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It was reported previously on The Duran that MoveOn – a George Soros controlled NGO, is behind the organization of anti-Trump protests across the country. As the protests continue, however, Craigslist has become an important recruitment tool for some of these organizers, and here is what it reveals:

Fight the Trump Agenda! We’re hiring Full-Time Organizers 15/hr! – reads a Craigslist ad from Washington CAN in Seattle. Activists are promised Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Holidays, and Leave of Absence.

Washington CAN claims to be the state’s oldest and largest grassroots non-profit with over 35 years of organizational experience. It is unclear whether it has any direct ties to Soros’s MoveOn, but it certainly wouldn’t be a wild assumption to make under the circumstances.

In another instance, a Craigslist ad exposed paid Anti-Trump protesters being recruited for a staged event in Los Angeles. And this time the Soros link is quite clear and in the open. TruthFeed reports:

In this case, a Craigslist ad in Los Angeles shows that activists are wanted to block traffic in the heavy traffic intersection of Highlands and Hollywood.

Here’s an example of a Soros employee literally “posing” as a protester. Not all that “grass roots.”

Obviously, no one is disputing the fact that there are millions of people unhappy with the election results. Neither is there any doubt that thousands across the the country are protesting genuinely out of emotion and desire to express their discontent. What’s important is that these people realize that they are playing right into the hands of an establishment agenda that doesn’t have America’s best interests in mind.

The election is over and we have a clear winner. The losing side has conceded, admitting that the election was fair and calling for a peaceful transition of power. For all the smart folks out there this is a clear indication that it’s time to go home, back to school, back to work, back to your daily routine and stop trying to prolong the division and hate that has been eating away at this country for far too long.

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THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084
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THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084

President Trump must sign an extradition treaty with Vladamir Putin to turn over George Soros to the Russian Federation for his war crimes and subversion against the Russian Federation. Let the Russian deal with the Soros clan.

lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)
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lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

Dude, there is not arrest warrant in Russia for Soros, that’s a myth created on a fake news site.

The LIEberal Media ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ
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The LIEberal Media ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

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be that as it may, we can always motive Putin to do so..
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Dr Peter Lines
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Dr Peter Lines

Perhaps the anti-Trump “protesters” should be provided with brown shirts

Zeroed Out
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Zeroed Out

Or they should be told that they’re not allowed to exercise their 1st Amendment rights. Let’s get ’em!

Anagke
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Anagke

Nobody’s taking their rights of freedom of speech. The freedom of assembly on the other hand, has limitations and a permit is required for an assembly in public areas.

MadnessIsMadness
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MadnessIsMadness

Freedom of assembly should not require a permit, and I imagine that requiring a permit is unconstitutional. However, I’m going to go read the Constitution to see if I am correct on that, but fairly certain that I am.

disqus_WdlC4CTkUb
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disqus_WdlC4CTkUb

Destruction of public and private property is not one of the things they are allowed to do under the protection of the First Amendment.

Bergolts
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Bergolts

The old bastard is on his last legs .There’s a limit to Zionism.

Anagke
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Anagke

He has a son who’s also into the business.

Steffo Erikson
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Steffo Erikson

Seems like the Special Snowflakes cant take reality once more

Sele
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Sele

Isn´t it funny? They did this in the middle east and called it arab spring. Then they did this in Ukraina. And now they do it in their own country. Profits profits profits…

Rulke55
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Rulke55

Prove this is what happened in Ukraine without using a Russian source. Because all I saw were the people amassing because the police resorted to disgusting brutality.

Sele
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Sele

Just look who profits the most and you know who did it. Just look at Turkey, Erdogan did the coup himself and now he acts like god.

Rulke55
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Rulke55

Just because they benefitted does not mean it wasn’t a proper protest. The police in Ukraine went too far and for it people were hurt and injured or worse killed. This was before Russia even went in.

Anagke
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Anagke

What are you talking about? Those so called peaceful protesters were full of aggressive individuals. The Berkut were put on hold up until the last minute, and then it was already too late. Instead of being used to bring order, the Berkut were used as a living wall which was slowly retreating while being attacked by all kinds of rubble and Molotov’s. Naturally those poor guys made up a big part of the patients in hospitals at that time.

Rulke55
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Rulke55

I saw the clips and how the Berkut acted against peaceful demonstrators in Maiden Square. Most of these people had never even protested before, the Berkut showed they were pretty much hired thugs.

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

The clips I saw of “peaceful protesters” had them armed with chains, clubs, molotov cocktails, trebuchets, crossbows and handguns.They were even driving earth moving equipment into the lines of unarmed police. There were many police set on fire and critically burned by these napalm -like firebombs. This is apart from later clips I saw where the opposition were armed with sniper rifles and firing from above at both protesters and police. BTW: Don’t bother with reply as its obvious you are trolling and I do not have the patience to argue the case for such a well documented assault on… Read more »

Rulke55
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Rulke55

The Berkut were not unarmed they were using clubs and such before the protesters were even armed.

Anagke
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Anagke

The protests may have started with peaceful individuals like some idealistic students, but soon they were full of scum and vandals. Yes, the Berkut were used in the beginning to stop those riots by force. But at that time the rioters were already out of hand and misbehaving themselves. The president and his security council thought that by using the Berkut a few times would be enough for the people to go home. And that was their biggest mistake: waiting and hoping everything would be over by itself. They should have pressed down and destroyed those riots from the start.… Read more »

Inquiring Mind
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Inquiring Mind

Funny, all I saw were banderite fascists shooting protester and police alike from the Hotel Ukraina.

Guy
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Guy

“Prove this is what happened in Ukraine without using a Russian source”
No sense arguing , if you don’t know who instigated the color revolution in the Ukraine .You need to do some research real bad.Start with Victoria Nuland and also you might want to browse this one

http://www.globalresearch.ca/25-recent-events-in-ukraine-the-u-s-wants-you-to-forget/5393572
Get back to me if you want more links unless you are not serious about finding out the real facts on the ground , that stated the civil war in the Ukraine.

Rulke55
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Rulke55

I am focused on the events in Maiden Square that is not mentioned there.

Rulke55
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Rulke55

Again the initial protest in Maiden Square was the students and when the Berkut grew violent this was before the sniper fire this was in the square. When the Berkut grew violent then people not protesting the Government choice joined. Even if the aftermath was a false flag as you claim, the manifesto made a promise, the people protested and the Berkut turned the protest into violence.

Guy
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Guy

Not going to go any further on this with you . You know that old saying ,you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink .

Rulke55
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Rulke55

You are referring after the violence In Maiden Square started. The protests were over broken manifestos promise that had got him elected. Whatever happened next does not negate the fact the protests were perfectly in their right to occupy the Square and when Berkut began the violence which they did before it was forced to move then others joined who had not been interested in the election.

Rulke55
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Rulke55

So basically the elected leader should ignore manifestos protests which triggered the protest? Okay dokay.

polfilmblog
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Unclear!!!! You haven’t done the fucking journalism.

“It is unclear whether it has any direct ties to Soros’s MoveOn, but it certainly wouldn’t be a wild assumption to make under the circumstances.”

Get back to me when you uncover the nefarious plot.

Under the moon light
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Under the moon light

Soros leaks,wikileaks and project veritas nuff said

Inquiring Mind
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Inquiring Mind

LMAO…I’ll bet you weren’t saying that while Clinton and the MSM were hatching all their nefarious plots.

George Ward
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George Ward

It is hard to believe much on the internet now

Zeroed Out
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Zeroed Out

When are people going to realize that fake news is everywhere… no side is innocent… and this is a perfect example.

lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)
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lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

Sorry kid, but these ads are indeed on Craigslist.
You can search for them yourself.

Zeroed Out
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Zeroed Out

First… I’m nowhere near being a kid. lol And second… so what if it’s on Craigslist? Have they been CONFIRMED as being real? Has anyone called the numbers and then become a part of it to expose them? I could make a CL ad right now calling for “Trump Supporters Who Want to Kick Out All the N****rs”… and attribute it to Rudy Guliani… but that doesn’t mean it’s real.

lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)
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lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

Fine, go check MoveOn.org… they are recruiting there.

That is run by Soros himself

Zeroed Out
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Zeroed Out

Well, yeah… I’m fully aware of that… but that’s just for recruiting. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t see anywhere that says people who sign up to protest are being paid to do so. I guess I could sign up and then asked to be paid… and see what they say. lol A lot of people were also recruited to stand up against the government when those ranchers were being threatened… and rightfully so… but that doesn’t mean they were being paid, either. It’s really weird to me how people always assume that people are being paid in… Read more »

Under the moon light
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Under the moon light

no offense but your either in denial or delusional! Soros Leaks,Project Veritas and Wikileaks all proof that they pay protestors to push their liberal agendas. Also their are businesses which actually go online and push certain agendas through comments. Stop drinking the koolaid.

Soros leaks show he paid millions to push voilent black lives matter. He has started voilent agendas all over the world. I gave you the sources now all you have to do is read.

john vieira
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john vieira

Do not waste your time. That is why things are as they are. There are people all over that NEVER had a life…believe that the ‘media’ does not lie, that people are honest and truthful…Hillary cannot lie, she was Sec. of State…The fact is, even if these are legitimate unpaid protestors, they are ‘still’ idiots and retards…because they are protesting against the “DEMOCRACY” they claim to espouse.

Wendy
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Wendy

How so? America isn’t a true democracy. If it was, Hillary would be our next president.

Inquiring Mind
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Inquiring Mind

So how much did the Ukrainian protesters get? Was there a signup bonus for trained snipers?

Under the moon light
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Under the moon light

Soros leaks,wiki leaks and project veritas is all the proof you need. But yes, people actually have called numbers on some of the ads and it has been valid numbers for paid protesting.

Wendy
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Wendy

… as reported where? On the fake news sites?

Inquiring Mind
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Inquiring Mind

Oh, so all of a sudden you demand to see proof of accusations? How cute.

L. Crass, Deplorable
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L. Crass, Deplorable

The ads are real, liar.

Zeroed Out
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Zeroed Out

The ads are real, yes. What is fake… or unproven… is the validity of their content. If I made an ad saying that I would pay for racism by Trump supporters, that would be real, too. You want to call me a liar… sure… that’s mature. But first, read my other responses… and then prove to me that their CONTENT is real and factual. Has anyone tested the numbers and asked for those persons? Has anyone pretended to want one of the “jobs” and then gotten a paycheck to expose them? Thank about it, man… not only are they offering… Read more »

Under the moon light
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Under the moon light

If you can proof all the ads are fake than go ahead otherwise go back to your brainwashed lonely place.

john vieira
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john vieira

Do not take the bait, leave the nitwits to ponder the finer points…as I said two posts above it is inconsequential….

Wendy
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Wendy

Can your prove any of them are legitimate? If not, perhaps you’re brainwashed.

art
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art

so they paying these protesters ? from a company recruiting on GRIEG LIST ?
so where are these people cashing these checks ?
so police can trace all these actions to this “COMPANY” to pay for the DAMAGES ?
and the city can get REIMBURSED for the OVERTIME PAY of the POLICING
so do can the Property owners sue this “COMPANY” and get some restitution,RIGHT !

John Davis
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John Davis

WAKE UP! SEARCH! I’m seeing these ads everywhere! They are getting away with it because we need to keep exposing them!!!!!!

Julie Lovesmacaws
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Julie Lovesmacaws

Whats really bad, is that hillary should be stepping up and putting a stop to it, if she loved her country and the people in it, she would, for the good of the country and safety of many innocent lives, which isnt her agenda. We all know she doesnt do the right thing, so THATS out the window. She is basking in the hatred these people are showing toward Trump and Trump voters, again, for her own gratification. If all of this would, WHICH IT WONT suceed, these people would all pay the price with her corruption and lies ….business… Read more »

Dennis
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Dennis

If you think Killiary gives a shit about anything but saving her ass from prison you are delussional. I’m sure she would rather burn this place to the ground and kill everyone that didn’t support her along the way.

J.Austin
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J.Austin

That actually sounds more like what Trump is doing now.

sonicmoon
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sonicmoon

she and obama love the alinsky way – protest, incite, agitate, ridicule, thwart, coerce…

TEEJAYZ
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TEEJAYZ

But it’s not happening baby.
Choose the truth, huh?

J.Austin
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J.Austin

Hillary is NOT in any kind of government office that would allow her to “be stepping up and putting a stop to it”. What do suggest she do? She’s a private citizen. Trump couldn’t lead himself out of a paper bag, and he sure can’t lead the country. He’s in over his head and does NOTHING but tweet temper tantrums and lies. If anyone is in it for their “own gratification” its Donald John- Porn-again- Trump. He doesn’t care one iota about anyone but himself and for all you know “the Lord” may be using him to call out those… Read more »

Julie Lovesmacaws
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Julie Lovesmacaws

Message craigslist and ask them to stop allowing these ads. It is fine to protest when you dont agree, that is our right, but there are innocent people, who are getting jumped and hurt for their opinion of who they want as president. What right does the other party’s voters have to commit these acts just because someone didnt vote the same way? These are hate crimes in their very definition, and thats NOT okay.

Guy
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Guy

The way I see it adds like this are incitement and should be looked into by the authorities.
Spoiled brats !

Gio Con
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Gio Con

Let’s stop calling them “anti-Trump” protests and let’s call them what they are: Anti-Democracy Protests.

john vieira
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john vieira

Right on!!!

Eclectic Vibrations
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Eclectic Vibrations

I love you! That was the first thing to come to my mind.

Christian West
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Christian West

Yeah, a sick byatch that’s chaining herself to cars. That’s what you need. Join the Mormons or the Watchtower Witnesses… lots of attrative females there, loser.

Rationalist
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Rationalist

actually they are anti-American protests because they are doing this at the behest of a known communist – Soros…

Wendy
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Wendy

Explain how the protests are anti-democracy.

John Davis
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John Davis

Hopefully these CHILDREN finally grow up!

Catherine Ryan
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Catherine Ryan

Anti-democracy, what tripe. What about unions & strikes, they anti-democracy also?They are entitled to protest about whatever they want but if they were protesting about something you agreed with no doubt it would cease being anti-democratic.

NeoBlaise
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NeoBlaise

I prefer felons guilty of sedition and George Soros a racketeer. Let’s arrest, prosecute, and imprison them for a very long time, and see if they’re willing to work for $15/hr. to act like idiots in the future. And as for Soros, for all his effort, he can serve 30 years in the slammer and forfeit all of his ill-gotten gains. Aside from dying in prison, if he ever managed to get out of prison alive, he would be totally incapable of further acts of sedition in the future. Problems solved.

Julie
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Julie

He looks dead already, but the evil force is with him.

Cornelis Brouwer
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Cornelis Brouwer

He is dead. But nobody told him yet

J.Austin
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J.Austin

Trump is Anti-Democracy. One by one he’s stripping Americans of their rights to free speech, a free press, and freedom of assembly that are guaranteed in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution- you know, the thing that he swore to “preserve, protect and defend” when he took the oath of office. I really pity you fools for being so gullible that you’ve fallen for his line. He’s been playing from the Hitler handbook since before the election and you are simply too blind or too proud to admit you’ve been played. Trump and his band of merry idiots are nothing… Read more »

Geoff
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Geoff

Interesting. I live many miles from an urban area at this point in my life. While I’ve never like Trump, and I couldn’t tolerate him when I lived in NYC, I’m sick to death of the Clintons, their form of criminality seems far more nefarious and destructive than Trumps at this point. How does the destruction of the urban community with a few outrageous Trump towers pushing out poor folks compare with the crimes and outright fabrications of the Clinton family.The future is unknown with regard to how far Trump will go, I think he stands a pretty good chance… Read more »

geoff29
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geoff29

Interesting. I live many miles from an urban area at this point in my life. While I’ve never been able to stomach Trump, and I couldn’t tolerate him when I lived in NYC, or his personna on tv, I’m sick to death of the Clintons, their form of criminality seems far more nefarious and destructive than Trumps at this point. How does the destruction of the urban community with a few outrageous Trump towers pushing out poor folks compare with the crimes and outright fabrications of the Clinton family.The future is unknown with regard to how far Trump will go,… Read more »

Julie Keller
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Julie Keller

Soros promised when he came to the USA that he would bankrupt and destroy it. He is using the same tactics he used in Europe and has been one of the biggest influences in the Clinton campaign. His money is dirty money. He is behind the SEIU Union, the largest in the world to control workers, owns Progressive Insurance Co and many others. This man is pure EVIL. He sold his own people out to the Nazis for money! If there are ties to him through Moveon.org. he should be arrested for inciting a riot. Craigs List is also culpable… Read more »

john vieira
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john vieira

Sometimes I wonder where common sense and partner grass roots logic disappeared to. Maybe Soros did or Soros did not. Who cares. It is like the deflection Hillary used vis a vis WikiLeaks…Putin did it. And everyone ended up posting about ‘who dunnit’ instead of paying attention to the materiel itself. In this case, even if these ‘protesters’ got out of bed on their own, made their way to an assemblage…or whatever…they are only PROVING to the WORLD that they are rank idiots and one would have to question their mental capabilities, including the same mental capabilities of those that… Read more »

Robert Bruce
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Robert Bruce

so you strap yourself to a car door, to protest a group of men reported that grab pussy…..your judgement call…

Bob
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Bob

Yeh prob the same scum that they would have used to protest the rigged elections if Trump lost.

Hvd
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Hvd

they need to lock these people up.taking money for violence isnt legal.when these idiot collage kids realize they just threw their life away i wont feel sorry for any of them at all.

yes i mean they stopped going to school. this will go on their record if they get arrested.they dont know the consequences of what they are doing if they get arrested.

rosewood11
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rosewood11

I hope one of the first acts of President Trump is to freeze the funds of George Soros, and arrest him, his son and all involved with them for treason and sedition. And after were done with him, we’ll send him over to Mr. Putin!!!

Kathy Gurley
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Kathy Gurley

THESE ARE SOROS PROTESTERS. THEY ARE ADVERTISED FOR ON CRAIGSLIST FOR $15.00 PER HOUR. SOME DUMB COLLEGE KIDS DON’T REALIZE AND ARE GOING ALONG FOR THE EXCITEMENT. SOROS IS A INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE. HE IS TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA. THESE ARE NOT ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTERS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T VOTE. THESE ARE SOROS PROTESTS AND SOROS PROTESTERS CALL THEM SOROS PROTESTERS NOT ANTI-TRUMP BECAUSE MOST OF THESE PEOPLE DID NOT VOTE THEREFORE HAVE NO RIGHT TO PROTEST SOMETHING THEY HAD NO INVOLVEMENT.

Christian Christian
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Christian Christian

The Craigslist ad offering money is not for protesters but canvassers and activists.
The Craigslist ad encouraging people to protest does not offer money.
The complaint of payment is pretty hypocritical though, considering that The Tea Party protests have all had paid participants.

Therese
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Therese

It means they’ve been vetted.

LeonardoDeecaprio
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LeonardoDeecaprio

I protested for the money. I voted for Trump. Hey free money? I was just sitting down on my phone watching these idiots. Thanks for the money! lol

Jason McKahan
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Jason McKahan

ads reveals that there are ads. nothing else. more likely posted by trump droids.

zachay
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zachay

Let’s call them exactly who they are: “RIOTERS” not protesters. All together now …

Vishwas Patil
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Vishwas Patil

In Kashmir (India) the protesters are paid about $ 9 a day to throw stones at police. In America its cheaper. Just exploit emotionally. Thousands can be fooled on the grounds of ‘racism’, ‘intolerance’ ….. So many emotional fools around.

Vishwas Patil
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Vishwas Patil

Surprising that Hillary Clinton is enjoying the show and tacitly supporting it by keeping quite. Very Very very honest! There is not word from her against the demonstrators.

David Hansen
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David Hansen

Donna& Rationalist. You are both right the protests are anti-American and anti-Democracy. We need to bring back the Constitution and the rule of law

Wendy
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Wendy

Explain how protests are anti-American and anti-democracy.

Robert Harbord Hamond
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Robert Harbord Hamond

Soros has been used by Clinton, demeaned, emasculated. Such is the way of the borderline. Her inept and crooked ways has lost him a substantial fortune. Her tripod rage, satiated by the destruction of another powerful man like Qaddafi. When will he wake up, if ever, when he is on the street, or in jail?

chris sparks
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chris sparks

george soros said his greatest disappointment is President Obama and he wished he had backed Hillary. They are all in bed togeather soros goal is search and destroy hillary is the horse he rode in on this election. poor george he is backing non performers and looser. poor george

chris sparks
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chris sparks

I was part of this team in 1969 veterans against the war movement. I worked with the Southern Educational Conference Fund. Two things became apparent when we were asked to burglarize armories at Fort Knox, works with the Muslim Brother Hood and Black Panthers to create racial unrest this is not about the war. I refused could not see any connection about our protest condemning a war of commerce. Guess who was sponsoring this movement weather underground soros and ayres. Sound familiar, don’t be fooled the goal then is the same as now and that is to turn the youth… Read more »

chris sparks
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chris sparks

I was part of this team in 1969 veterans against the war movement. I
worked the the Southern Educational Conference Fund. Two things became
apparent when we were asked to burglarize armories at Fort Knox, work
to create racial unrest. I refused could not see any connection about our protest
condemning a war of commerce. Guess who was sponsoring this movement
weather underground soros and ayres. Sound familiar, don’t be fooled the
goal then is the same as now and that is to turn the youth against it
society. Who showed up at rallies ayres who is a large democratic party funder soros.

TEEJAYZ
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TEEJAYZ

Wow. There’s NO credible evidence of this but that doesn’t matter, huh? MILLIONS are protesting on their own but someone is going to pay a few additional people? Remember that story about getting paid $3,500 to protest Trump rallies earlier in the year? The guy who wrote the FAKE POSTS claiming that just came clean in the Washington Post. He said he made it up not thinking anyone would be so stupid to believe it. Corey Lewendowski did, or wanted to, and lit the match. It then became fact in the Trump world. You people have jumped the freaking tracks.… Read more »

John Davis
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John Davis

Found this bull crap while looking for work. He’s not even the president yet and he’s already creating jobs!

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Keith
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Keith

Fact: this story is fake.

Bill Weber
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Bill Weber

You fools this is being all staged by our government to end the right to peacefully protest. Black Blok is a CIA funded program ,,Its world wide ,

TexanForever
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TexanForever

When these mindless $15-per-hour loons are asked by reporters what they object to and would like to change, the rent-a-protesters are always stumped for a coherent answer.

Roger 'Rio' Knull
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Roger 'Rio' Knull

What fierce titties she has.

Brendan
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Brendan

You people are gullible.
I could make a Craigs List ad, claiming that Trump is looking for prostitutes to pee on him.
That doesn’t make it real and it isn’t proof.

Steve Perry
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Steve Perry

Time for these people get behind our President – http://freedomnews.today/

J.Austin
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J.Austin

You’re links are as phony as you are! They lead NOWHERE.

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Is the Violent Dismemberment of Russia Official US Policy?

Neocons make the case that the West should not only seek to contain “Moscow’s imperial ambitions” but to actively seek the dismemberment of Russia as a whole.

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If there’s one thing everyone in today’s Washington can agree on, it’s that whenever an official or someone being paid by the government says something truly outrageous or dangerous, there should be consequences, if only a fleeting moment of media fury.

With one notable exception: Arguing that the US should be quietly working to promote the violent disintegration and carving up of the largest country on Earth.

Because so much of the discussion around US-Russian affairs is marked by hysteria and hyperbole, you are forgiven for assuming this is an exaggeration. Unfortunately it isn’t. Published in the Hill under the dispassionate title “Managing Russia’s dissolution,” author Janusz Bugajski makes the case that the West should not only seek to contain “Moscow’s imperial ambitions” but to actively seek the dismemberment of Russia as a whole.

Engagement, criticism and limited sanctions have simply reinforced Kremlin perceptions that the West is weak and predictable. To curtail Moscow’s neo-imperialism a new strategy is needed, one that nourishes Russia’s decline and manages the international consequences of its dissolution.

Like many contemporary cold warriors, Bugajski toggles back and forth between overhyping Russia’s might and its weaknesses, notably a lack of economic dynamism and a rise in ethnic and regional fragmentation.But his primary argument is unambiguous: That the West should actively stoke longstanding regional and ethnic tensions with the ultimate aim of a dissolution of the Russian Federation, which Bugajski dismisses as an “imperial construct.”

The rationale for dissolution should be logically framed: In order to survive, Russia needs a federal democracy and a robust economy; with no democratization on the horizon and economic conditions deteriorating, the federal structure will become increasingly ungovernable…

To manage the process of dissolution and lessen the likelihood of conflict that spills over state borders, the West needs to establish links with Russia’s diverse regions and promote their peaceful transition toward statehood.

Even more alarming is Bugajski’s argument that the goal should not be self-determination for breakaway Russian territories, but the annexing of these lands to other countries. “Some regions could join countries such as Finland, Ukraine, China and Japan, from whom Moscow has forcefully appropriated territories in the past.”

It is, needless to say, impossible to imagine anything like this happening without sparking a series of conflicts that could mirror the Yugoslav Wars. Except in this version the US would directly culpable in the ignition of the hostilities, and in range of 6,800 Serbian nuclear warheads.

So who is Janusz Bugajski, and who is he speaking for?

The author bio on the Hill’s piece identifies him as a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington, D.C. think-tank. But CEPA is no ordinary talk shop: Instead of the usual foundations and well-heeled individuals, its financial backers seem to be mostly arms of the US government, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the US Mission to NATO, the US-government-sponsored National Endowment for Democracy, as well as as veritable who’s who of defense contractors, including Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Textron. Meanwhile, Bugajski chairs the South-Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State.

To put it in perspective, it is akin to a Russian with deep ties to the Kremlin and arms-makers arguing that the Kremlin needed to find ways to break up the United States and, if possible, have these breakaway regions absorbed by Mexico and Canada. (A scenario which alas is not as far-fetched as it might have been a few years ago; many thousands in California now openly talk of a “Calexit,” and many more in Mexico of a reconquista.)

Meanwhile, it’s hard to imagine a quasi-official voice like Bugajski’s coming out in favor of a similar policy vis-a-vis China, which has its own restive regions, and which in geopolitical terms is no more or less of a threat to the US than Russia. One reason may be that China would consider an American call for secession by the Tibetans or Uyghurs to be a serious intrusion into their internal affairs, unlike Russia, which doesn’t appear to have noticed or been ruffled by Bugajski’s immodest proposal.

Indeed, just as the real scandal in Washington is what’s legal rather than illegal, the real outrage in this case is that few or none in DC finds Bugajski’s virtual declaration of war notable.

But it is. It is the sort of provocation that international incidents are made of, and if you are a US taxpayer, it is being made in your name, and it should be among your outrages of the month.

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Vladimir Putin visits Serbia, as NATO encircles the country it attacked in 1999 (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 171.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Serbia.

Putin met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to further develop bilateral trade and economic relations, as well as discuss pressing regional issues including the possibility of extending the Turkish Stream gas pipeline into Serbia, and the dangerous situation around Kosovo.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin got a hero’s welcome in Belgrade. The one-day visit to the last holdout against NATO’s ambitions in the Balkans may have been somewhat short on substance, but was certainly loaded with symbolism.

Even before he landed, the Russian leader was given an honor guard by Serbian air force MiGs, a 2017 gift from Moscow to replace those destroyed by NATO during the 1999 air campaign that ended with the occupation of Serbia’s province of Kosovo. Russia has refused to recognize Kosovo’s US-backed declaration of independence, while the US and EU have insisted on it.

Upon landing, Putin began his first official trip of 2019 by paying respects to the Soviet soldiers who died liberating Belgrade from Nazi occupation in 1944. While most Serbians haven’t forgotten their historical brotherhood in arms with Russia, it did not hurt to remind the West just who did the bulk of the fighting against Nazi Germany back in World War II.

After official talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Putin visited the Church of St. Sava, the grand Orthodox basilica set on the spot where the Ottoman Turks torched the remains of the first Serbian archbishop back in 1594, in an effort to maintain power.

Sava, whose brother Stefan became the “first-crowned” king of medieval Serbia, was responsible for setting up the autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church exactly eight centuries ago this year. For all its own troubles, the Serbian Church has sided with Moscow in the current Orthodox schism over Ukraine.

Russian artisans have been working on the grand mosaic inside the basilica, and asked Putin to complete the design by placing the last three pieces, in the colors of the Russian flag.

Whether by sheer coincidence or by design, Putin also weighed in on Serbia’s culture war, giving interviews ahead of his visit to two daily newspapers that still publish in Serbian Cyrillic – while the majority of the press, whether controlled by the West or by Vucic, prefers the Latin variant imported from Croatia.

Western media usually refer to Serbia as a “Russian ally.” While this is true in a historical and cultural sense, there is no formal military alliance between Moscow and Belgrade. Serbia officially follows the policy of military neutrality, with its armed forces taking part in exercises alongside both Russian and NATO troops.

This is a major source of irritation for NATO, which seeks dominion over the entire Balkans region. Most recently, the alliance extended membership to Montenegro in 2017 without putting the question to a referendum. It is widely expected that “Northern Macedonia” would get an invitation to NATO as soon as its name change process is complete – and that was arranged by a deal both Macedonia and Greece seem to have been pressured into by Washington.

That would leave only Serbia outside the alliance – partly, anyway, since NATO has a massive military base in the disputed province of Kosovo, and basically enjoys special status in that quasi-state. Yet despite Belgrade’s repeated declarations of Serbia wanting to join the EU, Brussels and Washington have set recognition of Kosovo as the key precondition – and no Serbian leader has been able to deliver on that just yet, though Vucic has certainly tried.

Putin’s repeated condemnations of NATO’s 1999 attack, and Russian support for Serbia’s territorial integrity guaranteed by the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, have made him genuinely popular among the Serbs, more so than Vucic himself. Tens of thousands of people showed up in Belgrade to greet the Russian president.

While Vucic’s critics have alleged that many of them were bused in by the government – which may well be true, complete with signs showing both Vucic and Putin – there is no denying the strong pro-Russian sentiment in Serbia, no matter how hard Integrity Initiative operatives have tried.

One of the signs spotted in Belgrade reportedly said “one of 300 million,” referring to the old Serbian joke about there being “300 million of us – and Russians.” However, it is also a send-up of the slogan used by current street protesters against Vucic. For the past six weeks, every Saturday, thousands of people have marched through Belgrade, declaring themselves “1 of 5 million” after Vucic said he wouldn’t give in to their demands even if “five million showed up.”

The opposition Democrats accuse him of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement, cronyism – all the sins they themselves have plenty of experience with during their 12-year reign following Serbia’s color revolution. Yet they’ve had to struggle for control of the marches with the nationalists, who accuse Vucic of preparing to betray Kosovo and want “him to go away, but [Democrats] not come back.”

There is plenty of genuine discontent in Serbia with Vucic, who first came to power in 2012 on a nationalist-populist platform but quickly began to rule as a pro-NATO liberal. It later emerged that western PR firms had a key role in his party’s “makeover” from Radicals to Progressives. Yet his subsequent balancing act between NATO and Russia has infuriated both the NGOs and politicians in Serbia beholden to Western interests, and US diplomats charged with keeping the Balkans conquered.

Washington is busy with its own troubles these days, so there was no official comment to Putin’s visit from the State Department – only a somewhat pitiful and tone-deaf tweet by Ambassador Kyle Scott, bemoaning the lack of punishment for $1 million in damages to the US Embassy during a 2008 protest against Kosovo “independence.” Yet as far as Western media outlets are concerned, why Moscow seems to be vastly more popular than Washington on the streets of Belgrade nonetheless remains a mystery.

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Curious Bedfellows: The Neocon And Progressive Alliance To Destroy Donald Trump

The neocon metamorphosis is nearly complete as many of the neocons, who started out as Democrats, have returned home, where they are being welcomed for their hardline foreign policy viewpoint.

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The Roman poet Ovid’s masterful epic The Metamorphoses includes the memorable opening line regarding the poem’s central theme of transformation. He wrote In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora, which has been translated as “Of shapes transformed to bodies strange, I purpose to entreat…”

Ovid framed his narrative around gods, heroes and quasi-historical events but if he were around today, he would no doubt be fascinated by the many transformations of the group that has defined itself as neoconservative.The movement began in a cafeteria in City College of New York in the 1930s, where a group of radical Jewish students would meet to discuss politics and developments in Europe. Many of the founders were from the far left, communists of the Trotskyite persuasion, which meant that they believed in permanent global revolution led by a vanguard party. The transformation into conservatives of a neo-persuasion took place when they were reportedly “mugged by reality” into accepting that the standard leftist formulae were not working to transform the world rapidly enough. As liberal hawks, they then hitched their wagon to the power of the United States to bring about transformation by force if necessary and began to infiltrate institutions like the Pentagon to give themselves the tools to achieve their objectives, which included promotion of regime change wars, full spectrum global dominance and unconditional support for Israel.

The neocons initially found a home with Democratic Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, but they moved on in the 1970s and 1980s to prosper under Ronald Reagan as well as under Democrat Bill Clinton. Their ability to shape policy peaked under George W. Bush, when they virtually ran the Pentagon and were heavily represented in both the national security apparatus and in the White House. They became adept at selling their mantra of “strong national defense” to whomever was buying, including to President Obama, even while simultaneously complaining about his administration’s “weakness.”

The neoconservatives lined up behind Hillary Clinton in 2016, appalled by Donald Trump’s condemnation of their centerpiece war in Iraq and even more so by his pledge to end the wars in Asia and nation-building projects while also improving relations with the Russians. They worked actively against the Republican candidate both before he was nominated and elected and did everything they could to stop him, including libeling him as a Russian agent.

When Trump was elected, it, therefore, seemed that the reign of the neocons had ended, but chameleonlike, they have changed shape and are now ensconced both in some conservative as well as in an increasing number of progressive circles in Washington and in the media. Against all odds, they have even captured key posts in the White House itself with the naming of John Bolton as National Security Adviser and Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Bolton’s Chief of Staff is Fred Fleitz, a leading neocon and Islamophobe while last week Trump added Iran hawk Richard Goldberg to the National Security Council as director for countering Iranian weapons of mass destruction. Goldberg is an alumnus of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is the leading neocon think tank calling incessantly for war with Iran.

Meanwhile, the neocon metamorphosis is nearly complete as many of the neocons, who started out as Democrats, have returned home, where they are being welcomed for their hardline foreign policy viewpoint. Glenn Greenwald reports that, based on polling of party supporters, the Democrats have gone full-Hillary and are now by far more hawkish than the Republicans, unwilling to leave either Syria or Afghanistan.

The neocon survival and rejuvenation is particularly astonishing in that they have been wrong about virtually everything, most notably the catastrophic Iraq War. They have never been held accountable for anything, though one should note that accountability is not a prominent American trait, at least since Vietnam. What is important is that neocon views have been perceived by the media and punditry as being part of the Establishment consensus, which provides them with access to programming all across the political spectrum. That is why neocon standard-bearers like Bill Kristol and Max Boot have been able to move effortlessly from Fox News to MSNBC where they are fêted by the likes of Rachel Maddow. They applauded the Iraq War when the Establishment was firmly behind it and are now trying to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency because America’s elite is behind that effort.

Indeed, the largely successful swing by the neocons from right to left has in some ways become more surreal, as an increasing number of progressive spokesmen and institutions have lined up behind their perpetual warfare banner. The ease with which the transformation took place reveals, interestingly, that the neocons have no real political constituency apart from voters who feel threatened and respond by supporting perpetual war, but they do share many common interests with the so-called liberal interventionists. Neocons see a global crisis for the United States defined in terms of power while the liberals see the struggle as a moral imperative, but the end result is the same: intervention by the United States. This fusion is clearly visible in Washington, where the Clintons’ Center for American Progress (CAP) is now working on position papers with the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

One of the most active groups attacking President Trump is “Republicans for the Rule of Law,” founded by Bill Kristol in January 2018, as a component of Defending Democracy Together(DDT), a 501(c)4 lobbying group that also incorporates projects called The Russia Tweets and Republicans Against Putin. Republicans Against Putin promotes the view that President Trump is not “stand[ing] up to [Vladimir] Putin” and calls for more aggressive investigation of the Russian role in the 2016 election.

DDT is a prime example of how the neoconservatives and traditional liberal interventionists have come together as it is in part funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay who has provided DDT with $600,000 in two grants through his Democracy Fund Voice, also a 501(c)4. Omidyar is a political liberal who has given millions of dollars to progressive organizations and individuals since 1999. Indeed, he is regarded as a top funder of liberal causesin the United States and even globally together with Michael Bloomberg and George Soros. His Democracy Fund awarded $9 million in grants in 2015 alone.

Last week, the Omidyar-Kristol connection may have deepened with an announcement regarding the launch of the launch of a new webzine The Bulwark, which would clearly be at least somewhat intended to take the place of the recently deceased Weekly Standard. It is promoting itself as the center of the “Never Trump Resistance” and it is being assumed that at least some of the Omidyar money is behind it.

Iranian-born Omidyar’s relationship with Kristol is clearly based on the hatred that the two share regarding Donald Trump.

Omidyar has stated that Trump is a “dangerous authoritarian demagogue… endorsing Donald Trump immediately disqualifies you from any position of public trust.”

He has tweeted that Trump suffers from “failing mental capacity” and is both “corrupt and incapacitated.”

Omidyar is what he is – a hardcore social justice warrior who supports traditional big government and globalist liberal causes, most of which are antithetical to genuine conservatives. But what is interesting about the relationship with Kristol is that it also reveals what the neoconservatives are all about. Kristol and company have never been actual conservatives on social issues, a topic that they studiously avoid, and their foreign policy is based on two principles: creating a state of perpetual war based on fearmongering about foreign enemies while also providing unlimited support for Israel. Kristol hates Trump because he threatens the war agenda while Omidyar despises the president for traditional progressive reasons. That hatred is the tie that binds and it is why Bill Kristol, a man possessing no character and values whatsoever, is willing to take Pierre Omidyar’s money while Pierre is quite happy to provide it to destroy a common enemy, the President of the United States of America.

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