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5 Reasons You Have To Be Tolerant Of Bigotry To Support Donald Trump

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during a news conference at the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

It’s all just an act.

That’s what Donald Trump’s new, more professional staff — led by former war crimes advocate and old H.W. Bush/Dole convention delegate wrangler Paul Manafort — wants GOP insiders to know about the buffoonery of the billion-dollar baby they’re about to nominate to be president.

“When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose,” Manafort told a recent Republican National Committee meeting.

Trump himself has vowed to become so presidential that he will bore you to tears when the time is right. If you trust the polls, the right time was about five years ago.

Trump’s favorability among Latino voters is at 9 percent, according to a recent Latino Decisions poll. Mitt Romney won close to 30 percent of the Latino vote — a lower number than John McCain, and he did even worse with the fastest growing group of new voters than George W. Bush.

Trump has made scapegoating Mexican immigrants his signature issue, and central to that the construction of a giant, impossible, mostly useless slab of concrete; a physical metaphor for his implicit promise to restore aging white Americans’ perceived dominance over ethnic minorities.

The fantasy that we’re bound to get a “new Trump” is endlessly appealing to the press, who look at general election polling numbers that show him being crushed by either Democratic frontrunner and fear a sudden ratings drop-off. The notion that Trump can whitewash away the bigotry that has defined his candidacy by starting fresh this summer is just a continuation of the premise that Trump’s appeal is based broadly on the economic concerns of a working class that feels left out in this new economy.

Reporters eagerly seek out the anomaly of a black businessman at a Trump rally to make the case that Trump’s populism isn’t modern know-nothingism built on hostility to minorities, but rather some last grasp at the American dream.

While it’s true that much of the middle class is running threadbare after decades of conservative policies have left older white Americans justifiably angry and scared, it’s not true that this is just some blue-collar movement built on economic anxiety. Trump supporters — more than any other candidates’ — oppose diversity, feel minorities are taking their opportunities and generally prefer white people to black people.

Be worried: These urges exist to some to degree in most American voters, but since the rejection of George Wallace, few candidates have sought to blatantly exploit them in the way Trump has.

The appeal to ethnocentrism has been a bulwark of conservative politics for generations, UC Berkeley Law professor Ian Haney López argues, and a key to the right’s strategy of turning the white working class against the government programs that made the world’s largest middle class possible in the first place. Trump’s willingness to turn to the darkest urges of dog-whistle politics has made him nearly unstoppable in the GOP primary, and a potential electoral catastrophe in the general election.

Most Republicans will eventually buy into the fantasy that Trump’s vicious racial appeals can be erased from our memories, because they have to. And so will the press.

The reluctance to smear a whole group as racist is a valuable urge. But it’s just condescending not to expect the adults who support Trump to see what that they’ve bought into.

That’s why it’s crucial to make keep making this point: Supporting Trump may not necessarily make you a racist, but at the very least it does mean you’re tolerant of bigotry. Here’s why.

  1. Birtherism.
    If you want to make the case that a compliant press has made Trump’s candidacy possible, as I have, consider why Trump isn’t asked about his obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate, the issue that made him a conservative hero after decades of trying to get someone to take him seriously as presidential candidate. Why? He tells them he doesn’t want to talk about it, and so they don’t. We have no idea if the soon-to-be GOP nominee for president believes the current president is even a citizen. Would he prosecute Obama for treason? What evidence were his claims of fraud built on? No one asks these questions but we all know the answers. It’s all bullshit. Trump exploited an issue based entirely on racial suspicion, and then suffered no consequences for this vile display. In fact, it’s why he’s where he is today. He knew he could get away with it, because he always has.
  2. He’s been like this for decades.
    Trump’s view that foreigners and minorities are America’s biggest problem isn’t new for him. He’s been playing to xenophobia and racial animus for years — whether it was calling for the death penalty for a group of innocent black kids or using the Japanese as a punching bag, long after his accusations bore any semblance of sense. There’s a reason white supremacists are inspired by his candidacy, and it isn’t just because he spreads their hate online to millions of Twitter followers.
  3. Muslim ban.
    The idea of banning a group of 1.6 billion people based on their religion is repugnant to a nation that was founded on the basis of offering refuge for freedom of expression. But it’s even uglier when it’s based on the exact kind of Islamophobia ISIS seeks to encourage as it wipes out “the grey zones” where religions co-exist. Muslims are the most common victims of extremist terror and have played a key role in keeping America safe since 9/11, having been responsible for far fewer deaths than — say — furniture or toddlers with guns. To support Trump’s willingness to scapegoat them out of convenience is to support the kind of bigotry that makes us all less safe.
  4. Anti-Mexican rhetoric.
    “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said as he launched his campaign in July of 2015. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” With this began a campaign that has used the idea of the widespread criminality of Mexican-Americans as its foundational belief, backed up by as few facts as Trump’s birtherism. It’s especially ridiculous rhetoric at a time when crime and border crossings are at or near generational lows, and while America’s population of undocumented immigrants is actually dropping.
  5. Willingness to turn America into a police state to uproot immigrants.
    The Republican promise of a smaller government will instantly disappear when the party endorses “Deportation Squads” to round up 11 million undocumented people. “Conservatives” back this plan because they can’t — or won’t — acknowledge the millions of undocumented people who’ve come here by plane and the more than half of the 11 million who aren’t Mexicans. They’re enticed by the fantasy of a new “Operation Wetback,” or by visions of brown-skinned marauders flooding our border. How do we know? Because that’s exactly what Donald Trump put in his first TV commercial.

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media during a news conference at the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016.   REUTERS/Jim Bourg 

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  1. FireBaron April 25, 2016

    And people still support this guy. Then again, that’s how Herr Schicklegruber got his start.

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    1. Michael Baldwin April 25, 2016

      The similarities ARE painfully obvious, even to a casual observer. And we all know how Adolph and friends worked out!

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  2. docb April 25, 2016

    I see it as having to EMBRACE bigotry, racism, misogyny, and lies to even listen to or read what drump says or does…
    This is part of the reasons why…

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/25/america-wealthy-class-betrayed-inequality

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  3. Eleanore Whitaker April 25, 2016

    Look, the purpose of any election is to choose representatives who meet the needs of your state and your country. With 50 states with diverse populations, cultures, religions, natural resources and economies, it’s nothing short of a miracle that those elected managed to agree on anything.Still, the fact remains that the intent of the Founding Fathers was unity. Not division or inequity.

    The Donald has since his entry level days in business proven to be George W. Bush “Lite.” A guy who aspired to fame and fortune as quickly as possible and without any interference or restrictions. That describes just about every American Robber Baron since the Industrial Revolution emerged.

    No matter how we slice it, we make judgments of others based on their words and actions. That is imperative in order to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Most of us who grew up cutting our teeth on The Donald’s tantrums and bizarre “Howard Hughes” style behavior could ignore it because very little of what he did early on affected us. Then, his obsession to become an emperor in is own little empire began to show clearly what he is capable of: bankruptcies, flouting laws the rest of the people in this country don’t dare disobey and generally expecting to always have it all. What The Donald has NOT bargained for in his quest for his “empire” was that to be president, you can never forget that your influence can cause a Civil War with words that inflame all of the worst minds in the country. Once you start with the ability of The Donald to incite others to violence and hostility, you see why he can never be president.

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  4. greenlantern1 April 25, 2016

    Ray Kot, Sunil Rattu and Martin Caballero were MURDERED at Trump Taj Mahal!
    Adequate security?

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    1. Leftout April 25, 2016

      Yes

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      1. greenlantern1 April 25, 2016

        Police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were murdered by Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller!
        Their gang leader was Cliven Bundy!
        Should they carry a grudge?

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  5. Joan April 25, 2016

    You have to suspend all rational thought to support Trump. He is not a good business man, but even presented with overwhelming proof – his supporters still presist in that lie. Do we really want our government run by low bid, outsourced labor and unaccountable sub contractors anyway? He has no plans, yet his supporters have turned that into a virtue. We will elect a President Trump and after inaugural day he will put ” hugely smart” people in his cabinet who will then tell us what a Trump presidency will be about. He has offended nearly every group of voters, that too is a virtue. He is not politically correct which means he is not tactful, considerate or mindful. He is a bully and a braggart which is all part and parcel of not being politically correct.

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  6. Otto T. Goat April 25, 2016

    Immigration hurts middle and working class Americans. It redistributes wealth upward. Calling opposition to immigration “racist” is a one-percenter propaganda tactic used to trick ordinary Americans into supporting immigration against their own interests.

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    1. charleo1 April 25, 2016

      Then, write your Republican Congressman you probably voted for, and tell him
      to do his job, and work on fixing our broken immigration system. Instead of that stupid, useless wall, that won’t fix anything, and will never be built anyway. Unless you prefer to keep the status quo, ignorantly blame the Mexican, and are holding out for the 12 million person roundup. If so. Then, I believe that does make you a racist.

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      1. keniamariana April 25, 2016

        the 12 million illegals are of each and every race

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        1. charleo1 April 25, 2016

          That’s true. But it is the Mexican Trump and his followers have chosen to single out for bigotry, and false defamation. It is, “the wall,” that Trump is promising to build, that he is promising the Mexican Gov. will pay for, that most excites his followers.

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          1. Leftout May 18, 2016

            No more laws have to passed , current laws are adequate , they have to be enforced !

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          2. charleo1 May 18, 2016

            I’m sure when you do some investigation, you’ll see right away there are many inadequacies in the current system that need addressing by Congress. That it is not simply a matter of stronger enforcement. As many laws that were passed in the last major legislation more than 30 years ago were flawed, and have directly led to the situation where we have now. I also think if you look at the politics of immigration in Washington, you’ll quickly see why, even with 12 million unidentified people already in country, that there has still been no consensus found among lawmakers as to identification, and the dispensation of the various groups, and millions of people involved. And also why simpleminded, and frankly immoral calls for police state tactics, and mass deportations would be useless anyway, without reforming the deeply flawed system that allowed the current immigration mess to occur in the first place.

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          3. Leftout May 18, 2016

            Mass deportations are not really required, although possible with many yellow school buses not being used in the summer…..that aside , everyone should be identified in a civil manner, so that terrorists types can be rooted out. All,others should be allowed to continue working as needed and get in line if they want to become VOTING citizens . Offering amnesty is totally improper in 90% of all Americans opinion and will definitely not fly.

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          4. charleo1 May 19, 2016

            Your comments about getting in line, and description of offering a path to become a voting citizen as’ totally improper,’ are contradictory, are they not? If not, what are supposed to be getting in line for? Then again, your assumption that 90% of the American public feel some path to eventual citizenship would be improper, is false and not in accordance with most polls. I don’t believe Americans want to see created a permanent sub class of workers.

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          5. Leftout May 19, 2016

            A general amnesty with citizenship is definitely not in tune with American sentiment. Illegals should be IDd and allowed to work and stand in line for citizenship after other immigrants are processed from other nations , for US citizenship, is this not fair ? . They would not be a subclass since we know that they are identifiable and here working w proper identification . … They would not be able to vote of course They may feel like a subclass since they are here illegally . This is a security issue and nothing else .

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          6. charleo1 May 20, 2016

            With some minor variations, that’s a part of what most of the immigration reform legislation purposes. Identifying those who have been in here working for years without proper ID. And requiring Gov, issued ID before they may be employed. However, powerful lobby groups in the agriculture, and hospitality industries strongly oppose any such measures as legal status, or registration, due to the great advantages they enjoy over their employees without it. And this group is allied with a hard Right contingent that demand a general round up, and mass deportation of all undocumented, and ban on any, or most immigration for a period as yet to be determined. That big ag, and the others do not support. Only the part where their combined actions manage to create a political situation where nothing gets changed.

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    2. Independent1 April 26, 2016

      Typical hogwash from Mr. Gestapo:

      .That immigrants take the jobs of American-born citizens is “something that virtually no learned person believes in,” Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration expert at the libertarian Cato Institute, said at a Thursday panel. “It’s sort of a silly thing.”

      Most economists don’t find immigrants driving down wages or jobs, the Brookings Institution’s Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney wrote in May. In fact, “on average, immigrant workers increase the opportunities and incomes of Americans,” they write. Foreign-born workers don’t affect the employment rate positively or negatively, according to a 2011 analysis from the conservative American Enterprise Institute. And a study released Wednesday by the liberal Center for American Progress suggests that granting legal status to undocumented workers might even create jobs

      http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/does-immigration-harm-working-americans/384060/

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      1. Chessie April 26, 2016

        Oh, go on with your fact-based arguments and silly insistence on reality. It’s easier for complete losers to blame their own incompetence on someone vulnerable.

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      2. Otto T. Goat April 26, 2016

        Good job citing open borders propagandists, including the Koch funded Cato Institute. The work of academic economists shows immigration drives down the wages of native born workers and redistributes wealth upwards.

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        1. Independent1 April 26, 2016

          More blatant lies from Mr. White Supremacist himself!! When are the lies going to stop???

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          1. Otto T. Goat April 26, 2016

            I’m citing academic research, you are citing billionaire propaganda, Kochsucker.

            http://www.ppge.ufrgs.br/giacomo/arquivos/eco02268/borjas-1999.pdf

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          2. Independent1 April 26, 2016

            Right! You’re citing more right-wing biased propaganda just like what is spewed by the CIS. Go stuff it!!!!!!

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          3. Otto T. Goat April 26, 2016

            Harvard professor George Borjas is widely regarded as one of the top labor economists in the world.

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          4. Independent1 April 26, 2016

            And like I’ve told you before, just because he’s a labor economist DOES NOT MEAN he knows anything about immigration!! Borjas is a jerk when it comes to immigration!!!!!! Just like Gruber was a jerk when it came to healthcare projections!!! At least he finally admitted it in front of Congress.

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        2. Joan April 27, 2016

          Funny how you don’t cite any sources but the people who do are the ignorant ones. Work of what academic economist?
          Strange that Charles and David Koch who are libertarians and John Birchers are, in this instance, according to you, propagandists. Make anyone else go hum?

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          1. Otto T. Goat April 27, 2016

            Scroll down. I cited academic research from a leading labor economist.

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  7. Dominick Vila April 25, 2016

    The truth is that even if we assume that Donald Trump’s expressions of bigotry, hate, and calls for violence are just an act, the fact is that for his followers it is the most important reason to support his candidacy, and that is the real danger of a Trump’s presidency.
    Incompetence, naivete, and arrogance can be ignored when a candidate seems inclined to work with other branches of government, and surround himself/herself with competent, responsible people, but that is hardly the case with Trump. He has made it perfectly clear that his idea of governance is that of a tyrant, in a country where its Constitution distributes power among three branches of government. He is under the illusion that he can govern with the same level of despotism and authoritarianism as every tin pot dictator in the world…and his supporters love it!
    When my wife an I went to a doctor in Ormond Beach this morning the pickup truck parked next to us had a confederate flag and a Trump sticker on its rear window. That’s the crowd that finds his rhetoric appealing, and plans to vote for him in spite of his narcissism, arrogance, inexperience, and total lack of qualifications. Their support is based strictly on the conviction that Trump may be the person capable to address the rising influence of ethnic minorities in the USA, and take America back to the days when everyone knew its place in society, and whites called the shots. Add to racial prejudice issues such as abortion, and the LGBT states policies that prompted Great Britain to issue warnings to British citizens traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi, and you will have a clear understanding of what is behind the Trump political phenomena.
    BTW, the media is well aware of who Trump is, and what his supporters want, they just prefer to ignore it to continue profiting from the bombast of an irrational charlatan as long as they can. When, and if, they ever decide to expose him may be too late to stop him. Let’s hope there are enough responsible American voters left to prevent a presidency so divisive and offensive that it would destroy our democracy, our form of government, our international credibility, and cause irreparable damage to our economy, trade, and fiscal integrity.

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    1. Joan April 25, 2016

      Are’nt you just sick at the damage the governor is doing to our great state of Florida?

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      1. Dominick Vila April 25, 2016

        Yes I am, but I am not surprised. Considering his record, including what his Columbia/HCA company did, what would have been surprising would have been a different outcome. I still cannot believe that so many fellow Floridians voted for a man like him.

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      2. Michael Baldwin April 25, 2016

        Yes, yes, yes! Rick “The Skeletor” Scott is a typical corporate power lackey, who is a criminal, on top of being a slimy individual. Vote Blue!

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        1. Joan April 25, 2016

          Not typical surely. His hubris has cost the Florida economy millions. The tourist industry is dead this season due to his actions and inactions. He is a blight upon the state.

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          1. Michael Baldwin April 26, 2016

            O.k. Joan. He is an untypical corporate power lackey. He also refused Medicaid expansion putting thousands of lives at risk and costing the state million and millions of dollars. I can’t wait to see him go!

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          2. dpaano April 27, 2016

            Unfortunately, people will re-elect him because he’s a Republican and they vote the party line even if the guy is a crook! That’s the problem….conservatives keep voting in the same people that cause the problems to begin with!

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    2. docb November 10, 2016

      It is how authoritarian cults lead…We can only hope that he will fail quickly because this is the truth…

      The only sliver of hope is that his promises cannot be kept. He cannot
      bring millions of jobs back if he triggers a trade war. He cannot build a
      massive new wall across the entire southern border and get Mexico to
      pay for it. He cannot deport millions of illegal immigrants, without
      massive new funding from Congress and major civil unrest. He cannot
      “destroy ISIS”; his very election will empower it in ways its leaders
      could not possibly have hoped for. He cannot both cut taxes on the rich,
      fund a massive new infrastructure program, boost military spending,
      protect entitlements, and not tip the U.S. into levels of debt even Paul
      Krugman might blanch at. At some point, a few timid souls in the GOP
      may mention the concepts of individual liberty or due process or small
      government or balanced budgets. At some point even his supporters will
      worry and balk, and his support fades.

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      1. Dominick Vila November 10, 2016

        A very objective assessment of reality and things to come. Unfortunately, for the USA, his supporters are not classic conservatives or liberals. They are members of a movement, almost a cult, that are likely to follow their leader blindly..and drink the cool aid regardless of consequences.

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        1. Leftout November 10, 2016

          Dominick, it isn’t not a cult, the voters started it and Trump picked up on our gripes. It is a Multi stratified and diverse group in all dimensions. Trump follows us and represents our needs while we work , not more complex than that .

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        2. docb November 10, 2016

          Yes, a cult…thought I put that in…must have edited it out….

          Thanks, Dom.

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  8. Leftout April 25, 2016

    We should be tolerant of bigotry ??? And be more open minded as Democrars aspire . Where there is smoke there sometimes is fire, Trump has been right on every issue , Moslems over running Europe , terrorists over running the southern borders, Mexican should be ID’d and allowed to work as Trump has done for years , enforce immigration laws , there are plenty of people that will volunteer to transport them till they become banded / ID’d . All of his proposals are on the books from previous administrations . The fact that they are not followed is enabling crimes and is treason , including the congress and presidents , so I say.

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    1. ham hock May 5, 2016

      Moron~ I’d debunk everything you said but it be wasted words. Its easier to just call you stupid.

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      1. Leftout May 5, 2016

        Challenge me , ham , no name calling , good grief!

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  9. ham hock May 5, 2016

    The problem with these articles is trump supporters are one of 3 things: 1: Willfully ignorant, truly believes he will “make america great” and ignore his racism. Therefore they will ignore this article. 2: Outwardly racist and proud of it. They revel in their factless hatred of people not of their kind and gleefully take any chance to impose their bigotry. 3: Patently stupid. They are simply too dumb to understand any of this article, they believe right wing lies and propaganda and they have been so deeply brainwashed anyone who isnt one of their puppet masters can only be speaking lies to them. So anything you say is moot to them.

    Sadly, none of this information will ever penetrate the thick skulls and vast egos of the right wing. They are all but dead to society.

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