After a wild week with dueling presidential town hall events and a Supreme Court nominee push only weeks before the election, our Google searches were pretty wide-ranging and involved some scandals and gossip.
For the week of Oct. 15 to Oct. 23 here were some of the top questions for Google’s search engine.
1. Who is Jeffrey Toobin?
When Zoom and an “accidental” exposure/masturbation incident collide, people want to know the details. Political commenter and contributor to CNN and The New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin was on a work call with the New Yorker and WNYC radio when, he later said, he thought he was off camera, so he got to some pressing, uh, personal business. He wasn’t. Now the magazine has suspended him and CNN has given him some time off.
2. Who is Corn Pop?
“Corn Pop” came up most recently in 2017 when now Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden talked about a gang leader he confronted when he was a 19-year-old lifeguard in Delaware. That gang leader’s name was actually Corn Pop, like the cereal. This past week, amid final town halls and debates as voters head to the polls, Corn Pop is resurfacing in political commentary as Biden’s true nemesis that he has to confront. Biden has a tendency to go on long tangents and tell stories about the past and this one always raises some eyebrows.
Thread: I’m always astounded by the imaginings of white people as it relates to race. Many of them have this fictionalized jigaboo version that is almost alien-like. And one of the greatest examples of this ever is Joe Biden’s story about Corn Pop the gangsta.
— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) September 14, 2019
3. Who is Savannah Guthrie married to?
Savannah Guthrie is a TODAY show anchor on NBC who moderated last week’s Donald Trump town hall. For an hour at an outdoor venue in Miami she managed to take on Trump. As for her spouse, he’s 52-year-old Michael Feldman. They’ve been married for 11 years and have two children together.
4. What is the crime bill?
At Joe Biden’s own town hall over on ABC with George Stephanopoulos at the exact same time as Trump’s, one voter asked him about his legislation as a senator, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (known as the 1994 crime bill or law).
During the town hall Biden defended the controversial bill, but admitted some parts of it were a “mistake.”
5. What are the five freedoms of the First Amendment?
After Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett couldn’t remember all five freedoms in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution when asked at her confirmation hearing last week, we’re trying to list all five.
She remembered speech, press, religion and assembly, but couldn’t recall “protest.”