Trump’s Longtime Butler Thinks President Obama Should Be Assassinated. | Gradient

Trump’s longtime butler thinks President Obama should be assassinated.


Anthony Peter Senecal would be the Alfred to Donald Trump’s Bruce Wayne, but if Alfred called for the assassination of an elected official. On Wednesday, he posted a call to action against Barack  Obama —referred to as “zero” or “0”, because Senecal’s a true wordsmith — ominously suggesting that POTUS needs to get “taken out”:


He also throws in the punny “Killery Clinton.” Bars.

Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, told the Washington Post that Senecal hasn’t been employed by the company since 2009. She included a complete “disavowal” of the threatening statements made against the President. (Perhaps the Trump campaign would be more tempered if Senecal was tweeting instead of using Facebook.)

Strangely enough, a March New York Times profile of Trump’s extravagant lifestyle, sourced primarily from Senecal, repeatedly references his significant role in maintaining Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida estate. Senecal provided intimate details to the NYT about Trump, including sleeping patterns and how he likes his steak prepared.  Not only were the two working closely together, but the Times includes this notable anecdote:

Mr. Senecal tried to retire in 2009, but Mr. Trump decided he was irreplaceable, so while Mr. Senecal was relieved of his butler duties, he has been kept around as a kind of unofficial historian at Mar-a-Lago. “Tony, to retire is to expire,” Mr. Trump told him. “I’ll see you next season.”

Senecal may not be on the official payroll, but the Times doesn’t portray the distant relationship Hicks communicated in her statement. This ambiguity forces real questions about Senecal’s relationship with Trump, but most importantly, reinforces real concerns about the kind of person Trump must be to select a man like Senecal to tell the story of his estate.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.