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Donald Trump ordered to pay $2 million for using charity foundation to further his election; Iowa event for veterans was a sham


This news story was published on November 8, 2019.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A judge ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump must pay a $2,000,000 penalty for using his Trump Foundation charity to further his 2016 presidential campaign.

The New York Attorney General’s office said Thursday, “We’ve secured a court order forcing President Trump to pay $2M in damages after admitting to illegally using the Trump Foundation to help him intervene in the 2016 presidential election and further his own political interests. No one is above the law.”

Donald Trump

According to the New York Times: “Among Mr. Trump’s admissions in court papers: The charity gave his campaign complete control over disbursing the $2.8 million that the foundation had raised at a fund-raiser for veterans in Iowa in January 2016, only days before the state’s presidential nominating caucuses. The fund-raiser, he acknowledged, was in fact a campaign event.” Court documents show the Trump Foundation improperly used $2.8 million it raised in that televised event, held in 2016 as other GOP Presidential candidates debated in Des Moines.

Back in 2016, Trump’s Trump Foundation was ordered to cease and desist from soliciting contributions in New York.

Trump and his children are still facing another lawsuit alleging they have been bilking the system for personal profit.

Trump issued a scathing rebuttal Thursday after news broke that he had settled the lawsuit:

STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

President Trump

I am the only person I know, perhaps the only person in history, who can give major money to charity ($19M), charge no expense, and be attacked by the political hacks in New York State. No wonder why we are all leaving!
Every penny of the $19 million raised by the Trump Foundation went to hundreds of great charitable causes with almost no expenses.
The New York Attorney General is deliberately mischaracterizing this settlement for political purposes.
In fact, the court rejected the Attorney General’s frivolous request for statutory penalties, interest and other damages.
It has been 4 years of politically motivated harassment – first by lightweight AG Schneiderman, prior to his resignation for beating up women – then AG Underwood, who was impossible to deal with, and now AG Letitia James, who does not acknowledge that we gave 100% of the funds to great charities, but refuses to investigate the Clinton Foundation with all of its problems. All they found was incredibly effective philanthropy and some small technical violations, such as not keeping board minutes.
We resolved the case with the understanding that all money previously in the foundation has gone to charity. I am therefore happy to donate $2 million to the following worthy charities: Army Emergency Relief; Children’s Aid Society; City Meals on Wheels; Give an Hour; Martha’s Table, United Negro College Fund; United Way of Capital Area; and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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56 Responses to Donald Trump ordered to pay $2 million for using charity foundation to further his election; Iowa event for veterans was a sham

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 16, 2019 at 3:05 am

    All I hear is you Republicans come back is Hillary this and Hillary that… you don’t seem to realize that the Democrats don’t like Hillary either. Both Trump clan and the Clinton clan are crooks. I truly have not heard the Democratic side screaming about hoe Hillary would have made this country great. No.. the Dems realize that the 2 clowns that were left to vote for were the biggest cons, crooks and jokes ever. I as an American was embarrassed by the 2 assclowns left standing for the American people to vote for presidency. Money and corruption run this country. We are getting ripped off left and right by these cowards. We as Americans deserve better candidates to choose from, we should be demanding better candidates for our country. We should not have to choose/vote between the lesser of 2 EVILS!! We should be ashamed that it has come to that in our country!! They have you all fighting amongst yourselves while they rip the country off. Coup trump lmfao… there’s no coup.. he admitted publicly to treason and collaborating with the enemies… hello.. investigation/impeachment… Investigate the Clintons, investigate ANY criminal activity of any politician… that should be done equally no matter what. But you fools rather argue amongst yourselves instead of uniting and demanding BETTER candidates who actually are for bettering our country instead of padding their own pockets… wake up America!!! Fools to the left jokers to the right

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 16, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Yeah Trump bows down. PLUS PUBLICLY admits to COLABERATING WITH THE ENEMIES and TREASON…. hello stupids… there’s no coup, overthrowing, there is a CALL and investigation for IMPEACHMENT for his criminal activity and treason HE ADMITTED TO!!! Common sense, people, COMMON SENSE!!! Rump also publicly said if he ran for president it would be as a republican, because Republicans are beyond stupid and can be fooled/manipulated into anything. Speaks volumes as rump supporters defend CRIMINAL, COLABERATION and TREASON against America. WTF is WRONG with you people??? No way the American people should ALLOW this at ANYTIME from ANY PRESIDENT or POLITICIAN. Yes impeach him, investigate the Clintons, investigate and put an end to any political criminal activity from any politicians!! AMERICA and the AMERICAN PEOPLE should be demanding this, we as a country deserve BETTER!! EXPOSE AND OUST ALL CRIMINAL POLITICIANS!! How the hell else do you expect America to actually be great again.

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    Disgusted Democrat Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    So What? This is nothing but politics, period. I am disgusted with our agenda and leadership. When is our party going to come up with an agenda that is positive and good for the working people? All I hear from our Democratic leadership is negative, negative, negative.

    I could care less what the hell Trump is doing. I want to know what we are doing that is good for the working people. So far we have nothing to show from our Democrats we elected but BS!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I enjoy reading the stupidity posted here. The people have no idea what they are talking about. Their comments have about as much effect as a paper umbrella. But they sure like to have their 15 minutes of fame. They’re a legend in their own mind.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      You are the STUPID one for reading it! DUMBASS!

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    Fake unkimt non local news Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2019 at 8:17 am

    We won’t be showing footage of the Alabama football stadium cheering for President Trump, unlike when we showed the footage of washington nationals stadium booing our President. So we can be fair to hillary and the dumocrats . Thank you very little.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      NOT…..MY PRESIDENT!!!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 10, 2019 at 6:15 pm

        Glad you are talking about Hillary

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 12, 2019 at 8:53 am

          She is president? Didn’t know that! BUT….she did win the popular vote! LMFAO!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    All I hear is you Republicans come back is Hillary this and Hillary that… you don’t seem to realize that the Democrats don’t like Hillary either. Both Trump clan and the Clinton clan are crooks. I truly have not heard the Democratic side screaming about hoe Hillary would have made this country great. No.. the Dems realize that the 2 clowns that were left to vote for were the biggest cons, crooks and jokes ever. I as an American was embarrassed by the 2 assclowns left standing for the American people to vote for presidency. Money and corruption run this country. We are getting ripped off left and right by these cowards. We as Americans deserve better candidates to choose from, we should be demanding better candidates for our country. We should not have to choose/vote between the lesser of 2 EVILS!! We should be ashamed that it has come to that in our country!! They have you all fighting amongst yourselves while they rip the country off. Coup trump lmfao… there’s no coup.. he admitted publicly to treason and collaborating with the enemies… hello.. investigation/impeachment… Investigate the Clintons, investigate ANY criminal activity of any politician… that should be done equally no matter what. But you fools rather argue amongst yourselves instead of uniting and demanding BETTER candidates who actually are for bettering our country instead of padding their own pockets… wake up America!!! Fools to the left jokers to the right

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 10, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Oh, you forgot to mention the king of ass-clowns….Obama. I know it’s easy for a guy like him to slip your mind though. He was the newer version of Jimmy Carter.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus, candidate Trump held a fundraiser. The fundraiser raised $2.8 million, which was all given to veterans charities. The funds were raised through the Trump Foundation, but campaign staff managed the fundraiser and distributed the funds to charities. Liberals decided that these funds counted as campaign contributions (zero percent of which went to the Trump campaign), and a judge agreed helped “further Mr. Trump’s political campaign.” One hundred percent of the money raised went to charity, and the Trump campaign covered the entire cost of administering distribution of the funds. But because giving millions of dollars to veterans tends to be good PR for a presidential candidate, a judge decided that this helped further the Trump campaign. So for his efforts to help veterans, Trump was rewarded with a $2 million fine and the billionth bogus media narrative to plague his presidency. Maybe one day the media will choose to discover what the Clinton Foundation is all about.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 10, 2019 at 6:24 am

      Thank you for the voice of reason in a swirling storm of bellowing, entitled Libs.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 10, 2019 at 8:20 am

        He wasn’t fined for giving money to vets. That is your spin on this story. He was fined for using donations for vets for his own advantage. He did it to get votes. Then, he used his foundation to pay for things that benefitted him – a portrait of himself, a flagpole, expenses at his resort. That is what he did wrong and why he was fined.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 10, 2019 at 8:49 am

          BULLSHIT!

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            Anonymous

            November 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm

            Get your head out of Trump’s ass, you idiot.
            The only thing worse than Trump is the traitorous morons that still support him.

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            Anonymous

            November 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm

            eLViS, read the story and you will find everything stated in the post you labeled BULLSHIT is true. Better yet have someone with a brain read it to you and, then have her explain it to you.

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            Anonymous

            November 10, 2019 at 4:05 pm

            thanks Bo that was cute.

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            Anonymous

            November 11, 2019 at 8:37 am

            Old Bodacious, the Liberal teacher that should be jailed for indoctrinating our young people. One of the most overpaid and over rated so called teachers you will ever find.

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            bodacious

            November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

            If that’s how you feel eLViS, then thank you. A glowing recommendation from you makes my day.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 15, 2019 at 6:05 am

        Well Trump personally and publicly said if he’d run for president he’d run as a republican… cause republicans are the dumbest ass clowns to fool and manipulate…that alone speaks volumes AND he was right on the money ! These sheep are way to stupid to get it… EVEN WHEN TRUMP SAID IT STRAIGHT OUT TO THEIR FACES. Republicans that support him don’t even have the brains to be embarrassed…. lol while Rump personally laughs in their faces. Pathetic.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 10:51 am

    i dont get somethings. ever notice the ppl yelling about trump get louder about it the less educated they are? how its always unkempt poor trashy obnoxious skanks! always. ppl who cant name three branchs of gov. have political opinions. ppl who dont even know who was president before billy boy. ppl with multiple bi racial kids by different absent fathers ppl with records ppl who seem to blame everyone else for their miserable existance. i dislike the man he stabbed his 2a supporters in the back several times and will again in 5 long yrs. he is not the boogeyman behind every problem in your life or the worlds. hilary just had a pedophile assassinated to cover for her pedophile husband colleagues and friends. but you morons think somehow thats ok? there is no such thing as a good politician. if dems are so great please explain why the states and cities they control are invariably impoverished and laden with crime and disease as well as addiction? calling ppl trumpanzee or republicon or whatever is not witty its unclever and it does alot to expose your lack of mental and emotional maturity as well as indicating a low iq. open your eyes and realize the truth youre a dumbass. half you whiny little shits dont even vote yet you think youre entitled to complain about th result of a process youre to ignorant stupid and lazy to participate in. the other half dont even have voting rights losers love to complain.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Very well said, buddy!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      There are a LOT of things you don’t get, obviously. Spelling and grammar, for example.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 10, 2019 at 6:28 am

        When you can’t refute the message, but choose to attack the messenger, that is a sign of a very weak position.

        I seems like the message was clear enough to trigger your TDS, eh?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 10, 2019 at 8:29 am

          The message is wrong. You categorize the opposition as ignorant people who are fat, lazy and who have nefarious reasons for everything they do. Hillary had Epstein killed? Ha. Do you think it was only left wing people who involved with him? That shows how ignorant you are. If you look at states with the worst educational systems and the most poverty, they are southern states who voted for trump. You called others ignorant and you write a post that reads like a 6th grade rant. You accuse others of things you seem to practice with regularity.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

          “When you can’t refute the message, but choose to attack the messenger, that is a sign of a very weak position.”

          NO, THAT’S CALLED BEING A DEMOCRAT.

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            Anonymous

            November 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm

            I think I said the message is wrong and then I told you why it was wrong. That is called refuting something. Nice try though.

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            Anonymous

            November 15, 2019 at 6:38 am

            Your RANT is beyond ignorant, uneducated, racist, backed by no facts but the crazy distraught opinions floating around in your head. I have never heard Democrats say they back Hillary or she would have been a better candidate. NEITHER was even close to a good candidate for presidency. One EVIL won over the other EVIL. Either way America was screwed. It doesn’t matter Democrats or Republicans, politicians they are crooked and criminal on the most part. Padding their pockets while they have American people fighting amongst themselves of who might be the lesser criminal or evil choice. And you can damn well bet the sickos involved with Epstein were from BOTH sides along with Presidents, Heads, politicians and wealthy from around the world. WAKE UP… it’s not Democrats or Republicans that should matter to the American people… it’s ALL politicians… We as Americans should be demanding better for our country… better candidates to choose from, better American standards, morals and we should be backing ANY and All criminal investigations on ALL parties, exposing criminal, treason activity. Oust these politicians and we the American people won’t allow, support ANY DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS THAT ARE CRIMINALS. WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER FOR OUR COUNTRY.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 10, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Some things I can’t get; “ppl” that can’t seem to spell PEOPLE and those who can’t seem to use capitalization in the correct places.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 10:25 am

    epstein didnt kill himself. whens hilary going down for this latest in a series oh murders she paid for? i dont like trump but clinton is a homicidal pedophile. i dislike charity so i dont care what don did.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 15, 2019 at 6:45 am

      Yep take Hillary down, take them all down, expose them ALL!! You can bet the sickos involved are from both sides republicans and Democrats!! Including world leaders and wealthy from around the world! Yes definitely the Clintons but they are not the only ones to take down.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Everything Adam Schiff does & says should be investigated. This should be a criminal offense to deliberately set up a coup against a duly elected President. The Democrats have gone too far.
    whistleblower is a SPY. A spy trying to help a movement to remove/impeach a duly elected president. Treason in every sense of the word. What has always been done with spies in the past????

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      The time would be better spent investigating everything you’ve said and written.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Your orange orangutan Daddy ripping you retarded Republicans and the whole World off right under your noses… lol as he has you tards arguing amongst yourselves who’s your daddy… dumbasses at your finest!! Lol

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 9, 2019 at 8:39 am

      You ignorant P.O.S. this is a old issue from years ago that was just settled.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 9, 2019 at 9:34 am

        IGNORANT??? OLD ISSUE??? NEVER an old issue when this so called president POS MF is a crook and con man and you REPUBLIcons keep defending him! When will you learn? NEVER!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

          Hey…Caps Lock!!… 5 more years!! Who’s your daddy???

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            Anonymous

            November 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm

            Whatever happened to Hillary’s foundation….all of a sudden there is no money……everything was spent on “expenses”…….. apartments, homes, hidden……

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 8, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Don’t you know the Clintons are the only one that can play this game and get by with it. In the tune of $50 million. It pays to to a crooked lib.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 8, 2019 at 11:33 am

      actulaly the Clinton foundation was found to donate a much higher percentage of their money to charitable organizations than the Trump organization. Guess giving to themselves didn’t count as charitable donations. neither did a 6′ tall painting of trump or a flagpole at mar lago.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 9, 2019 at 8:42 am

        Trump support has only gotten stronger. Anyone with a functioning brain cell has been able to see the corruption from the left. And why they are so hell bent on overthrowing this President. He’s keeping his campaign promises. And they’re terrified he’s draining the swamp next. TRUMP 2O2O KEEPING AMERICA GREAT

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 9, 2019 at 8:47 am

          Hillary is so concerned about our status with the world but where was she when people were standing in unemployment lines and collecting welfare in our country? Did she have one valid idea about getting our country’s citizens back to work? I never heard any tangible solutions from her. Trump IS a business man who understands the basic needs of people. Jobs and bringing companies back to the US. During the Obama reign companies moved their manufacturing all over the world. Why was that? Trump knew and said he would bring back these companies. And he has. People need to acknowledge the fact that OUR country is doing well and we should appreciate that fact.

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            Anonymous

            November 9, 2019 at 1:15 pm

            Agree 100%

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

    No comments yet??????????????? Where are all of the trumpanzees telling us that the orange man did nothing wrong.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Although, I don’t think Trump was the greatest choice of presidents in the world. He WAS the BEST pick that we had available at the time.
      He, as of right now, is still the best pick going into 2020. We can not afford to have a liberal socialist in the White House.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Name-calling from the git-go…your position is weak, as always.

      5 more years! Who’s your daddy?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 8, 2019 at 7:38 pm

        Your orange orangutan Daddy ripping you retarded Republicans and the whole World off right under your noses… lol as he has you tards arguing amongst yourselves who’s your daddy… dumbasses at your finest!! Lol

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 10, 2019 at 6:01 pm

          Ripping people off..what was the Clinton Foundation

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 9, 2019 at 7:05 am

        Dumbass Trumpanzee.
        You ass clowns are traitors to our country.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 9, 2019 at 8:40 am

          Trump doesn’t go around the world bowing to other leaders and apologizing like OBAMA did. You Democrats are the most disgusting party, it use to be civil back in the day, but not since Clinton got in office did it take a turn for the worse. Trump 2020 and Beyond! MAGA

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            Anonymous

            November 9, 2019 at 9:36 am

            You IDIOT NITWIT! He is bowing to PUTIN and KIM! DUMB ASS!

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            Anonymous

            November 16, 2019 at 3:00 am

            Yeah Trump bows down. PLUS PUBLICLY admits to COLABERATING WITH THE ENEMIES and TREASON…. hello stupids… there’s no coup, overthrowing, there is a CALL and investigation for IMPEACHMENT for his criminal activity and treason HE ADMITTED TO!!! Common sense, people, COMMON SENSE!!! Rump also publicly said if he ran for president it would be as a republican, because Republicans are beyond stupid and can be fooled/manipulated into anything. Speaks volumes as rump supporters defend CRIMINAL, COLABERATION and TREASON against America. WTF is WRONG with you people??? No way the American people should ALLOW this at ANYTIME from ANY PRESIDENT or POLITICIAN. Yes impeach him, investigate the Clintons, investigate and put an end to any political criminal activity from any politicians!! AMERICA and the AMERICAN PEOPLE should be demanding this, we as a country deserve BETTER!! EXPOSE AND OUST ALL CRIMINAL POLITICIANS!! How the hell else do you expect America to actually be great again.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 9, 2019 at 9:45 am

          Name-calling is fun for children. Who’s your daddy?

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            Anonymous

            November 10, 2019 at 8:31 am

            At least i know who my daddy is. Your mom narrowed your daddy down to 13 guys and you felt fortunate.

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            Anonymous

            November 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm

            HAHAHAHA! LOVE IT!