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Donald Trump Admits to Soliciting Bribes, an Impeachable High Crime, at Arizona Campaign Rally

President Donald Trump blasted CNN for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and admitted to soliciting bribes from the fossil fuel industry at a campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona on Monday afternoon.

Marine One was parked behind the president like some cheap political prop.

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“You know when your state is doing great with the pandemic… pandemic. They’re getting tired of the pandemic, aren’t they? They’re getting tired of the pandemic. You turn on CNN, that’s all they cover. Covid, Covid, pandemic, Covid, Covid, Covid… You know why? They’re trying to talk everybody out of voting. People aren’t buying it, CNN. You dumb bastards. They’re not buying it,” Trump bellowed to a crowd of maskless, shrieking supporters donning red MAGA hats.

Those were the second instances in a single day that Trump has a) insinuated that he is bored with the COVID-19 crisis, which has killed 220,000 Americans, and b) insulted Fauci, the nation’s foremost expert on infections diseases.

Trump simply does not care.

“People are tired of COVID. Yup, there’s going to be spikes, there’s going to be no spikes, there’s going to be vaccines. With or without vaccines, people are tired of COVID,” Trump said on a campaign call Monday morning. “I have the biggest rallies I have ever had and we have COVID. People are saying whatever, just leave us alone. They’re tired of it.” On the same call, Trump referred to Fauci as a “disaster” and an idiot.

Trump said that Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, “wants to lock it down and wants to listen to [Doctor Anthony] Fauci. He wants to listen to Fauci.”

 

 

Fauci is a “wonderful guy, and he is a wonderful guy, I like him, he just happens to have a very bad arm,” Trump added while pantomiming Fauci throwing the opening pitch at the season opener of American baseball in July. “He has a bad arm, but he’s a good guy.”

Trump then suggested, faslely, that Biden is “hiding in his basement,” and that Biden “is lucky and doesn’t appreciate that we have a wonderful human being and the most fair attorney general of the United States, cause I know people that would’ve had him locked up five weeks ago.”

Trump continued his thinly-veiled attack on Attorney General Bill Barr:

Bill Barr is a very nice man and a very fair man, and they have no idea, because somebody else would have taken that thing and all the crap and corruption… he’s [Biden] has been a corrupt politician for a long time, this guy, and in many ways, it doesn’t make some of us happy. But in many ways, Bill Barr is a wonderful human and a very fair person, and he’s not a person that wants to hurt people. Just remember that,  I say it, and I say it once. Just remember, cause I get angry too. But just remember it. He’s a very fair man, and in many ways, and especially in that position, there’s something very nice about it. Okay? So, what can I say.

This dark example of projection sparked chants of “lock him [Biden] up” to ripple through the audience.

Trump defended his promise that a coronavirus vaccine was on the immediate horizon. “It’s being developed by Johnson & Johnson, FISA, I don’t even know who these people are.”

Clearly, because “FISA” is not Pfizer.

Trump then felt compelled to remind everyone how much he likes women.

Trump lobbed an ad-hominem attack about Hunter Biden and then made a feeble attempt to portray his eldest son Donald Junior as a victim.

“Can you imagine if Don Jr. had problems of where’s Hunter? Don Jr. Oh, my poor boy. Boy, what that boy has been through?” Trump whined.

Trump then confessed to soliciting bribes from Exxon-Mobil, the largest oil producer in the world.

“I call the head of Exxon. I’ll use a company. ‘How, how are you doing, how’s energy coming? When are doing the exploration? Oh, you need a couple of permits, huh?’ But I call the head of Exxon, I say, ‘you know, I’d love you to send me $25 million for the campaign,'” Trump said. “And if I make the call, I will hit a home run every single call. I would raise a billion dollars in one day if I wanted to. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to do it,” Trump said.

The United States Constitution explicity lists bribery as an impeachable offense.

Article II Section 4 states: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”



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