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    Yesterday: well-spoken President gives final address, leaving with very high approval ratings after 8 years in office
    Today: President-elect with 30% approval rating and 4th grade communication skills hosts press conference to deny allegations that he likes being pissed on by Russian hookers

    Holy fuck America, this is embarrassing
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    Unfortunately, they really skimped out on the crickets on mine because they add a pretty flavourful crunch element on top of the coleslaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTS View Post
    Yesterday: well-spoken President gives final address, leaving with very high approval ratings after 8 years in office
    Today: President-elect with 30% approval rating and 4th grade communication skills hosts press conference to deny allegations that he likes being pissed on by Russian hookers

    Holy fuck America, this is embarrassing
    Which is a nice distraction for, among other things, the conflicts of interest avenue, which he mostly dodged to let his lawyer talk about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intentional wok View Post
    Which is a nice distraction for, among other things, the conflicts of interest avenue, which he mostly dodged to let his lawyer talk about.
    He sure left the stage fast when that came up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKat View Post
    STD is on fire tonight.

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    To put up a very tepid defense for Donald, if the documents about hooker pissing are completely fabricated, it's not really his fault that he had to address them today, not that I'm saying you're suggesting otherwise. It wasn't Obama's fault that he had to smack down birtherism for eight years (and the issue arguably still wasn't resolved during last year's election).

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    Wait, is it normal to have a table full of folders and paperwork next to the podium to prove the POTUS is doing paperwork?

    "Here is the paperwork being done for his Trust," motions his attorney. Camera pans to reveal table full of paper.

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    Ford and Chrysler stayed in the U.S. That's all that matters to the voters who pushed Trump over the edge in the electoral college. How many shortcomings would you overlook and sins would you forgive if you thought that your job was at risk and you thought the President did something to save your job?

    Trump's clownery is going to be a perfect distraction away from all the corporate enrichment that will occur. I mean, after this abject disaster, the U.S. stock market is slightly in the green. The NYC hedge fund traders salivating over expectations of massive corporate enrichment can be the only explanation.

    The difference between this round of corporate enrichment and other rounds of corporate enrichment seen under Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama is I think there actually will be a few crumbs falling to the average schlub in a trickle down effect. Middle age white guy union jobs are safe for another 4-8 years or until AI catches up...whatever comes first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intentional wok View Post
    I'm not side-tracking any more into journalistic ethics, because a) it's irrelevant to my original point about you having zero information about the CNN news story, and b) that's the distraction in all of this.

    What should be discussed -- and what Jim was only posting news for -- is that Obama and Trump were brought information about potential Russian blackmail efforts, which is a prospect that should scare every American. And the first thing you did was pull up the questionable Buzzfeed piece and try to tear down the whole thing for two pages even after Jim said that wasn't what he was referring to.

    You have absolutely no ability to verify anything in any of these stories, so I don't understand why you're hammering so hard on what was otherwise simply a piece of news. It's why I said that going off on journalistic ethics in a Buzzfeed piece hardly a sane reaction to a CNN story entitled "Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him". That really should interest you more than some clickbait that may or may not have any merit to it and then telling other posters to put away the tin foil hat.
    It's all good. I don't think we're getting anywhere at this point.

    I'll try to have more "sane reactions" in the future. I took an aderall at lunch for work purposes yesterday that may have lead to my lengthy responses. lol

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    After saying that Mexico would be reimbursing the cost for the wall, fighting with a CNN reporter, and dodging a couple of questions about hacking, he ends on a catchphrase: "You're fired!" Tips to reporters: ask Trump one tough question. You can't force him to answer it ultimately, but chucking him three small questions just means he'll pick the easiest one, bat it around at length, and then move on.

    Also notable: he did outright admit that Russia hacked/attempted to hack the US but did not delve an inch into the implications, stating "they'll respect us more" in the future. That's a big deal. His harshest words were from his own intelligence agents though, who have created something he thinks is like "Nazi Germany".
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    Quote Originally Posted by intentional wok View Post
    Wait, is it normal to have a table full of folders and paperwork next to the podium to prove the POTUS is doing paperwork?

    "Here is the paperwork being done for his Trust," motions his attorney. Camera pans to reveal table full of paper.
    Who cares? I think it's clear you'll criticize him for anything.

    It was likely done to just show how much paperwork needs to be done for him to turn over his business to his sons.

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    It was actually just a question, not a criticism, because it had almost comedic timing to me. I think it's clear you're a too sensitive to criticism of him or what you think is criticism of him. I also just defended him a few posts up, right above what you just quoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTS View Post
    Yesterday: well-spoken President gives final address, leaving with very high approval ratings after 8 years in office
    Today: President-elect with 30% approval rating and 4th grade communication skills hosts press conference to deny allegations that he likes being pissed on by Russian hookers

    Holy fuck America, this is embarrassing
    Blame the "fake news" that is CNN and Buzzfeed for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    Blame the "fake news" that is CNN and Buzzfeed for that.
    There`s enough blame to go around: irresponsible Media, electorate that treats politics like reality TV, Donald Trump for being a buffoon. American political discourse is in shambles right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intentional wok View Post
    It was actually just a question, not a criticism, because it had almost comedic timing to me. I think it's clear you're a too sensitive to criticism of him or what you think is criticism of him.
    Come on Wok, I'm not stupid. Starting off with a question of "Wait, is it normal" doesn't contain a hint of criticism?

    And I think I handle criticism of him just fine. Been posting in this thread with a dozen liberal Canadians about politics for the past 6 months. It's fair to say you all aren't his biggest fans. It's usually pretty good banter in here though. Should I not defend him anymore? How would you suggest I post in this thread moving forward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxcar View Post
    If that's true that's incredibly sad. There's not a ton of proof that it is though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    Come on Wok, I'm not stupid. Starting off with a question of "Wait, is it normal" doesn't contain a hint of criticism?

    And I think I handle criticism of him just fine. Been posting in this thread with a dozen liberal Canadians about politics for the past 6 months. It's fair to say you all aren't his biggest fans. It's usually pretty good banter in here though. Should I not defend him anymore? How would you suggest I post in this thread moving forward?
    Yeah, actually it doesn't. I have no idea how paperwork is usually presented during news conferences.

    Don't be flippant. I'm not interested in telling you how/what to post or getting personal about what we think of each other.

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