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EDITORIAL: This Week In Stupid Questions, Stupid Answers And Hot Takes

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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From Billy Crystal complaining about the state of comedy to Ana Navarro calling a Republican leader a “pimple,” this past week has been full of insults and hot takes.

The 24-hour news cycle — coupled with thousands of media outlets and a gradual return from pandemic boredom to a somewhat normal life — makes it all but impossible for anyone to truly stay abreast of all the news.

To save our readers the time and aggravation, the Daily Caller has compiled some of the most ridiculous moments from the last week and brought them together in one convenient dispatch.

So here it is, the week that was:

  • Legendary actor and comedian Billy Crystal said the quiet part out loud, arguing that cancel culture and political correctness are turning comedy into a “minefield.”

  • MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch predicted that former President Donald Trump would be indicted before he had a chance to run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and challenged Trump’s supporters to “get that in your thick, dumb skulls.”

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  • CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized a Texas Democrat for calling Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott an “Oreo,” but made it clear that he didn’t have a problem with black Americans using the term in private.

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  • CNBC’s Steve Liesman was so shocked by the April jobs report that he thought it must be a typo. “It looks like 266,000, but maybe I have that wrong, let me double check the bureau website here… Yes, 266 is correct. Unemployment changed to 6.1%. So we have some issues here,” he said.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner claimed her friends were leaving California at least in part because of the homelessness problem — and late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel had thoughts. “Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a-hole?” he asked.

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  • Dave Chappelle joined Joe Rogan’s podcast to discuss “Saturday Night Live,” Elon Musk and the state of woke culture. “No one can be woke enough,” Chappelle said. “You’re not gonna nag people into behaving in a way that’s — In fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you’re right, you’ll be very hard to hear.”
  • Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar claimed it was “an act of terrorism” for Israel to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks.

  •  Fox News host Greg Gutfeld lashed out at Democrats for blowing off the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. “Sure, a few kids drown. Some get raped, right? But it happens every day,” he said sarcastically. “It was odd that when it was happening under Trump, though, it mattered. It was the immoral work of a racist man supported by racist supporters. But now when there is a Democrat, it’s like oh, whoa! This stuff happens all the time. Relax, everybody.”

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  • Actor Seth Rogen revealed that Tom Cruise once tried to sell him on Scientology. He said Cruz argued, “If you just gave me like an hour to tell you about it, you’d be like, ‘No f–king way?! That’s what Scientology is?! No f–king way!!’ In just one hour I could completely change your minds!!”
  • O.J. Simpson went to bat for ousted Republican conference chair Liz Cheney, saying that he realized he mostly disliked her because she was former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter. “Standing up for the truth, that’s something I know her father wouldn’t have done so, right now I’m kind of a fan of Liz Cheney,” he said.
  • Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins tore into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during a Senate hearing. “I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC. I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore,” she said.
  • CNN contributor Ana Navarro referred to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as “a pimple on the butt of history,” arguing that Cheney would be remembered throughout history as a “profile in courage.”
  • Amid gas shortages and long lines due to the Colonial Pipeline hack, the U.S. Government was forced to put out a warning reminding Americans not to store gasoline in plastic bags.

  • Gutfeld referred to Biden’s presidency thus far as “Joe and Kamala’s Awful Adventure,” and drew a parallel to former President Jimmy Carter’s time in office. “The 1970s called, they want their unmitigated disasters back,” he said.

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Check back next week for a comprehensive look at who said what and about whom.