Not even two weeks since the suicide attack that killed 22 at her concert in Manchester, Ariana Grande made a brave return to headline One Love Manchester, a benefit concert dedicated to victims of the attack. Concert proceeds went to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross according to Deadline, and raised $2.6 million in its first three hours. “I love you guys so much and I think that the kind of love and unity you’re displaying is the medicine the world really needs now,” Grande told fans. “I want to thank you for being just that and I want to thank you for coming tonight.” Pharrell, Mac Miller, the Black Eyed Peas and others also performed.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London terror attack that killed seven and injured 48 others, according to reports. CNN notes the attack as the third terror strike to occur in the UK this year (note: the Westminster Bridge incident during which an attacker drove into pedestrians and the bomb attack during Ariana Grande’s concert). “While the recent attacks are not connected by common networks. . .they are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism,” said Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. “Defeating this ideology is one of the great challenges of our time, but it cannot be defeated by military intervention alone. It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from this violence and make them understand that our values – pluralistic British values – are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate.” 12 people were reportedly arrested.
Of course y’all’s president used this weekend’s London attacks to promote his travel ban, because why wouldn’t he? In an attempt to show sympathy for those affected, Trump took to Twitter to express the United State’s support for London, stating, “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there.” But not before pumping up the travel ban as a necessity for “an extra level of safety!” Classy. “With his London tweets, Trump embarrasses himself — and America — once again,” The Washington Post said in a headline. Where is the lie, though. And is it 2020 yet?
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