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Monday, December 09, 2019

Endorse This: Donald Trump Loves The Flag — Really!

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There are candidates who wave the American flag — and then there’s Donald Trump, who gave the Stars and Stripes a big hug at a rally Wednesday in New Hampshire.

Take a look at this news segment on Trump meeting “my people,” and rattling off his wisdom on such subjects as Jeb Bush, Iraq, the Great Wall of China — and of course, the magnificent future “Trump Wall.”

Video via CBS News.

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