ICE has a ‘uterus collector’?! Trump team’s 5 biggest WTF moments of the week.

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We’ve gotten used to expecting the unexpected during the Trump simulation — I mean — administration. The news cycle moves so fast, it’s hard to keep up.

So, just in case you missed the wildest stories from this week, here’s a countdown of five that will make you go “WTF?” The #1 story about ICE is truly stunning.

5. The Trump administration is working hard to ban TikTok

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Since pre-pandemic times, Trump has been trying to combat the global success of Chinese-owned app TikTok. On Friday, the Trump administration said they’d be barring TikTok and WeChat, another Chinese-owned mobile app, from app stores by midnight on Sunday.

It’s refreshing to see an administration that cares about the real issues, like banning an app that targets a younger demographic and bolsters community and connection in a time of social distancing!

TikTok filed a lawsuit late Friday night, marking the app’s second clash with Trump in court.

Users are already taking to the app to clear up misleading and unclear information, proving how effectively TikTok can spread important news.

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The Trump administration has cited concerns of the app being a threat to national security, but it’s US officials’ distrust of China leading to a suspicion of the app. Banning TikTok would be America becoming its own censorship nightmare. The same foreign tech powerhouse censorship that China exemplifies and that the federal government repudiates.

4. FBI Director Chris Wray reminds us that ‘Antifa’ is an idealogy, not an organization

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Who needed this reminder? Conservatives. Did they listen? No.

After asked about the threat posed by “Antifa” during a hearing on Thursday, FBI Chief Christopher Wray stated the apparent fact established already: there is no “Antifa” organization, contradicting Trump’s claim that Antifa is a domestic terrorist group.

Twitter was quick to react.

Wray also mentioned in Thursday’s hearing that Russia is indeed attempting to interfere with the electoral success of Joe Biden.

Trump was, of course, pleased to be proven wrong by Wray’s correct contradiction about Antifa.

3. The Trump administration hoped to use a heat ray to disperse DC protesters on June 1st

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 If there was ever a clue that proved we are living in a simulation, perhaps it can be found in the new information that during the historic protests on June 1st, federal officials looked into utilizing a microwave heat ray to disperse protesters.

The device, ADS (Active Denial System), was developed as a non-lethal weapon by the US military 20 years ago.

ADS is capable of reaching individuals far out of arms-reach. According to e-mails shared with NPR and The Washington Post, the device’s effect on the victim that “is overwhelming, causing an immediate repel response by the targeted individual.”

Here’s a video explaining how it works:

And here’s a video of it in action during a demonstration of the weapon’s use, this is what the current administration wanted to use against its own citizens:

2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death sparks a political battle, mere hours after she passed

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On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg succumbed to cancer, leaving a vacancy that Republicans are rushing to fill before the election in November. If a conservative is nominated to fill RBG’s seat, it could hinder historically progressive policy decisions from being made for generations.

“A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, ” Obama said in a statement on Friday. He’s talking about staying true to the precedent set in 2016.  Senate Majority Leader McConnell refused to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland because “the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.”

According to NPR, in a statement to her granddaughter days before her death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Though there is no obligation to serve her dying wish, a precedent has been set and the increasing partisan divide proves how crucial the November election is for the future success of America.

1. There’s a ‘uterus collector’ at an ICE facility in Georgia

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Believe it or not, this isn’t the plot of a science fiction young adult novel, but real life. On Tuesday, we learned that a whistleblower complaint filed by former nurse Dawn Wooten accused a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center of conducting hysterectomies at a “high rate” on uninformed immigrant women in the facility.

In case you aren’t sure what’s wrong with this, it’s simple: a surgery performed without consent is illegal and an unnecessary hysterectomy is a human rights violation.

Twitter wasted no time in saying “WTF?”

Wooten told NPR that the ICE facility demoted her after she raised questions about the medical malpractice and the inadequate COVID-19 response, including a lack of Personal Protective Equipment and testing.

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