The Morning Scroll: AOC Blasts Mitch McConnell Over Photo of Young Men Choking Cutout of Her & Krispy Kreme Releases New Reese's Filled Donuts

Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time, or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you’ll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling. 

Rumor Has It

After releasing their highly anticipated summer bop, “Boyfriend,” fans are naturally wondering if something is stirring up between Ariana Grande and Social House’s Mikey Foster. I mean, the two spend the entire video obsessing over each over hard before eventually giving into their passion and passionately making out in a bathroom that they essentially destroy. Well, now Grande and Foster are continuing to fuel romance rumors after they were reportedly spotted holding hands during a night out in Chicago. 

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According to Us Weekly, the “Boyfriend” singers were out at Siena Tavern with a group of friends and Grande’s mom Joan on Tuesday night, and a source told the magazine that there was definitely some PDA. Grande was in the city performing at Lollapalooza this weekend. 

“Ariana and Mikey were holding hands at one point while they were there,” a source told Us Weekly, adding that the two “arrived separately.”

While this doesn’t actually confirm that Grande and Foster are dating, it definitely tips the scale in the favor of yes. 

People originally reported the two singers were dating over the weekend, and The Blast broke the news of Grande and Foster’s alleged relationship, saying that multiple sources told the outlet that Grande and Foster’s “professional relationship and friendship has taken a passionate new turn in the recent months.”

According to Cosmopolitan, Foster also posted a sappy birthday message in June to Grande on Instagram. 

“Ur one of the most incredible people the universe has to offer. I hope this year offers u nothing but the joy u deserve. Love u. Happy birthday 💙,” Foster captioned a picture of a young Grande. 

The “7 Rings” singer replied with an eyebrow-raising response, writing  “Love u sooooooo much,” with a series of emojis. 

Now, things do seem to be heading in a serious direction for the two of them, and if that is the case, we couldn’t be any happier for Grande and Foster. 

News You Can Eat

Krispy Kreme and Reese’s have partnered up again, and their new donut collab is literally the best news ever. 

The donut chain and candy company debuted two original filled doughnuts stuffed with peanut butter and chocolate kreme. Yum!

According to Delish, the Reese’s Original Filled Chocolate Lovers Doughnut is is filled with a Reese’s peanut butter creme, dipped in chocolate fudge icing, and then topped with a PB icing drizzle. Meanwhile, for all you peanut butter lovers, the Peanut Butter Lovers Doughnut is stuffed with a chocolate peanut butter creme, dipped in peanut butter icing, and topped with a chocolate drizzle.

Honestly, we’re already salivating. 

“Our latest co-creation with Reese’s is our best yet! If the technology exists to fill a Krispy Kreme doughnut with Reese’s Peanut Butter Kreme and Chocolate Kreme, then how could we not offer that to America? Well it does. So we are. And it’s amazing,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement.

According to Food & Wine Magazine, the donut is available starting, like, right now. So what are you waiting for?

The two new donuts will be available individually or by the dozen, according to Krispy Kreme’s press release. They’ll also be sold in a limited-edition two-packs inspired by Reese’s iconic packaging.

BRB, heading to Krispy Kreme!

Then This Happened

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Twitter Tuesday after a photo surfaced Monday night on social media showing a group of what the congresswoman says were young men wearing “Team Mitch” shirts while “groping and choking” a cardboard cutout of her. 

“Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll,” the congresswoman asked, “or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch? Thanks.”

According to PEOPLE, the photo appears to have been taken Saturday at the 2019 Fancy Farm Picnic event and fundraiser in Kentucky and shows six young men wearing “Team Mitch” T-shirts as they smile while giving a thumbs down. One of the men holds a cardboard cutout of Ocasio-Cortez, leaning in to kiss the congresswoman’s cutout’s cheek, while another holds his hand up to her likeness’ neck.

The photo was shared on Instagram with the caption, “break me off a piece of that,” and went viral online after Twitter user @emrazz posted a screenshot on Monday. 

McConnell’s campaign, however, is denying any involvement, saying in a statement to ABC News that the young men in the photo are high schoolers and are not employed by the campaign, adding that the campaign does not “condone” this behavior.

“We’ve watched for years as the far-left and the media look for every possible way to demonize, stereotype, and publicly castigate every young person who dares to get involved with Republican politics,” McConnell’s campaign manager Kevin Golden said. “Team Mitch in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning act toward life sized cardboard cutouts of any gender in a manner similar to what we saw from President Obama's speech writing staff several years ago.” Golden was referring to a 2008 photo in which Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau was photographed groping a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton, and who then later apologized. 

Ocasio-Cortez has been critical of McConnell since entering Congress, most recently calling him out for failing to bring a Senate vote on a gun control bill following the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that have left at least 31 dead, ABC News reports.

“The entire nation is horrified by today’s senseless violence,” McConnell tweeted, offering condolences to the victims of the El Paso shooting. “Elaine’s and my prayers go out to the victims of this terrible violence, their families and friends, and the brave first responders who charged into harm’s way.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the Senate Majority Leader’s tweet, writing, “The House passed HR8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Act, *5 months ago* and the Senate has yet to vote on it. It was one of our 1st major priorities after ending the gov shutdown. You’ve been sitting on it since February giving bogus excuses. Care to explain the people why?”

Happy Thoughts

It’s Wednesday! We’ve officially made it halfway through the week!

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