Trump Cult

Another Trump Sucker


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Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has a new book out, called “With All Due Respect,” of which she can be proud that it doesn’t kiss as much Trump ass as Don Jr’s book, “Triggered.” But just barely.

What’s up with all these people putting Trump books out at the same time? Sheesh, people. Give it a rest (an inside joke which you’ll be in on by Thursday).

Nikki was thought of as a Republican with principles, back when there were at least more than two of them in the nation. As governor of South Carolina, she removed the Confederate flag from the statehouse after a racist killed nine people at a black church in Charleston. During the 2016 presidential primaries, she didn’t just endorse Marco Rubio because she believed he was the best candidate. She endorsed him while strongly speaking out against Donald Trump. She said, “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.” She failed in her resistance.

By the time the Republican National Convention rolled around, she was on the Trump train. After Trump was elected, she resigned as governor to be ambassador to the United Nations. For a governor, padding foreign policy onto your resume is very valuable. But how valuable is it when you served as an ambassador of a body that openly laughed at Donald Trump? The United Nations doesn’t respect Donald Trump, and he doesn’t respect it either. Trump believes there’s a member nation named Nambia, but even if it did exist, they wouldn’t have much respect for him either. It does sound like a “shithole” country.

In Nikki’s book, she claims she’s the only member of the Trump administration to tell him to his face that his press conference with Russia’s president didn’t go off very well. She claims that afterward, he got much stronger against Russia. She must be thinking of the time he advocated for Russia rejoining the European Union or that other time when he repeated Putin’s argument that the Soviet Union had the right to invade Afghanistan because of terrorism. Or maybe she was thinking of just last week when Trump said he really wanted to go to Russia and watch their May Day parade.

One of the biggest takeaways from the book is her claim that the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson and the chief-of-staff, John Kelly (neither of whom are still with the administration) attempted to recruit her to join their mini resistance. As I pointed out already, Nikki doesn’t do resistance well.

Haley writes, “Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country. Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die.”

During an interview with Norah O’Donnell of CBS News that aired Sunday, she said, “Instead of saying that to me, they should have been saying that to the president (sic), not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan. It should have been, go tell the president (sic) what your differences are and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing. But to undermine a president (sic) is really a very dangerous thing, and it goes against the Constitution and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive.”

I don’t know if it goes against the Constitution to not enforce a directive of the president, or to wait him out until he forgets it (as others have claimed to do), or to try to change his mind. But do you know what is in the Constitution, Nikki? Bribery. Bribery, as in the president should be impeached if he commits it.

Donald Trump’s attempt to bribe a foreign leader with U.S. military aid to help his reelection campaign is probably just one example of Trump fuckery so dangerous and stupid, that members of his staff were subverting his efforts. Take a look at his phone call with Ukraine’s president. Somebody thought it was so bad that it needed to be hidden away inside its own special server.

Tillerson is disputing Haley’s account, but last December, he said, “The president (sic) would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it.’ And I would have to say to him, ‘Mr. President (sic), I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law.'” Tillerson probably discovered that it went beyond Trump not knowing the law, but to the extent he doesn’t care.

In Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear,” Gary Cohn, the administration’s top economic adviser, removed letters from Trump’s desk removing the U.S. out of NAFTA and a trade agreement with South Korea. In the same book, there’s a revelation that James Mattis, then the defense secretary, ignored Trump’s orders to assassinate Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

According to Haley, each of those instances of insubordination was unconstitutional.

In the New York Times Op-Ed by Anonymous, who claims to be a senior aide in Trump’s White House, he or she claims “many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. (sic) Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

Haley is trying to present herself as being bold and independent enough to stand up to Donald Trump while still appeasing his supporters by kissing his ass. She can’t have it both ways. While she may be dreaming of replacing Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket (it could happen) and becoming a future Republican president, she’s not an example of courage within this administration.

If you want to see courage, look no further than those testifying this week against the administration. If you want examples of asskissers, toadies, suckups, lackeys, sycophants, grovelers, fawners, bootlickers, apple polishers, and ball washers, there are plenty to choose from in Washington (Lindsey Graham, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, etc), but today, let’s look at Nikki Haley.

Someday, all these asskissers will have to defend their time as sycophants. Haley will be doing so while also trying to explain her experience with Trump’s failed foreign policy where all roads led to Russia.

With “all due respect,” Nikki, you’re just another sycophant who put cult worship over country.

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Never Trumper Hiney Sniffer


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I saw a political cartoon this morning drawn by an idiot. In it, he accused Democrats of being upset that the U.S. military killed al-Baghdadi. I’ve seen a few other conservative cartoons kinda sorta insinuate that point, but this one flat-out stated it. What that means is, Republicans were very upset when the U.S. military, under the authority of President Barack Obama, killed Osama bin Laden. Of course, we already knew that. Republicans, including Donald Trump, kept arguing that President Obama didn’t deserve any credit for killing the mastermind of 9/11. Now, they’re heaping praise on Trump for killing Baghdadi, but not as much praise as Trump is giving himself.

Democrats are very happy Baghdadi was eliminated. And politically, we didn’t have to worry about it helping Trump because even before it was officially announced, we knew Donald Trump would mess it up. For starters, we knew Donald Trump would probably spend nearly an hour on the announcement giving himself credit.

And…Donald Trump spent nearly an hour giving himself credit. By comparison, President Obama spent nine and a half minutes and spent the majority of the time talking about the military. Trump spent most of his hour talking about himself. Jimmy Kimmel even did a “mashup” of the two which has gone viral.

Trump further messed it up by not informing key Democrats in Congress before the raid. He didn’t even inform his chief of staff. He did tell Russia, whom he thanked before mentioning our allies because all trails lead to Russia.

Donald Trump also made a mess by giving away too much detail in the announcement and may have revealed classified information that’ll make future strikes more difficult. Why, he even screwed up with the dog.

A dog is one of the heroes of the mission. Before talking about the dog, which Trump said is a canine but he “calls it a dog,” he used “dog” to insult Baghdadi by saying he “died like a dog.” Trump has an issue with dogs.

The military decided to keep the dog’s name classified, but this morning, Trump revealed that, too. Naturally, in a tweet, boasting that the dog will visit the White House. Unfortunately, as this canine, which Trump calls a dog, doesn’t have a say in the matter.

And then…you’re going to love this…Donald Trump tweeted out a photoshopped image of him placing a medal on the dog. Seriously. I mean, if the dog’s on his way to the White House, then why the lie? Is this as close as Trump’s willing to get to a dog?

The real irony here is that while Donald Trump is praising the dog as a war hero, he, his party, and Fox News are denigrating a war hero for continuing to defend our country.

Alexander Vindman, a decorated veteran with decades of service to the United States, testified and contradicted the Trump administration over using military aid to Ukraine as extortion for political favors. Laura Ingraham and her guests accused him of espionage. Other Republicans have questioned his loyalty to the United States.

Vindman, who still has shrapnel in his body from fighting in Iraq, is in another kind of war zone. Republicans are trying to destroy him and his reputation. What he is doing by testifying is still protecting our nation from threats home and abroad. He’s protecting us from Donald Trump.

Hopefully, the war hero dog will continue to protect our nation when he visits the White House. He can do that by biting Donald Trump in the ass. While that would probably be described as hazardous duty and very unpleasant for the dog, it would be deserving of another medal.

Woof.

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Boo Hoo Hoo


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Trump and his supporters point to his MAGA hate rallies as proof of his popularity when arguing he’s going to win reelection in a landslide.

If you’re promoting an album and your tour sells out every arena, congratulations. You have a hit album. Though a venue may have 14,000 seats, the cities they’re in are typically bigger. You also have to account for people traveling to see you rock out with your jock out. While you may sell a lot of T-Shirts, it doesn’t mean you could be elected president.

And if you only go into rooms where people fawn over you, you might get the impression that you’re beloved in all rooms and everyone thinks you’re a stable genius. That’s like believing you’re a special boy because your mom thinks so. Oh, and in case you’re a Republican, the strippers don’t actually like you either.

Donald Trump doesn’t just hire advisers. He hires yes people. That is, people who say “yes.” These people don’t just praise his policies, they run to the media to tell us Donald Trump is a genius, which is what White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, who never holds a press conference, did this week. After the former chief of staff, John Kelly, said he warned Trump that if he hired a “yes” man to replace him, that he’d be impeached. Grisham said to the media that Kelly was “ill-equipped to work with the genius of our great president.” This is why Donald Trump thinks he’s a genius and totally oblivious to the fact he’s a dumbass. By the way, it’s hard to argue against Kelly’s comments while you’re literally getting impeached.

There was a news story this week that scientists taught rats how to drive little, tiny rat cars because it eases their stress, which is something I’m sure we’ve all been concerned about. While these rats are figuring out how to drive cars, Donald Trump can’t close an umbrella. Yes, he’s a genius.

But Donald Trump holds these hate rallies where women wear shirts asking him to grab them by the vagina. They eat up every word he says. They cheer and praise him. They repeat his three-syllable chants (in case you’re a Republican, “lock her up,” and “build the wall” are each three syllables. I’ll let you figure out “space force” for yourself. What do you mean, “what’s a syllable?”).

If Trump only talks to his paid yes sycophants, only attends hate rallies, only watches Fox News, and only talks to Lindsey Graham, he may not get the impression that over half the country despises him and thinks he’s an asshole. Maybe he should have talked to Graham back when the South Carolina senator thought he was a racist.

When Fox News published a poll that over half of eligible voters believe he should be impeached, he tweeted that their pollsters suck. I guess it never occurred to him that the pollsters may be right.

So, when Donald Trump visited the World Series Sunday night, he was probably expecting to be greeted with cheers. It was the first time he went out since the killing of al-Baghdadi. He took Lindsey and Matt Gaetz with him, but not his youngest son, because you’d rather take sycophantic buttpoodles to the World Series than your 13-year-old son. You don’t have to imagine his surprise when he was greeted with boos and “lock him up” chants.

Some people were upset about this. Fox News’ Dana Perino must be as clueless as Trump because she said, “I never thought he would get booed. I thought Americans won’t do that, Americans would cheer.” Hey, Dana. Most Americans don’t like Nazis. Go figure.

On the same show, Capri Cafaro was upset. She said, “Everybody has their First Amendment right to express themselves however they want, but I would say this, regardless of whether or not you agree with President Trump or not he is the President of the United States and this is the World Series.”

I don’t have a problem with this “president” getting booed at the World Series. If anything, they did him a favor. We should let him know he’s despised and repulses people who aren’t troglodytes. But the biggest reason I don’t have a problem with it is that he’s not presidential. He’s conducted himself in a manner before crowds that should be beneath a president. But, Donald Trump is beneath the presidency. Way beneath it. While Carafo argues, “he is the President of the United States,” I argue that he doesn’t want to be everyone’s president.

Donald Trump conducts hate rallies where he encourages people to chant “lock her up” and “send them back.” He inspires and condones hate at his rallies. He has literally told his people to physically assault the people there to protest. He deserves all the respect one should give a poo-flinging monkey, who could still probably close an umbrella. Booing Trump could be our new national past time.

Here’s the thing. Donald Trump has been heckling America. He’s been booing America. So, America, feel free to boo right back. And while you’re at it, lock him up.

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The Chosen One


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Defending your leader’s comments with, “he didn’t say that,” then saying, “that’s not what he meant,” to “he was joking,” to finally, “yeah, he said it and I totally agree with it, ” are characteristics of being in a cult.

Other signs you’re in a cult are when your leader puts his name on everything, constantly refers to himself in the third person, tells you not to believe what you see and hear, and says anything critical of him is “fake news.” He will also demand loyalty while giving none in return. Of course, the best way to tell that you’re in a cult is when your leader tells you you’re in a cult.

I’ve been telling Trump supporters for the past few years they’re in a cult. I’ve even told family members they’re in a cult, who stopped talking to me which is another sign of being in a cult. They’ve scoffed at being told they’re in a cult but they don’t have to take my word for it any longer. They can take Donald Trump’s.

Yesterday, Donald Trump looked up toward the sky  (this time there wasn’t an eclipse) and said, “I am the chosen one.” Seriously.

He was probably still riding the high of retweeting noted conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root who called him the “Second coming of God.” Root’s endorsement of Trump as Christ apparently was a defense of Trump’s anti-Semitic charge that Jews who vote Democratic are either “uninformed” or “disloyal.” The tweets Trump retweeted wasn’t about any policies. They were just idol worship.

Root tweeted that Trump is, “The greatest president for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world (he had to say it twice)…and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.”

Trump was not humble in accepting the compliment. He endorsed it. Of course, Root is a noted conspiracy theorist so take his idol worship with a grain of salt.

Root was a leading proponent of the President Obama birther conspiracy theory. He once claimed Obama was never a student at Columbia University, that he was gay, and that he was possibly hired by the Bilderberg Group to destroy the United States and “kill all of us.” He’s going to kill all of us with his gay.

He promoted conspiracy theories about the murder of Seth Rich. He suggested that the white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was probably an actor and infiltrator paid for by George Soros and that “No conservative I’ve ever met commits violence…EVER.”

He said the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas was “clearly (a) coordinated Muslim terror attack.” In case you’re not up on the fact, it wasn’t. It was a white guy and we still don’t know his motive.

He also had a theory about Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia by claiming it was motivated by “penis envy” because “Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s.” How does Root have the inside track on the penis size and the gay? Also, another sign you’re in a cult is claiming your leader has the largest penis unless you’re worshipping Ron Jeremy.

Last night, Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Trump’s (but not close enough to verify the penis-even theory) and CEO of Newsmax which hosts Root’s show, said on CNN he was unaware of Root ever being a conspiracy theorist. He took it upon himself to defend Root but not to glance at his Wiki page…or ever listen to the show his company hosts. Can’t blame him for that last part.

The insanity of Trump calling himself the “Chosen One” and accepting Root’s praise made everyone overlook his claim that the Prime Minister of Denmark’s criticism of him was an insult to all of America. No, Donald, she said you’re “absurd,” not America. I’ve said “America’s absurd.” It is.

While a lot of Trump supporters try to explain away his “chosen One” comments, there are many who actually believe he was sent by God.

Internet talk show host Bill Mitchell may be the most extreme as he once tweeted, “No mortal man could do all that Trump is doing in the face of withering opposition. We are witnessing something supernatural here. God has chosen and blessed Trump. He is our modern Moses come to set us free from the Socialist Oligarchy.” I do endorse Trump leading all his followers through the desert for forty years. Mitchell may not be taken seriously, but he’s not alone in telling people Trump was sent by God.

Robert Jeffress, a Texas pastor said Trump was chosen by God because God “is the one who installs kings.” Never mind the fact that Trump is not a king.

Jim Bakker said God told him he “put Donald Trump on this earth to give the church time to prepare for the impending end.” God to Jim, “Donald Trump is a respite in this troubled times and I sent him in grace to give you time to prepare for what’s coming on earth.” Personally, I think God drunk-dialed. Also, Jim…did God mention anything about the penis size thing?

Even the Trump campaign is believing the “chosen one” crap. Campaign manager Brad Parscale said, “Only God could deliver such a savior to our nation.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders says God “wanted Donald Trump to become president.” And if you haven’t retched already, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested that God sent Trump to protect the Jewish people from Iran. That’s. The. Secretary. Of. State.

Trump supporter and one who is willing to overlook all that’s vile about Trump actually made a good point. He knocked down the suggestions that God wanted Trump to win the presidency. He said, “If you give God credit for a good president, then you’ve got to blame God when you have a bad one. What do you do when you get a bad one? say, ‘God messed up’?” So, you have to believe that God appointed every president from Washington to Trump, and is even responsible for Fillmore, Harding, Wilson, and Nixon…or you have to believe he didn’t develop an interest in American politics until 2016 and chose Trump without reading his Wiki page. He grabbed what?

The biggest preacher of the “Chosen One” argument is Donald Trump. He also says it was the people who chose him. Like all things Trump says, that’s a lie. Looking at the 2016 election results, the Chosen One was Hillary.

Nothing much will change from this. People don’t leave cults after you point out they’re in a cult. They don’t even realize they’re in a cult until it’s too late. One day you’re talking about economic policies and the next thing you’re doing is comparing his penis to Robert Mueller’s.

Congratulations. You’re in a cult. It’s the Republican Party.

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Leaving The Hurd


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The Republican Party has been exercising racism for decades, but until now, there were always people like Will Hurd among its members, other than the black thing of course. For example, before Donald Trump came along, you could easily get a hell of a lot more than four votes from Republicans in the House of Representatives to condemn a racist comment.

The Grand Old Party has now become the party of Trump, resembling a cult more than a political party. The GOP is less a party of issues and more about the cult of a personality, a rotten, horrible, vile, stupid, racist personality. It only makes sense that the party is dead on details since they worship a man who won the presidency without any specifics to his proposals. He promised to build a wall that Mexico would pay for, without telling us how he would make Mexico pay for it. He promised to replace Obamacare with “something better.” On foreign policy, his position was that he knew more than the generals. Now, the party’s policies are Trump, Trump, and Trump. Any member who defies that will suffer the same fate as Mark Sanford.

The fear of being the next Mark Sanford, a congressman who criticized Trump and then was primaried for his crime, has cost the Republican Party the House of Representatives. Now, they have to explain Trumpism. Ask a Republican how tariffs are not taxes. Ask a Republican how Canadian cheese is a national security threat. Ask a Republican about why increasing the national debt is now a good thing. Ask a Republican how a treaty preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is bad but a treaty with North Korea that doesn’t say anything is good. Ask a Republican why we shouldn’t be concerned about Kim Jong Un testing ballistic missiles. Now, ask a Republican how racist comments are not racist comments.

Except for Will Hurd. Hurd will tell you a racist comment is a racist comment. He was one of only four representatives in the House that recognized Trump’s “Go back to where you came from” tweet was racist. Now, Hurd, who is the only Republican representing a district on the border with Mexico, will not run for re-election next year. Hurd is the only African-American member of the House. Unless another black Republican is elected in 2018, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will be the only one left in Congress.

Hurd was considered the future of the party, which has been a lie all along. He was the Republicans’ pipe dream of their future. The future of their party is not diverse when your leader attacks four female members of Congress for being minorities, talks about brown people from “shithole countries,” calls inner cities “rat-infested,” and attacks black representatives and civil rights leaders. The future of your party is not diverse when hate crimes increase upon the election of your racist leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader was endorsed by the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan and by the founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. The future of your party is not diverse when the KKK holds parades in honor of your party’s leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader retweets neo-Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader defends Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when you refuse to confront your leader on any of this.

Five other Republicans have announced they will not seek re-election to the House. Currently, there are only 13 female Republicans in the House and two of them are also retiring. The GOP hopes to retake the House in 2020, but it’s an effort made even more difficult by incumbent retirements, especially from districts like Hurd’s, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Hurd won re-election in 2018 by a little over 1,100 votes.

In a speech last June, Hurd said, “The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of the country. Why is that? I’ll tell you.” Then he told us.

“Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist. Don’t be a homophobe. These are basic things that we should all learn in kindergarten.”

The kindergarten president, who is now well into his 70s, still has not learned it. The Republican Party probably learned it, but they’ve chosen to abandon it. Now, when you talk to Republicans, they don’t see how telling brown people to “go back to where you came from” is racist. Their future isn’t Will Hurd. It’s defending the use of the N-word.

That’s why the future of their party does not look like Will Hurd. It looks like Donald Trump. It looks like a a bunch of white guys wearing sheets carrying tiki torches.

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Trump’s Meat


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Donald Trump is using the citizenship question on the census and ICE raids to feed his shrinking political base. It’s another example of his not being president for all the people and using government resources for political means.

Trump caved on adding the citizenship question to the census after being knocked down by the Supreme Court, and another federal judge telling him he couldn’t change his legal team. Analysts were shocked that Trump caved, but he’s caved on multiple occasions, like during the government shutdown when he negotiated a deal where he got nothing.

Trump is now ordering other government agencies to compile citizenship data from existing federal records and to provide those results to the census. This won’t actually work, but it will give the perception to his base that he’s doing something about people who don’t look like them. This is a base that believes he’s actually building the wall and that Mexico will ultimately pay for it.

Trump and Republicans want to use the census for states to draw state, local, and congressional districts on the voting-eligible population. This will make an electorate that is more white and less diverse than the nation at large, whose majority is rejecting Republican policies. Republicans can’t win honestly anymore, so they’ll cheat and change the rules any way they can.

In selling this discrimination scheme, Republicans are lying. Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the citizenship question was asked until 2010, which is a lie. It hasn’t been a standard question since the 1950 census. Many of the Trump cult claim Obama removed it from the census, which of course is another lie unless, somehow he had it removed before the 1960 census shortly before his birth in Kenya in 1961. He was a busy baby.

The other detail is, the census has ALWAYS counted noncitizens starting with the first census in 1790. Congressional districts have always included noncitizens, even if those citizens were only recognized as 3/5ths of a person. This was a huge point of contention for non-slave states as it increased representation in southern states, and diminished theirs. Conservatives have always cheated to win elections and control the government. And yeah, as dumb as it sounds, slaves had congressional representation, even if they couldn’t vote and all their representatives wanted to keep them as slaves. I shouldn’t be giving Republicans any ideas.

Trump announced ICE raids in June, then postponed them. Now, he’s announced they’ll happen this Sunday, with ICE expected to pursue at least 2,000 immigrants.

In the past, Trump criticized the mayor of Oakland for announcing upcoming raids, calling her actions a “disgrace.” The acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director at the time, Thomas Homan, said the mayor’s comments were “no better than a gang lookout yelling, ‘police!’ when a cruiser comes in the neighborhood.” A Republican congressman from Iowa proposed criminal penalties for officials who make similar disclosures. But, it’s OK when Trump or other Republicans do it.

Nobody would resist ICE raids if they were going after real criminals and not people whose only crime was crossing the border. What Trump is doing is ordering ICE to separate more families. Even families that aren’t targeted are under severe stress from this. This disrupts their work, school, and entire lives. That’s OK though because it makes a rabid base frothing at the mouth feel squishy inside.

This is just Trump being mean and hateful which is exactly what his base loves. They love child separation. They love discrimination. “Make America hate again” should be on the hat.

Hopefully, the red meat Trump tosses to his hateful base is the same as Trump steaks, non-existent and a total lie.

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