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Trump: “don’t let the Radical Left play you for weak fools and losers!” I'm always wary of people who overuse exclamation points, which normally happens when the writer lacks calm, intelligent arguments of their own. The idea of he/she who yells the loudest is right is juvenile.

I also judge people on how they treat others in person. For some reason an event has stayed with me. A few years ago, at the G-8 meeting, Trump lumbered into the room late. A man who was in a discussion with others did not see him coming as his back was turned to the President. Most people would simply say "excuse me" and continue on his way. But Trump physically grabbed the man by his shoulders and moved him out of the way without uttering a word. His attempt at proving that he was the most important man in the room showed the world that he was the smallest. I know it was a small thing, but his lack of courtesy and decorum demonstrated that he has no regard for others, neither on a personal nor global level.

It's a given that Trump does not study the issues at hand and his lack of introspection goes without saying. We know that he suffers from some type of narcissism disorder, which subjugates doing what is right for how he looks to the world. We must accept that he is mentally ill, which is a great danger to the country and the world.

Just a quick note on the House Select Committee. With its army of investigators, the truth WILL come out.

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I can extend a degree of compassion for those who suffer from any form of mental illness until they hold a position of power. In instances where that is the case, they need to be removed from those positions as they are a danger both to themselves and others. Trump has a lifetime history of severe mental illness, yet has never been removed from his position of power until defeated in his reelection bid. His reaction to his electoral defeat only confirms the severity of his mental disorder and the consequent dangers to us all and our democracy. Those who would return him to any form of power clearly suffer from some form of delusional mental disorder as well. The man is not just incompetent but is a danger to himself and all those around him or subject to any authority vested in him.

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He's not only a weapon of mass distractions, he is himself a weapon of mass destruction, to himself, to others, to democracy, and to the world.

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He is responsible for so many deaths...

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Couldn't agree more. But how do we get the sane people in charge of the asylum?

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Withhold attention re unethical behavior; give attention to ethical behavior

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It’s much more difficult than that. When you put you tentacles into a group of people who cannot think for themselves and are easily provoked to violence in your name, it’s impossible to just ignore until it goes away without dangerous consequences.

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I reserve a special form of disgust for those who manipulate the mentally challenged.

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Amen!

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Bruce, A danger to himself? Arthur Miller missed acquainting himself with Salesman of Doom.

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Thank you for recalling Tя☭mp's rude behavior at the G-8 meeting ... it is not a small thing at all. It reveals his true character and utter, genuine disrespect for others.

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Tя☭mp Thank you.

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I copied and saved it from another member of this community, though I've forgotten who posted it.

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Might have been me, a couple of days ago! :)

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I have hoped many times that someone was making note of all the shocking things said and done, venial and malignant, over the course of these last 5 years. I would like it to be a long descriptive list of the manifestation of his well documented illness. Each was such a divergence from norms that I thought they would burn in me forever. Instead, I just have a bitter aftertaste and a reference to any of them brings up sad recognition that this is what we are capable of electing. That was such a cheesy episode by which the world discovered who had been elected to the highest post in our land. So insanely ignorant. Unfortunately, just one of many. Talk about the Ugly American!

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Yeah - tfg was the epitome of Ugly.

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That particular incident stuck in my mind too. Created a little picture every time I saw his face!

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Juvenile, and dangerous. I HOPE the truth will come out. Pardon my cynicism, but I believe trump-loving Republicans will lie, whether under oath or not.

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First delay by challenging the validity of the subpoena, then deny, then lie. As Trump has proven, there will be no consequences to such actions.

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What is the penalty and what are the remedies for elected officials lying under oath to a Congressional Committee? What are the precedents? Are the standards between obfuscation and out and out lying clear?

I guess this is where experienced questioners show their stuff.

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Hmmmm. Not so sure of that. Consequences might be more far reaching than we can imagine to the party.

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Only if the Dems grow the courage to use the tools they have.

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Other than kill the filibuster, may I ask, what are these "tools" to which you refer and why would "courage" play a part in using them?

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Subpoena, arrest if not honored, kept in prison until their testimony. There are a number of things a committee with subpoena power can use to enforce their subpoena.

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Yes, I believe the penalty for lying under oath is not great enough to make Jim Jordan or Kevin McCarthy tell the truth.

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They will lie until they feel that the truth is the only way left to save themselves.

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There will be non speaking evidence also

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From your lips to God’s ears. I believe you are correct, sir and I’m sending out those thoughts to our higher powers.

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That G7 moment stuck out with me too, Randy. I still believe he will be stopped.

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I profoundly hope the truth will come out-LOUDLY.

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The Truth has been coming out for a long time! The point is, who believes it, why doubt it, and what’s in it for the Big Lie believers?

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I had forgotten that event. How do we (meaning the lawmakers) change the rules so that a person who runs for the office of president of this country must show tax returns and can not be mentally unfit? Surely we need to refine the list of qualifications.

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It would help if we upgraded our universal education system and produced a more educated voting population too .

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ABSOLUTELY AGREE on the importance of this issue!!

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I am not sure Trump is suffering from his mental disorder but the rest of us are.

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Truth will out, sure, just as it has been available all along. But it's been turned inside out to rabble rouse. If people are unwilling to protect themselves from a virus with a vaccine, the 'truth' of the efficacy of which cannot possibly be more documented, what makes anyone think getting at the truth of Jan 6 will do anything to change their minds about who and what they are willing to hear?

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I've never forgotten how he so clearly mocked the journalist Serge Kovaleski when he was just trump the candidate. Could never understand how it didn't all end right there and then.

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I can forgive many transgressions but draw a hardline at cruelty. Trump's stupidity, incompetence, and criminality are awful. However, his worst character trait is cruelty and it is unforgivable.

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It spoke to and speaks to the cruelty and inhumanity of those who follow him and cheer him on. In another period, Trump would have delighted in experimenting on children. He would have been Josef Mengele's twin. His followers would have goose-stepped to the door of his theater of madness. Trump does NOT fool the civilized among us.

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I agree 100%!

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"when the writer lacks calm, intelligent arguments of their own. The idea of he/she who yells the loudest is right is juvenile." "Dr. Watson, I presume" you have called out Trump in a nutshell.

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I remember that moment of the former pushing way around on a diplomatic stage. I thought him a fool at the time. In retrospect, that view almost complimentary to what one knows of him now.

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And this cringeworthy moment: NATO mtg, Brussels 2017 -

Trump shoved Markovic, the PM of Montenegro

“America First,” indeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZIUFf6nQIA

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erghhh. TFG is no gentleman. He is no scholar. He is no warrior statesman. He is no leader and has never been. TFG was and remains unfit for office. He is a global embarrassment.

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Actually, I believe the Cringeworthy Oscar is awarded Trump for when he mocked the disabled journalist -- on national TV, of course. I must admit I was stunned and flabbergasted.

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Yes. Yes it was cringeworthy. My nephew has cerebral palsy. He has taught me so much about my privilege of independent mobility, my privilege to speak with out the aid of a computer that tracks eye movements, and the privilege to feed and bath myself.

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I have a close friend who has worked with autistic children for years. He is so gifted. I have watched those with challenges they must overcome on a daily basis. To mock them, make fun of them or degrade them takes a special kind of evil monster. Trump is a rotting cancer.

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Repulsive and then there was his disdain for Angela Merkel, or April Ryan, his publicity pose with the upside down bible in his hand. I still see that protruding jaw with many chins.

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Jabba D. Drumpf.

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What? the PM was in the way! What was tRump supposed to do??? :)

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I agree ... but add that putting a word in capital letters is not unlike excessive use of exclamation points.

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Some of us are just more animated. What a boring world if we are all the same.

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"Me thinks he doth protest to much"

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"One of the hallmarks of a personality like that of former president Donald Trump is that he cannot stop escalating. It’s not that he won’t stop; it’s that he can’t stop.

And he will escalate until someone finally draws a line and holds it."

Yes, it is indeed quite puzzling that a man that stood in front of television cameras and told thousands of people, some of them armed with deadly weapons, to head to the capital to overthrow the duly elected government transition, has not been arrested for sedition and treason.

If Trump or anyone had pulled that stunt in 1795, I think it highly likely that person would have rapidly faced the consequences of those times.

Tolerance for sedition and treason seems quite high now. I don't understand why, honestly.

Maybe the Justice Department is just moving slow? But, there has not even been an announcement of possible charges of sedition and treason pending investigation.

It is almost like Trump has some magical fairy that can keep him out of jail no matter how many laws he breaks in his life, how many people he grifts and shortchanges, which, have been many.

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He was smart enough never to use the words, " head to the capital to overthrow the duly elected government transition." To me his greatest breach was to sit in the White House and do nothing, for hours, to control throusans violently rampaging throughout the Capitol.

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Yes, Michael Cohen describe md how careful Boss Tru$P was never to say the crime words himself

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The Capitol Police testimony today at the first COngressional January 6th Hearing (along with validating videos), made it crystal clear this was t-Rump's insurrection call.

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He did tell them to fight like hell ! Does that count for anything ?

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Yes, the not doing anything. Some times what you don't do is just as important. He did a lot of "not doing anything" at times where he absolutely should have. Thinking about Gretchen Whitmer. Did he ever say anything to the effect of, "this is not OK?"

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Worse than not doing anything, it's reported he was cheering them on as he watched on TV from the WH dining room (reportedly, his TV room).

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I think the main reason Trump hasn’t been arrested for treason (yet) is to avoid a literal civil war! The law is being extremely careful to have all of the iron clad facts in order before coming down on Trump. Little by little, from the bottom up, I am confident justice will eventually be served!

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I grew up in East Texas. It is a rule that avoiding a fight with a bully will INCREASE the bullying behavior, not decrease it. I never avoided a fistfight with anyone when it was needed and I don't think avoiding arresting Trump will help the country "heal".

I also don't think there is much concern about civil war if that crowd I saw at the capital are the guys that will hit the field. Seriously, those guys were rank amateur's .

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Mike S. As a 6th generation Texan I salute you in evolving way beyond East Texas!

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East Texas was a good place to grow up. But. I have been gone a very long time now.

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Gig Em Aggies!

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Yes, there was testimony from one of the officers this morning where he said they didn’t use their weapons because they were afraid that would trigger bombs to go off. It was compelling and something I’d never considered.

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Yes, Gayle, THIS!

(Caps & EPs!!!!!)

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I try to maintain hope when I hear HCR say in her chats that the DOJ is working slowly, methodically and quietly, building the case. It is hard to be patient, especially now.

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Patience and care will work

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Sometimes. And sometimes it simply allows the opportunity for action to pass. This is my fear.

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Same here, Diane, and it seems to me that the lack of consequences for their actions is an encouragement to them and their followers.

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To start with the current DOJ has complete access to the Mueller report. Mueller did all the heavy lifting 4 years ago. The DOJ should immediately act on that report. In many ways, the DOJ is not starting from scratch and we simply don't have time to slowly and methodically build ANOTHER case. What's worse is that there have been indications that the DOJ is not going to revisit the Trump presidency. To me that is inexcusable. Biden and the Democrats need to get someone to lead the DOJ who will protect and defend the Constitution! They need to do that yesterday.

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I think theyve got a carefully mspped out game plan.

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“ sedition and treason” and fascism

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Barrack, at 74 I’m sure has no wish to spend prison time. I hope the net is being tightened. Will any of it matter to his cult? Doubtful.

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I’ll say again an opinion of the DOJ that I have expressed before. Considering the housekeeping and clean up that needed to happen in January, kudos. Considering the mountain of injustices in front of them to scale, they cannot move fast enough and I think that is what is propelling them. They are not moving “too slow”.

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OK. Clearly my options are, so far, to wait on the DOJ and see what happens. However, I do, honestly, think that timing is important and the time to arrest Trump has passed.

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Maybe, but he could lose his citizenship.

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The fairy’s name is Rebecca Mercer.

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Ted! Where did you garner that tidbit? Spill details please.

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She’s the daughter of Robert Mercer, MIT computer wizard. He designed or wrote the algorithm to rapid trade on the stock market. Basically the ability of artificial intelligence to execute trades and rake in billions. The Mercer’s are hard core Libertarians and the financed the former guys campaign. Just like the Koch’s.

read:

Dark Money

Democracy in chains

Corruption in America

And there is more.

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Ted! Is this the Rebekah Mercer who is “Parler’s handmaid that finances them????

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Rebekah Mercer manages the Super Pac for right wing nuts: Make America #1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_America_Number_1

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Taking notes here. I cant buy books by mail but maybe a friend will bring one.

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She should go to Guantanamo too.

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Interesting. I should have known. I thought it might be Putin. Thanks!

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Putin, too.

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I think there are two core issues.

First, as the "corpus of law" increases, it gradually becomes a "corpse of law" since it becomes too complex in all its inherent contradictions to understand or apply. It descends into an endless regress of reconciliation of contradictory minutiae. Is it "sedition?" Well, you see, that's not an easy question to answer... there was a case in 1793, where....

This is especially true as our legislature fractures and passes grotesque laws, just to crap on the "other side."

Second, the purpose of the court is to rise above law (legislation) and look at the broader social consequences of the law. There is the "shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater" issue involved with freedom of speech, for instance. There is the ratification of unpopular laws related to public safety (DPT vaccination for school children), or moral issues (civil rights in the racist South), and the blocking or invalidation of laws that cause harm, or are grotesquely immoral. The courts -- particularly the upper courts -- have to take a broader view.

Trump's crime is, open-and-shut, treason. He has a right to "due process," but there is no real doubt that he is guilty. The traditional penalty for treason, and for good reason, is death. It should extend to all who actively collaborated with him. That includes many of his inner circle, a substantial number of legislators, certain military officers, and a number of wealthy private citizens.

Executing a former President is a tricky proposition, and while there is plenty of precedent for it, there is no precedent in this country. Furthermore, it needs to be handled with some delicacy, since Trump's treason has roped in much of the public.

Anything short of hanging isn't enough. Anything close to hanging will set the nation on fire. What would you have them do?

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As to the purpose of courts, the Federalist society has subverted that purpose. For details, please read this piece by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.): https://medium.com/senator-sheldon-whitehouse/the-third-federalist-society-f8a3ff2e19fd

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Well, yeah. There's that. Sigh.

I'm so friggin' old-school. Problem-solving, ideas, open and honest debate, looking at the big picture. Not important any more. :-(

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Have s big public funeral.

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That does sound nice. Complete with dancing.

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Im having second thoughts…just woke up…its 4 a.m.. If he (and his buddies, families and supporters were exiled … where would be a likely place …all set up… isolated and forgotten…. Lots if guards…

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We are a nation of laws. Just follow the law, is what we should have them do.

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Ted, Who is at the ramparts as the administration of elections are being corrupted. How basic is that to Democracy? I hear Joseph as many of us do, including many Democrats, Independents and a very few Republicans. Can Biden get there? There has not been nearly enough accountability. Is there no one who can get through to a few reluctant Democrats. Will a strong enough version of For the People Act be passed in September? We cannot continue to flirt with time and Fascism. Why wasn't it arranged that the Commission's hearing to day be shown on network television tonight?

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Answer to your final question - 4 hours of paid advertising and favorite tv shows for too many people. I agree that network television is essential to getting the reality out to the wider population but it doesn't have the "it bleeds so lead" as was the case with the Jan. 6 insurrection. However, the hearing will likely be replayed on C-SPAN TV (C-SPAN3 today) but, of course, that's to a very different audience that we would want to be viewing the hearings on network tv. Here's a link for viewing it; as it's video, you can pause and return at your own convenience. You can bypass about 40-45 minutes if you don't want to listen to introductory & opening statements. https://www.c-span.org/video/?513434-1/capitol-dc-police-testify-january-6-attack

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You will be deeply impressed both by the quality of content and the level of detail brought out by the 4 witnesses.

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Thanks, my favorite librarian. I watched the entire hearing. It will never leave me.

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When one does go to the CSPAN site, please scroll down to the entries listed as User Created Clips of this video. Those testimonies of the police are in full.

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I hope we see more Jan 6th prosecutions up the chain to the top. I hope every American gets to see the officers' testimony from this morning. If they did not or could not watch it today, I hope they see it tonight and/or for as many nights as it takes. For the People Act has to pass. I don't know if Biden can get there, I certainly hope so, he will need everyone's help.

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I read a lot of hope in your reply. We know a lot more than hope is necessary.

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Yep. Hope is not a strategy.

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Joseph, first, thanks for the informative and thoughtful comment.

If I had been elected President and anyone tried to raid the Capital to stop my certification I would, as early as I could, have had them arrested and then explained why.

Then, if they were found guilty I would provide appropriate consequences.

Anything less than this approach invites a bigger disaster than simply hanging one rich guy.

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The delay gave them time to smoke out more perpetraitors. Its up to about 600 not counting elected and appointed officials.

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perpetraitors -- well done, Susan

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Magical fairy…like from a gay church…?

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🙄 Oh, common....

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Ive been looking up the Senators who voted not to impeach whsts-his-name. In alphabetical order, the first 10 come from towns that had sex scandals in a church, school or social group in the 50s,60, 70s. I guess i could go on…

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Mitch gives me the creeps.

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When i studied Early Childhood Education, my project was on child abuse.

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Or how many people he has killed or little children he has severed from their families.

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When gangland crime organizing, thievery, money laundering, attacks and murders occur, law enforcement doesn't just go after the foot soldiers, they are intent on getting the god fathers.

Bengazzi wasn't a criminal activity, but the attack on the Capitol, the armed protests, occupations and death threats at state capitols, along with claims that the 2020 election and pressure to overturn the election are all criminal activity most easily identified as "treason". Why aren't they the province of criminal investigations?

Are politicians free to openly attack our nation and democracy? Wasn't the Civil War addressed with the US president, elected representatives loyal to the US Constitution and the US military? Why are we so hard on petty crimes and traffic infractions and soft on crimes against our nation? About half of our states and their representatives established the Confederacy. About the same proportion or less constitutes the Trump Campaign to take over our nation by open fraud on FOX and with violence in our capitols. Embarrassing to them? No criminal!! All of them, criminals.

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Very good points. It is just that "law and order" to them means something totally different when applied to others than it does looking in the mirror.

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Absolutely!

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I am often in disbelief that no one has held a line yet, or set some boundary that will be clear enough and strong enough to make a difference in our present madness. Yes, we’ll have problems galore like usual, but this feels extraordinarily insane.

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Indeed.

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True.

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We might see enough court cases and theirbtesults to “fix” the loop holes that created the problem

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That the infrastructure bill is so popular is exactly why Trump is moving to kill it. It’s a demonstration of his power. Demanding the death of a bill that was unpopular with Republicans in Congress would be trivial, ho hum, the equivalent of insisting that Republicans give up Brussels sprouts. Getting them to kill the infrastructure bill is like insisting that Republicans give up ice cream - if Trump can get them to do that then his hold on the party is absolute. Trump would also be showing everyone that McConnell and McCarthy are weak and should be ignored (it will be interesting to see if with the 10-11 Senators who were rumored to be ready to vote for the infrastructure bill suddenly disappear). McCarthy and McConnell are doing everything they can to win majorities in Congress in 2022. Trump doesn’t care about Republican majorities (he doesn’t care about the GOP at all, really), he only cares about power for himself.

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I totally agree with you. TFG is unhinged, and cares about nothing except the incredible “high” he gets from power. Like an addict, the more he gets, the more he needs. It has absolutely nothing to do with what is good for people, or the nation.

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A lot of his style comes from his mentor Roy Cohn, lawyer for joe McCarthy. The lies, the bluster, claiming to have info he doesn’t have, and convinced that television is the real courtroom and that emotion is the best argument.

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Did you see the PBS (Frontline?) piece The Choice: 2020 about the lifetimes of Trump and Biden? Really really fascinating dive into Trump's childhood (as well as Biden's) and yes, both Roy Cohn (former McCarthy helper) and Norman Vincent Peale are his main inspirations. Weird combo of mobster/thug/bully and excessive positive thinking combined with his already established cruel bullying due to his dysfunctional family. What a holy mess.

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I love Frontline. Haven't seen this one yet though. what a psychological mess. He is whacked out! But I've known that for a long long time. Will check it out!

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Yes, many of us have known it for a long time. But this really gives it all context. I had goosebumps. OTOH, it made me like Biden a lot better. The contrast could not have been more stark.

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American Demagogue- JD Dickey

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What does TFG mean? Sorry, I’m not up on this.

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Biden usually refers to him as "The Former Guy."

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I think of it meaning “that fu..ing goon” 😎

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“the former guy”, I can’t bring myself to say his name

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Thank you… all I could come up with was Too Far Gone and Google helped me with that!

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I don't know. I think Too Far Gone works to describe TFG pretty well too.

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TFG squared!

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The former guy.

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Same as he has always been and so far always gotten away with it

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Wow, great analysis. How can we, as a country, let one damaged man destroy us.

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We will not

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There are remarkably few ways to stop someone like Trump. One is impeachment. Mitch McConnell decided to protect Trump, and leave him in office. The rest of us had little choice in the matter.

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So, the reality is that millions and millions of Americans are at the mercy of a few power-hungry, greedy men. I’m not very religious, but I’m praying that Nancy Pelosi continues to be strong and healthy. As I see it, she has our entire democracy on her shoulders right now.

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I do not believe this is the work of just one man, however damaged. If we ask the question, who stands to benefit from his antics, I think we have some warm to very hot clues.

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Agree, to some extent he is a puppet

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Remember, too, that Putin pulls t-Rumps puppet strings, and a successful infrastructure program will improve our economy and competitiveness in the world, which is NOT what Putin wants. The jobs it creates will also mean less unemployed magates.

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My guess is that, as far as Putin is concerned, stopping the infrastructure bill is not at the top of his list. But Putin must be absolutely giddy after 5 years of Trump’s division and destruction of America. I imagine Putin saying to himself, “I could have spent hundreds of billions more on nuclear weapons, or invested 10 million in electing Trump. Trump has the destructive power of dozens of multi-megaton warheads.”

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The only hope is that he dies. He's 75, in poor health (we know because they lied about his health for the past 5 years), he's obese, doesn't exercise and has a literal "killer diet." Hopefully he dies in circumstances that have nothing to do with anything (otherwise he'll die a "martyr"). That way, inside of a year, the circus will move on and he'll be as relevant as Huey Long is. Yes, I certainly would rather he die in excruciating pain from the gunshot he so richly deserves, but more than that, I want to see him gone in a way that doesn't leave him haunting things. Just.... die of being a fat old man who never exercised and ate one too many hamberders.

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I really hope he doesn’t die before we get to see him be interrogated like the disgusting thug that he is on live TV. A pillory and rotten fruit and eggs would be too good for him. He’s going to get away with murder, just like he said he would.

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Even if he died of natural causes, Trumpublicans would blame Soros and the Clintons.

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Excuse me, but hahaha!

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As long as it doesn't resemble the death of French President, Felix Faure, in 1899 when he did in the arms of Baroness Marguerite Steinheil in bed in the Elysée Palace....a noted much-financed "temptress" of the times; a stroke in such circumstances would be too easy on him and would just stoke his much-projected self-image.

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I doubt he can even get his widdle "mushroom" (as Stormy Daniels described it) to turn into a toadstool any more.

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That's a mantal image I could have done without this morning, but hilarious none the less.

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🤣🤣🤣

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😂

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Sorry, mental.

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I'm not sure that Faure managed greatly either but its has encouraged many politicians since to think that their "power" makes them sexy.....see JFK on your side and Strauss-Kahn, François Hollande etc on this. Our current representative is a classic scholar of the subject but contents himself with the role of Oedipus!

Seems like the contract is finished between the orange blimp and his last "baronesse" as she is reportedly very much absent from his side these days; a job opening for someone?

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And of course there's Henry the K dating Jill St. John back in the 70s and when asked how a guy who looked like he did dated a woman like her, referred the questioner to the point that "power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

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Not to be dense but who's Henry the K?

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Henry Kissinger, then Secretary of State

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Oh my, coffee spewed across the room🤣

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Same here! 😅

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🤣😂🤣

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Careful with karma, folks.

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Delta variant biting trump in the ass would be karmic indeed.

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Large target . . .

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That would be ideal, but in the current political climate, I can see the Q followers still concocting some conspiracy theory that it wasn’t natural causes.

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More likely that he isn’t actually dead, but, in a hidden location continuing to call the shots. This is the level of absurdity the Q cult has “normalized”.

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They would insist he was still alive. I firmly believe Q was behind all the stories that Elvis was still alive.

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But... can we be really, really sure that the strange being that got itself into the White House in 2016 was not a zombie ? If it wasn't then, it sure looks that way now...

And it has certainly been doing its damnedest to transform the GOP into the zombie party -- the Nazombie Party... With no little success. Those hordes of THE UNDEAD pushing up like toadstools, creeping and crawling out from under gravestones...

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Please write a book!

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Delta varient!

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I think we need to all face the fact that Donald Trump has reached for and achieved immortality. Though it's possible that he will be outdone, my money is on him being remembered by all future historians as the worst US President in history, especially since his toxic influence continues to erode the nation. He will be remembered when Washington and Lincoln are forgotten. After all, who remembers Remus and his brother? Everyone knows the name Nero.

But in addition, he has created a full-on Jonestown cult. It doesn't matter how he dies, or when. There will be claims of his resurrection on the third day. There will be prophecies of his return to Make America Great Again. There will be -- if there are not already -- sacred altars to replace his rallies. His words will be written down, blended with the words of his prophet, Q, and will become Scripture for his followers.

And lo, when questioned by the hostile reporter from the tribe of the Rolling Stone on the matter of law enforcement, the Lord Trump spake thusly: "They have to get better than what they’ve been doing. I mean obviously that was a terrible thing. And I’ve spoken about it numerous times in various speeches. And what’s interesting is I spoke about it when we launched a very successful rocket — a tremendous program that culminated on that day and obviously it goes on from there. Let he who has ears reach his own conclusions." And his enemies were confounded.

Yes, I'm being dark, and perhaps silly. But perhaps not so much.

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You know what drives me nuts? When a news outlet does a segment on the January 6 House Select Committee but fails to contextualize the reason why Pelosi rejected the appointments of Jordan and Banks. Without that context, some will think Pelosi’s decision was arbitrary and hyperpartisan. I heard that kind of reporting this morning on NPR. And I wish news outlets would consistently refer to the tragedy of January 6 as an insurrection or attempted coup, as opposed to a riot. We can't become numb or forget how serious that day was.

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From The Guardian.

“Cheney hinted that one of the appointees that Pelosi rejected “may well be a material witness to events that led to” the attack. Sidney Blumenthal, former senior adviser to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, is of the same mindset and has some questions for congressman Jim Jordan.”

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But if he is called to testify, will he tell the truth?? I highly doubt it.

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He'll be under oath and he won't be asked any questions for which the committee doesn't already have many of the answers. Perjury has penalties. I'd love to see him trotted before a judge on perjury charges.

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And McCarthy

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Am listening to the live broadcast of the hearing at work, and the testimony of the police officers is gut-wrenching.

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I am heartened that they repeatedly called the insurrectionists what they are, TERRORISTS. Let’s not sugar coat it, I can’t wait to see McCarthy squirm under oath!

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I know. How can anyone listen to them and not feel emotional.

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I couldn't and neither were two members of the committee itself: Rep. Schiff and Rep. Kinzinger.

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Even Cheney looked distressed once when the camera was turned toward her as part of the audience.

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They also fail to remind us that Republicans had all their demands met for an equal commission and the. Rallied their caucus to vote against it. Remember, they don’t want an investigation and now they will do anything to push the message that it’s partisan. Always sweeping history, even the most recent, under the rug.

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I agree about many media reports as lukewarm. In the instance of Pelosi’s move, it was very well covered and considered on CNN.

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And on many broadcast and media outlets.

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NPR. No Public Revolution

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Happened again tonight when I was at the gym and watching BBC news on the machine. The reporter framed the quick segment on today's hearing as a partisan issue.

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British royalty offended by media’s constant references to their prince charming’s grinship with Epstein, iDijs buddie. Cant wait for Maxwell’s. testimony in September.

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Yes. It was not a riot.

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What if the crazies hold a press conference and the mainstream press does not show up? We need that because nothing they say will be news. We already know it will be bully time. AtteNtion is their oxygen.

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The only problem is main stream media are whores so they’ll be there.

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What??? That is your generalization for all the media right now?

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You should see it from across the pond.

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can you say more about that?

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Europe has watched in horror and dismay as their big ally on the other side of the Atlantic has been ransacked and sabotaged internationally on the internet and nationally by its lack of government for decades. Meanwhile, Russia has spent its last ruble militarizing and gobbling up defenseless countries, just like the Nazis did before WWII. while desertification and lack of effective leadership has forced massive illegal immigration north from Africa stretching every EU country’s budget and patients, plus their own continual increase in population. Europe needs to partner with a stable, dependable USA because Russia is basically run by Kossacks who don’t give a … fig … about loyalty to anyone, and neither Russia, China, nor Iran have the slightest idea how to govern democratically and wouldn’t dream of giving up the prestige and power of a one man show. So Europe is watching the show in the USA warily.

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Sad but seems true

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They held it and ran from the protesters on the left. They cried their free speech was being impeded while wanting the other sides free speech to be silenced. One of Bannon’s boys even claimed it was a violent attack after saying the officers shouldn’t have cried about being called racist names. The hypocrisy is astounding.

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If only....

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I've often wondered why the press showed up at many of the press conferences later in DJT's presidency, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kaleigh McEnany lied and evaded and generally made fools of themselves, both verbally and visually. Sorry. I know that was ingenerous.

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It’s expedient to use the word “Trump” since he’s the figurehead/mouth but as long as Brannon, Stone, Flynn, Giuliani on the loose many engineering this rhetoric and upheaval, escalation. Do we really think Trump comes up with all the words and strategic communication to reignite authoritarianism and break our democracy daily? Not even sure he’s literate.

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Does anyone else feel/fear that Flynn was telegraphing to the radicalized supporters when he, when presented with a rifle, stated he should take it to D.C.?

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Less subtle than "telegraphing" to my mind. Sounded like a call to arms to me.

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It certainly seems so to me.

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Of course he was, but again, he did not say specifically

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Wait, what am I missing about Flynn?

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A video posted on twitter shows Flynn when given an AR-15 rifle said “maybe I’ll find somebody in Washington DC.” I think he was at a church event in Yuma City, CA

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