AJ McDougall

AJ McDougall

How Trump’s Birthdays Went From Golden Ticket to Fool’s Gold

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThere was a before.Before the 34 felony convictions. Before those other three pesky ongoing criminal cases. Before he watched an insurrection in his name unfold live on Fox News. Before even the golden escalator ride and the time that Barack Obama made those mean jokes about him. Donald Trump was just a boy. And on one special day of every year, he was something even better—the birthday boy.A Trump birthday party used to mean something. It meant a night of glitz and glamor, gaudiness and gold. It was a veritable who’s-who of the rich and famous schmoozing it up with the bright young things as the has-beens and also-rans loitered anxiously at the edges, wallflowers waiting to be asked to dance. Regis Philbin used to be there, man.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Joey Chestnut Reveals Next Move After Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Ban

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWhere’s the beef? Only on Netflix, of course.A clash of the titans is being cooked up by the streaming giant, which announced on Wednesday that it plans to pit two men—inarguably, the best in the world at shoving hot dogs down their gullets—against one another in a winner-take-all battle later this year.The live special, Chestnut vs. Kobayashi: Unfinished Beef, will see Joey Chestnut and “fiercest rival” Takeru Kobayashi face off for the first time in 15 years.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Joey Chestnut Barred From Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Due to Vegan Sponsor Beef

Eric Thayer/Getty ImagesIt’s the end of an era for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, with 16-time champion Joey Chestnut deemed unable to compete in the beloved July 4 event after signing with a vegan brand. Major League Eating said in a statement on Tuesday that it had been “devastated to learn” of Chestnut’s betrayal: choosing to represent “a rival brand that sells plant-based hot dogs rather than competing in the 2024 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.” Though the organization did not name the rival brand, the New York Post reported that Chestnut had recently gone into business with Impossible Foods. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Rudy Giuliani’s Leering Mug Shot Released in Arizona ‘Fake Electors’ Case

Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/MCSO/ReutersHe can’t keep a straight face.Rudy Giuliani was all smiles in a mug shot released by Arizona authorities on Monday after he was processed in connection with allegations he conspired to overturn the 2020 election.The former New York mayor and onetime personal attorney to Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges stemming from his role in the plot.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Michigan Driver From Viral Court Hearing Finally Gets His Learner’s Permit

Saginaw County Clerk of CourtA Michigan man who went viral for appearing behind the wheel during his virtual court hearing on a driving infraction has, at long last, obtained his learner’s permit, according to his lawyer.Dionne Webster-Cox told People that her infamous client, Corey Harris, took “a step in the right direction” last Friday, when he went to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office, which handles motor vehicle regulation, and passed a theory test.Harris was filmed by Webster-Cox going into the office, taking the test, and dancing outside afterward. An edited and sped-up compilation of the clips was posted to Instagram by the lawyer on Monday. “Congratulations! Yay!” she appears to say, laughing.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Rudy Giuliani Calls Fani Willis a ‘Ho’ at Far-Right Christian Rally

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesRudy Giuliani stooped to a new low over the weekend, deploying a derogatory epithet to refer to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis during an address at a Christian nationalist conference. Playing to the cheap seats, Giuliani called her a “ho,” an apparent shortening of the word “whore” used to smear someone, usually a woman, as a sex worker. The former New York mayor called out Willis, who indicted him in Georgia last year in connection with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, while speaking onstage at the ReAwaken American Tour, a far-right movement launched in part by Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Read more at The Daily Beast.

British Journalist Recalls Harrowing Moment He Found Diet Doctor’s Body

Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty ImagesA British journalist described the harrowing moment he found the body of of Michael Mosley, a television personality and doctor, on a Greek beach Sunday morning.The reporter, Ed Southgate, recalled the tragic discovery in a column for The Sun, a British tabloid. He called the moment “horrifying and incredibly overwhelming,” and said it was “among the saddest stories” he had the misfortune of working on. “I was hit by an intense shock and sadness,” he recalled of seeing Mosley’s body alongside a dropped umbrella. “I felt sick and at several points I was on the verge of tears.” Read more at The Daily Beast.

Caitlin Clark Breaks Her Silence on Olympics Snub

G Fiume/Getty ImagesCaitlin Clark isn’t bothered that she was left off the Team USA roster for the upcoming Paris Olympics—but the snub has apparently put a fire in her belly.“I’m excited for the girls that are on the team,” she told reporters on Sunday, according to ESPN. “I know it’s the most competitive team in the world, and I knew it could’ve gone either way—me being on the team, me not being on the team. I’m excited for them. I’m going to be rooting them on to win gold.“Honestly, no disappointment. It just gives me something to work for; it’s a dream. Hopefully one day I can be there. I think it’s just a little more motivation. You remember that. Hopefully when four years comes back around, I can be there.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

Trump Can Only Think of Himself After Fans Collapse at Town Hall

Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesThree days after nearly a dozen people were treated for heat-related symptoms at an Arizona town hall he held in record-shattering heat, Donald Trump complained jokingly to a Las Vegas crowd at a similarly sweltering rally about how no one worries about him.“They never mention me. I’m up here sweating like a dog,” he said. “[The] Secret Service said we have to make sure everyone is safe. I said, ‘What about me?’ We never thought of that. They don’t think about me. I’m working my ass off. I’m working hard.”Temperatures in Vegas hovered around 100 degrees on Sunday. At least one person collapsed at the outdoor rally, prompting the people around her to bellow for medical aid and a Secret Service agent to come sprinting over, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.Read more at The Daily Beast.

France’s Macron Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Win in EU Vote

Hannah McKay/Pool/AFP via Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday that he would dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call for new legislative elections after an exit poll showed his coalition government being handily defeated by the far-right opposition in the European Union’s parliamentary elections.The first projections showed Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration National Rally party crushing Macron’s Renaissance party, with the former collecting a record 31 percent of the vote to the latter’s 15 percent. The center-left Socialist party came in third with 14 percent of the vote.In an address, Macron said that the country was in need of a “clear majority in serenity and harmony,” and that he could not sit back and watch the encroaching influence of far-right parties continue to spread across the continent.Read more at The Daily Beast.