House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment Against Trump: A Closer Look

House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment Against Trump: A Closer Look

-House Democrats unveiled
articles of impeachment against President Trump. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ In the run-up to today’s
historic announcement, you’ve heard Trump and his
Republican allies cycle through one obviously bad faith excuse
after another. They complained about
the private process, then they complained
about the public process. They accused Ukraine of meddling
in the 2016 election. They said the president was
just worried about corruption in Ukraine in general. They said there was
no quid pro quo at all. During the first
impeachment vote, they even accused the Democrats
of acting like Soviets with a very stupid poster. I mean,
look at how dumb this is. It looks like the cover
of an off-brand board game. [ Laughter ] It’s like asking
your grandparents for Risk, and they show up with something
called “Chance.” [ Gruff voice ] It’s fine.
It’s the same game. All those arguments, of course,
are lies. In reality,
Republicans have no answer for one very simple question at the heart
of this impeachment process — Is it okay for the president
to pressure a foreign government to help him cheat
in an election? And my favorite example of this
came last week when Republican congressman
Doug Collins, the ranking member
on the Judiciary Committee was asked that question
and offered up some incoherent word puke. -You keep saying
that the president was concerned about corruption, but in neither of those phone
calls did he mention the word, “corruption.” Why didn’t the president mention
the word corruption and instead ask
the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens? -Well, that’s almost like
saying, why don’t you ask — you know, frame your questions
differently? He said this is what he wanted
looked into. He said, can you,
he said, help us as a country because we’re trying to heal. We’ve had —
as Mr. Jordan said earlier, and did a great job at it,
we had just come off the Mueller hearing, which
was — most all of you covered and found to be a total disaster
for the impeachment narrative that Democrats have been saying. What we’re simply saying
here is, is that the issue was
what happened on that call, and then it became all these
stories from the whistleblowers about all these things
that supposedly happened. And since then, fact witnesses
and even hearsay evidence has said, no,
that’s not what happened. -Uh, what? Was any —
Was any of that English? If you put those words
into Google Translate, it would just give up. [ Laughter ] But that right there…
[ Applause ] …is a perfect distillation of where the Republicans
are right now. They don’t have a coherent
defense, so they just throw out a string of random buzzwords
as quickly as they can and hope people buy it. In fact, here’s GOP congressman
Jim Jordan at yesterday’s
House Judiciary hearing basically doing
the same thing — just speeding through a bunch
of nonsense as fast as he can. -Ambassador Taylor recalls
that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor
that I told Mr. Morrison that I conveyed this message
to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019,
in connection with Vice President Pence’s
visit to Warsaw. -Oh, my God, man! Are you reading the evidence
or auctioning it off? [ Laughter ] I mean, listen to him. He sounds like he should
be talking to squirrels on a bench in Times Square. Now, Taylor said to Morrison
that Yermak told Pence about his visit to Warsaw.
I mean, isn’t that right? A pity the pigeon isn’t
listening, but the squirrel is. Oh, wait, he’s not.
He’s eating a nut. But where’d he get it?
I don’t see a nut tree. How come we been here
for nine months?! We don’t know where this
squirrel got his nut! [ Laughter ] Now, compare that to
the measured, judicious tone of the Democrats
at the hearing yesterday who presented a lengthy
body of evidence and witness testimony
placing Trump at the center of a vast scheme to dangle
hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to Ukraine
in order to get them to interfere in the 2020
election on his behalf. -President Trump’s persistent
and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him
cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger
to our free and fair elections and to our national security. So, as it relates
to President Trump, is he an incidental player or
a central player in this scheme? -President Trump is the central
player in this scheme. -And of course he is. First of all,
we have all the evidence. Second, I can’t imagine Trump
is anything but central. It’s not like he’s gonna be a supporting player
for someone else. He could never be the getaway
driver in a bank robbery. He’d walk in mid-heist
and be like… [ As Trump ] I heard
this is where the action is. Also, you guys,
I think I just got towed. [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ]
And I think a key moment hitting that point home
came in yesterday’s hearing when Democratic congressman
Eric Swalwell and the Democratic Counsel
Daniel Goldman laid out all the evidence placing Trump at the center
of this scheme. -Who sent Rudy Giuliani to
Ukraine to smear Joe Biden? -President Trump. -Who fired
the anti-corruption ambassador in Ukraine, Marie Yavanovitch? -President Trump. -Who told Ambassador Sondland
and Ambassador Volker to Ru– to work with
Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine? -President Trump. -Who ordered his own
Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, to withhold critical military
assistance for Ukraine? -President Trump. -Who refused to meet
with President Zelensky in the Oval Office?
-President Trump. -Who asked President Zelensky
for a favor? -President Trump. -Who personally asked
President Zelensky to investigate
his political rival, Joe Biden? -President Trump.
-Oh, my God, the answer to every question
was President Trump. I want to do one! Who stands like he’s playing
the Leaning Tower of Pisa in a school play? President Trump. [ Cheers and applause ] The Democrats diligently laid
out every piece of evidence linking Trump to this scheme, and Republicans
rebutted none of it. The facts here are actually
very simple — Yes, there was a quid pro quo, and yes, it was to investigate
the Bidens. And the basic truth is
Republicans in the White House just don’t care. They want us all to just
accept it and move on. They’ve already said as much. -Was there a quid pro quo? -As I testified previously, with regard to the requested
White House call and the White House meeting,
the answer is yes. -What exactly did you
hope Zelensky would do about the Bidens
after your phone call? -Well, I would think that
if they were honest about it, they’d start a major
investigation into the Bidens. -Let’s be clear. What you just
described is a quid pro quo. -We do that all the time
with foreign policy. And I have news for everybody —
Get over it. -Get over it? These guys are such ass[bleep] they talk like dumb truck stop
bumper stickers. “My other ride is your mom.
Get over it.” [ Laughter ]
But that’s their real argument. You can pretty much ignore
everything else they say — All the process complaints,
the buzzwords, the brain vomit. The Republicans’ argument
is simple — We can do whatever we want.
Get over it. Well, today,
House Democrats responded by telling the Trump White House that they will definitely not
just get over it. -An historic day
on Capitol Hill. The House announcing articles
of impeachment against the sitting
U.S. president, Donald Trump, two articles specifically — abuse of power
and obstruction of Congress. -Today, in service to our duty
to the Constitution and to our country, the House
Committee on the Judiciary is introducing
two articles of impeachment charging the President
of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing
high crimes and misdemeanors. -That’s right.
Today, Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment
against President Trump, but if you ask me,
he got off easy. Remember, the guy also obstructed justice
in the Mueller probe, violated the Constitution
by enriching himself, inflicted human rights abuses
on migrant children, and directed an illegal scheme
to pay hush money to cover up an affair. It’s not even hard to find
the crimes with this guy. It’s like a Where’s Waldo? where Waldo is
right in the middle of the map with a giant bag of cash
in one hand and giving you the finger
with the other one. [ Laughter and applause ] As Democrats argued
in the press conference today, you can’t wait until an election
to remove a president who’s made clear he’s willing
to cheat in that election. In fact, today,
as Democrats were unveiling articles of impeachment,
Trump was welcoming the Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov into the White House,
and a White House spokesman actually said on Fox News
this morning that the two would discuss
election security. -President Trump meets Russia’s
Foreign Secretary Lavrov at the White House
this afternoon. Now, we’re told that this
is about arms control. But it’s gonna look real bad. It’s gonna be Russia,
Russia, Russia, Sergey Lavrov. It’s gonna get bad PR out of it,
isn’t it? -I don’t think so. Listen, these kind of
conversations are critical. You know, it’s incumbent upon
any American president to try and build relationships
across the globe. We’re absolutely expected
to talk about arms control, but also election security. -He’s gonna discuss election
security with the Russians? That’s like airing
a “Say No To Drugs” PSA with Walter White.
[ Laughter ] At this point, all Trump and his
allies have left is one thing — lying about the investigations and claiming
there’s some sort of treasonous deep-state witch hunt
to overthrow him. Yesterday, for example, a Justice Department
Inspector General’s report found that while there
were serious errors in the FBI’s Russia
investigation, there was no anti-Trump plot
and the investigation was both unbiased and justified. The report debunked
Trump’s conspiracy theory that he was spied on
or that it was an attempt by the Obama administration
to overthrow him. And yet, today, Trump lashed out
at his own FBI Director, Christopher Wray,
for agreeing with that report. -Breaking news —
A long-awaited report from the Justice Department’s
Inspector General finding the FBI’s launch
of the Russia probe was valid and unbiased. The report also says
that there was no spying on the Trump campaign,
which is a conspiracy theory that Trump has pushed
since taking office. -It’s important
that the Inspector General found that
in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication
and authorization. -Just minutes after that aired,
President Trump tweeted this — “I don’t know what report
current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one
given to me. -Oh, it wasn’t?
Well, maybe the report you got didn’t match the actual report since the actual report
was 434 pages long. Trump’s aides probably gave him
a one-page memo that read, “You were right again, boss!”
[ Laughter ] But there’s another argument
on top of all the lying and conspiracy theories
that infuriating. Trump and the GOP have also
argued that impeachment is somehow hurting the country
and preventing the government from helping people, even while
the Trump White House itself is actively hurting
the most vulnerable. -As you head into Christmas and you head into
the holiday season, people are gonna want results
from Congress, and right now, all they’re getting
is hatred, vitriol, and a sham impeachment hearing
that doesn’t do anything to put food on the tables
of the American people. -Oh, now you’re worried about
putting food on people’s tables? Last week, you guys kicked
700,000 people off food stamps by imposing awful
new work requirements. Think about how cruel that is. Work requirements from a guy
who never works. Trump spends most of his time
tweeting, watching TV, and crawling around his
golf course like a groundhog who just popped
out of the 18th hole, looks like he’s auditioning
for the role of the gopher in a remake of “Caddyshack.” That —
That’s the kind of cruelty Republicans have committed
themselves to defending, and they’re fine with doing it. Today, Democrats at least
put down a marker and said there will be
consequences for Trump’s behavior.
They asked a simple question — Should a president be allowed
to cheat to win an election? And instead of offering
a coherent defense, all Republicans could say was… -Why don’t you ask — you know, frame your questions
differently? This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪


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    Mike Kozerski

    A 16 year old dies of the flu for God's sake in the greatest country or should I say it used to be the greatest country now it's the grotesct government

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    carol Lund

    What about that nonsense Collins was spoutng at the hearing about " matching" phone numbers, like they could subpoena them but not figure out who they were? The Dem lawyer didn't even know what he was complaining about. It was ridiculous.

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    Steven Heaney

    Trump "I'm looking for corruption."
    Walks to a mirror…
    Trump points a stubby little finger and declares "Found it".

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    Moebius Bedroon

    Is it just me? Or is this like a breath of refreshing air in this political climate this is Better coverage and dialogue than CNN or FOX

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    Mark Langston

    This video's only 11 minutes long but it took me 25 minutes to watch it. I had to keep pausing it to wait for the sound of my toilet drowning out the sound after I flushed 14 times. Well, I'm done pooping out that room temperature Big Mac. After 40 minutes of showering under a dripping spout I'm gonna head to the grocery store.



    Almost forgot. Had to come back for my ID. Can't buy groceries without my ID.

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    Martin Shillitoe

    A fact that anyone votes for the republicans is a damning indictment of the level of intelligence and political awareness in the USA

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    Kelly Teaford

    This is one of the clearest, most articulate, most straight-forward recountings of the articles of impeachment. Thank you, Seth Myers, and everyone at Late Night. I love how you're not afraid to take sides. This isn't about republican v. Democrat. This is about a man who is so totally unfit for office somehow being in the White House. It's been horrifying from day one. Thank you for being on the right side of history and calling it like it is.

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    what a pathetic and stupid laughingstock of a country. it's like america is a baby. or a 3rd world country in 3000 b.c.

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    So, knowing how corrupt the government is, I'm doubtful he will be impeached, but can we talk for a minute that even if he is impeached he wont go to jail for any of this? I feel like taking tax payer money to make yourself rich, race crimes, child abuse, and lying to a court might be a bit illegal.

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    Jay Streeter

    He should have been impeached a long time ago for threatening witness during the Russian investigation- especially threatening Cohens family

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    I hate how reporters allow these Republicans to repeat that the Mueller Investigation was a complete disaster that was meaningless and at worst exonerated Trump. The average person in Trumpland do not think and will accept it as facts. I mean how many of his staff had ties to Russia and now in prison? Even Mueller literally said,.Trump can face prison time if he wasn't in office. How clear can that be? He essentially did wrongdoings but Mueller was powerless to indict a sitting president.

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    Jesse Peterson

    The only danger to our free and fair elections is the Democratic party, they're the ones that lie and cheat… They always have. They are currently using impeachment as tool to meddle in the 2020 election.

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    I read a piece on the BBC by the one Republican expert witness who said what Trump did was not impeachable, while the other three did. He argued the case against Trump was thin and rushed. While he expanded on how it was rushed and argued the schedule was done with the Iowa primaries in mind (which in part is valid, yet part… why do they need to impeach Trump in time for the Democratic Primaries? It's not like they need to convince people to vote Democrat in the Democratic Primaries), he did not explain why he felt the case was thin. I was interested to know why he felt it was thin. It does not seem thin at all to me. He just went on about how the Mueller report was a dud and why are the Democrats impeaching now instead of after the Mueller report? Huh? Because at the time Pelosi was avoiding bringing up impeachment? Because what we saw of the report wasn't sufficient? Because Barr declared there wasn't sufficient evidence for obstruction of justice even though that wasn't his job? I think his argument was a little thin, tbh.

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    Paladin Metwo

    If the 54 Republicans in the Senate vote to acquit Trump
    They should all be charged with obstruction of justice?
    Did the Founding Fathers ever contemplate the Congress
    would be a Kangaroo court?

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    John Edward


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    Trump has Loggereah. Its diarrhea of the mouth.. Lies.
    I really think he has mental health issues..
    He looks like he's crawling out from the 18th hole like a gopher from caddyshack😂😂😂.
    What is wrong with these Republicans? They have No reason to back trump.
    He committed a crime!
    Trump acts like a spoiled brat

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    Who taught us that an island is surrounded by water- president trump

    Who taught us that rain give us water- president trump

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    Collins is the kind of idiot that fools other idiots into thinking that just because he talks real fast, he has a point. Too bad that only works on the slow witted.

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    They are focusing on Biden but I don't think he's the biggest threat to Trump. Warren and Sanders are the ones to watch but they waste their time on Biden.

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    Trump just need to release all the evidence of the Epstein murder and nobody would care about impeachment anymore…

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    teddy boii

    Why would trump ask the Ukrainian president to investigate joe Biden and his son? It's not like Ukrainians were all already investigating Bidens son for several years before trump was even president…trumps so dumb if he thinks hes gonna expose anyone from the obama administration the Obama administration never started wars for oil and set 20 military bases in 8years it's like they part of a Panama papers it's like they set up fake charity's to wash bribe money..

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    mick readdin

    Two articles of impeachment: 1. abuse of power. The evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable. 2. Obstruction of Congress. I can't wait to see a lawyer try and argue that he didn't do it. Even I could prosecute this. "Congress subpoenaed witnesses, Trump ordered them not to appear. Congress asked for multiple pieces of written evidence, texts, phone records etc etc. Not ONE piece of paper was handed over to Congress, NOT ONE. Prosecution rests".

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    J. D. Schultz, Sr.

    "The house cannot charge a sitting president.

    "The house may charge me but the senate will never convict me."

    "The senate may convict me, but my friends on the Supreme Court will overturn any conviction."

    "The court may affirm my conviction, but I will pardon myself."

    "The cops won't recognize my pardon, but they'll never take me to prison."

    "They may take me to prison, but they'll never shave my magnificently coiffed head and make me sit in the chair."

    "They may strap me into the chair with an aluminum hat on my baldy bean, but they'll never turn on the juice."


    NOW America WILL be great again!


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    Mike Jastrow

    Collins MORON Everything he said is a blatant Lie. Jordan MORON Who knows what he said, sounded like idiotic jibberish.

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    Yes Doug, as the president of the United States, why didn't he frame his question less corruptly? That's not a bad thing to ask, it's the least you should expect. These people have lost it 😂

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    Non Ya

    When has this administration ever cared for what the American people want or need? This whole administration is obviously in it to enrich themselves and their rich donors. That's who they care about

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    Anthony Grider

    Can't wait for all these crooked fake Christian fake family values hypocrite lying racist sexist no good rotten fruit bearing spread misinformation bearers of false witnessing lock kids in cages sorry republican bastards and their supporters to stand before the God they claim to believe in and get a really huge rude awakening and what they deserve one day!!! If you read Matthew chapter 25, they are not going to fare well on judgement day, because Christ said you will know them by the fruits they bear and the whole republican party shows just what they are with the bad fruits they all bear and on that day they will get paid back a 1000 X's over!!!

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    When trump is gone…seth will have to actually come up with material…..besides regurgitating the news from your own company…wow you are a smart one seth…

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    Josie Fox

    This is the most corrupt administration the West has ever seen and that's including the UK government which is corrupt as all hell.

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    Sherlock Holmes

    I’m going to say it here first!
    When the POTUS in the WH is a Democrat, the Republicans will become the ultimate conspiracy theory party.

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    Speck Of dust

    God help America because it’s so morally bankrupt from the top to the bottom ….no wonder Putin is smiling as he has a man working for him in the WH

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    Aerial Camera & Video Imaging

    A lot of folks voted foolishly for DJT and now find it very hard to back down form that. Impeachment is a perfect opportunity. Throw him and his team to the wolves.

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    Jarod Gordon

    Seth Meyers. Stephen Colbert. Trevor Noah. Hasan Minhaj. John Oliver. Bill Maher. Samantha Bee. Making people sane in these state of insanity.

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    Samuel Yeo

    Apparently,Republicans do not understand basic American English. Witnesses had presented testimonies with valid documents,yet they refuse to accept the truth,but continue to deny wrongdoings by Trump. They follow Trump like blind mice into the swamp !

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    Richard Sang

    Trump ask the White House housekeeper for a favour, to flush the toilet 15 times after he poop 16 times but flushed only once, it's definitely a quid pro quo.

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    Lilly Fitzgerald

    Doug Collins should be ashamed of himself. He is a fool. Jordan is so unintelligent, its not funny. What is even more disturbing is that they think so little of Repblicans in America and have such disdain for them that they think they will be believed. Not so. Americans are smarter than that.

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    Amanda Woods

    Our U.S. House of Representatives, is upholding Our U.S. Constitution.
    This is NOT a partisan issue.
    Our U.S. House of Representatives, are responsible for representation of All Our U.S. Citizens.

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    Arijit Thakur

    This Doug Jones fellow is a super idiot. When asked "Why not mention corruption in general, why mention only Biden in particular", he could simply have answered "When in a restaurant, you don't ask for food in general but for specific items". Since most Republicans are non-readers and academic flunks, they can't even engage in the simplest argumentation.

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    Paladin Metwo

    Imagine if we lived in a country where politicians were elected on policies put forward that would be beneficial to the country and to the people.
    Imagine if negative campaigning, mudslinging making malicious attacks against a political opponent's character and reputation was outlawed.

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    Jyotir M. Das

    People need to wonder how these republicans get elected to represent the electorate. The people who vote for these assholes must be really dumb.

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    If it's ok for Bidon to brag about pressuring a foreign government then it should be ok for trump to ask for a simple favor.

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    Opaqueandblue From my phone

    This is like watching a kid say "I know what you are, but what am I?" And getting an answer that they didn't want to hear and upsets the hell out of them cuz they lost the argument. Btw, the answer is asshole. Whatever Republican gaslighting at the time asking the metaphorical version of that question at the time, the answer is always an asshole.

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    If you run a business that requires a "cleaner", you might be a loser. Take away the "cleaner" and all the fingers point to the perp.

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    Linda Dockery

    No matter what job he has no one is satisfied with his performance and a lawsuit is filed. From building buildings and being a landlord to f–king woman, and being president his performance is always in question.

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    As entertaining as this is, there are parts of the world where if your government wants to change the rules so they are re-elected, or even give you the finger when asked questions, people will say "oh, all right then", and nothing will happen. Watching from the 3rd world (Hungary), where state capture happened due to lack of democratic traditions, it is promising that in other countries, people like Trump, who think they can do anything, have such a strong opposition and rules to work against that they could even be removed from office.

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