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'I will vote to impeach this traitor': Rep. Anna Eshoo supports removing Trump from office

Palo Alto congresswoman describes what can happen next after historic House vote

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, delivers a speech in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump on the House floor in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 13. Courtesy Rep. Anna Eshoo's YouTube channel.

Granted only 30 seconds to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Anna Eshoo did not mince words regarding President Donald Trump during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.

On Jan. 13, Trump was impeached on a charge of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6 after speaking at a rally where hundreds of supporters and right-wing extremists marched to the U.S. Capitol where both houses of Congress were voting to certify the election of Joe Biden and stormed the building. Five people died as a result of the insurrection, including one U.S. Capitol police officer. The chaos included beatings of law enforcement officers, threats against congressional leaders and the ransacking of legislators' offices, according to law enforcement officials. A gallows was erected outside, and many of the rioters carried weapons ranging from bear spray to metal pipes.

Representatives, senators, staffers and journalists were forced into hiding for hours before Vice President Mike Pence approved sending in the National Guard after Trump allegedly declined to intervene, multiple news agencies have reported.

Eshoo said in an interview while in hiding from rioters on Jan. 6 that she would immediately vote to impeach Trump, and expanded on her reasons for supporting Trump's removal after the historic vote on Wednesday.

"Future generations are not going to know the names of each member who is voting in the chamber today, but they will know what we did and why. We must impeach the president because he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol of the United States, the tabernacle of our democracy. He is incapable of honoring his oath and our Constitution, and he has proven to be unfit and dangerous. I will vote to impeach this traitor to our country," she said.

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The House voted 232-197 for impeachment, with 10 Republicans joining the majority. The articles of impeachment could now be forwarded to the Senate for a hearing and vote on whether to convict Trump.

During a phone interview on Wednesday afternoon, Eshoo said the mood in the Capitol is "somber."

"Make no mistake about it. What took place a week ago today was historic. There has never been a domestic attack in the Capitol," she said. "They came to kill and they did."

Eshoo called for an in-depth investigation. Several factors suggest there was cooperation from the inside, but authorities investigating the breach and insurrection have not identified whether there was cooperation from inside the Capitol police or the Sergeant at Arms Office or elsewhere, she said.

"There has to be a broad and deep investigation. There was a massive failure, not just a security failure. We were defenseless," she said.

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This week, the nation's capital is fortified for any potential assault in the days before Biden's inauguration.

"Look out the window — it's an armed camp. There are 10,000 to 15,000 security agents," she said.

While some of her Republican colleagues called for healing after the attack, Eshoo said they must engage in more than mere words.

"You have to have accountability before you can heal. You have to accept the facts. We owe it to the American people," she said.

Eshoo thinks the effort to remove Trump from office is gaining momentum, perhaps even among Republicans. Of a Senate trial and conviction, she believes "they will and they should."

The argument that a Senate trial is too time-consuming is belied by how swiftly Amy Coney-Barrett's confirmation hearing was accomplished.

"Anyone complaining and saying it's gonna take time … you confirmed a justice of the Supreme Court in a matter of hours over five days," Eshoo said.

The experience of last week's riot for all of the legislators in both houses was not abstract. They didn't hear about the insurrection over the phone or read about it from a piece of paper. "They experienced it themselves," she said.

If the Senate does vote to convict Trump, whether he can pardon himself remains a question, she said. The Constitution grants the president the ability to pardon someone else, but it's an open question whether that would apply to a president pardoning him or herself, she said.

If the Senate doesn't convict Trump, he will still face a host of charges across the legal spectrum, including questionable financial dealings in New York and possibly his alleged attempts to illegally overturn the state's presidential vote in Georgia, she said.

Eshoo voted to ask Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would have removed Trump from office with the approval of a majority of his cabinet on grounds that he is unfit or unable to carry out his duties. Pence would then have taken over the presidency. The House approved the resolution on Tuesday night, although Pence had said in a letter hours earlier that he does not intend to invoke the amendment.

Eshoo's first preference was to see the president resign, she said.

"It would be the best thing for the American people. They could take a deep breath" and feel safe before the transfer of power, she said.

As legislators wrestle with Trump's possible conviction, efforts to avoid disrupting the work of the incoming president and the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Eshoo said she is concerned about the future.

But "I have faith we can do more than one thing at a time," she said.

The pandemic, and moving vaccines forward, is a paramount concern as new record numbers of infections and deaths are made every day.

"We need to do everything we can to fight this tiger to the ground," she said.

When Biden takes power, Eshoo said she hopes he will put the Defense Production Act in place to rapidly ramp up vaccine production and that the federal government will make sure to help small businesses and local governments. Eshoo, who was once on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, said she understands what they face.

"Our states and local governments really need help. They have exhausted their rainy day funds," she said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also taken "a horrible toll" on small businesses, said Eshoo, who understands the challenge on a personal level: Her father owned a jewelry business.

"I told my sister, 'Imagine if Daddy still had his business. He would've lost it,'" she said.

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'I will vote to impeach this traitor': Rep. Anna Eshoo supports removing Trump from office

Palo Alto congresswoman describes what can happen next after historic House vote

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 4:58 pm

Granted only 30 seconds to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Anna Eshoo did not mince words regarding President Donald Trump during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.

On Jan. 13, Trump was impeached on a charge of inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6 after speaking at a rally where hundreds of supporters and right-wing extremists marched to the U.S. Capitol where both houses of Congress were voting to certify the election of Joe Biden and stormed the building. Five people died as a result of the insurrection, including one U.S. Capitol police officer. The chaos included beatings of law enforcement officers, threats against congressional leaders and the ransacking of legislators' offices, according to law enforcement officials. A gallows was erected outside, and many of the rioters carried weapons ranging from bear spray to metal pipes.

Representatives, senators, staffers and journalists were forced into hiding for hours before Vice President Mike Pence approved sending in the National Guard after Trump allegedly declined to intervene, multiple news agencies have reported.

Eshoo said in an interview while in hiding from rioters on Jan. 6 that she would immediately vote to impeach Trump, and expanded on her reasons for supporting Trump's removal after the historic vote on Wednesday.

"Future generations are not going to know the names of each member who is voting in the chamber today, but they will know what we did and why. We must impeach the president because he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol of the United States, the tabernacle of our democracy. He is incapable of honoring his oath and our Constitution, and he has proven to be unfit and dangerous. I will vote to impeach this traitor to our country," she said.

The House voted 232-197 for impeachment, with 10 Republicans joining the majority. The articles of impeachment could now be forwarded to the Senate for a hearing and vote on whether to convict Trump.

During a phone interview on Wednesday afternoon, Eshoo said the mood in the Capitol is "somber."

"Make no mistake about it. What took place a week ago today was historic. There has never been a domestic attack in the Capitol," she said. "They came to kill and they did."

Eshoo called for an in-depth investigation. Several factors suggest there was cooperation from the inside, but authorities investigating the breach and insurrection have not identified whether there was cooperation from inside the Capitol police or the Sergeant at Arms Office or elsewhere, she said.

"There has to be a broad and deep investigation. There was a massive failure, not just a security failure. We were defenseless," she said.

This week, the nation's capital is fortified for any potential assault in the days before Biden's inauguration.

"Look out the window — it's an armed camp. There are 10,000 to 15,000 security agents," she said.

While some of her Republican colleagues called for healing after the attack, Eshoo said they must engage in more than mere words.

"You have to have accountability before you can heal. You have to accept the facts. We owe it to the American people," she said.

Eshoo thinks the effort to remove Trump from office is gaining momentum, perhaps even among Republicans. Of a Senate trial and conviction, she believes "they will and they should."

The argument that a Senate trial is too time-consuming is belied by how swiftly Amy Coney-Barrett's confirmation hearing was accomplished.

"Anyone complaining and saying it's gonna take time … you confirmed a justice of the Supreme Court in a matter of hours over five days," Eshoo said.

The experience of last week's riot for all of the legislators in both houses was not abstract. They didn't hear about the insurrection over the phone or read about it from a piece of paper. "They experienced it themselves," she said.

If the Senate does vote to convict Trump, whether he can pardon himself remains a question, she said. The Constitution grants the president the ability to pardon someone else, but it's an open question whether that would apply to a president pardoning him or herself, she said.

If the Senate doesn't convict Trump, he will still face a host of charges across the legal spectrum, including questionable financial dealings in New York and possibly his alleged attempts to illegally overturn the state's presidential vote in Georgia, she said.

Eshoo voted to ask Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would have removed Trump from office with the approval of a majority of his cabinet on grounds that he is unfit or unable to carry out his duties. Pence would then have taken over the presidency. The House approved the resolution on Tuesday night, although Pence had said in a letter hours earlier that he does not intend to invoke the amendment.

Eshoo's first preference was to see the president resign, she said.

"It would be the best thing for the American people. They could take a deep breath" and feel safe before the transfer of power, she said.

As legislators wrestle with Trump's possible conviction, efforts to avoid disrupting the work of the incoming president and the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Eshoo said she is concerned about the future.

But "I have faith we can do more than one thing at a time," she said.

The pandemic, and moving vaccines forward, is a paramount concern as new record numbers of infections and deaths are made every day.

"We need to do everything we can to fight this tiger to the ground," she said.

When Biden takes power, Eshoo said she hopes he will put the Defense Production Act in place to rapidly ramp up vaccine production and that the federal government will make sure to help small businesses and local governments. Eshoo, who was once on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, said she understands what they face.

"Our states and local governments really need help. They have exhausted their rainy day funds," she said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also taken "a horrible toll" on small businesses, said Eshoo, who understands the challenge on a personal level: Her father owned a jewelry business.

"I told my sister, 'Imagine if Daddy still had his business. He would've lost it,'" she said.

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Nancy the real Nancy
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Downtown North
on Jan 14, 2021 at 8:32 am
Nancy the real Nancy, Downtown North
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 8:32 am
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Moderator Note:
The quotes this poster has excerpted below have not been checked for accuracy and, regardless, constitute a very small portion of President Trump's speech.

----------------------------------------

Here is his speech:

“Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It’s like a boxer, and we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. We’re going to have to fight much harder and Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us. If he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our constitution. Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.

We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections, but whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time, far longer than this four-year period. We’ve set it on a much straighter course, a much … I thought four more years. I thought it would be easy.

. . .

So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.”


How did this incite and instigate an insurrection?






plantfruittrees
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Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jan 14, 2021 at 10:45 am
plantfruittrees, Greendell/Walnut Grove
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 10:45 am
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Nice Reader's Digest version from Nancy. The actual speech, with brief annotations and contexts offered by a lawyer, is here: Web Link


What Will They Do Next
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Old Palo Alto
on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:54 am
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:54 am
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How does Eschoo keep getting reelected? She has done nothing of consequence during her terms in office.


trump: " fight like hell, & if you don’t fight like hell"
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2021 at 12:37 pm
trump: " fight like hell, & if you don’t fight like hell", Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 12:37 pm
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Poster cuts out Trump's incitement in her highly edited posting.


Annette
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College Terrace
on Jan 14, 2021 at 2:06 pm
Annette, College Terrace
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 2:06 pm
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What I am going to write may cause some people to assume that I voted for Trump. I did not (either time) and I do not support him in any way. That said, I think both sides need to choose their words carefully and dial back the rhetoric. The majority of Palo Alto voters may not be among them, but there are 74 million voters in this country who voted in favor of Trump. Logically, this number must include a large number of law-abiding, regular people who support a more conservative agenda than that proposed by the Democrats. Their President failed them badly and some truly ugly groups rallied around him, but that doesn't make all those voters bad people. Since the Republican Party is now in tatters, conservatives are pretty much adrift. They will eventually attach to something. That will, hopefully, be a rational, functional political affiliation b/c if the divisive partisanship continues, millions of Americans are going to feel they do not have a voice in Washington. That is bad for all of us. Should this happen, I fear this nation's problems will continue, possibly even worsen. Please, no more "fighting words".


Midtowner
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Midtown
on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm
Midtowner, Midtown
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm
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@plantfruittrees: As if an "annotated" version from a lawyer is supposed to lend credence? Trump's speech that day has been carefully evaluated and picked apart by many "learned" people, and it seems as if only the left interpret them as words meant to incite. Why is that, do you think? The bottom line is that the folks that rioted that day (a MINUTE fraction of the Americans who attended the rally to support having their concerns about the election addressed in Congress) were already prepared to do what they did. I'm outraged that the media and the Democrats lump the law-abiding, peaceful supporters together with the violent perpetrators.


What Will They Do Next
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Old Palo Alto
on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:08 pm
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:08 pm
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Annette .. you make some valid points, however I don't believe most Trump supporters feel he failed them. The country did pretty well with his policies and had it not been for the effects of COVID on the economy and country as a whole, and it being used as a political bludgeon against him, he would have cruised to reelection IMO. And lets not forget to mention the organized daily assault on his presidency by Democrats and the media before he even took the oath of office and continues non-stop even as it has today with the second impeachment vote in congress.
Secondly, there were a very small number of "ugly" (your word, not mine) groups that rallied around him but those numbers were infinitesimally small by comparison to the groups that rioted, looted, destroyed property, injured law officers, burned cities and resulted in over 19 deaths under the guise of "peaceful" protests this summer. And as of yet we don't know who all these people are.
Thirdly, the Republican Party is not in tatters. I believe the Democrats are and it'll be interesting to see how Pelosi and Schumer handle the left wing radicals who are trying to take over the party. There will be much in fighting going on as most reasonable Democrats don't want a radical, socialist form of government. I believe that Nancy and Chuck were hoping the Republicans held on to the Senate so they wouldn't have to deal with AOC and her ilk. Now they're stuck in a quagmire they didn't see coming.
The country really does need a viable third party of sensible people made up of Americans who want sanity, honesty and cooperation in government and a party that supports term limits and across the board nationwide election laws that don't allow any legal voter to feel they've been invalidated. All too many states have questionable practices that create distrust in the system on both sides.
Sadly, I think the divisiveness will be around for awhile .... it'll take a really strong leader to bring us all together and I don't believe it's Biden.


What Will They Do Next
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Old Palo Alto
on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:27 pm
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Midtowner ... it's violent protesters when they're Trump supporters and peaceful protesters when cities were being destroyed over the summer by those on the left. Portland is still under attack almost nightly and no media coverage. It's a double standard and any reasonable person should be able to see the hypocrisy.

I'll never forget the image of the CNN reporter on live TV insisting the protests were peaceful while buildings in downtown Minneapolis were burning to the ground right behind him. Yet the media continues to deny the violence of those protests to this day insisting they were peaceful and slobbering all over themselves reporting on the violence at the Capitol building.


citizen
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:35 pm
citizen, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:35 pm
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@Annette,
You make some valid points, but 40% of the electorate will vote for a Republican if it's a rotting log. I've been listening to people all this time, especially in the lead up to the election, I pretty much only heard reasons given by Republicans for their support that were based on lies and false suppositions from the right. Per Stuart Stevens, a rightwing political operative who got a lot of conservatives elected including presidents, the right has been engaged in a kind of self-delusion and industrial lying (for a long time) that he says has no equivalence on the left.

Among them lies about the economy, one reason people make excuses for themselves to support policies that go against their supposed own interests and belief systems, such as evangelicals. Democrats are not Communists, in fact the hard evidence is that the economy does better under Democratic presidents than Republicans by virtually every measure for the last 100 years, in fact, something like 12 of the last 13 recessions have begun under Republican presidents (enough into their presidencies — and presidencies being different lengths — that it’s not explained by inheriting). Moody’s analysis predicted the recovery would be better under Biden than Trump.

You can convince yourself of anything with faulty reasoning, partial information, and lies, like @What Will — for example, that everything as okay before the pandemic. Trump’s policies had actually thrown manufacturing into a recession by 2018, devastated American farmers and their contracts (if any Democrat made them all so dependent on government programs, they’d be vilified), and hugely increased the taxes of millions of middle class Americans in blue states to give the money to the ultra-wealthy, among other problems. Trump inherited a good economy from Obama, and took credit for it, but his actual policies were damaging what he inherited.

You can’t separate his performance before the pandemic with after because the pandemic was the first real test of his presidency. Having a national strategy is what prevented other nations with a tiny fraction of the per capita deaths we’ve had, and no recessions, from doing as badly as we have. Our economy suffered because of the gross incompetence and bad propaganda from this administration, and no national strategy. He did seem to care far more about making blue states look bad and dividing us for his political fortunes than making America great.

@Will
Please stop repeating lies about the social justice protests. The vast majority of political violence resulting in injury and death in this country since 9/11 has been domestic rightwing.


citizen
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:44 pm
citizen, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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@Will,
Here is an article before the potus incited his followers to attack our national government before and after the election and on Jan 6:
"White supremacists behind majority of US domestic terror attacks in 2020
Data stands in stark contrast to claims by Donald Trump, who has argued that leftwing violence is a major threat"
Web Link

Prior to that, rightwing, mostly white supremacist and other rightwing hate extremists involved the greatest portion of domestic political violence, including the horrendous mass shooting at El Paso and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Stop spreading misinformation.

Data stands in stark contrast to claims by Donald Trump, who has argued that leftwing violence is a major threat


citizen
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2021 at 3:53 pm
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CGPA
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 4:23 pm
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Novelera
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on Jan 14, 2021 at 4:41 pm
Novelera, Midtown
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Wow. I am very disconcerted by the majority of the comments on this article.


citizen
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plantfruittrees
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19 hours ago
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@Midtowner: The annotations offer some context from the point of view of a lawyer who teaches about propaganda techniques. In this case he's in his teacher role, showing the reader how Trump is manipulating the crowd, although for the most part he simply lets Trump do the talking. Ignore his notes, disagree with him, that's fine--the point is that he gives us Trump's own words for us to judge Trump by. I posted the link because I imagined there would be people who would want to know, as I did, exactly what Trump had actually said, not sound bites and not heavily edited and skewed bits like Nancy posted in what appears to be an effort to exonerate him. He said what he said.

And there it is for you.


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Anneke
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Government should not be valued as entertainment on a daily television show. Government should have its citizens' backs and should work for the benefit of all without much noise, totally unlike the dangerous Trump administration has behaved over the past four years.

Anna Eshoo has always done an excellent job without much fanfare.

Thank you, Anna!


Scotty
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two words for Anna Eshoo...term limits!


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