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A Really good read very well written. 

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"We received orders from the commander-in-chief to mobilize all available units in the D.C. area to the White House press briefing room, where personnel were instructed to supply a thunderous round of applause at the conclusion of President Trump’s prepared statements."

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Trump Makes History: First President To Receive Sub-Majority Support On Day One
The beginning of a president's term is typically when the commander-in-chief is most widely supported. For Trump, his numbers are dismal on day one.

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Trump specializes in lower-status lies, typically more of the bald-faced sort, namely stating “x” when obviously “not x” is the case. They are proclamations of power, and signals that the opinions of mainstream media and political opponents will be disregarded. The lie needs to be understood as more than just the lie. For one thing, a lot of Americans, especially many Trump supporters, are more comfortable with that style than with the “fancier” lies they believe they are hearing from the establishment. For another, joining the Trump coalition has been made costlier for marginal outsiders and ignoring the Trump coalition is now less likely for committed opponents. In other words, the Trump administration is itself sending loyalty signals to its supporters by burning its bridges with other groups.

These lower-status lies are also a short-run strategy. They represent a belief that a lot can be pushed through fairly quickly, bundled with some obfuscation of the truth, and that long-term credibility does not need to be maintained. Once we get past blaming Trump for various misdeeds, it’s worth taking a moment to admit we should be scared he might be right about that.

Via +Anne-Marie Clark​

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The best and/or saddest part, though, is that this image appears to be cropped very neatly around the online watermark, which means that whoever put this together was desperate enough to steal a shot of the crowds who turned out for President Trump's predecessor, but not desperate enough to pay Getty Images the $575 license fee for using their photo.

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Wow, I could not have said it any better.

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I'm now voting for Clinton.

He actually just said this on the debate... Word for word.

I'm done. I wish it were Bernie, but Trump can't become president.

#Debates #Debates2016 #debatenight
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