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Old 12th January 2020, 07:38 PM   #3201
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Can the evidence be made totally public by means outside the Senate trial? The very fact that McConnell is desperate to hide this is because most of the Trump Ukraine fudge-up has already been published in excruciating detail in the media globally, and now he doesn't want the rest of it to come out.

By making the facts public, perhaps by "leaking" them, they would become "common knowledge", a premise. So the GOP Senators can hardly pretend they don't know about it. It would be like trying to deny that the sun rises in the East or that water is wet, because it hasn't been formally presented as trial evidence. They will look EXTREMELY foolish in public trying to do so. Alternatively, accepting that the evidence DOES exist and they know it means McConnell's cover-up has failed.
None of this "looking foolish" stuff matters. The GOP Senate knows all this and they don't care, it's a simple political calculation. Trump may be a corrupt, malevolent weasel, but he is still more popular than the GOP Senate overall, and vastly more popular amongst Republicans.

Right now, if a GOP Senator wants to stay in office, their only possible move is to prostrate themselves before Trump, climb on to his rickety bandwagon, then put their hands together and pray to God that Trump doesn't drive the whole lot of them off a cliff before November. There really is not other politically viable path for them.

So they will swear up and down that water is dry, the Sun is cold, and Trump is the most innocent, masculine, sanest man in the world, even though they know it is a lie.
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Old 14th January 2020, 02:45 AM   #3202
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Russia hacked Burisma last November, seemingly looking for dirt on the Bidens
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Old 14th January 2020, 03:13 AM   #3203
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Mitt Romney says he will vote in favour of hearing witnesses at trial, and specifies John Bolton
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Old 14th January 2020, 03:16 AM   #3204
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McConnell hit with official ethics complaint over his declared coordination with the White House re impeachment trial
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Old 14th January 2020, 04:32 AM   #3205
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
“Russia, if you’re listening...”

This will have zero impact or importance for Trump supporters.
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Old 14th January 2020, 05:45 AM   #3206
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Originally Posted by Upchurch View Post
“Russia, if you’re listening...”

This will have zero impact or importance for Trump supporters.
Or Trump opponents.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:04 AM   #3207
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But it could help sway more independents to be against Trump.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:39 AM   #3208
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Was there anything very important in the article? NYT has a paywall.
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Old 14th January 2020, 08:35 AM   #3209
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
Was there anything very important in the article? NYT has a paywall.
Basically we're looking at a sequel to 2016, targeting Obama's Veep instead of his former SecState.

Originally Posted by NYT
...Russian hackers from a military intelligence unit known formerly as the G.R.U., and to private researchers by the alias “Fancy Bear,” used so-called phishing emails that appear designed to steal usernames and passwords, according to Area 1, the Silicon Valley security firm that detected the hacking. In this instance, the hackers set up fake websites that mimicked sign-in pages of Burisma subsidiaries, and have been blasting Burisma employees with emails meant to look like they are coming from inside the company.

The hackers fooled some of them into handing over their login credentials, and managed to get inside one of Burisma’s servers, Area 1 said.

“The attacks were successful,” said Oren Falkowitz, a co-founder of Area 1, who previously served at the National Security Agency. Mr. Falkowitz’s firm maintains a network of sensors on web servers around the globe — many known to be used by state-sponsored hackers — which gives the firm a front-row seat to phishing attacks, and allows them to block attacks on their customers.

“The timing of the Russian campaign mirrors the G.R.U. hacks we saw in 2016 against the D.N.C. and John Podesta,” the Clinton campaign chairman, Mr. Falkowitz said. “Once again, they are stealing email credentials, in what we can only assume is a repeat of Russian interference in the last election.”
tl;dr - "But Burisma!" is the new "But her e-mails!"
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Old 14th January 2020, 10:28 AM   #3210
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Originally Posted by Upchurch View Post
“Russia, if you’re listening...”

This will have zero impact or importance for Trump supporters.
No, but the more these things keep dripping out, the more that changeable middle shifts toward democracy.
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Old 14th January 2020, 10:41 AM   #3211
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I can't see why it ought to have an effect on Trump supporters or Trump opponents.
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Old 14th January 2020, 11:24 AM   #3212
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
I can't see why it ought to have an effect on Trump supporters or Trump opponents.
Okay. You said that once already.

What sort of reaction where you looking for?
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Old 14th January 2020, 11:38 AM   #3213
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Does anyone have any context here?

I do think Moscow Mitch is incredibly corrupt. But, I'm wondering just how common these complaints are (like for example, did groups on the political right submit official complaints over Democrats). And what is the ultimate effect? Do formal inquiries result? Or is the complaint the end of the story?
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Old 14th January 2020, 12:31 PM   #3214
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
I can't see why it ought to have an effect on Trump supporters or Trump opponents.
What about the people in the middle?
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Old 14th January 2020, 12:32 PM   #3215
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Does anyone have any context here?

I do think Moscow Mitch is incredibly corrupt. But, I'm wondering just how common these complaints are (like for example, did groups on the political right submit official complaints over Democrats). And what is the ultimate effect? Do formal inquiries result? Or is the complaint the end of the story?
Formal complaints are relatively rare.
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Old 14th January 2020, 12:56 PM   #3216
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What about the people in the middle?
Probably not going to have an effect on them, either.

People in the middle fall into a few broad categories:

- Those who already decided he was an ass in 2016 and voted for him anyway.

- Those who already decided he was an ass in 2016 and thus didn't vote for him.

- Those who aren't paying attention or don't care if he's an ass, and voted however they were going to vote anyway.

I don't think this particular revelation is going to move the needle much one way or the other, for any of those groups.

I think if killing Soleimani had sparked a major escalation of the war with Iran, that might have made some people in the middle reevaluate their electoral priorities. But this kind of trickle, more of the same shenanigans they've already accounted for? I doubt it's going to make a difference in November.

But hope springs eternal! This may yet be The One Thing.

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Old 14th January 2020, 01:00 PM   #3217
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All of these things that aren't having an effect yet the GOP keeps shrinking over time as they keep happening........
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Old 14th January 2020, 01:27 PM   #3218
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Originally Posted by Upchurch View Post
“Russia, if you’re listening...”

This will have zero impact or importance for Trump supporters.
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I can't see why it ought to have an effect on Trump supporters or Trump opponents.
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Okay. You said that once already.

What sort of reaction where you looking for?
???


Well, at any rate, I don't see any significance to the story at all, except maybe to cyber security specialists.

I suppose it serves as a reminder that Russia is up to no good, but surely most people already knew that.
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Old 14th January 2020, 01:53 PM   #3219
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???
You missed a one:

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“Russia, if you’re listening...”

This will have zero impact or importance for Trump supporters.
Or Trump opponents.
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Well, at any rate, I don't see any significance to the story at all, except maybe to cyber security specialists.

I suppose it serves as a reminder that Russia is up to no good, but surely most people already knew that.
Russia is hacking emails to get dirt on Trump's political enemies. Sound familiar?
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So apparently the Senate is going to get Articles of Impeachment from the House tomorrow and McConnell has said the trial is expected to start next Tuesday. There is still a small but vocal call to immediately dismiss the charges and other people saying the trial is expected to last "well beyond the State of the Union Address" in early February.
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Old 14th January 2020, 01:59 PM   #3221
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Well, at any rate, I don't see any significance to the story at all, except maybe to cyber security specialists.

I suppose it serves as a reminder that Russia is up to no good, but surely most people already knew that.
Plenty of good, they support the president after all. Just like all true Americans.
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Old 14th January 2020, 02:13 PM   #3222
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Ok. I figured out the significance of the story. Or should I say "significance"?
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Old 14th January 2020, 02:17 PM   #3223
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
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Well, at any rate, I don't see any significance to the story at all, except maybe to cyber security specialists.

I suppose it serves as a reminder that Russia is up to no good, but surely most people already knew that.
Depends on your definition of significance. It certainly goes to support the case that Trump and Russia have no issues scratching each others backs. The more times things end with Russia for Trump it goes back to a central theme. You're right in that it might not do much now, but I have a feeling when the nominees are settled this type of stuff will get pounded hard to the electorate.

I would be shocked if, given Biden's latest commercial, whichever Dem takes the ticket isn't going to run Trump's Russia ties perpetually, obnoxiously even. I don't know if it will work, but if I were Trump I wouldn't be looking forward to the future.
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So apparently the Senate is going to get Articles of Impeachment from the House tomorrow and McConnell has said the trial is expected to start next Tuesday. There is still a small but vocal call to immediately dismiss the charges and other people saying the trial is expected to last "well beyond the State of the Union Address" in early February.
I'd put my money on "Sweep under the rug as quickly as possible and claim it was the most fair trial that ever Justice'd. MAGA!". So, the first one.
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I'd put my money on "Sweep under the rug as quickly as possible and claim it was the most fair trial that ever Justice'd. MAGA!". So, the first one.
I'd agree. We've heard this from these same Senators before. They talk like they're on the fence, but the moment it comes to voting time they lock step in with everyone else.
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There is one tiny shred of hope I have, although I hardly consider it a likely outcome it does have a toe in the lukewarm waters of "at least possible."

This might be first time that the old school Republicans who I still think are varying degrees of untrusting of Trump will have any sort of real leverage over him of this kind.

If they think they can sell some sort of "Trump? Or we were against him the entire time we just played along because of... *mumble/reasons/mumble*" narrative we might, might see actual meaningful opposition against him.

Again not likely, but there is a sliver of possibility.
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Depends on your definition of significance. It certainly goes to support the case that Trump and Russia have no issues scratching each others backs. The more times things end with Russia for Trump it goes back to a central theme. You're right in that it might not do much now, but I have a feeling when the nominees are settled this type of stuff will get pounded hard to the electorate.

I would be shocked if, given Biden's latest commercial, whichever Dem takes the ticket isn't going to run Trump's Russia ties perpetually, obnoxiously even. I don't know if it will work, but if I were Trump I wouldn't be looking forward to the future.
Once they get to the one-on-ones in the R vs. D debates, the gloves will be off. Back in 2016 there was still a curtain of ostensible respect and restraint that prevented going all-out. At that time even the news rarely if ever used the "L" word ("Liar"). Now it's nearly a daily occurence.

I'd like to see the Democratic nominee just list The PDJT's offenses in a segment. (It may take more...) But of course, that won't make a difference to his hardcore supporters. (I so hate that word "base".)
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I'd agree. We've heard this from these same Senators before. They talk like they're on the fence, but the moment it comes to voting time they lock step in with everyone else.
I think the proper term for this is Flake Phenomenon. (After Jeff Flake, the
republican senator who demanded an FBI investigation into "Drunky McRapeface" during his confirmation, and after an investigation where the FBI was not allowed to actually, you know, investigate, ended up voting to confirm anyways.)
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I would be shocked if, given Biden's latest commercial, whichever Dem takes the ticket isn't going to run Trump's Russia ties perpetually, obnoxiously even. I don't know if it will work, but if I were Trump I wouldn't be looking forward to the future.
If I were in charge of the Democratic party's advertising (or ran a Superpac) I would put an add with the Russian national anthem, interspersed by any news clips you can find of Trump praising Putin or Russia. No other dialog, just Trump's own words. Really push the connection, and in a way that can't be mistaken for "Oh, these are just made up stories by the Democrats".
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Probably not going to have an effect on them, either. [snip]
How does the POTUS keep shifting back and forth between Democrats and Republicans then?

How does the House and Senate do the same?
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
So apparently the Senate is going to get Articles of Impeachment from the House tomorrow and McConnell has said the trial is expected to start next Tuesday. There is still a small but vocal call to immediately dismiss the charges and other people saying the trial is expected to last "well beyond the State of the Union Address" in early February.
I wonder if the Democrats can get away with filibustering their presentation? Is there a way to cut it off? Will McConnell neglect to include a time limit in the trial rules? Will he try but lose the 51 votes he needs to pass the rules?

It should be interesting.
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If I were in charge of the Democratic party's advertising (or ran a Superpac) I would put an add with the Russian national anthem, interspersed by any news clips you can find of Trump praising Putin or Russia. No other dialog, just Trump's own words. Really push the connection, and in a way that can't be mistaken for "Oh, these are just made up stories by the Democrats".
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There is one tiny shred of hope I have, although I hardly consider it a likely outcome it does have a toe in the lukewarm waters of "at least possible."

This might be first time that the old school Republicans who I still think are varying degrees of untrusting of Trump will have any sort of real leverage over him of this kind.

If they think they can sell some sort of "Trump? Or we were against him the entire time we just played along because of... *mumble/reasons/mumble*" narrative we might, might see actual meaningful opposition against him.

Again not likely, but there is a sliver of possibility.
Last chance for a couple of them like Romney to get back at Trump.
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There is one tiny shred of hope I have, although I hardly consider it a likely outcome it does have a toe in the lukewarm waters of "at least possible."

This might be first time that the old school Republicans who I still think are varying degrees of untrusting of Trump will have any sort of real leverage over him of this kind.
Last chance for a couple of them like Romney to get back at Trump.
You also have Susan Collins, who once had a reputation for being a 'moderate' but who's reputation has been tarnished since she had Drunky McRapeface confirmed for the supreme court.

She may want to side with the Democrats on this as a way to try to re-build her image.
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Old 14th January 2020, 06:45 PM   #3235
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Wow, the Lev releases are scary. They were apparently stalking Marie. This is scary stuff, on my phone so I don't have a link at the moment.
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Old 14th January 2020, 06:52 PM   #3236
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Originally Posted by plague311 View Post
Wow, the Lev releases are scary. They were apparently stalking Marie. This is scary stuff, on my phone so I don't have a link at the moment.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/13/polit...nts/index.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/13/giul...peachment.html

http://www.startribune.com/democrats...ial/566986772/

This is going to turn out like the Russian interference, Trump throws all his flunkies under the bus and pretends he had nothing to do with anything.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:30 PM   #3237
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I want to amplify on what I said earlier, about the revelations about Russian Burisma hacking is insignificant. As played out here, it took me a while to even figure out why anyone thought they might be significant.

They hack everyone they can. That's what they do. Any information is good information. It's not like they were doing this at the behest of Donald Trump. (Or if they were, no one has been caught yet, and they've surely tried.)

So, why do they do it? I can't be certain, because I haven't been invited to the secret Kremlin meetings. It's too bad. I hear from very reliable sources that they provide some awesome hookers that will do anything at all. That comes from unimpeachable sources, but I digress. Here's why I think the Russians like Donald Trump and do things to help him.

They like him, because you hate him.

They aren't allies with Donald Trump. They just know that he is such a divisive character that with him in power, the country will be deeply divided. The Russians want that. On a related note, they probably like the fact that the presence of such a buffoon in the White House will only hurt America's standing in the world.

When they did their disinformation fake news social media blitz of 2016 I wonder if they even thought he would be elected, or if they just wanted to stir up division and animosity toward President Hillary Clinton. Was the idea that he could actually win something that was even in their vision, or were they as surprised as the rest of us? I don't know.

So, the fact that they are willing to dish dirt on Trump opponents probably means that they think having Trump in the White House is a good thing, for Russia. I suppose that's marginally significant, as long as people don't overplay it. Oops......too late.


Maybe there's something in those new documents. At the very least, Giulliani and his friends were really creepy. Maybe there's some there there, this time.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:35 PM   #3238
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
I want to amplify on what I said earlier, about the revelations about Russian Burisma hacking is insignificant. As played out here, it took me a while to even figure out why anyone thought they might be significant.

They hack everyone they can. That's what they do. Any information is good information. It's not like they were doing this at the behest of Donald Trump. (Or if they were, no one has been caught yet, and they've surely tried.)

So, why do they do it? I can't be certain, because I haven't been invited to the secret Kremlin meetings. It's too bad. I hear from very reliable sources that they provide some awesome hookers that will do anything at all. That comes from unimpeachable sources, but I digress. Here's why I think the Russians like Donald Trump and do things to help him.

They like him, because you hate him.

They aren't allies with Donald Trump. They just know that he is such a divisive character that with him in power, the country will be deeply divided. The Russians want that. On a related note, they probably like the fact that the presence of such a buffoon in the White House will only hurt America's standing in the world.

When they did their disinformation fake news social media blitz of 2016 I wonder if they even thought he would be elected, or if they just wanted to stir up division and animosity toward President Hillary Clinton. Was the idea that he could actually win something that was even in their vision, or were they as surprised as the rest of us? I don't know.

So, the fact that they are willing to dish dirt on Trump opponents probably means that they think having Trump in the White House is a good thing, for Russia. I suppose that's marginally significant, as long as people don't overplay it. Oops......too late.


Maybe there's something in those new documents. At the very least, Giulliani and his friends were really creepy. Maybe there's some there there, this time.
You could have reduced that to one hyphenated word: ****-stirring.

And I agree. Russia want the USA and the West to be unstable. It makes Russia look a lot better globally when they all play Keystone Kops together with an orange buffoon leading them. So any disruption is good disruption. They just struck gold with a million shooting stars when their jerk-Hillary-around game made Trump the winner. He's a perfect national saboteur.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:41 PM   #3239
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/13/polit...nts/index.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/13/giul...peachment.html

http://www.startribune.com/democrats...ial/566986772/

This is going to turn out like the Russian interference, Trump throws all his flunkies under the bus and pretends he had nothing to do with anything.
I've got my fingers crossed that they are the 'smoking gun' (or 'smocking' in Trump spelling). But I'm not getting my hopes up too much. Teflon Don is an apt name for the orange turd.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:43 PM   #3240
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
You could have reduced that to one hyphenated word: ****-stirring.

And I agree. Russia want the USA and the West to be unstable. It makes Russia look a lot better globally when they all play Keystone Kops together with an orange buffoon leading them. So any disruption is good disruption. They just struck gold with a million shooting stars when their jerk-Hillary-around game made Trump the winner. He's a perfect national saboteur.
Agreed. It's not that they wanted TRUMP, they didn't want Hillary and they do want this country divided and in chaos. They've succeeded beautifully.
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