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The Trump presidency is looking more and more like a billionaires club. Guess draining the swamp means replacing the alligators with sharks.

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Marketing-meister Trump used his bait (more guns, taller walls, ‘lock ‘er up’, don’t trust the MSM, drain the swamp, etc.) to lure the wanna-believers and hard of thinking, but is now switching his messages so he can en-biggen the swamp to make more room for his fellow ruling class elites, the .01%-ers and DC insiders, letting them know the swamp’s still theirs and theirs alone. Their reward will be tax breaks galore, enough for them to continue to trickle down on the little people.

Meet the new swamp, much worse than the old one. Big-league crocodile tears for those who took the bait.

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"The scramble to shape his administration underway, "

Scramble? That implies rushing around. More like "process."

Oh yeah, the incoming administration is going to be sooooooo much better than the current one. Big League. Suck it up, Hillary supporters, and since Trump is going to be our president, how about showing a little support and hoping he is successful in turning things around? Nah...

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Fine Serrano, rah rah for Trump.

Now, enjoy the this bigly wealthy dude--who got two decades off from paying taxes thanks to his business failures--using Coast Guard, secret service, and police at Mar a Lago. The property used to be federal gov't property until Trump snapped it up. It is going to get bigly expensive to guard Trump's huge family in all their different residences and travels, especially the son who is in charge of peace negotiations in Turkey, Israel and Palestine, etc. Let's give thanks for all these government workers who have to spend Thanksgiving standing on Trump's lawn and patrolling the waterways.

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I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving

Selfless, silent sacrifice.

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Trump is already doing it his way. That is how our founding fathers did it. He gets 4 years to "Make America great again", then he is out. If he does his job well he gets another 4 years. Done.

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That is how our founding fathers did it.

Only if the founding fathers include Richard Nixon, who famously said, "If a president does it, it cannot be illegal."

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Meet the new swamp, much worse than the old one. Big-league crocodile tears for those who took the bait.

I think the swamp will be drained once the whole team is on board, but don't worry, liberals should be a little bit happy, remember, for most of his life, he was a Democrat, don't forget that. All is good.

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The alt left is still in full meltdown mode over the walloping they received earlier this month.

Come noon on Jan. 20th, America's affirmative action social experiment finally comes to an end and Donald J. TRiUMPh will be the 45th U.S. President. That day cannot come soon enough. . . .

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@ TexAgs the walloping they received earlier this month.

Math problems? Clinton has 2,000,000 more popular votes than Trump. Clinton WALLOPED Trump. The PEOPLE preferred Clinton to Trump.

America's affirmative action social experiment finally comes to an end

Is your point that white nationalists want to return to the 1950's?

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I think the swamp will be drained once the whole team is on board, but don't worry, liberals should be a little bit happy, remember, for most of his life, he was a Democrat, don't forget that. All is good.

I agree to a point, but the cabinet appointments (and VP) are nearly all very fringe, even for Republicans.

I'm just worried about the rollback on civil rights and the selling out to businesses.

Case in point, charter schools have been a failed scheme that defrauds taxpayers and hurts kids. Now we have a Ed Secretary who championed charter schools. There needs to be a lot of substance behind such a push, which has been severely lacking in all the rhetoric.

The only pick that looks worthy of the job was for the Marine Lt. Gen. for Sec. of Defense who said, a couple of packs of cigarettes and a few beers works better than waterboarding. Refreshing, some facts to combat the feelings that led the campaign.

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America's affirmative action social experiment finally comes to an end...

Ha ha - I get it! It's "affirmative action" because the man who won a greater share of the popular vote since Ronald Reagan is black! Hilarious! Did you get that from an alt right site? And by the way, how is Trump's popular vote shaping out? - well under two million short, last time I checked - but maybe the voters were all minorities and so not real Americans.

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Clinton has 2,000,000 more popular votes than Trump. Clinton WALLOPED Trump -- comment

how is Trump's popular vote shaping out? - well under two million short, last time I checked -- comment

Heh, foreigners not understanding our presidential voting process aren't expected to know 306 - 232 electoral votes = a shellacking by the next U.S. President, Donald J. TRiUMPh. . . .

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Welcome back, Texas. You must have coincidently found your balls again the day after the election. You pulled a fade when things started looking bad for Trump.

As for the electoral college, congrats. I have no problem with it. I think the Democrats are learning that we shouldn't be changing as much as the typical ectoral loser since we have such an astounding lead in the popular vote. And remember, for a large number of younger people who became politically aware under Obama, this will be their first introduction to Republican rule. Let's see what kind of policy your guys can produce.

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Tex, I am only a foreigner in the context given (in Japan, yes; in America, no). "Shellacking" is not a word to use when a US president-elect has lost the popular vote by a historical margin - and it is historical. Trump will enter the White House with a smaller percentage of the American popular vote than any president, ever.

Wow, he's already making history!

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No one can dispute if it weren't for the Electoral College both candidates would have only campaigned in the 5 or 6 most populous states. Bill Clinton warned Hillary's campaign not to ignore the American heartland and he was poop-pooped by Podesta. She didn't even go to Wisconsin and it came back to bite her.

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"Shellacking" is not a word to use when a US president-elect has lost the popular vote by a historical margin -- comment

"At this point, what difference does it make."

In July, Mrs. Bill Clinton was touted as a person poised to make U.S. Today, she is history. Come Jan. 20th, it will be President Donald Trump. Get used to it.

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Heh, foreigners not understanding our presidential voting process aren't expected to know 306 - 232 electoral votes = a shellacking by the next U.S. President, Donald J. TRiUMPh. . . .

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back there Tex.

The electoral college distorts the voter mandate with a winner take all electoral votes in nearly all states. The true measure of the voter mandate, i.e., what the voters are thinking and want, is in the popular vote. There was no win there, and the majority of people voting didn't want Trump..

Under the rules played, it was a win, but it was still very very narrow win even considering the electoral vote total. You just need to look at the narrow voting margins in the key states.

So, there was no shellacking, and Trump assuming that kind of BS will result in a real shellacking in the next election.

Of course, facts are hard to stomach for people who resort to self-grandeur.

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No one can dispute if it weren't for the Electoral College both candidates would have only campaigned in the 5 or 6 most populous states

As opposed to the current situation where the candidates focus exclusively on the dozen or so swing states, with a smaller aggregate population I guess than your 5 or 6 most populous states. The electoral college hands over-representation to small states, perhaps deliberately in the first place but pointlessly now. As a way to mimic the popular vote it usually works OK, but to the extent it does not mimic the popular vote, it is perverse and anti-democratic. It should be abolished in favour of a true popular vote, in which every vote would count, unlike the current situation where the vast majority of votes DO NOT count because your candidate will either certainly win or certainly lose whatever you do (in that regard, it is similar to the UK, and similarly flawed). Some people may prefer the over-representation of small states, but the system should never be described as anything other than a way to ensure that over-representation.

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Some people may prefer the over-representation of small states,

Good points. I for one do NOT prefer the over-representation of small states.

Each US state sends 2 senators to the senate. That means California with a population of roughly 38,000,000 sends the same number of senators as Wyoming with about 530,000. Roughly 12% of the US population controls about 60% of the Senate.

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Do away with the current electoral system and the economy of Iowa would collapse. Is that what you all want? (Also, New Hampshire would have to become much, much less smug.)

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Just when we thought it impossible to plumb lower depths:

America's affirmative action social experiment

Beneath contempt.

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how badly the red states will suffer

And especially cities like Seattle where 87% voted for Clinton, 8% for Trump. With a Republican Congress and a man known for being vindictive as president it has to be expected the pork barrel will be split among the states with low population. (No need to mention the demographic)

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One site pointed out:

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote lead over Trump crossed 2 million; several analysts tracking the remaining votes—which are mostly in California—believe her final advantage will near 2.5 million. Clinton will win the popular vote by more than John F. Kennedy in 1960 or Jimmy Carter in 1976, and could even approach George W. Bush’s margin in his 2004 reelection. Trump will win a smaller percentage of the popular vote than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

Also, that his "victory" consisted of this:

He not only beat Clinton among white men without a college education by more than Reagan beat Walter Mondale in his historic 1984 landslide, but he also equaled Reagan’s margin among non-college-educated white women. Even in households that included whites without a college degree who belonged to a labor union, Trump trounced Clinton by 58 percent to 32 percent, according to exit-poll figures provided by CNN’s polling unit. He crushed Clinton everywhere along the non-metropolitan continuum from mid-sized and small cities to rural hamlets.

Blue collar workers came out to vote Trump; others stayed home. That summarizes the election.

The article continues that he'd better deliver to this constituency and fast or lose this loose coalition. I disagree; the GOP has been screwing them for decades, yet they still return. Trump's policies will leave them far worse off, but that is unlikely to change their voting patterns as it has not in the past.

When the left gets energized, though - that's a different story.

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And especially cities like Seattle where 87% voted for Clinton, 8% for Trump. With a Republican Congress and a man known for being vindictive as president it has to be expected the pork barrel will be split among the states with low population. (No need to mention the demographic)

If you take away the coastal regions of America and concentrate over the fly over states, Trump beats Hillary hands down and even in my progressive California, there are quite a bit of red patches, pretty much nothing I have seen before since 1988.

Trump's policies will leave them far worse off, but that is unlikely to change their voting patterns as it has not in the past.

Actually this time, I doubt it.

When the left gets energized, though - that's a different story.

Really, like how?

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Bass: If you take away the coastal regions of America and concentrate over the fly over states, Trump beats Hillary hands down

So you're saying that if we take away large chunks of votes from Clinton, Trump wins? Fascinating.

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If you take away the fly over states - nobody would notice except for the electoral college.

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So you're saying that if we take away large chunks of votes from Clinton, Trump wins? Fascinating.

Pretty much.

If you take away the fly over states - nobody would notice except for the electoral college.

That's our system. Funny, when it served Democrats, they were perfectly content with the system and now that the election blew up in their faces, they cry foul. I'll say it again, how will you guys manage to handle and get through the next 4 or 8 years?

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We are going to work with him on issues where we have agreement and fight him on the other issues. We should be able to accomplish some goals. We won't make the mistake Republicans did with Obama where they started to vote against things they supported becuase of petty politics. Oh, and we won't claim he was born somewhere else.

As for his missteps, his late night Twitter wars, his unpresidential statements....well, I'll leave that to you.

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We are going to work with him on issues where we have agreement and fight him on the other issues. We should be able to accomplish some goals.

Sure, if you guys EVER want to be relevant in politics again, that would be advisable.

We won't make the mistake Republicans did with Obama where they started to vote against things they supported becuase of petty politics. Oh, and we won't claim he was born somewhere else.

Again, if you guys even want to have a remote chance of getting anywhere, anywhere near somewhat of a majority (if that is even possible) then that might be good advice on the Democrats and liberals part, but then again, you guys can create an independent California.

As for his missteps, his late night Twitter wars, his unpresidential statements....well, I'll leave that to you.

I think Trump's got a good handle on that.

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