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Sarah Kendzior: I think with all Republicans you need to look at what policies they've passed & what their rhetoric is. They say someone should do something about Russian interference (them!) but nothing's getting done.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: Russia wants the US to be pulled out of NATO. They want NATO to be weakened, they want the US to be weakened, they don't want oligarchs to be investigated for anything.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: Why would the Russians help Dems win elections? The Russians wouldn't get what they want then. Saying the Russians are helping Dems is absolute crap.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: The Democratic response was terribly disappointing.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: We knew Russia was trying to hack voter data bases and was successful in some cases. There were all these various bits of information that when put together pointed to Russian interference.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: So many voters were disenfranchised, incl along racial lines.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: It's irresponsible for Democrats to say our voting machines are flawless and completely reliable.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: I wonder if there's some funny business in the Missouri Senate race.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Rick: I think the Republicans were much more thieving and dishonest in the election than the Russians were. Do you think we're letting R's off the hook by concentrating on Russia?
Sarah Kendzior: No. They're working in tandem. This goes back to 70's.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: Back in the 90's when Hillary said there was a great Republican conspiracy, people laughed at her--but I think she was right.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: This is a story of kleptocracy, white supremacy, religious extremism... You need to look at Republicans and Russia together. Don't separate them: look at ways they intersect.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: The GOP is very organized; they're able to keep a secret for a long time; there're certain activities they've done in plain sight with no consequences.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: The left is underfunded, disorganized, and a diverse coalition. Diversity is good, something we should keep intact as a party who cares about women, minorities, economic disadvantaged.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: I think anyone who's trying to help people's lives get better will probably win, if #gerrymandering doesn't interfere with it. That's why Trump won--people expected him to make things better.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Rick: There's a LOT in episode 2 of Gaslit Nation. Everyone should listen to it at least twice b/c it's dense.
Sarah Kendzior: I was at a forum where undergrads could ask questions of political journalists. One young woman asked how to tell truth...
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: ....from fiction. I think she was exposed to the Russian propaganda machine. @AndreaChalupa & I sift through all the info to find the truth b/c it's our jobs, but I see how it's confusing for people to find what's truth.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation

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Oct 6, 2018
Rick: Grassley basically said women don't want to work.
Sarah Kendzior: All women do is work. Women have been doing the bulk of the work of protesting, documenting the atrocities of the this administration.
@sarahkendzior @gaslitnation #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: Those in power don't care. Our elected representatives don't care about our opinions, about their constituents, about being voted out of office. That tells me they plan to rig election, disqualify votes after the fact.
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Scott Dworkin: It's almost a certainty that Mueller will try Manafort for the ten charges that ended in a hung jury in the previous trial.
@funder @TheDemCoalition #DworkinReport
Scott Dworkin: Manafort can't push back much; he's really disadvantaged at this point. He'd have to give up something absolutely crazy or he'll be in prison for the rest of his life.
@funder @TheDemCoalition #DworkinReport
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Sarah Kendzior: This was the first I've heard of the parade being cancelled. Costing $92 million??
Rick: How do you justify spending $92 million on something that only one person wants?
@sarahkendzior @gaslitnation #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: $92 million could be spent on veterans, on healthcare, on so many more things that are more important than a parade.
@sarahkendzior @gaslitnation #GasLitNation
Rick: I find it funny they waited until the NDAA was signed before they pulled back on the parade.
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Rick: When do we have the intervention? Can we tell Twitter to turn Trump off?
Propane Jane: A lot of people say when Trump does this, he's distracting from something, but he's always lurching from tantrum to tantrum. Hard to tell when he's stable.
@docrocktex26 #TellTaleTweet
Propane Jane: He's had a bad week, but it's actually been a couple of bad months. Well, 19 bad months. The news cycle continues to be very bad.
@docrocktex26 #TellTaleTweet
Propane Jane: Trump really thought he showed strength w/ #Russia, and then when he returned to the US, he was flabbergasted to find the American public didn't agree.
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Sarah Burris: Trump just figured out that The Apprentice was about apprenticeships. OMG, and he has the nuclear codes.
@SarahBurris @RawStory
Sarah: He literally said, "I'm just putting it together now." I don't know which is worse, that he didn't put apprentice/apprenticeship together before, or that he felt comfortable saying that in front of cameras & reporters. Bless his heart.
Rick: Evidently Trump had irrefutable evidence Day One about Russian interference but he's chosen to vehemently deny, refute it.
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