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Bill Maher warns Dems their anti-MAGA campaign isn’t working this time

“Real Time” host Bill Maher is sounding the alarm on Democrats’ election strategy of solely attacking former President Trump. On “America’s Newsroom” Monday, OutKick founder Clay Travis argued Democrats are using the strategy to distract from President Biden’s failures and the fact that a large majority of Americans do not feel Biden is up to the job any longer. 

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CLAY TRAVIS: I think ultimately what Democrats are going to try to do… is disguise from the fact that 75% of Americans — that’s Democrats, Republicans, independent, White, Black, Asian, Hispanic – 75% of Americans don’t think that Biden has the mental or physical fitness to be president of the United States. And so attacking Trump for anything ultimately takes away from the question that is being asked, does Joe Biden deserve another four years of president of the United States? Has he done a good job on the border? Has he done a good job on crime? Has he done a good job on inflation? Do you feel in your own trips to the grocery store that you are paying substantially more and have less in your pocket than you did before he became president? And all of these things, not to mention war in Ukraine and war in the Middle East right now, the deaths, unfortunately and tragically, that we just saw of three [soldiers] as a result of what’s going on in the Middle East. 

Joe Biden has brought more chaos than Donald Trump ever did. And he isn’t up to the job… The conversations that I hear from everybody is just that everything feels unsettled. And what Biden ultimately told America when he ran in 2020, remember, he said, ‘The adults will be back in charge, I’ll return normalcy to the White House.’ Does anybody feel like America feels normal today? And in nine months, a little bit over nine months, I think the reason that Joe Biden is going to have incredible difficulty getting people to show up and vote for him, is because he’s failed on all the promises that he made. 

Maher warned on Friday night’s show of the “two liabilities” President Biden has, which polling in past months has shown he is losing with “Hispanics” and “people under 35.”

“Let’s take the first one. That’s the issue of immigration, or at least it seems that’s what the Democrats think it is. And yet they’re the party that keeps losing Hispanics to the party of razor wire now,” Maher said, referring to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott placing razor wire on the southern border at the center of a legal battle with the Biden administration. 

“I also think it’s not a great strategy to run a Democratic campaign based on ‘How can they like this guy?!’ Because some people just do… Maybe it’s better to look at why he is winning among the people who ‘are rapists. And who do drugs,'” Maher continued, whipping out his Trump impersonation in front of California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

“Maybe there’s a fly in the ointment there.”

Maher’s remarks came on the heels of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon expressing similar sentiments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying the Democrats’ anti-MAGA rhetoric will hurt Biden’s re-election chances. 

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Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

Fani Willis warned White House meetings warrant ‘very deep investigation’ by ex-prosecutor

Former federal prosecutor Andrew Cherkasky joined “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” to discuss allegations Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willi inappropriately spent state tax money on the prosecution of former President Trump.

Host Trey Gowdy opened the discussion by pointing out that Willis was “already catching heat” over claims she hired alleged romantic partner Nathan Wade to prosecute Trump in Georgia’s election interference case, but newly unsealed court documents surrounding Wade’s divorce case are “generating even more questions.”

Gowdy asked, “Even if these allegations are true, does it impact State of Georgia v. Donald J. Trump and if so, how?”

“I’m not sure if this is more soap opera or like [a] John Grisham legal thriller, because the cards seem to be falling for Fani Willis,” Cherkasky responded.

Cherkasky expressed the need for a thorough investigation into potential honest services fraud by Willis and raised concerns over reports suggesting meetings between Willis, Wade and the Biden White House, raising suspicions of potential election interference.

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“What is going on here is essentially kickbacks. Fani Willis bringing in somebody unqualified for the job, and it seems as though he’s giving her these elaborate trips, these elaborate vacations. That’s something that we know as honest services fraud,” said Cherkasky. 

“I think that is something that needs a very deep investigation, but even more concerning now is these reports that we hear that Fani Willis and Nathan Wade were taking meetings at the White House. And what I really want to know about those meetings is whether there was an improper purpose where they trying to, set the timing up so that it would interfere with the 2024 election. All of these questions need very serious answers, I think, well before we get to any potential trial against Donald Trump.”

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Cherkasky underscored the significance of determining the role of these White House meetings in order to understand if there was any directive from the top to manipulate the prosecution of former President Trump.

“I think what’s most interesting is trying to figure out what was going on between the White House and Fani Willis and Nathan Wade,” Cherkasky said. “Those conversations are key in my mind because Joe Biden has claimed all along that he’s not been involved in the prosecutions of Donald Trump, that he’s tried to keep a distance from that, but if there’s direction coming from the top, in order to essentially manipulate this prosecution to be something that benefits Joe Biden or the Democrats in the 2024 election, then to me, it feels very much like what they’re complaining about Donald Trump doing back in 2020.”

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“We can’t be in a nation where we are using the DOJ or using our legal systems to interfere with the actual – the voting and democratic process in our country. We need fairness, and we need to have assurance that the courts will ultimately allow the political process to work independent of aggressive prosecutors that are scattered throughout the nation,” Cherkasky added.

Top Obama official’s attack on Biden foreign policy resurfaces after US soldiers killed

A former top Obama administration official’s past criticism of President Biden’s foreign policy failures has resurfaced in the wake of an attack on a U.S. military outpost in Jordan that tragically took the lives of three American soldiers over the weekend.

That official, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, first expressed his displeasure with Biden’s foreign policy positions in a 2014 memoir titled, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” writing that although Biden was a man of integrity, he believed the former senator and then-vice president had “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Gates doubled down on those claims when asked about his book during a 2021 interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” saying, “I think he’s gotten a lot wrong.” He then pointed to what he said was Biden’s opposition to “every one of Ronald Reagan’s military programs to contest the Soviet Union,” the first Gulf War, and to their differences concerning the war in Afghanistan.

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Gates also said he believed Biden made a mistake in the way he handled the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan that same year.

First appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2006, Gates was the sole cabinet member to remain in his post after Obama took office in 2009. He stepped down from the role in June 2011. Prior to his appointment, Gates served as the Director of the CIA and as Deputy National Security Advisor to former President George H. W. Bush.

The Pentagon on Monday identified the names of the three U.S. soldiers killed in the Iran-backed militia attack as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Ga.; Spc. Kennedy Landon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Ga.; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Ga.

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All were assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, Fort Moore, Ga. 

Critics lashed out at Biden following the attack, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who called for the president to hit Iran “hard” in retaliation.

“When the Biden Administration says ‘don’t’, the Iranians ‘do’. The Biden Administration’s rhetoric is falling on deaf ears in Iran. Their policy of deterrence against Iran has failed miserably. There have been over 100 attacks against U.S. forces in the region. Iran is undeterred,” Graham said in a statement.

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The soldiers’ deaths marked a major escalation of violence in the ongoing attacks on U.S. forces in the region. The Biden administration has blamed these attacks on Iran-backed militia groups in Syria and Iraq who have struck American targets in retaliation for the U.S.’ support of Israel in its ongoing war with Hamas in Gaza that began on Oct. 7.

Per the DOD, there have been 165 attacks in Iraq, Syria, and now Jordan since Oct. 17. Of these, 66 were in Iraq, 98 were in Syria, and one was in Jordan. 

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The Pentagon says more than 40 people were injured in the weekend attacks on a small desert installation known as Tower 22 in Jordan. At least eight were medically evacuated and the most seriously hurt service is in critical but stable condition. 

An additional 80 U.S. service members have been injured since Oct. 17.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

Language expert explains new accent people have noticed top influencers speaking with

People have started to notice that many of their favorite TikTok content creators may be speaking with a unique accent all their own, and some linguistic experts are saying this new accent represents the future of the English language.

University of Warwick associate professor of linguistics, Dr. Christopher Strelluf, spoke to Fox News Digital about this phenomenon, explaining that there does seem to be a unique accent that’s becoming common among social media content creators and that it’s actually a glimpse into the future of how we may all be speaking.

Multiple outlets like the BBC and Vice have reported on what many see as a new phenomenon that some social media users call “TikTok voice,” “TikTalk,” or “influencer speak.”

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Vice quoted University of Edinburgh sociolinguist Christian Ilbury, who said, “people are noticing a style becoming associated with influencers or micro celebrities,” that can sound “overly informative or really colloquial.”

Many social media users have noticed this accent too. One told the outlet she calls the accent “lavender voice” and noted that influencers use it because “people listen to soft tones.” Another described it as “a type of ASMR” – a popular audio technique Vice noted many influencers use to evoke a “relaxing, tingling sensation” among viewers.

A third social media user commented that the prevalence of this accent represents “the homogenous monotony of the content consumed.”

The BBC described this influencer speak as a sort of “accent” or set of “linguistic quirks” that “have emerged on YouTube or Instagram for well over a decade” and are now found on TikTok. This accent is characterized by “’uptalk’ – a rising intonation on declarative sentences – and ‘vocal fry’: a soft creak as you speak.”

Strelluf described these specific qualities, telling Fox News Digital, “’Uptalk’ is the use of a rising intonation at the end of a statement. American English traditionally uses a falling intonation at the end of statements and a rising intonation at the end of questions. So, in a way, uptalk makes a statement sound more like a question.”

According to Strelluf, this “TikTalk” is not a new accent or budding dialect but just a natural evolution of human language that is being magnified due to the prevalence of social media in our daily lives. That’s why so many people are now noticing it.

“Because young people use TikTok, we’re hearing the changes in language on TikTok. TikTok might help spread some of those changes — maybe by reinforcing that this is the way cool young people talk— but that would just be helping along innovations that are taking place on their own. Really, what’s changing is our awareness of innovations in English,” he said.

Essentially, users and linguistic experts are getting a clearer picture of how English and other languages develop in real time. 

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He compared “TikTalk” to the “Valley Girls” voice widely mocked in the 80s, saying, “Neither of these features is new to TikTok. When I was a kid, people made fun of ‘Valley Girls’ for using uptalk. A decade ago there were a lot of news stories about teenage girls using uptalk and vocal fry to mimic Britney Spears and the Kardashians.”

“Now the same features have been recognized on TikTok.”

The linguistic expert noted that much of this change in language comes, and has always come, from women. 

Strelluf continued, saying, “Language is always changing and women are usually the leaders of those changes. Sociolinguists have studied innovations in English in communities all over the United States for more than half a century. By far, the most consistent finding in all these studies is that, whatever way English is changing, it is women who are the leaders of change.”

He provided a recent observable example of this, saying, “the stereotypical accent of New York City is changing. It’s increasingly unusual for a younger person to sound like Donald Trump or the characters in the old Saturday Night Live ‘Coffee Talk’ skits. With each generation, New York English has changed to be more like the dialects we often associate with the Midwest.”

Strelluf continued: “And with each generation, women have been farther along changing New York City English than men. (The same thing is happening in local dialects all over the United States, including in the accents of big northern cities like Chicago and Detroit, and Southern accents in places like Atlanta and Nashville.”

“The local dialects are changing in the direction of dialects we might associate more with the Midwest, and it’s almost always girls and women who are the leading edge of change,” he added. 

“Social media creates a new way to spread features of language quickly all over the world. New words spread fast and far,” Strelluf declared, though he noted most of the actual changes in “our systems of sounds and grammatical rules” come from “face-to-face interactions” rather than these digital platforms.

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Dozens of migrants from around the world pour out of SUVs and cross US border

Video from Jacumba, California shows the moment two large SUVs pull up to the border before dozens of migrants get out and cross into the U.S. illegally.

Jacumba is in the eastern portion of San Diego County and is monitored by the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector.

The sector has seen a big uptick in border crossings in recent days as Texas continues efforts to lock down its southern border with Mexico.

In a video shot by FOX Nation’s Bud Knapp, dozens of migrants are seen leaving the area of two large SUVs and walking toward the border wall.

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As the migrants reach the end of the wall section, they are then seen turning the corner and entering the U.S. illegally.

The migrants then realize they are being recorded and begin jogging, and the two SUVs leave the area.

Knapp said people in the group included nationals from China, Turkey, Brazil and India, adding that there was only one Border Patrol agent nearby when the crossing took place.

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources, there were nearly 1,100 Border Patrol apprehensions in the San Diego sector on Sunday, including 97 Chinese nationals and 91 Turkish nationals. Over 850 of the illegal crossings were made by single adults.

Last week, a group of former FBI officials warned about a “new and imminent danger” for the U.S. at the southern border, suggesting the country has been invaded by military-age foreign nationals.

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In a letter sent to lawmakers in the House and Senate, the former officials warned that the U.S. was facing a “new and imminent danger,” highlighting that there were over 302,000 migrant encounters in December after a record fiscal 2023, in which there were 2.4 million migrant encounters.

The ten officials include former FBI assistant directors Kevin Brock and Chris Swecker, former Terrorist Screening Center Director Timothy Healy and former acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan, who is also a former FBI superintendent.

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The letter was written at a time when border security is a top political issue. Republicans have blamed the migrant crisis on Biden-era policies and the reversal of Trump-era policies. The administration says it needs more funding and reforms to fix a “broken” system and deal with a hemisphere-wide crisis. DHS has also pointed to an increase in returns of illegal immigrants, including more since May than in the entirety of fiscal 2019.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

Billionaire blasts Biden after attack that killed 3 US soldiers: ‘Weak American leadership’

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman continued his campaign against President Biden over the weekend, arguing the drone attack that killed three U.S. soldiers and injured dozens more on Sunday was further evidence that the president should not have a second term in the White House.

“Our enemies perceive weak American leadership, which has allowed them to attack us with impunity at a grave cost to our servicemen,” Ackman wrote in an X post on Sunday in response to news that the number of injured service members had reached at least 34.

“We arrived at a place where our enemies do not fear us,” the CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management continued. “We are not respected, and the world is a much more dangerous place as a result. We need strength and leadership in the White House. The idea that @POTUS Biden should continue for another term is dangerous and absurd.”

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The White House did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment on Ackman’s post. Following the attack on Sunday, Biden extended his condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers while announcing the attack, and vowed the U.S. would respond.

“Have no doubt: We will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner [of] our choosing,” the president said in a post on X.

Ackman, an influential Harvard University alum who recently led a successful campaign to oust his alma mater’s former president, Claudine Gay, over scandals at the university, has now turned his sights on Biden, arguing the commander in chief is unfit to serve.

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Ackman has gained public prominence in recent months following his criticism of elite universities’ handling of antisemitism on campus in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel. 

He called for the resignations of Gay as well as the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after their controversial congressional testimony. Ackman has also expressed skepticism of corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

In an interview earlier this month on CNBC’s “Squawkbox,” Ackman – who describes himself as a political centrist – said Biden should step aside due to his advanced age. Biden is 81 years old, and became the oldest person ever elected president of the U.S. when he was 77.

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“Just on the age, past his prime issue, I think a good part of the reason why we have what’s going on in the world geopolitically is he’s perceived as a weak president,” Ackman said of Biden. “And he will be even weaker.”

Ackman announced two weeks ago that he would be donating $1 million to a political action committee backing Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., in his Democratic primary campaign to beat Biden.

Forensic pathologist sheds light on mysterious deaths of Chiefs fans

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden delivered his assessment Monday on the deaths of three Kansas City Chiefs fans discovered in their friend Jordan Willis’ frigid backyard.

“It may be that all four of them took something that made them pass out. He [Willis] passed out indoors and slept it off. They passed out in the cold weather and snow, and within an hour, the body temperature would go down from 98 degrees to 80 degrees and the heart rhythm goes awry, and the person dies of a cardiac arrest. Because of hypothermia,” Baden said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

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He told co-host Steve Doocy the toxicology test results will provide more information on whether drugs were consumed and at what level.

“This may be just a recreational level, and they didn’t die of a drug overdose,” he explained.

However, Baden said most simultaneous deaths are caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, but only indoors. 

The outdoor deaths, he continued, point to drugs having been the likeliest cause.

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“They may not have known what was in the material they were taking, and they got confused. They passed out. One passes out indoors and sleeps it off. All the others are outdoors and die of the cold,” he said.

“I’m sure the police already know. They were at the scene. They got information from the scene, what was used, I’m sure this Willis person is talking and cooperating with them [and is telling] what he knows. The police are looking for whoever supplied the drug, and when they find out, they’ll release the information. They know the cause of death. They know what the toxicology is by now.”

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Meanwhile, a source close to Jordan Willis’ family told Fox Nation he has been “depressed” about people speculating that he had something to do with his friends’  deaths and is also “devastated” by the loss.

The three fans were discovered outside Willis’ home after a Jan. 7 NFL watch party. Experts previously told Fox News Digital that fentanyl-laced drugs or K2, a drug commonly mistaken for marijuana, could have been the culprit.

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Fox News’ Christina Coulter contributed to this report.

School board ignites firestorm after removing Veterans Day and Columbus Day holidays

A Stamford, Connecticut school board ignited a “calendar controversy” after voting to remove the Veterans Day and Columbus Day holidays, meaning students are expected to attend class on those dates for the next two years, local outlets reported.

According to WABC, an ABC affiliate based in New York City, one board member cited the length of the 181-day school year that would last into mid-June, arguing that the schedule is too long, but the decision to cut the holidays spawned responses from veterans and others who were outraged.

Alfred Fusco, a veteran and founding member of Stamford’s chapter of the Italian-American service organization UNICO, told the outlet the move was a “gut punch” to him, adding, “It was terrible. It had no inclination.”

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On X, some blasted the decision as “woke” and labeled it as “cancel culture.”

One wrote, “Why stop there? Eliminate Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas!”

Another labeled the decision “unconscionable.” 

The board’s 5-3 vote took place last Tuesday, with the president absent.

Local outlet, the Stamford Advocate, said board member Joshua Esses, who proposed removing the two holidays, also proposed removing Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday, and the second day of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah from the calendar, but that suggestion received no support.

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The outlet also noted that Esses argued that both Veterans Day and Columbus Day could be incorporated into the school curriculum in place of observing the holidays at home. 

According to state statute, regional boards of education are authorized to close public schools or keep them open on select holidays outside December and January, but, if class is held, schools are required to hold a “suitable nonsectarian educational program” to observe that day.

Columbus Day, meanwhile, has remained an embattled holiday as concerns over the famous explorer’s role in colonial conquest linger. 

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The day often finds itself in conflict with Indigenous Peoples Day, which many have shifted to observing instead.

One Stamford board member, addressing that contention, said giving students a day off to observe Columbus Day would send a “mixed message” after they came to the conclusion that he wasn’t a hero during their coursework.

“The students were using primary sources to investigate the true history of Columbus and I can tell you that, based on primary source research, no, they did not conclude that Columbus was a hero,” board member Versha Munsi-South said, according to the Stamford Advocate’s report.

“I don’t think it makes sense to teach students one thing in class and then have Columbus Day off. It’s a mixed message for students.”

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Board member Becky Hamman pushed back against that notion, arguing that Columbus should not be painted as a villain because of political polarization.

When reached for comment, a district spokesperson for Stamford Public Schools said the following:

“The Stamford Board of Education (BOE) is responsible for approving the annual District calendar, and the State of Connecticut gives local and regional boards of education the discretion to keep schools open on any federal holiday except those occurring in December and January.”

“On Tuesday, January 23, the Stamford BOE approved the 2024-25 and 2025-2026 Stamford Public Schools calendars following passage of a motion to have schools remain open on Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Schools in several neighboring districts already remain open on Columbus Day and/or Veterans Day, and both holidays will continue to be acknowledged on the Stamford Public Schools calendar along with other holidays and religious observances that fall on days when school is in session. “

“The State does require schools that remain open on a federal holiday to offer a “suitable nonsectarian educational program” in observance of that holiday. Stamford Public Schools already hosts many events in recognition of our local veterans, and we look forward to continuing that tradition on Veterans’ Day in 2024 and 2025. In addition, our Teaching and Learning Department will be working to develop programming about Columbus Day that will be presented to students in recognition of that federal holiday.”

Jimmy Failla’s new book ‘Cancel Culture Dictionary’ puts spotlight on the outrage era

Jimmy Failla’s book “Cancel Culture Dictionary” hit stores on Tuesday, putting a spotlight on the outrage era plaguing society. 

“Cancel Culture is the only movement where the biggest winners are a bunch of losers,” Failla told Fox News Digital

“It’s populated by people who spend all day on social media looking for something to get offended by so they can leverage the world’s outrage into their ‘likes,’” he continued. “As the book shows, nothing has been improved in the outrage era — crime is higher, test scores are lower, and we’re all a lot fatter despite what the Instagram filters show you.”

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“Cancel Culture Dictionary: An A to Z Guide to Winning the War On Fun,” is the latest offering from Fox News Books. Failla, a former New York City taxi driver, said the purpose of the project was to simply show how cancel culture has “broken our compass.” 

He also believes cancel culture has gotten to the point where things aren’t being canceled “in the name of progress,” but rather for power or personal gain. He cited everything from backlash to comedian Dave Chappelle, the vanishing of syrup icon Aunt Jemima and a school declaring that Abraham Lincoln didn’t prove that Black lives matter to him as some of the most egregious examples of cancel culture gone wrong. 

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Failla feels that people don’t know the difference between a joke and a hate crime these days, but hopes the latest offering from Fox News Books can help right the ship. 

“This book is my attempt to get society back on track. And yes, I’m aware of just how bad things have gotten if a former New York City cab driver who plays video games in his 40’s is now the voice of reason,” Failla said. 

“In short, this book may not save the world,” he continued. “But if you like reading at a third-grade level you’ll still be glad you bought it.”

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Failla previously called the book “a step-by-step guide to how everybody can live their life in a way, you know, that will really recalibrate society.”

“It’s not a call to arms. It’s a call to chill the f–k out,” Failla said. 

“Cancel Culture Dictionary” is available now

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