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Jul 28, 2016

Don't be too flattered, Iowa. He shouts the same thing when he poops.  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/758851150175055874 

Jul 28, 2016

Donald Trump is trying to calm himself by looking at his leather-bound collection of Juggs.

Jul 28, 2016

It's a bonus if a president is a great orator, but really it's more important that he or she isn't a dumb racist.

Jul 28, 2016

@fras31 One of my first interviews (back in college) was with Johnny Vegas. Hero.

Jul 28, 2016

"Fight Song" must set a record for the most similes and metaphors per line in a single written work.

Jul 28, 2016

@efmetz That is a remarkably different version.

Jul 28, 2016

@fras31 I played it, too. Granted, it sounded like a cow when I played it.

Jul 28, 2016

@MySecondEmpire The decision whether to saxophone or not saxophone is obviously crucial.

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