Marie Yovanovitch Speaks

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A day after leaving federal service, she published an op ed in the WPO entitled:


"These are turbulent times. But we will persist and prevail."


Very uplifting, and definitely worth a read if you can get past the pay wall. Link to Full Text


But here's an excerpt:


When Congress asked us to testify about those activities, my colleagues and I did not hesitate, even in the face of administration efforts to silence us. We did this because it is the American way to speak up about wrongdoing. I have seen dictatorships around the world, where blind obedience is the norm and truth-tellers are threatened with punishment or death. We must not allow the United States to become a country where standing up to our government is a dangerous act. It has been shocking to experience the storm of criticism, lies and malicious conspiracies that have preceded and followed my public testimony, but I have no regrets. I did — we did — what our conscience called us to do. We did what the gift of U.S. citizenship requires us to do.


Unfortunately, the last year has shown that we need to fight for our democracy. “Freedom is not free” is a pithy phrase that usually refers to the sacrifices of our military against external threats. It turns out that same slogan can be applied to challenges which are closer to home. We need to stand up for our values, defend our institutions, participate in civil society and support a free press. Every citizen doesn’t need to do everything, but each one of us can do one thing. And every day, I see American citizens around me doing just that: reanimating the Constitution and the values it represents. We do this even when the odds seem against us, even when wrongdoers seem to be rewarded, because it is the right thing to do.


What a classy lady and a great American!



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Kathy

It’s sad to see these loyal Americans leave public service and it is left to the swamp to ruin our country.

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leona_2008

I would so love to thank this courageous patriot and apologize to her for what she has endured.

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patriciae_gw(07)

Ditto

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sheesh(5b)

I am proud of her. Thank you, Ms Yovanovitch.

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Nana H

The only thing she did wrong was to serve her country admirably and get in Rudy's way. Incomprehensible the way she has been treated. Anyone who speaks against this President is doomed to insults, threats and unfounded character assasination. How can any American think that's OK ?

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paprikash

She served at the President’s pleasure. She was no longer pleasurable. Same as all other President/ambassador relationships. No big whoop (unless you’re a democrat)

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Kathy

That’s why he had her followed and knew she wasn’t on her phone or PC? It’s a wonder she got out alive. He didn’t just want her fired. He wanted her taken out.

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paprikash

Proof or hearsay or is it all the same to you

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barncatz

We must not allow the United States to become a country where standing up to our government is a dangerous act.

This was the most powerful part of her article. And I understand Laura Ingraham told Utah viewers that they should no longer bother to call Romney for help, even though they remain tax paying citizens of this country, because of our childish President who cannot separate his ego from his duties.

And that goes to paprikash's comment. An outstanding ambassador, experienced in a uniquely threatened new democracy that could have been well served, as could all who support limiting Russia's reach, by her expertise, suffers because of Trump's raging ego. He cannot set it aside for what would be best for the nation. So just because I can slap my dog across the room, as a president can remove an ambassador in a fit of rage born of ego, does not mean I should.

Democrats are showing that they do indeed have a different idea of what conduct is a big whoop in a democracy than do Republicans, who never met a Roy Cohn acolyte they didn't love.

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margaritadina

Why didn't she ''stood up against the gov'' when she learned about Biden's kick back Burisma schema?

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Kathy

Do you have proof of a kickback scheme?

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chipotle

Let's all nominate Ambassador Yovanovitch for the JFK Profile in Courage Award. Deadline is Feb 15.


https://www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/profile-in-courage-award/submit-a-nomination

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barncatz

Chipotle, that is an outstanding idea, thank you!

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cattyles

It’s really easy to do, takes about three minutes.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Is that award limited to elected officials?
(if so they should make an exception!)

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cattyles

If so, I hope they make an exception, too. Maybe if enough people nominate her?

I think I’ll fill one out for Romney.

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Joaniepoanie


chipotle

Let's all nominate Ambassador Yovanovitch for the JFK Profile in Courage Award. Deadline is Feb 15.

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Nah.....I think it should go to Rush Limbaugh. (sarcasm)

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Trump “says” he was investigating corruption in Ukraine but fires his expert on corruption in the Ukraine. Makes sense, huh?

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chipotle

Thor, guess I skipped over that. It does say "On occasion, in rare and special circumstances, awards have been made to foreign officials." They wouldn't fall into the elected category.

Cattyles, good idea!

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

I nominated Marie just now. She’s not an elected official but if anyone deserves a exception it is her.

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leona_2008

Great idea, Chipotle and Cattyles. Done. If these aren't special circumstances, what is?

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catkinZ8a

While serving as a US ambassador, this toad espoused Anti-Trump administration views.

We're glad she's gone.

Can't wait till her name comes up again in the future Grassley/Johnson investigations.

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catkinZ8a

Kathy

Do you have proof of a kickback scheme?

__________________________

So rich.

Do you have proof of your claims?

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“While serving as a US ambassador, this toad espoused Anti-Trump administration views.”

source?

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patriciae_gw(07)

Parnas has said that it was all a lie. He repeated what he was told to say so how about giving it up?

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catkinZ8a

The deets of Obama's money laundering and non-congressionally approved proxy war will come out soon enough.

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catkinZ8a

The firing of Ukraine's Prosecutor General (the Biden brag) Shokin, the man following/investigating money laundering thru Burisma and Hunter Biden, was important to insure that Ukraine would "Win the revolution" (the war against Russia) (Kerry says in the video)???

So, wait a minute--Obama/Kerry were only sending blankets??

Why did you have to fire Shokin to stop the investigation so they could win the war????

You're telling us this wasn't about corruption, John Kerry?

It was approved at the very top!

Pret-tee sketchy, Kerry.

Say, whatever happened to that $1.8 billion the American taxpayers gave to Ukraine, Joe?

In the last days of the Obama administration, Vice President Joe Biden took a "swan song" trip to Ukraine, a notoriously corrupt country where he had been the administration's "point person." On the eve of this trip, the country announced it would end a criminal investigation into a company connected to the loss of $1.8 billion in aid funding — a company whose board of directors included Biden's son Hunter.

The Biden family's dealings with this Ukrainian company involved getting one of the country's most notorious mob bankers, Ihor Kolomoisky, off the U.S. government visa ban list. Under Biden's leadership, $3 billion in aid went to Ukraine, and his son's company was implicated in the disappearance of $1.8 billion of that money.


https://pjmedia.com/trending/did-biden-save-this-ukraine-firm-responsible-for-1-8b-in-missing-aid-his-son-is-on-the-board/




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cattyles

I get it. It would make trump supporters feel better about their approval of a terribly flawed, dangerous and incompetent president if you could just find anything at all on Dems. I’m sure you’ll find something. It will get blown up and repeated endlessly. I wish you luck in your endeavors. It’s obviously terribly important to smear others rather than admit how irretrievably rotten trump is.

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catkinZ8a

Money laundering, at its simplest, is the act of making money that comes from Source A look like it comes from Source B. In practice, criminals are trying to disguise the origins of money obtained through illegal activities so it looks like it was obtained from legal sources. Otherwise, they can't use the money because it would connect them to the criminal activity, and law-enforcement officials would seize it.

Money laundering happens in almost every country in the world, and a single scheme typically involves transferring money through several countries in order to obscure its origins. In this article, we'll learn exactly what money laundering is and why it's necessary, who launders money and how they do it and what steps the authorities are taking to try to foil money-laundering operations.

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catkinZ8a

A proxy war is an armed conflict between two states or non-state actors which act on the instigation or on behalf of other parties that are not directly involved in the hostilities.

In order for a conflict to be considered a proxy war, there must be a direct, long-term relationship between external actors and the belligerents involved.

The aforementioned relationship usually takes the form of funding, military training, arms, or other forms of material assistance which assist a belligerent party in sustaining its war effort.

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catkinZ8a

Translation: PRIVAT Bank, Kolomoisky and the curious case of the missing $1.8 billion.

EUROPE ECONOMY

A bank scandal, an oligarch and the IMF: Ukraine’s president has a lot to deal with right now

PUBLISHED FRI, SEP 20 20192:31 AM EDT

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is under pressure over how he will resolve a long-running dispute regarding a nationalized bank and its former oligarch owner.

  • How he proceeds could be a “deal-breaker” as to whether Ukraine’s international creditor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), gives the country a further much-needed aid program, experts say.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is under pressure over how he will resolve a long-running dispute regarding a nationalized bank and its former oligarch owner.

    How he proceeds could be a “deal-breaker” as to whether Ukraine’s international creditor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), gives the country a further much-needed aid program, experts say.

    The dispute centers on a bank called Privatbank that was nationalized in 2016. It was the country’s largest commercial bank but became state-owned after being declared insolvent. The government backed the nationalization — which was seen as vital to protect its 20 million customers and to preserve Ukraine’s already fragile financial stability.

    A stress test of Privatbank had noted “imprudent lending policies” and Ukraine’s central bank initially said that 97% of its corporate loans had gone to “related parties” of the main shareholders — Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov. An assessment that both disputed.

    The IMF, which had given Ukraine a $17.5 billion aid package in 2015, backed the nationalization but insisted earlier this year that “it is important that the authorities continue their efforts to recover losses from former owners and related parties of failed banks.”

    In early 2018, the central bank released the findings of an investigation by corporate investigations consultancy Kroll that said that, prior to nationalization, Privatbank had been subjected to “a large-scale and coordinated fraud over at least a 10-year period ending in December 2016.” Again, Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov denied those allegations.

    Disputes between the former main shareholders and the government have taken place since 2016 with multiple legal battles (reportedly 600). There have been attempts by the state to recover losses from Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov, who themselves argue that the nationalization was done on spurious grounds.

    The chances that Privatbank could be returned to its former owners were boosted in April when a Ukrainian court ruled (in the last days of former leader Petro Poroshenko’s presidency) that the nationalization was illegal.

    An IMF team is currently visiting Ukraine but a spokesman told CNBC Wednesday that the Fund does “not comment on speculations or rumors” regarding the future of Privatbank. They added it would be discussing “policies that would be needed for the Fund to be able to continue to support Ukraine.”

    “The treatment of the Privatbank situation will serve as a bellwether to assess Kolomoisky’s influence on government policy and decision-making, as well as inform the IMF’s stance on continued cooperation with Ukraine,” Otilia Dhand, senior vice-president at Teneo Intelligence, said in a note Wednesday.

    “The fund is unlikely to approve of any compromises on the nationalization of the bank, which would put the government’s $5.5 billion investment in its recapitalization into question. However, it is unclear what would be the red line for the fund to abandon negotiations with the government.”

    Close observers of Ukraine’s new president are keeping a close eye on whether Zelensky could be influenced by Kolomoisky with whom he has business ties. Zelensky is a former comic and actor who starred in a hit TV show called “Servant of the People” (about an ordinary man who becomes president) that was produced by his own production company but broadcast on Kolomoisky’s 1+1 TV channel, which has shown other shows featuring Zelensky.

    Kolomoisky was widely seen as one of Zelensky’s main backers and his channel boosted Zelensky’s visibility and popularity ahead of the April election that saw him defeat Poroshenko.

    However, Zelensky has repeatedly said he is not under Kolomoisky’s influence, stating ahead of the election that “I’m not a toy in the hands of Kolomoisky,” Ukrainian news agency Interfax reported in March.

    Servant of the people, or the person?

    Zelensky campaigned on a manifesto to reform the country and beat corruption, just like the TV character he played. Whether he can maintain this promise with the apparent backing of a powerful business man who supported his candidacy is now under scrutiny.

    Kolomoisky has felt comfortable enough under the new Zelensky administration to return to Ukraine after two years of self-imposed exile living abroad, although he has denied he is now an advisor to the president.

    The oligarch said last week that he had met with the president on September 10 for the first time since his inauguration, following an invitation. Zelensky’s press office was reported as stating on a Facebook page that the meeting was about “doing business in Ukraine” and about the energy sector.

    Kolomoisky told reporters Friday at an energy summit that he had not discussed the future of Privatbank with the president. But eyebrows were raised when Kolomoisky signaled the dispute could be better resolved under Zelensky’s leadership. “We (Privatbank’s former owners) do not agree with the nationalization, this dispute is easier to resolve today than under the previous president,” he said, according to Reuters.

    Ukraine’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk added fuel to the fuel to the fire when he told the Financial Times newspaper earlier this week that he was positive “about any rhetoric directed towards searching for a compromise.” But he later told Reuters that no negotiations over Privatbank were taking place.

    Responding to the developments this week, Timothy Ash, a senior emerging markets strategist at Bluebay Asset Management, said the question over Zelensky now is whether he is a ”‘Servant of the People’ or ‘Servant of the Person’.”

    “Whether the guy is really a reformer, or just in the pocket of another oligarch, will be determined by how he plays this one out. Lots of warm words on reform hot topics like land reform will count for nothing if Zelensky backs Kolomoisky in reversing the Privatbank nationalization,” he said in an emailed note.

    The tide certainly appears to be turning against the state when it comes to Privatbank. Last week, a day after Zelensky met with Kolomoisky, police raided the headquarters of the bank and seized documents as part of a criminal investigation into whether some of its officials had overstepped their authority.

    Meanwhile, Valeria Gontareva, who was the governor of Ukraine’s central bank in 2016 and made the decision to nationalize Privatbank, says she is the victim of a campaign of harassment because of the nationalization.

    Gontareva, who now lives in London and works as an academic, was injured when she was hit by a car in London in August, and then a car belonging to a family member in Ukraine was torched in September. Earlier this week, her home in Ukraine was burned down in a suspected arson attack. Kolomoisky has denied any involvement in the incidents.

    IMF mission

    The comments from Kolomoisky and Honcharuk come at an awkward time for Ukraine after media reports by Bloomberg and UNIAN, a Ukraine news agency, a few days ago suggested that the IMF could be about to agree a three-year $5 billion credit line to Ukraine.

    The IMF did not respond to questions from CNBC about the new aid program, but reiterated that it had been emphasizing “the importance of creating an effective anti-corruption framework, that’s been a critical element of our engagement with Ukraine for the last few years.”

    Any move to reverse a decision on Privatbank could jeopardize that aid, strategists like Timothy Ash warn. He believes that “any hint at backtracking around the nationalization of Privatbank is a deal breaker for the IMF — and quite rightly.”

    But not everyone believes that Zelensky will be a push over.

    “We had previously written that we were skeptical of the narrative according to which the oligarch ‘controls’ Zelensky from behind the scenes … we continue to be of the view that such theories are likely overblown,” Andrew Bishop, a partner and global head of policy research at Signum Global Advisors, told CNBC in an email Thursday.

    “First, we believe Zelensky has a genuine desire to reform his country. Second, presidents — even the most ‘newcomer’ amongst them — tend to develop a certain confidence of their own once in office,” he said.

    - Reuters and the Financial Times contributed reporting to this story.


    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/20/privatbank-ukraines-president-zelensky-and-the-oligarch-kolomoisky.html

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aegis1000

paprikash ...

"She served at the President’s pleasure. She was no longer pleasurable. Same as all other President/ambassador relationships. No big whoop (unless you’re a democrat)."

Sort of like Stormy Daniels, then ... ???

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how2girl

Except she didn’t get paid off with a cheque cut by Cohen, she was just gotten “rid of”.

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woodnymph2_gw

This is just so wrong. She is a loyal patriot, who served her country admirably. Her testimony was key. Now, the latest is that Trump is going after Vindman, another hero, as well.

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cecily 7A

I've been expecting the Army to reassign both Vindmans for the security of themselves and their families.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

Catkin do any of those long articles contain the source of your accusation that “While serving as a US ambassador, this toad [yovanovich] espoused Anti-Trump administration views.”?

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cattyles

Parnas is who told trump that about Yovanovitch and he said it’s not true and apologized.

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Nana H

First witness intimidation now witness retribution. Is there anything Trump supporters will draw the line at?

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Kathy

Trump openly punishing those who speak against him. No one in the GOP thinks that is wrong?

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catkinZ8a

She's in knee deep.


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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

catkinZ8a

3 minutes ago

She's in knee deep.

———

source?

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dandyfopp

That would be a no miss lindsey.

Yovanovitch is a hero in a time when we have few.

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lurker111

I think she was a great witness for Trump. That's all I know about her.

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sheesh(5b)

What do you mean, "knee deep," catkin? Knee-deep in what ?

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Yovanovitch is a hero in a time when we have few.

Ditto.

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Parnas has more to tell, so time for Team Trump to throw mud on whichever Democrat is handiest.

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catkinZ8a

How funny is it when persons don't take their own advice?

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Kathy

Why is Giuliani missing lately?

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sheesh(5b)

This is becoming a thread in which to use the "I just don't like it" button.

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leona_2008

Just announced that Vindman has been escorted from the White House.

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chipotle

Trump has been emboldened.

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sheesh(5b)

Just announced that Vindman has been escorted from the White House.

oh, no.

Trump has been emboldened

As we knew he would be.

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blfenton

Both brothers have been fired.

trump begins his unfettered Search and Destroy Mission

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/07/politics/alex-vindman-donald-trump-impeachment/index.html

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cecily 7A

On a Friday afternoon because they know it's disgraceful.

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numbersjunkie

I wonder if Susan Collins is "concerned"?

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zmith

No one should be surprised. Trump has dismissed anyone and everyone he deems disloyal to him.

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

"Trump openly punishing those who speak against him. No one in the GOP thinks that is wrong?"

Wrong? nyuk, the gop is scared to death of getting the same treatment from their head piker.

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Kathy

Sondland is fired now.

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cattyles

I hope Susan Collins lays awake every night being concerned while Romney sleeps like a baby.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Sondland is fired now.

Worst contribution he ever made was to Trump's inauguration fund.

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numbersjunkie


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Ziemia(6a)

^^^^^ hands of Trump supporters ^^^^^^^

(Referred to an image re strawa from a Trump supporter)

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leona_2008

Thank you for posting that Numbersjunkie. Rachel showed it last night. I was so glad to see Yovanovitch receive some much deserved appreciation.

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socks(10a)

.....as he surrounds himself with acting people who do his bidding. Why why why do seemingly normal grown men and women support this madman? They are like lemmings, ready to follow him off the cliff of 2020.

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