May 28, 2024 - 6:00pm

→ Robert De Niro: democracy will ‘perish’ if Trump elected

In his latest career pivot, Robert De Niro has joined the Biden campaign, issuing a Hollywood-worthy warning today: if elected, Trump will end American democracy and remain in office for life.

“Under Trump, this kind of government will perish from the earth,” he said, referencing Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. “I don’t mean to scare you. No, no, wait, maybe I do mean to scare you. If Trump returns to the White House, you can kiss these freedoms goodbye that we all take for granted. And the elections — forget about it. That’s over. That’s done. If he gets in, I can tell you right now. He will never leave.”

Here, Americans are presented with something of a dilemma. If Trump is going to end democracy, then there’s really only one candidate they can choose, thus democracy is basically already over. Might make a decent film. 

→ Lib Dems suffer early campaign embarrassments

As Rishi Sunak is beset by wet speeches, unfortunate historical metaphors and a noticeable lack of sporting tekkers, it’s a good time for his electoral rivals to gloss over their own pratfalls. Such is the fortune of the Lib Dems, who’ve received comparatively little attention for their own embarrassing moments in the last couple of days.

First, party leader Ed Davey managed to fall off his paddle board and into Windermere several times during a photo op in Cumbria, though he’s since claimed that it was intentional. This afternoon, the Lib Dems had to contend with a somewhat odd campaign video from former BBC journalist John Sweeney, who is their candidate for the constituency of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. Wearing his lucky orange beanie, as well as a yellow rosette, Sweeney was filmed walking down a dilapidated high street, before moving to a field where he bemoaned the loss of “our green and pleasant land” and solemnly walked out of shot. With polling from today seemingly cementing the Lib Dems’ position as Britain’s third party, perhaps all publicity is good publicity

→ Daily Wire demonstrates strength of the anti-woke market

American conservative outlet the Daily Wire’s foray into commerce has yielded an annual $22 million in business, constituting 10% of its revenue, according to Axios.

The majority of the money comes from Jeremy’s Razors, which brought in $19 million in 2023 — nearly double its revenue from the previous year. The company even has a wish fulfilment centre in Nashville. It’s a far cry from the $1 billion in annual revenue of Harry’s Razors, the brand whose decision to cut ties with the Michael Knowles Show over its editorial content kicked off the whole business, but they may be now shaving some of the profits off Harry’s margins.

The anti-woke economy has been subject to endless mockery, but it’s clear that brands like the Daily Wire are meeting a genuine demand. Which right-of-centre publication will be next?