In a week when the U.S.'s ideological divisions were on open display, it's nice to know that everyone can still come together in the face of a common enemy. I am speaking, of course, of the reviled Belgians, who will face off against Team USA later today in their Group of 16 match in the World Cup. The chattering classes on Twitter were more than willing to vent their deep-seated anti-Belgian biases, including Philip Klein of The Washington Examiner:
I woke up today with a deep loathing for Belgium.
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) July 1, 2014
But conservatives were hardly alone. Here is Vox's Zack Beauchamp (who has also contributed to The Week):
Belgium is a wonderful country, with delicious food and beer. But now it must be destroyed.
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) July 1, 2014
Corporations also got in on the act, most prominently Waffle House, which obviously had some explaining to do:
We don't believe in Belgium waffles
— Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 30, 2014
Indeed, there was a lot of anti-waffle commentary:
True Fact: Belgian Waffles are made from the ground bones of orphans
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) July 1, 2014
Which led some to wonder where all this was going:
Americans Struggle To Remember Things Belgians Are Known For That They Can Mock
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 1, 2014
But fear not! The Daily Show's Dan Amira has all the data you need to hate Belgium properly:
— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) July 1, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) picked up about 80 delegates of more than 170 on the table at local and state conventions Saturday, Politico reports.
He snagged a majority of delegates in Arizona and Virginia, two states that strongly backed Donald Trump in primaries. Cruz also made gains in Missouri. Trump fared well in Massachusetts, Alaska, and Arkansas.
Most delegates are obligated to support the winner of their state's nominating contest on the Republican National Convention's first ballot, but can switch allegiances in future rounds of voting. Cruz's strategy banks on Trump not being able to grab the minimum of 1,237 delegates needed to secure the party's nomination outright. Julie Kliegman
President Obama spared no one when he took the stage Saturday at his final White House Correspondents' Dinner. He poked fun at journalists, Democrats, and Republicans alike, saving his harshest jokes for Donald Trump, who didn't attend.
"You have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says no. Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he be possibly doing instead?" Obama said. "Eating a Trump Steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?"
The president proceeded to end his speech with a literal mic drop. Julie Kliegman
— ABC News (@ABC) May 1, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.