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The Fox News host has faced fierce scrutiny over his support of the “great replacement” idea cited in a racist screed allegedly left by the Buffalo gunman.

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Nick Visser May. 17, 2022, 01:03 AM EDT

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Tucker Carlson condemned the 18-year-old suspect accused of shooting 13 people at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store this weekend. But the Fox News host failed to take accountability for the white supremacist “great replacement” theory he’s peddled on prime time for years, instead lambasting Democrats and the media for attacking free speech.

Carlson opened his program Monday by addressing the spate of mass shootings across America in recent days, including the Buffalo attack and a shooting at a church in California that left one dead and five others injured. In Buffalo, Payton Gendron is accused of targeting a store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. He is believed to have posted a 180-page screed full of racist, white supremacist tropes that referenced extreme versions of replacement theory, a baseless claim that Democrats are plotting to “replace” white Americans with people of color through immigration and other policies.

Almost all of the victims in the shooting, which killed 10 people, were Black.

“The document is not recognizably left-wing or right-wing,” Carlson said Monday. “It’s not really political at all. The document is crazy. It’s the product of a diseased and unorganized mind. … It’s definitely racist, bitterly so … but what he wrote does not add up to a manifesto. It is not a blueprint for a new political movement.”

Several mass shootings in recent years have been linked to the conspiracy theory, including an attack at a synagogue in 2018, a shooting that killed 23 at a Walmart in 2019 and a rampage in Christchurch, New Zealand, that year that left 51 dead.

Carlson has faced fierce scrutiny in recent days over his own support of the replacement theory, which has grown from a fringe conspiracy theory and is now embraced by far-right commentators and even Republican politicians. A New York Times investigation found Carlson had promoted the idea in more than 400 episodes of his show since he joined Fox News’ prime-time lineup in 2016.

The Fox News host said, however, that Democrats had used the Buffalo attack to craft “a coordinated campaign to blame those murders on their political opponents.” He did not mention replacement theory or his regular assertions that President Joe Biden was supportive of immigration to “dilute the political power of the people.”

Instead, Carlson said Democrats who spent the hours after the Buffalo shooting condemning hate speech were using the attack as a “pretext” to roll back the protections of the First Amendment.

“What is hate speech? Well, it’s speech that our leaders hate,” Carlson said. “So because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud. That’s what they’re telling you.”

“Race politics always makes us hate each other,” he continued. “Race politics is a sin. Race politics always leads to violence and death. There is only one answer to rising racial tension, and that is to de-escalate. Treat people as human beings created by God rather than faceless members of interest groups… all people have equal moral value, no matter what they look like. All lives matter, period.”

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The common thread in all autocracies and dictatorships is the lie. To get elected or rise in power the lie is the chief weapon used. Any society that allows free speech (in whatever degree) is subject to the influence of the power-seeking liars. This is not new but recent history since the early 1900’s has shown the rise of Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, the Taliban, Iranian extremists, ISI and others. Disenfranchised citizens are duped in following them due to lies, disinformation and misinformation. Enter the Ukraine crisis, the American political system to name a couple. Lies sound great if they feed into the fears of the disenfranchised but we must be cautious lest these spreaders of “made up ” information become elected officials or media influencers.

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The following post has attachments worth reading as they show how callous the “former guy” was and continues to be in the face of truth. This also points out the gullibility of his followers much like the followers of “this way to the egress”, which P.T. Barnum used to garner a reentry fee to his sideshow. MA.

February 2, 2022
Heather Cox Richardson
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Today, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman sued Donald Trump, Jr., Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and others, as well as Fox News Channel personalities, including Laura Ingraham, for obstructing an official proceeding “by intimidating and retaliating against a key witness.” The lawsuit describes an “intentional, concerted campaign of unlawful intimidation and retaliation against a sitting Director of the National Security Council and decorated military officer…to prevent him from and then punish him for testifying truthfully before Congress during impeachment proceedings against President Trump.”Their goal, the lawsuit says, was to portray him as disloyal to the United States, a spy, and “a politically motivated ‘leftist’ within the military who was insubordinate and even broke the law.” In addition to the effect on Vindman himself, it said, the attacks “left a stain on our democracy.”And so, on Groundhog Day, we have come full circle.Vindman was a key witness in the first House of Representatives impeachment hearing in 2019. A Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, he had been on the July 25, 2019 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. After hearing the call, Vindman had reported to John Eisenberg, the top lawyer for the National Security Council, that the call was troubling, with Trump pressing Zelensky to deliver an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of potential rival Joe Biden, in exchange for promised military aid to Ukraine so it could resist Russian incursions. Eisenberg told Vindman not to tell anyone else about the conversation.Vindman’s opening statement before Congress recalled the American dream. He explained that his father, who had brought Vindman from Ukraine when three, was afraid to have his son testify against the president. Vindman assured him it would be okay. “Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth,” Vindman said he told his father, “because this is America, this is the country I have served and defended, that all of my brothers have served, and here, right matters.”After Vindman’s testimony, he was ousted from the National Security Council, and his twin brother Eugene, a senior lawyer and ethics official for the NSC who had not been involved in the impeachment hearings, was also fired, escorted off White House grounds “suddenly and without explanation,” according to Alexander’s lawyer David Pressman. The two men were fired on the same day Trump told reporters that he was “not happy” with Vindman’s testimony.On July 8, 2020, Vindman resigned from the military after more than 21 years, citing the “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” led by the president for his decision to leave public service.And now he is suing the allies of the former president, demanding they repair the damage they did, both to Vindman and to democracy. “The threat to our democracy came from a conspiracy among people within the highest reaches of our government and their close allies. President Trump and his aides and other close associates, including Defendants, waged a targeted campaign against Lt. Col. Vindman for upholding his oath of office and telling the truth.”“I filed this lawsuit,” he said, “because I believe in the active role all citizens must play in upholding our democracy.”It’s an interesting moment.The former president is still strong. His fundraising emails, full of fake promises of 700x matching and dinners with the president, might sound just like scams, but they work: he started the year with $122 million in cash. He seems to be stockpiling it for himself; the only significant expenditure he has made is $1 million to a nonprofit, the Conservative Partnership Institute.But things are not all ducky for him, either.That million-dollar payment to CPI is significantly higher than any other donation, and it went to CPI, where his former chief of staff Mark Meadows now works, weeks after the House created the January 6 committee, which has subpoenaed Meadows.Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, is supposed to go live this month, but when Business Insider reached out to Trump’s people—including to former representative Devin Nunes, who left Congress to become the CEO of Trump Media and Technology Group—to ask about it, no one responded. The investor presentation for the company was “so bad, it is laughable—literally says nothing,” one person to whom it was circulated wrote. The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) behind Trump’s company is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Yesterday, Trump tried to take back his statement of Sunday indicating he wanted then–vice president Pence to overturn the election. He released a statement saying he only wanted Pence to send the electoral votes back to the states “for reassessment.” This, too, would have been illegal, but it is significant because it shows he recognizes that his earlier statement adds to the case against him.At his rally in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday, Trump promised to pardon the insurrectionists if he is reelected, and today Tara Palmeri of Politico reported that Trump had considered blanket pardons of the rioters, asking advisors if he had the power and if it was a good idea. Belying the idea floated by right-wing media that the rioters were “antifa,” he asked, “Is it everybody that had a Trump sign or everybody who walked into the Capitol,” who could be pardoned. Trump also wanted to announce that he was running in 2024 even before Biden’s inauguration, hoping to frame any future prosecutions as being politically motivated.Representative Pete Aguilar (D-CA), a member of the committee investigating the insurrection, said on CNN that Trump’s promise is “absolutely” witness tampering. He wondered what it would take for Republicans to say enough is enough. “I don’t know where the floor is on that side of the aisle,” he said.That seems a reasonable question, as right-wing personalities are upping the ante in their political rhetoric, echoing authoritarians in their suggestion that they will use the power of the government to go after those they consider political opponents. Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, for example, has expressed interest in arresting President Biden’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying, “[w]e are going to create criminal referrals…. There needs to be an example made of him.”As right-wing fury seems to mount, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol is quietly gathering evidence, and those testifying seem to be getting closer to the heart of the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.Yesterday, yet another member of former vice president Mike Pence’s team, top aide Greg Jacob, met with the January 6 committee for more than eight and a half hours.The leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, has appeared before the committee this week and has answered “many questions,” according to his lawyer, although he has exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination with regard to other questions.Today, former Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark met with the January 6 committee for close to two hours. Clark backed Trump’s attempt to cast doubt on the election, and Trump entertained the idea of making him attorney general until Department of Justice leadership threatened to resign as a group if he did. Initially, Clark refused to answer a subpoena, and in December the committee voted to hold him in criminal contempt. The committee remained willing to talk, though, and apparently it now has.We learned today that the committee has also subpoenaed from T-Mobile the phone records of Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, both of whom signed a document falsely claiming that Trump had won Arizona’s electoral votes. The Wards filed suit in federal court today to block the subpoena, saying that because the Wards are osteopathic doctors who use their phones to talk to patients, the subpoenas violate patient-doctor privilege.Meanwhile, the committee has put off Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s testimony while it discusses the scope of his subpoena with his lawyer.Today, committee member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that the committee expects to hear from Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter and White House advisor, whom the committee expects to call this week.Raskin also said public hearings will likely be held in April. This will make them uncomfortably close to the midterm elections, but they have had to be pushed back because of obstruction by Trump’s people.And so we are back to where we were in 2019, when Vindman first reminded us that in America, right matters. At long last, will most of us decide that it does?—
Notes:https://www.thedailybeast.com/alexander-vindman-sues-trump-donald-trump-jr-fox-news-allies-alleging-conspiracy-to-silence-himRachel Vindman @natsechobbyist“I filed this lawsuit because I believe in the active role all citizens must play in upholding our democracy.” usatoday.com/story/opinion/…via @USATODAYAlexander Vindman: Why I’m seeking accountability from Trump allies in courtPublic servants who do their duty, tell the truth and uphold their oaths of office shouldn’t be subjected to intimidation and retaliation.usatoday.comFebruary 2nd 20221,576 Retweets10,770 Likeshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/31/trump-fundraising-2021-fec-filings/Public NoticeTrump’s unintentionally hilarious fundraising emails, explainedI was drinking my morning coffee and putting the finishing touches on Tuesday’s edition of the newsletter when an email from “Donald J. Trump” caught my eye. “Don’t share this with anyone,” read the subject line. I’ve subscribed to Trump’s emails long enough to realize that the former president hadn’t really penned me a personal note. Still, I was curious…Read more13 hours ago · 26 likes · 6 comments · Aaron RuparBen Siegel @bensiegelGreg Jacob, an attorney who worked for former VP Pence in the White House, met with the @January6thCmte for at least 8.5 hours Tuesday, per pooler @HolmesLybrand He’s at least the second senior Pence aide to meet w/ the panel, after chief of staff Marc Short appeared last week.February 2nd 2022937 Retweets4,596 LikesBrianna Keilar @brikeilarcnnJanuary 6th committee member @RepPeteAguilar says former President Trump is “absolutely” tampering with witnesses by promising pardons for those charged with crimes related to the insurrection. February 2nd 2022294 Retweets918 Likes​​Zak Hudak @cbszakNEWS: Ex-DOJ official Jeffrey Clark is meeting with the Jan. 6 committee right now, per pooler @HolmesLybrandFebruary 2nd 2022953 Retweets4,914 LikesHugo Lowell @hugolowellJan. 6 committee member Jamie Raskin: “Had we not faced so much obstruction by Trump’s entourage, we would be a lot further along now” — which suggests if final report comes close to midterms, it’s Trump’s fault.February 2nd 20221,892 Retweets9,086 Likeshttps://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/vindman-sues-don-jr-giuliani-other-trump-allies-over-first-impeachment-smear-campaignhttps://www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/excitement-about-trumps-social-media-site-is-tepid-with-just-weeks-before-its-launch-but-one-politically-eager-genzer-is-all-in/articleshow/89285342.cmshttps://www.cnn.com/2022/01/11/investing/trump-spac-stock/index.htmlHugo Lowell @hugolowellNew: Jan. 6 committee has deferred Rudy Giuliani’s deadline to respond to his subpoena for a few weeks while House investigators discuss the scope of his subpoena with his lawyer, per sources familiar.February 2nd 2022709 Retweets2,827 Likeshttps://www.cnn.com/2022/02/02/politics/oath-keepers-stewart-rhodes-january-6-investigation/index.htmlJulia Jester @JulesJesterNEW: Jeffrey Clark, former Trump DOJ official, is meeting with the January 6 committee. In Dec, the House panel voted for Clark to be held in criminal contempt for refusing to answer questions & provide documents. Clark brought a suitcase with him this afternoon. February 2nd 202251 Retweets140 Likeshttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/jamie-raskin-discusses-january-6-select-committee-and-ivanka-trump/https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/02/jan-6-committee-subpoenas-arizona-gop-chair-00004903https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/01/trump-gave-1m-to-meadows-nonprofit-weeks-after-jan-6-panels-creation.htmlhttps://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/02/trump-considered-blanket-pardons-for-jan-6-rioters-before-he-left-office-00004738

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

There is no partisanship when elected officials disrespect the office for their personal gain, not for the country and the voters who put them in office. The GOP which we can call the party of TOTUS since he has such a large influence over what they do or don’t do. Looking at what has occurred since the election: TOTUS encouraged his followers to take over the capital to stop the certification of a legal election. The GOP initially was appalled but now that they fear the wrath of TOTUs and the possibility of mid term election outcomes. Their focus now has been to build on the “big lie” by a multitude of little lies like the Jan 6th insurrection that the GOP classified as a group of “tourists”. During that “tourist visit” 4 people died and many others injured. While this tourist visit was occurring the Congressional members were spirited to the safe areas of the capital yet these members of the TOTUS GOP now want to ignore the facts that we (the voters) saw with our own eyes and would like us to believe we did not see what we saw. Meanwhile self serving Bitch McConnell is busily obstructing any agenda the current administration has but offering nothing in it’s stead. It is the purview of the voters to correct this mess by voting intelligently and not by rote. Each person we elect to any office from municipal to Federal needs to be vetted by us and we can only do that by paying attention to what’s said and knowing what the facts are.

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Biden’s American Jobs Plan

It is well documented that rural areas have no access to current information on government programs and how they affect their lives. As an example many do not know that Medicare is Government program and the ACA supplemented it. Due to the misinformation provided by their representatives in Congress many have missed out on medical care. It is possible that broadband access could have provided essential information on communication, health, weather and issues that directly affect their lives. We must be reminded that many members of Congress on both sides benefit from the Tax reform bill of 2017 directly or indirectly while taxpayers who make below $400 thousand pay the bills.

President Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan allocates:

  • $621 billion on roads, bridges, public transit, rail, ports, waterways, airports, and electric vehicles to improve air quality, reduce congestion, and limit greenhouse gas emissions
  • $400 billion to bolster caregiving for aging and disabled Americans
  • $300 billion toward boosting manufacturing, specifically semiconductor, medical, and clean manufacturing
  • $213 billion toward building, renovating, and retrofitting over two million homes and housing units
  • $180 billion to advance US leadership in critical technologies, upgrade research infrastructure, and establish the US as a leader in climate science, innovation, and research and development
  • $111 billion to rebuild water infrastructure and replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines
  • $100 billion to build new public schools and upgrade existing buildings, and $12 billion to states to use towards infrastructure needs at community colleges
  • $100 billion in order to give every American access to affordable, reliable, and high-speed broadband
  • $100 billion to workforce development to help dislocated workers, assist underserved groups, and get students on career paths before they graduate high school
  • $18 billion to modernize the Veterans Affairs’ hospitals and $10 billion to modernize federal buildings

Biden’s proposal would be paid for by raising corporate tax to 28% and the global minimum tax to 21%, placing a 15% levy on book income for the largest corporations, and corporate inversions.

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9 to 5 Comic Strip for April 17, 2021

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Apparently the GOP has unleashed the evil upon themselves when they backed TOTUS in all of his misdeeds, “the chickens as they say have come home to roost”. TOTUS will spill the beans on their misdeeds to elevate himself while the GOP supporters will miss the real substance of the situation. MA


Former president Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” as he used a Saturday night speech to Republicans to blame him for not helping overturn the 2020 election and reiterated false assertions that he won the November contest.

Trump, speaking to a Republican National Committee gathering at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., excoriated a number of Republicans even as he publicly called for party unity — focusing on those who voted to convict him in impeachment proceedings. But he saved his sharpest vitriol for the Kentucky Republican.

“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a bitch Mitch McConnell they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” he said of election certifying on Jan. 6, the day his supporters led an insurrection on the Capitol to block Joe Biden’s formal victory.

Trump spent much of the speech, with many senators in the room, lashing into his former ally in personal terms, often to cheers from the party’s top donors. He falsely claimed that he won the Senate election for McConnell in Kentucky and attacked his wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transportation secretary.

“I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?” Trump said. He then mocked Chao for resigning in response to the Jan. 6 events and Trump’s behavior that day.

“She suffered so greatly,” he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. He later called McConnell a “stone cold loser.” A spokesman for McConnell could not immediately be reached.

The speech was light on his actual presidency, which some aides had wanted him to address, and delivered more of a familiar litany of grievances that seemed to animate the crowd. Many of his claims were false or misleading.

He did not directly address his 2024 plans — other than to express confidence about the Republican nominee winning — an attendee said, preferring instead to look back at the last election.

He reiterated many of his false claims soon after beginning his remarks and dove into particular states in detail, such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, continuing to claim he won them and attacking politicians such as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). He spoke for about an hour, according to an attendee, and bragged that he had tossed his prepared and “boring” speech, the attendee said. “Bullshit,” he said about the election, before polling the room of Republican donors on whether they believed he won.

He falsely said that most Democrats also believe he won but just won’t say so out loud, an attendee said.

Trump said the crowd at his rally preceding the Capitol attack was so large — falsely claiming that “some people say it was over a million people” — because supporters were upset about fraud and said he was “disappointed” in Vice President Mike Pence for certifying the election later that day. He expressed no regret about his actions on that day, nor about those of the Capitol rioters.

“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures … I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” Trump said.

The Republican Party paid more than $100,000 to the former president’s club to hold the event there, with the rest of the festivities at the nearby Four Seasons resort. McConnell was not there, and he has not spoken to Trump in months, telling advisers he never plans to speak to him again.

Trump attacked many of his favorite targets, such as Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading epidemiologist, even mocking Fauci for his first pitch last season at Nationals Park — a frequent Trump taunt. He falsely claimed that Fauci only received credit because he opposed Trump, an attendee said, and joked that Fauci wanted people to wear five masks after not initially supporting masks.

“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he said of Fauci.

The former president said, without saying who, that someone recently suggested to him that the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine.” He bragged about his handling of the pandemic, dismissing the widespread criticism of his approach and not mentioning the more than 500,000 who have died of covid-19.

He praised Republicans who have ignored public health concerns about opening and reopening their states, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Reprising an attack from the day he launched his campaign in 2015, he called immigrants “murderers, rapists and drug dealers.”

“They’re coming in from the Middle East. They’re not sending their best people. You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers,” Trump said.

He again said he was impeached “over a perfect phone call” and said he was jealous of Democrats for sticking together to vote against him. He said Republicans needed to be just as unified.

“We can’t have these guys that like publicity,” he said.

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It is wondrous to see you being so pro-voter when you have not stood up against a miscreant President whose actions were un Constitutional and against the people of the United States. While DJT was busily screwing the people and the works of the government you were busily subverting the justice system in pursuit of your own agenda. Now you are speaking up again against the voters because a few large companies are speaking out against the voting restrictions which effectively cut off the path to voting for mostly poor and people of color because they came out in large numbers against your party. This is still America even though the GOP wants it to be “Jim Crow” America. If you were the patriot you purport to be then your voice should be against these unfair voting laws. It is shameful how you have spent your time feathering your own nest while many Americans of all colors and ethnicities pay the price for your parties greed. I believe you deserve this award for your continued self serving actions.

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What concerns me and it should concern you also is the “hypocrisy” of our elected officials and how it affects our lives. This impeachment trial is one sided however it is something that should be done to protect the Democracy. Instead it has become a tit for tat game where our elected representatives bring up old news to support their ideas. Each side may have some merit in what they present but what does it do for us, The voters? I have found it hard to trust any of them as they do not for the most part truly represent any of us (voters) in the manner they proport to. The election of Trump supporters who still carry on unfounded and disproven ideas to the Congress is troubling but even more concerning is the fact that the GOP (Dupublican) members aren’t concerned with this purveyor of Trumpian tropes. It is unfortunate that many Americans have become what I call JSP’s (no offense: JERRY SPRINGER PEOPLE). The reason is that this show no matter how entertaining is staged for entertainment more than information. The same can be said for the daily “soaps” enjoyed by many. This devotion to entertainment and misleading politics show the sad state of our Politics and the nefariousness of the Hawkers of this misinformation for political gain. Our purpose as voters should and needs to be a demand for more honesty (if possible) in politics along with our own “VETTING” of people seeking election to Government service on our behalf. It is well to remember that as it should be that the two middle letters in poLItician is “LI” and too many spin the truth to gain access to government seats. That lead to long term poor performance for us and a well paid career for them. This concerns me and should concern you too!

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No Matter what one wants to believe, Donald J. Trump has lost the election! The funding for the numerous failed lawsuits are the stock in trade for Donald. He has done this all of his adult (Business) life. His modus operandi is to use someone else’s money as he has none. This is still true as the lawsuits are paid for by his backers including his “base” many of them cannot afford to contribute but do it anyway possibly in lieu of food and personal comforts. The GOP members who have supported this madness up to and including signing onto a petition to overturn the election. The high court has rejected taking on this case and TOTUS is furious as in his uniformed mind he assumed he owned the court because of his appointments. The worst of this is not over, what will be left is a potentially un resolvable rift in the country between the right and left with the GOP sitting on the right with known extremists backing them (whether they want them or not). It should be noted that the left is no better in their own pursuits. The current Congress has shown their preference for taking care of their big money donors over their constituents whom they profess to work for. Hopefully the voters no matter their party preference will remember who their elected officials really work for. TOTUS will trash talk any and everyone after this is sorted out so why follow the head lemming?

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