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Trump's Real Russkie Running Mate Is Jim Crow ... and WAR!

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So the Mueller Report confirms that the Russians intervened to elect their money launderer of choice.

What else is new?

Putin and company will be back in 2020 on behalf of their wholly-owned asset. They'll be more powerful and sophisticated than ever, marching in lockstep with their fellow mega-corporations and terminal polluters. A victory would let them complete the fascist assault on what's left of American democracy.

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They'll also be poised to destroy our ability to survive on this planet. It should be clear to all that the human species will not survive another five years of Trump's fossil/nuke-crazed attack on our ecological support systems.

And they'll have two other key allies: Jim Crow, and War.

The debate over how much to focus on "Russia-gate" is futile ... and misses the point. As outlined by Craig Unger and David Cay Johnston, Trump has been owned by Russian oligarchs for decades. He was bankrupt and in debt by up to $6 billion. Then he was doing mega-deals in cash.

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All those rubles came from the rising mafiosi who emerged from the gulag and carved up the corpse of the Soviet Union. In 1999, with the help of the CIA, Putin whipped them into shape. They used Trump to launder their cash into the American banking system and real estate markets. He's been the Russians' wholly owned subsidiary for decades.

That they intervened in the 2016 election is beyond obvious. Their net impact is unclear. But they worked in tandem with the usual American mega-billionaires and corporate polluters. Trump paid them back with gargantuan tax benefits, huge subsidies and ecological pork. Along with the evangelical Christians, they'll be out in force to complete the coup in 2020.

Their prime ally will be Jim Crow. Key to all Republican presidential "victories" in this century has been the race-based disenfranchisement of citizens of color. Governor Jeb Bush stripped more than 90,000 in Florida 2000. Secretary of State Ken Blackwell stripped more than 300,000 in Ohio 2004. Core operatives stripped untold millions in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in 2016.

Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton have yet to say or do anything about it.

Now Trump is taking the lynch mob to a new level. He's manipulating the census, injecting a citizenship clause (likely soon to be rubber-stamped by the Supreme Court), demanding ID, and escalating the usual fraud, intimidation, and theft. Come Election Day 2020, millions of suspected anti-Trump voters (mostly of color) will find themselves off the registration rolls all across the nation.

Despite advances in vote counting technology, GOP manipulators will also hold onto touchscreen, scan-tron, and other voting devices that will allow them to flip the vote count where stripping the voter rolls has not been enough.

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Rest assured the high-priced Trump-Putin-Koch-corporate-evangelical-polluter operatives are hard at work figuring out how to strip and flip just enough votes to make sure the Electoral College cements American fascism for all time to come.

They do face a formidable task. Even the redacted Mueller Report fed a substantial plunge in Trump's ratings, indicating at least some of his base may be cracking. As more of his criminal filth continues to seep out, the nation is likely to turn even harder against him.

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I'll be glad when Trump is finally gone. I really will be. I'm really tired of seeing and hearing him all over the whole spectrum of things.

But, I'll be even happier if/when all the mindless, harmful Russophobia dies. Seriously, how many IQ points do people need to lose, before deciding enough is enough?

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I think you may be naive.

Russophobia can never die as long as Democrats need it. More war, more weapons, more attempts at overthrowing nations. It's Russia, Russia, Russia even after Trump, Trump, Trump ends.

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facts are facts. there are innumerable other factors, but it's indisputable that trump is a mafia bagman owned by the russian mob since the 1990s at least.

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As shown in this article, there is one key reason why the world should be concerned about Washington's relationship with Russia:

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There is one thing that we do know about a war between Russia and the United States - it is unwinnable.

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you are right. ALL wars are unwinnable....

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"Putin and company will be back in 2020 on behalf of their wholly-owned asset. They'll be more powerful and sophisticated than ever, marching in lockstep with their fellow mega-corporations and terminal polluters. A victory would let them complete the fascist assault on what's left of American democracy." As I understand it from countless sources, we put Yelstin in, along with supporting his various oligarchs, whom Putin tampered down against all odds. To still be yakking about "Russian interference," that belonged to Clinton and AIPAC, casts a dim light on this article. If I'm the dim one, I hope Harvey can elaborate.

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So much BS. Why bother unpacking it?

It's just the same script, over and over and over again, being used to describe every other country that isn't Israel or Saudi Arabia. All the rest are doing horrible things that the U.S. and its two dearest allies simply never do.

Russia's the biggest threat!... wait, China's the biggest threat!... or is it Iran?!... or Venezuela, with its dangerous socialist agenda?! They all want to destroy "America's democracy". "They hate us for our freedom!" "They're all fascist dictators that kill and torture their own people!" "They're always working to sabotage our political process!" On and on and on.

Right now, we're supposed to believe there's a Russian under everyone's bed or hiding in the nearby closets, while the MSM continues with the same old same old. Payne's on the other page telling us how "the end is near" for Trump. (It's been "the beginning of the end" for a few years now, hasn't it?)

At this point, progressive sites should be killing all these evidence-free gossip pieces at the publishing stage.

It's not "democracy" that's in danger (you can't lose something you never had). It's the true Left Wing that's getting completely drowned out by all this faux "Liberal" nonsense.

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Trump hysteria has finished off what ever was left of any claim liberals had of being more intelligent than Trump supporters. They are no different. They've proven to be just as gullible to BS if it suits their purpose. And they are just as dangerous to our very survival.

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I hear ya. You're now effectively dealing with two right-wing parties. Pelosi and her gang are all operating on the right of Trump, and trying to trivialize the presence of those like Tulsi and Bernie. (When asked about the progressives in her party, Pelosi even quietly backhanded the whole question with, "yeah, just 5.")

I'm still trying to figure out if there's still a definition of what a Liberal is. Seems to nothing but a "team name" now, like "Leafs" or "Bruins".

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trump is an evil force that needs to be removed from power if we're to have any future. if that's hysteria, count me in.

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Removing Trump will accomplish nothing except putting the ruling establishment back in total control. We don't have time to play their game anymore. The whole illegitimate structure needs to be removed from power if we're to have any chance at survival. Ask the people on the receiving end of our bloody foreign policy what they think of the US government. If you think it will improve by getting rid of Trump, I think you are dangerously naive.

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"Mueller Report confirms that the Russians intervened".....and Obama's birth certificate confirms he was born in Kenya! (irony vs. irony)

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no, obama was born in hawaii. but who cares. he was a sane, if disappointing president. trump is a madman who threatens us all.

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Yeah, he was sane enough to screw the people of this country over while looking cool while doing it. No wonder the establishment loves him. The perfect front puppet. Unlike Trump who's not intelligent enough to play the part so the true nature of this dying empire is put on display for all the world to see.


Sometimes people need to be shocked into seeing what was there all along, but hidden from view to wake up to their true reality.

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Gosh, I never would have guessed. I thought Trump's biggest donor was Sheldon Adelson and their mutual friend Benjamin Netanyahu. Well, you could say Netanyahu is Russian, too, since his family hailed from the old Russian Empire. But probably so did yours. And mine, too, for that matter. Let it go Harvey. Your obsession will lead to a nuclear war. Bill and Hillary got millions from Russian oligarchs too. And both are also recipients of millions of dollars from the same kinds of people, like Haim Saban. Not to mention the Saudis. It's a real snake pit.

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the russian influence is just part of the puzzle, but one that needs to be faced. certainly not to the exclusion of all the others. but there it is.

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we are litvaks. and trump is a mafioso, without the honor code.

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Harvey, I have long been a fan of yours and I continue to respect you on nuclear issues in general. But my concerns above remain.

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You're being played by the whole cast, not just the front man. As long as the show keeps everyone busy watching, nobody will notice the theater is burning down around them.

But, feel free to keep chasing your tail, by all means. It might amuse those who are getting bored with the production.

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