January 17, 2020

Brad Johnson on Putin’s changes to Russian government

 

 


Brad Johnson it is January the 15th 2020
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and an interesting event happened but
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not unprecedented there seems to be a
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massive shake-up with the Russian
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government and you know I haven’t looked
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at anything on it I mean I seen a couple
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of headlines go by but the only thing is
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I can think of is it reminds me a little
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of when Putin played games with Medvedev
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some years ago in order to somehow
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maneuver himself and hang on to power is
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this any different or are we seeing
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something new here no this is this is
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virtually the same thing and I don’t
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view this is as something hugely
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significant because as you say there is
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specific precedent for it so just very
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briefly what happened is earlier today
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by our time here on the East Coast the
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United States afternoon for Russia they
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basically did a reshuffle and Medvedev
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who’s the Prime Minister and the cabinet
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were dissolved if you will and so what’s
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happening now what what what all of this
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means is that according to the
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Constitution and under which they
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operate which Putin can change probably
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if he wanted to
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but his term as president is coming to
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an end now it started out with him being
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Prime Minister and that’s where he
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actually took power in Russia so what he
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did then was change and the the position
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of president was quite weak and the
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position of Prime Minister was strong so
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when he came to the end of his term as
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Prime Minister
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what he did was redo everything revamp
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it and made the position of president
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and strong and the president of the
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position of Prime Minister weak so he
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Medvedev is his man you know don’t be
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confused by anything on this men that is
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met that if the Prime Minister who
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resigned today is Putin’s man and all
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the way and so he rewrote the the
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positions made president strong put
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Medvedev in his prime minister who had
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previously been president so they
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basically switched jobs and Putin
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continues to wield all the power and
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make no mistake I mean he tracks down on
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people all over the world particularly
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in London
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where he just he kills them that will
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you know if there any sort of political
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competition for him so he’s got absolute
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hold on power and he’s not going to lose
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it that’s not going to change so what’s
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happened now is that his term as
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president is coming to an end and he’s
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not supposed to be able to be president
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again so what’s he doing what’s he
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what he’s doing is revamping there’s
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this state committee that he is now
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revamping everything rewriting all of
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this stuff and he’s already the head of
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that committee and so he’s rewriting it
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to place the power in the hands of it so
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that now the president and prime
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minister are going to be positions that
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are not don’t have the power that they
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have had while he filled those slots
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filled those positions so now Medvedev
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has come under some critic critiques
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back home and there’s been some rioting
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and different problems and he’s
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basically being blamed because
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supposedly Putin was doing the foreign
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policy and he was doing the domestic
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economics now some of that is real the
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the real problem with the economy in
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Russia is that it’s a you know it’s just
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a clip photography I guess it’s the term
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everyone likes to throw around but but
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Putin is large and in charge and if
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you’re doing business in Russia a
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percentage of that is moving up the line
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and Putin’s getting his cut so that’s
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why he’s a multi-billionaire now you
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know he didn’t earn it
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selling breakfast cereal or inventing a
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computer chip or anything like that he
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earned it the old-fashioned way he stole
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it and that’s so that’s what we have in
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in Russia and so he’s rewriting the
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whole thing just to maintain absolute
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control over power Medvedev is maybe
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thrown under the bus making not based on
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the economic stuff but he’s a trusted
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lieutenant so I wouldn’t I would not
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expect him to go very far so he may be
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thrown out as Prime Minister but he’ll
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then remain on that state committee the
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state steering committee or whatever
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they call it and that’s going to be a
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far more powerful position once this
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rewrite is all done so that’s what what
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Putin is up to it’s just he’s rewriting
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everything to maintain power and part of
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what he had to do was get rid of the
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cabinet the Prime Minister and the
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cabinet in order to rewrite all of this
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so it’s
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not a national emergency but uh you know
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a manufactured problem that now has to
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be resolved put it that way now in an
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interesting little side aspect of this
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as well is when did this take place
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we’ve known for quite a little while
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that the that President Trump that the
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articles of impeachment were going to be
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formalized today and passed to the
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Senate but at any rate the whole news
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cycle today in the United States at
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least and and to some degree much of the
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West has been completely consumed by
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these articles of impeachment that the
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house has voted on today to pass over to
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the Senate that vote was taking place
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everyone was doing their rah-rah
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speeches the Republicans were pointing
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out you know what a goofball idiocy this
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was in the and the Democrats all of it
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was saying we have to do it to save the
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Republic and Nancy Pelosi was standing
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in front of a flag it was yes theatrical
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nonsense yet any race you recognize it I
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don’t sure she knew otherwise I didn’t
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see you’re staring at it I think she was
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kind of blinking at it wondering it for
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sure what it was and it ain’t great so I
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don’t think that this is accident now of
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course me being an old intelligence ops
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guy I don’t like coincidence and this is
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one of those things where I don’t care
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for this coincidence
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I think Putin planned it out carefully
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knowing that he can come out with this
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news today and nobody would care I
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haven’t seen any mainstream television
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reporting on the Putin thing yet and now
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I’m sure it will hit tonight and there’s
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probably mentioned a couple of times but
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all of the news cycle because the
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mainstream media hates Trump for them
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the news is that these article of
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impeachment the articles of impeachment
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were voted on in passed now it was party
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line things so you know it’s not
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significant it’s going to go nowhere in
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the Senate it’s they’ll do some sort of
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trial or something but it’s essentially
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dead on arrival and it’s all political
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theatrics from this point on noting that
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it’s been anything different up to now
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it’s all it’s been that all along so but
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I think Putin time this smartly I think
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he took a look at it and said well the
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press in the United States hates Trump
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they’re going to vote on the impart
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articles of impeachment today so they’re
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going to be consumed with that this is
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the perfect time for me to do this and
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get zero notice and criticism if he did
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it in a time where there was very little
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news coverage on other things then he
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would probably get ripped to shreds for
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doing this because it’s clear that this
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is this is this is not a grab for power
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but this is a maintaining iron fist grip
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on power and what he’s doing is just
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manipulating the political situation in
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the rules laws and constitution of
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Russia to just rewrite the jobs every
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time he’s forced to move from prime
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minister to president now from president
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to this committee so that’s all that’s
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happening and that’s not going to change
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I don’t think you’re gonna get Putin out
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of office any other way than feet-first
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or he just gets old and weak and
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physically the in decline that he could
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no longer do it and at that point maybe
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but I it’s it’s he’s got the he’s got
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the power over there and he’s gonna keep
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it and that’s all this is nothing more
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thank you very much Fred Johnson I gotta
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say as as undemocratic and awful as that
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is I think I’d still rather
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injure what’s coming in Russia than what
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air Dhawan did with his fake coup and in
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Turkey and subsequent murders and
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arrests so absolutely right
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it’s a horrible comparison but still
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it’s still better at least what he used
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to it was better than that thank you
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very much all right thanks everybody can
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follow me at brad johnson on youtube or
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intel reformed org
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