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Mar 22, 2023·edited Mar 22, 2023

Erick, at the risk of being patronizing, let me explain the concept of a dog whistle: While dogs can hear it, regular people will be completely unaware.

Regular people (that is, who are not anti-Semitic) may view George Soros merely as a malevolent benefactor of progressive causes, and I suspect that this is the actual context that you were trying to convey. However, many anti-Semites view him as the latest iteration of a long and ongoing Jewish conspiracy to undermine Western civilization. When they read "Soros-backed progressive prosecutor," that is what they hear. And the more they hear it, the more they believe it, and believe that others (such as you) believe it as well.

Just so you know.

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I hate to even think of all the blowback your getting for this Erick! You have stated this quite clearly. All I can say is my wife would not be nearly as understanding regarding such stupidity ... at least, not without her now carrying them family jewels around in her purse. “Them” are the facts in my world!

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Thank you for plain facts. We're all sinners, but Trump's an unrepentant one who uses bluster and insult to steer us from the hard truths about him. The one thing I would contend is that I believe, more and more, the Left WANTS Trump to be Biden's opponent and more and more they are not trying to completely destroy him, so to keep him in there to ward off the better Republican candidates, led by DeSantis. Biden had a 49% (!) approval rating in the Rasmussen poll a few days ago. Even when he was down at 42% he was tied with or slightly ahead of Trump in a matchup. If the Dems/Left play this right, they could keep the endless Trump circuses going, including his slanders and name-tagging against DeSantis and others, while still allowing self-immolating Republican voters to put Donald over the top in the primary and burn the party to the ground on Election Day 2024.

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Of course the left wants Trump. Thus, they’re constantly trying to symbolically martyr him in the eyes of his disciples. As others have noted, it’s likely only Hillary could have lost to Trump and only Trump could lose to Biden.

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Two observations, Erick:

1. All this can only result in additional (perhaps) earned sympathy and support for President Trump with the Republican electorate. Consequently, I suspect Ron DeSantis would be better served waiting until 2028, although that does open the possibility of a second Biden term, which would be an unmitigated disaster for America.

2. The short-term loser here may well be Alvin Bragg. Even if he does secure an indictment against Trump - an increasingly doubtful proposition in my opinion, he can look forward to a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee asking him why he's trying to involve himself in a prosecution which hinges on his not staying in his lane by bringing possible Federal campaign law violations which have been discounted by the FEC and the DOJ by way of the Southern District of NY prosecutor's office. Hopefully, NY AG Letitia James will also pay close attention to this as well.

All this said, we conservatives may well be the long-term losers. Having Trump as the 2024 nominee may well give us four more years of Grandpa Dementia and Word Salad Kammy, which really is a fate worse than death.

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If the Democrat Bragg is hurt by an appearance before Jim Jordan's committee, he'll be the first.

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deletedMar 22, 2023·edited Mar 22, 2023
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Relax, Chicken Little. Every four years, supporters of the party that is out of power bemoan the impossibility of the country making it through another four years . . . and yet, it always does.

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The point you make is persuasive, but the language you choose, especially in the opening paragraph, prevent me from sharing it with others as I would have liked. I fall short of the mark sometimes, too. I know you can do better in expressing an otherwise sound opinion.

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No two bigger ho dogs have gone through DC than JFK, ahd MLK, Jr. That being said, the DA's dog and pony acts will implode with great whip lash to the chagrin of many. Joe Biden will not be in office come 12-31-2023, (nor Kam), as JB will be removed by death or 25th amendment subsequent to the removal of Kam..

A tsunami of volcanic eruptions of corruption disclosures is imminent. You will also discover the West (US) and Ukraine corruption including JB and Zelenskey. The Russian Ukraine encounters will be over in a few months and Ukraine will be divided into 2 parts and no longer a Ukraine. Tribunals will be held for the corruption of monies and actions. Trump only has to repent to GOD and to no man and that would include the POPE as he can not forgive sin. God will hear the prayers of the Believing Remnant in US, but all other prayers will be discharged other than prayer of repentance.

SELAH

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It is perfectly legal to be a "ho dog." It is even legal to pay the "ho" to keep quiet. What Trump faces possible indictment for is unlawfully falsifying business records - that is, breaking the law - which neither JFK nor MLK ever did.

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Not your best effort, Erick…your language belies your Christian faith…you disappoint me….

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Mar 22, 2023·edited Mar 22, 2023

Would you have preferred Erick to use the anatomically correct term, rather than the slang term, for what he was stating? Actually, I would have preferred it. But we're adults here, and Erick simply stated in very stark terms what Trump could have done to avoid these particular charges. Not to mention what he could have done to remain faithful to his vows. And yet Trump publicly states he has never repented of anything (while calling himself a "Two Corinthians" Christian). Let's focus on who's the actual reprobate here...

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Mar 21, 2023·edited Mar 22, 2023

Honestly I feel about this pretty much the way I feel about the Feds finally getting Al Capone (who was also quite popular with his "base") for tax evasion, the least of his crimes: I don't care. I understand the precedent being set is not a good one. I understand the guy pursuing the case against Trump is a lefty obsessed with "getting Trump" by any means possible. But after supporting Trump twice (with reservations) I was deeply disgusted with his behavior after his 2020 loss: the lies, the brazen scheming, the crazy theories he ate up, the sly encouragement to "be wild" at the Capitol on January 6. If this will actually throw a wrench in Trump's ugly machine, I'm not sorry about it. My only fear is that it may actually throw a lifeline to his faltering campaign. So tired of his toxic schtick.

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I should note that although the comparison between this case against Trump and the tax case against Capone occurred to me independently, David Drucker made the same comparison on the Dispatch Live last evening. But also, Sarah Isgur noted that the case against Capone was absolutely solid legally, whereas this case against Trump is far less so.

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With all due respect, Erick should have stayed on vacation. This was nothing more than "nyah, nyah, I told you so." I was hoping that there would be a little more in-depth analysis as to where the indictment and arrest of a former president of the opposing party might lead.

Erick, you have just restated the obvious, that Trump had an affair and lied about it and some Democrat prosecutor is going after him. Although I would argue that if Trump wasn't running for reelection this would have never happened. Be that as it may, when you return from the beach let's hear some analysis on where this all might lead. That would be more informative.

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Mar 22, 2023·edited Mar 22, 2023

It would still have happened even if Trump was not running. Too many prosecutors have built political careers on having taken down high-profile defendants, and there is no higher profile defendant than a former POTUS. Moreover, "the Manhattan district attorney’s office has regularly indicted people for falsifying business records, the charges likely to be levied against Trump over reimbursements covering the hush-money payment. Not charging Trump might constitute special treatment." (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/03/22/jim-jordan-alvin-bragg-trump-indictment-possible/)

"Political prosecution" is merely the spin being offered to us by Trump sycophants and the lying likes of Fox News. Former Democratic VP candidate John Edwards was prosecuted for pretty much the same thing. The simple fact is that people caught breaking the law tend to get prosecuted for it.

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I’m sorry I have a hard time believing that they would be going after Trump if he was not running for reelection. I’m no sycophant, but was a very reluctant Trump voter in 2016 only making my mind up on the way to the polls that morning because I wanted no one blaming me for a Hillary presidency. I was happy to vote for him in 2020 because of what he had accomplished.

The article you linked is to and which I read is from the Washington Post and referenced their cohorts in misinformation the NYT. So I have trouble believing them and I would be willing to wager that the NY attorney wouldn’t be going after a Democrat.

Edwards’ prosecution was a federal charge which 5 of the counts he was indicted for were declared a mistrial and the last one was dropped by the Obama DOJ. That being said, the initial prosecution may also have been political by Republicans (or a Democrat) trying to get him out of the 2008 race.

Going down this road is only going to lead to a very bad place for the country.

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I've got to hand it to Trump: he knows his voters. By announcing his candidacy, he gave you the excuse that you need for looking past his apparent criminality and dismissing any subsequent prosecution as simply being political. Meanwhile, the only news sources that you will believe regarding his criminality are those like Fox News who are just going to tell you what you want to hear: namely, that this prosecution is simply political.

I will just leave you with this. While prosecutors may act with political motivations, the jury selection process will give Trump's attorneys a chance to exclude any jurors holding similar motivations. Trial juries (as distinguished from grand juries) are ultimately the safeguard against politically motivated prosecutions. Should Trump be convicted (as so many of the people around him have been), it will be because he is a criminal and not because he is running for President.

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Again, you miss my point because you apparently suffer from TDS. Trump is way down on my list of Republican presidential candidates as he was in 2016. I hope that he is not the Republican candidate for President or runs as a third party candidate.

But this is politically motivated as has been numerous other attempted prosecutions throughout the history of this and other countries. If we - as a country through some local district attorney indict, arrest and incarcerate a former President who is running for reelection for trivial matters then we have entered a new phase of vindictiveness which will spin out of control. This will damage the country in ways we have not considered. If you can’t see that then I’m afraid you hate Trump so much nothing will change your mind.

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You said, “I suspect most Americans will get tired of the soap opera and would rather Biden again than Whiner in Chief with no impulse control.” I don’t think so!

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Mar 21, 2023·edited Mar 21, 2023

I was in the camp if Trump v Biden in 2024 O vote for Trump.

I have refined that... if Biden has a decent VP pick (not Kamala) and I am presented with Trump, well one lame duck is as good as another. I will pick the candidate that does not give the Democrats the advantage in 2028 when there is no incumbent.

In other words I will vote for Biden.

I am looking forward to Trump not being the candidate so I don't have to vote Democrat for the first time in my life.

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I agree with Joe's comments about us not knowing the truth about the alleged affair and also about the media and the federal bureaucracy putting their thumb on the scale during the 2020 election. That alone is reason enough to say the election was questionable to say the least. There I said it. Erick's point is probably if it walks like a duck and acts like it duck, it may be a duck.

My bigger issue is that Trump called his supporters to go out and protest. He knows what happened the last time he did that. The likelihood that protestors could be Ray Epps'd I think is huge and Trump is apparently willing to put his supporters in jeopardy. I would have respected Trump saying, with what he knows happened on Jan 6, that people should stay home if he is arrested and do not put themselves at risk. But he didn't do that. Which leads me to further think that Trump is for Trump and we do not need that. We must have a Republican candidate that knows the Constitution, respects fully the rule of law and demands it apply equally to all. The people running the Biden Administration must be defeated in 2024. I think there may be a good chance that the Democrats want Trump to be the nominee.

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2020 questionable... no. It was Trump in charge of the bureaucracy. Could Hunter Biden's laptop have made a material difference, maybe. But that is an exercise in what if, as opposed to the reality Republicans rejected Trump. He lost.

Did Trump do the porn star? Absolutely without a doubt.

Trump should know better than to call for protests because Jan 6. I am not sure Jan 6 should be the point of reference, I think 2009, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 are the reference points. All examples of Democrats fiery but mostly peaceful protests and violence as a campaign tactic.

Unlike Democrats, I don't think Trump wants violence, but I also don't think he cares. This is about Donald Trump and Donald Trump's ego. He needs to see people in the street chanting his name.

What you said at the end, amen. The conspiracy theory here is Democrat need Trump to be the nominee because when the two geriatric white guys duke it out the dementia turtle wins over the spaz rabbit.

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Mar 21, 2023·edited Mar 21, 2023

I'll stick with questionable. Hunter's laptop suppressed, 3.5 years of Russia hoax, bureaucracy running itself regardless of the president yeah, questionable. The thumbs were on the scale. But should he have called for demonstrations, no. He played into the Democrats hands. And I have no idea about whether the Democrats wanting Trump to run is a conspiracy theory or not.

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W O W.....just when I was beginning to think I needed to switch off until you came back from the beach....BAM.

I found it interesting that the virtual appearance was "off the table". I can imagine Trump would want the perp walk to energize a block of voters so large it overwhelms the primaries.

I recently wrote that I had cancelled my streaming services, restocked by bourbon, and bought a fresh box of Cubans. I say again, save your money on streaming because this is getting gooooood.

Something tells me that once your buddies on CNN read your post they will want you on to discuss.

again....W O W

Cheers

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Perhaps, but McCain was vindictive. It went totally south when McCain voted thumbs down for Obamacare repeal. I think we’re in very different times. Playing nice in the sandbox created the mess we’re in geopolitically, economically and culturally. The time for nice is long gone.

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"to find out if a former President was going to be indicted had that former President kept his dick in his pants and not cheated on his pregnant wife with a porn star."

I think for the people clutching this moral cudgel against Trump it is both a convenient medication to make them feel better about what is just a level of personal hate.

First point, THIS WAS MANY YEARS BEFORE WE RAN FOR OFFICE AND HE WAS AN EFFING KNOWN BILLIONAIRE PLAYBOY AND HOW MANY MARRIED MEN HAVE CHEATED ON THEIR WIVES!?

Really, let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

I bet, out of the population of people that have convinced themselves that the known liar and gold-digger Stormy Daniels, plus the hot-mic comment by Trump... both nearly and greater than 20 years ago, respectively... sufficiently brand Trump as a deviant and immoral choice for that rarefied air of high and mighty Republican morality... MOST are guilty of similar if not worse.

I hate to think about if any of my locker-room and male-on-male talk of my younger days got recorded and replayed.

Come on man. Grow up people. Access your thinking apparatus.

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You are rationalizing facts that are not and cannot be in dispute.

I infer Erick is say, "character matters".

We are living in anti-hero times, no one is really the hero, we root for the villain who is the enemy of our enemy. Never mind the villain we root for could just as easily be our enemy.

Actions today preclude, dictate, or exacerbate future decisions.

I can say the district attorney is engaged in a politically motivated prosecution that will have negative consequences and cause harm, not knowingly of course, and at the same time say Trump did this to himself, not knowingly of course.

Character matters.

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Character matters. Is your character at 30 or 40 the same at 50, 60 or 70? Do your historical actions define who you are today?

In my significant experience assessing the mindset and thinking capability of people, one telltale sign of cognitive dysfunction is the practice of attributing historical events and behaviors to the present. For example I have a brother that claims his family abuses him. When I ask for examples, they are all back to his childhood. He is 60 years old.

When I look at DJT's children, I see evidence of "good father". When I look at Biden's children, I see evidence of "bad father". But neither tell me the character of the man today.

I don't think the "Trump's bad character" memes and narratives are factual and accurate. I think they are generally a pulled excuse to mask a general hate that is either media-inflamed or because Trump's platform and policies threaten to take something away.

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Mar 22, 2023·edited Mar 22, 2023

Personality and character are distinct but overlap, and neither are fixed. They are multifaceted. My personality weighted graph has definitely changed over time. My character has changed less.

Trump has consistently demonstrated his personality and character over time. He cheated with Daniels in 2006, 10 years later he is paying her off. That is consistent behavior.

The stories of Trump's ego are likewise consistent over time. Sure, any politician, especially president, have an ego. They believe the world can't run without them.

Trump is not being unfairly judged. He has demonstrated who he is very publicly over the last 6 years. It's not a narrative.

That's not to say he was not justified in lashing out at times against the unfair, partisan attacks on him. I don't conflate that with Trump unapologetically putting his flawed personality and character on display.

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"Trump is not being unfairly judged. He has demonstrated who he is very publicly over the last 6 years. It's not a narrative."

Yeah, right. Keep telling yourself that. Geesh. Mean Tweets seem to affect some people more than others. It is probably something to do with personality and/or character.

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The tweets were a distraction. Some I found funny, others I shook my head and thought, why?

You are know by your works.

I don't need to understand Trump's motivation to insult and berate. I also don't need to invent excuses for him.

Regardless of how you feel about Trump's behavior and his accomplishments the fact is he is a narcissist that has impulses control issues.

He did good things for the country as President. I would prefer him over Biden. But because we are where we are I don't want Trump back.

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I would take Trump over a Democrat at this point 100-to-1. The Democrats are insane. They cannot be in power unless we want to burn the place down. Trump is the same guy he was before he ran and was elected. He is authentic. He just says what is on his mind. I think we got so used to plastic scripted actors on stage, we have lost our ability to recognize authenticity.

Sure Trump is a narcissist. Name a national politician that is not. Name a billionaire that is not. Name a national celebrity that is not. Trump is undisciplined, but not as much as the narrative. 75 million voted for him in the last election. He won in 2016. He is speaking to a part of America that you likely don't connect with nor understand.

I am certainly not expecting to change any minds with respect to Trump like or dislike. However, I think many people just got blasted with their corporate media feeds filled with constant anti-Trump negative branding and just ingested and adopted those narratives without doing much critical thinking. Repeat anything enough times and people just start believing it. The reason that this is important is that they will do the same with all the Republican front-runners if that politician is at all a threat to the uniparty corporarist cabal.

If Coke was a Democrat and Pepsi was a Republican and the corporate media decided that they would blast 24-7 that Pepsi was evil and racist and misogynist,.. eventually people would stop buying Pepsi. That is unless they understood that they were being manipulated by their media feeds.

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Trump is on social media today ranting about DeSantis. He reposted that stupid fuzzy pic that is supposed to be DeSantis with young girls--the one that Democrats floated when he ran for office insinuating he was corrupting young girls but it was debunked. Trump also hinted DeSantis could be gay. Bottomline, if Trump goes down he will do everything possible to ensure DeSantis is taken out of the running, too. This is the real Trump at work and he makes me sick. That said, Alvin Bragg needs to be stopped from political prosecutions and worry about the rise of crime in the state of NY.

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That’s going to call for more whiskey, cigars, and hot tubs !!!! Enjoy the rest of your vacation maybe ???!!!

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