Wednesday, July 26, 2017

During Senate hearing Al Franken calls Donald Trump out for spreading Russian propaganda.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

The Minnesota Democrat questioned FBI counterintelligence chief Bill Priestap and Justice Department national security official Adam Hickey about whether they had reason to doubt the intelligence assessment that Russia attempted to influence the election, and they agreed there was no evidence to question that finding. 

“Just last week, the newly minted White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci appeared on CNN and said, quote, ‘Somebody said to me yesterday — I won’t tell you who — that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those ­e-mails, you would have never seen it,’ Franken said.

As I mentioned yesterday Scaramucci identified that source as Donald Trump, and then of course the New York Times reported that Trump got that propaganda straight from Vladimir Putin. 

“The president of the United States is taking the word of Vladimir Putin over that of the U.S. intelligence agencies, which demonstrates a stunning lack of confidence in the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” Franken said. “The president of the United States then goes on to repeat that Russian lie to the American press and to Mr. Scaramucci, effectively spreading Russia’s misinformation for them.”

Franken followed that up by  quoting from testimony by James Comey which stated that the Russian hacking was "unusually loud" as if they not only wanted to be identified as the hackers but that they wanted it to be reported in the media that they had successfully penetrated the American election process.

Both Priestap and Hickey agreed with that assessment.

So to be clear not only is Donald Trump spreading Russian propaganda, but it is propaganda which completely contradicts the findings of the FBI and other security agencies who state clearly that Russia was not even attempting to be sneaky.

And the fact that Donald Trump is a tool of the Kremlin is now part of the Senate record.

58 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:13 PM

    AG JEFF SESSIONS WILL DO WHAT DONALD TRUMP ASKS, INVESTIGATE LEAKS. You will be sorry about all the fake news.

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    1. Anonymous5:22 PM

      oh fuck off...seriously.

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    2. Anonymous5:46 PM

      Too bad the leaks are all true and accurate and done for the benefit of the country. Trump calling in some Wall Street mouthpiece with a head like a marionette won't change the truth.

      This pro-American anti-Trump leaking will continue.

      GFY

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    3. Anonymous5:50 PM

      And you will be sorry with all real news. Wake up!

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    4. Anonymous6:46 PM

      Yes, folks, some people really are that stupid and publicize it.

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    5. Anonymous8:21 PM

      https://www.sarahpalin.com/just-ag-sessions-announce-investigation-intelligence-leaks/?ref=Ads

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  2. Anonymous5:21 PM

    The AARP Sends the GOP a Message It Can Not Ignore, All Republican Senators Are on The Hook for Trumpcare!

    http://realtimepolitics.com/2017/07/26/aarp-sends-gop-message-trumpcare/

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  3. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Dems asked CBO to score rumored "skinny repeal": It would leave 16 million more uninsured

    https://www.vox.com/2017/7/26/16047698/cbo-report-skinny-repeal

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    1. Anonymous5:39 PM

      Bipartisan Group Of Governors Tear ‘Skinny’ Repeal To Shreds In Letter To The Senate

      In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the group of governors lambasted the Republican legislation, saying it would hurt “millions of hardworking Americans.”

      http://www.politicususa.com/2017/07/26/bipartisan-group-governors-tear-skinny-repeal-shreds-letter-senate.html

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  4. Anonymous5:28 PM

    Dems to GOP: No amendments until you show us your bill

    Senate Democrats are taking their ball and going home in the looming health care vote-a-rama — until Republicans finally cough up their actual Obamacare repeal plan.

    Fed up with the GOP’s constant vacillations over how to dismantle Obamacare, Democrats say they will hold back on offering any more amendments in the health care floor fight until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shows what plan the GOP will ultimately coalesce around.

    “Democrats are not going to participate in this one-sided and broken process,” announced Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Wednesday evening. “Once the majority leader shows his hand, reveals what his bill will actually be, Democrats will use the opportunity to try and amend the bill.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/26/democrats-schumer-health-care-241010

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    1. Anonymous5:39 PM

      Nobody's freaking read it even if there IS one. Anything to obliterate the black man who CONSISTENTLY showed them up.

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    2. Anonymous5:41 PM

      Desperate GOP Eyes Last-Ditch Bill That Would Leave 16 Million Uninsured And Spike Premiums 20%

      http://www.politicususa.com/2017/07/26/desperate-gop-eyes-last-ditch-bill-leave-15-million-uninsured-spike-premiums-20.html

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  5. Anonymous5:40 PM

    A transgender member of the U.S. Air Force dared Donald Trump to remove him from the military on Wednesday after the president went on an early-morning tweetstorm saying that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the military.

    “I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military,” Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland said to the Air Force Times. “You are not going to deny me my right to serve my country when I am fully qualified and able and willing to give my life.”

    Ireland added that Trump is doing the “country an injustice” by denying people the chance to fight for the United States.

    “For the president to deny an able-bodied, fully qualified person the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country, potentially giving their own life for our freedoms, is doing this country an injustice,” he said.

    Ireland said that instead of hiding behind his social media accounts, Trump should actually take an opportunity to meet the thousands of transgender Americans currently serving the United States.

    “I would personally love for my president to meet me so I can tell him about myself, and the 15,500 honorably serving transgender military members that are fighting right now for their liberties and their country,” he added.

    The strong push back comes on the same day Trump tweeted out his offensive position on the issue, calling transgender members of the military a burden.

    Tweets:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/07/26/transgender-trump-service.html

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  6. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Sessions’ DOJ argues gay people aren’t protected from discrimination under Title VII

    The Justice Department, which is not named as a party in the case, filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals to argue Title VII “does not” ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    “The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination. It does not, as has been settled for decades,” the Justice Department’s brief says.

    “Any efforts to amend Title VII’s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts,” the brief—filed under Attorney General Jeff Sessions—reads.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/sessions-doj-argues-gay-people-arent-protected-from-discrimination-under-title-vii/

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    1. The Supreme Court may take exception to that interpretation.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-trans-ban-legal_us_5978e48ce4b02a4ebb7249b7?0zp&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

      "In recent years, courts have heard several cases of transgender people claiming discrimination ― many of whom were fired for transitioning from male to female, or prohibited from using the bathroom at their place of work. Most of the time, courts have ruled in favor of the trans person, but a smattering of rulings have gone the other way as well.

      Crucially, the issue hasn’t yet made it to the Supreme Court.

      “I think Trump’s ban is not legal,” said Emily Martin, the general counsel and vice president of the National Women’s Law Center. “The federal courts have been pretty consistent that when you discriminate against someone based on gender identity, that’s a form of unlawful sex discrimination.”"

      "Preventing an entire group of people from serving in the military violates the Equal Protection Clause laid out in the 14th Amendment, Weiss said, echoing the opinions of a handful of lawyers. The amendment, enacted after the Civil War with the intention of prohibiting discrimination against former slaves, has been understood since the 1970s to also provide protections against gender discrimination."

      I think the 14th amendment trumps Title VII.

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    2. Anonymous4:04 AM

      And, just as in Hitler's Germany, there will be another group of citizens who will be de-legitmized after the LGBT community. Will it be the African American community or the Muslim community or the Jewish community? Little by little, everyone will be thrown under the bus until only those approved of by the white supremacists are left. That's the reason why the sudden transgender discrimination must be fought.
      Beaglemom

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    3. Anonymous4:06 AM

      And, just as in Hitler's Germany, there will be another group of citizens who will be de-legitmized after the LGBT community. Will it be the African American community or the Muslim community or the Jewish community? Little by little, everyone will be thrown under the bus until only those approved of by the white supremacists are left. That's the reason why the sudden transgender discrimination must be fought.
      Beaglemom

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  7. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Al Franken is worth his weight in gold in the US Senate. I know he doesn't have ambitions beyond the Senate, but we're doubly lucky to have him.

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    1. I know he and his wife had absolutely no desire to live in the White House, but someone needs to sit them down and explain to them that they are called and need to serve the nation. We need Franken to run in 2020. We can't risk another four years of Trump or Pence.

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    2. Anonymous3:59 AM

      I love Al Franken. I watched his program on Sundance channel every night during the 2004 campaign and teared up, just as he did, when the numbers came in and John Kerry lost. He and his wife are wonderful Americans. Would that the Senate were full of good citizens like Al Franken.
      Beaglemom

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  8. Anonymous5:49 PM

    WATCH: Emotional trans naval officer refuses to criticize a president who just told him he can no longer serve

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/watch-emotional-trans-naval-officer-refuses-to-criticize-a-president-who-just-told-him-he-can-no-longer-serve/

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  9. Anonymous5:56 PM

    The following is a comment from a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience in public corruption cases.

    The Sessions tweets and comments are nuts in so many ways. They are also incredibly stupid and self-defeating. Yes, he’s attacking the rule of law and undermining his own DOJ. That’s bad. He’s also continuing to build a case against himself in real time on Twitter and through public comments–and he doesn’t seem to realize it. The statements represent admissible state of mind/corrupt intent evidence that Mueller can and will use to continue to build an obstruction case. Why is he so upset Sessions recused? Why does he want someone running this investigation who he can control? For the same reason he fired Comey: Because he wants to shut the investigation down. Trump’s lawyers (at least the ones who understand federal criminal law) must be beside themselves. Meanwhile, the special counsel and his staff can just sit back and watch their case-in-chief get better and better. He can’t seem to help himself from acting guilty AF. Keep tweeting, Mr. President. Keep tweeting.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/sessions-is-about-obstruction

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    1. Trump has always driven his lawyers nuts. He can't shut up. He can't tell the truth. That's why they would always see him as a team, so there was a witness to what was said.

      I think some of the lawyers that have recused themselves or outright quit representing him are relieved they are now free of him. I don't understand why any lawyer, no matter the political persuasion, would take him as a client. From a lawyer's perspective, he is a nightmare.

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  10. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Trump Is Trying To Make It Illegal For Groups Of People He’s Screwed To Sue Him

    http://addictinginfo.com/2017/07/26/trump-is-trying-to-make-it-illegal-for-groups-of-people-hes-screwed-to-sue-him/

    Trump Will ‘Torture’ Sessions Every Day Until He Resigns: Report

    http://addictinginfo.com/2017/07/26/trump-will-torture-sessions-every-day-until-he-resigns-report/

    "He wants to fire him but he doesn't want the confrontation," said one adviser who frequently speaks to him. "He doesn't mind the long negative storyline. He will torture him every single day."

    This person said Trump also wants to see how Sessions will respond to humiliation and has mocked his response so far.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/trump-and-sessions-locked-in-silent-battle-240968

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    1. Sessions should ignore him. If things get really bad, he should release something that is damning to Trump. Legally of course. But a press conference in which he introduces someone that will provide an "update" on the investigation would be wonderful. Especially if it drives Trump into a stroke-inducing hissy fit.

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  11. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Trump’s Approval Rating Takes Game-Changing Turn In 11 Pro-Trump States (DETAILS)

    http://addictinginfo.com/2017/07/26/trumps-approval-rating-takes-game-changing-turn-in-11-pro-trump-states-details/

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  12. Anonymous6:08 PM

    OT - thank you

    I would just like to say Gryphen that throughout the Palin stuff and now the Trump fiasco, visits to your site have been like therapy. I have been here for years. It has helped me deal with it all. That you for what you do. And thank you to the compassionate, fair minded, and engaged folks who comment here.

    DJM

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    1. Anonymous6:18 PM

      Ditto x 1000

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    2. Anonymous6:44 PM

      Ditto x 10,000

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    3. Anonymous6:47 PM

      Amen!

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    4. Anonymous7:07 PM

      Ditto x 1000 Amen! +++++++++++++++++

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    5. Anonymous7:55 PM

      Me, too!

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    6. Anonymous3:56 AM

      Me, too!
      Beaglemom

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  13. Anonymous6:27 PM

    I have a friend who says marches are useless and that voting is the only way. Well i disagree i think marches do count.

    This younger generation seems apathetic and takes no interest so us old farts need to stand up because we know history. Bit by bit we see an unqualified idiot undermining everything the United States used to stand for. Why won't the Democrats get off their ass and fight harder!

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    1. Anonymous3:56 AM

      I think that both are important. Nothing happens if we don't vote and people don't get motivated if we just sit everything out. Pay attention to what is going on, march, then vote. Our country's future depends on our caring. I hate to think that I've lived over seventy years and that I will die having seen the demise of the United States of America because too many people were too lethargic or lazy or stupid to care. Pay attention, march and vote.
      Beaglemom

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  14. Anonymous6:37 PM

    I have to say that I am so sick and tired of Trump. He is so aggravating. He and Mrs. P from W, their voice is so, so mind numbing screechy. Gravelly.
    How can people stand to listen to them? Everytime those two open their pie holes, my nerves just get frazzled.
    Please, make the noise stop!

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  15. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Class has left the building folks. We have a pussy grabbing President and a soft porn First Lady that is trying to be pawned off as "Classy". Who sits on her ass with no agenda but to be arm candy to the orange idiot.

    Teach your children well. We live in a culture that is bombarded by fake boobs and facebook where if you are not having fun 24 seven than like sucks. Where nothing is private and everything has to be public.Where people have 200 friends that they never met.We live in a society who is all about me.

    Teach your kids manners and honor and respect that is the only left overs of the old generation that we need right now.

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    1. Anonymous9:03 PM

      I feel all that you speak of was a setup. To dumb down society so that they could be more manageable.
      This is happening.
      Our children were exposed to tv, Kardashians, etc. Now what they are seeing in the White House seems like reality tv. The deed is done.
      Now, if some responsible leaders will step up to the plate and remove this bastard from the White House before he takes to where Hitler went. And don't believe for one second that that can't happen. It is as we speak. Just go back to how it all played out in Germany. Trump read that book. It is said he can't read but he was paying attention to Hitler's playbook. Believe me.

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  16. Anonymous7:58 PM

    a$$Hole!

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/house-blocks-bill-that-would-allow-va-doctors-to-discuss-and-recommend-medical-marijuana-to-veterans/

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  17. Anonymous8:26 PM

    mini-Trump )Scaramucci( sent a cryptic tweet that seemed to threaten Reince Priebus http://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-scaramucci-financial-disclosure-twitter-reince-priebus-2017-7

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  18. Anonymous8:59 PM

    Pro-Trump oppo researcher who worked with dead Clinton email hunter asked to appear before Senate Intel Committee

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/pro-trump-oppo-researcher-who-worked-with-dead-clinton-email-hunter-asked-to-appear-before-senate-intel-committee/

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  19. Anonymous9:01 PM

    Transgender former Navy SEAL who helped take down Bin Laden: ‘Tell me I’m not worthy’ to my face

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/transgender-former-navy-seal-who-helped-take-down-bin-laden-tell-me-im-not-worthy-to-my-face/

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  20. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Donald Trump’s most notorious fans hit the panic button in fear that the big bombshell is imminent

    ...Mike Cernovich, a prominent pro-Trump online propagandist, tweeted that “Something BIG is happening today, I don’t know what yet, but the transgender stuff is a distraction.” Cassandra Fairbanks, another notorious pro-Trump shill, responded to Cernovich with “This was my immediate thought as well. Something is going on.” This is a frankly shocking level of publicly admitted panic coming from Trump’s own biggest cheerleaders, as they openly acknowledge that they fear Trump is only pulling this stunt as a distraction.

    http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/trumps-most-notorious-fans-hit-panic-button/4061/

    Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley come out swinging at crumbling Donald Trump

    http://www.palmerreport.com/category/politics/

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  21. Anonymous9:21 PM

    NYT: Scaramucci Calls for Inquiry After ‘Leak’ of Financial Form
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/us/politics/scaramucci-leaks-priebus-white-house-justice.html

    Anthony Scaramucci says he will contact feds about 'felony' leak of his financial disclosure

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/anthony-scaramucci-says-he-will-contact-feds-about-felony-leak-of-his-financial-disclosure/article/2629826

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    1. LOL.

      I said this putz wouldn't last six months. What has it been? Six days?

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  22. Anonymous9:30 PM

    it looks like love

    https://twitter.com/Scaramucci/status/890023092860407809

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  23. Anonymous10:40 PM


    Chelsea
    Twitter › Chelseashow

    Don't judge Ivanka until you've walked a mile in her discontinued heels and done nothing to help support the LGBTQ community.twitter.com/IvankaTr…

    15 hours ago · Twitter

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  24. Anonymous10:40 PM


    Brad Garrett

    Twitter › RealBradGarrett

    Question @IvankaTrump if an LGBT person buys your tired shoes and handbags will you let them serve? Open your yapper. You know he's nuts.

    8 minutes ago · Twitter

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  25. Anonymous10:41 PM

    Phil Lorigo

    Twitter › plorigo

    The most embarrassing thing my dad ever did was wear a horrible jean jacket to my school. Top that @IvankaTrump

    46 minutes ago · Twitter

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  26. Anonymous10:49 PM

    I was looking on Donald J.Trump, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitch McConnel's fb page.
    The minions love their Trumpy. The Republicans spread throughout the land are calling Lisa a list of horrible names. And then there are those that are on Mitch's fb and calling him out on the healthcare fiasco.
    Geez, being a politician right now is not good. Except for Trump. He's having a heyday making chaos. All he does is tweet and war is ready to be made.
    If I didn't know better, I would think he was the devil himself. But we all know Lucifer resides in the Kremlin, and Donnie be a minion too. Money minion.
    I was glad Lisa stood up to the bully. She may be bombarded with namecalling and in danger of being voted out but she and those that voted "no" were stuff Americans were once made of. Guts. But Cheeto Hitler can be vicious. And his followers are more so. They are a scary bunch.
    They truly believe the orange one is a wonderful leader and possibly the greatest president of all time. Wonder what the hell they are on?

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  27. Anonymous11:10 PM

    So booting the trans out of the military is suppose to save money to build the border wall? Really?

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  28. Anonymous12:20 AM

    Waiting for Gryphen to wake up and..... see what Trump has just done to Lisa Murkowski.

    Oy.

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  29. Anonymous2:50 AM

    Al Franken is, in my opinion, an American hero. If he ever decides to throw his hat in for the Presidency, he has my vote.

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  30. Anonymous3:36 AM

    Hey trump. You know that you can't call yourself a victim unless you've had psychopaths in Germany dedicate their pathetic lives to slandering and abusing you and your family. Now Angela merkel isn't a psycho but it kind of fits. Except you're not a victim like bristol et al. She is legitimately one even though she or her family would never play victim cards. Heck Bristols 8 yr old already understands whu his mom is the best and strongest woman ever.

    That's how you raise good kids. I still have faith in Your own kids Donald. If they vacate politics.

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    1. Anonymous5:00 AM

      Why do you continue to publish this misbegotten bag of manure's verbal diarrhea?

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    2. Anonymous5:55 AM

      3:36 AM You are clearly delusional if you really think:
      1) Trump reads this blog.
      2) Trump (or anybody else) gives a shit about the fairytale you wrote there about poor poor "They took my $300 sunglasses" Bristol.

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    3. LOL.

      NOT a victim? NEVER play the victim card? Bristol's 8 year old can already swear to make a sailor blush.

      What have *you* been smoking?

      Lucky for us the Goldwater Rule is rescinded.

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  31. There's a little confusion here. Assessments are not facts. Intel agencies are not sources of impartial truth but of death and deception. And Russia is only an 'enemy' because it is convenient positioning - not because Russia has been openly hostile. Five year olds are as clear Did not" "Did too!"

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