rely on free lunches are now relying on donations from teachers and volunteers for meals. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque)

The US Senate has now passed the biggest economic rescue package in history.

Worth $US2.2 trillion ($3.6 trillion), it’s worth half the entire annual budget of the United States and about 10 per cent of America’s annual entire economic output.

And here’s the thing: it’s not aimed at stimulating growth.

Mailing $4,000 cheques to millions of families and significantly boosting existing unemployment benefits is primarily aimed at staving off homelessness and hunger.

Anger too.

What the experts are saying about coronavirus:

The unprecedented support for business large and small, had to come with something for workers and the unemployed.

Bailouts for business but not workers in the wake of the 2007 global financial crisis helped give rise to the Tea Party on the right, which fell in behind Trump.

It also inspired the occupy Wall Street movement, which helped bolster support for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

That seething anger remains in the hearts of millions of Americans.


Republican senator Richard Burr dumped stocks in hospitality businesses while receiving private coronavirus briefings. (Reuters: Jonathan Ernst)

And it can’t have been soothed by news that Republican senator Richard Burr, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, dumped up to $US1.72 million in stocks in mid-February, while receiving daily briefings about the coronavirus threat.

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@SenatorBurr My statement in response to reports about recent financial disclosures:

He’d previously expressed confidence in the country’s preparedness for a COVID-19 outbreak.

The President has the power to foment or contain unrest

Standing in the corner of the Oval Office, there’s an elephant armed with an AR-15.

The threat of a social unrest is very real in the minds of American policy makers and police chiefs.

An angry nation, heavily armed and cooped up through summer without income, is a dangerous proposition if there’s any real sense of scarcity on the streets.

Look what happened in New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina when a slow emergency response left thousands trapped with little food or water.


The slow response to the humanitarian disaster unfolding in New Orleans in 2005 caused tension between locals and authorities. (Reuters: Jason Reed)

Now the entire state of Louisiana is facing a new and potentially more serious disaster, recording per-capita the third highest rates of COVID-19 infection in the country, behind New York and Washington state.

In Louisiana, poverty is rife, the quality of healthcare is among the worst in America and levels of immune-compromising HIV are high.

Nationwide, the fear of looting, or worse, must be forefront in the minds of the President’s security advisers as they watch lines at gun shops stretch around the block and businesses boarding up their shopfronts.


Gun shops in the US have reported a boom in sales as panic spreads over the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters: Patrick Fallon)

Perhaps that’s why members of Congress started discussing the next economic rescue package even before this week’s record-breaking stimulus was out the door.

And perhaps that’s part of the reason the US President insists the coronavirus cure, involving months of social distancing accompanied by economic collapse, can’t be allowed to be worse than the problem itself.

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A humiliating roast by Joe Biden may have turned Rudy Giuliani into Trump’s avenger

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In September 2001, America was stunned. Terrorist attacks had reduced the Twin Towers to rubble and shattered the nation’s sense of invincibility.

But amidst the fear, smoke and soot in New York, one man forged an image of strength — the city’s mayor, Rudy Giuliani.

“I was with him on the morning of 9/11 and he was magnificent,” said Andrew Kirtzman, a former journalist.

“He comforted people, reassured them. For a long time afterwards, he was beloved. He was almost above politics.”


Rudy Giuliani earned the nickname ‘America’s mayor’ after the September 11th attacks on New York. (Reuters: Peter Morgan)

Oprah Winfrey called him “America’s mayor.”

An honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth followed. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year and a film was made about him, starring actor James Woods.

To many outside the United States, who were underwhelmed by the Republican President George W Bush, he came to embody the resilience that defined the world’s undisputed superpower.

“He was a man of integrity and ethics,” said Ken Frydman, who used to serve as Mr Giuliani’s press secretary and was even married by him.

“Now, people ask: what’s happened to him? Has he lost it?”

From 9/11 hero to impeachment villain

Eighteen years on, Mr Giuliani is once again the star of a pivotal national moment.

But now, his reputation has been shattered; his halo dislodged.


Then President George W. Bush embraces Rudy Giuliani days after the September 11th attacks. (Reuters: Win McNamee )

As Donald Trump’s divisive personal lawyer, he is a key character in the Ukraine scandal that led to the impeachment of the 45th President.

Democrats portray him as a villain, an architect of a failed plan to abuse the power of the Oval Office to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the Commander-in-Chief’s potential opponent at the 2020 election.

He is so central to the case against Mr Trump that frustrated Republican Mark Meadows recently remarked, “this is an impeachment of Rudy Giuliani”.


Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump have known each other for decades, and the former New York mayor is now his personal lawyer. (Reuters: Mike Segar)

Even some of the President’s allies think he is a liability and want him sacked.

In 2006, he was the most popular politician in America. Now only 29 per cent of Americans approve of him.

But to understand how “America’s mayor” squandered much of his goodwill and ended up in such a precarious position, you have to look back at how he rose to fame.

The rise of Rudy Giuliani

Mr Giuliani made a name for himself in the 1980s as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.


Rudy Giuliani ran for New York Mayor in 1989, but did not win until his second run in 1993. (Reuters)

The brash prosecutor attracted enormous attention by taking on the city’s famous mafia families and Wall Street insider trading.

The then-moderate Republican used his profile to run for mayor, winning on his second attempt.

A lover of the limelight, his first act the morning after being elected was to make a guest appearance on “The Non-Fat Yoghurt” episode of hit TV sitcom Seinfeld.

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Rudy Giuliani made a cameo on the classic frozen yoghurt episode of Seinfeld

While in office, Mr Giuliani got to know Mr Trump, who was then an equally colourful New York property tycoon.

In 2000, they appeared in a bizarre parody video together, where Mr Giuliani, dressed in drag, had his fake breasts nuzzled by Mr Trump.

“Oh, you dirty boy, you!” Mr Giuliani exclaimed, before slapping Mr Trump’s face.

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Trump and Giuliani filmed the skit for annual New York city charity dinner in 2000.

His time in City Hall is warmly remembered by many Republicans but it was regularly pockmarked by controversies or publicity stunts.

He surprised his wife by announcing their separation at a press conference, cracked down on homeless people and presided over a contentious stop-and-frisk policing policy, which he still claims reduced crime and helped him clean up the city.

The then-mayor also had his own radio show, which is perhaps best remembered now for a spectacular, fiery confrontation with a ferret owner.

“This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness,” Mr Giuliani told the head of a New York ferrets’ rights advocacy group.

“There’s something deranged about you.”

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Mayor Giuliani yells at a caller about ferrets during a radio show

Long-term critics of “America’s mayor” claim there’s plenty of evidence to suggest his controversial behaviour on Thursday is completely consistent with how he acted in the past.

The humiliation of ‘America’s mayor’

After leaving office, Mr Giuliani set up a couple of businesses.

He cashed in on his September 11 experiences, offering policing, security planning and counterterrorism advice to a variety of governments and companies around the world, some with less-than-perfect reputations.

On Thursday, he maintains several foreign clients, while also representing the President.

“He used to order a slice of pizza and a Diet Coke and pay for it himself because he didn’t want to be compromised by anyone,” Mr Frydman told the ABC.

“Then you fast forward to today, it seems like he will take money and work for anyone.”


Mr Giuliani was expected to be a frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2008, but withdrew from the race in January. (Reuters: Hans Deryk)

But some former friends argue it was the 2008 Presidential campaign, not his business interests, that changed Mr Giuliani’s trajectory in life.

After starting as an early frontrunner in the race for the Republican Party nomination, he nose-dived spectacularly, dropping out early to endorse John McCain.

One line of attack from then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who went on to become Vice-President, seems to have added relevance on Thursday.

“Rudy Giuliani, there’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11,” Mr Biden said during a Democratic debate.

“There’s nothing else.”

One former associate told the ABC he believes Mr Giuliani has never forgotten that attack on one of his proudest moments.

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@kylegriffin1 Important to remember this debate moment from 2007 when considering Giuliani's attacks today on Joe Biden.

Rudy Giuliani gets close to team Trump

Following his failed run and Barack Obama’s defeat of Mr McCain at the 2008 election, Mr Giuliani found his public standing had slipped.


Rudy Giuliani was one of the first major political figures to endorse Donald Trump for President. (Reuters: Mike Segar)

His once-lucrative public appearance and speaking fees fell. He still had debt from his campaign and crucially, his relevance to the national debate began to fade.

Instead of guest-starring on big-budget sitcoms, the former mayor appeared as a colourful and at times controversial commentator on evening, right-wing cable news programs.

He made unfounded comments about President Obama, claiming he “didn’t love America”, and repeatedly targeted Hillary Clinton.

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Rudy Giuliani starts rumours about Hillary Clinton on Fox News

“Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness,'” he once urged Fox News viewers.

“I think Hillary’s tired … she looks sick.”

By the summer of 2016, Mr Giuliani had emerged as one of Mr Trump’s most incendiary advocates.

He was among the first establishment Republicans to back the real estate mogul, calling him “an agent of change.”

Following the broadcast of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, where the future President said he could walk up to women and “grab them by the pussy”, Mr Giuliani was the only one to appear on Sunday political shows defending him.

“The fact is that men at times talk like that. Not all men but men do,” he said on CNN.

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Rudy Giuliani defends Donald Trump after the Access Hollywood tape leaked

“I know he believes it’s wrong. I believe this is not the man we’re talking about today.”

Mr Trump wasn’t grateful — he reportedly thought the performances “sucked”.

But it was an early sign of just how far the former mayor would be willing to go to support Mr Trump’s ambitions.

The renewed relevance of Rudy Giuliani

Following the election of the President, Mr Giuliani pushed hard, publicly and privately, to be made Secretary of State.


Days after the 2016 election, Rudy Giuliani went to Trump Tower to discuss his future with the President-elect. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

“My knowledge of foreign policy is as good or better than anybody they’re talking to,” he claimed after Trump’s surprise victory.

But he was passed over, perhaps partly due to concerns about his catalogue of international clients.

It wasn’t until 2018, again during a time of crisis, that he truly entered Mr Trump’s inner circle.

“When he was invited to become the President’s personal attorney, that was a major coup for Giuliani,” Mr Kirtzman said.

“It brought him back to the centre of the action.”


Associates say Rudy Giuliani enjoys the attention that comes with being close to the President. (Reuters: Mike Segar)

His main task was grappling with the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, led by Robert Mueller.

Allegations of possible Kremlin collusion with the Trump campaign had cast a long, dark cloud over the first few years of the administration.

A frustrated Commander-in-Chief, who had seen several close confidants indicted, was demanding a more aggressive response.

From the outset, Mr Giuliani delivered during a series of chaotic encounters with journalists.

“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from,” he claimed in one exchange.

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Rudy Giuliani defends taking info from the Russians

When Mr Giuliani discovered the President would not face charges from the probe, he decided impeachment — a political, not criminal, proceeding — was the biggest threat to his client’s grasp on the Oval Office.

So, at the end of last year, he turned his attention to eastern Europe, looking for anything that could be used to challenge damaging findings.

Rudy Giuliani looks to Ukraine

For some time, a debunked story has circulated on fringe right-wing websites suggesting it was Ukraine, not Russia, that was responsible for meddling in the 2016 US election.

While the narrative is pushed by the Kremlin, the US intelligence community has unanimously concluded it is false.

But while Mr Giuliani was digging into the theory, he came across separate unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden — now one of Mr Trump’s leading political rivals — abused his power as Vice-President in 2016 to protect his son’s business interests in Ukraine.


Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden (far left) is at the centre of right-wing conspiracies about his business dealings in Ukraine. (Reuters: Bryan Woolston)

There’s no evidence Mr Biden acted improperly.

But there’s plenty to show Mr Giuliani and associates began promoting the claim and pushing for Ukraine to announce investigations.

Official inquiries into the Bidens and 2016 meddling theories could have been beneficial to his most important client, the President, as he campaigned for re-election.

The shadowy work of Mr Trump’s private lawyer in eastern Europe made many US officials uncomfortable.

“Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” former national security adviser John Bolton reportedly warned.

Impeachment risk fades then rapidly re-emerges

On the 24th of July, Robert Mueller made his long-awaited appearance before Congress to discuss his inquiry’s findings.

But the special counsel was an anti-climactic witness.

Many Democrats were left deflated and Trump supporters were jubilant – the threat to the President seemed over.

But the next morning, Mr Trump changed everything.

While chatting with his newly-elected Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, he asked for a “favour”.


US President Donald Trump’s impeachment woes began with a phone call to the leader of Ukraine. (Reuters: Jonathan Ernst)

The President urged him to look into the two theories his personal lawyer was pushing.

“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak with him that would be great,” the President asked.

That conversation triggered a CIA whistle-blower complaint, which quickly turned into a full-blown investigation.

It heard allegations that military aid and a White House visit were being withheld as leverage to get the Ukrainian inquiries launched.

Democrats claim there is enough evidence to throw the 45th President out of office in an impeachment trial in the Senate.

They say he abused his office to try to secure political help from a foreign country and then tried to cover it up.

“President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation,” leading Democrat Adam Schiff declared.

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@RepAdamSchiff This is precisely the conduct the Founders were most concerned about when they provided the remedy of impeachment:

Mr Giuliani’s work to protect the President had badly backfired, though he claims to have been unfairly maligned.

“These morons, when this is over, I will be the hero,” Mr Giuliani told The Atlantic earlier this year.

“I’m acting as someone who has devoted most of his life to straightening out government.”

To make things worse, in October two associates of his were arrested with one-way tickets at an airport in Virginia.

Prosecutors have charged them with making illegal campaign contributions.

The US Attorney’s office in New York that Mr Giuliani once ran is now scrutinising his interactions with the pair.

“He’s in a world of trouble right now,” Mr Kirtzman said of Mr Giuliani.

“He’s an embattled figure, he’s facing potential indictment for his activities in Ukraine. He’s in a very precarious state.”

Will Donald Trump throw Giuliani under a bus?

Due to the numbers in the Senate, the President looks all but certain to survive the trial in the upper house of Congress early next year.

By the time he faces voters in November 2020, the Ukraine scandal could have faded into the background.

But the immediate future of his personal lawyer is far from clear.

For months, there have been signs many Republicans and a chorus of White House officials want him cut loose.

Early last month, Mr Giuliani was asked if he was worried Mr Trump could “throw him under a bus.”

“I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid,” he said.

His lawyer immediately claimed the comment was a joke and Mr Giuliani later called Mr Trump to apologise.

The President was already reportedly cross about a New York Times report that Mr Giuliani was pursuing business opportunities at the same time he was carrying out his shadow diplomacy.

It is well known in Washington that Mr Trump hates when others profit off him.

Rudy Giuliani rarely backs down

Despite his mounting woes, Mr Giuliani refuses to back down.

He has recently been in eastern Europe, interviewing Ukrainians for a documentary series for a conservative television outlet.

It aims to promote a pro-Trump narrative to undermine the impeachment case.

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@RudyGiuliani Working on an important project with @OANN, intended to bring before the American people information

By any measure, it is a brazen act, considering many might have suggested he keep out of the spotlight for a bit.

“He’s always been one to double down and he has always liked the spotlight,” Mr Frydman said.

“He said he doesn’t care about his legacy because he’ll be dead, but the people who worked for him do.”

“I just wish he and the President would think about what they’re doing to the country.”

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

JAY-Z Supports Meek Mill At Philly 4:44 Concert Plays “Dreams & Nightmares”

JAY-Z showed Meek Mill some support at his “4:44” concert in Philadelphia on Friday night.

Hov has been a staunched critic of the justice system since the MMG rapper was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. The Roc Nation boss supported the #FreeMeekMill movement during the Philly leg of his “4:44 Tour” by playing the rapper’s hit single “Dreams & Nightmares” during his set. He leads the crowd on a “Free Meek Mill” chant. The rap legend also penned an op-ed in the New York Times last month throwing his support behind Meek, while calling out the justice system for its mass incarceration of young black men.

Some Philadelphia 76ers players including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were at the concert showing their support for Meek Mill. The due wore T-Shirts that says “STAND WITH MEEK MILL.” The fans on Meek’s home turf poured in their numbers to fill up the arena for a sold-out crowd. JAY-Z also showed his support to Colin Kaepernick by wearing his jersey at the sold-out show. R&B singer Trey Songz and rapper Yo Gotti were also showed up to show his support and was also spotted at the after party.

“That sh*t [Kaepernick’s protest] is not about inanimate objects,” Hov said. “It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.”

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Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams, is currently awaiting the outcome of his emergency bail application. The Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a ruling last month directing Judge Genece Brinkley to make a ruling on the rapper’s bail. She is the same judge who handed down the unjust sentencing after she claimed that the rapper broke his probation by getting arrested earlier this year for breaking up a fight and popping wheelies in the streets of New York.

Stand with Meek Mill. #FREEMEEKMILL #444TOURbr pic.twitter.com/G7qyWutG3d

— Team JAY-Z BR (@99jayzbr) December 2, 2017

Drake Calls For “Free Meek Mill” During Show in Australia

Drake joins the long list of rappers who are calling for Meek Mill freedom from prison.

The 6 God is currently touring in Australia and during his show in Melbourne on Saturday night, he paused for a few seconds to support the “Free Meek Mill” movement. We all know the history of Drake and Meek beef is littered with Ws and Ls with the Toronto rapper being the recipient of the Ws. The beef left a bitter taste in both rappers mouths and the two have not spoken to each other or made peace since.

During his performance, Drizzy spotted a fan wearing a T-Shirt that says “Free Meek Mill” and that’s when he paused to share his feelings. “I see you got the Free Meek Mill shirt,” the Views rapper said. “Free Meek Mill too, for real. You right.”

The Philly rhymer is currently serving 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. He was sentenced two weeks ago to serve time in a state prison, but the judge’s heavy-handed sentencing drew widespread outrage among the rapper’s fans and his celebrity peers including JAY-Z who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times speaking out against the justice system and its unfair practices towards African American male.

Drake seems to have the same feelings about Meek Mill’s sentence despite their differences. You can recalled, Meek was the one who instigated the beef when he trashed the Toronto rapper on Twitter while accusing him of not writing his own raps. Drake responded with two scathing diss records, “Charged Up” and “Back To Back.” The later went on to become an anthem and even earned Drizzy a Grammy nomination.

Earlier this year, Drizzy did an interview where he spoke about the beef and said that he and Meek will never be friends again. “That’s just somebody that I never wanna be friends with… I’m not trying to make any songs or be boys, you stay over there and I stay over here,” he said.

Drake says "Free Meek Mill" after shouting out a fan who brought a sign to the show. #bmwt #boymeetsworldtour pic.twitter.com/onDEXW0WER

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) November 19, 2017


Kenny Chesney – Rich And Miserable (Lyric Video) letras

October 24, 2016


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[Verse 1]
Green grass, help the cows graze, hedgefund 401
Keg and milk and honey in the land of the free
New York Times, Farmer’s Almanac
Too busy to call our mamas
Back porch ain’t what it used to be
We don’t know what we want
But we want it and we want it all right now

We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

[Verse 2]
Go to school to get a job
Don’t make enough to pay it off
And on and on it goes
Right wing blue jean, gotta get the new thing
Whatever it takes to make the world look at you, think…

We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

And maybe we’ll get it
(And maybe we’ll get it)
Maybe we won’t
(Maybe we won’t)
But even when we get it
(But even when we get it)
Really we don’t

We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

Come on, get rich and miserable
Come on, get rich and miserable