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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/17/2018 08:48 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/17/2018 08:48 PM
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Sen. Jeff Flake...Reflexive “Fake News” Claims Not Good For Democracy. Use Gives License to Authoritarian Leaders Suppressing Free Speech Abroad

Washington, DC...U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today spoke on the Senate floor warning of the danger to democracy around the world posed by political leaders denying shared truths and reflexively dismissing facts as “fake news”: “2017 was a year which saw the truth – objective, empirical, evidence-based truth – more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government. The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated.




“No politician will ever get to tell us what the truth is and is not. And anyone who presumes to try to attack or manipulate the truth to his own purposes should be made to realize the mistake and be held to account. That is our job here… Of course, a major difference between politicians and the free press is that the press usually corrects itself when it gets something wrong.

“No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions. And Mr. President, an American president who cannot take criticism – who must constantly deflect and distort and distract – who must find someone else to blame -- is charting a very dangerous path…

“2018 must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it. In this effort, the choice is quite simple. And in this effort, the truth needs as many allies as possible. Together, my colleagues, we are powerful. Together, we have it within us to turn back these attacks, right these wrongs, repair this damage, restore reverence for our institutions, and prevent further moral vandalism.”

Video of Flake’s remarks can be viewed here.

A complete transcript of Flake’s prepared remarks can be viewed below.

***
Mr. President, near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” So, from our very beginnings, our freedom has been predicated on truth. The founders were visionary in this regard, understanding well that good faith and shared facts between the governed and the government would be the very basis of this ongoing idea of America.

As the distinguished former member of this body, Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, famously said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” During the past year, I am alarmed to say that Senator Moynihan’s proposition has likely been tested more severely than at any time in our history.

It is for that reason that I rise today, to talk about the truth, and its relationship to democracy. For without truth, and a principled fidelity to truth and to shared facts, Mr. President, our democracy will not last.

2017 was a year which saw the truth – objective, empirical, evidence-based truth -- more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government. It was a year which saw the White House enshrine “alternative facts” into the American lexicon, as justification for what used to be known simply as good old-fashioned falsehoods. It was the year in which an unrelenting daily assault on the constitutionally-protected free press was launched by that same White House, an assault that is as unprecedented as it is unwarranted. “The enemy of the people,” was what the president of the United States called the free press in 2017.

Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase “enemy of the people,” that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of “annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.

This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president’s party. For they are shameful, repulsive statements. And, of course, the president has it precisely backward – despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot’s enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy. When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him “fake news,” it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.

I dare say that anyone who has the privilege and awesome responsibility to serve in this chamber knows that these reflexive slurs of “fake news” are dubious, at best. Those of us who travel overseas, especially to war zones and other troubled areas around the globe, encounter members of U.S. based media who risk their lives, and sometimes lose their lives, reporting on the truth. To dismiss their work as fake news is an affront to their commitment and their sacrifice.

According to the International Federation of Journalists, 80 journalists were killed in 2017, and a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists documents that the number of journalists imprisoned around the world has reached 262, which is a new record. This total includes 21 reporters who are being held on “false news” charges.

Mr. President, so powerful is the presidency that the damage done by the sustained attack on the truth will not be confined to the president’s time in office. Here in America, we do not pay obeisance to the powerful – in fact, we question the powerful most ardently – to do so is our birthright and a requirement of our citizenship -- and so, we know well that no matter how powerful, no president will ever have dominion over objective reality.

No politician will ever get to tell us what the truth is and is not. And anyone who presumes to try to attack or manipulate the truth to his own purposes should be made to realize the mistake and be held to account. That is our job here. And that is just as Madison, Hamilton, and Jay would have it.

Of course, a major difference between politicians and the free press is that the press usually corrects itself when it gets something wrong. Politicians don’t.

No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions. And Mr. President, an American president who cannot take criticism – who must constantly deflect and distort and distract – who must find someone else to blame -- is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the president adds to the danger.

Now, we are told via twitter that today the president intends to announce his choice for the “most corrupt and dishonest” media awards. It beggars belief that an American president would engage in such a spectacle. But here we are.

And so, 2018 must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it. In this effort, the choice is quite simple. And in this effort, the truth needs as many allies as possible. Together, my colleagues, we are powerful. Together, we have it within us to turn back these attacks, right these wrongs, repair this damage, restore reverence for our institutions, and prevent further moral vandalism.

Together, united in the purpose to do our jobs under the Constitution, without regard to party or party loyalty, let us resolve to be allies of the truth -- and not partners in its destruction.

It is not my purpose here to inventory all of the official untruths of the past year. But a brief survey is in order. Some untruths are trivial – such as the bizarre contention regarding the crowd size at last year’s inaugural.

But many untruths are not at all trivial – such as the seminal untruth of the president’s political career - the oft-repeated conspiracy about the birthplace of President Obama. Also not trivial are the equally pernicious fantasies about rigged elections and massive voter fraud, which are as destructive as they are inaccurate – to the effort to undermine confidence in the federal courts, federal law enforcement, the intelligence community and the free press, to perhaps the most vexing untruth of all – the supposed “hoax” at the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

To be very clear, to call the Russia matter a “hoax” – as the president has many times – is a falsehood. We know that the attacks orchestrated by the Russian government during the election were real and constitute a grave threat to both American sovereignty and to our national security. It is in the interest of every American to get to the bottom of this matter, wherever the investigation leads.

Ignoring or denying the truth about hostile Russian intentions toward the United States leaves us vulnerable to further attacks. We are told by our intelligence agencies that those attacks are ongoing, yet it has recently been reported that there has not been a single cabinet-level meeting regarding Russian interference and how to defend America against these attacks. Not one. What might seem like a casual and routine untruth – so casual and routine that it has by now become the white noise of Washington - is in fact a serious lapse in the defense of our country.

Mr. President, let us be clear. The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated.

Mr. President, every word that a president utters projects American values around the world. The values of free expression and a reverence for the free press have been our global hallmark, for it is our ability to freely air the truth that keeps our government honest and keeps a people free. Between the mighty and the modest, truth is the great leveler. And so, respect for freedom of the press has always been one of our most important exports.

But a recent report published in our free press should raise an alarm. Reading from the story:

“In February…Syrian President Bashar Assad brushed off an Amnesty International report that some 13,000 people had been killed at one of his military prisons by saying, “You can forge anything these days, we are living in a fake news era.”

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has complained of being “demonized” by “fake news.” Last month, the report continues, with our President, quote “laughing by his side” Duterte called reporters “spies.”

In July, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro complained to the Russian propaganda outlet, that the world media had “spread lots of false versions, lots of lies” about his country, adding, “This is what we call 'fake news' today, isn't it?”

There are more:

“A state official in Myanmar recently said, “There is no such thing as Rohingya. It is fake news,” referring to the persecuted ethnic group.

Leaders in Singapore, a country known for restricting free speech, have promised “fake news” legislation in the new year.”

And on and on. This feedback loop is disgraceful, Mr. President. Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language. This is reprehensible.

We are not in a “fake news” era, as Bashar Assad says. We are, rather, in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself, to challenge free people and free societies, everywhere.

In our own country, from the trivial to the truly dangerous, it is the range and regularity of the untruths we see that should be cause for profound alarm, and spur to action. Add to that the by-now predictable habit of calling true things false, and false things true, and we have a recipe for disaster. As George Orwell warned, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

Any of us who have spent time in public life have endured news coverage we felt was jaded or unfair. But in our positions, to employ even idle threats to use laws or regulations to stifle criticism is corrosive to our democratic institutions. Simply put: it is the press’s obligation to uncover the truth about power. It is the people’s right to criticize their government. And it is our job to take it.

What is the goal of laying siege to the truth? President John F. Kennedy, in a stirring speech on the 20th anniversary of the Voice of America, was eloquent in answer to that question:

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

Mr. President, the question of why the truth is now under such assault may well be for historians to determine. But for those who cherish American constitutional democracy, what matters is the effect on America and her people and her standing in an increasingly unstable world -- made all the more unstable by these very fabrications. What matters is the daily disassembling of our democratic institutions.

We are a mature democracy – it is well past time that we stop excusing or ignoring – or worse, endorsing -- these attacks on the truth. For if we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost.

I sincerely thank my colleagues for their indulgence today. I will close by borrowing the words of an early adherent to my faith that I find has special resonance at this moment. His name was John Jacques, and as a young missionary in England he contemplated the question: "What is truth?" His search was expressed in poetry and ultimately in a hymn that I grew up with, titled “Oh Say, What is Truth.” It ends as follows:

“Then say, what is truth? 'Tis the last and the first,

For the limits of time it steps o'er.

Tho the heavens depart and the earth's fountains burst.

Truth, the sum of existence, will weather the worst,

Eternal… unchanged… evermore.”

Thank you, Mr. President. I yield the floor.



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The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
Posted on: 2018-01-17 20:55:43   By: Anonymous
 
Sen. Jeff Flake is a loser that knows he can't re-elected because he fought President Trump Making America Great Again.
Sen. Jeff Flake is sad because nobody will talk to him so he made up a story about The President.
Sen. Jeff Flake, What A Loser!

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    Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:03:28   By: Anonymous
     
    The commenter above is so ignorant , he doesn't seem to know that Flake is the 1st REPUBLICAN thats shown he has some balls and a spine to stand up to the Dictator Trump.!!!!! Flake tells the truth.

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      Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:05:58   By: Anonymous
       
      Fianlly a Republican that deserves at least some respect, regardless what Trump and his thugs say in regards to Flake speaking up.

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        Flake Tells it Like it is
        Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:08:17   By: Anonymous
         
        Thank you Republican Jeff Flake, for telling it like it is. You're looking better everyday! Most other chicken Republicans can't muster the courage.

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          Re: Flake Tells it Like it is
          Posted on: 2018-01-17 23:06:44   By: Anonymous
           
          Sen. Jeff Flake has a pierced hoo-haw.

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            A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
            Posted on: 2018-01-18 04:33:47   By: Anonymous
             


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              Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
              Posted on: 2018-01-18 05:19:34   By: Anonymous
               
              THE NAZI TODDLER-IN-CHIEF SALUTES HIS FANS.

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                A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
                Posted on: 2018-01-18 05:31:14   By: Anonymous
                 


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                  Re: Making America GREAT Again!
                  Posted on: 2018-01-18 19:15:55   By: Anonymous
                   
                  President Trump just Keeps On Winning!! ... And so do Americans.

                  Read about more Winning by President Trump and US. $$$$$$$$!!!

                  Jobless Claims Hit 45 Year Low, GDP Looks Strong, Manufacturing Growth Powers Forward
                  by JOHN CARNEY 18 Jan 2018

                  The U.S. economy keeps churning up new signals of sustained strength.
                  Jobless Claims.
                  Filing for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in almost 45 years, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.

                  Jobless claims fell by 41,000 to 220,000, far below the 249,000 expected by economists.
                  That’s the lowest level since 1973.
                  It’s likely that the official unemployment rate, already very low at 4.1 percent, could fall even further.

                  Fourth Quarter GDP Looks Stronger.
                  The Atlanta Fed’s latest forecast for gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic output, rose Thursday to 3.4 percent. It was boosted by the Fed’s release of industrial production figures a day earlier. The New York Fed’s forecast, due to be updated Friday, stands at 3.9 percent.

                  Manufacturing Growth Still Strong.
                  The Philadelphia Fed’s survey of manufacturing business showed that this sector continues to grow in January, although a few measures slipped below the very strong figures for December. Businesses reported an increase in manufacturing employment overall, with 24 percent saying they hired more workers and just eight percent saying they employed fewer. The average workweek also increased, indicating increased activity among those employed in manufacturing.

                  The outlook for the future looks strong.
                  Seventy-two percent of firms reported that they expect an increase in underlying demand in the first quarter of this year, with 12 percent saying the increase would be significant. Nearly 70 percent expect to increase production.

                  Making America Great Again!!

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                    Re: Making America GREAT Again!
                    Posted on: 2018-01-18 20:11:10   By: Anonymous
                     
                    trump bot. the stock profits are going to executive salaries, shareholder dividends, acquiring other companies (monopolies). full employment will result in some wage increases, but overall 83% of the profits will go to the top2%.

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                Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
                Posted on: 2018-01-18 06:56:55   By: Anonymous
                 
                You can't handle success! Liberals are losing their simple minds!

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                  Republicans Party = Racists Party
                  Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:05:57   By: Anonymous
                   
                  cry baby repubes. Why don't admit it../ oh, thats right, you're letting Trump tell everbody his supporters are racists.

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                Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
                Posted on: 2018-01-18 07:00:17   By: Anonymous
                 
                You can't handle success! Liberals are losing their simple minds!

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                  Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
                  Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:06:56   By: Anonymous
                   
                  TRUMPS ENCOURAGES ETHNIC CLEANSING OF AMERICA

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                Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
                Posted on: 2018-01-18 08:01:22   By: Anonymous
                 


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                  BIG BLUE WAVE
                  Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:55:41   By: Anonymous
                   
                  THE BIG BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IS GOING TO WASH ACROSS THE USA AND WASH ALL THE REDHOLES OUT TO SEA WHERE THEY CAN SWIM TO THE NEAREST DESERTED ISLAND AND START THEIR OWN RACIST *bleep*HOLE COUNTRY WITH TRUMP.

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                    Re: BIG BLUE WAVE
                    Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:08:03   By: Anonymous
                     
                    RACISTS CAN'T SWIM

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                      Re: BIG BLUE WAVE
                      Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:08:23   By: Anonymous
                       
                      GOOD!

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              Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
              Posted on: 2018-01-18 07:05:15   By: Anonymous
               
              Hail Trump!!!

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                Re: A DEPLORABLE FEARFUL LEADER
                Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:59:12   By: Anonymous
                 
                The Trump Family Chant:

                "Blood and Soil"

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    Republican Flake Tells Truth - Trumps a liar
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:09:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Jeff Flake say: Trumps a liar

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      Re: Republican Flake Tells Truth - Trumps a liar
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:10:49   By: Anonymous
       
      GO FLAKE GO !!!!!!!! RIGHT ON

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      Re: Republican Flake Tells Truth - Trumps a liar
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 06:53:34   By: Anonymous
       
      HILLARY THE LYING CHEATING CORRUPT BIGOT LOST THE ELECTION SNOWFLAKES
      AND SHE'S SITTING ON THE COUCH CRYING....SNOWFLAKES....AHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
      IT'S PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP TO YOU ALL AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WATCHA GONNA DO, LEAVE THE COUNTRY? AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      MAYBE NEXT ELECTION YOU'LL GET OPRAH WINFREY FOR PRESIDENT AND JERRY SPRINGER FOR VP....AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA DEMOCRATS, WHINING AND CRYING FOR 8 YEARS AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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        Re: Republican Flake Tells Truth - Trumps a liar
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 12:50:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Bat sheet crazy

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        Re: Republican Flake Tells Truth - Trumps a liar
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:12:28   By: Anonymous
         
        TRUMPS MOUTH CAN'T BE DISTINGUISHED FROM HIS *bleep*HOLE

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          Re: Republican Flake Tells Truth - Trumps a liar
          Posted on: 2018-01-18 20:12:22   By: Anonymous
           
          He puckers up to throw kisses and promises to Putin.

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    Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 22:14:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Jeff Flake is a tool

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      Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 23:03:06   By: Anonymous
       
      Chicken, corn, green peppers, chili....sigh onions..

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        Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 09:31:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Absolutely no seasonings, we've communicated about this.

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    Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 22:26:19   By: Anonymous
      Edited By: thepinetree
    On: 2018-01-18 09:51:41


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    Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
    Posted on: 2018-01-18 07:14:34   By: Anonymous
     
    I'm noticing that a lot of people aren't graciously accepting the fact that their candidate lost.

    In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those who voted for Trump.

    Some are apparently "triggered" because they are posting how "sick" you feel about the results.

    How did this happen you ask? Well here is how it happened!

    You created "us" when you attacked our freedom of speech.

    You created "us" when you attacked our right to bear arms.

    You created "us" when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

    You created "us" when you constantly referred to us as racists.

    You created "us" when you constantly called us xenophobic.

    You created "us" when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

    You created "us" when you attacked our flag

    You created "us" when you took God out of our schools.

    You created "us" when you confused women's rights with feminism.

    You created "us" when you began to emasculate men.

    You created "us" when you decided to make our children soft.

    You created "us" when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

    You created "us" when you attacked our way of life.

    You created "us" when you decided to let our government get out of control.

    You created "us" the silent majority

    You created "us" when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers.

    You created "us" when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors

    You created "us" when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

    You created "us" when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn't remove your hat during our National Anthem.

    You created "us" when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

    And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
    And we did it with ballots, not bullets.
    With ballots, not riots.
    With ballots, not looting.
    With ballots, not blocking traffic.
    With ballots, not fires, except the one you started inside of "us"

    "YOU" created "US".


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      BIG BLUE WAVE
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 08:06:26   By: Anonymous
       


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        Re: BIG BLUE WAVE
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:57:58   By: Anonymous
         
        THE BIG BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IS GOING TO WASH ACROSS THE USA AND SEND ALL THE REDHOLES OUT TO SEA WHERE THEY CAN SWIM TO THE NEAREST DESERTED ISLAND AND START THEIR OWN *bleep*HOLE COUNTRY WITH TRUMP.

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      Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 09:38:47   By: Anonymous
       
      Not really, just disagreeing with your President, just like you did with our President. But now you a-holes don't like the bashing. And agreed Hillary wasn't the correct candidate. Bernie would have been better. In closing, you and your President can Kiss my Democratic A ss.

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        Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 12:04:51   By: Anonymous
         
        He is your President also , so Kiss your own A ss .

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          NOT MY PRESIDENT
          Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:01:08   By: Anonymous
           
          HE AIN'T MY PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            Re: NOT MY PRESIDENT
            Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:02:58   By: Anonymous
             
            The USA now has a Dictator as President. Republican voters refer to him as their "Supreme Leader"

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      Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:07:31   By: Anonymous
       
      ah, quit your bellyaching. Your “us” created a monster called trump. Your “us” wants to take the country back to something that only exists in your minds, that has little grasp of history or reality. Trump wants to tear down our constitution, are status and role in the world, and suck up to our adversary in Russia. For over 200 years the nation has moved forward to protect all its people, regardless of race, creed, or origin. Nations, like all other living populations must adapt to change or die away.

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      Re: The Liberal Liar's Hair's on Fire
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:14:44   By: Anonymous
       
      The us you claim to be, trump voters , is not the silent majority. Trump lost the popular vote by millions.

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        BIG BLUE WAVE
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 14:11:00   By: Anonymous
         
        THE BIG BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IS GOING TO WASH ACROSS THE USA AND SEND ALL THE TRUMP SUPPORTERS OUT TO SEA WHERE THEY CAN SWIM TO A DESERTED ISALND AND START THEIR OWN *bleep*HOLE COUNTRY

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FLAKES DAY
Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:18:57   By: Anonymous
 
Today Flake showed the rest of the Republicans how to stand up to a President who is trying to become the Dictator.

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    Re: FLAKES DAY
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:22:03   By: Anonymous
     
    No chicken*bleep* from Flake. He ain't scared of no Trump!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:21:24   By: Anonymous
 
This is a brilliant, well researched, and thoughtful commentary on our very scary state of affairs with Trump’s demented, evil, and self-centered practice of bashing the NEWS.
As a REPUBLICAN who is courageous enough to speak the TRUTH, I hope he has some influence over the others in his party who are putting their heads in the sand and plugging their nose to kiss up to their boss out of fear of retaliation.

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    Re: Not Bad
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:26:35   By: Anonymous
     
    Flakes speech was pretty good, and not bad, for a Republican. Wish the rest of them would get their tongues out of Trumps *bleep*hole so they too can speak the truth.

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THE FLAKE NEWS
Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:28:47   By: Anonymous
 
TRUMPS A LIAR

AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT

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Doen't make up for dumb fake news post
Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:30:38   By: Anonymous
 
This post doesn't make up for the stupid post PineTree had of the Trump Fake News Awards. This is at least Real News.

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:34:24   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:16:23   By: Anonymous
       
      BSC

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Thank you Flake
Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:34:56   By: Anonymous
 
Thank you Republican Senator Jeff Flake, for telling it like it is:

Trumps a liar and a wannabe dictator.

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    Re: Thank you Flake
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:37:40   By: Anonymous
     
    History books will put Trump, Stalin, and Hitler in the same chapter.

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      Re: history book
      Posted on: 2018-01-17 21:42:00   By: Anonymous
       
      Chapter 2: Republicans, Nazis, and Communist -what they have in
      common

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        Re: history book
        Posted on: 2018-01-17 22:09:10   By: Anonymous
         
        chapter 3 - how to elect a republican and turn country to *bleep*hole

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flake calls trump a liar
Posted on: 2018-01-17 22:07:38   By: Anonymous
 

FLAKES NEWS

REPUBLICAN SENATOR JEFF FLAKE ADMITS

TRUMPS A LIAR

AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT

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I'm suprised
Posted on: 2018-01-17 22:18:03   By: Anonymous
 
that nobody said anything about his tie.

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    Re: I'm suprised
    Posted on: 2018-01-17 23:59:42   By: Anonymous
     
    I noticed that as well.

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      Re: I'm suprised
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 03:15:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Flake is a Fake that's why he is quitting !!

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        Re: I'm suprised
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 04:35:54   By: Anonymous
         


        [Reply ]

          Re: I'm suprised
          Posted on: 2018-01-18 05:32:23   By: Anonymous
           


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            Re: I'm suprised
            Posted on: 2018-01-18 07:43:02   By: Anonymous
             
            It’s common knowledge trump is a total liar. His bogus health report, a joke . All of the world knows he is demented. He sounds like a child,not a world leader. The only word he knows is green. His son said that. His administration is in bed with Russia. He is guilty of money laundering, obstruction of justice. He should be impeached immediately. Before he does any more damage to our great country.

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              Re: I'm suprised
              Posted on: 2018-01-18 07:51:34   By: Anonymous
               
              I’m glad you idiots are so impressed with the people who murderd millions of people. Shows the rest of how mean and uneducated you jerks are . Please keep showing your stupidity.

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                Re: I'm suprised
                Posted on: 2018-01-18 07:59:42   By: Anonymous
                 
                Trumps weight = 290 lbs . You would think a navy doctor would have a scale that works. Cognitive test, that does not mean reading the back of a luckie charms box .

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Flake news is fake news
Posted on: 2018-01-18 08:10:42   By: Anonymous
 
Its the same thing.

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GREAT SPEECH
Posted on: 2018-01-18 11:00:16   By: Anonymous
 
What a great speech. I don't typically vote GOP but this is a man of integrity. Would be nice of he would run for President in 2020.

What a contrast to Trump, the American Stalin.

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Jeff Flake is wise!
Posted on: 2018-01-18 11:35:00   By: Anonymous
 
Thank you to Jeff Flake for speaking up! A wise man indeed. More republicans should speak up against this awful mess we're dealing with, instead of kissing up to it!!!

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    Re: Jeff Flake is wise!
    Posted on: 2018-01-18 11:49:31   By: Anonymous
     
    Jeff Flake, could you please be president

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      You Created Us BS
      Posted on: 2018-01-18 12:54:06   By: Anonymous
       
      So you prefer a dictaror who is taking away your rights and you cheer this on?
      This is what Hitler, Stalin and Dump did.

      You are stuck in stupid, in a cult of stupid, lies from Fox , the fake news mouthpiece.

      Sad.

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        BIG BLUE WAVE
        Posted on: 2018-01-18 13:53:49   By: Anonymous
         
        THE BIG BLUE WAVE IS GOING TO WASH ACROSS THE USA AND SEND ALL THE REDHOLES OUT TO SEA WHERE THEY CAN SWIM TO THE NEAREST DESERTED ISLAND AND START THEIR OWN *bleep*HOLE COUNTRY

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          Re: BIG BLUE WAVE
          Posted on: 2018-01-18 21:42:38   By: Anonymous
           
          Got it! Got it! How can we speed up this day?!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-20 19:48:37   By: Anonymous
 
Great Jeff, except for one thing, which happens to have been your main point. President Trump didn't call the press "The enemy of the people." He said that about fake news, which it is. So, you can sit down now.

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