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'What planet' are they on? Judge blasts Republicans for downplaying attack on U.S. Capitol

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By Jan Wolfe

A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday harshly criticized Republican lawmakers for downplaying the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, questioning "what planet" they are living on.

Hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol that day in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's presidential election victory. The violence left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer, and more than 480 people have been arrested on charges linked to the attack.

"I'm especially troubled by the accounts of some members of Congress that Jan. 6 was just a day of tourists walking through the Capitol," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said during a court hearing in Washington. "I don't know what planet these people are on."

Lamberth, who was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan - one of the heroes of the Republican Party - said millions of people saw what he called a "disgrace" to the country.

"The attempt by some congressmen to rewrite history and say this was all just tourists walking through the Capitol is just utter nonsense," Lamberth said.

"It was not an accident that it turned violent," he said of the Capitol attack. "It was intended to draw to a halt the very functioning of our government."

Lamberth did not name any particular legislator during his remarks, but Republican Representative Andrew Clyde last month likened the attack to a "normal tourist visit" during a congressional hearing.

"Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures," Clyde said. "If you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit."

Clyde did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Other Republican lawmakers have also downplayed the violence.

Photos from Jan. 6 showed Clyde rushing toward the door of the House of Representatives while guards with guns drawn held off rioters trying to break into the chamber.

Lamberth made his remarks during a sentencing hearing for Anna Morgan-Lloyd, 49, who was the first of about 500 people charged for participating in the Capitol siege to receive punishment.

Morgan-Lloyd, of Bloomfield, Indiana, agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Lamberth sentenced her to three years of probation.

"I went there to support and show support for President Trump, and I’m ashamed that it became a savage display of violence that day," Morgan-Lloyd said during the court hearing.

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"I'm especially troubled by the accounts of some members of Congress that Jan. 6 was just a day of tourists walking through the Capitol," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said during a court hearing in Washington. "I don't know what planet these people are on."

Whoa, Judge. Be careful. Say that in Japantoday and you’ll get moderated.

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Planet Trump.

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They need to release ALL the tapes. This way we will see WHO was facilitating this “insurrection”. Until then it’s pure speculation on what happened and why.

We already know Antifa and Capitol Police we’re waiving people in the Capitol. Any other government agencies helping to facilitate?

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Disgraceful actions by the GOP with more than 50% of republicans still believing in Trump's Big Lie.

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So Reagan’s judge is next traitor under the bus?

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January 6 definitely wasn't "tourists walking through Capitol" but it also wasn't a "deadly insurrection" either...unless you count the unarmed protestor who died after Capitol police shot her in the face.

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Happy Day:

Re your Antifa and other claims, I’ll just quote the judge.

”What planet are you living on”?

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We already know Antifa and Capitol Police we’re waiving people in the Capitol.

Oh!!!!

REALLY? wOW!!!! It was Antifa??????

Yaaaay! We’re all REAL patriots and Real Americans!!!! Get the Commies!!!

long live the REAL King...the President for REAL America!!!

PB’s announced in advance that they were going in Black Bloc attire

antifa...yeah right

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The badly planned and carried out insurrection to deny democracy from functioning on Jan 6th had the same lack of professionalism of the Trump presidency. Go in half backed with lies and a complete lack of understanding and hope things swing your way. Afterwards the GOP fall in line saying it was in everyone's imagination, like the good little sheep that they have become.

God help the future of the USA. Until Trump has gone or has no influence left over the GOP, they will mill around in circles and make America a basket case.

He should have been charged and done time for what he tried to do.

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Antifa,...you mean like “window breaker guy” in Minneapolis who turned out to be a full patch HA and member of a Kentucky AB clique? That Antifa? How about the famous Antifa guy shooting his AR-15 in to the burning police station who turned out to be a Texas Boog? THAT Antifa?

your sides utter shamelessness is beneath contempt

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Disgraceful actions by the GOP with more than 50% of republicans still believing in Trump's Big Lie.

No, it’s more about not falling into the Democrat trap of dragging this thing out and calling for more witnesses and wasting more tax payer funds to chase essentially after a former sitting President in the hopes of helping the Dems impeach the guy again so he can be convicted in the Senate and not run and good on the GOP Senate for not falling for any of this crap. If the Dems are angry, they’ll get over it someday, now while they stew and worry about the past, the GOP needs to keep the eye and goal focused on regains the House, that’s the smart and rational thing to do, leave the Dems at their own device.

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too much focus on the stupid "tourists" comment.

it wasnt that, but it certainly wasnt any "armed insurrection" either.

The videos that have been denied release so far will tell the full story in the end.

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Bass, they had the VP, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tempore all in one place. They knew that that. They were there to block certification and one way or the other take out everyone in the chain. And they were there because Trump asked them to be there.

he really could shoot people on 5th Avenue and not lose your vote...not sarcasm, I believe it.

mitch still a RINO?

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And Bass, everything is “still about a former President” because everything the GOP is doing right now, down to county level, is about making sure he can get away with it in 2024.

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The videos that have been denied release so far will tell the full story in the end.

You really want to see people pooping in Pelosi’s desk and smearing it over the walls?

There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the day. Babbit is shot in a different body part each time I read about it.

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too much focus on the stupid "tourists" comment. 

No, Blacklabel. there’s not enough focus on WHY he had to make that stupid comment to begin with.

any fair-weather friend can argue that the rock falls downward. Takes a true believer to argue that it falls up.

gee, I wonder why all these pictures of courage had to “correct” their recollection?

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And the GOP supporters reaction denying the storming of the Capitol was just a democratic walk in the park. They would be screaming had it been the democrat supporters trying to stop Trump from being elected.

This week, Trump is still claiming he lost his presidency because of Pence.

Never mind which planet they live on. I sometimes wonder which universe.

Guess I should something of what those repubs are smoking?

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They should imprison a good number of those traitors. Horrible people.

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"I don't know what planet these people are on."

Planet Dumb!!!

All it takes is a lot of hate in the heart and a total lack of education to get there!!!

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have YOU seen this? or just accept the media narrative that it happened?

You really want to see people pooping in Pelosi’s desk and smearing it over the walls?

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It is funny how the left decries all right wing people as idiots and morons and rednecks.

Until now. They have suddenly morphed into devious plotters and cunning perpetrators of a planned insurrection.

Sorry, you can't have it both ways. This was just another example of a mostly peaceful protest. A couple windows got broken, but that's just property. Insurance can cover the cost. The vast majority of those who attended Trump's rally did as he said, and went about their business peacefully. A few were hotheads and need to be spanked for it. But there was no serious attempt to overthrow the government.

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The funny part is that they are doing it for a man who neither has control over his thoughts or his bladder!!!

The bar for becoming a darling of the bigots is really low!!

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It is funny how the left decries all right wing people as idiots and morons and rednecks.

Until now. They have suddenly morphed into devious plotters and cunning perpetrators of a planned insurrection.

Idiotic morons can be easily manipulated by their unscrupulous leaders into committing crimes.

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But there was no serious attempt to overthrow the government.

The government was still Trump's and the storming was to prevent the election of Biden with Trump begging Pence to "do the right thing!"

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It is funny how the left decries all right wing people as idiots and morons and rednecks.

Until now. They have suddenly morphed into devious plotters and cunning perpetrators of a planned insurrection. 

Oooohhh, I see now.

the rock really does fall up

you were doing fine until the “ just a couple broken windows” part.

Well aware not everybody there was malevolent...watched the video of the guy in head to toe Trump attire pleading with Police to call reinforcements because, and I quote “those guys are out for blood.!”

seems that even some Trump folk realized what was happening. He’s probably had to walk his words back though, lest he be labeled a “traitor” for seeing reality.

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Yes, he noticed the FBI informants and Antifa plants in the crowd getting violent.

seems that even some Trump folk realized what was happening.

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It is funny how the left decries all right wing people as idiots and morons and rednecks.

Until now. They have suddenly morphed into devious plotters and cunning perpetrators of a planned insurrection.

You can attempt to unjustly overturn the results of the 2020 election and be incompetent. Just look at Trump, for another example.

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Yes, he noticed the FBI informants and Antifa plants in the crowd getting violent.

Yup, the rock falls up

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Bass, they had the VP, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tempore all in one place. They knew that that. They were there to block certification and one way or the other take out everyone in the chain. And they were there because Trump asked them to be there

Sorry, don’t feel like writing it again. Just a little reminder of reality before y’all come with the “no standing armed forces/parallel govt in exile, no uniforms poor execution la la la so it isn’t an insurrection” argument.

they didn’t need any of that. All they needed was some Capital Hill police to turn the other way. Fortunately, not enough did.

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Yes, he noticed the FBI informants and Antifa plants in the crowd getting violent.

Have YOU seen this? Or do you just accept the Qanon narrative that it happened?

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they had the VP, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tempore all in one place. They knew that that. They were there to block certification and one way or the other take out everyone in the chain. And they were there because Trump asked them to be there.

Yes and the MAJORITY of people assembled and were peaceful.

he really could shoot people on 5th Avenue and not lose your vote...not sarcasm, I believe it.

You can say the same about the support of the left for Biden

mitch still a RINO?

Yup!

everything is “still about a former President” because everything the GOP is doing right now, down to county level, is about making sure he can get away with it in 2024.

I guess what makes liberals and Trump haters so angry is that they lost 3 times now in blocking this President from running and they can't stop him, he might run, he might not, Santis might run as well, who's younger and follows the exact same philosophy, not to mention Trump is still heavily involved in the GOP and selection of the best non-establishment candidates, none of us know what the guy will do, but stopping him, very unlikely.

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Actually I believe the new narrative Tucker Carlson is pushing is that it was all planned by the FBI.

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Actually I believe the new narrative Tucker Carlson is pushing is that it was all planned by the FBI.

Given the FBI's credibility over the years, seems plausible.

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they had the VP, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tempore all in one place. They knew that that. They were there to block certification and one way or the other take out everyone in the chain. And they were there because Trump asked them to be there.

Yes and the MAJORITY of people assembled and were peaceful.

I...guess you’re thinking this is some sort of refutation...perhaps?

You can say the same about the support of the left for Biden

Pretty sure I’ve said this to you before, but your insistence that the “left” likes Biden says a great deal about how little you understand the other side.

why you think Bernie bros like Biden is the question...actually no, it’s not. You think that because Tucker told you to

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Given the FBI's credibility over the years, seems plausible.

That's rich , coming from the supporters of a criminal.

The FBI will always have more credibility than the brainless extreme right wing !!!

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You can say the same about the support of the left for Biden

That is where you are actually completely and entirely wrong.

There's no cult of personality for Joe Biden. The vast majority of people who voted for him know what he is: a 78-year old democratic politician, with an extensive career in Washington and a few progressive ideas. No more, no less. If the news came out tomorrow that he had paid hush money to a porn star with his campaign money, I can assure you his approval rating with liberals would plummet. If a tape came out romorrow of him calling the president of Ukraine and offering him aid in exchange of dirt on his political opponents, I can assure you the vast majority of liberals would support his impeachment. I know I would.

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Bass: Given the FBI's credibility over the years, seems plausible.

"I don't know what planet these people are on."

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There are many posters here who don’t think two things can be true at the same time.

(1) Some people forced their way into the Capitol building with ill intent though there is no evidence that they had murderous intent. These were the “insurrectionists”. Their incompetence isn’t an excuse. Incarceration isn’t inappropriate.

(2) Many more people demonstrated poor judgment by entering the Capitol not thinking (or wishing to think) that they were breaking any laws. These were the “tourists”. The first court case settled involving a “tourist” ended appropriately: a $500 fine, 40 hours of community service and 3 years probation.

The only reason the Democrats, the party of “healing”, and the legacy media want investigations to continue is to distract the electorate from issues that will certainly impact the 2022 Congressional election.

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'What planet' are they on? Judge blasts Republicans for downplaying attack on U.S. Capitol...

They all live on the Planet Delusion....

There, Hugo Chavez is still alive, Italian satellites change votes, and a guy that sells pillows accurately predicts the future...

And hundreds of maniacs carrying Trump banners, Confederate flags, and Q T-Shirts rampaging and pillaging the Capitol and chanting "hang Mike Pence" are just normal tourists...

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Make that “incarceration IS appropriate”!

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More MSM hogwash to feed the hogs.

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A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday harshly criticized Republican lawmakers for downplaying the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, questioning "what planet" they are living on.

Yeah, deadly only because an unnamed cop shot an unarmed peaceful protestor.

"Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures," Clyde said. "If you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit."

Yeah, and there is also video showing the police letting people in and telling them they have the right to enter and protest as long as they are peaceful.

Of course there were a number of agent provocateur that ruined it all, and these are the ones they show. I hope they go deeply into the FBI's involvement in the violence.

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I read the news. Your turn, how do you know what you supposedly know?

Have YOU seen this? Or do you just accept the Qanon narrative that it happened?

Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show

https://apnews.com/article/proud-boys-government-informant-dc84086d78b688bc585f874452d2b481

“Your Honor, frankly, in all the years, which is now more than 30 that I’ve been doing this, I’ve never had a client as prolific in terms of cooperating in any respect,” said Tarrio’s lawyer at the time, Jeffrey Feiler, according to the transcript.

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FBI and DHS Attempt To Recruit Former Green Beret to Infiltrate and Spy on Oath Keepers, Proud Boys – But He Recorded The Conversation.

Earlier this month Jeremy Brown started speaking out about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) contacted him and attempted to recruit him to spy on patriots and everyday Americans.

Jeremy also attended the Stop the Steal protests in Washington DC on January 6. Jeremy joined the Oath Keepers in November and went to Washington DC to provide security at the many protests and rallies that week.

didnt hear about this?

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oh lordy, I hope there are tapes!

Well, there ARE.

Checkmate.

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Of course there were a number of agent provocateur that ruined it all, and these are the ones they show. I hope they go deeply into the FBI's involvement in the violence.

Ah...the Tucker Carlson fool the fools conspiracy theory...it was all an FBI plot....

Unfortunately, that doesn't work when you have the Q Shaman and scores of other Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other miscreants all pleading now that they were "duped" by Trump and were a victim of "Foxitis"....

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/552285-lawyer-for-accused-capitol-rioter-says-client-had-foxitis-foxmania

Unfortunately an affliction that affects quite a few posters here...

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fits the narrative exactly that they would say that.

Unfortunately, that doesn't work when you have the Q Shaman and scores of other Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other miscreants all pleading now that they were "duped" by Trump and were a victim of "Foxitis"...

What do you expect them to say, that they were Antifa plants or FBI informants?

Lets see who actually goes to jail in the end. that will tell us who these people REALLY are.

The FBI involvement in Jan 6 is going to be next years "the virus did NOT come from the Wuhan Lab. impossible, absolutely no way, conspiracy!". by next year it will be "well we never said the FBI wasnt involved at alllllll...."

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I read the news. Your turn, how do you know what you supposedly know?

Isn't this the same media you say we shouldn't trust? Make up your mind.

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The Associated Press is fine. is it not?

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The Associated Press is fine. is it not?

You tell me. I thought it would be a member of the hated "MSM" whose agenda we cannot trust.

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Unfortunately, that doesn't work when you have the Q Shaman and scores of other Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other miscreants all pleading now that they were "duped" by Trump and were a victim of "Foxitis"...

its the narrative exactly that they would say that.

What do you expect them to say, that they were Antifa plants or FBI informants?

You just threw all your fellow Trump supporters under the bus - they went to DC on Jan 6th because Trump invited them all - then he told them to go to the Capitol and "fight like hell". And now, you accuse them all of being Antifa and BLM....

That's loyalty in MAGA-world...just ask Mike Pence...

Lets see who actually goes to jail in the end. that will tell us who these people REALLY are.

Maybe they are all Deep State Lizards...ya think?

The FBI involvement in Jan 6 is going to be next years "the virus did NOT come from the Wuhan Lab. impossible, absolutely no way, conspiracy!". by next year it will be "well we never said the FBI wasnt involved at alllllll...."

Sure, just like we'll soon hear all about those Italian satellites that changed votes, right?

Planet Delusion...

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The GOP and their cult of zealots are so immersed in sticking to their BIG LIE delusions, that they litterally can't tell the difference between their beliefs and reality. They have become lost causes. While they keep pushing their crazy on the rest of the world, we just have to just keep serving up reality and facts and let the department of Justice do it's job.

GOP: Party before country, facism before leadership, profit before people, power before the US constitution, lies before truth, hypocrisy before dignity, corruption before integrity, authoritarianism before democracy.... This is what they are, they will not change as they have gone well beyond the point of no return. Accept it and help exorcise this toxic cancer from our government. New major (and responsible) political parties need to take over... the Republican party is GONE... PERMANANTLY.

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The more the Dems keep up the hysteria and witch hunts over this, the more conservative normies wake up to the fact that America as they knew it is long gone and that they will have to fight or die.

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That's rich , coming from the supporters of a criminal.

I support Trump, yes, but I’m not a top cop, so they had no excuse whatsoever, you don’t like the guy, vote him out, don’t undermine or try to frame and derail his presidency and then tell us years of 3 multiple failed attempts to oust him, think your credibility is worth something, it’s not.

The FBI will always have more credibility

No, they actually don’t.

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/370122-another-software-upgrade-suppressing-evidence-is-fbi-standard-procedure

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4659574/user-clip-maxine-waters-fbi-credibility

Hmmmm, no they really don’t

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That is where you are actually completely and entirely wrong.

I disagree vehemently.

There's no cult of personality for Joe Biden.

Tell that to the msm, they didn’t get your memo.

The vast majority of people who voted for him know what he is: a 78-year old democratic politician, with an extensive career in Washington and a few progressive ideas. No more, no less. If the news came out tomorrow that he had paid hush money to a porn star with his campaign money, I can assure you his approval rating with liberals would plummet.

ROFL!

If a tape came out romorrow of him calling the president of Ukraine and offering him aid in exchange of dirt on his political opponents, I can assure you the vast majority of liberals would support his impeachment. I know I would.*

Ok, that’s one liberal that would. Lol

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blaklabel: The Associated Press is fine. is it not?

Didn't you claim that the AP planted a story about NK and hackers here in JT? I remember it because I had to tell you it was a story by the APN, not the AP. May 28.

If you're going around accusing the AP of planting stories, I'd take a guess that you don't trust them.

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you don’t like the guy, vote him out, 

They did exactly that and he sent in his band of bigots and tried to overthrow the government.

Hmmmm, no they really don’t

Yes they do, maybe not to ignorant minds, but to everyone else they do!!!

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Remember the story a few days ago saying the Antifa and BLM rallies were 97% peaceful? I remember Trump fans falling over themselves to say it's not fair that such groups are strictly defined by the violent ones.

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Those Republicans are a disgrace to the human race!

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bass4funkToday  12:22 pm JST

"If a tape came out romorrow of him calling the president of Ukraine and offering him aid in exchange of dirt on his political opponents, I can assure you the vast majority of liberals would support his impeachment. I know I would."*

Ok, that’s one liberal that would. Lol

Whereas if absolutely damning evidence emerged that incriminated Donald Trump in anything there's no way you would support convicting him, is there.

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I have dumbed it down to movies that describe what's happening.

The GOP is fearmongering a Democrat majority leads to a "Demolition Man" future with excessive progressive leaders such as Dr. Cocteau and they're Mr. Friendly

But they truly desire their own majority leadership to create the kind of futures you would see in every other film that features an oppressive big brother corpo/politico authoritarian regime such as Judge Dredd, Starship Troopers, Robocop, The Running Man, Death Race 2000 etc...

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