Simon Holmstrom expected to claim Islanders’ final spot after last-minute roster move

The Islanders took a more complicated road than necessary, but will get the same 23-man roster in the end.

The team placed Ross Johnston on waivers Monday afternoon, meaning that Simon Holmstrom took the final spot on the varsity heading into Saturday’s opener against the Sabres.

But because Johnston was waived on Monday and not Sunday, Holmstrom was loaned to AHL Bridgeport in a paper transaction so the Islanders could be compliant with the league’s 23-man roster limit by 5 p.m. Monday.

That means in the announcement released by the team, Johnston was listed on the roster while Holmstrom was not.

No matter, the expectation is that Holmstrom will be back up in short order.

The 22-year-old Swede has spent most of training camp stationed on the top line alongside Bo Horvat and Mathew Barzal, a position in which he is expected to start the season.

After playing 50 games for the Islanders last year as a product of injuries throughout the lineup, then sitting out during the playoffs, Holmstrom will have gotten in on his own merit.

Islanders winger Simon Holmstrom
Islanders winger Simon Holmstrom
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Asked Monday prior to any moves being announced whether Holmstrom had earned a roster spot, coach Lane Lambert all but confirmed he would be sticking around without officially doing so.

“I think he’s played well,” Lambert said. “And I think that for the most part, he’s a pretty good fit there. So we’ll see what happens.”

The Islanders brought their roster decision down to the final hours, with Johnston taking part in practice on Monday before being waived. But after Johnston played just 16 games last season and did not seem in line for an everyday role during training camp, any other outcome would have been a surprise.

“I think everybody’s had a good showing, for the most part,” Lambert said. “So you want decisions to be tough. I think the guys have made it tough.”

It is unlikely that Johnston, who carries a $1.1 million annual salary, will be picked up off waivers.

Since signing the four-year pact in October 2021, Johnston has played in just 48 games with the Islanders, becoming a frequent healthy scratch.

Getting his cap hit off the books allows the Islanders to be under the $83.5 million cap and put themselves in line to have approximately $2.4 million in space by the trade deadline after space accumulates.

Since Johnston is on a one-way deal, he will be paid his full salary in the AHL.

Simon Holmstrom skates during the Islanders' rookie camp.
Simon Holmstrom skates during the Islanders’ rookie camp.
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If the Islanders buy out Johnston’s deal, they would take a $366,667 yearly cap hit from now until 2029.

As for Holmstrom, this amounts to a major chance for him to show an offensive element to his game that eluded him last season. Though the Islanders regularly talked up Holmstrom’s shot and offensive prowess, he had just six goals and three assists last season, usually playing in a bottom-six role where it was instead his defensive instincts that shone through.

Playing with Barzal and Horvat, two offensive-minded stars, Holmstrom should have every chance to produce. On the heels of an injury that kept him out of the final two months of the regular season last year, Barzal has put together an excellent training camp, looking like a renewed offensive threat. Horvat, meanwhile, scored a career-high 38 times last year.

The Islanders have not had a top line with this kind of potential recently. And now Holmstrom should at least start the season as part of it.

The potential has already started to come to fruition in the preseason, as Holmstrom scored a goal off a puck Barzal tipped against the Flyers, then notched an assist on a tape-to-tape pass to Horvat against the Rangers a few nights later.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Holmstrom said following his goal.

And now he has another one.

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Fireball releases RED lipstick inspired by Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce romance

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is coming out with a bold red lipstick that may unite football, makeup and pop culture fans in light of the Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift rumored relationship. 

The popular whisky company shared social media posts about its Fireball Cinnamon RED Delight Lipstick on Monday, Oct. 2, and a spokesperson from The Sazerac Company — owner of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky — confirmed to FOX Business the product is being developed.

In an email, Sazerac noted that the color red has been prominent in the 2023 NFL season.

While Sazerac didn’t directly name the Kansas City Chiefs — the team Kelce plays for — red is one of the football team’s official colors.

“Fireball has a history of being the celebratory drink of choice for football players and fans alike, and we think this season’s epic mash-up of football and pop culture is worthy of a little extra heat,” said Danny Suich, global brand director for Fireball, in a statement.

“There are a lot of new football fans in the stands these days who may be looking for a bold way to support their favorite team or tight end with a spicy, RED new look, and, as always, Fireball is here to help. Because in our opinion, every touchdown should taste like a championship parade,” he continued.

Taylor Swift cheers on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 24, 2023.
Taylor Swift, who can often be spotting wearing red lipstick, cheers on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 24, 2023.
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Red is a significant color for Swift; she often wears red lipstick during her performances and public appearances.

Swift also released an album named “Red” in 2012 — and went on a 15-month concert tour known as “The Red Tour” from March 2013 to June 2014.

The 34-year-old award-winning pop singer re-recorded and released her famous “Red” album in 2021 as “Red (Taylor’s Version)” following her dispute with music executive Scooter Braun.

Color aside, Kelce, 34, seems to enjoy Fireball Cinnamon Whisky products. 

In February, the NFL tight end went viral when a video showed him catching a small bottle of Fireball that was thrown at him during the Super Bowl Victory Parade in Kansas City — he drank the bottle in front of the crowd.

Kelce’s football podcast, “New Heights,” which he hosts alongside his brother, Jason, a center for the Philadelphia Eagles, shared the viral video on X, formerly Twitter, with the phrase, “Those cinnamon delights.”

Travis Kelce and the Chiefs face the Vikings in Week 5 on Oct. 8, 2023.
The singer and Travis Kelce made headlines in late September when Swift attended the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears game in Missouri
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Fireball is pricing its limited edition lipstick at $13.87.

Fans of Taylor Swift know the singer considers the number 13 to be her lucky number, while fans of Kelce know the football player’s jersey number is 87.

Sazerac told FOX Business in an email that its Fireball Cinnamon Delight RED Lipstick can be worn to a championship parade or to a football viewing party.

It is “the perfect statement to make if you find yourself wanting to be supportive of a certain team … or new relationship,” the spirits company also said.

Swift and Kelce haven’t confirmed to the public whether they’re in a romantic relationship, but fans have been keeping a close eye on the pair in recent weeks.

The singer and footballer made headlines in late September when Swift attended the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears game in Missouri — and again at the start of October, when Swift attended the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets game in New Jersey.

Prior to that, Kelce attended Swift’s Kansas City concert in July when she stopped by Arrowhead Stadium as part of The Eras Tour.

Her current tour is running through November 2024.

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Driver shot dead by police after crashing into Chinese consulate in San Francisco

A Honda sedan crashed into the lobby of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco Monday — and the driver was shot dead by police, according to authorities.

San Francisco police confirmed its officers fatally shot someone after the vehicle rammed into the visa office Monday afternoon.

The crash happened Monday afternoon.
The crash happened Monday afternoon.
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A man covered in blood was taken from the scene on a stretcher and into an ambulance, KGO reported. He was reportedly unconscious.

Officers entered the building and made contact with the driver before police fatally shot the suspect, authorities said during a short press conference.

The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.

More details about the shooting were not immediately known, including why the driver went into the building.

“I wish I could give you more but this is a very complex investigation,” Sgt. Kathryn Winters said.

San Francisco police responded to the scene and shot the driver.
San Francisco police responded to the scene and shot the driver.

The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China said the unidentified driver “violently” crashed into the building and posed “serious threat” to the life and safety of staff.

Facilities were also damaged, the consulate said.

“We condemn this violent attack and reserve the right to pursue responsibility for the incident,” it said, noting it expressed diplomatic discontent with the US.

The area around the visa office where the car crashed was taped off and people were advised to avoid the area. 

With Post wires

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NHL bans players’ use of Pride Tape after already eliminating themed warmup jerseys

The NHL will not be using Pride Tape this season as the league continues to move away from special initiatives that caused issues among a small group of players — in particular Pride Nights. 

In June, commissioner Gary Bettman told Sportsnet that it would no longer allow teams to wear special warmup jerseys after becoming too much of a “distraction.”

That now seems to extend to Pride Tape, which players used to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities by predominantly wrapping their sticks with it.

Pride Tape media relations representative Jeff McLean confirmed to The Post the league will not use the company’s product this season as it moves away from special initiatives and warmup jerseys.

“Pride Tape will not be used on the ice this year in the NHL,” McLean said, following a report by OutSports.

The NHL did not immediately return a request for comment from The Post. 

Connor McDavid skates during warmups during a March 2023 game with the Oilers.
Connor McDavid skates during warmups during a March 2023 game with the Oilers.
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Earlier on Monday, OutSports reported that the NHL had “issued a league-wide ban of Pride Tape on the ice with the players during warm-ups, games and even practices.” 

The issue came into the spotlight last season as seven players refused to wear Pride-related warmup jerseys on Pride Nights for their respective clubs.

Ivan Provorov became the first player to do so — citing his Russian Orthodox religion — and skipped warmups entirely during the event.

The Rangers, who had plans to wear Pride uniforms in January, walked back that decision before their Pride Night at Madison Square Garden.

The controversy that followed led to the NHL’s initial policy change about warmup jerseys.

However, the league was forced to clarify what was and wasn’t permitted last week, according to ESPN, after several teams expressed concern over the restrictive nature of the league’s first memo. 

The updated memo sent to teams last week gave a much clearer picture and explained that the restrictions were limited to on-ice activities. 

It also stated, according to ESPN, that “players should be encouraged to express themselves off the ice.” 

In June, NHL superstars Connor McDavid and Steven Stamkos expressed their dismay with the league’s new restrictive policy surrounding special warmup jerseys. 

The NHL won't use Pride Tape in games this season.
The NHL won’t use Pride Tape in games this season.
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“I certainly can’t speak for every organization,” McDavid said at the NHL Awards. “I know in Edmonton, we were one of the first teams to use the Pride Tape.

“We strongly feel hockey is for everybody, and that includes the Pride nights.”

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Shannon Beador enrolls in outpatient program, will continue ‘Tres Amigas’ tour without drinking: report

The show must go on.

Shannon Beador has decided to seek treatment, but that won’t keep her from continuing to tour with her “Real Housewives of Orange County” besties.

The reality star has reportedly enrolled in an outpatient behavioral wellness program with an alcohol component, TMZ reported Monday.

Sources told the outlet that Beador — who was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run on Sept. 16 — still plans to be a part of the “Tres Amigas” comedy show alongside Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson.

However, she allegedly won’t be drinking at their upcoming tour dates.

In solidarity with Beador, the insiders claimed that the three Bravolebrities intend to shift the focus of the show from alcohol to their friendship.

However, the “Real Housewives of Orange County” star still intends to tour for her “Tres Amigas” comedy show.

Reps for Beador did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

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According to TMZ, Beador, 59, began researching treatment centers last month after hitting a residence in Newport Beach, Calif., while driving intoxicated.

She also reportedly offered to pay for the property damage.

Beador clipped the side of a Newport Beach, Calif., home on Sept. 16.

Photos exclusively obtained by Page Six captured the aftermath of the crash, which included a destroyed garden, uprooted plants and vehicle debris at the scene.

After clipping the residential building, sources told TMZ that the Bravo star drove off before parking her car nearby in the middle of the street.

Officers found Beador pretending to walk her dog, Archie. She was arrested and later released on $2,500 bail.

The Bravolebrity was charged with DUI and hit-and-run.

The TV personality has since been spotted wearing a cast on her left arm while walking her pooch.

While Beador hasn’t publicly addressed the DUI herself, her lawyer, Mike Fell, previously told Page Six that she is “extremely apologetic and remorseful.”

“We will be awaiting the official information on this case as it becomes available, and Shannon is prepared to accept full responsibility for her actions,” he said in a statement.

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Horrifying video shows Hamas terrorists kidnap Israeli mom and her two young sons

Horrifying footage shows the moment an Israeli mother and her two young sons were abducted by Hamas fighters on Saturday during the Palestinian terror group’s surprise attack on the Jewish state.

Shiri Silberman-Bibas, 30, looked wide-eyed and frightened while clutching her two small, red-haired children — ages 3 and 9 months — to her chest as Hamas terrorists ordered her around, according to a short clip circulating online.

The family had been hiding in their home’s safe room in a village near the Gaza border when the armed fighters broke into their house, according to a report.

Silberman-Bibas was hunkered down in the room with her husband, Yarden Bibas, and the two boys, Kfir and Ariel, when they heard the gunmen shooting automatic weapons outside their windows, the New York Times reported.

Bibas, 36, who was armed with a small pistol as they hid, texted family members during the terrifying attack, according to the newspaper.

“I love you all,” he wrote.

A half hour went by and he texted again: “They’re coming in” — his final message, according to the Times.

Family members feared for the worst after the silence. Then they spotted Silberman-Bibas and the unmistakable bright red hair of the couple’s boys in the footage circulating on social media.

Bibas could be seen nowhere in the short clip.

Silberman-Bibas’ parents, Yossi and Margit Silberman, are also missing and are feared to have been taken as hostages by Hamas as well, the Times reported.

“I just hope that they are alive, and that they are together. And I want them home, with me, so I can hug them tightly again,” the couple’s niece Yifat Zeiler told the publication through tears.

She called the situation a “catastrophe.”

Yarden and Shiri Bibas with their two young sons all wearing matching Batman pjs on a couch.
The young family had been hiding in their home’s safe room when dad Yarden Bibas texted family members that Hamas had entered their house.

The young family is believed to be just a few of the 150 Israelis — including women, children and the elderly — kidnapped by Hamas and brought into Gaza. Another 900 Israelis were killed by Hamas, government officials said.

The situation for the kidnapped Israelis is dire as the Hamas military wing threatened Monday that it would kill one prisoner for every Israeli airstrike “targetting innocent civilians.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to take “mighty vengeance” against Hamas after the group launched the worst attack on the Jewish nation in 50 years.

Intense Israeli airstrikes have since killed 687 Palestinians, including children, according to Gaza health authorities and left hundreds of thousands without homes.

More than 187,500 people have been displaced across Gaza since the fighting began just days ago, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report.

Kfir and Ariel Bibas smile while laying down together.
Kfir, 9-months-old, and Ariel, 3-years-old, are among the youngest hostages taken by Hamas militants.

Many of the combined 1,600 dead on both sides are innocent civilians and thousands more have been wounded.

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HUGE: Kari Lake to Officially Announce Senate Campaign TUESDAY at Huge Rally in Scottsdale, Arizona – TGP Correspondent Joins RAV’s Morning Sunrise with Dr. Gina with More (VIDEO)

The Gateway Pundit correspondent Jordan Conradson joined American Sunrise with Dr. Gina Louden on Friday to discuss Kari Lake’s big announcement of her US Senate campaign in Arizona scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Lake filed official paperwork last week declaring her candidacy in 2024.

Kari Lake is not giving up on fighting rigged elections. The Deep State does not want Kari Lake to run again, and that’s why they stole her previous election.

Lake maintains that she is committed to fighting her stolen election through every legal avenue. Lake told The Gateway Pundit that her court cases “will continue to be pursued,” and she is “perfectly capable of multitasking” while running for Senate.

With the current state of international affairs and the invasion of our southern border by murderous drug cartels and Jihadis creating an imminent terror threat, it is more important than ever now that we have America First legislators in Congress and the Senate to Save America. We are letting the same rapists, murderers, and gangsters that were seen invading Israel this past weekend. Horrible people are likely preparing to wreak havoc on American soil.

Lake is already on a warpath to stop the radical left Democrats and their globalist open borders agenda that is destroying the Country.

The Gateway Pundit reported last week on new viral video footage of Kari Lake having an explosive confrontation with 2024 US Senate opponent, Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). Lake cornered him on the wide-open southern border that the Democrats will not vote to secure and slammed him for leaving Arizonans to die from fentanyl poisoning or other results of illegal immigration. Watch Lake mop the floor with her Democratic opponent here:

EPIC: “I’M GOING TO BEAT YOU, AND WE’RE GOING TO SAVE ARIZONA” – Kari Lake Confronts 2024 Senate Opponent Rep Ruben Gallego at Airport, Wipes The Floor With Him After He Invites Her to Chat (VIDEO)

The Gateway Pundit later reported that Abe Hamadehm, the Trump-Endorsed Arizona Republican who was also cheated out of his election for Arizona Attorney General by just 280 votes, broke the news of his endorsement for Kari Lake in an exclusive interview with The Gateway Pundit.

Lake’s “Announcement Rally” on Tuesday will be held at Jetset Magazine, 15220 N 75th St in Scottsdale, Arizona 85260, where doors open at 5:30 pm PT. Register for tickets here!

Kari Lake already leads in numerous polls. The Gateway Pundit reported on a poll earlier this year that shows Kari Lake as a clear favorite in a Republican Primary, leading her closest RINO competitor by 28 points.

After the Primary, Lake will likely face a three-way competition with Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I).

The Gateway Pundit will provide live updates and live video of this event. 

Conradson shared these important updates on Kari’s announcement and concerns with the border and election integrity in Arizona on American Sunrise with Dr. Gina last week.

American Sunrise airs weekdays 8-10 am Eastern on Real America’s Voice (@realAmVoice).

Via @realDrGina:

Louden: Now, tell us about this announcement. What don’t we know?

Conradson: You know, I’m not sure if there’s much we don’t know. There’s definitely some news coming out after… She hasn’t made the announcement yet, but with the fact that there is candidate filings coming out in the news, she’s basically already announced, except we’re just waiting for Tuesday. Interestingly, last night, I was able to talk to Abe Hamadeh in an exclusive interview. He endorsed Kari Lake for Senate in 2024. I also saw a pretty great video of Kari Lake going after one of her upcoming Senate opponents in 2024, Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego.

One of the most interesting things about this race, in my opinion, is we’re gonna see something we haven’t seen before here in Arizona, which is a three-way Senate race with an Independent involved. We’re also going to have this No Labels party on the ballot. So, it’s unclear right now if Kyrsten Sinema is going to run as an independent, if she’s gonna run as No Labels, or quite frankly, what No Labels is going to do for the Senate.

Louden: As the rightful Governor of the State of Arizona, as we know Kari actually is, she could have really stopped illegal immigration on the border. And she pledged to, which is the reason why they stole that election from her. As Senator Lake, Jordan, can she be that effective?

Conradson: Not on the level she would on the local level, as a governor, where she can build the wall, be the state’s executive to take over that responsibility. However, in the Senate, I do trust that Kari Lake, you know, she’s been in Arizona for decades. She knows the issues on the border. She is committed to fighting for it. You know, that was one of the biggest issues on her gubernatorial campaign was the border and the radical left, Joe Biden, what he’s doing, leaving our southern border open, the fact that Katie Hobbs, the Democrats, Kris Mayes, who also stole the election, they’re not enforcing the law. They don’t want to enforce the law. They want to leave that border wide open because it brings them more voters for 2024. And that’s another concern we have is with Democrats in charge, we’ve got a former cartel attorney running the elections in Arizona, we’ve got a corrupt Attorney General who hasn’t even been a litigator… And then, of course, our governor is a Soros-funded crook, who stole the election, can’t put a sentence together, and campaigned from the basement, much like Joe Biden. So, those are two issues we’re looking at in 2024: the border and election integrity. We see what they’re trying to do with President Trump. We’ll see what they try to do to Kari Lake, who has spoken out about the election and had felony charges threatened against her by state officials before.

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Biden Releases Weak Statement on “American Citizens Impacted in Israel” as Hamas Threatens to Kill American Hostages and Post Executions Online

Joe Biden on Monday released a weak statement on “American citizens impacted in Israel” as Hamas threatens to kill American hostages and post the executions online.

Hamas militants launched a surprise attack on Israel, catching the country off-guard during a major Jewish holiday. The attack involved thousands of rockets and dozens of fighters infiltrating Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip.

At least 11 Americans have been killed in the ambush terror attack and many have been taken hostage.

Hamas terrorists are threatening to kill the hostages and post the grisly executions online. The terrorists have already beheaded Israeli soldiers.

Many Americans are still unaccounted for.

Biden released a weak statement after hiding from the public for two days. He spent barely 3 minutes mumbling through remarks on Saturday before shuffling away. The public has not seen Biden since Saturday.

“Sadly we know that at least 11 American citizens were among those killed–many of whom made a second home in Israel,” the statement read.

“It’s heart wrenching. These families have been torn apart by inexcusable hatred and violence. We also know that American citizens still remain unaccounted for, and we are working with Israeli officials to obtain more information as to their whereabouts. My heart goes out to every family impacted by the horrible events of the past few days. The pain these families have endured, the enormity of their loss, and the agony of those still awaiting information is unfathomable,” Biden said.

Biden said his administration is still working to confirm Americans are being held hostage.

How does he not know 3 days into the war?

“The safety of American citizens–whether at home or abroad–is my top priority as President,” Biden laughably said as he keeps the borders wide open and allows dangerous illegals and terrorists to pour into the US.

Biden said the State Department is providing consular assistance to Americans in Israel.

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Powerball reveals winning numbers for $1.55 billion jackpot

American lottery players competed Monday for the fourth-biggest jackpot in U.S. history, as the Powerball drawing had a top prize of $1.55 billion.

The winning numbers were 16-34-46-55-67, with the Powerball being 14.

Powerball expanded to three nights a week in 2021, adding a Monday drawing to its Wednesday and Saturday games. Powerball said that the extra drawing would lead to “larger, faster-growing jackpots.”

Two of the three larger Powerball or Mega Millions drawings have occurred in the past year. There have been 34 consecutive Powerball drawings since the last jackpot winner on July 19.

The current Powerball run is the ninth time that one of the two major U.S. national lotteries has had a jackpot that reached into the 10-digit numbers. If Monday’s game is not won, Wednesday’s drawing would be the second-biggest in U.S. history, though it would have to roll over a couple more times before topping a $2.04 billion Powerball prize won in California last November.

If taken in a single lump sum, as most recent big lottery winners have chosen to do, Monday’s $1.55 billion prize would be worth $680 million. The larger, advertised amount is what the other option — a 29-year annuity — would be worth over its lifetime.

Federal taxes would quickly take almost 40% of that amount, with state taxes a possibility on top of that.

The $2 Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states on the outside are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

The odds of a winning Powerball ticket are 1 in 292.2 million.

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EXCLUSIVE: “I Am Happy to Come on His Show and Perform LIVE” – Lara Trump Responds to Stephen Colbert’s Nasty Rant and Lies About Auto Tune, Leftist Trolls Manipulate HIT SONG to Make Her Sound Off-Key (VIDEO)

The left and The Anti-Defamation League infamously declared the OK Sign, which Colbert proudly saluted, is racist

Lara Trump on Sunday responded to critics of her vocals in her newly released smash hit Tom Petty cover, including unfunny political hack Stephen Colbert, and said she is “happy to come on” The Late Show and “perform live” to disprove his lies about her vocals.

Lara called Colbert’s false accusation that she auto-tuned her vocals “a slanderous attack rooted in his own political hatred.” The song was not auto-tuned. However, leftist trolls did manipulate a clip of Lara Trump singing, likely for malicious purposes. Colbert, who is such a loser, unpleasantly labeled Lara a “Kirkland-brand Gwyneth Paltrow.”

Colbert also lied claiming, “The song wasn’t an immediate hit.”

As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier, Lara Trump’s cover of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with First Class Records is topping the charts, despite massive censorship and negative media coverage, peaking at number two on iTunes’ country chart and number four on Amazon’s new country chart. The song is also confirmed to debut on up to three Billboard music charts this week!

EXCLUSIVE: Lara Trump’s Tom Petty Cover Song SMASHES #2 on iTunes – CONFIRMED to Debut on Multiple Billboard Charts This Week After “Blatant Efforts to Suppress” By Advertisers, Streaming Platforms

First Class Records President LJ Fino shared an article last week from AP, fact-checking the “haters and losers,” who “will stop at nothing to make @LaraLeaTrump [and] her family look bad.” Fino also confirmed that the song released on September 29 has organic vocals made with “ZERO AUTO TUNE OR MELODYNE.”

For the first time in a long time, the AP has done a real fact check, reporting:

CLAIM: Video shows Lara Trump singing an off-key cover of “I Won’t Back Down” during an appearance on Sky News Australia.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Altered video. The clip’s audio was edited to make it appear as if Trump was singing very off-key. The original footage published on the news network’s YouTube channel shows Trump’s actual vocals, and the user who posted the manipulated version on social media subsequently acknowledged he had changed it with audio-editing software.

THE FACTS: Former President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law recently released a cover of late rock musician Tom Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down” and was asked to sing a few bars in an appearance last week on Sky News Australia.

Watch the real video of Lara Trump singing with no preparation on live television from Sky News Australia here.

In other news, it doesn’t appear that Stephen Colbert and Paramount Studios are following the law with their dishonest attacks on Lara Trump’s cover song.

While attacking Trump on The Late Show, Colbert used the recording of her song without permission from Trump or the label. It appears that Colbert, CBS Network, and its parent company, Paramount, may have violated the law by using the song without permission. In an email to producers and legal counsel, Fino invited Colbert to invite Lara Trump on his show to sing live in front of his studio audience!

First Class Records President LJ Fino told The Gateway Pundit, “This is a classic Hollywood liberal move. As we released this hit song, all we heard from ‘trump hating’ individuals were complaints about not following the law by recording a cover song, when in fact, we hold a cover license granting us the rights to do so.”

“For a late-night television host who incessantly discusses the topic of following the rule of law, it saddens me that Paramount and Stephen Colbert chose not to follow the law by airing our recording on his show without permission,” Fino added.

Lara Trump told The Gateway Pundit, “If Stephen Colbert thinks I used auto-tune, I am happy to come on his show and perform live. It is a slanderous attack rooted in his own political hatred.”

Colbert’s only funny joke was when he quipped, “her singing has been legally designated as domestic terrorism,” which could be perceived as a jab at the DOJ’s targeting of conservatives. As The Gateway Pundit recently reported, with the 2024 election season and election interference by the left heating up, the FBI has created a new terrorism category to include Trump supporters speaking out against rigged elections! This, along with President Trump’s numerous speech crime indictments and politically motivated lawsuits by Marxist prosecutors, gives Colbert’s joke some sense.

Watch the ridiculous skit below via Huff Post:

Stephen Colbert jokingly declared that Lara Trump is “doing the family name proud” with her cover of Tom Petty’s 1989 hit song “I Won’t Back Down.”

The “Late Show” host on Thursday played part of a studio recording by the former president’s daughter-in-law and showed its cover art, featuring the “Kirkland-brand Gwyneth Paltrow” on a horse.

“Chilling. You can hear the whole track on the new compilation album ‘Now That’s What Lara Trump Claims Is Music! Vol. 1! — On A Horse,’” Colbert joked. “It’s hard to tell but there’s so much auto-tune there that I think it might’ve been the horse singing.”

The late night host also played a clip of her singing the lyrics “you can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down” in a recent appearance on Sky News Australia.

Listen to the full song below:

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