Trump’s Impeachment Trial Menu Has Major Billy Madison Vibes

It involves a lot of milk.

If you’ve been following Donald Trump’s impeachment, you’d be well aware that two articles, charging the President with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress have been submitted to the Senate. The trial is now in full swing, and from the outset, it looks like a bunch of people wearing boring suits having a really long, intense (sober) D&M. But if the impeachment menu is anything to go by, the trial is being run by a bunch of preschoolers.

There’s a longstanding Senate rule prohibiting food and drink from being on the floor during the impeachment trial, but we all know that all work and no food makes politicians dull boys – so the senators have come up with a sneaky menu loophole.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Trump and his fellow Senator’s big boy milk and candy diet in the latest ep of It’s Been A Day For… below:

Apparently, water and milk (!!) are still allowed to be consumed in the chamber because of a precedent set all the way back in 1966. “Senate rules do not prohibit a Senator from sipping milk during his speech,” a presiding officer once stated.

Milk isn’t the only beverage senators have been sneaking onto the Senate floor, either. “Anecdotal evidence suggest that in years past senators have been allowed to bring other beverages, such as milk or orange juice, into the chamber,” assistant Senate historian Daniel Holt told Insider

If the milk wasn’t childish enough, there are also rumours of a ‘candy drawer’ on the Senate floor. According to Insider, GOP Sen. George Murphy of California started his sweetie stash back in 1965 and would secretly share them with his colleagues – a tradition that continues today.

Speaking to The Morning Call, spokesperson Steve Kelly said the candy menu is currently made up of with “Hershey’s bars with almonds, Rolo caramels, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers bars, Palmer Peanut Butter Cups, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.” 

The Senate floor is so much like a playground there’s even a rule prohibiting iPhones, talking or standing during the impeachment trial. AND one of the Senators is walking around playing with a fidget spinner…

For a group of people making some pretty important decisions about the future of Donald Trump’s Presidency, this menu sounds like kid’s stuff. 

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Sadly, Jessica Simpson's Tale Of Abuse And Addiction Is All Too Familiar

It happens time and time again.

Jessica Simpson is about to release her memoir Open Book, and it’s brimming with shock revelations about abuse and addiction.

In the new book, Simpson opens up about being sexually abused by a family friend’s daughter and self-medicating “with alcohol and stimulants.”

Simpson made the decision to get sober in 2017 after “hitting rock bottom.” 

“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she wrote. “When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life.”

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Simpson’s memoir in the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

It’s so refreshing to see Jessica Simpson be so open and honest about her struggles, but sadly, it’s all too familiar.

Many of the child stars we grew up watching on Disney and Nickelodeon have gone on to experience serious mental health issues and struggle with addiction later in life.

In 2018, Camp Rock child star and singer Demi Lovato relapsed after six years of sobriety, was hospitalised for an opioid overdose and entered a rehab facility shortly after. High School Musical star Zac Efron sought treatment in 2013 after struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse. 

It was a similar story in the years prior for former child stars including Britney Spears, Aaron Carter and Nickelodeon’s Amanda Bynes.

Even Justin Bieber, who was discovered at just 13 years old, has opened up about his heavy drug use. Last year, in a lengthy Instagram post, Bieber wrote, “I went from a 13-year-old from a small town to being praised left and right by the world, with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was.”

He said that by the time he was 18 he had “no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted.”  

“I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all my relationships. I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry,” he said, explaining that it took him “years to bounce back from all these terrible decisions, fix broken relationships, and change relationship habits.”

Unfortunately, many of the child stars we looked up to as kids have experienced serious struggles in their lives – however, it’s not all bad. Because of the bravery of these celebrities, and their ability to speak out about their experiences, the next generation of young stars are able to be just as truthful, seek help and use their platforms to remind the world that we are all humans – no one is perfect.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing struggles with addiction of abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

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Taylor Swift Is Done Being Tight-Lipped About Her Political Beliefs

She's speaking her truth.

With a new year comes new attitudes, and no one is feeling that mood right now more than Taylor Swift who is officially done with remaining tight-lipped on politics.

Taylor Swift has announced she’s releasing a new single called ‘Only The Young’ alongside her upcoming Netflix documentary Miss Americana at the end of this month. According to Variety, the single will be “an anthem for millennials who might have come away disillusioned with the political process.”

Listen to the GOAT team break down Taylor’s political dip in the latest episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Having gone through her fair share of personal battles in recent years, fighting against sexual assault and for the rights to her own music, it seems as though Swift is well and truly done with being the submissive cookie cutter popstar she was once been made out to be. 

Taylor Swift isn’t the only celebrity marrying politics and art. Ariana Grande encouraged her fans to vote by setting up registration booths at her shows, and Miley Cyrus has always been outspoken about abortion and gun laws on social media and in her interviews. 

And there are so many rising stars on the horizon who understand the power of their platform and how their music or art can go hand-in-hand with politics to make a difference. 

However, politics and music have had a long relationship. Billie Holiday’s 1939 track ‘Strange Fruit’ is about racism, Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 classic ‘Born In The USA’ is about a Vietnam veteran struggling to adjust to civilian life, stranded by a lack of government support, and since bursting onto the scene in the mid-noughties, rapper Kendrick Lamar has released countless tracks about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

On the flipside, politics have the ability to weaponise music. Artists including Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, The Rolling Stones and more have repeatedly tried to stop Donald Trump from using their songs at rallies – some have succeeded, however others have failed.

Despite this, it’s still crucial for artists to understand the power of their music and its ability to influence major shifts in society and politics. Kudos to Taylor Swift for sticking to her guns and speaking her truth – we are all ears.

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