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In case you missed it…

Kalima
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Kalima
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I could only watch for an hour, and the embarrassing, filled with lies, Nunes statement, the ridiculous signs and meaningless interruptions by repubs sei my hair on fire.

The testimonies from both men cut the defence of trump off at the knees. Will watch the rest later on YouTube as they were streaming it live.

A new factual bombshell is revealed in first day of public impeachment hearings

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/11/13/what-we-learned-opening-impeachment-hearings-new-factual-bombshell/

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So, Day One of the public Impeachment Hearings and brand new damning evidence comes out!

Sondland said Trump ‘cares more’ about Biden investigation than Ukraine, Taylor says

Taylor testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that his staffer asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine after the phone call, which came a day after Trump’s conversation with Zelensky, which is the focus of the impeachment inquiry. Sondland said, “President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden,” than U.S. policies on Ukraine, according to Taylor.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/11/13/trump-impeachment-hearing-taylor-aide-overheard/4178855002/

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Your clowns were in the room.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Just like Schiff fabricated my phone call, he will fabricate the transcripts that he is making and releasing!

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8:24 AM – Nov 12, 2019

You get your lying witnesses at your trial in the Senate, dumbarse.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Schiff is giving Republicans NO WITNESSES, NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS! It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This can’t be making the Democrats look good. Such a farce!

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8:18 AM – Nov 12, 2019

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The lies are now so rudimentary Trump should just say, “This isn’t a lie about Schiff.”

No sane person can believe anything he says, he’s gone over the edge.

Kalima
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Well judging by the protests, many people don’t and he can hear it plainly now. Desperation of a guilty man whose whole life has been a sham.

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You see all these people’s uprisings happening all around the world, a reaction to the wave of authoritarians taking over or oppressing worse.

Seems like that is going on to a degree in the US and building. Trump’s getting booed and protest nearly everywhere he goes and giants businesses are failing by being boycotted.

I think after impeachment, if he’s not removed by the traitorous GOP Senators, it will get much worse. Trump will only be able to campaign where they can prevent most Americans from expressing their resentment of him.

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What Niki Haley, and quite frankly trump and many republicans don’t seem to grasp, is that it is okay to “undermine” the president IF the president is undermining the USA.

The problem is that if a Democratic president was doing the things trump is doing, it would be okay to “undermine” him/her. However, they don’t think it is okay to “undermine” a republican president.

Cabinet members work at the pleasure of the president ONLY as long as the president is working within the powers and authority of the Constitution. When a president abuses his/her office for personal gain, he/she is not working in the interest of the USA.

Americans who don’t support a president being above the law, should take note of how republicans are willing to excuse this behavior as long as a republican does it.

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Haley ruined herself. She boasted that she turned down the opportunity to protect the country in order to protect her career.

She is as corrupt as Trump.

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Apropos Haley.

Trump officials knife Nikki Haley after she paints herself as one of the president’s staunchest defenders

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/trump-officials-knife-nikki-haley-after-she-paints-herself-as-one-of-the-presidents-staunchest-defenders/

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They got the knife by pulling it out of America’s back where Haley stabbed it.

TOCB
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Senator Kennedy says Speaker Pelosi made up her mind to impeach trump regardless of evidence exonerating trump, and he says that is stupid, wrong and even dangerous. However, it is not stupid, wrong and dangerous for him to make up his mind to acquit trump regardless of evidence showing trump violated the oath of his office, which Senator Kennedy will also be doing if he ignores the evidence, which is plain and clear and overwhelming.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/john-kennedy-trump-nancy-pelosi-dumb-rally-impeachment

This is truly a test of how strong America’s democracy is. Although when it was established, the electoral college was a mechanism the framers of the Constitution put in place in order to prevent someone like trump from becoming president. That mechanism failed in 2016. In case that mechanism failed, and someone like trump became president, impeachment and removal from office was the mechanism to remedy the failure of the electoral college.

The framers of the Constitution also feared that political parties could become more loyal to their parties than to the Constitution and the principles of democracy and that could destroy our democracy. That could become a reality if the Senate does not remove trump from office.

The House must impeach trump in order to protect and defend the Constitution and democracy. The Senate will have to explain to the American people, who are not just the 40% who supports trump, but all Americans, why they did not remove trump from office. If they don’t, they will be putting the final nails into the coffin of the Republican Party, OR if the 60% who don’t support trump don’t vote out trump and Republicans in 2020, welcome to the late great United States.

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Joe Biden recently accused Elizabeth Warren of holding an “angry, unyielding viewpoint.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-a-shift-warren-responds-to-bidens-angry-comment/ar-BBWwuxv?ocid=spartandhp

Amy Klobuchar accused Warren of something similar in the last debate and Klobuchar was viewed as asserting herself. I suspect people accuse Warren of being an elitist because they don’t have plans that measure up to her plans. Of course, she thinks her plans are better. Otherwise, she would go with their plans. Each person has a right to promote their plans, and may the best plan win.

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Graham on the impeachment inquiry: ‘I made my mind up. There’s nothing there’

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/graham-on-the-impeachment-inquiry-i-made-my-mind-up-theres-nothing-there/ar-BBWyeM8?ocid=spartandhp

When Graham says, “…there’s nothing there”, he must mean there is nothing there in his brain, because any sane and honest person can see there is something there as far as impeachable offenses like bribery and extortion are concerned.

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Just goes to prove what a disgustingly weak human he is and what an incompetent lawyer he must have been in the past.

Whatever the Russians have on him after the RNC hack In 2016, and those 1300 separate hacks of politicians, business people and others, they must have landed in trump’s “5 buckets full of dirt”, and it must be something worth throwing yourself at trump’s feet over. Gross. He is sickening to watch. Vote them all out in 2020.

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There are just over 600 billionaires in the USA and many of them are afraid that a President Warren will change their lifestyles. They are probably right. Not that Warren is anti-capitalism, but because she thinks, as most Americans do, that capitalism or whatever form of economy we have, should work for the masses of the people as well as it does for the wealthy and the well-connected. Does that mean that the wealthy should share their wealth such that all Americans have the same income/wealth? Not at all.

However, I think she believes the wealthy should share a portion of their wealth to help provide the basic needs of all Americans. Some people may call that “socialism”. Again, they are partially right in the sense that some things that are fundamental to a decent lifestyle are more efficiently and effectively done collectively, rather than being dependent on the profit motive of capitalism or the survival of the fittest.

Some examples are a standing military, police departments, fire departments, public schools and libraries, roads and bridges, and YES, healthcare, a college education for those with the aptitude and desired to get one, early childhood education.

We are not talking about redistributing wealth so that everyone will have the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Nor are we talking about taking away the lifestyle of the rich and famous for those who achieve it through capitalism. We are simply talking about Americans sharing in taking care of the basic needs of all Americans. If THAT is socialism, put me down for being down with socialism.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/as-warren-gains-in-race-wall-street-sounds-the-alarm/ar-AAJO1fS?ocid=spartandhp

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Oops!!

In Seeking to Join Suit Over Subpoena Power, Mulvaney Goes Up Against the President

In effect, the acting chief of staff hopes the court will tell him whether to listen to his own boss, who wants him to remain silent, or to comply with a subpoena from the House, which wants his testimony.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/09/us/politics/mulvaney-trump-impeachment-subpoenas.html

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Since Congress has the constitutional authority of oversight as well as the sole power to impeach, a legitimate court has no choice but to rule in favor of Congress.

Further, if trump wanted to get to the truth, whatever it is, he would not oppose testimony and investigation. When a person is innocent, they WELCOME an investigation. When they are guilty, they oppose an investigation. Of course, everyone knows that, but 40% of the American electorate don’t care about the truth.

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To me it’s the Mueller investigation all over again. Obstruct. Intimidate witnesses. Lie every time you open your mouth. Only this time people came forward to tell the truth. He was guilty the first time as Stone’s trial is now affirming. We always knew that he was.

Tweetstorm after crazy tweetstorm just shows how guilty he really is.

How many other countries has he extorted? What has he promised Putin at the expense of America’s national interests and national security?

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He’s so corrupt. Pence is not a Christian.

How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups

Officials at USAID warned that favoring Christian groups in Iraq could be unconstitutional and inflame religious tensions. When one colleague lost her job, they said she had been “Penced.”

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-mike-pences-office-meddled-in-foreign-aid-to-reroute-money-to-favored-christian-groups

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As a Christian, I am admonished not to question another person’s faith. However, I would remind Brother Pence of Matthew 5:43-48. It is ok to help Christians to get aid, but it is not ok to put Christians ahead of others who are in the same plight.

Love Your Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

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I doubt that pence follows the teachings of Jesus but only cherrypicked what applies to the shallow life he chooses to live. As I said, he is not a true Christian no matter how much he claims to be. Everything he does and has done as a politician proves that. He is full of bias and hate.

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Pathetically ridiculous as usual.

House GOP asks for Hunter Biden and whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe –

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-gop-asks-for-hunter-biden-and-whistleblower-to-testify-in-impeachment-probe/2019/11/09/a6751cc6-02fe-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html

This is how trump treats the people who voted for him.

‘I’m gonna lose everything’

A farm family struggles to recover after rising debt pushes a husband to suic

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/09/im-gonna-lose-everything/

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Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/book-by-anonymous-describes-trump-as-cruel-inept-and-a-danger-to-the-nation/2019/11/07/b6b6c6f2-0150-11ea-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html

They Are Racist; Some of Them Have Guns. Inside the White Supremacist Group Hiding in Plain Sight.

Patriot Front is perhaps the most active white supremacist group in the nation. ProPublica explores its origins, secret communications, history of arrests and outsize aims for an all-white America.

https://www.propublica.org/article/they-are-racist-some-of-them-have-guns-inside-the-white-supremacist-group-hiding-in-plain-sight

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I saw a black Repub Woman interviewed today on supporting Trump and the intentional blindness she displayed comes from the same place of all Trump cultists. Selfishness.

This woman claimed that because the economy was good for her, that’s all that mattered and she supported Trump. She sounded like she was just regurgitating Trump’s and Fox News talking points. No acknowledgement that it was just a continuation of the economy Obama put in place after the Great Recession. Or the terrible hatred and racism rising all over the country thanks to Trump. Why should a black person care about that or any other human being if the economy’s good? My point is, she’s a freak, most black people, Latinos, Jews, etc. are empathetic to the lives of others.

Trump supporters just aren’t.

But again, spouting propaganda doesn’t mean the drones doing so really believe it. Cultists are beyond empathy.

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It’s obvious that they feel no empathy for those suffering from the scourge tainting and corrupting everything in his rampaging path. Most of them can’t be saved from his cancerous rot. Some don’t think they need saving. Good luck to them when he’s finally gone.

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They Are Racist; Some of Them Have Guns. Inside the White Supremacist Group Hiding in Plain Sight.

It is uncomfortable for white Americans, but THIS is who a LOT OF THEM are. I don’t want to believe it is most of them, but if those who are not racist don’t stand up against their racist family and friends, they are just as guilty.

Kalima
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Any person or group who blame their own failings on minority races is a loser who cannot improve on their lot in life so blaming a person of a different skin colour is the excuse for the coward’s way out.

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Agreed, some white people just don’t want to accept it but there is also flat out ignorance by decent white people as to how widespread racism is.

Many white people wanted to believe that Obama marked a post-racial turning point. Many of them who live in big cities, even in the South and Midwest, only know their personal experience and in many big cities, open racism isn’t a normal thing. They see a lot of tolerance and diversity.

But Trump’s election and his rabid, racist cult proved that racism has been rampant all the time. Around 38% of the country. That’s a scary amount, over one third of the country is racist to one degree or another.

More than one out of three people? It’s hard for white people who haven’t experienced racism to conceive of it but they need to. I think many are recognizing it now but far more need to and step up against it.

I really hope that the Dem who wins in 2020 makes attacking racism and white supremacy a top national issue. After Trump unleashed all this open and violent racism, it’s not an option to ignore it, it’s a wildfire that needs to be stamped out.

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It gets worse every day. A repeat corrupt statement like the Mueller Report.

What work has barr done for the country?

Stopping 7 investigations after the finished release of Mueller’s report? Lying about the findings of the Mueller report? Starting a totally bogus investigation into his own department and the FBI to get Russia and trump off the hook for interfering in a U.S. election? Believing that trump can do anything and is above the law?

The President has nothing but respect for AG Barr and greatly appreciates the work he’s done on behalf of the country…

Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-wanted-barr-to-hold-news-conference-saying-the-president-broke-no-laws-in-call-with-ukrainian-leader/2019/11/06/16d541ec-ff55-11e9-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html

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I know some people are of the opinion that we should not prosecute previous administrations out of respect for a smooth transition of our government. However, there are exceptions to every rule. The trump administration has virtually spit on the Constitution and the rule of law. In order for these principles to have meaning going forward, we MUST prosecute those who have assisted and encouraged trump in violating laws. Barr has been one of the most egregious ones.

Kalima
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Just about everyone in this administration is either corrupt or enabling the devil and must be held responsible. The repubs in Congress must be voted out. The party needs to be burned to ashes.