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“That plays great before the election. Now, we don’t care, right?” He Says Of “Lock Her Up” Chant

President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that his threats during the presidential campaign to jail opponent Hillary Clinton were merely a political ploy. 

During Trump’s appearance in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as part of his post-election “Thank You Tour,” chants of “lock her up” broke out – as they often did during his campaign rallies. 

“No, it’s okay,” Trump responded (video above). “Forget it. That plays great before the election. Now, we don’t care, right?” 

During the second presidential debate, Trump threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. But he backed off that pledge shortly after the election, saying he doesn’t “want to hurt the Clintons.” 

Also in Grand Rapids on Friday, Trump said he owed his victory in part to black Americans who didn’t vote in the election. 

“The African-American community was great to us. They came through big league,” Trump said. “If they had any doubt, they didn’t vote, and that was almost as good, because a lot of people didn’t show up, because they felt good about me.”
Exit polls showed Clinton defeated Trump among black voters, 89 percent to 8 percent. 
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ANOTHER UNQUALIFIED PICK!

Trump About to Toss His Brand New Director of National Intelligence to the Curb for Another Also Unqualified Nominee

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Blowhard Anti-Gay Congressman Who Says ‘Democrats Are in Love With Terrorists’ Likely to Be Trump’s Top Intel Chief

Ambassador Richard Grenell had been President Donald Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence for less than a full day and already the disloyal president is preparing to toss him to the curb. Grenell has no qualifications for the role – by law the DNI must have “extensive national security expertise” – but he does hold one card that beats all the others: blind, obedient loyal to Trump.

That is all the president cares about when it comes to choosing the person who will be in charge of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and offices.

At 7:25 PM on Wednesday Trump officially made the announcement he was installing Grenell as acting DNI.

Grenell, who is loathed by Germany, the country to which he serves as U.S. Ambassador, started his new job Thursday.

At 10:51 PM Thursday, barely 24 hours after announcing Grenell, Trump announced Grenell’s stint would be short.

Sure enough, on Air Force One Trump told reporters he is considering plucking the also bombastic U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia, and making him the latest DNI. Collins literally could be the third DNI in a week, although he will need to be Senate confirmed.

Many Americans likely are familiar with Collins, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee who throws temper tantrums for a living on national TV.

Here he is just last month saying “Democrats are in love with terrorists.”

Congressman Collins, who is anti-gay, opposes same-sex marriage, and opposed the Violence Against Women Act, is running for an open Senate seat in Georgia. Trump and the GOP are backing his challenger, Kelly Loeffler.

Collins, like Grenell, doesn’t have to worry too much about being totally unqualified. He’s got that blind loyalty to Trump bit down pat:

Here’s how a few experts responding to the Collins news:

 

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WELL IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE TREASON

Former CIA Director Sounds Alarm: ‘Trump Is Abetting a Russian Covert Operation to Keep Him in Office’

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Former CIA Director John Brennan is sounding the alarm about the news that President Donald Trump not only knows that Russia is once again actively and currently working to attack the U.S. elections on his behalf, but is actively and currently working to prevent Congress and the American people from having that information.

And he’s calling it a “full-blown national security crisis.”

Brennan served as Director of CIA from 2013 to 2017. He also has served chief counterterrorism advisor to the president, Deputy National Security Advisor, and served at CIA as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as an analyst, and as a station chief.

If that’s not enough to establish his bona fides in intelligence and national security, Brennan served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, in addition to roles in the private sector.

“We are now in a full-blown national security crisis,” Brennan tweeted. “By trying to prevent the flow of intelligence to Congress, Trump is abetting a Russian covert operation to keep him in office for Moscow’s interests, not America’s.”

Brennan on Twitter Thursday night pointed to The New York Times’ bombshell report that unequivocally states a senior national intelligence official last week briefed House lawmakers about Russia’s ongoing attacks, and in response Trump fired her boss, his Director of National Intelligence.

The DNI is the singular person at the head of all 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies and offices.

Trump then installed an administration official to that post, his Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell. Grenell does not have the qualifications mandated by law to fill that post, but Trump installed him as acting Director of National Intelligence, so he will escape any Senate confirmation inquiries.

 

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TREASONOUS ACTS OR ABUSE OF POWER?

Russia Is Working to Re-Elect Trump, He Knows It, the Intel Community Knows It, and He’s Furious House Democrats Were Told

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Russia is working to re-elect President Donald Trump. That should come as little surprise to many – it’s actually unclear they ever stopped attacking the U.S. elections – “meddling,” as far too many put it – since they began as far back as 2013, according to the U.S. intelligence community.

But the U.S. intelligence community knows Russia is working to help Trump. Trump knows Russia is working to help Trump. House Democrats were told last week Russia is working to help Trump. And now Trump is furious.

“Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected,” The New York Times, citing five sources, reports late Thursday afternoon. The newspaper adds that the “disclosure … angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.”

It’s unclear what Attorney General Bill Barr or the Dept. of Justice is doing about the Russian assault on the nation.

That briefing of House lawmakers exactly one week ago was done by the intelligence community’s top election security official, Shelby Pierson. In response, President Donald Trump Wednesday night fired her boss, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

In Maguire’s place the president installed a strong Trump loyalist, Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, who has exactly zero qualifications for the role (there is actually a law requiring “extensive national security expertise”) which includes overseeing all 17 intelligence agencies and offices. Grenell will retain his position as Ambassador, showing Trump acted out of desperation to plug a massive leak.

So, Russia is once again attacking the U.S. to benefit Trump. Trump knows this, and he is doing everything he can to surround himself with those who will be loyal to him.

Just after the news of Grenell’s installation and Maguire’s conflagration came out, it was reported that Grenell is tied to Trump’s Ukraine extortion scheme.Here’s a quick Maddow take:

 

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