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An American Politician Has Been Milkshaked for the First Time

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A big Trump supporter was doused in dairy this weekend

The British habit of throwing milkshakes at far-right-wing politicians appears to have crossed the pond: a Florida woman threw one of the thick dairy beverages at Rep. Matt Gaetz in Pensacola over the weekend. She was arrested for assault; it’s not clear where the milkshake came from, or what flavor it was.

Milkshaking cropped up in recent weeks as the UK prepared to vote in European Union elections — in most cases, the drinks were lobbed at pro-Brexit, often anti-immigrant politicians. Substitute “Trump” for “Brexit” and the Florida incident seems to be in the same spirit — Gaetz is a fairly hardcore Trump supporter, who is currently under investigation for possible witness tampering, after a tweet directed at former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. He has also drawn criticism for inviting an alt-right Holocaust denier to the 2018 State of the Union speech, as well as comments claiming that illegal immigrants are “sucking us dry”.

And in other news...

  • Barack Obama and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau had a beer date at an Ottawa brewery, and they look so darn happy. [DailyHive]
  • McDonald’s will accept foreign currency for a few hours this Thursday as part of a promotion for its new “international” menu items like a Dutch stroopwafel McFlurry. Those cashiers better get a bonus for all that currency conversion math. [USA Today]
  • Also at McDonald’s, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Shangela is doing ads for the chain, proving that the show has gone pretty mainstream. [The Takeout]
  • A small number of farms received over $1 million each in federal aid to help offset the costs of Trump’s trade war with China — but the payouts were meant to be capped at $125,000 per farm. [New Food Economy]
  • There’s a whole set of private Facebook groups where wedding guests very arrogantly criticize food served at weddings. [Mel Magazine]
  • The woman at the center of the “New Hampshire lunch lady who got fired for giving a kid a free meal” story may have been lying. [WaPo]
  • Vice investigates the viral video showing someone fixing a sink with dry ramen noodles, finding that it’s probably a hoax, with a slim chance it’s real. [Munchies]
  • Costco confirms that President Trump’s proposed new import tariffs on Mexico will mean customers pay more at check-out. [CNN]
  • Trump will have lunch with the Queen today; stand-by for likely embarrassing etiquette foibles on the part of the U.S. President. [CBS]
  • The newest (and cheapest!) food delivery innovation is: leaving it unattended on the subway and hoping it makes it to the other end.

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