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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump began a long holiday weekend that honors slain black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. by attacking another rights activist and politician who had said he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president”.

Democratic Representative John Lewis, of Georgia, said on a segment of “Meet the Press” released by NBC on Friday he thought hacking by Russians had helped Trump, a Republican, get elected in November. Lewis said he does not plan to attend Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the first time he would miss such an event since being elected to the House in 1986.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Lewis had falsely complained about the election results and instead “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).”

“All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

During the campaign, Trump said Democrats had failed African-Americans and Hispanics. “What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance,” he said at a rally last year in Ohio.

Trump won the presidency with less support from black and Hispanic voters than any president in the last 40 years, only 8 percent and 28 percent respectively, polling data showed.

Lewis, who has been a civil rights leader for more than half a century, was beaten by police during a march he helped lead in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, drawing attention to hurdles for blacks to vote. He protested alongside King that day and on other occasions.

“I believe in forgiveness,” Lewis said in the NBC segment about Trump. “I believe in trying to work with people,” he said. “It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

At least 10 other Democratic U.S. politicians have also said they plan to skip the inauguration including Representatives Raul Grijalva, Lacy Clay and Mark Takano.

Supporters of Trump see him as a brash person who tells things as they are. His comments about Lewis came ahead of an anti-Trump march in Washington headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The protest by about 2,000 marchers kicked off a week of rallies planned by dozens of groups against Trump before, during and after the inauguration.

DisruptJ20, which is working with Black Lives Matter and other protest groups, said they are planning to disrupt balls celebrating the inauguration in Washington.

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Several of Trump’s fellow Republicans also criticized the president-elect’s tweets.

Michael Steele, who served as the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee until 2011, said Trump’s tweets were unfortunate.

“John Lewis has a walk that very few people in this country, least of all Donald Trump, have ever walked, so you have to respect that,” Steele said on MSNBC.

If Trump is looking to fix a bridge to black voters, their expectation is he “will do so in a way that shows respect for our leadership,” Steele said.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska tweeted that “John Lewis and his ‘talk’ have changed the world.”

Conservative critic Bill Kristol tweeted “It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats (Russian President) Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis.”

(Additional reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by James Dalgleish)

IMAGE: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of confirmation hearings on Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) nomination to be U.S. attorney general in Washington, U.S., January 11, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 14, 2017

    Trump’s boorish and unprincipled personality is for the nth time on display. Donald has got be one of of the most ill-mannered churl not only in Modern history, but going back to Antiquity. And to think, this pathetic creature will be handed the mantle of leadership of the US and thereby tarnish its image and severely dampen America’s ability to be taken seriously. The damage control is going to require years.

    For now, when any of us travel abroad, we’ll have to be sure to set the proper example to let people know that Trump and his supporters are an anomaly and that Donald is a freak accident.

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    2. Dominick Vila January 15, 2017

      Just remember, if a man that marched for civil rights, was beaten, tear gassed, and arrested for supporting freedom and equality, where does that leave Trump?

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 15, 2017

        Trump daily has been building a solid case against himself which deny his membership as a human being. Sentient, bad breath, big feet—yes, he has those qualities—but having decency, empathy, a sense of the history of the struggle for Civil Rights for all, are qualities I wager he’ll never acquire. A terrible fate awaits him, I fear, in both this world and throughout his journey in the next Realm, as a result of his deeds and shameless rhetoric.

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        1. Leftout January 15, 2017

          Rhetoric often is used to suit the rhetorical . Even Baha’i says an reed has to be expansive and flexible and. BE ready to respond with its inherent strength as does Trump . An empty read is easily filled
          With smutz

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  2. Godzilla January 15, 2017

    This is what this country finally is going to get, a man who will throw out all the race pimps with the swamp water. Lewis’s past is great, but Democrats have failed the black community miserably. There is good news though, things will be changing for the better:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cfaa688db7e334aff16d9ab03a413d7bb1dce286f4bd79e6d16c3243abb1ddcb.jpg

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    1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

      Have you got that old SS Uniform, and those red armbands cleaned and pressed yet? Been working on your goose steps? Well, get busy Patriot. Inauguration Day is coming! SEIG-HEIL!!!

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    2. itsfun January 15, 2017

      Can you believe the whining and lies of the left? Every legitimate security agency has said the election was not influenced one little bit by any foreign intervention. Hillary is the one that left classified security documents open to the world. The AG tried to influence the FBI and the election by meeting with Bill Clinton in a airplane. Obama did interfere with the election in Israel.

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      1. R Morgan Burrow Jr. January 15, 2017

        Mr. Lewis is no “saint” either…
        It’s a free country, he can stay home.
        Real leaders “suck it up” and deal with it rather than bail.
        Stay home while Baltimore burns….real good example….FWIW

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        1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

          Mr. Lewis spoke eloquently for millions of Americans the other day.
          Trump spoke up thuggishly for his White Neo-Nationalists. Who no doubt thought he’d put that Uppity Ni**er Lewis back in his place.
          It’s obvious which side you come down on, Bull Conner’s. The side
          of Jim Crow, Separatists, the night sticks, fire hoses, and police dogs. “Baltimore,” I’m guessing is only beginning to burn…,..

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      2. Rich January 15, 2017

        Pls. expand your news sources from Fox and Rush (and I don’t mean Brietbart). To think Wikileaks and Russia had zero influence is ludicrous especially in swing states where voting differences were minuscule.

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        1. itsfun January 15, 2017

          If you know more than the intelligent agencies and President Obama, then maybe you should be in charge.

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      3. charleo1 January 15, 2017

        Except that’s not what they said. It’s what Trump said. Two entirely different things… again. The problem with taking democracy away from blind partisan hacks, as it turns out, is actually very little problem at all.

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        1. itsfun January 15, 2017

          Even Obama said the hacking had no effect on the election.

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    3. Thoughtopsy January 17, 2017

      I guess he’ll get around to draining that swamp…. after he’s finished filling it and cashing in???

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  3. charleo1 January 15, 2017

    I agree with Congressman Lewis, in that Trump is not a legitimate President due to covert foreign, and malicious interference into the electoral process that put him in office. And also not legitimate in the sense, that I personally not would want it to be assumed his views and allegiances as being in any way representative of my own.
    In addition, Mr. Trump will not be a President that stands in support of, or be willing to defend the Civil Rights, and Voting Rights of the majority of the constituents in Lewis’
    5th District. Anymore than his soon to be appointed AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has shown himself over a long career in govt. and the law, to be concerned with such matters. That Mr. Trump will be anymore of an advocate for the interests of the majority African American in Georgia’s 5th. Or indeed be any more legitimate in that way, than a Jefferson Davis. Is more than ample grounds to declare his Presidency a sham, and therefore every bit as equally illegitimate. And equally in conflict with the Constitution of The United States, as was the evil ideology of the Old Confederacy itself.

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    1. itsfun January 15, 2017

      Just more use of the left big four lies: scream racism, or bigotry, or hatred or sexism. Another good ole big one is to blame George Bush for the problems of the left. Is the left BS game going to change or is the left going to continue to lose elections. Over 1000 seats lost in state and federal governments in the last 8 years should tell the left their big 5 doesn’t work anymore. Ever yesterday good ole Nancy blamed George Bush for the National Debt growing under the reign of Obama.

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      1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

        Says the acolyte of the Party of denial. And President Cheney made no mistakes, wasted no money, created no debt, and left the Nation in terrific shape. All so the Kenyan could run it in the ditch. Gerrymandering is how democracies are supposed to discern the will of the people. The 3 million voters who rejected Trump costing him the popular vote, were all illegal. Global climate change is a hoax. And tax cuts for the corporations, and the richest 1% actually pay for themselves with all the great jobs they create.
        That Trump always tells it like it is, doesn’t he? Do you assume all are as stupid as the Russian skewed results seem to indicate? Or the Left would actually join the Right in its demagoguery, and scapegoating. Offering platitudes, and false promises to the propagandized masses, joining in on the destruction of our democracy for their own political gain? Is that what you think? Is that what you want to see?

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        1. itsfun January 15, 2017

          I didn’t know Cheney was ever President. Trump won 30 states. He lost the total popular vote by 2.8 million. He lost California by 4 million. Take away the California vote and He won the popular vote in the other 49 states combined. President-elect Trump has not spent even one hour in office yet, but look at what happened with Carrier, Ford, Fiat, Amazon, and IBM just to mention some of the companies that are creating new jobs and keeping jobs here because of the anticipated better environment for business. I know you think the new President will throw granny off the cliff, poison the world, put people in chains, etc. Have you seen the highly qualified people he is putting in his cabinet and his staff? I hope you don’t get tired of winning.

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          1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

            Man Please every one of those places you called out was already planning to try to save them jobs. Trump hone in on those business to lie and say it was because of him who was trying to save the jobs. That Bastard always try to take credit for something he didn’t have a dam thing to do with. I know you want to believe that he did, but just wait until he actually get his ass in that office before you start cheering for him. The way I see it TRUMP ain’t gone do a dam thing to help the people, he’s going to help himself. Watch

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          2. itsfun January 16, 2017

            I don’t know how more stupid you can get. President-elect Trump has all he can ever need and more. He doesn’t need your money or mine. Ask the people whose jobs have been saved who they believe helped them.

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          3. Ella Dalton January 18, 2017

            You really is a very dumb person. Oh you are blinded by TRUMP and all his lies. TRUMP wants your money mine and anybody else he can get. That’s call being a greedy SOB. There is never enough for that man, and you can’t see that? Wow! After the people understood what happened about them jobs, they saw the scam artis at work. There was one of thoses people on CNN really thought he was about to lose his job and then TRUMP hone in and made him believe he was saving his job. But now he is skeptical about TRUMP accepting credit when he actually didn’t deserve it.. TRUMP has your ass fooled like he has the rest of his base. TRUMP is trying to figure out a way to get money away from dumb ass people like you. Don’t you know TRUMP has said all Republicans are stupid. That he could do anything and you all would give him a pass. WELL he is right about that. All of y’all is about as dumb as a rock. I hope he take and take all of you dummies down through there. Just like I said you will see. This man has no experience in politic so he does what he wants which will lead to destruction. I’m just here existing for 4 years doing life as it comes. But this Bastard is not my President he’s yours.

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          4. itsfun January 18, 2017

            Do you want any cheese to go with your whining? Trump isn’t even going to accept the salary. He doesn’t need your money or mine, he has plenty. If you want to check out money hungry politicians check out how much Obama is worth now compared to what he was worth before he became President.

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          5. Ella Dalton January 18, 2017

            Just look at his cabinet picks, something is wrong with everyone of them. All of them has done something they had no business doing. Trying to cheat people. He wants crooked people just like him so he can use them as he pleases. TRUMP is a Democrat. He will run this country as one, as much as he can. Your faces will be cracked. TRUMP will always make you think he has done something good for the country but you better take a closer look after he make a decision to see if he actually carried it through. He can’t even build that wall he lied to y’all about without asking the American people to pay for it, and Then Mexico will pay later. well scammed. He told you what you wanted to here. That’s the biggest lie he ever told. Trying to repeal Obama Care. 18 million people will lose their insurance if he tries it. If he uses prexisting conditions and keep kids on their parents insurance, isn’t that Obama care. Get your own TRUMP. Don’t try and borrow off Obama to get it done. He’s a lier, that’s what he is and you so stupid you don’t know the difference. Your poor little thing. Every time TRUMP goes after one of his goals, You’ll probably will feel shitted somehow because you won’t know what crooked thing he did to make you feel like he did as he said he would. That’s his intent to confuse all of you so you never know what the hell he’s doing. But this what you voted for.

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          6. itsfun January 18, 2017

            Have you bothered to listen to President-elect Trump. The plan is to repeal and REPLACE Obamacare. Not just repeal. Today the new Vice-President explained it will happen concurrently. No one will lose healthcare for even one hour. Look at what has already happened with Carrier, Ford, Fiat, IBM. Yesterday GM announced they will spend 1 billion in the US. That is more jobs in the U.S. The wall will be built. The cabinet he is picking is one of highly successful people that have been there and done that. Is he suppose to pick unsuccessful poor people to make you happy? We need less career politicians and more successful business people in Washington and that is what President-elect Trump is providing. Not politicians with academic and political theories, but people with actual experience in the fields.

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        2. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          I like to see your ass disappear.

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      2. Rich January 15, 2017

        The left is losing seats because middle-class whites think a Republican plutocracy has their best interests at heart. I do give the right wing credit for changing the national narrative.

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        1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

          If changing the national narrative to a pack of lies is the answer to the plight of the middle class, yes. Republicans are now being treated in much the same way we once dealt with hijackers of airliners before 9/11. The solution: Give them what they want, and we’ll all be fine.
          The narrative will change. One day soon, we will all be wiser.

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        2. itsfun January 15, 2017

          Are those the same middle class whites that elected Obama?

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        3. Dominick Vila January 16, 2017

          A sad, but honest, assessment of what is going on.

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      3. Rich January 15, 2017

        People who voted for Trump did so because they don’t like the direction of the country. Yet, they keep re-electing the same conservatives who have been in power the last eight yrs. if they wanted real change they would have completely ‘drained the swamp’. Just saying…

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        1. itsfun January 15, 2017

          Maybe that is why Cruz and President-elect Trump both want term limits.

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        2. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          Hell he’s keeping parts of Obama Care. It’s not his but he will try to claim it was all his idea when it’s all said and done. You have to be a special kind of stupid to see TRUMP is putting all Billionaires in his cabinet picks. We all know they all working for all of themselves. When they leave the white house the country will be broke. Them mofo will steal money until they leave and won’t give an explanation as to why. Sick people

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      4. Dominick Vila January 16, 2017

        We don’t blame W for “the problems of the left”, we lame his policies for the misery and embarrassment of the crusades, and for domestic policies that contributed to the near collapse of the U.S. economy. Having said that, he, President Obama, and none of those before them, engaged in the kind of discourse that is the trademark of Donald Trump. As misguided as his policy proposals are, the worst part about him are his arrogance, narcissism, immaturity, vindictiveness, vulgarity; and his lack of respect for women, members of other ethnic and cultural groups, and anyone who dares criticize him.

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        1. itsfun January 16, 2017

          You don’t blame W for the problems of the left, but you blame his policies. Isn’t that the same thing as blaming W? President-elect Trump talks in a straight forward manner, not in lawyer talk. That is a very refreshing thing for a politician. I can’t believe you don’t think Obama is arrogant. He is one of the most arrogant people I have ever seen. He thinks he is smarter than anyone else in the world. He refuses to take responsibility for any of his failures, instead he finds someone else to blame. President-elect Trump is not immature. I don’t know if you have ever been in a men’s locker room, but they are the mecca of vulgarity, talking nasty about women. The President-elect has a wonderful family and he has many lady executives in his business and on his staff. The President-elect says out lout what most think. How about being transparent? He puts his feelings on things out on Twitter for the whole world to see. He doesn’t hide his feelings. He doesn’t put up with lies about him, he will counter punch.

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      5. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

        You really don’t understand how racism is to black people. If your ass is not black you cannot possibly know how that works. So stop commenting on wheather we are hollering rasim or not. Until you have stood in our shoes one dam day and know what it is then shut your dam mouth on the subject. Why don’t you try to dress up as a black person one day. Go and apply for a job or try to help an old woman cross the street or anything and see how are you treated. Then you will feel what we feel. Do the dam test and let’s see how you feel. This is ongoing for black people all over the world. And by the way the National debt did grow under George Bush. The only reason you want to blame Obama is because he is a black President. Ya see that’s what y’all do. And you wonder why so much hate is in the world. It’s people like you boy. Grow the hell up.

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        1. itsfun January 16, 2017

          You yell and yell about racism, then you play the race card for the failure of Obama. I will say what I want to say and if you don’t like – to damn bad. You shut your mouth.

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    2. Ruby Rott January 15, 2017

      What, exactly, was the interference in the electoral process? Are you saying that at among the hundreds of voting stations, of the thousands of election officials nationwide that fraud or illegal behavior were rampant? Or 139 million voters based their choice for President on a late-in-the-game news report, after being hammered ad nauseum for the last 6 months with political innuendo from the media, experts, think tanks, blow hards and soothsayers? Since when is a citizen of this country prohibited from making a choice of how to use any information regardless of its value to others?

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      1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

        The exact nature of the interference I believe will be exposed. As well as its motives. And my desire to see that happen should not be misconstrued as
        partisan to delegitimize the incoming President. But taken as a matter of national security born out of concern regarding the conclusions of our own intelligence agencies that it happened. And so should be deeply concerning on a fundamental, and not political level to anyone that cares about the credibility of our electoral processes any further than simply the fact the candidate they supported won. Moreover it is also concerning, the incoming President seems more concerned about defending his own credibility. Than having the issue of why it should so Mr. Putin clearly preferred him investigated. Even as his own ties with entities within Russia have not been revealed. As neither have the ties of at least two of his incoming cabinet members relations with the Putin Administration been adequately explained to the American public. Yes, the facts are Trump will be the next President. The question of whether he will serve as our President, in our interests, and that of our Allies. Or serve as a minion of a democratically averse Russian Oligarch, remains a question Mr. Trump is not going to be able to put to rest with a series of dismissive twitter posts about the fake news going around.

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      2. Dominick Vila January 15, 2017

        We are saying that regardless of the impact of Russian interference in our democratic process, we should not let another country get away with things like this. I don’t think Russian interference was the main reason for Hillary’s loss, but we either stand up for our freedoms or we risk becoming a puppet dancing to Vladimir’s tune.

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        1. Ruby Rott January 16, 2017

          I ask again: What, exactly, is the interference? Distributing stolen emails? That is a slight to the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Did it adversely effect the election? Doubtful. After too many months of the media drowning us with stories, polls, editorials an occasional bit of true journalism, the public numbed out by poll time. But we do agree: Foreign entities should stay of our internal affairs. The problem is that is that we have to respond in a like manner and stay out of other country’s internal affairs.

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          1. Dominick Vila January 17, 2017

            The reason our response has been so measured is because we have interfered in the internal affairs of other nations for decades, both physically and by spying, financing internal uprisings, bribes, HACKING, and other forms of interference in the internal affairs of other nations. That fact, however, does not mean that we should ignore or condone what Russia did to us. If nothing else because it exposed vulnerabilities that could be dangerous to our national security. The biggest problem with Trump’s rejection of interference in the 2016 is that by negating that it happened, because he takes everything as a personal attack against him, he is dismissing the need to strengthen our capabilities to minimize the probability of a recurrence. Possibly a much more dangerous one.

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          2. Ruby Rott January 17, 2017

            Fortunately, Trump with his somewhat domineering personality, is also staffing strong willed, disciplined persons for key positions. Even Trump and Team Trump realize that he can not nor is he authorized to act unilaterally while serving as POTUS. He is a change and he will implement changes. Some changes will not work or even get off the ground. But without a major shift of attitude on “how we do things” among all levels of entrenched government employees, we are back to the same old political machine voters continually gripe about. It stands to reason that some if not much of what Trump is doing and saying translates to testing the waters. Congress and the SC have their work cut out for them and they are part of that which also needs to change. Change is never pleasant for those that stand to lose as a result. That is the basis of much of the angst among the estalishment-fear of the unknown and loss of power. The media which for many years was the driving force of political news manipulation//knowledge dissemination, disguised as news reporting, should be humbled by the trouncing it took during the election. Many of the Trump votes were really anti-Clinton votes, the lesser of 2 evils being the voter’s choice. Citizens are speaking loud and clear now and to that the Trump Team is responding. Good. Some of his choices for key staffers are questionable at best and I want to hear positive responses to the disgruntled.

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          3. Dominick Vila January 17, 2017

            Unfortunately, his incendiary rhetoric is being taken seriously by other countries. He has already created an unnecessary crisis with China, Germany and the EU in general is more than just concerned over some of the things Trump has said, from calling NATO obsolete to questioning Angela Merkel’s judgment publicly.
            His Cabinet is likely to spend the next few months mending fences with our allies and trading partners. Not a good start.

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          4. Ruby Rott January 20, 2017

            On the other hand, Americans voted for a change and that is what they are getting. To constantly criticize Trump for not doing things as they were done in the past such as following traditional protocols or “acting” like a president -what ever that means-, or not selecting establishment politicians for key positions is oxymoronic. We all fear the unknown and we fear change. Without either we will continue to deteriorate. Experts, pundits, think tanks and establishment politicians will continually harp why only their system is the only way that will work. This constant tweaking of the old ways has done nothing but mangle the country since WW ll. Other nations will continue attack us such as Putin’s berating of Obama in the Washington Post or threaten us with war/trade disparity programs as they fear the sleeping bear with a bad attitude is coming out of hibernation.

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    3. Bullseye January 15, 2017

      If HC had won would you still claim covert, foreign and malicious interference in the electoral process? I think not. The outcome of the election does not substantiate claims of tampering with the electoral process.

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      1. Dominick Vila January 16, 2017

        Nobody is proposing nuking anyone. What has been done is limited to sanctions and expelling a few diplomats. Even that measured response to foreign interference is likely to be overturned, since it would have a direct impact on, among other things, Exxon-Mobil’s half a trillion dollar deal oil exploration and development with the Russians.
        I support having a cordial relationship with other countries, including our adversaries, but that does not mean we should allow them to meddle in our internal affairs and undermine our values, traditions, freedoms, and democratic processes.

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        1. Bullseye January 16, 2017

          I’ll have to tone down my sarcasm. It seems to be flying too high for many. Obviously, nuking is not a option. As far as meddling goes, whether it be covert or overt, we must also reciprocate and stay out of the affairs of other nations.

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  4. itsfun January 15, 2017

    Lewis attacked the President-elect. President-elect Trump counter punched after being attacked.

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    1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

      He’s going to be very busy, “counter punching,” before the impeachment. Trust me on this.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 15, 2017

        Trump is going to be busy explaining all those bogus Charity donations. He actually thinks he will just always get away with it all. What he might get is impeachment in the first weeks of his presidency.

        The reality of Trump is that he has spread that disease of narcissism so that every certifiable right wing narcissist now feels obligated to crawl out from under their rocks and exit their Neanderthal caves.

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      2. itsfun January 15, 2017

        Do you really believe a Republican House will impeach President Trump?

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        1. latebloomingrandma January 15, 2017

          Why do you think they wanted Pence as V P? He’s the guy who will sign every far right bill Ryan wants.

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          1. itsfun January 15, 2017

            The President-elect picked Pence not Ryan.

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          2. Jim Samaras January 15, 2017

            True but the only thing I worry about is an inside assassination.

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          3. latebloomingrandma January 15, 2017

            Don’t bet on it.

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          4. itsfun January 16, 2017

            President-elect Trump beat 16 candidates in the primaries after everyone told the world he couldn’t win anything. He crushed Hillary in the electoral college. He stands up to anyone and everyone that calls him names and lies about him. Ryan didn’t want to support him at all. He is actually the anti-politician in Washington. Do you really believe Ryan told him to select as his VP?

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    2. Eleanore Whitaker January 15, 2017

      NO moron …He spoke his mind. Trump attacked, smear and all but tried to have Hillary hanged. Go ahead …try to deny it. We expect that. You have no honor, no integrity, no sense of common decency and we don’t expect pigs of the right to not try and reinvent the Constitution to suit your maniac needs. Until themobs are at your doorsteps hauling you out of your comfort zones and beating your butts.

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    3. Rebecca Hendricks January 15, 2017

      Do refer to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, as I recommend to other ‘post-truth’ commenters…

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    4. elw January 15, 2017

      Trump cannot even get his “counter punch” right. The area that Lewis represents is not anywhere near a getto.

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  5. yabbed January 15, 2017

    Donald Trump is a despicable creep. John Lewis is a heroic American icon. Trump is totally illegitimate as he lost the vote of Americans by 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton and because he was put into office by Russia. He’s nothing but Putin’s b**ch, a stupid, unqualified, sexually perverted nincompoop. He will end up in prison, without question.

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    1. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      It was more than Russia that got Trump the win; it was hacking of the vote counting machines in a number of states where the end vote count was way outside of the normal historical difference between CNN’s polling and what these swing states virtually all run by Republicans reported. Republicans with the help of Russians stole just one more election.

      Can We Count on the Election Results? Exit Poll Discrepancies and Voter Suppression Are Serious Issues

      “According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 presidential election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts. With these states Clinton wins the Electoral College with a count of 302 versus 205 for Trump. Clinton also won the national exit poll by 3.2% and holds a narrow lead in the national vote count still in progress.

      “Exit polls were conducted in 28 states. In 23 states the discrepancies between the exit polls and the vote count favored Trump. In 13 of these states the discrepancies favoring Trump exceeded the margin of error of the state.”

      Hacking voting machines: Easier than ever imagined

      In one example, it wouldn’t take much more than ten dollars’ worth of parts from any RadioShack store to steal and manipulate votes. It’s called a man-in-the-middle attack and the computer program that logs the results on electronic voting machines isn’t even compromised.

      “It’s a classic attack on security devices,” Roger Johnston tells Popular Science. “You implant a microprocessor or some other electronic device into the voting machine, and that lets you control the voting and turn cheating
      on and off. We’re basically interfering with transmitting the voter’s intent.”

      https://www.rt.com/usa/voting-machine-election-hack-088/

      Note that Clinton went on to win the national vote count almost by the margin CNN projected – which may have actually been exceeded if GOP operatives in some battleground states hadn’t increased Trump’s vote count via voting machine hacking (hacking which can’t be proven by the way because the vote counting machines aren’t actually modified it’s just the count which can’t be verified due to the lack of hard copy votes).

      All this makes it even clearer why Republicans are greatly reducing the voting places in the states they run – to make it easier for them to control the voting by having far fewer places they have to hack. So their efforts at voter suppression may just be another coverup for their efforts to control the vote counts.

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  6. starmanway January 15, 2017

    This is preposterous! It’s OK for Lewis to show disrespect to Trump, the incoming President of our country, but if Trump responds he’s awful, racist, etc. Lewis started it with his remark. Respect begets respect. If Lewis or an other politicians cannot work with the President in some way or fashion, then they need to resign from office. They are not helping our country, only encouraging division. I am not saying that they need to agree with everything the President says or does, but they need to be willing to work with him and members of the opposing political party. Not attending the inauguration is the first indication that this man is not.

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    1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

      So, you’re right, respect begets respect. Just like the “respect, and legitimacy,” Mr. Trump afforded his soon to be predecessor. President Obama? I think this is more a case of what goes around comes around. Or just deserts for a liar.

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      1. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

        another troll.

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    2. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! WOW, what a great laugh you have provided this morning. Thanks!

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    3. Thomas James January 17, 2017

      Trump supporters like yourself seem to be level headed. His detractors seem to be all out of their minds and are correspondingly abusive and condemnatory.

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      1. Thoughtopsy January 17, 2017

        There it is.
        Astroturfer.
        Paid to gaslight.

        I must ask… Is that you Little Donnie?

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  7. Thomas James January 15, 2017

    President Elect Donald Trump has a responsibility to respond to attacks on him. Congressman John Lewis is highly irresponsible to describe Democratically elected Donald Trump as illegitimate. The realty is that President Trump is one of the most legitimate Presidents the US has had. He is the wealthiest and is the envy of numerous persons. He is independent which is a threat to many whose existence are based on strings. He has the greatest family unit that has ever been brought to the forefront. He is the most accomplished businessman that has ever become president. He understands business. Most US presidents have been lawyers, Presidents Kennedy, Clinton, Nixon, Obama etc. President Trump is going to turn out as America’s greatest president and job creator.

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    1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

      Wow! Okay, now I’m really going to kill myself. And if anybody tries to stop me, I’ll just show them this.

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      1. Thomas James January 17, 2017

        Do it after you have witnessed one one of the greatest inauguration ceremonies on Friday, January 20, 2017. It’s going to blow your mind.

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        1. Thoughtopsy January 17, 2017

          Yeah… especially since the top billing Bruce Springsteen cover band quit.

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    2. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      Envied by others for what?

      Failing in virtually every business he’s ever attempted? Costing his Daddy millions upon millions not to mention leaving thousands of investors broke and workers unemployed?

      Donald Trump’s Many Business Failures, Explained
      http://www.newsweek.com/2016/08/12/donald-trumps-business-failures-election-2016-486091.html

      Or do you envy him because he routinely was stealing money from his fake charity foundation that he ran just so he could pocket millions of dollars from people who thought they were donating to charity or his political campaign?

      Donald Trump Reportedly Used Campaign Donations to Pay Himself $8.2 Million>/b>
      http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/donald-trump-campaign-donations-report

      Wash Post: Trump Might Be in Violation of IRS’ ‘Self-Dealing’ Rule
      http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Donald-Trump-foundation-self-dealing-IRS/2016/09/14/id/748363/?ns_mail_uid=95743144&ns_mail_job=1686699_09152016&s=al&dkt_nbr=whltjhbp

      Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a $12,000 Tim Tebow-signed football helmet
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/01/donald-trump-used-money-donated-for-charity-to-buy-himself-a-tim-tebow-signed-football-helmet/?utm_term=.499ba54532ad

      Or do you envy him because he’s been in close ties with gangland’s mob bosses across the country for the past 40 years and probably is on a first name basis with the vast majority of the mob in America?

      “The Making of Donald Trump”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers
      https://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/5/the_making_of_donald_trump_david

      Or do you envy him because he’s a sexual predator that has even been accused of assaulting a 12-13 year old; and even grown women?

      Donald Trump: ‘People’ Magazine Reporter Accuses Him Of Shocking Sexual Attack
      https://www.peoplemagazines.net/donald-trump-people-magazine-reporter-accuses-him-of-shocking-sexual-attack/

      Or because he has close ties to Putin and the Russians?

      Why George Will Might Be Right About Vladimir Putin’s Hold Over Donald Trump (VIDEO)
      http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2016/07/26/george-will-might-right-vladimir-putins-hold-donald-trump-video/

      Or do you envy him because he’s potentially 2.7 billion in debt?

      Trump Companies Owe $650 Million: NY Times – plus 2 billion more
      http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/Companies/donald-trump-companies-new-york-times-debt/2016/08/20/id/744428/?ns_mail_uid=95743144&ns_mail_job=1682728_08202016&s=al&dkt_nbr=mmprpcet

      Or is it because Donald thinks he has superior genes and is therefore always the smartest guy in the room who knows everything?

      Shocking video of Trump explaining his dangerous theory that people like him have superior genes

      https://youtu.be/3Yh0jAxOxGE

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    3. Eleanore Whitaker January 15, 2017

      So you are okay with HIllary RESPONDING in kind to Trump now that he rigged the election? First of all, John Lewis EARNED THE RIGHT to speak his mind. Donny Boy has only earned billions from people he defrauded.

      He is not the president and maybe…with over 3,000 Anti Trump Groups and 2 million very enraged Americans who KNOW TRUMP and the Attack DOG GOP rigged an election, he won’t EVER take the oath of office. Try earning YOUR right to the truth. So far, you are down for the count. All you prove is that you are all too willing to “forgive and forget” with Trump the Hump and rip Hillary a new one for things Trump has done to a 1,000 times worse degree.

      A casino owner who knows how to stack the “cards” against casino gamblers so the “house” makes billions in profit is a casino owner who knows he can rig the election the same way he rigs his gaming tables. Try again hot shot. You narcissists feast at the Trump table of narcissism. Time to grow the hell up.

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      1. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

        this is a troll, don’t be played.

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      2. Thomas James January 17, 2017

        Are you not ashamed to give Russia credit for Trump’s election. The US has a great system that cannot be easily influenced by a Foreign Power. Take some pride in the capabilities of your country and know your history. The US and Russia joined forces to bring down Nazi Germany in the 2nd World War. The US and Russia joined forces in many space programs.

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    4. Rebecca Hendricks January 15, 2017

      Boy, you need to refer to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, with my sincere condolences…

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      1. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

        this clown is a troll

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    5. elw January 15, 2017

      He may or may not understand business, but that clearly is not translating into politics or the duties of the President of the United States. He is the first President-elect to have his approval ratings drop and the first to have members of his own party turn against him before he is even sworn in. His personality and behaviors are turning him into a laughing stock in front of the whole world. His policies are making voters angry (one of the reasons his approval ratings are going south). You cannot become the greatest President by turning the majority of voters, the press, the intelligence community, and the opposition into enemies. That is especially true with a man like Trump whose past is full of red flags, that he is too delusional to see. But dream away – it will not change the facts or have any affect on what will actually happen.

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      1. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

        he is a troll

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      2. Thomas James January 17, 2017

        People are spontaneously turning themselves into being anti-Trump because of the power of political strategists who a distraught about losing. Trump is a winner and he is going to make America Great Again.

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        1. elw January 17, 2017

          Saying something does not make it happen.

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    6. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

      You are a troll. This is not your photo. Did you write this and have someone else do the spelling for you? Nice try troll.

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      1. Thomas James January 17, 2017

        It’s unbelievable how abusive Anti-Trump supporters are. It seems as though there is a streak of madness that goes through them. At the end of the inauguration ceremony on Friday, January 20, 2017 there will be many mad anti-Trump persons walking the streets holding their heads in disbelief. Preparation needs to be made to expand the mental wards at hospitals.

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        1. Thoughtopsy January 17, 2017

          Nice displacement.
          All the more amazing because I wasn’t expecting anything coherent from you based on your last few posts.

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    7. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      And job creator??

      Trump to cede 13 Million jobs to China over next 4 years, in just one industry.

      As Donald betrays our nation to Putin in an act of treason he is also
      handing the biggest source of new good jobs to china according to this Think Progress article and this report from International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

      As Trump plans to cut clean energy spending-

      Beijing’s newest 5-year energy development plan invests a stunning 2.5 trillion yuan ($360 billion) in renewable generation by 2020. Of that, $144 billion will go to solar, about $100 billion to wind, $70 billion to hydropower, and the rest to sources like tidal and geothermal power.

      The Chinese National Energy Administration said in a statement Thursday the resulting “employment will be more than 13 million people.”

      China is already doing way better than the U.S. in this regard, and President-elect Trump’s commitment to opposing clean energy will not
      make things any better. As the International Renewable Energy Agency
      (IRENA) reported last year, China already has over 40 percent of all jobs in renewables, globally, while the U.S. has under 10 percent (see chart below).

      http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/8/1618236/-Trump-to-cede-13-Million-jobs-to-China-over-next-4-years-in-just-one-industry

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    8. Thoughtopsy January 15, 2017

      Oh dear…
      Sure buddy. Like every President before him back to Washington, the FIRST thing Orange Loser should do when he thinks he’s been attacked is rage all over the media and twitter.
      Just like all those other presidents…. right?

      “He has the greatest family unit that has ever been brought to the forefront.”
      WTF does that even mean?
      I have to call Russian troll on this… you’re a moron.
      The only thing I see when looking at his “family unit” is Cheeto Jesus and 4 hostages. The body language is really sad. How do you think you would grow up if you had an angry narcissist bigot for a father who had to be right and had to “win” all the time, screamed at you if you contradicted or even slightly insulted him, and was vindictive and vengeful and held a grudge for years?
      Yeah… personality-less hostages.

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    9. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 15, 2017

      Still chopping cotton, homey?

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    10. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

      You look smart. But I can see you’re not. Nobody is jealous of TRUMP’S fortune. He isn’t going to make it. Responding on twitter let’s the people know how thin skinned he is. TRUMP needs to grow up and become an adult. Do your job and stop waiting when he hears when something is about to transpire, then rush in and try to make like he has something to do with it. The man likes to take credit for things he hasn’t done. Thomas do you think TRUMP gives a dam about you? Well look at the color of your skin. Case and point. He won’t last as long as you think he will.

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  8. DOC January 15, 2017

    Trump don’t give a damn about what anybody thinks. Never has neveer will.

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    1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

      He will when they start shoving that big ass out of there. They need to do it legally. Just collecting.

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    2. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

      Apparently he does, Because if he didn’t he wouldn’t jump on twitter and ready to hit back at people at the drop of a hat. He has no couth. He doesn’t know when to go high instead of going low. He needs to shoe restraint.

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      1. DOC January 16, 2017

        I say don”t care Truump has thin skin.That not careing.

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        1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          That’s why most people hate his low down dirty ass. We don’t care either. This is why TRUMP will be disrespected throughout his whole Presidency.

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          1. DOC January 16, 2017

            GOOD

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  9. elw January 15, 2017

    Trump is a foolish person who has little control over his emotions. His insane need to hit back will bring him nothing but anger in return. My bet, there are dozens of security agents digging into his past, the newest allegation against him, or for anything that will bring him down. He has insulted war heroes, women, all people of color, every Muslim in the world, the press and Hollywood, to name a few. He lost the popular vote by close to 3 million votes, has the lowest approval ratings for a President-elect in over 40 years and a policy agenda supported by fewer Americans than support it. His presidency is in trouble before he has even been sworn in. Instead of dealing with that, he pretends and claims the opposite and does very little to curb his tweeting habit of saying the very first thing that comes into that thin-skinned head of his. He has no one to blame for this but himself.

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    1. Ruby Rott January 16, 2017

      Well, the voters wanted a change and got it. The sore losers can keep on whining or make the best of the next four years. Congress has elections every couple of years. Vote in some non-Republicans when you get a chance. All this derisive talk will not accomplish anything positive. Be thankful you aren’t under the thumb of an Andrew Johnson type presidency. He makes Trump look like a saint. We survived Johnson and so shall we survive Trump. Or go get your Visa and move to Mexico or Syria or Buttlickistan.

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      1. elw January 17, 2017

        I found it rather comical that you had to go back to 1868 to Andrew Johnson to find someone to compare Trump to; add to that, the impeachment that was involved and the fact that man did not get alone with Congress it does however look like a good prediction of how the Trump Presidency will look and the fact that he too will fade from memory when he is gone. When that happens you will be able to follow your own advice.

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        1. Ruby Rott January 20, 2017

          Cripes, elw, Johnson is one of several less than stellar presidents. He just happened to pop into mind while I was posting. You might remember that presidents from both major parties have had impeachment issues or have not done a good job as leader of our nation–in all centuries.

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          1. elw January 20, 2017

            Cripes. Ruby Rott, you are the one who brought Johnson up as an comparison. It too bad you didn’t remember one of those other Presidents before you made your comment. Don’t whine at me because you didn’t think before you wrote.

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          2. Ruby Rott January 21, 2017

            Johnson is a valid example; I wasn’t offering a course in history of U.S. Presidents. You might want to remember that the U.S. Constitution is older than Johnson’s reign and we have a whole gaggle of legal expert, i.e. the SOCTUS, to make sure the law of the land is followed as the authors of the Constitution intended. We learn from the past. Otherwise we are but a pack of ignorant fools.

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          3. elw January 21, 2017

            Whether Johnson is or is not a valid example is irrelevant to the fact that your defense of using him as example of Presidents worse than Trump is comical, just as comparing today’s number of Navy ships to the Navy of the 18th century was for Romney.

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  10. Eleanore Whitaker January 15, 2017

    The problem with Donny Boy is Mommy Mary Ann who raised her little boy to believe he was more superior than his brother and sister whom Mommy ignored in favor of little Donny Boy. Now, he is unleashed on a country unwilling to accept rude, ruthless, MY WAY or NO WAY BS.

    This guy will last maybe 3 months before either the Russians take him out or someone else does. It will be on assassination the all but the narcissistic psycho Trump Supporters will be thrilled by.

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    1. Mama Bear January 15, 2017

      I give him 3 weeks!

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  11. Eleanore Whitaker January 15, 2017

    Trump has more enemies than friends. Righties don’t like to admit that. If it comes down to saving his butt by the National Guard and Military, they will do what they are supposed to do…Defend the Country…not the phony in Chief.

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  12. Eleanore Whitaker January 15, 2017

    It appears that Trump’s boys violated the Logan Act when the minute Obama placed those sanctions against Russia, the Trump boys like Roger Stone et al were on the phone. Trump is not president yet. Here is the Logan Act as it was written: The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799 ) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments having a dispute with the U.S. It was intended to prevent the undermining of the government’s position.

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    1. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      Yes! I’m in constant amazement that the Justice Department hasn’t long since indicted Trump and his corrupt campaign over the numerous felonies they’ve already committed.

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      1. Bullseye January 16, 2017

        Here’s one: “Another exchange dealt with the dicey issue of whether to allow
        lobbyists for foreign companies and governments to bundle for the
        campaign.” This is one of HC’s topics of discussion that was leaked. Heck, Trump is just messing with one foreign country and Clinton has a whole truck load. Who’s the bad person, again?

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        1. Independent1 January 16, 2017

          Hogwash!! Do you work for wikileaks? Where Assange takes comments out of context all the time trying to create a conspiracy theory? Stop being an idiot!!

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          1. Ruby Rott January 17, 2017

            You are the one unilaterally convicting Trump of felonies without due process of law.

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          2. Independent1 January 17, 2017

            More hogwash! Trump was convicted of defrauding hundreds of people who signed up for Trump University and bought his way out of prison by paying a 25 million dollar fine. That’s one felony he’s been convicted of

            Ben Carson admitted on a prime time show that Trump offered him a position in his administration if elected – we don’t need a trial that’s evidence enough to convict Trump of an elections related felony. And only the clueless would not believe that Trump did the same thing with Giuliani and Christie that he did with Carson – committing at least two more felonies.

            Trump is a gangster from way back. He’s been dealing intimately with mobsters for over 40 years. Anyone who things he hasn’t committed a number of felonies and bought his way out by bribing judges is totally clueless.

            He’s even committed tax fraud for the past 20 years by claiming back in 1995 that he lost over 900 billion dollars in failed business deals when in fact virtually all those billions were forgiven debts that banks had eaten. Meaning Trump is a big time tax fraud as well.

            And he’s been proven to have used millions of dollars from his Trump charity for his own benefits; even paying $12,000 for a Tim Tebow helmet that was paid for by the Trump Foundation. That’s also illegal. All Trump knows how to do is be a crook- he’s even crooked when he stiffs his campaign staff of the monies they were due for helping his presidential campaign.

            Trump used charity dollars for presidential campaign, report says
            http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article105849807.html

            Donald Trump Reportedly Used Campaign Donations to Pay Himself $8.2 Million
            http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/donald-trump-campaign-donations-report

            “The Making of Donald Trump”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers
            https://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/5/the_making_of_donald_trump_david

            Trump’s tax dodge wasn’t ‘smart’—it was a billion dollar cheat
            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/1/1589473/-Trump-s-tax-dodge-wasn-t-smart-it-was-a-billion-dollar-cheat?

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      2. Ruby Rott January 17, 2017

        Even now in the U.S.A. one is not guilty of a felony or any crime until it is so declared by a court of law. That is part of the Constitution by the way.

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    2. Bullseye January 16, 2017

      Hmmmm. 1799.? It might well to define “unauthorized”, “dispute” and “negotiation” and other significant words used over 200 years ago before damning someone. Based on your logic, women shouldn’t have the right to vote, slavery would still be acceptable. And as always, Ellie,you speak out of context.

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  13. Leftout January 15, 2017

    John Lewis should be slapped for being a bad boy . It was not the Russians .!! Trump won many areas of the US that were Obama country/cities, because the greatest reason is that Hilary and Obama had a bad history and people were tired of their lies and policies .Lewis’ district and Atlanta have had escalating homicides over the many years, so he should get back and help rectify his people. Martin Luther King would be rolling over after seeing the inaction of Black leaders- Obama – in this regard. Lewis fell on his butt and was picked up by a whitey at one of the Marches. He was down for the struggle I guess.

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    1. charleo1 January 15, 2017

      Are you serious? Slapped for being a bad boy? This, after he was nearly beaten to death in a march for Civil Rights crossing the Pettus bridge into Selma AL.? What kind of knuckle dragger are you? And pretty stupid too, if you think this is all just going away. Or, that it may be bullied away. That people have forgotten the sacrifices, and what it is that Mr. Lewis represents. Or aren’t extremely well aware of exactly what Mr. Trump does not represent. Namely a mandate to return to Jim Crow. This is only the beginning, Mister.

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      1. Leftout January 15, 2017

        Many were beaten, humiliated, jostled, almost killed …. whites who were with the movement. Being seen with a Black, dating or god forbid marrying interracially was a a problem…. even as dangerous as a WOP dating a Pollock .
        Martin Luther King was not able to pass his movement on to successors . Even I and others have done better in promoting peace …. and I am a right winger. All those had tried as Jesse Jackson , or the likes of Al Sharpton only fomented hatred and exacerbated the difference between the races rather than using intelligent methods as MLK. These mindless provacateurs
        only use tactics that are offensive. No one took up the baton from MLK. There are many successful blacks that have lifted themselves out of dependency as in Prince George’s County MD. Some should get out there and show how it is done …..but they will be labeled as Uncle Toms .Not many have nor has Obama promoted anything but racial divisiveness. People have forgotten the sacrifices of John Lewis because he has been silent and unproductive except in falling prey to the techniques of the Al Sharptons…..this is a complete turn off .stop with the Jim Crow nonsense .

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        1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          I hope the people you work around slap the hell out of you.

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          1. Leftout January 16, 2017

            Only verbally .

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    2. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      Who woke you up with your moronic assessments of reality? You’re outright stupidity just shines through every time you make a totally moronic post filled with one pathological lie after another!!

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      1. Leftout January 15, 2017

        I work many hours in the Bronx and upper Manhattan and other liberal cities. I reiterate daily experiences and I am open to any challenge .

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        1. Independent1 January 15, 2017

          Well, you’re clearly then nothing but the typical right-wingers who is so gullible as to believe the 24/7 barrage of pathological lies and fake conspiracy theories being spewed by the right-wing propaganda machine and corrupt GOP politicians.

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          1. Leftout January 15, 2017

            I listen to no one but relate only my personal experiences . Oooops Well I do listen to CNN , MSNBC and formulate some contrary opinions, I’ve been around longer than most so -called journalists and live in real time amongst the evil of the cities , Washington DC, NYC, Boston, Phila. Lax. Gives me great exposure and experiences. I walk amongst the liberals and I appear so neutral that some have asked me to run for office for liberal causes. I just listen and chuckle and try and be charitable .

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          2. Independent1 January 15, 2017

            You listen to no one but the right-wing propaganda outlets 24/7. Everything you regurgitate comes from some right-wing source.

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          3. Leftout January 15, 2017

            My statements are derived from my personal experiences . Simple as that! I do listen to news?…For amusement, but I try and read for corroboration but that is even slanted so I listen to the masses that I am fortunate to deal with daily , for live case studies .!!!

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        2. Thoughtopsy January 15, 2017

          Perfect.
          I challenge you to:
          1) Do even the bare minimum of research before posting. Lazy ignorance is no-one’s friend.
          2) Provide evidence, links and actual documents to support your points ESPECIALLY when they are ridiculous. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
          3) Attempt critical thinking and argue rationally.
          4) If you come across a fact that contradicts your beliefs, change your beliefs, don’t ignore or attempt to debase the fact.

          Good luck with that.

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          1. Leftout January 15, 2017

            I am not sure what points I have to answer….. the blog sequence is getting disjointed. Again I do not have” contradicting beliefs ” but have experienced situations from everyday associations around me that I am relating to you.

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          2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 16, 2017

            Since you have trouble thinking clearly about which points you have to answer, let me help you do some house-cleaning to remove the clutter in your cranial cavity.
            1) Donald is a pathological liar; 2) He shamelessly takes credit for things he either didn’t do, or was involved in at best tangentially; 3) He has repeatedly denigrated entire groups based on race and ethnicity, often making sweeping generalizations; 4) As a youth and with his dad’s guidance, he refused to process applications for housing based on skin color; 5) He’s a proven misogynist, who has bragged about grabbing women by their genitals, because he’s a star in his words; 6) He’s inordinately greedy and thinks he doesn’t have to show his tax returns, using the lame excuse about being under audit; 7) On stage and in full view of the public, he likes to refer to his genitals, as though he needs to prove something; 8) He hoses anyone who dares to criticize him by reminding him of his faults; 9) He’s a natural bully; 10) He’s unabashedly immoral and proud of it, totally incapable of displaying any signs of humility and nobility.

            I hope this will give you a hint of the enormity and impossibility of putting a positive spin on Trump.

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          3. Leftout January 16, 2017

            The first 3 attributes are definitely Obama and the remaining can apply to most politicians

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        3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 15, 2017

          There is no use challenging nonsense when it’s offered so freely and without shame, and you’re a veritable font of nonsense.

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        4. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          Who cares

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      2. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

        Who lie more than your Daddy Trump Just pitiful

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    3. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      And just for your information totally worthless one:The GOP Stole the election from Hillary by rigging the vote counts in around 13 battleground states which is the main reason Trump is an illegitimate president!!

      You think we’re not wise to the GOP’s constant outright cheating during elections???

      “According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 presidential election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts. With these states Clinton wins the Electoral College with a count of 302 versus 205 for Trump. Clinton also won the national exit poll by 3.2% and holds a narrow lead in the national vote count still in progress.

      “Exit polls were conducted in 28 states. In 23 states the discrepancies between the exit polls and the vote count favored Trump. In 13 of these states the discrepancies favoring Trump exceeded the margin of error of the state.”

      http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/can-we-count-election-results-exit-poll-discrepancies-and-voter-suppression-are

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      1. Leftout January 15, 2017

        These are charges we here about from both sides : Democratic dead people voting and more votes were cast than residents, illegal immigrants given access to voting and like stuff. A better system would be a manual system.
        Paper Ballots delivered by a Properly Id’d human should eliminate fraud. Electronic ballots leave themselves open to Russian or Chicago hacking .

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        1. Independent1 January 15, 2017

          You said earlier you listen to no one but you clearly listen long and hard to Faux News because the majority of what you regurgitate are right-wing lies and fake conspiracy theories.

          We’re not talking here about what we’ve heard, we’re talking about deviations in voter counts from CNN’s exit polls which have historically been very close to predicting actual results.

          However as the article I’m posting an excerpt from points out, the exit polls in over 20 states had a red bias – which means the actual results were skewed toward getting more GOP votes than would be expected from the exit polling and in 13 of those 20 plus GOP-run states the skewing of the vote count was way outside normally acceptable limits – pointing clearly to someone rigging the vote counting machines.

          See this:

          “According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 presidential election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts. With these states Clinton wins the Electoral College with a count of 302 versus 205 for Trump. Clinton also won the national exit poll by 3.2% and holds a narrow lead in the national vote count still in progress.

          “Exit polls were conducted in 28 states. In 23 states the discrepancies between the exit polls and the vote count favored Trump. In 13 of these states the discrepancies favoring Trump exceeded the margin of error of the state.”

          http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/can-we-count-election-results-exit-poll-discrepancies-and-voter-suppression-are

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          1. Leftout January 15, 2017

            I would think that exit polls are notoriously inaccurate , because the exiting voters know that it may be used to influence potential voters, so therefore the exiting voters do lie to cause mischief .

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          2. Independent1 January 15, 2017

            Sorry, that’s not the case. CNN’s exit polls are generally so accurate that news outlets have historically predicted election results sometimes and hour after the polls close, which is most often several hours before voting precincts actually come up with the final counts; and rarely have they had to go back and recall their projections (except of course in a number of Republican run states in the 2016 election).

            CNN predicted that Hillary would beat trump by 3.4% on the national level, and she actually beat him nationally by 4.4% – by almost 3 million votes. Why do you suppose CNN’s exit polling results would be off to the totally opposite way nationally than it was in battleground states that are run by Republicans?? Because Republicans fudged the numbers!!!

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          3. Leftout January 15, 2017

            I differ here, if CNN was known to run an exit poll , those of us who are mischievous would give the unexpected Answer just to screw up the works and skew the the results . This is virtually standard policy for us bad guys.

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        2. Independent1 January 15, 2017

          And hacking voting machines is very easy – especially when you close down a large number of voting places like the GOP has to make it easier to control the vote counting – and make sure it’s Republicans who win.

          Hacking voting machines: Easier than ever imagined

          Millions of Americans are already waiting for hours outside of polling places to vote for the next president of the United States. All of that might not matter though, as some security pros say the entire election can be rigged all too easily.

          In one example, it wouldn’t take much more than ten dollars’ worth of parts from any RadioShack store to steal and manipulate votes. It’s called a man-in-the-middle attack and the computer program that logs the results on electronic voting machines isn’t even compromised.

          It’s a classic attack on security devices,” Roger Johnston tells Popular Science. “You implant a microprocessor or some other electronic device into the voting machine, and that lets you control the voting and turn cheating on and off. We’re basically interfering with transmitting the voter’s intent.”

          According to the magazine, anyone from a high-school
          student to an octogenarian could corrupt the voting process. Johnston is the head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory and has done it himself, even on camera. It wouldn’t be hard for others, he says, and some fear that that could easily be the case on Election Day. And with many prediction polls estimating a close contest between President Barack Obama and Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney this year, it wouldn’t take much to render the entire contest corrupted.

          https://www.rt.com/usa/voting-machine-election-hack-088/

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          1. Leftout January 15, 2017

            I agree with you 100%

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        3. Thoughtopsy January 15, 2017

          Hmmm let’s see….

          Republicans: “Dead people are VOTING!! and Illegal Immigrants are VOTING”… based on?….
          – no evidence…
          – no (or almost zero) cases….
          – no viable method to vote for dead people (Is every single angry liberal some sort of super hacker who can “just get” the names of people who are dead but still on the rolls or something??)
          – no viable method for illegals to vote in place of someone else (Is every single illegal some sort of super hacker who can “just get” the names of people who are on the rolls and haven’t voted??) Also… they check the rolls dumbass. And if you voted in place of someone else its a crime. You seriously think an illegal trying to stay under the radar is going to hack the voting rolls, then walk into a polling place with someone else’s name, and risk prison and deportation…. all to add ONE vote to their side? You… and all those who think this is a viable option… are complete morons. Obviously critical thinking is not the strong suit of Republican wingnuts.

          Democrats: “Voter ID laws, removing early voting, restricting voting locations and restricting voting times act as a poll tax and voter suppression to poor and minorities who are likely to vote Democrat… and Gerrymandering ensures a GOP majority in the house of 20-30 seats even when they lose the majority vote in a state”….based on:
          – actual laws pass by the States
          – actual measurable drops in voter turnout after ID laws are enacted.
          – actual complaints that people cannot get the correct ID
          – actual counts of how much this influenced the election
          – actual Gerrymandered districts
          – actual measures of popular votes in states where the Democrats get ~60% of the votes, but the Republicans get 60% of the seats in Congress.
          – actual statements by various Republican politicians that these laws are DESIGNED to ensure they win.

          So that is the status of “These are charges we here about from both sides”.
          The amazing thing from my perspective is how the Republicans are fairly openly screwing the US principle of Democracy over without apparently a single qualm.

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          1. Leftout January 15, 2017

            I agree again that these are charges leveled by both sides . Certainly gerrymandering should somehow be eliminated and of course I know that you even must require IDs at the voting place. There are minor cases of fraud, that were found in a few areas to be done by insiders who were left unattended…… Cleveland a few years ago . You cited drops in voter turnout in areas where there is an ID requirement ! I would think that there would be !!!? It is incredible for me to beleieve that legal citizens can not get a legal ID to present at a voting emporium . There are many agencies that can assist in this manner. m I missing something ?

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          2. Sand_Cat January 15, 2017

            Are you missing something? The more important question is, are you understanding ANYTHING?
            The biggest fraud is Trump’s pathetic attempt to say his victory was “overwhelming,” when he lost the popular vote. Guess it doesn’t bother you at all that the last two GOP presidents couldn’t convince enough people to elect them and had to rely on the Electoral College, a device intended to protect plutocracy and a number of other unsavory things current at the time it was created. And your claim that there were accusations on both sides is a real laugh. Yes, Trump said the election was “rigged” against him, and all you suckers swallowed it with ZERO evidence.

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          3. Leftout January 15, 2017

            The election is slanted towards Hillary in that she started with a
            Bunch of electoral votes that was a monumental up hill climb for Bernie Sanders. Both parties of the rigged – olde guard appeared to be engaged in an oligarchy in keeping the status quo with the same tiring candidates . The voters clamoured for someone to affect a change . The 17 mealy mouth Republicans were
            P-word , and the silent majority were tired more Of BS . Trump heard the call and invested his time To Help get the Country back in the direction it should be going . Simple as that.

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          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 15, 2017

            “The election is slanted towards Hillary…”
            Leftout, are you with us, or commenting from a past life? The election is over—wake up!!

            You should reread your post and ask yourself “What possessed me to post a comment that makes me appear like a patient in a mental ward?”

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          5. Sand_Cat January 16, 2017

            It was “slanted” towards Hillary because – whatever her failings – she seemed the rational one when compared to the GOP, and she didn’t start with ANY Electoral votes. Not sure what you mean there.
            If the “silent majority” was as tired of the BS as you say, they would have rejected all the lies the GOP invented to smear Hillary, the phony “investigations” by the GOP in Congress, and – most of all – Trump’s flagrant and non-stop lies that should have been grossly insulting to the intelligence of the vast majority of voters. And it seems they were taken that way by a relatively small, but clear majority of the voters who voted for Hillary or someone else, and more voted for her than for any of the others, including Trump. Unsurprisingly, he immediately came up with a lie – as he did throughout the campaign – this one claiming his victory was “overwhelming” and – on the basis of the same evidence he used in all his other statements during and after the election – that is, NONE – that millions of illegal votes were cast for Hillary.
            Finally, “Trump heard the call”? If you mean the call of an opportunity for self-aggrandizement and revenge on those who pointed out his many flaws, then I have to agree. If you think Trump gives a damn about anyone but himself besides – occasionally – his children, then I have to conclude that you are hopelessly naive, desperately engaging in wishful thinking, or just plain stupid. You don’t seem to be stupid, nor do you seem like one of the really nasty Trump guys here who deserve the worst of which he is capable. I really think you need to review his statements during the campaign, his immediate backing away from some after he won, and the people he appointed to his cabinet if you think he is going to benefit any Americans other than himself and his wealthy cronies, and – for awhile – political comedians.

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          6. Thoughtopsy January 17, 2017

            Off the top of my head… (I don’t have time to hunt up links for all of these at this moment, sorry)
            – Like the state who introduced Voter ID laws but specifically did not allow a Student ID to be legal… but did allow a NRA Membership card or gun license to be?
            – Or the state (AL) who allowed you to get your Photo Voter ID from the DMV… then shut down 31 of the DMV offices in their State, … in the black counties….
            http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/09/voter_id_and_drivers_license_o.html
            … and the list goes on.

            All of these things add confusion, increase cost, and are likely to also require days off work, long distance travel and being absent from children or elderly relatives.

            However if you’re white, live in a white county, and have a moderate to good income… you probably already have a driver’s license, and if you didn’t obtaining one would cost you too much time, travel or money compared to your income.

            If you still don’t get it:
            Imagine the States decided that all voters now needed a very special Voter ID. It has your genetic code burned into the back of it in maple flavored gold leaf.
            If you don’t have one you can’t vote because they can’t be certain it’s actually YOU without your genetic code to “prove” it.
            – The cost is $10,000 per card.
            – The only office that issues them is in Canada at the Gene Sequencing Lab.
            – It’s only open on a Tuesday morning at 6am for two hours.
            – The booking service for an appointment with this office is a call center in Thailand that only speaks Thai. No english.

            Would you perhaps feel your ability to vote was being suppressed? Would you complain? Would you ask: “Why do they need to be THAT certain it’s me? Isn’t registering to vote and having my name on the roll enough?”

            You’re also missing the key points:
            1) No-one has proved Voter Impersonation is an actual problem. The difficulty is high, the gain is infinitesimal, and the penalties are large.
            2) Various Republicans have point blank boasted about these measure being used specifically to ensure they win.
            3) Democracy is one citizen, one vote. poll taxes, even indirect poll taxes, are anti-democratic.

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          7. Leftout January 17, 2017

            Agreed , at this point there should be one Federal ID . If you are Black of pre civil war and years after you should be granted a free pass butvallowed to vote since you were an American borne here or born here and should have alll of your votes cast automatically for The Democratic Party , that would be ok . If you wanted to vote for another party then you should have an ID to avoid voting twice or avoid voting out of your district.

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          8. Karen January 17, 2017

            I’ve thought about posting some state maps which show the gerrymandering of districts . They look like someone threw down a plate of spaghetti and traced around it. ….but then again,the point would be lost anyway. In simple terms, it’s just a refusal to see.

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        4. Sand_Cat January 15, 2017

          Wow. We agree on the ballot issue.

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    4. Thoughtopsy January 15, 2017

      Really.
      It was not the Russians…?

      I’m afraid that when you post abject bullsh!t that goes against the findings of all the American letter agencies, British Intelligence and no doubt a few other people around the world, then you have to actually supply something vaguely approximating actual evidence.

      To help you…
      “Because Julian Assange said…”
      and
      “People are saying it’s not the Russians….”
      and
      “I hear the agencies are all wrong…”
      and
      “It’s not the Russians because the tabloid in the Supermarket checkout queue says so…”
      and
      “The guy accused of colluding with the Russians definitely says it wasn’t the Russians… oh hang on… now he says it WAS the Russians… but they didn’t do anything to help him….”

      Are all not “evidence”.

      As for the rest of your “opinion”. Thanks. It was sooo helpful.
      You know… with all that evidence you included about Hillary and Obama… and research and so on.

      You could help the discourse on here immensely by setting your computer on fire before any more of your unfounded drool escapes onto the keyboard..

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      1. Leftout January 15, 2017

        My statement was that the Russians were not the cause of the Hillary loss, surely they could have hacked e mails and the sort but the policies of Hilary and Obama were the rousing factor against their policies. The Russians and any one else could be hacking everyday, anyone with an once of brains knows to not place compromising material on the internet.

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        1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          TRUMP does it everyday. Sound like something TRUMP said. Oh I forgot y’all follow him like he’s God. When he fall in the pits of hell. I guess you my dear is going with him. You look small and weak little boy.

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      2. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

        Just SHUT UP.

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        1. Thoughtopsy January 17, 2017

          Hahaha… very eloquent.
          Alas, my chosen strategies here are my own.
          If you’d like me to change them then you also will have to supply a rationale and something useful in the way of evidence for your suggestion..

          Failing that I’m going to keep harassing the mindless Trump-tards that float around here pretending their personal opinions are useful, accurate and/or sane… with facts and derision in equal measure… because they fail at logical, rational, evidence-based, polite discourse. Don’t think I haven’t tried with each and every one of them…. it doesn’t work.

          Some are obviously paid Trolls… Some are just idiots who’ve been slurping at the Fox News panic trough for way too long… Some seem to feed on generating anger and suffering…

          However all of them have several things in common:
          – Racism.
          – Bigotry
          – Misogyny.
          – Willful Ignorance
          – An unwillingness or inability to employ critical thinking.

          They also obviously all agreed that NONE of the following list of things are DEAL-BREAKERS for the position of President:
          – Constant obvious lies
          – Playing on racial divisiveness
          – Victim blaming
          – Inciting violence
          – Pretending to be Religious
          – Mocking the military
          – Open Racism
          – Bigotry
          – Abusing women and misogyny
          – Rumors of pedophilia
          – 75 current and 3500 total lawsuits
          – Self-reported sexual assault
          – Vengefulness
          – Erratic and chaotic behavior
          – Openly sucking up to a dictator who kills and bombs his own people… and only EVER saying nice things about him.
          – A very vomit-inducing obsession with his daughter’s body.
          – The emotional maturity of a 5 year old
          – Grandiose narcissism
          – And obsessive self-enrichment with no morals, ethics or apparent shame.

          Not a single one of these was a deal-breaker.

          So, no quarter given.

          *v*

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    5. Sand_Cat January 15, 2017

      Yes, you and Trump clearly know more than the intelligence agencies. And of course John Lewis was all words and no action – except that little incident when one of those non-racist cops in Alabama caved his head in. Never risked anything for the cause, right? What has Trump risked for anybody but himself? And even the losses suffered as a result of his “risks” were eaten by his investors.
      Still haven’t figured it out yet, have you? Trump throws out whatever lie he can make up on the spur of the moment and you sycophants lick it up like manna from heaven.

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      1. Leftout January 15, 2017

        I was not comparing Trump to the dangers faced by the marchers of the 60s . I was saying little of value was done afterward in the spirit of MLK by so called Black Leaders. I face as much danger daily working in the inner city environments and still do so. One can be easily misread or misunderstood in this environment by all players tensions can be high.

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        1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

          You wait.

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        2. Independent1 January 16, 2017

          Your comment is basically not true. The crime rate across the nation today is the lowest its been since the mid 1960s. New York city had the lowest crime rate in over 50 years in 2015. So if you’re not seeing less crime around you, you’re walking around with your head in the sand like most right-wingers.

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        3. Independent1 January 16, 2017

          And if there’s been a spike in America’s crime rate the past year or so, you can blame a lot of that on the idiot that was elected president – for not only encouraging that violence be committed by his supporters but also by contantly spewing racist and bigoted comments and demonizing one non white ethnic group after another.

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          1. Leftout January 16, 2017

            Oh now that is far out. Trump was. Where to be seen yet. Obama starrrd the upward spiral with his disrespect for law back with the Cambridge incident and onward .

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          2. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            Sorry, but as usual you’re wrong about everything. The U.S. crime rate plummeted under Obama to levels not seen since the 1970s. So any recent spikes in crime since violence-creator-in-chief Donald Trump started his campaign to destroy America – is Trumps fault!!!!!

            Violent crime in the US plummets to lowest levels since the 1970s says FBI Article written 11/2014

            Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829073/FBI-Violent-crime-US-2013.html#ixzz4VwTP5XKQ

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          3. Leftout January 16, 2017

            Nay, the conversation was that the city of Atlanta , the district of John Lewis has an increasing homicide rate . He and other Black leaders???? Have been in power many years with little forward progress occurring with the standards of Blacks and their family life.

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          4. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            Again, all of your post IS NOT TRUE!! The perception of increased violence in black neighborhoods is all RIGHT-WING MEDIA CREATED. Statistics say THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!

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          5. Leftout January 16, 2017

            The homicide rate is climbing in Atlanta as Trump no doubt was comparing these rates to the on going deaths in Chicagoland.
            Deaths by auto has declined by the way since the bad drivers have been depleted, perhaps the same willl be said of murder rates in Chicago etc . These rates will eventually subside for the same reasons …. law of supply and demand at work.

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          6. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            And there you go spouting more right-wing lies. Auto fatality rates have not declined, primarily because Red States lead the nation BY FAR in auto fatalities, with the auto fatality rate in almost every Red State exceeding the national average. There are so many drunk and drugged drivers in Red States that wide open states like Wyoming and Montana lead the nation in auto fatalities per 100,000 population and Montana’s not far behind.

            And under failed GOP governance in Red States, Red States have so many gun-related homicides that for 2015 there was only 100 gun-related killings (and that includes suicides) than there were auto accidents – over 33,500 of both – auto falaties and gun-related fatalities.

            Here are 2013 statistics on auto fatalities from the CDC which have not changed much over the past 3 years (note that virtually every state with an auto fatality rate over the 10.3/100,000 national average are GOP-governed states) :

            Auto Highway fatalities by state

            State/Fatalities per 100,000 population – 2013

            WY/27.5
            MS/21.6
            AR/19.3
            MT/19.1
            AL/19.1
            KY/17.5
            SC/17.5
            SD/17.2
            WV/17.0
            NM/16.8
            TN/16.2
            LA/15.6
            ND/15.6
            KS/15.1
            NC/13.8
            MO/13.7
            ID/13.3
            FL/13.0
            GA/12.8
            ME/12.1
            AZ/11.9
            TX/11.9
            IN/11.6
            VT/11.3
            DE/11.2
            PA/10.4
            NE/10.4
            ——-NATIONAL AVERAGE 10.3
            WI/10.1

            And note too, that GOP-run states lead the nation in all forms of violence and crime:

            All 10 of the states with the most gun-related violence are GOP-run states Analysis by 24/7 Wall Street – 2013

            Homicides/Assaults/Violent Crime

            LA-9.53/99.51/555.3
            AK-4.22/80.47/606.5
            AL-5.92/40.50/420.1
            AZ-4.24/57.36/405.9
            MS-6.91/51.69/269.8
            SC-4.95/127.88/571.9
            NM-3.69/87.26/567.5
            MO-5.59/88.90/447.4
            GA-4.57/58.64/373.2
            AR-4.53/100.56/480.9

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          7. Leftout January 16, 2017

            My auto death stats were from
            A Week ago, you certainly have a handy data mining ability but I only have time for such on occasion and rely on others for detailed info. My remark was more based on the principle of high murder rates that affect some Groups more than others , therefore /although the leaders or role models of these groups may be doing well Personally , few of them are in the trenches …it seems ….trying to help their brothers to attain the same level of civility that is expected .

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          8. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            And there you go again, blaming the wrong people. It’s got nothing do to with these ethnic role models and leaders failing to lead or to work in the trenches – the problems America is having in many inner cities is because of the GOP’s refusal to allow the Democrats to fund infrastructure-related and other jobs that millions of inner city people are trained to do. So there’s just too much unemployment for these minority groups which gives them too much time on their hands to get involved with mischief.

            As these role models work to help all that, Republicans work to prevent them from making much progress by refusing to fund programs or create jobs that would make a big difference in reducing crime and homicide in inner cities. (And forgetting that for a moment – the homicide rates in Alaska, Wyoming and Montana – three red states with hardly a big city – are higher than the homicide rates in the inner cites of most Democrat-run states.)

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          9. Leftout January 16, 2017

            I am much For infrastructure and building a rail system etc and we should fund it internally . Where is the accountability for the 10trillion spent in the past ten years . I hope Trump the builder will build from the inside out .

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          10. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            And on top of my other post – when you’re talking about Atlanta – keep in mind you’re talking about a city in a red state with virtually no gun control and a law that says you can openly carry a gun into virtually any institution you want; even a church or a bar. What would you expect from that kind of a situation when it’s been proven that – where there are more guns – there will be more gun-related murders???

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          11. Leftout January 16, 2017

            Red staters however do take guns seriously and train themselves. Guns are exrememly dangerous in the hands of the inexperienced and can easily go off very unexpectedly as you may know .

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          12. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            Your stats are from a week ago? What a joke – they don’t create auto fatality rates that quickly. I’m posting one of the latest stats from 2015 where there’s very little difference from. The national average increased from 2013 – the national average increased from 10.3 to 10.9 because auto fatalities in red states got a little worse overall.

            And just check out the big difference from the GOP governance failure red states to most of the Blue states.

            2015 Auto Fatality Rates per 100,000 population

            Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

            State-Number/100,000

            WY-24.7
            MS-22.6
            MT-20.7
            SC-20.0
            AR-17.8
            AL-17.5
            KY-17.2
            OK-16.4
            LA-15.5
            SD-15.5
            FL-14.5
            WV-14.5
            TN-14.5
            M0-14.3
            NM-14.3
            GA-14.0
            NC-13.7
            ND-13.3
            DE-13.3
            AZ-13.1
            ID-13.1
            NE-13.0
            TX-12.8
            IN-12.4
            KS-12.2
            ME-11.7
            NV-11.2
            OR-11.1
            National
            Average – 10.9
            IA-10.2
            CO-10.0
            WI-9.8
            MI-9.7
            OH-9.6
            UT-9.2
            VT-9.1
            VA-9.0
            CO-8.8
            NH-8.6
            MD-8.5
            CA-8.1
            WA-7.9
            IL-7.8
            MN-7.5
            CT-7.4
            HI-6.6
            NJ-6.3
            NY-5.7
            MA-4.5
            RI-4.3
            DC-3.4

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          13. Leftout January 16, 2017

            Yes a week ago , even you, great one , missed this . It was noted in WCBS news Radio NY. … a fairly respectable news service . I will find it for you.

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          14. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            What’s it supposed to tell me. The auto fatality rates I posted for you don’t lie. They show that because of failed GOP-governance, that average auto fatality rates in GOP-run states are as much 3-4 times higher than the average auto fatality rates in Dem run states. There’s nothing in that WCBS broadcast that can change that.

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          15. Leftout January 17, 2017

            Your stats are correct , I was just relating a recent clip. It may be an outlier .

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          16. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            And just for your information, Chicago is about number 50 in the nation with respect to homicides/100,000 population. It’s actually East St. Louis that leads the nation in that regard. And cities in Red States like Gary, Indiana right next door to Chicago and Memphis. TN and Houston, TX and Little Rock, AR far exceed Chicago in homicides/100,000 population.

            In fact, it’s Gary, Indiana – being 30 minutes away from Chicago – where you can buy a gun in 10 minutes with no questions asked, being one of the big reasons Chicago has as high a gun-homicide rate as it does.

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        4. Sand_Cat January 16, 2017

          Guess it never occurred to you that much of the danger you claim to face was brought about by the refusal of the nation to truly reform itself on the matter of racial issues; without that, no black leaders could hope to solve the problems resulting from the long-term and continuing bigotry of many whites and the structural racism built into our society which most whites either cannot or will not acknowledge. Trump and many of his supporters are the nasty manifestation of that non-acknowledgement.
          You seem to think otherwise, but it’s rather hard to “misunderstand” the attitudes of Trump, David Duke, and others: they have made little effort to hide them. Trump’s after-the-fact denials of things he’s on videotape saying or doing make it rather hard for rational people to understand how you and other Trump supporters seem to accept his insultingly flagrant lies to YOU as well as the rest of us as gospel. He clearly thinks you’re too stupid to notice, and by all the evidence you’ve given here, he’s right.

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          1. Leftout January 16, 2017

            I agree with you that most whites do not have close contact with Blacks and vice versa and do not know of the struggles of Blacks in this country. Most people are just too busy and go about trying to make a living .I was lucky ??!! to have been closer and exposed to more Diversity …… hate that word . Your assessment of Trump may not be accurate and the Same for me , I am for Self reliance…… but that may label
            Me a “racist” , hate that overused word…..But I Ann it a racist by any definition…..a bigot yes……my definition.

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    6. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

      Nothing in that post is true. All of it is racist, though – unsurprising, as you’re a Republican.

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      1. Leftout January 16, 2017

        Oh gosh ! Racism ……a bit much there fellow .

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        1. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

          Gosh Huck! I sure am glad you decided to downplay your racism, but even pretending that worked doesn’t make any of your dumb lies actually true.

          I hope that helps, KKKomrade!

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          1. Leftout January 16, 2017

            I do not have to downplay racism, it only exists in the minds of the insecure and lazy .

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          2. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

            Yes, bigots always claim they can’t be bigots because bigotry doesn’t exist; it’s because you’re morons.

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          3. Leftout January 16, 2017

            Oh no, you are correct , I am a bigot but not a racist . I want everyone to be as I am , self reliant , not lazy and pure as newly fallen snow. I love Blacks and all others especially the women, they’re hot. Everyone should be as fair as I am, all others need not be .

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          4. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

            Yes I get that you are SO STUPID that you think I’m going to bother reading anything you ever say after you claimed racism doesn’t exist. To be fair, though, I barely read your illiterate screeds anyway – this is not going to represent a radical change in our one-sided relationship, my neo-Nazi traitor dude.

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          5. Leftout January 16, 2017

            I did not say racism does not exist. Sorry to offend you.

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          6. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

            I think it’s hilarious that you replied to that, knowing full well I wasn’t going to read whatever you replied. I mean, you are so ridiculous that you claimed racism doesn’t exist – no stupidity is beyond you.

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          7. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

            I’m sorry, I don’t like to double reply, but I cannot – CANNOT – stop laughing in disbelief at this post. This may very well top the list of stupidest posts I’ve ever read. I mean, I knew you were repugnant and delusional, but on top of that you’re so very, very, stupid.

            You are the dumbest link.

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    7. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

      But I bet you ain’t man enough to slap him. Try that mess in this day and time and you will get your dam teeth kicked out. Stupid boy this is not the 40 or 50’s, You just showed how dumb you really are. It’s people like you I wish would disappear for good.

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      1. Leftout January 16, 2017

        Verbal slap…..metaphore

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    8. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

      Lewis did a very brave action back in the 60’s with MLK, but that doesn’t mean we have to kiss his ass for the rest of his career and life. He is nothing more than another sore loser who can’t accept reality and he simply doesn’t understand that Corrupt Hillary was a TERRIBLE candidate for the democRAT party.

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  14. hermadite January 15, 2017

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    (Holding hand over First Lady’s crotch)

    “I do solemnly swear to My Orifice. That I will discriminate and insult Muslims,
    Jews, Catholics, Christians, Africans, Latins and especially Mexicans. As Dictator of the Divided States of America I will, to the best of my ability, persecute, fabricate and eventually destroy the former United States of America. So help me Allah, Moses, Jesus andGod. Amen.”
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    1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

      This Man Punk is not God. Heil to nothing. Some crazy person will get that fool.

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  15. latebloomingrandma January 15, 2017

    Listening to various talking heads today, it sounds like —Donald is Donald and this is what the people voted for. He’s not going to change. Like we’re supposed to get used to it and endure the embarrassment as a country. So Trump and all the righties get to champion political incorrectness, but denounce anyone on the other side who also speaks their mind. Congressman Lewis had the guts to speak his mind.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 15, 2017

      You’re right. Donald has sold himself to the devil and that’s that.

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      1. Independent1 January 15, 2017

        Are we certain he’s not the Devil in human form? He certainly acts exactly as one would expect the Devil to act.

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  16. Thomas James January 15, 2017

    This is unbelievable. Congressman John Lewis can say anything about the incoming president Donald Trump and Mr. Trump is supposed to remain dumb. I am appalled also that the great United States, a country considered to have leadership in technology is giving Russia so much credit for hacking into its affairs. Wake up America. Donald Trump won fair and square. Attention should have been paid to his rallies which drew thousands of persons while Mrs. Clinton’s had just a few hundred. Congressman John Lewis had been such an outstanding person, it is very unfortunate that in this late stage of his career he has allowed himself to be the advocate of such utter nonsense.

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    1. Independent1 January 15, 2017

      Where do you come up with these fantasies and flat out fairy tales??

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      1. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

        How did you become so ignorant??? Trump’s rallies were at times “10” times bigger than Corrupt Hillary’s.

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        1. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

          That is simply an outrageous lie. Why are you so gullible?

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          1. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

            Your ignorance is only exceeded by your stupidity.

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          2. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

            Calling someone stupid does not make Donald Trump’s neo-Nazi rallies retroactively have more people than reported. Donald Trump remains deeply unpopular – the most unpopular President ever to “win” an election, although obviously his Russian masters helped out.

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          3. Thomas James January 28, 2017

            Your stupidity is only exceeded by your gullibility.

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          4. Tagdogs January 28, 2017

            If you read the comments, my comment was directed to I Am Helpy not you.

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          5. Thomas James January 28, 2017

            Sorry for the misunderstanding

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        2. FireBaron January 16, 2017

          You mean just like the millions of middle easterners he claimed danced in the streets in New Jersey?

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          1. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

            Must be another crybaby loser who can’t accept reality. Go to your room.

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          2. Thomas James January 17, 2017

            And don’t come out until President Trump’s inauguration ceremony is over.

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        3. Independent1 January 16, 2017

          That was only a perception created by the right-wing propaganda machine that calls itself the American media. The media deliberately broadcast his rallies at angles which purported to show large crowds when sometimes there were only a couple hundred people at his rallies.

          And Hillary beat Trump in a landslide with the popular vote – beating Trump by 4.5% and would have beaten him by a landslide in the Electoral College if Republicans hadn’t hacked the vote counting computers in more than a dozen states – fudging the vote counts.

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          1. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

            WOW! You’re even more stupid than I thought. You and FireBaron and I Am Helpy sound like the three stooges.

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          2. Independent1 January 16, 2017

            Yes, at times he drew large crowds, many being there for the show – just like millions tune into SNL – to watch someone make a fool of themselves up there on the stage. More than half the crowds weren’t necessarily Trump supporters – they were just freak show watchers! (Man I’ve just got to see this freak in person!!)

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        4. Independent1 January 16, 2017

          And Trump is a historic loser, his popularity is already down to about 37% in the past couple weeks because he’s been acting like his typical farcical nincompoop in trying to pretend he even has a remote idea of what it means to be president; which he doesn’t!! Yes a complete clown as a president.

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    2. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

      The sad part is that people like Lewis and McCain, and a few others, who have done very honorable things in the past, seem to want to live on those accomplishments alone and think that we are suppose to kiss their asses the rest of their career and lives.

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      1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

        And you’re a lier. I’m sure They haven’t ask you for nothing. Their accomplishments do account for something. Just respect because they are respectable men. Not so much for your President Elect

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        1. Tagdogs January 16, 2017

          And you sound like nothing but a black racist who is upset that you may have to get off your drugs and find a job–as the old saying goes, “you don’t want to work, you don’t get to eat”!

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          1. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

            I love when actual Nazis like you start talking about “black racists”. So very, very stupid and entitled.

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    3. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

      “Why won’t black people just stay in their place”. Got it.

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      1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

        Because y’all won’t stay in yours. It’s just that simple.

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        1. I Am Helpy January 16, 2017

          I was summing up his post, not endorsing it.

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          1. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

            Oh okay, I’m sorry, It sound like a dig.

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    4. Ella Dalton January 16, 2017

      What about anybody could say anything about Barack Obama disrespect him at any turn, so that’s okay. John Lewis has freedom of speech he hasn’t done anything wrong. All the disrespect TRUMP has shown the world I”m surprised more people hasn’t said more. TRUMP feels he can say and do whatever he wants to anybody and its alright. He’s your President Boy not mine. I’m embarrassed to see you support someone like TRUMP. Grabbing women in their private parts among many things. Urgggg

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      1. itsfun January 18, 2017

        If you hate Trump so much and he is not going to be your President, why not do what some celebrities promised to do and leave the country. You won’t be missed.

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    5. Independent1 January 16, 2017

      And you’re clearly just one more fabrication of the crooked right-wing establishment – a clearly made up moniker and avatar to try and create some kind of respectability for your inane comments.

      Russians did everything they could to try and sway the 2016 and they did. But it was supporters of the GOP that hacked the vote counting computers in more than a dozen states that swayed the results of the election. Donald Trump is an illegitimate president because he didn’t win the election – the GOP stole it!!

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    6. Jan123456 January 16, 2017

      Do you remember when Joe Wilson yelled “liar” in the middle of a SOTU speech? And what tweet did Obama send out after that? No, he remained calm with his usual poise and grace. That’s what we expect out of a president.

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    7. johninPCFL January 16, 2017

      Why is it that Agent Orange treats a sitting Congressman with less respect than a foreign thug? Could it be because the foreign thug got him elected? Methinks – ABSOLUTELY.

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      1. InformedVoter February 5, 2017

        John Lewis is a liar! He said this would be the first inauguration he’ll miss, but he didn’t attend GWs either. The article also lies when stating how many blacks voted for President Trump. He received more black votes than either McCain or Romney. Hence, President Trump has made in roads into getting the black vote.

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  18. Dr. Samuel Taddesse January 16, 2017

    The pee pee blackmail aside, is Mr. Trump going to be Putin’s messenger and puppet. He is now working to undermine Merkel of Germany and the breakup of the EU.

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  19. Thomas James January 17, 2017

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 IS CERTAINLY GOING TO BE A HISTORIC DAY.
    Donald J. Trump will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 45th President of the United States of America. Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice President first by Justice Clarence Thomas making it the first time in US history that an Afro-American will be swearing in a US Vice President.

    Donald Trump knew where to seek legal advice over the years. His sister Maryanne Trump Barry was nominated as a Federal District Judge by President Reagan in 1983. President Bill Clinton then appointed her to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1999.
    President Barack Obama has done an excellent job as President of the US and has committed himself to making the transition for President Donald Trump as comfortable as President George W. Bush made it for him. It will be the first time in US history that a Billionaire will be moving into public housing vacated by an Afro American family.

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