My Choice, Ms. Sanders, Is …

According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders …

“Look, at some point, Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president.”

Well, well, well.  Thank you so much, Ms. Sanders, for that apples-to-oranges comparison, and for explaining to me what I must do.  Aren’t you just the epitome of wisdom? Sanders-patriotismBut please allow me to explain some things to you, Ms. Sanders.

Quite honestly, at this point, I am not at all proud of my country.  Now, you will notice that I did not say I don’t like this country and what it stood for until recently.  I did not say that I don’t support the basis of our governmental system.  And I certainly did not say that I would like to see this nation destroyed.  Love?  I don’t think of my feelings toward this or any other nation as love.  I reserve love for the feelings I may have toward a handful of people, or my Significant Seven.

Many of the very things I hate today about this country are inextricably tied to Mr. Trump.  Allow me to name a few:

  • The wave of white supremacy that, while it did not begin with Donald Trump, has been legitimized and encouraged by him since he first began his campaign in 2015. Slugs and other slimy creatures are crawling out from under rocks and threatening the very diversity upon which this nation was founded.  Meanwhile, Trump is turning over even more rocks by referring to white supremacists and neo-Nazis as ‘very fine people’.

  • The lack of morals and values that has filtered down from the very top, from Trump himself. When the leader of a nation brags about his sexual exploitation of women, even sometimes young girls, when he flaunts his extramarital affairs and supports sexual predators within his own ranks, what sort of example does that set?  What does that say to our children and grandchildren about respecting others?


  • The denigration of the poor by Trump and republicans in Congress. The “let them eat cake” attitude of Trump’s hand-picked Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson.  The foolish attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) simply because Trump doesn’t like President Obama, costing millions of people to lose access to health care.  And let us not forget the truly horrible tax plan of last year that almost exclusively benefits only the wealthy, including most republicans in Congress, and also Trump himself.


  • The near-total dishonesty that emanates from not only Trump, but also from all his minions, including yourself, Ms. Sanders. Trump’s lies started, in all likelihood, as soon as he learned to use words.  His lies to this country began on his first day in office when he claimed that the number of people who attended his inauguration was far greater than it was, and he hasn’t had a single day that he hasn’t lied to us about something since then.  You, Ms. Sanders, should be ashamed that you stand at that podium, day after day, and feed those very same lies to we, the people, of this republic.


  • The pitting of left vs right, republican vs democrat, liberal vs conservative. Trump has so divided this nation, more so than it has been at any time since the end of the Civil War, more than 150 years ago, by blaming democrats for everything that goes wrong and screeching his divisive rhetoric at campaign-style rallies and on Twitter, rather than addressing the citizenry in an appropriate manner.  He continues to blame the past administration for his own failures and continues to demand his masses chant “Lock her up” in reference to Hillary Clinton. This, more than the threat of terrorism, is a threat to our national security. Ever hear the quote “United we stand, Divided we fall”?  Think about that one, Ms. Sanders.


  • The denigration of the legitimate, mainstream press, while praising such conspiracy theorists as Sean Hannity and Alex Jones. When he calls the press, the honest press, “the enemy of the people”, he does a disservice not only to the legitimate press who make reporting of facts their business, but also to the people of this nation, for there are always some who are eager to believe him.  He is basically telling the American people to believe nobody but him, and that is a very dangerous stance.


  • The bigotry that has set civil rights back at least 50 years. He has supported hate groups, while denigrating the LGBT community with his attempts to keep them out of the military.  He has promoted xenophobia with his hateful rhetoric against Muslims and Mexicans, and his travel bans and calls for ridiculous multi-billion dollar border walls.  And he has even publicly, in front of perhaps millions of people, mocked a disabled man. How low, Ms. Sanders, can one get?


  • The blatant disregard for the climate science and scientists, while attempting to re-energize the fossil fuel industry which is destroying our planet. Almost every single scientist who has studied climate science agrees that the pollutants humans are putting into the air, soil and water are destroying the earth’s atmosphere and that by the time your grandchildren are adults, the planet may well be unable to sustain its population.  Yet, Donald Trump, claims it is all bunk (it is not) and continues to promote the use of very damaging fossil fuels.  He also made the U.S. an object of scorn and ridicule when he announced his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords, making the U.S. the only nation on the entire planet to fail in helping preserve and protect our earth.


  • The hiring of the most un-qualified people for cabinet positions, that has already led to deterioration of our educational system, our trade policies, our foreign policy, our law enforcement community, our environment, our election process, and much more. It appears that he tried very hard to find, not only the most unqualified people for the job, but those who had a history of trying to shut down the very agencies for which they were nominated.


  • His already-proven obstruction of justice, collusion to ‘buy’ his way into the Oval Office at the potential cost of our national security. Top that off with his constant rhetoric that Robert Mueller’s investigation into this matter constitutes a ‘witch hunt’, and his dishonesty continues to grow much as did Pinocchio’s nose.

I could go on, but I have provided you sufficient evidence to support my answer to your question. When all of these things are taken together and given careful consideration, when I look around at our country today – the hate speech, the divisiveness, the violence – I would have to say, Ms. Sanders, that if you claim I must choose between loving my country, or hating Trump … I hate Trump for what he has done to the country I was once proud of.  I hope this answers your question.

54 thoughts on “My Choice, Ms. Sanders, Is …

  1. Dear Jill,

    I’d almost feel sorry for the roasting Sarah Hackabee Sanders was subjected to at the recent WH/ Correspondent’s dinner by the comedian Michelle Wolff:

    “We are graced with Sarah’s presence tonight. I have to say I’m a little star-struck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale. Mike Pence, if you haven’t seen it, you would love it.”

    “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited, because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get — you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. “It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little bitch, Jim Acosta!”

    “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

    “And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know? Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know. Aunt Coulter.”

    While I don’t approve of Dems supporting a comedian who stooped to the level of President Trump, I can’t bring myself to feel guilty about it.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I’d like to say I loved Michelle’s skit! If anyone’s familiar w her style, they’d known. That’s her at her best. I loved all of it. Like she said … someone should’ve done some research b4 booking her!
      I also think you reap what you sow!
      She had no qualms … she was an equal opportunity offender. Why should anyone be treated w/ kid gloves? You reap what you sow … best like: to the media. “You created this monster, is you are profiting from it’. Yep … how many books have come out already?
      Anyone w half a brain 🧠 has thought the same & feels the same. IMHO … hugs!!

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    • I read the transcript of Ms. Wolfe’s roasting yesterday, and … I have very mixed feelings. Much of what she said was inappropriate, yet well-deserved. And … the bottom line is that Trump is the one who opened the door for this type of ‘entertainment’. Trump is the one who started with the foul language, the name calling, and it continues to this day. So no, I don’t feel sorry for any who were the butt of her jokes, but at the same time, I would not like to see this become a trend. As for Sarah Huckabee Sanders … she’s been dishing it out, so she better be able to take it. No, I have no empathy for her.
      Hugs!!!

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  2. Keep up the attack, Jill. You have a fine ways with wotds when you speak the truth, especially when compared to the lies and fake news obfuscating reality as seen by Trump et al. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” But Trump tries all of the time, and he is only making a fool of himself.

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    • Thanks, my friend! Yes, Trump is making a fool of himself, and a laughingstock of us all. But more concerning is his cheerleader section, the 30% – 40% of the nation who still think he is Mr. Wonderful, Sir Galahad, and The White Knight all rolled into one. They are the real shame of this nation. Thanks, again, for your kind words. You make me feel good about what I do.

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  3. For you from Shakespeare and myself : “I can no other answer make, but, Thanks and Thanks; and ever Thanks.” Please add my signature to your well chosen words to Ms. Sanders. Again, Thank-You!

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    • Oh thank you so much!!! You don’t know how much I needed this tonight! Some days, this craziness makes me question my own sanity, and then along comes YOU! Thanks, Ellen … this really does mean a lot.

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  4. Can anyone say “nepotism”? Or “Arkansas”? Or even “Clinton crime family”? Married In Virgin Islands … “really”, you say? Was that a personal statement,virgin islands or just handy for the money? …. This is the USA she touts? I will endeavour to stay away. Nobody will miss me. Cheers Jamie

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    • You have lost me here, Jamie. There is, and can be no, logical comparison between Clinton & Trump. The comparison is as apt as that between a watermelon and a grape. And I have no idea who got married in the Virgin Islands, nor do I much care, and …. just what the heck have you been smoking, my friend? Sleep it off!

      Cheers!!!

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  5. Wow, Jill. Don’t mince words – tell us what you really think! Bravo, good friend! Sanders can say whatever she likes – everything she utters on her own behalf or that of The Donald is aimed at their base supporters, giving more sanction to hate the Democratic Party and its supporters. She is as delusional as her boss. I can just imagine the whining and screeching in the White House after the November elections. Can’t wait! Great post!!!!

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    • Heh heh heh … I’m sorry … I held back in the interest of professionalism. 🤣 🤣 🤣 As if. Yes, my friend, she is as delusional as her boss, and as wicked, for she is directly lying to we the people, to our media, to ourselves. She has traded her integrity, if in fact she ever had any, for a position of dubious power and a cushy paycheck.

      Thanks for your kind words, mi Amigo! Hugs to you and Anne!!!

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  6. Jill, there is a lot to comment on. First, to lay all of this on Democrats is a misnomer by itself as there are a significant number of Independents and Republicans AGI are critical of the behavior and policies of this President. I think after the primaries in May, you may see more Republicans be critical of the man’s behavior.

    Second, as you note in rebuttal, according to Ms. Huckabee-Sanders, to love America through the eyes of this President means: to be untruthful 69% of the time, to defame the media and free speech if they dare be critical of you, to renege on agreements made by your predecessors with other countries simply because you did not do them, adding that with lying to make American less trustworthy in the world, and to reward the wealthy and companies with an embarassing share of a tax cut and finally be uncivil to many and denigrate the constitutional rights of people who do not share your skin color.

    To Ms. Huckabee-Sanders, when you lie for a liar, that is not a very flattering role model to play. Keith

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      • I know what you mean! But back when Sarah Palin was running alongside McCain in 2012, my phone would always change “Palin” to “Pain”, which I thought was quite appropriate! 😀

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    • You are quite right, and it was a thought I had but did not address, for technically, I am not a registered democrat, but an independent. Yet, in this world of “you’re either with us or you’re agin’ us”, I feel more like a democrat.

      And as I thought after I had posted this, why does loving our country and hating (or at least strongly disliking) Trump have to be mutually exclusive? We can love our country and hate Trump for the destruction he has wrought, can’t we?

      I am so tired of lies, my friend. It is to the point that I do not believe a single word that comes from the mouths of these … these … well, perhaps I better not say it. I have been having terrible night terrors of late that reduce my sleep to around 2 hours, intermittently, per night. I wish the same on Ms. Sanders in retaliation for all her lies.

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      • Jill, to your point, when a President and his sycophants say you don’t love the country if you disagree with him, then that shows his argument is not sound. It the a jingoistic form of name calling.

        I remember how the Dixie Chicks were vilified by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for questioning the invasion of Iraq. First, that is the right to question. Second, it was proven we invaded Iraq under false pretenses and Scooter Libby, who worked for Cheney went to jail for trying to discredit a former Ambassador who called them on the carpet by outing his CIA employee wife.

        The Dixie Chicks deserve an apology, not just because they were right, but were within their rights.

        Keith

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  7. I don’t hate Trump, it’s just that him and his ideology has no place in the leadership of a nation… there are Trump’s ideology all over the world which is why I have to go through x-ray to get on a plane…. 🙂

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    • I agree that his ideology has no place in world leadership, but I still hate the ‘man’, for he is a liar and a thief, has rent this nation asunder, as another reader said, and is daily denigrating all but the rich upper crust. So yes, I hate him for he is bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry, the gun lobby and others, and his decisions have not one single thing to do with we who are supporting him and his ugly ‘principles’, but are merely for those who have promised to put more money in his own pocket.

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      • I do agree with you about the deeds and ideology, but there is no room in this ole heart and mind for “hate“.. it closes the mind and heart, adds to depression and occupies a space that should be occupied by more pleasant things.. Hate is one of the leading causes of suffering and conflict in the universe.. 🙂
        Rather than spend what little time I have in this mortal world hating, I spend it trying to counter the effects that hate brings…. My efforts may small and not bring about any major change but I will go to my grave knowing I tried… 🙂

        “It’s time for greatness — not for greed. It’s a time for idealism — not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action. A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” Marian Wright Edelman

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        • I very much admire you for that attitude. I have to ask you, though … how? How do you keep yourself from hating? I have rarely, if ever, actually hated until Trump came along, and I find myself unable … not unwilling, but truly unable … to stop it. I know it is self-destructive, for I am losing sleep, appetite, weight, and have turned from a fairly easy-going optimist to a grumpy pessimist. But how does one stop it? I like the quote, by the way … words to live by.

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          • Don’t concentrate on the Trumps, the hate, the negativity…that is what he wants, to fuel his ego…I believe that when you opened WordPress you had a dream, did you not?..to try to make a difference:

            “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” Louisa May Alcott

            Don’t let the hate, the negativity, a dark moment in history shut out the light, to shut out your dream and stand in the way of your destiny…

            “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

            You are a caring person and have a wonderful ability to write and share your thoughts… don’t waste that gift by spreading hate and anger, instead use your gift to write the words you can to support a worthy cause, to give the generations to follow hope and perhaps inspire someone…

            “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. “ Friedrich Buechner

            That being said, give the news five or ten minutes of your time, then turn it off and with a dream in your pocket, get out your keyboard and YOU GO, GIRL!!

            TTFN 🙂

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            • Thank you so much for this! You have given me much to think about, and such meaningful quotes … I am especially moved by the quote by Alexander Graham Bell, for more than once in my life, that is exactly what I have done. I’ve copied your words so that I can keep them, to ponder, to remind myself. Thank you, both for your words and for your faith in me.

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  8. Well said Jill.
    There are many points of policy which can be argued over in all ways.
    However what is obvious is that this Administration is so inept it has failed to grasp the idea that by its lower grade rhetoric is that it is doing more to rent asunder the USA than any foe. They are preaching to their minority (in terms of the population) of supporters and ignoring the rest.
    There is Terminal Stupidity, which is a disease
    But There is Culpable Stupidity which is a crime.

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    • Quite right, Roger. This administration decries terrorism, but in truth it is our own citizens who are the terrorists. They have decried that we must fear those who are different than us, but they themselves have pitted man against man, brother against brother, no less than did the Civil War. I don’t know if or how this rift, the great divide, will ever be healed, but I know that it will not happen until compassion, decency, integrity and good sense once again live in our government. More and more I am convinced that it will be a decades-long process and that I will not see it, at least not in this iteration. The sad thing is that some days I am sorely tempted to simply say, “I don’t care”. And it is sad only because I know in my heart that I am not alone, that millions like me are ready to say, ‘frib it’. Yep, culpable stupidity IS a crime, but who will call them on it? Who will prosecute and hold them accountable for their actions?

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      • At this stage Jill, there is a crossroads for the USA. Trump is not the cause of it, he is too small a person.
        The cause is the divide which has grown up over decades.
        Trump only exists because of the folk who are angered by Liberal Values and want to get back at Liberals and he is their poster boy, their ‘finger’ if you like.
        The whole façade will collapse when he fails to deliver their ‘Jerusalem’, or he just collapses, because ego cannot sustain a person forever.
        The USA can remain a great nation, a flawed experiment with much work to do, but it can get there.
        However The USA can also follow other historical paths and split into many nations, as has happened.
        You can reference China and Russia as large states which have prevailed, but all those little folk on the Alt Right would not last 5 minutes in the cultural, social and political mix of atmospheres which bind those nations into single units.
        It will be ignorance and small minds which will bring down the USA and history will not be kind to them either.
        Trump is just a speck along the long road, his fate, in the scheme of things is almost inconsequential, for he will fade as have others, in that long March of a Nation.
        Take care folks.
        Keep your faith.
        Roger

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        • Yes, it already is the ignorance and small minds that are enabling the plutocracy to govern for and by the rich, leaving the rest of us scratching our heads and saying, “what the fornacazoni???” My moggies are more discriminating than the 40% or so who claim to support Trump, for with the moggies, if you promise them something, you darn well better follow through with your promise, else you WILL be shredded (I have battle scars to prove this). But with these fools, he just keeps making them promises that he obviously has no intention of keeping, and they keep blindly following with their little tongues hanging out slavishly and their tails wagging. And it is with them that I am most angry, for they are not only dooming themselves, but the rest of us too. it is true what you say, that Trump is but a mere speck, a blip in history, but how might this nation become poorer, weaker and its people more vulnerable by the time he blows away? And, perhaps an even more important question: Are there those who will be capable and willing to re-build this nation once he has finished destroying it? One hopes.

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          • History suggests Jill that as long as the USA is United the powerhouse potential remains with the ability to forge back from set-backs.
            The inherent danger lies in the hostility between groups. This has been prevalent since the 1960s with the rise of the various liberal and equality movements. These have angered a core of folk who are willing to propel any spokesman into the spotlight, if only for the basic view that it will annoy the opposition.
            This can be a very potent force and can lead to quite seemingly peculiar choices as you will witness from Trump. I currently have hostility to my own supposed fellow socialists who I see as betrayers to the basic cause and dooming the movement to failure, whereas the conservative, even extreme right-wing I see as ‘Yeh, yeh. What’s new?’- This leads to a feeling of ‘Well, Corbynistas (that’s the term for Mr C devoted followers-) screw you!’.
            See how visceral this can get?
            What is needed in both nations is a rather stern centre-based, tough sort who can knock heads together and is not afraid to destroy the reputation of anyone on any extreme wings, by all means.
            Meanwhile, the choice is Yours Folk….. Just don’t try and blame anyone but yourselves if you choose extremes and things go bad.

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  9. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    First of all, NO ONE tells me what to do … “Look, at some point, Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this president.”
    No one has to be a Democrat to hate this sorry excuse, waste of oxygen, Orange Ballsac … That ‘man’ doesn’t deserve anything but dislike (and this is being kind). He’s unworthy of the office he illegitimately ‘won’ … he’s unworthy of occupying that title and that seat!!

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    • I should rent a podium in the middle of Washington D.C. and put you on it, my friend!!! You do know how to get the point across!!! Like you, my initial reaction to Sanders’ comment was to say that NOBODY tells me I HAVE to do ANYTHING. But then I started thinking that she was seeing honouring our country and hating Trump as being mutually exclusive, and they aren’t! I can love my country, and BECAUSE I love my country, hate the ‘man’ who is destroying it! Thank you for sharing my work!!! Hugs and lots of love, my friend! Someday we will meet! ❤

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        • And that, my friend, makes me even sadder, for I always think of you as being a part of this country as much as me. But I surely do understand, for more than once in the past year I have said I no longer belong here, even though I was born here. I even did some research on denouncing my citizenship, and also on moving to either Canada or the UK. Sadly, both of those options require money that I do not have. So, I stay here and fight. If you go back to Puerto Rico someday, maybe I go with you. I already speak Spanish … well, Tex-Mex anyway. 😉 Many hugs!!!! ❤

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          • Sweet dear friend … going back to PR would be the best. Yet, I don’t think that will happen. The family ties are here. And, besides, PR will be quite the broken country for some time.
            I feel like you … once upon a time (for a very long time) , I thought this country was the best ever. I’ve always wanted to live here, since my school years!
            My eyes have been open … even before the Orange P. HIM being where he is and doing was he’s doing (and his ilk), confirmed to me that this country was not what I thought it was … I believe that the mask has fallen off!!
            Yet, I’m stuck here …#Sad …

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  10. It’s quite sad to see the US fall apart like this. Not only for Americans, but also for the world, which is clearly in need for new role models. There are some powerful leaders around, but populism is a scary and unpredictable model to build on… Keeping my fingers crossed, here.

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    • Populism is indeed a frightening concept, and one that I would much like to see nipped in the bud. I think Europe is seeing, to a large extent, that it is not the best ideology, but the U.S. is seemingly in the throes of a love affair with it. Actually, not the majority in the U.S., but rather the rather loud and obnoxious minority who seem bent on destroying the norms and rebuilding a white, Christian nation of their own choosing. The U.S. no longer deserves to be considered a world leader, not until we become a global player again. Thank you … my fingers are eternally crossed also. I really thought this would be a short-lived phenomena, but obviously I was wrong.

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