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"You know things are looking grim for President Trump when he starts tweeting about Hillary Clinton again. Monday evening he sounded trapped and wounded: "Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech." Well, perhaps it is because she is not president, did not hold back her tax returns, did not constantly cheer for Vladimir Putin, did not hire a host of pro-Putin flunkies and did not have aides who lied about contact with Russian officials."

— Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post

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I've often disagreed with Republicans, but I thought we shared certain ideals and certain goals. That has all changed. Trump's dishonesty and racism undermine the institutions that make this country work. Trump and his supporters are betraying the democratic tradition. They are betraying America. There's no other way to say it.

I'm registered as an independent, for what it's worth.

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A man yells "Get out of my country" before opening fire on two Indian men, killing one. Another man says "Go back to your own country" before shooting a Sikh man in his driveway. Another attacks two bicyclists, saying "I bet you faggots voted for that bitch Hillary... You live in Trump country now". Yet another attacks a Muslim woman at her work, saying "Trump is here now... He will get rid of all of you".

All that in the first two months of Trump's presidency. Those are Trump's people. That's the world they want.

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What are Trump's business holdings in Russia? How much does he owe Russian firms and banks? If he has nothing to hide, why won't he answer these simple questions?

Republicans wet their collective diaper imagining that Obama was born outside the US, or that he was secretly Muslim, but when confronted with a real conflict of interest, they are suddenly silent.

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The Toronto Star fact-checked Trump's statements over the last six weeks of the election. He lied 560 times.

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As if feeding hungry children could ever be wrong, Trump's budget director says "there's no demonstrable evidence" that school meal programs increase academic performance.

Actually there is lots of evidence, but, like the rest of the Republican Party, Trump is too heartless and stupid to care.

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"...Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments."

— A joint assessment by the FBI, CIA, and NSA

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What The Fuck Just Happened Today? — a brilliant daily summary of our ongoing presidential trainwreck. If you care about anything at all, you should be reading this.

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"You know things are looking grim for President Trump when he starts tweeting about Hillary Clinton again. Monday evening he sounded trapped and wounded: "Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech." Well, perhaps it is because she is not president, did not hold back her tax returns, did not constantly cheer for Vladimir Putin, did not hire a host of pro-Putin flunkies and did not have aides who lied about contact with Russian officials."

— Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post

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After Justice Scalia died, Senate Republicans ignored their constitutional obligation to confirm a replacement, saying "Give the people a voice". But when the people of North Carolina elected a Democratic governor, Republican legislators voted at the last minute to limit his power.

The Republican Party used to have certain ideals, but today we see nothing but hypocrisy and lust for power.

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President Rump says "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated".

Nobody except — you know — Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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In 2013, when Obama proposed a military response to Assad's chemical weapon attacks, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and other Republican hypocrites opposed the move. Suddenly it's 2017, and the same double-dealing scam artists need a distraction from the Russia scandal and their healthcare incompetence, so they're all for it.

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"No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. ... When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American."

Dorothy Thompson, who interviewed Hitler and was the first American journalist expelled from Nazi Germany

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Despite years of Republican alarmism, and despite Trump's repeated lies about "millions of people who voted illegally", state voting officials reported only 73 'credible' allegations of voter fraud in 2016, many of those still unconfirmed.

137.7 million people voted. Is there any lie Republicans won't tell in order to get their way?

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Trump's deputy press secretary tries to spin Jeff Sessions' meeting with the Russian ambassador as "a volunteer for a campaign bumping into one at a conference where there’s... dozens of other ambassadors".

The truth turns out to be, "One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and [Kislyak] that took place in September in the senator’s office".

Funny how all of Trump's friends turn out to be complete liars.

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to require the same background checks for Trump appointees that he insisted on for Obama's Cabinet picks.

Time and time again McConnell shows himself to be the biggest hypocrite in American politics.

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"His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

A Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler , compiled by the OSS, predecessor of the CIA

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The CIA concludes that a hostile foreign power interfered with the US presidential election, but the interference was convenient for Republicans like Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, so they don't want to hear about it.

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Democrats won more votes for the 2012 House of Representatives, but because of Republican gerrymandering, 234 Republicans were elected — versus only 201 Democrats.

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"Nationalism always breaks its promises because nationalists hate enemies in their countries more than they hate the enemies of their countries. Millions of American conservatives proved it when they voted for Donald Trump, even though he was an open admirer of a hostile foreign power."

— Nick Cohen in The Guardian

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"To have the president-elect of the United States simply reject the fact-based narrative that the intelligence community puts together because it conflicts with his a priori assumptions — wow."

— General Michael Hayden, Director of NSA and CIA for George W. Bush

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"Politics sometimes rewards braggarts, and Trump is a world-class boaster. He promised a health care plan that would be "unbelievable," "beautiful," "terrific," "less expensive and much better," "insurance for everybody." But he’s abysmal at delivering — because the basic truth is that he’s an effective politician who’s utterly incompetent at governing."

— Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times

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A recent poll shows that Republicans are more likely to hold a negative opinion of President Obama (81%) than they are of Vladimir Putin, a warmongering tyrant who consistently opposes US interests (47%).

I'm not a big Obama fan myself, but these people have lost touch with reality.

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"I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this. I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president."

— Eliot Cohen, who served on the NSA for George W. Bush

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