Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Guardian: Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'Treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

Mod: My, how the worms have turned. Steve Bannon, the alt-right so-called mastermind who has been given much of the credit for getting Donald Trump elected in the first place, is now in the process of helping to unleash a book that labels the actions of certain nitwit Trump family members as treasonous. Yes, 2018 is certainly off to a very interesting start.

Look, nobody was more surprised about any of this than I was. Here I thought Bannon was on the Russian payroll all along. The entire Breitbart operation certainly fits into that kind of scenario. Of course, if you think about this a bit, perhaps he still is. Maybe Vlad Putin is finding the Orange Wonder a little tiresome lately. That he has outlived his modest period of usefulness, and needs to be put out to pasture. Or, better yet, imprisoned. A little regime change on the right might appeal to the GOP's man from Moscow right now. With the more collateral damage, the better.

But those are just my opinions. There has been quite a bit of press on this matter over the last 24 hours. Here is what I hope is an informative sampling.

Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'Treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book (The Guardian link): Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by The GuardianBannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.

Bannon, who was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months, then White House chief strategist for seven months before returning to the rightwing Breitbart News, is a central figure in the nasty, cutthroat drama, quoted extensively, often in salty language.

He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”

Bannon predicts Mueller will ‘crack Don Jr. like an egg’ over ‘treasonous’ Russia meeting (Raw Story link): Former Trump top political strategist Steve Bannon has reportedly told journalist Michael Wolff that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is going to come down hard on President Donald Trump’s eldest son.

According to an except of Wolff’s upcoming book seen by The Guardian, Bannon believes that Mueller’s team is going to focus on alleged money laundering operations that are conducted at Trump properties around the world — and that’s bad news for members of the Trump family.

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon reportedly told Wolff.

Bannon also reportedly mocked Trump Jr. for agreeing to take a meeting with Russian officials at Trump Tower based on promises that they could deliver damaging information on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon said of the meeting. “But that’s the brain trust that they had.”

Bannon: 2016 Trump Tower meeting was 'treasonous' (CNN link): Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon called the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton "treasonous," according to a new book obtained by The Guardian.

The book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff, is based on hundreds of interviews, including ones with President Donald Trump and his inner circle. According to The Guardian, Bannon addressed the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Russian operatives that was arranged when Trump Jr. agreed to meet a "Russian government attorney" after receiving an email offering him "very high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Clinton.

"The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor -- with no lawyers. They didn't have any lawyers," Bannon continued, according to The Guardian. "Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately."

Bannon also reportedly told Wolff: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV." Bannon also reportedly told Wolff that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia is centered on money laundering, saying that the White House is "sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five" hurricane.

White House Not Prepared for Bannon Remarks (Taegan Goddard's Political Wire link): Bannon’s comments won’t surprise anyone who’s spoken to him, but as on the record statements they are shocking sources close to the president. The White House was prepared for the Wolff book to be bad for them — and sources there have told me he spent a ton of time in the building visiting with Bannon — but they weren’t prepared for Bannon doing this.”

Bannon touched the third rail of Trumpworld — going after the president’s blood family.”

Excerpt from Fire and Fury, here's Trump on his friends' wives


Mod: Truly, a more charming man there has never ever been. Here's some Fox news.

Rupert Murdoch 'called Donald Trump a f****** idiot', claims new book (The Independent link): According to a new book about the administration of Donald Trump, longtime friend and NewsCorp executive Rupert Murdoch called the President a “f****** idiot.”

Michael Wolff’s book is called Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and details a myriad of behind-the-scenes stories regarding the current White House and America’s controversial leader from Election Night 2016 until this past OctoberMr. Murdoch reportedly made the comment during a phone call on 16 December 2016, about one month before Mr. Trump took office.

Those on the call were discussing Mr. Trump’s strategy towards H1B visa holders, a special category that allows select immigrants to stay in the country largely working in the technology sector and Silicon Valley.

Mr. Murdoch allegedly suggested that it might be difficult to reconcile the administration’s stance on building a roughly 2,000-mile long wall along the US-Mexico border with a favourable, more open stance towards H1B-based immigration.

“But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, ‘We’ll figure it out.’ ‘What a f****** idiot,’ said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone,” wrote Mr Wolff in the book.

Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over 'disparaging' comments (ABC News link): Lawyers on behalf of President Donald Trump sent a letter Wednesday night to former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon demanding he refrain from making disparaging comments against the president and his family.

The letter comes after excerpts from a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff were made public Wednesday, causing a stir. Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, "This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent."

Mod: "Litigation is imminent." Oh really? Then let the depositions begin! 

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88 comments:

  1. Blah, blah, blah. It's all about the ego.
    I would have loved to get the dirt on Hillary handed on a silver platter. Alas, she's paid her adversaries well to keep shut up.
    Long stretch from Russian Collusion to now money laundering, but that's what Special Counsels do, they wander around and get paid well to do so. Just more swamp things.
    Bannon has allowed his grandiose outlooks on change in the Republican Party to get the best of him. I hope he can pull "it" together, he is less balanced without Breitbart still here.
    President Trump is doing great, but he continues to get "educated" in how the political scenes all work along with the swamp things continuing to whimper.
    President Trump is learning on the job as to "appear" more Presidential; I am fine with him just the way he is and look forward to his next reelection. MAGA.

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    1. You do realize that someone who has been convicted and imprisoned for a crime will not be able to run for president. I'm not sure Trump is going to available in 2020.

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    2. Actually.... he appears to be unraveling. The more baby-fits he throws and more silly tweets he tweets, the funnier he is

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    3. Wolff Book: Trump Is 'Incapable of Functioning' in His Job, Can't Recognize Old Friends

      In the second excerpt published from Michael Wolff’s new book, the journalist paints a portrait of a President Trump who is increasingly repeating stories, cannot recognize old friends, and is viewed by his closest allies as “incapable of functioning in his job.” The bombshell book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, describes a scene where, at Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, “a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends.” Wolff writes, “It used to be inside of 30 minutes he’d repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories—now it was within 10 minutes.” He added, “Indeed, many of his tweets were the product of his repetitions—he just couldn’t stop saying something.” Trump and former top strategist Steve Bannon traded public barbs Wednesday over the newly released contents of the book. Bannon, in his first comments since the excerpts were revealed, didn’t dispute the accuracy of his attributions in the book.

      https://www.thedailybeast.com/wolff-book-trump-is-incapable-of-functioning-in-his-job-cant-recognize-pals-incapable-of-functioning

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    4. The president can’t be convicted of anything while in office.

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    5. I'm not sure you are correct, but I'm OK with impeaching him first.

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    6. 5:55, seek help. What has Dump done that is so great? You’re one of the few remaining nut jobs that somehow still support the loser. You must be living one pathetic life.

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    7. So tired of opinions, where can I get unbiased facts?

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    8. In politics "unbiased facts" are the ones you choose to believe.

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    9. 9:22 - The FBI's findings will come out in time. Until then the best we have is informed speculation.

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  2. This is the swamp they were talking about. Since it really hasn't drained more than a drop or two yet, hopefully now is when they just toss a few sticks of dynamite in (with a short fuse) and whatever happens, happens.

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    1. The person who is going to drain the swamp is Mueller.

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  3. President Trump used to boast about having sex with his friends’ wives, devised calculated infidelity plots

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-boast-sex-friends-wives-article-1.3736071

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  4. Steve Bannon says Ivanka Trump is 'dumb as a brick'
    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/01/03/steve-bannon-says-ivanka-trump-is-dumb-as-a-brick/23323301/

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  5. Trump reportedly loves McDonald's because he has a 'longtime fear' of being poisoned
    http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-loves-mcdonalds-afraid-of-being-poisoned-2018-1

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  6. DONALD TRUMP'S SON SUGGESTS ELLEN DEGENERES IS RUNNING A SHADOW GOVERNMENT
    http://www.newsweek.com/ellen-eric-trump-deep-state-donald-trump-shadow-government-769296

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  7. The Bank of Dubai Just Subpoenaed a Trump Alleging Involvement in a $100 Million Laundering Scheme
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/3/1729477/-The-Bank-of-Dubai-Just-Subpoenaed-a-Trump-Alleging-Involvement-in-a-100-Million-Laundering-Scheme

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  8. So you suddenly welcome and trust Bannon,forgetting the reasons you loathed him. Bannon has told people he wants to run for president. Isn’t he self interested? And Bannon didn’t join the campaign until two months after don jr was tricked into meeting with some kooky Russian lawyer. Bannon knows as much about what happened during that meeting as you do which is nothing.

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    1. Is that what Fox News is telling you this morning?

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    2. Mobsters testify against each other all the time fool.

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  9. After all we've been barraged with over the past year, and although it's a bit unnerving to remove and replace someone in a presidential role, it really just needs to happen. It's like, how much shocking amazing sickening facts, tidbits, evidence do we need to be exposed to (while we are quickly desensitizing ourselves) to "Just Say No" to this swamp situation? THe big picture is already for SURE we'll be looking back wondering how did we let this happen for even as long as we did?? We're allowing ourselves to be taken down.. remember the boiling the frog scenario? and all we do is chat about it amazed among ourselves. Something real has to happen!!!!!!!!!! This craziness has to stop! This can't be all that we've evolved to be!?

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  10. troll got up early today

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  11. Call your Congresspersons, call McConnell and Ryan - Trump MUST be impeached before he blows us all up! This is just more proof that he is as nutty as his actions seem, there is no grand plan behind it. Unfortunately, we are as dumb as we seem to let it go on (see Comment #1).

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  12. Let the thin skinned trump supporters lay blame, too late that chance has gone by a year ago and now we have the reality of crazy people living in the white House 2018 who do we call to get rid of these vermin?

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  13. I jumped up and down and blew gaskets when President Obama remained in office.
    Seven more years of President Trump wont kill you, we all survived Obama.

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    1. You inadvertently made the point. Obama is sane and we got through 8 years in one piece. This fool Trump is out of his mind and could get us all killed.

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    2. 7:55, you think Obama’s actions are on same level of concern as Dump ? Whoa. You’re truly one confused human.

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    3. Yes, that IS what we are all afraid of, invluding noted psychiatrists, Trump's actions WILL get us killed. I just called McConnell and Ryan. Someone in government has got to stop this fool.

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  14. You are watching the United States being divided up, right in front of us all talking about he said she said, like a soap opera on daytime TV. It saddens my heart that people haven't seen this. Our government works slow but lets hope all the truth comes out and the US will survive. Lets also hope some country doesn't come along and get us into a WAR before we clean house. This reads like a Mission Impossible movie about Russia attacking the United States.

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  15. Ivanka can’t be dumber than Donny Gump Jr 6:40.

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    1. Either way it is obvious Trump didn't marry for brains.

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  16. The Sierra Madre Collator. He checks his e-mails multiple times an hour in the morning to make him feel alive and to keep out the dead weight. Politically he is irrelevant, and his constant Trump posts are starting to become dead air. Yes, this president will not last long, but on a local blog who cares anymore. This tired screed has run for months now.

    This infotainment is repeated with a multitude of scribes, on thousands of blogs but the collator feels it means something and is changing opinions. Something about the recent Russian traffic or the lack of supposed interest a Judy Chu article might garner.

    You are getting clicks. But does it matter? Is it all for vanity? Or for more?

    PS. I did like the Brandenburg posts. I thought a suggestion would tone down the negativity of this screed. A daily reader, with kind suggestions. Best wishes.

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    1. Here. Have a Kleenex.

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    2. You need to keep in mind that we have never had a president before who colluded with a hostile foreign power to win an election. Nor have we had one before that increasingly looks like he will be rung up on charges for these kinds of crimes, and will likely face impeachment. These are extraordinary times, and it needs to be talked about. Even here. You can lambaste me all you want, I don't care. But it does make it look like you cannot effectively defend your boy. Not an easy job, I know.

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    3. Yet you’re still here.

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    4. Are you kidding me? This blog is the absolute BEST free entertainment there is...anywhere. It is hilarious to read all the opining, pontificating and hysteria that, in the end, means absolutely nothing.

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    5. 5:15 being a wonderful example of that.

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  17. Trump lawyers try to halt book's release as White House fights to contain firestorm

    Lawyers for Donald Trump moved on Thursday to try to shut down the explosive new book which has exposed the chaos behind the scenes at the White House.

    Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is due to be released next Tuesday, but after extracts from the book were first made public by the Guardian, the Trump White House has been thrown into a frenzy.

    First, Trump issued a remarkable personal statement denouncing Steve Bannon, his one-time confidant, who he castigated as self-aggrandizing and not a critical figure in his presidency.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/04/trump-lawyers-book-steve-bannon-white-house

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    1. State censorship of a book the nation's ruling elite doesn't want seen? How Russian.

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  18. It's impressive that you are getting thoughts from
    this article as well as from our discussion made at this place.

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  19. Author M. Wolff's just trying to sell books. He sat on a sofa for a year, just observing the comings and goings of daily White House activities and then categorized what he emotionally felt.you know
    Similar to the Moderator, Mr. Wolff pushes the edge of reality.
    The writer Bradenburg comes from a negative place, hence his style of writting.

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    1. Wolff taped interviews with Bannon, top officials
      Michael Wolff has tapes to back up quotes in his incendiary book — dozens of hours of them.

      Among the sources he taped, I'm told, are Steve Bannon and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh.

      So that's going to make it harder for officials to deny embarrassing or revealing quotes attributed to them in "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," out Tuesday.
      In some cases, the officials thought they were talking off the record. But what are they going to do now?
      Although the White House yesterday portrayed Wolff as a poseur, he spent hours at a time in private areas of the West Wing, including the office of Reince Priebus when he was chief of staff.
      https://www.axios.com/how-michael-wolff-did-it-2522360813.html

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    2. Bannon has read the writing on the wall, and I think some people are missing the point this morning. We cannot afford to do that. My take is Bannon now believes that Trump is going to get his insane arse booted out of the White House for treason. Along with his awful family and some equally compromised GOP crud in the Senate and House. That part of this is now about over.

      Once that has happened I believe Bannon sees himself picking up the fallen pieces and taking Trump's place as they leader of the American far right. This is pure apocalyptic politics. Recognize it for what it is.

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    3. You’re style of ‘writting’ suggests a lot.

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    4. Now that’s pretty funny 10:27 !! Thanks for the laugh.
      It’s ‘Your’ style...... not ‘You’re’ style ....
      Before you cast your judgement perhaps get your grammar correct.

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  20. 8:17am. Caffeine hasn't kicked in yet?
    Maybe in -a- nerd, never would I label President Obama sane.

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    1. What did he do again that you consider insane? Let’s have a real talk or otherwise you’re a troll

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    2. "What did he do again that you consider insane?" How about doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. That is the definition of insanity. He never learned from his mistakes. But we did survive.

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  21. 9:21 am. Happens all the time.
    NFL: not allowed to take a knee in prayer, take a knee in what ever protest- accolades.

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  22. 9:50 am. Twilight Zone.

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    1. If Trump is your standard for sanity, then you're deep in the zone yourself.

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  23. imagine how Dump will be described in school history books. Lowest approval rating ever. But yet, many of you poor saps still think he’s great.

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  24. The White House Briefing:
    Tax Cuts and Reforms.
    Investing in the American worker.
    MAGA; it's happening a lot faster than anyone thought.
    Immigration reform next, Merritt system to replace chain migration.
    Wolff book, pure tabloid fantasy.

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    1. How do you know it’s ‘pure tabloid fantasy’? You haven’t even read it.

      But clearly you’ve read the right-wing talking points you’ve been assigned to regurgitate today.

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    2. They're like parrots these people.

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    3. 11:25, please try harder and find realistic facts. You mention “investing in the American worker”. How about some data and source to substantiate that claim ? Dump is falsely taking credit for Ford investing in USA jobs. But, guess what? The money Ford is pumping into local jobs was agreed to during UAW talks in 2015. Was Dump prez then ?

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    4. Trump Promised to Protect Steel. Layoffs Are Coming Instead.
      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/22/business/economy/trump-steel-industry-layoffs.html

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  25. MAGA; I'm in the winning zone.

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    1. If that is what winning looks like defeat is an attractive option.

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    2. Trump just failed in having his task force find the ‘millions’ of fake votes from the election.

      You got trumped poor fool!

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  26. 9:09 am what's to defend?
    FYI, the Feds are not as laidback as local governing municipalities with consumption of Marijuana.

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    1. 9:09 was so long ago , just respond directly to that post

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    2. It isn't the Feds who up until now had taken a live and let live approach to the pot issue. It is Trump and Sessions.

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  27. 11:23am
    It is the English ninny, correcting this site, nothing to add but nit picking.
    Do you do this in public?
    Must be editor Steve from Chinese News!

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    1. Ahhh yes, silly me correcting boneheaded grammar use. Guess I should learn to expect that the dumb Dump supporters on this blog can’t spell better than a 3rd grade kid.

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    2. Correcting grammar is easy. Getting Trump supporters to understand the difference between grammar on the one hand and muddled thinking and poorly constructed argument on the other is downright impossible.

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    3. I’m all for good grammar. Strive a little, y’all.

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  28. 12:33pm. Ok; Tokyo Rose!

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    1. Thank you, Moscow Mike.

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  29. Fire and Fury goes on sale tomorrow. Moved up from January 9th. Just announced.

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  30. Dow Jones 25,000; quadrupled since last year.
    No, not Obama's doing!
    All this Bull Market, amidst the expenses of wildfires, blizzards, floods, hurricanes across this nation.

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    1. Yes. The American people have built a mighty economy. But why insult them by giving all the credit to the fat slacker in the White House?

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    2. Trump is about as responsible for the economy and stock market as he was for his wealth when he was born.

      Someone else before him built it.

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    3. Trump is typical trust fund trash.

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    4. Bush wrecked the economy. Obama saved it, and nurtured it with a steady hand and rational regulation. Trump is an A hole but he’s helped it along. He’s bound to screw it so he ready for 2008’s 10th anniversary

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  31. 1:44pm. You've ASSumed incorrectly, I am a Hillary supporter.

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    1. So, you like REAL crooks...

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    2. 3:24, then quit writing like a dump hillbilly.

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  32. FBI releases Anti Dossier files on Donald Trump, interrogation's to follow.

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  33. Trump supporters remind me of the parents of bullies, thugs, and criminals who loudly bleat that junior is a nice kid who never hurt anyone.

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  34. Wolff's book out on shelves now.
    Author states that President Trump is germaphobic, that discredits the Russia story of women of the night in a Moscow Hotel.
    Proff of fake news from various sources.
    Who ya gonna believe? Wolff or many in the media?

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    1. Many in the media ... you mean Fox & Friends?

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    2. I’m sure trump was the pitcher, not the catcher that night.

      But nice try attempting to discredit the news, desperate troll

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  35. Don’t fret folks, the end is near, Dump will be out soon.

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