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Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes

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Trump transformed from a reality television star to a politician and president by bending the tools of communication and the media to his will.

Indeed Trump's media are a powerful force. Though they constantly stoke fear in their ever-fearful and often violent base (see Jan. 6), and though they are heavily armed putting the rest of the country at further risk, the audience far right media targets fortunately remain a minority. The majority of the country are reasonable people able to see through Trump and his far right media's big lieS.

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It's been nice having him and his white supremacists habits silenced recently.

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It's been nice having him and his white supremacists habits silenced recently.

Seeing Tucker Carlson's latest demented tirade about his fear of being replaced by "voters from the Third World", unfortunately the white supremacists aren't silenced at all.

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Agree with the above two posts. It’s soothing not to have his incoherent, unhinged ramblings relegated to the bubble.

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*to have

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A worthless old man tries to recapture the days of relevance. Pathetic.

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“President Trump is the greatest news generator in American history," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said, insisting, "There was never this type of media interest in the post-Presidential careers of Clinton, Bush or Obama.”

Clearly not true. He has hardly been in the news for the past couple of months. I was surprised to see his photo on here today,

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Former President Donald Trump insists he's enjoying his life off Twitter. The press releases his aides fire off on an increasingly frequent basis are more “elegant,” he says.

If there's one word I would never associate with Trump it is "elegant"...well, perhaps "truthful"....

And he remains a powerful force in the Republican Party, with a starring role Saturday at a Republican National Committee event that will be held at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

And its worked out so well for the Repubs; he incited an insurrection, his incompetence led to over 450K deaths, his economy is one of the worst ever, and he lost them the WH, Senate and House....and they still keep their pact with the Devil...

Americans see the Repub Party for what it is - a deranged cult, that prizes tyranny over democracy...

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Indeed Trump's media are a powerful force.

And as we are again witnessing right now the left and their media machine to their political downfall don’t seem to recognize this.

Though they constantly stoke fear in their ever-fearful

They don’t the people can see for themselves that the country is falling off a cliff, they don’t need Trump or FNC or the GOP to tell them what they are witnessing in real time.

the audience far right media targets fortunately remain a minority.

Their target right now is stopping this madness, but it seems like with each passing day they’ll get their chance in two years.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/526444-gop-sees-path-forward-to-house-majority

The majority of the country are reasonable people able to see through Trump and his far right media's big lieS.

Actually, Trump is not in office so they can see for themselves and as you say, they’re smart and reasonable and see through this administration lies and this continues to help the GOP so much, they might even pick up seats as well as in the gubernatorial and mayoral races at this point. At least then at of this crap will come to an end and Biden is accelerating that process.

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This article so hopeful and optimistic that Trump has no power.

Maybe so right now, thanks to big tech censorship we can’t hear him as much. But no power doesn’t mean no influence.

With the poor performance of the Biden-Harris administration at the border, neglecting foreign policy, and refusing to understand what voters know that infrastructure is, GOP coming right back.

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So glad Trump is gone, along with his endless Tweets. Where's the new social network he promised. Got caught ripping off his supporters. When they made a donation they though quite rightly, it was a one off. But in fact, was once a week, or a month. Now forced to refund tens of millions. Little thief caught out again.

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Where's the new social network he promised.

Coming

Got caught ripping off his supporters. 

Well, seems like the country is getting ripped off right now and the people that are greatly benefiting from this seems to be the GOP.

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The worst president ever is now the worst ex-president ever. What a tool the GOP is for him. Too easy to mentally manipulate the weak willed cult. They don't even realize....

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Trump is sitting at his resort in Mar-A-Lago, getting served Coke by illegal immigrant house staff, watching MLB on TV, scheduling flights on Delta, and designing a new contribution card that you have to "uncheck" twice or your credit card is billed each month....all the while laughing at his supporters....

And defending Matt Gaetz...

When will the fleeced flock wake up...

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bass4funk

You condone but don't contemn Trump's criminal actions of scamming money. It was real Trump supporters who were ripped off for tens of millions. No honor among thieves.

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Well, seems like the country is getting ripped off right now and the people that are greatly benefiting from this seems to be the GOP.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/democrat-affiliation-gallup-poll-republican-b1828279.html

Record number of people now identifying as Democrats while GOP backing slumps

The nine-point boost to Democrats is the largest since 2012

I really wonder what reality you live in sometimes.

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Such weak arguments against Trump as usual.

Critics stay away from substantive items like the economy, best ever in history; uplifting minorities and women, lowest unemployment rate ever; Criminal Justice Reform; peace in the Middle East; ending corrupt wars; calling out the corrupt CCP; shining a light on a corrupt Washington DC; strengthening the military; strengthening the border.

Instead, all we hear is “White Supremacy, White Supremacy”, as if people are supposed to cower in fear. Not even Blacks believe it, as indicated by the record number of Blacks voting for him.

Because Trump also has at least one other major accomplishment- getting people to see through all of the fake news.

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bass4funk

Once again you refuse to contemn Trump for ripping off his own supporters. Some of those received $5,000, $10,000 credit card bills. Just ordinary working people falling for the Trump scam. Just like his fake uni and refunding the students. You have no real excuse, shame on you!

The new administration are not ripping people off with credit card scams.

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Critics stay away from substantive items like the economy, best ever in history; uplifting minorities and women, lowest unemployment rate ever; Criminal Justice Reform; peace in the Middle East; ending corrupt wars; calling out the corrupt CCP; shining a light on a corrupt Washington DC; strengthening the military; strengthening the border.

Because they didn’t actually happen?

Peace in the Middle East? Go ahead, start with that one.

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Trump:

at one point late in 2020, these cases accounted for up to 3% of all fraud complaints received.

Biden:

The Times analysis of FEC filings determined that the Biden campaign’s refund rate on donations was 2.2% in 2020.

seems pretty similar to me as 2.2% could also be described as “up to 3%” if you wanted to make a narrative.

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There are no Happy Day in Mar-a-Lago. Just an ex president who for the remaining days of his life will never admit he suffered the greatest historical defeat by any president in history. Looking for revenge on his own team who did him in. Even his coup attempt was a massive failure and now more than 200 of his base supporters on serious charges and looking at jail time.

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seems pretty similar to me as 2.2% could also be described as “up to 3%” if you wanted to make a narrative.

Yeah you can really make the numbers says anything when you pick them out at will without any context or sources, huh?

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There are no Happy Day in Mar-a-Lago. Just an ex president who for the remaining days of his life

Biden is closer to that ticking clock

will never admit he suffered the greatest historical defeat by any president in history.

And your point?

Looking for revenge on his own team who did him in. Even his coup attempt was a massive failure and now more than 200 of his base supporters on serious charges and looking at jail time.

No, I think the former President is absolutely right to have these people challenged and to root out Washington establishment Republicans from the real Republicans that care about the country and put the country first and on that is what is making him rise again among registered Republicans.

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Here’s your source and your context

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/2021/04/03/trump-campaign-reportedly-forced-to-refund-more-than-122-million-to-donors/

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So by your terms Biden “ripped off” 2.2% of his donors. Say it ain’t so, Joe!

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Instead, all we hear is “White Supremacy, White Supremacy”,

Now some are claiming white supremacy was indeed a motivator for the Jan 6 attempt to overthrow the government. Trump's base, after all.

The Capitol insurrection was never about the election. It was about white supremacy.

https://whyy.org/articles/the-capitol-insurrection-was-never-about-the-election-it-was-about-white-supremacy/

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Trump has been spinning, conning, and scamming his supporters since the day he rode the escalator down...

Over four years of lies, boasts that never come true, and a continual stream of "send me money"...

Now he gets caught red-handed (red, get it?) putting a "uncheck the box" scam with ultra-fine print, and his already poor supporters get money pulled from their credit card or savings account until they die from listening to his COVID advice...(Clorox anyone?)

You'd think four years of humiliation would be enough to open their eyes, but as we see here, their only reply to his "fleece the flock" scam is to tacitly admit it with "Yes that's true, but what about"....

Madness...

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seems pretty similar to me as 2.2% could also be described as “up to 3%” if you wanted to make a narrative.

Trump accounted for 3% of ALL fraud complaints received in the USA

Biden refunded 2.2% of HIS campaign donations. Trump refunded around 11% of his

But I guess you see that as the same.

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Trump supported the Proud Boys, Qanon and the Oath Keepers. Trump ripped them off with their credit cards and then sent them into battle only to throw them under the bus once they were arrested and charged. His latest scam. Pretend to build a social network and scam for money. Trump's business have suffered badly since the Jan 6 attempted coup losing him more than $1 billion of his wealth. His hotels and golf clubs are empty. His Scottish club on the point of collapse.

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That’s not even close to what that said. Read more slowly and try to comprehend the “context”.

Trump accounted for 3% of ALL fraud complaints received in the USA

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/2021/04/03/trump-campaign-reportedly-forced-to-refund-more-than-122-million-to-donors/

Thank you for the source! Now we can all see that you the "3%" is NOT the rate of Trump's donations refunds, but the number of credit card fraud cases related to the Trump campaign reported by national banks.

He actually had to refund 11% of the money he received.

So you compared two numbers (2.2% and 3%) that are completely unrelated.

And tried to make it pass as an actual argument.

And then you actually posted the source so that everyone could see how blatantly dishonest you were being.

Oh boy. That's impressive.

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His integrity and success could be exemplified by his calling to politicize and cancel Coca-Cola and then soon after being photographed with a bottle of open Coca-Cola on his desk.

Maybe it’s 4d chess again. Still I’m not complaining if he pops his head up again every now and then to give me a hearty chuckle.

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That’s not even close to what that said. Read more slowly and try to comprehend the “context”.

I stand corrected, slightly.

"several banks and one of the nation's larger credit-card companies confirmed that, at one point late in 2020, these cases accounted for up to 3% of all fraud complaints received."

Trump had to refund $122 million, Biden about $6 million. It's quite clear who was doing the conning here.

Check the boxes below if you agree.

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During the election campaign, Trump was moaning the Biden donations were out doing him 2-1.

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But this is the REAL news even liberals can’t hide from...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-e2-80-99s-popularity-among-republicans-is-on-the-rise/ar-BB1dK62y

Can you tell us at what point exactly did "liberals" argue that Trump wasn't popular... With republicans? Everybody know Trump is still number one with republicans, that's why the GOP is losing in popularity all around. You regularly equate "popular with the right" with "popular in America", but that's comically wrong. The majority of americans hate Trump. They voted him out of office and never want him in politics again.

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Trump campaign refunded $122 million in 2020; much of it after donor complaints of fraud

https://kutv.com/news/nation-world/trump-campaign-refunded-122-million-in-2020-much-of-it-after-donor-complaints-of-fraud

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Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes

I dont even need to scroll down to know what usual comments are coming from our NPCs.

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It appears Repubs are continuing with their suicide pact with the Devil...

Trump went through an extensive recounting of debunked claims the election was stolen from him, including detailed complaints about individual states, and insisted the results were rigged, the person in the room said. In addition to insulting the Republican Senate leader -- which received huge applause -- the former President was highly critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci and once again took aim at former Vice President Mike Pence, whom he said had failed him in certifying the Electoral College results, according to the same person in the room.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/10/politics/rnc-donors-palm-beach-donald-trump/index.html

How's that for party unity...the ex-President continues to lie about his election (got to keep those contributions rolling in), and insults the Party's current elected leader...

He even insults the guy that stood by him loyally for four years - and then who he encouraged his supporters to hang...

As Team Blue, I hope Trump gets even more involved in 2022 and 2024 - he'll tank them just like he did himself and the Senate in 2020...

The nation has had enough PTSD - Post Trump Stress Disorder...

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Bob FosseToday  10:53 am JST

Critics stay away from substantive items like the economy, best ever in history; uplifting minorities and women, lowest unemployment rate ever; Criminal Justice Reform; peace in the Middle East; ending corrupt wars; calling out the corrupt CCP; shining a light on a corrupt Washington DC; strengthening the military; strengthening the border.

Because they didn’t actually happen?

All of that did happen. Even if the talking heads in your information bubble played it down.

Peace in the Middle East? Go ahead, start with that one.

ISIS gone, PAL terrorists defunded, and Israel peace deals with UAE, Oman, Sudan, Morocco, and more that I don´t all remember. How would Don Lemon call that?

Anyway, you can see that all reversed now. Wonder how CNN defends the warmongering.

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