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Intelligence Agencies
So, which one of you guys is the "Deep State"?

Last week, Associated Press and The New York Times rushed to post corrections to their widely reported and heavily emphasized upon claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies unanimously agreed that Russians in the 2016 presidential elections to help Donald Trump get into power.

Instead, what the news outlets failed to report, or rather realize, was that the information was published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all 17 US intelligence agencies; but it was only collected by the CIA, FBI, NSA and not all 17 of them.

On June 30, the Associated Press posted a “clarification” about four different reports published earlier, all of which stated that all 17 agencies had come to a conclusion that Russians had played a role in helping Donald Trump become the president. With the “clarification,” AP acknowledged that all the agencies were not involved in the assessment. AP’s statement read:

“In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.”

The New York Times is reported to have published a similar statement at the end of the article titled “Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies” on June 29.

A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.

The information about all US intelligence agencies being involved in the assessment of Russian interference in US election has been used constantly by the media and politicians to criticize President Trump and Republicans, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence demystified the notion when he gave his testimony on Capitol Hill on May 08.

“The [intelligence community assessment] was a coordinated product from three agencies: CIA, NSA and the FBI, not all 17 components of the intelligence community. Those three, under the aegis of my former office,” Clapper said. “Following extensive intelligence reporting about many Russian efforts to collect on and influence the outcome of the presidential election, President Obama asked us to do this in early December and have it completed before the end of his term.

“The two-dozen or so analysts for this task were hand-picked, seasoned experts from each of the contributing agencies. They were given complete, unfettered, mutual access to all sensitive, raw intelligence data, and importantly, complete independence to reach their findings. They found that the Russian government pursued a multifaceted influence campaign in the run-up to the election, including aggressive use of cyber capabilities.

“The Russians used cyber operations against both political parties, including hacking into servers used by the Democratic National Committee, and releasing stolen data to WikiLeaks and other media outlets.”

During the hearing, Clapper responded to Senator Al Franken’s (D – Minn) claim that “all 17” agencies of the US intelligence committee had agreed that Russia meddled with the elections.

Franken said, “The intelligence communities have concluded, all 17 of them that Russia interfered with this election. And we all know how that’s right.”

To this, Clapper replied, “Senator, as I pointed out in my statement, Senator Franken, it was—there were only three agencies that [were] directly involved in this assessment, plus my office.”

Trying to prove himself right somehow, the senator emphasized on the number of agencies that acknowledged Russian interference, he asked Clapper, “But all 17 signed onto that?”

Clapper then clarified once again, “Well, we didn’t go through that process. This was a special situation because of the time limits and my—what I knew to be who could really contribute to this and the sensitivity of the information, we decided—it was a conscious judgment—to restrict it to those three. I’m not aware of anyone who dissented, or disagreed when it came out.”

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Police Funeral
The Black Lives Matter crowd incite contempt and mistrust towards police, and then act surprised at the result of their campaigns of hatred.

Patrick J. Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a labor union set up for the city’s police officers, urges the public to be the “eyes and ears,” for the police officers.

“This kind of violence against police officers cannot stand,” he stated.  “We need the public’s help. When you see someone that’s making threats, doing something against police officers, you need to let us know. You need to be our eyes and ears. We also have to remember the hundreds of police officers that are here now with their heads bowed in sorrow,” Lynch added.

Morning after the 4th of July, a police officer was shot dead in an “unprovoked attack,” in Bronx, as she was sitting in her police vehicle, protecting the city from crime when she was shot in the head by a gunman. Her partner radioed for assistance, while the other officers chased the gunman, who then tried to draw a revolver, and caused the cops to shot and kill him on the spot.

“The officer, Miosotis Familia, 48, a 12-year veteran of the police force assigned to the anti-crime unit of the 46th Precinct, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” as noted by NY Times.

The New York City police commissioner has called the attack as “unprovoked attack” and mentioned that the killer was killed, shortly after. “Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who want to keep this great city safe,” Commissioner O’Neill stated in an interview.  It has been noted that the suspect has been identified as a black male, Alexander Bonds, 34, of New York City.

Whereas, a surveillance footage recovered from the scene highlights that the gunman had rather “purposefully” approached the car, and fired the shot, as Familia was engaged in writing something in a book.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, expressed his grief by stating, “She was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved,” he said. “And after this shocking and sudden attack her fellow officers came to her aid immediately.”

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Donald Trump
Do you really want to test this guy? Do you really want to defy his orders?

Matthew Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State, has announced that he has decided against releasing any information of registered voters in Maine, to President Trump’s voter fraud commission, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Maine has essentially joined a list of states denying compliance with the commission’s requests.

Dunlap said that he met Attorney General Janet Mills on Monday, who advised him against releasing Maine’s Central Voter Registration information to the commission since it would violate state laws.

In his letter to the vice chairman of Trump’s commission, Kris Kobach, who is also Kansas’ Secretary of State, Dunlap cited a statute in Maine’s law, which prevents the state from giving the information to the commission because “any documents that are submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the public.”

“As a matter of law, that conflicts with state statute, what states that ‘information contained electronically in the central voter registration system and any information for reports generated by the system are confidential,” Dunlap wrote. “It is not possible for my office to comply with the request and also comply with the law.”

Dunlap, who is also a member of Trump’s voter fraud commission, is the most recent in the list of state officials to refuse compliance with the commission’s requests for voter information. The commission has asked all 50 states to provide voter information, which includes names, voting history, the last four digits of Social Security numbers of all eligible and registered voters, and their political affiliation.

Additionally, Maryland state officials also confirmed on Monday that they will not be providing any information to the commission. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh went on to call the request by the commission “repugnant.”

“I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant,” Brian E. Frosh said. “It appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.”

Meanwhile, in Arizona, Secretary of State Michele Reagan announced that the state shall not be releasing detailed information about all voters in state to the Trump administration. “I share the concerns of many Arizona citizens that the Commission’s request implicates serious privacy concerns,” she wrote in response to the request. “Since there is nothing in Executive Order 13799 (nor federal law) that gives the Commission authority to unilaterally acquire and disseminate such sensitive information, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is not in a position to fulfill your request,” she further wrote.

In addition to Arizona, a few other states have either the delayed the process or have completely refused to comply with Trump’s request to hand over information such as names, addresses, birth dates, last four digits of the Social Security numbers, party affiliations and voting records dating to ten years back, for each voter registered in each state.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and the vice chairman of the commission set up by the Trump administration to look into voter’s data, argued, “First of all, the commission is not to prove or disprove what the President speculated about in January,” Kobach said. “The purpose of the commission is to find facts and put them on the table. Importantly, it’s a bipartisan commission.”

On July 1st, President Trump tweeted, “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”

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Homeless Man
Hey there buddy, you look down on your luck, can I interest you in some free college and democratic socialism?

Amid a deepening federal investigation of Jane Sanders, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ wife, Judicial Watch has obtained records that paint a rather disturbing personal portrait of a heartless spouse—and longtime political advisor—of the Democratic Socialist candidate for president of the United States. During the Obama administration, the FBI began investigating Jane for falsifying documents to obtain a $10 million loan to expand a now-defunct liberal arts college in a town where her husband once served as mayor while she was the school’s president.

The school, Burlington College, was in a small city with the same name in northwestern Vermont. It’s a quaint town of about 42,000 that sits on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain and prides itself on having “diverse, forward-thinking citizens” that are “steeped in arts and culture.” Jane was president of the troubled college from 2004 to 2011 and in 2010, she had an ambitious plan to expand the campus by 33 acres, despite low enrollment and financial difficulties. The then-president of Burlington College drastically overstated donation amounts in loan applications, according to the Vermont news website that broke the story, to obtain a $10 million loan. Jane indicated there was $2.6 million in pledged donations but the school only got $676,000 in four years.

The loan went through, some allege after her husband’s senatorial office pressured the bank to approve it, and Jane masterminded a deal to purchase an undeveloped, 32-acre parcel of land and a 77,000-square-foot facility from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. The purchase included a facility that served as a group home for disabled people and, under the terms of the deal, Jane was supposed to negotiate the transfer of the disabled residents before the school took over the property. Instead Jane tried to kick the disabled people out of their group home, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The records, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the Jane Sanders fraud case, include electronic mail exchanges between Jane when she was president of Burlington College and two former mayors of the city of Burlington.

In a lengthy letter to the attorney (Todd Centybear) representing the group home for the disabled Jane indicates that she’s having trouble evicting the 16 residents from their building on the newly purchased property after the college had acquired the land. She writes: “It is simply not fair to expect the College to continue to carry the burden of the expenses associated with housing both your population and ours until February 2012.” The home for the disabled was being leased from the diocese and Jane was supposed to help relocate the residents, not evict them. The exchange shows, not only Jane’s heartlessness, but also her incompetence as the college president for not ensuring the negotiated transfer of those disabled people before the school took over the property.

In a separate email to then Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss, Jane forwards a laughable press release issued by the college announcing her resignation. “I wanted you to hear it from me,” she writes to the mayor. “It’s a good decision.” The press release announced that “In honor of her significant accomplishments, the College has given Sanders the title of President Emerita…” It adds that “The Board credits Sanders with negotiating the acquisition of its beautiful new 32-acre lakefront campus, a transformative achievement for the College.” In reality, the acquisition of that property bankrupted the College, and Sanders is now being investigated for bank fraud by the FBI for misrepresentations she made on loan documents to purchase the land for the campus.

Senator Sanders, who is up for reelection this year, hit the media circuit this week to defend his wife, assuring that she’s the most honest person he knows and that the investigation is politically motivated. “When you go after people’s wives that is really pathetic,” he said in a recent interview, adding that “it’s fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life, it’s not only that they get attacked, but it’s their wives and their families that get attacked. That’s what this is about.” The couple lawyered up this week, hiring two prominent attorneys, one in Burlington and the other in Washington D.C. Also, this month, Jane launched a nonprofit organization, the Sanders Institute, to “revitalize democracy” with progressive policies aimed at racial and social justice as well as environmental and economic issues.

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Mika Disaster
If a tweet from the President can ruin your relationship - what does that say about you guys, Joe and Mika?

The New York Post has reported that MSNBC’s “Morning Joe’s” co-hosts, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, have delayed the vacation they were supposed to take during the fourth of July holiday, only to respond to Trump’s Thursday tweets which slammed the two hosts over their physical appearance and mental health.

Trump tweeted on Thursday, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

The NY Post was told by an unnamed source from MSNBC, that “Joe and Mika were supposed to start their July 4th weekend early by taking Friday off — but following Trump’s tweet, they postponed their trip by day so they can be back on air Friday morning to sling some ‘bad blood’ back at Trump.”

Conservative radio show host, Rush Limbaugh, also seemed to confirm the incident at Mar-a-Lago. However, he claimed that the incident occurred back in 2012.

Limbaugh said, “It was 2012. So five years ago, and I believe it was a Friday afternoon. I’m sitting here minding my own business, and I get a note that Mika Brzezinski and Scarborough are in town. There’s something going on in town that they’re here, they’re here making an appearance. It might have been Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend or some such thing as that. I think it was at The Breakers. And they asked to come by.”

“I met Scarborough a long, long time ago,” Limbaugh added. “He was a member of the freshman class in 1994. I had never met Mika Brzezinski.”

He continued, “We got there right at five o’clock, right as Trump was meeting with the Tuesday group, a group of Republican House members. There were 17 ‘no’ votes. We watched the whole thing, right off Oval Office. He converted 16 of those votes to ‘yes’ votes. … At dinner, I don’t know how it came up, he asked me if I knew Scarborough and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve met him.’ He said, ‘Those two are weird.’ And I just sat there. He said, ‘Yeah, New Year’s Eve, they call, they begged to come to Mar-a-Lago. They want to be around me. They come to Mar-a-Lago. I said, ‘I gotta let ’em in, I’m president-elect, they want to come.’ I didn’t want them there, but they wanted to come. And they hang out for all three days, and I kind of felt obligated to have ’em.’”

Limbaugh further stated that he’s been brushing off attacks from the two TV hosts, even though they have been “going after” for quite some time. He added that he doesn’t expect Trump to brush it off though, since he’s a “fighter.”

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Healthcare Troubles
New boss, same as the old boss?

While hosting the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump responded to reporters’ questions about the Republican health care bill with a few short remarks. However, he did say that the health care bill will be a big surprise for everyone.

Talking to the group of baseball players who have just won the World Series, he asked, “Does anybody want to see the Oval Office?” the players laughed and replied affirmatively. Referring to the press, he said, “We’ll leave them behind.”

“And just to do a little official business,” Trump said to the reporters, “health care is working along very well.”

“We’re gonna have a big surprise with a great health care package,” he told them, “now they’re happy.”

“We’re gonna have a great, great surprise,” he said, as he walked away while reporters threw questions at him about the supposed surprise.

On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he had come up with a break through idea with president; splitting up the bill so it can easily pass through Congress.

The Republicans’ health care bill narrowly passed the House of Representatives, however, the Senate then decided to draft their own all over again.

The way the bill is being drafted has been criticized from both sides. Conservative Republicans are of the opinion that the new bill is simply “Obamacare lite” as it doesn’t really repeal Obamacare, while Democrats say the bill can prove to be dangerous and will literally kill thousands of Americans.

According to Bette Midler, the bill is equal to Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian dictator, killing his own citizen with toxic sarin gas.

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also claimed that the House of Representatives’ version of the bill would go on to bring “death, pain, and suffering.”

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Vocal right-wing activist, Ann Coulter, shared her disappointment with President Trump and his unfulfilled promises in a recent blog post. She even slammed Sean Hannity for purportedly not allowing her to speak up on his show.

Sean Hannity hosted Coulter on his show; however, the right wing firebrand has alleged that her remarks excoriating the presence of former Goldman Sachs employees in Trump’s administration were edited out of the show.

In response, Hannity took to Twitter and said that his show had ran out of time and they only cut out her remarks to keep the show succinct.

However, Coulter doesn’t seem to accept that explanation. She published another blog post on Wednesday. An excerpt reads:

“Sean Hannity, bless his heart,” she writes, “has the zeal of the late Trump convert. He would endorse communism if Trump decided to implement the policies of “The Communist Manifesto.” (Which the GOP’s health care bill actually does!)”

On his show last Thursday, he tried to get me to defend Trump’s “rich person” remarks about Cohn. I wish you could see the segment, but, unfortunately, Hannity decided no one would ever see it — NOT, I hasten to add, because he would ever censor criticism of Trump, but simply because he ran out of time.

In a pre-taped interview. It was a time problem. (It may not be evident to most viewers, but three minutes MUST be left at the end of every Hannity show for Nerf football throwing.)

Coulter also used the space to warn Trump of the grave consequences the influence of Wall Street bankers could have on the unshakeable support of his followers. She cited the views of a recent focus group of voters from Macomb County, Michigan.

However, one fact, and one fact only, shook their faith: when they were told that his Cabinet was “full of campaign donors, Goldman Sachs bankers (bailed out by the taxpayers) and people who use undocumented workers in their homes.”

Hearing that, these devoted Trump voters called him “two-faced,” a “puppet” and sadly remarked, “It’s going to be a lot of the same old garbage.”

Trump knows this. His guilty conscience propelled him to stray from his standard rally speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week, and go into what seemed like an endless soliloquy on his chief economic adviser, Goldman Sachs’ Gary Cohn. (Not to be confused with his Treasury Secretary, Goldman Sachs’ Steve Mnuchin, or his deputy national security adviser, Goldman Sachs’ Dina Powell. These are the people the media call the “grown-ups” in Trump’s administration.)

The Cedar Rapids crowd was thrilled to see Trump. They would have cheered his tie. They would have cheered the humidity. But his lengthy disquisition on Cohn? Crickets.

The president is yet to pitch in his views on the feud. He’s also being waited upon to talk about what most are calling too much influence of Wall Street in his administration.

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End Times
Ain't nothing more horrifying than defending the Constitutional vision of the Founders... or so say these democrats.

In response to the recent Supreme Court rulings, Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) criticized, what she thinks is simply judicial “extremism” from three Supreme Court justices, who are also conservative. She went on to call them the three “horsemen of the apocalypse. Hirono made the remarks during a very heated rant on MSNBC Monday.

“It’s hardly a clear victory,” Hirono said to Andrea Mitchell, “and in fact everything that the president talks about, everything is great, wonderful, it’s still a Muslim ban. And by listing a part of the injunction, by creating a category of people who will be able to come in by showing a bona fide relationship with people or institutions in our country, I don’t know what that means.”

“By the way,” she added, “you know, Neil Gorsuch, who I did not support as a Supreme Court Justice he’s joined two of the most conservatives justices Clarence Thomas and uh Alito on the court to take the position that the entire injunction should have been lifted.”

“This is like the three horsemen of the apocalypse, and they’re waiting for the fourth one to come along so that they can go on their trend towards what I call ‘extremism.’”

“And that’s exactly the, I’m not surprised at all that Neil Gorsuch is right in there with Thomas and Alito, in wanting to, pretty much tell the president, ‘you go right ahead, impose a Muslim ban.’ I’m glad that the other justices aren’t there quite yet.”

She made the comments, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to discuss the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Even though President Trump’s executive action has been stuck in the courts, according to the Supreme Court, parts of the ban can still be implemented while the case proceeds.

However, despite the shameful remarks by the Hirono, she seems undeterred and unfazed, and put a video clip of her discussion on social media. Her caption read, “#MuslimBan still targets religion. But 3 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Gorsuch, Alito & Thomas want to see their extreme agenda enacted.”

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Cyber Security
"I sure hope this Nigerian prince makes it to the US ok, I'm looking forward to enjoying my millions..."

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh shared a theory that former President Barack Obama may have chosen not to do anything about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections for a very peculiar reason: he simply didn’t want Hillary Clinton to become the president.

“People had that theory bandied about before the election,” Rush said, while talking on his radio show.

Limbaugh explained his theory step by step, talking about how the former president’s decision to not take any action may have impacted the elections.

“Bottom line, Obama hears about all of these efforts and the brave struggle to contain it begins, and Obama meets with experts and advisers. They advise him what to do. Obama gives his own counsel,” Limbaugh explained. “At the end of it all Obama decided to do nothing other than call Putin and say ‘cut it out,’ an act of bravery and courage unlike most other in American history. And after telling Putin to cut it out, he then confronted Putin again in China and said, ‘Stop it or else.’ Putin and the Russians quaking away, cowering in laughter at the bravery and courage of Barack Hussein O.”

According to Limbaugh, the Obama administration had a very good idea of what was going on with the alleged Russian interference, from August to November of last year. However, he did absolutely nothing to stop it.

Limbaugh furthered his talk, “Obama didn’t choke. He thought Hillary was gonna win! Trump’s exactly right about this. He thought Hillary was gonna win.”

He later added, “Folks, let’s play this out: what if there is another possibility here explaining why Obama didn’t do anything?”

“What if, as the story says, Putin was trying to elect Trump — again, I, on the record think this is bogus, but that’s what the story said — what if Obama knew Putin was trying to elect Trump and didn’t do anything to stop the Russians because he really didn’t want Hillary to win?”

He then said, “This story says Obama was scared to death it could be done, worried very seriously it was being done and decided to do nothing about it. So people are livid at Obama on the left, and that’s gonna be a larger theme going forward as this massive story gets digested by more and more people. But as it gets digested and as more and more people read it and absorb it, it’s going to also be seen for what it is: a giant, big batch of nothing where Trump is concerned. Big batch of nothing.”

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Noting the recent surge in violence against the Republican Party and President Donald Trump, Jeanine Pirro, in her monologue on Fox News’ “Justice,” slammed Democrats and liberals for being a “party of hate and destruction.”

“Democrats have so normalized hatred and violence against the President of the United States, that I fear it will result in some crazy lefty trying to assassinate him,” Pirro began, highlighting that it’s not just President Trump who is in danger, but conservatives and Republicans too.

She added, “They are no longer the ‘opposition party.’ They are the ‘reckless party,’ putting lives in danger.”

Pirro rightly claimed that the prevailing political climate has turned into “a danger zone of complete hatred and chaos.” She further highlighted that the way violent behavior and speech has become a normal part of our daily lives is very “shocking.”

Pirro then spoke about Shakespeare in the Park, which was recently re-made into a modern-day “Julius Ceaser,” based on Donald Trump. She even talked about Kathy Griffin and Johnny Depp and how the two entertainers have recently implied assassinating Trump.

“By the way, notice a theme here — they’re all has-beens,” Pirro said. “Of course they’re going to stand in the way of progress; they forgot what it’s like to be a success.”

“This isn’t about free speech,” Pirro said of those threatening the president, Republicans, and conservatives with violence. “But here’s the kicker: there are consequences. I don’t see Republicans flipping their lids trying to burn down buildings in ninja outfits when a Democrat, Progressive, or Socialist tries to speak.”

Claiming that there is indeed a very valid reason for the Democrats’ “downward spiral” and continued losses, Pirro furthered her talk, saying, “They’ve lost the last four congressional races since the election of President Trump. And while the president is focused on jobs, the economy, and our safety and security, the Democrats keep fighting over bathrooms and Russia collusion that seems more a problem, to me, of the Obama administration — who ignored it — because they were connected to Russia, and they figured Hillary was gonna win anyway.”

She continued, “While they continue to riot, and spew their venom, claiming it’s their First Amendment right, Americans see this party for what it is: a party of liberal rage, hatred, and intolerance. A party that, like their last candidate for president, has no message other than calling opponents names like ‘homophobic, xenophobic, racist, and deplorable.’”

“It didn’t work in 2016,” Pirro said. “It isn’t working now, and it never will work. I worry, though, and you should worry for our president and all elected officials.”

“The trickling down of hate is a danger to us all,” she concluded.

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