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Weekend Update: Milo Yiannopoulos has meltdown on Parler and more

Here's what you may have missed this weekend.

 

Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Published Dec 14, 2020   Updated Dec 14, 2020, 7:35 am CST

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The official cause of death for YouTuber Reeflay’s pregnant girlfriend, Valentina Grigoryeva, was revealed after he allegedly killed her during a live stream. Here’s what else caught our attention this weekend:

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  • Milo Yiannopoulos has meltdown on Parler after SCOTUS decision
  • White cop fatally shoots man—even as his Black partner tries to stop him
  • This year’s holiday celebration may be on Zoom—here’s how to host a satisfying virtual party

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Milo Yiannopoulos has meltdown on Parler after SCOTUS decision

The Supreme Court on Friday threw out a Texas lawsuit that aimed to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and some loyalists of President Donald Trump are handling the news better than others. 

Conservatives on Reddit are being lauded for handling the unsurprising news “like adults.” “Well that’s that then,” one redditor wrote.

Milo Yiannopoulos, on the other hand, is having a full-blown meltdown on Parler. “I am dedicating the rest of my life to the destruction of the Republican Party,” he vowed on Friday after hearing the news. 

He also took aim at the three justices appointed by Trump to the Supreme Court who voted to reject the Texas case. “Trump’s SCOTUS appointments were pointless. We defended a selfish clown for nothing,” the once-staunch supporter of the president wrote.

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Screenshots of his posts are being widely shared on Twitter, with many mocking the current “mood” on Parler (other users are calling for a “Texit” or Civil War). 

The far-right isn’t having that much luck IRL either. They descended on Washington, D.C., Saturday in support of Trump. The Proud Boys accidentally wrote a horny message to antifa on their butts, and their leader seemingly claimed he had a “last minute invite” to the White House. The White House later disputed his claim.

Catch up on more you may have missed this weekend below.

—Eilish O’Sullivan, news wire editor


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White cop fatally shoots man—even as his Black partner tries to stop him

Kawaski Trawick, a gay 32-year-old personal trainer and aspiring professional dancer, was shot and killed in his apartment by a New York Police Department officer in 2019. Footage recently obtained and published by ProPublica shows that Officer Brendan Thompson shot Trawick, despite his more-experienced partner’s insistence not to use force. Thompson’s partner, Officer Herbert Davis, even pushes Thompson’s gun down at one point in the footage.

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