Why won't Donald Trump go away? Because Americans can't tell appearance from reality

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  one week ago  •  41 comments

By:   Brian Karem (Raw Story - Celebrating Years of Independent Journalism)

Why won't Donald Trump go away? Because Americans can't tell appearance from reality
Americans have a huge problem. It manifests itself in our politics and we see it in our daily lives. It is exacerbated by the commercials on television, the internet and our cell phones. Many of us can no longer tell the difference between appearance and reality — if in fact we ever could.This inabi...

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Americans have a huge problem. It manifests itself in our politics and we see it in our daily lives. It is exacerbated by the commercials on television, the internet and our cell phones.

Many of us can no longer tell the difference between appearance and reality — if in fact we ever could.

This inability explains the appeal of Donald Trump, why some people believe professional wrestling is "real," why some of us won't take a COVID vaccine and why some of us will take a deworming drug meant for horses versus a vaccine designed by scientists for humans. It enables people to scream out "I don't trust the scientists," while at the same time checking themselves into the hospital if they get sick.

Flooded by a glut of misinformation that overwhelms actual facts, the American public seems to have reached a new level of mistrust and arrogant stupidity, further eroding our ability to take on problems and thus increasing our chances of a calamity heretofore unseen except in gothic horror stories or "Mad Max" movies.

It is why as recently as this week, scientists told NPR they needed to do better in communicating the problems of climate change. It's one of the reasons why a passenger on an American Airlines flight had to be restrained after he began screaming about Joe Biden. It's also why CNN published an opinion piece with the headline: "Let's be clear why the U.S. economy is weakening."

There are those who argue we've long been unable to tell the difference between appearance and reality, while others believe it is a recent phenomenon caused by misinformation. But rather than arguing which came first, we need to focus on those who don't recognize the problem at all.

In the case of Donald Trump, he has spent his life making bank on separating people from their cash by claiming to have answers he doesn't actually have. His ex-fixer, Michael Cohen, once told me that Trump is a master at stating the obvious. "He tells us we have a problem," Cohen explained, "that everyone will agree is a problem. But he has no answers."

For example: The wall. How simple. How stupid. Building a wall to stop the importation of illegal drugs and immigrants may sound appealing, but that assumes you've never heard of a ladder and can't build a tunnel. Since most drugs are smuggled into the country via ports of entry — that is, in aircraft, motor vehicles or boats and ships — the reality is that a wall does nothing to solve either problem.

Time and again, Trump has sold us the appearance of leadership, but the reality is best represented by what Trump told me on the South Lawn when I asked him whether he would take any responsibility for people ingesting Clorox and becoming sick trying to treat the coronavirus, because of something Trump had said recently in the White House briefing room.

"I take no responsibility," Trump reminded us.

He took no responsibility for the insurrection — while he provoked it. He took no responsibility for anything when pressed as president, though he and his surrogates drowned us with claims of his leadership prowess. His greatest sleight of hand came when he lost the election and refused to admit it — based on the "Big Lie" that tried to sell the appearance of a rigged election — when in reality he was the one trying to rig it. Thankfully, that failed.

But Trump's efforts have led to the rebirth of modern sadistic fascism, predominantly in the Bible Belt and specifically in Texas and Florida, where you have freedom to choose whether to wear a mask, but women are not free to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy. As George Carlin once said, the reality is that governments in those states are simply anti-women. They also claim they want to preserve the sanctity of voting, but the laws they've enacted, in the realm of reality, do exactly the opposite. Trump may not be with us forever, but his actions have lit a nasty grease fire that threatens to burn down the kitchen. His acolytes and disciples come in a variety of packaging, but whether it is the Lauren Boebert brand, the Marjorie Taylor Greene brand or the Ron DeSantis brand, it's all merely appearance. The reality is, these people don't care about you.

By contrast, look at Joe Biden. He has been short on appearance, but long on reality. He claimed responsibility for removing troops from Afghanistan. The appearance was that of an unorganized withdrawal from a protracted war. The reality was we evacuated a population equal to that of Fort Lauderdale in less than a month.

The appearance is that we abandoned our military and caused consternation among veterans who questioned, "Was this all done in vain?" The reality is that it was done in vain and Presidents George Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump were responsible for that. Biden ended our participation that needlessly cost American lives and inflicted incalculable suffering on the Afghan people.

The appearance is that science bungled the pandemic response, or was responsible for it — or that scientists are inept, or that Lizard leaders are trying to kill us off. And it doesn't matter anyway because the vaccine doesn't work, or is filled with microchips that can track us. And horse dewormer is better anyway. In reality, the vaccine works, you can already be tracked through your cellphone and your life isn't all that interesting and no one wants to track you anyway — so get the vaccination.

So, if Biden is better on reality, while Trump relied heavily on appearance — then why is Trump still on anyone's radar? His personal appearances at multiple rallies, and the constant harping on his stale talking points from his fawning minions, while Biden has quietly emphasized the reality he's trying to build is the answer. Trump screams louder, and has more people parroting his talking points.

That makes some people fearful and others numb as they contemplate the question: Is Trumpism winning? It may seem so, but that is also an appearance. The reality is that Donald Trump is merely better at communicating than most Democrats — including the current president. What he communicates is the pure, unadulterated byproduct of what occurs after ingesting horse dewormer, but no one can deny that Trump was and is masterful at getting a great deal of media attention.

Biden's White House communication staff is smaller. He doesn't take as much time on the airwaves as Trump, and he's willing to let his actions speak for themselves. That leaves a lot of airtime unaccounted for and thus Trump, his minions and the media criticisms fill in the void.

Nature abhors a vacuum, but the airwaves cannot exist in one. The reality is that Trump is an idiot, Biden doesn't understand how to communicate and the United States is still divided because no one is shouting from the rafters about bringing us together the way that Trump did — and still does — about tearing us apart.

The Democrats' greatest single failure lies in failing to grasp the reality that for many American voters appearances are reality. While the Democrats, so far, have been much better at dealing with reality, Trumplicans have been better at selling their blue smoke and mirrors. James Carville once said that while he did not like what the GOP stood for, he admired their work ethic because they keep pushing what they're selling and never give up.

That's why we are still fighting for a woman's right to choose, fighting against racism and voter suppression. Too many Democrats believed that one victory was enough. There are people working in the White House today who believe that Trump and his allies are irrelevant because Biden won in 2020.

That's the appearance.

The reality is much darker — and we'd better come to grips with it before the midterm elections.

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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago

Hard to disagree with any of that. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    one week ago
Why Won't Donald Trump Go Away?

Because he's living in the minds of the left rent free.  

Many of us can no longer tell the difference between appearance and reality — if in fact we ever could.

Of course they can't tell reality.  Look at what they voted into the WH.  And 9 months later we are far worse off than ever before.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    one week ago

He's always in the media AND he's planning on running again in 2024...hence the media spot lights and his super spreader rallies

And then there's those of you who continue to wish for the "good ol' days". Miss the mean tweets complete with misspellings, do you?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    one week ago

THANKS for bringing that up.  And they say we have Trumpturd Delusional Disorder.

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Tessylo
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2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    one week ago

Yeah, and whatshisname is 'cleaning up'/'re-making' his appearance and allegedly has lost weight for his 'presidential' 2024 run.  He'll always be an disgusting ugly turd and a pig regardless.  

Like I said before, you can't polish turd or a steaming pile of shit.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.2    one week ago
you can't polish turd or a steaming pile of shit. 

But you can spray Potty Poo or whatever that stuff is to try and make it smell better

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.3    one week ago

I don't think there's enough Potty Poo in the world to eliminate that stench/make it smell better.  

Potty Poo - you silly goose.  jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

Funny. I just had to take a trump a few minutes ago.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.4    one week ago

Seriously! There's this stuff you spray in the bowl before you do a number 2 and it's supposed to cut down on the odor. I just couldn't remember the name so I made one up

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.6  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.5    one week ago

I've seen the commercials.  I think it's Poo-pourri!

You're still a silly goose though.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.6    one week ago

Poo Pourri! That's it! Thanks!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.6    one week ago

As long as I made somebody laugh today I did my job

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.9  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.8    one week ago

I like my gooses silly.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    one week ago
He's always in the media AND he's planning on running again in 2024.

And he's still in your head 100% rent free.

It must scald your ass to think that after the travesty that is the biden administration, that he stands a good chance of being elected.  

And then there's those of you who continue to wish for the "good ol' days".

many of us wish for the "good ol' days" when the government did things for the people not themselves or out of hatred.  You know, like we are seeing now.  

Miss the mean tweets complete with misspellings, do you?

Nope.  The only thing I miss about those is how infuriated they made you all.  He could tweet the sky was blue, you would have a cornary and call him a liar.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.11  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.10    one week ago

A good chance of being elected????????????????????????

In what Bizarro world would that be?

Also trumpturd does nothing for anyone but trumpturd

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.12  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.10    4 days ago

phhfffttttt................

 
 
 
Drakkonis
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2.1.13  Drakkonis  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.11    4 days ago
In what Bizarro world would that be?

The same one he got elected in the first time. Seriously! It's as if you guys simply can't learn from the past. Go back and watch all the news media claiming Trump had zero chance of winning the first time and come election night, they're all gobsmacked. 

Personally, I find it disappointing that so many want Trump back and that, so far, there doesn't seem to be a clear alternative, like even a brown paper bag, but hey. That's the world we live in. One where even Biden can be president. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.14  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Drakkonis @2.1.13    4 days ago

Over the weekend Donald Trump gave a sit down interview to a known fake news site. 

Does this disturb you?  I only ask because nothing about Trump seems to disturb you. 

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2  JBB  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    one week ago

Saying that crap over and over doesn't make it true.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JBB @2.2    one week ago

You're right.  I'm starting to sound like you all.  My TBI must be acting up.

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2.2  JBB  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.2.1    one week ago

You need to come up with a new line of crap!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.2.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JBB @2.2.2    4 days ago

What's wrong.  Don't you like your tactics being used against you?

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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2.3  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    one week ago
Because he's living in the minds of the left rent free.

Like Bill Clinton has for the last 25 years in the minds of right wing conservatives?

Of course they can't tell reality.

It's true, right wing conservatives live in their own fantasy and don't even recognize reality anymore.

Look at what they voted into the WH.

Rational Americans didn't vote for the dipshit Donald because they saw through his attempted projection of strength and saw him as the useless vile piece of shit sexual predator and low IQ moron he is.

9 months later we are far worse off than ever before

Ah yes, the whining of losers proclaiming everything is worse than when they were in power when the facts are completely the opposite. Sure, they'll nitpick at everything, even the new President following through with their Tangerine Mussolini's negotiated plan with the Taliban is now considered being "worse off" since their loser wasn't re-elected. Of course if he had dishonest Donald would have been faced with the same choice, follow trough with the negotiated withdrawal or re-engage and keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan indefinitely. The "worse off" is really a 20 year war which obviously went on far too long coming to an end. Does anyone really believe there was a painless way to rip off a crusty band-aid that's been festering for 20 years? If they do they're monumental fucking morons.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.3.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.3    one week ago
e Bill Clinton has for the last 25 years in the minds of right wing conservatives

What world do you live in? There aren't multiple seeds here fixating on Bill Clinton on a daily basis.

It's true, right wing conservatives live in their own fantasy and don't even recognize reality anymore.

See you comment above and get back to us. 

aw him as the useless vile piece of shit sexual predator and low IQ moron he is.

So they voted for a different piece shit liar, sexual predator and low IQ moron. 

Sure, they'll nitpick at everything,

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JohnRussell
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2.3.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.3.1    one week ago
So they voted for a different piece shit liar, sexual predator and low IQ moron. 

Utter nonsense.  

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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2.3.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.3    one week ago

Bill who? I personally did not vote for Trump and do not like him much at all. That being said, I did not vote for Biden and don't like him much either. Niether of those two clowns will get my vote in 2024. I'll vote 3rd party. I  pray that both the the Republicans and the Democrats can come up with somebody new and much better but I'm not holding my breath either way. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.3    4 days ago

You really need to spend more time paying attention to what's going on around you and less time with your head in your 4th point of contact.

The "worse off" is really a 20 year war which obviously went on far too long coming to an end.

Do you know what our mission was?  

Does anyone really believe there was a painless way to rip off a crusty band-aid that's been festering for 20 years?

I'm pretty sure abandoning US Citizens in a hostile country wasn't a method.  It's kind of telling that this is the SECOND administration that Biden was part of that abandoned US Citizens.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.3.5  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.3.1    4 days ago
Again, a little self awareness will keep you from looking foolish. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3  Tessylo    one week ago

Fitting too how that ugly pig mouth of his looks like an anus.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @3    one week ago

Click on Dev's profile and you will see the best photo of trmp

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    one week ago

It is the best!  A little hard to look at though, because it is quite accurate.  

 
 
 
JBB
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4  JBB    one week ago

There is no hue and cry for a return of Trumpism!

original

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @4    one week ago

Tell us how you really feel, JBB

 
 
 
JBB
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4.1.1  JBB  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1    one week ago

Is it that obvious?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @4.1.1    one week ago

No...nuh-uh...not at all....

ROFL!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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5  Dismayed Patriot    one week ago
"Why Won't Donald Trump Go Away? Because Americans Can't Tell Appearance From Reality"

That statement would be more true if it said:

"Why Won't Donald Trump Go Away? Because just under half of Americans Can't Tell Appearance From Reality"

It's obvious that the majority of Americans were not fooled by this fool, they overwhelmingly kicked his fat ass to the curb last November.

"Americans have a huge problem. It manifests itself in our politics and we see it in our daily lives. It is exacerbated by the commercials on television, the internet and our cell phones."

Perhaps I'm less effected because I've never used Facebook and haven't had a cell phone since 1999.

"This inability explains the appeal of Donald Trump, why some people believe professional wrestling is "real," why some of us won't take a COVID vaccine and why some of us will take a deworming drug meant for horses versus a vaccine designed by scientists for humans. It enables people to scream out "I don't trust the scientists," while at the same time checking themselves into the hospital if they get sick."

I believe it has been a long road of right wing Christian conservatives undermining scientific research starting as far back as the Scopes trial. They have long been claiming, without a shred of proof, that the earth is only 6,000-9,000 years old, that there was a global flood even though the actual scientific evidence was contrary to their ridiculous beliefs. That sentiment was accelerated with the climate change deniers and has now been hyper-accelerated by the anti-vaccers.

These morons imagine their reality in a completely different way, through the warped lens of some fantasy religious universe that puts them at the center where an all powerful being who created all things is on their side so no matter what they believe, it's got to be the truth because they believe their omniscient God wouldn't let them, the supposed center of the fucking universe, suffer the indignity of being wrong. Why else would a once rational human take a deworming drug for horses but won't get an actual Covid vaccine approved for humans.

Is Trumpism winning? It may seem so, but that is also an appearance.

Of course it's just an appearance. In reality that little engine would never have made it over the mountain, but we have a few generations of religious bigots who keep chanting to themselves "I think I can, I think I can..." or "Satan planted fossils, the earth is only 9,000 years old" or "Climatologists are wrong, humans have no effect on climate change" or "Donald Trump won the 2020 election" or "Democrats eat babies and run child sex rings in Pizza parlor basements" or "Some mysterious alien Lizard beings and the 'Deep State' are controlling America". They're obviously fucking mental to any rational human, but because right wing conservative media keeps empowering their fantasies these fucking morons actually believe it. Why else would a right wing conservative Qanon believing father murder his young daughters with a spear gun claiming they were actually Lizard people. These fucking right wing conservative psychos are dangerous and the sooner the rest of America wakes up and takes this threat seriously the better.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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6  XXJefferson51    one week ago
 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.1  Tessylo  replied to  XXJefferson51 @6    one week ago

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bbl-1
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6.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    one week ago

Don't know what you said and don't care.  But-------I'd like to see spawned MAGGOT testify under oath for 11 hours like a certain woman did.  He would implode into orange slush within an hour.  There is no bet to hedge on this.   I guarantee it.

 
 
 
bbl-1
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7  bbl-1    one week ago

Trump go away?  He can't.  There's nowhere to go.  He's stuck with himself.  A liar, grifter and a fraud.  As far as the MAGA's---------------they too have nowhere to go and all day to get there----so for them, it's a wash.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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8  Ronin2    4 days ago

The only reason that Trump won't go away is that the Democrats need him. If it weren't for Trump getting all of the focus from the MSM and Democrat TDS driven lemmings; then they might actually have to concentrate of the current fuck up machine that occupies the White House. So the media and Democrats harp on Trump's every action, move, and message. 

  • They might take a look a the most recent surge in Covid 19 cases; and the wide open southern border with thousands of unvaccinated illegals streaming across it and put it together.
  • They might remember that there are still US citizens left in Afghanistan that were abandoned by Biden.
  • That Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are more emboldened than ever; knowing the have a weak willed Biden that won't hold them accountable for anything.
  • They will actually look at the increased crime rate across the US
  • They will take a look at their finances and the inflation that Biden and the Democrats have ushered in
  • The increase in fuel costs
  • The decrease in product availability for consumers. Just what everyone wants- no more TP, paper towels, tissues, or any type of anti bacterial wipes again. A return to the height of Covid 19 days.
  • High unemployment rate; yet millions of jobs available needing to be filled. Companies unable to meet customer or consumer demands.
  • The Democrats two massive porkulus "infrastructure" bills that will increase inflation and the deficit/debt
  • They might actually read Joe Biden's vaccine mandate which exempts illegal immigrants and those coming over from Afghanistan. 

The Democrats and left desperately need Trump; because w/o him everyone would realize what a turd blossom was occupying the White House.

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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8.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Ronin2 @8    4 days ago

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