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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:06 PM

Michelle Obama: George W. Bush is 'my partner in crime' and 'I love him to death'

Source: USATODAY

Former first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that ex-President George W. Bush has become her "partner in crime" after years of sitting together at official events.

"President Bush and I are forever seatmates because of protocol Ė that's how we sit at all the official functions," Obama said on NBC's "Today" show. "So he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather. I love him to death," Obama added. "He's a wonderful man. He's a funny man."

Obama expressed her affection for Bush after being asked about the moment when Bush handed her a cough drop at the Sept. 1 funeral of the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. The moment, which happened at the National Cathedral in Washington, went viral on social media. Bush was handing a cough drop to his wife, Laura, when Obama leaned over and asked him if she could have one too. She said she didn't realize that anyone was watching the "simple gesture."

"And I will add that they were old cough drops," Obama said, describing them as being in an official White House box. "And I was like, 'How long have you had these?' They said, 'A long time. We got a lot of these.' " Obama, a Democrat, said her friendship with Bush, a Republican, defies labels. "Party doesn't separate us," she said. "Color, gender, those sort of things don't separate us."



Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/10/11/michelle-obama-george-w-bush-my-partner-crime/1603296002/

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Reply Michelle Obama: George W. Bush is 'my partner in crime' and 'I love him to death' (Original post)
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Mr. Big Oct 11 #1
tinrobot Oct 11 #2
delisen Oct 11 #9
SWBTATTReg Oct 11 #17
JohnnyRingo Oct 11 #16
delisen Oct 11 #23
Sunlei Oct 28 #43
Freethinker65 Oct 11 #3
BeyondGeography Oct 11 #4
Stallion Oct 11 #11
Post removed Oct 11 #5
not fooled Oct 11 #8
SouthernIrish Oct 11 #19
pat_k Oct 11 #24
JackRiddler Oct 11 #33
Sunlei Oct 28 #44
lapfog_1 Oct 11 #6
Blue_playwright Oct 11 #25
Glorfindel Oct 11 #26
Kaleva Oct 11 #29
Sunlei Oct 28 #45
shanny Oct 11 #7
Kurt V. Oct 11 #10
FiveGoodMen Oct 11 #12
badhair77 Oct 11 #13
Guy Whitey Corngood Oct 11 #14
ZZenith Oct 11 #15
Sunlei Oct 28 #46
helpisontheway Oct 11 #18
left-of-center2012 Oct 11 #20
Sunlei Oct 28 #47
Submariner Oct 28 #55
Mike Nelson Oct 11 #21
pat_k Oct 11 #22
50 Shades Of Blue Oct 11 #27
wellst0nev0ter Oct 11 #28
delisen Oct 11 #31
Kaleva Oct 11 #30
choie Oct 11 #32
JackRiddler Oct 11 #34
Kaleva Oct 12 #40
JackRiddler Oct 27 #41
Kaleva Oct 27 #42
xor Oct 28 #49
Kaleva Oct 28 #50
Power 2 the People Oct 28 #56
Bluepinky Oct 12 #35
FiveGoodMen Oct 12 #36
BannonsLiver Oct 12 #39
Sunlei Oct 28 #48
renate Oct 12 #37
melman Oct 12 #38
democratisphere Oct 28 #51
vi5 Oct 28 #52
blueinredohio Oct 28 #53
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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:09 PM

1. !

 

I have no words...

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:09 PM

2. The guy stole a case of cough drops from the White House?

Gotta admit, that's pretty funny.

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:24 PM

9. Same guy who claimed the Clintons stole from the White House.


Let his people slam all the Democratic White House workers who were leaving. Front pages everywhere.

Lots of laughs. It gave a huge boost to the right wing crazies machine.

George Bush is lots of laughs until you are the butt of the jokes or you personally suffer from his lobbying tout his frat brother on the Supreme Court, or a bomb obliterates your family in Iraq.




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Response to delisen (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 06:33 PM

17. Let them have the cough drops and crap like this...it's the integrity of this country that ...

our so called president is stealing from all of us that's truly bad.

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Response to tinrobot (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:56 PM

16. I would have done the same thing, guaranteed.

I have a set of Eat 'n Park soup spoons among many other souvenirs of my daily regimen.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:49 PM

23. Difference between Bush and Trump is a matter degree not kind

We and the world paid heavily for the vote stealing in Florida and the machinations by the Bushes which resulted in GW Bush and Dick Cheney being installed in the White House by the 2000 Supreme Court decision-a partisan decision.

GW also "normalized" Putin as a fellow Christian.

Without that Bush family/ Republican election corruption I don't believe there would ever have been Candidate Trump in 2016. Kavanaugh has been a fixer for Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush nominated the unqualified Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.



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Response to tinrobot (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 07:34 AM

43. lol! I also keep an antique bag of cherry cough drops for events. always bring a couple extra

to share. Those bags of 600 little 2-pacs will last a lifetime!

I think it's kind of cool these events of past presidents have a "seating chart". I guess that's so secret service can always protect them.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:10 PM

3. Class

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:11 PM

4. This is harmless

W works for the other side, Michelle works for our side. They get along well. Bfd.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:27 PM

11. +1

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Response to Post removed (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:21 PM

8. Thumbs up

add: stealing two elections...by hook and crook including purging 10s of thousands of primarily African-American voters...the list goes on and on.

ugh

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Response to Post removed (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:00 PM

19. What good what it do for her to slam him?

Michelle is showing class and maturity. GHWB and Bill Clinton get along very well. A lot of former POTUS and FLOTUS get along fine. Saying something negative and demeaning about MO is something I would expect from a Trumpian, not a Democrat.

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Response to SouthernIrish (Reply #19)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:50 PM

24. Every public reminder of the horror of torture and the stolen elections,

and every public rejection of the perpetrators, is a step toward redemption of our national soul.



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Response to SouthernIrish (Reply #19)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 11:29 PM

33. She doesn't have to say anything!!!

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #33)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 07:38 AM

44. so when the reporter asked "what did president bush hand you at McCains funeral?"

Mrs Obama should say, "nothing"?


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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:15 PM

6. The ex-President's club (and first ladies/gentlemen) is very small

and can transcend all other differences.

I don't expect Trump or Melania to join this elite group. Especially after all of the Treason is exposed.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:56 PM

25. I was thinking about that earlier today

How the former presidents and First Ladies are cordial and work together on charitable causes and events - supporting each otherís foundations and work. I donít see Trump doing anything when he is done except his library. Can you see him setting up to work on AIDS in Africa like W? Or like the global reach of the Clinton Foundation? How will they handle a disgrace in their midst? How was Nixon treated, I forget!

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Response to Blue_playwright (Reply #25)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:06 PM

26. President Clinton was very gracious and kind to Richard Nixon

At the time, I was irritated by the relationship, but I guess I have mellowed. It doesn't make me angry any more, and compared to W. Bush and the Orange Monster, Nixon was a saint.

https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/25/us/for-clinton-and-nixon-a-rarefied-bond.html

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #26)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:26 PM

29. And Clinton was was and is gracious to George H. W. Bush.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 07:46 AM

45. Presidents share lifetime secret service protection for ANY event private or public.

I expect the trump family to take full advantage of that 'entitlement benefit' and to cost usa taxpayers billions in SS protection- as long as trump lives.

and he'll probably live a long, long, long time with presidents free lifetime medical care 'entitlement'

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:20 PM

7. ugh

it's great that she can rise above it all; it is sad that he cannot

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:26 PM

10. this is why the human condition

is the most commented on subject in all of history.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:42 PM

12. What's a 100,000 dead (innocent) Iraqis between friends?

Apparently, when they go low, we become their best buddies.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:42 PM

13. Hated that he called senators to back Kavanagh. Ugh.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:47 PM

14. I wouldn't use that word, given the Bush crime family's actual crime record. nt

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:51 PM

15. Yeah, not sure I'd ever refer to a war criminal as "my partner in crime."

Doesnít seem like a bright thing to do.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 07:49 AM

46. didn't you understand the 'joke' about WH cough drops when reporter asked Mrs Obama

the question about the viral tweet image?

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 06:52 PM

18. 🙄nt

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:00 PM

20. How many Americans died in Iraq because of Bush?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 07:58 AM

47. kuwait aswell, never forget how that admin went in to save kuwait & roasted

everyone in the convoy fleeing Kuwait.

probably millions died and millions more from all the garbage & toxins left behind ruining cities & towns like Fallujah.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallujah

Not even to mention our Iraq Veterans, Veterans who survived head injuries & other 100% disabilities cost 56 billion a year in medical care.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:59 AM

55. Half million

How many have died in Iraq since 2003?

Iraq Death Toll Reaches 500,000 Since Start Of U.S.-Led Invasion, New Study Says. Nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003, according to an academic study published in the United States on Tuesday.Oct 15, 2013
Iraq Death Toll Reaches 500,000 Since Start Of U.S.-Led Invasion ...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/iraq-death-toll_n_4102855.html

Heckuva job Dubya...

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:18 PM

21. Mixed feelings...

Ö GW Bush is where I draw the line. He seemed, to me, he kind of "deplorable" that should never be accepted or acceptable. Palin is another one... but I will always like Michelle Obama and kinda see what she's doing; she's trying to be positive and look out for the country. I can accept this part of Michelle.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:30 PM

22. What's a little torture between friends? And those pesky stolen elections.

Bush v. Gore was the beginning of the end. When you cut the voter out of the loop, you are a nation that is screwed.

Refusal to impeach that man for torture corrupted the soul of the nation.

The mindless group think of the beltway analstocracy is a affiliation that is in desperate need of a cure.

And so it goes. You don't need to be in D.C. to be trapped in the beltway sphincter.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:13 PM

27. Bush is a criminal all right - a war criminal.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:19 PM

28. Why are people rehabilitating Chimpster?

Why?

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Response to wellst0nev0ter (Reply #28)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:52 PM

31. Wish they would remember the lies, the dead, the maimed, and the oil

The lost years on climate action, the sucking up to Putin.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 08:31 PM

30. Because of the deep respect I have for Michelle, I'm not going to judge her choice of friends

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 10:02 PM

32. yeah, war criminals

can be lovable too, eh Michelle?

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 11:30 PM

34. The effect of this on the elections is bad.

It feeds the narrative of no difference at the top. This is politically irresponsible. She doesn't have to say anything on the subject. She made this "news."

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #34)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:20 PM

40. Except that Trump supporters hate GWB with a burning passion

They consider Bush to be RINO, a GOPe.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #40)

Sat Oct 27, 2018, 07:33 PM

41. This is nonsense insofar as...

you can be certain that Bush 2004 voters who are still voting today are mostly voting Republican.

Also, it's irrelevant. I'm sorry I even put it that way.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR CODDLING WAR CRIMINALS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS. NONE.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #41)

Sat Oct 27, 2018, 10:55 PM

42. Why aren't you doing something about it then?

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #40)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 09:51 AM

49. Lou Dobbs called W. a radical liberal not that long ago

The entire thing is laughable.

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Response to xor (Reply #49)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:11 AM

50. When one is that far right wing, Bush would look like a radical liberal.

That's the thing with the far right and left. They are so extreme and far out there on the political spectrum that everyone else, even moderates, appear to be members of the opposite fringe.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #34)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:16 PM

56. +1

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 01:13 AM

35. I wish that the Obama administration had prosecuted him for war crimes.

It feels like a betrayal that Michelle Obama is so friendly with W, after all his dirty tricks, lies and carnage. He worked with Karl Rove to win the primary (and slandered John McCain); he was complicit in stealing the Presidential election from Al Gore, the true winner; he passed several rounds of tax cuts for people like himself; he ignored warnings about terrorist attacks prior to 9/11; he lied about Iraq and WMD, to sell the Iraq War/invasion to the American people; he destroyed our economy by starting a long, drawn out war that wasnít paid for; and other reasons I canít think of right now. Even if he is funny, Michelle doesnít have to fawn over him. Heís still a rich, privileged guy who had his life handed to him on a silver platter. It doesnít look good for Democrats to flirt with the enemy.

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Response to Bluepinky (Reply #35)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 04:41 PM

36. Bill Clinton and Dubya have also appeared together -- looking like best friends -- in many photos.

I wonder if they really DO care about us at all.

(Those I'd still much rather have Clinton or Obama in office than ANY R)

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Response to Bluepinky (Reply #35)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:10 PM

39. Betrayal? Oh good grief.

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Response to Bluepinky (Reply #35)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 08:18 AM

48. me too, but I accepted the reasons Obama "Admin" couldn't and I'm sure happy Obama-

Admin focused on ACA HARDASS- those first few months of Obamas first term or we wouldn't have our OBAMACARE today.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:01 PM

37. I don't love the idea of normalizing GWB, but in a way this is good for Democrats right now

It makes it easier for a non-Trumpian Republican to consider voting for a Democrat--maybe just this once--if the Bushes and the Obamas can be friends, old-fashioned Republicans can be friends with Democrats.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:07 PM

38. Disturbing

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:19 AM

51. "W" was off my sh'tlist, but has returned to my sh'tlist

because of his support for Kavanaugh!

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:36 AM

52. Oh, how very cozy....

 

I love Michelle but seriously....

I'm glad they are all enjoying their little insiders club and pretending that all that is wrong is a lack of "sanity" or "civility" or whatever.

What is wrong is that the Republican party (War Criminal George W. Bush included) have been allowed to rot and fester and morph into the institution of hate and intolerance it ended up at today and which started during Mr. Bush's tenure (and I might add enabled by President Obama's obsession with all things bipartisan). Pointing out how much more rational and civil we are than them is not going to do a goddamned fucking thing to fix this problem.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:45 AM

53. She should ask him why he called senators to tell them to vote for Kavanaugh.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:52 AM

54. On a smaller scale, go to a local bar after two attorneys have annihilated each other

 

say, in a divorce case. To see them cheerily tossing back drinks and back slapping is shocking...especially when it's your attorney there. As in politics, they are in the same club.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:42 PM

57. GWBush should not under any circumstances be normalized.

* What about he election shenanigans and coup de tat at the ballot box..

* What about his military junta where bush/Cheney hijacked the mighty American war machine to pilfer and rape the US Treasury for self enrichment ?

* What about the war crimes committed ? Have you forgotten the torture done in our name ?

* We can not normalized that unfit, inarticulate, down right idiotic asswipe criminals are winning electoral contests and being seated in the Oval Office.

The more we normalize this - the further and further we slip down the slippery slope - Idiocracy is breathing down our neck like a fire breathing dragon. We must address and confront these issues of criminality in our White House or it will only get worse and worse. There is no making a mistake and then starting fresh. These Fascist are picking up where they left off and taking us deeper and deeper into the abyss of a Fascistic Hyper-Capitalist Theocracy.

Nixon got away, Reagan got away, Bush I got away, Bush II/Cheney got away, will trDump slip off and get away too with out our addressing and his team answering for their crimes against the USA ?

Do you notice a pattern here - they are getting progressively stupider and stupider - vacant, mindless, and Hyper Fascist Capitalist gluttonous fools. We must put our foot down and end this cycle of political debasement.

What was once considered shamefully abnormal and atrocious political conduct or behavior is openly allowed, a common every day occurrence, and normalized as acceptable as if to be expected. Bullshit we are better than this - it is our obligation to strive for higher ideals. Not get down in the muck and the mud as we scrape the bottom of the barrel looking for human and intellectual enlightenments in some rancid swill tank full of the rejects and failures of humanity.

TrDump is not the cream of the crop or 'la creme de la creme - by a long shot. This mad man must be stopped from bringing damage to America and finally made to answer for his long string of criminal conduct.

We must stop exhalting down right idiots and then crowning them our leaders and Kings. They are only imposters, they are charlatans, and they are a royal pain in the ass - they only seek to debase America for the personal gain of their criminal syndicates.

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Debase definition is - to lower in status, esteem, quality, or character, to reduce in quality or value; adulterate, is the process of spoiling something or reducing its value by combining it with another material (such as justice/blurred by criminality), to take part in debauched or otherwise immoral behavior.
Synonyms for debasement
noun perversion
corruption
degradation
deprivation

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