Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

20 jan 2021
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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:
Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.”
“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” Gorman read. “In this truth, in this faith, we trust.”
Gorman is the current United States Poet Laureate. At age 16, Gorman became the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and later became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 as a sociology student at Harvard.
First Lady Jill Biden invited Gorman to participate in the inauguration in late December after hearing the poet at the Library of Congress.
Gorman immediately made waves following her reading at the inaugural ceremony, becoming the top trending Google search topic in the U.S.
Her words rang across the country: “A skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.”
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  • Nice poem, Racist woman

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  • From all the praise she was getting I was really expecting this to be something... more. This is some highschool tier trash

    Dylan ScottDylan Scott16 timmar sedan
    • @Dylan Scott NP Mate cya later

      Ayden BergAyden Berg14 timmar sedan
    • @Ayden Berg oh, art is subjective? Okay I will make sure to keep quiet about my opinions then, thanks

      Dylan ScottDylan Scott14 timmar sedan
    • Poetry is an art form Art is subjective But could you do something better that makes everyone happy?

      Ayden BergAyden Berg14 timmar sedan
  • This poster black child

    Khallil WalterKhallil Walter18 timmar sedan
  • Disgusting activism. Very dangerous person. God save America. This is version, or beginning, of communistic terror. We know it very well, from fifties.

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  • I am also a poet. Of course, I'm not worthy to even be compared to the great Amanda Gorman. Her poetic genius is earth-shaking and beyond anything I could ever hope to write myself. Here is a modest little offering of my poetry: I reminisced of a time long ago when I was only twenty years old. I was studying English 101 at the University Of British Columbia in the summer of Eighty-Four. It was at a summer session because I had failed English 101 two years before. A failure due more to my citizenship in a different realm than to the failings of my intellect, aptitude, or the magnanimity of my core. “You have such a poignant and evocative writing style,” wrote my teacher on the short story I had submitted the week before. I had written about a lonely sojourn on a desolate beach in the pregnant moment, When sunset injures day's abandon and grants night the freedom to roam. I had written about the mighty North Shore mountains, Hoary with age and reverberating with an energy ineffable to the mind, But savored by the soul. I remembered how exhausting of mind, but above all of the soul, writing that short-story had been. I tried to reveal my spirit bare and exposed. I tried to destroy the ramparts and blow open the heavy gates shielding my secretive core. But through my exhausting efforts, I had only succeeded in weakening the facade between me and the world, Usually held at arm's length, But through my story then, only slightly nearer yet still remote. There is an essence within everyone hidden in a chamber far beneath the veneer that encrusts our core. We seldom allow it expression beyond just its fractured shadows dancing on an external wall. But if we all dig deep and reach into this secretive chamber, We will, to our astonishment, discover we are all reaching into the same chamber, Not a separate one for each within the all. And then we will grasp each other's same-hand. We all share the same soul. I knew that in the novel of my compulsion I would have to expose this chamber, Ramparts and heavy gates destroyed once and for all. And my novel would then cry out from this collective chamber, And speak for my left and for my right with one voice for all. It would be the ineffable ground of being reaching out to humanity from the navel of Creation, Proclaiming the dawn of a Third Age. It would announce the sunset of the Second Age before this coming dawn. A moment pregnant with change that will forever be remembered in the annals of the Civilization of Man. It would herald a paradigm shift far greater than the Renaissance, Not just an age of reason, but of reason and divinity intertwined as an inseparable whole. I envision the Third Age to be promoting the two primordial dancers, The abstract magical, and the other, its complementary whole. To engage in the Dance and thence unshard into the Eternal Garden from whence we all came forth. They are in Eternity entwined but sharded into the realms of space and time. They are shards of the divine. Would composing such a novel be an arduous journey, Exhausting my body and above all my core? Would I be as a drowning man, Gasping for breath, Kicking and screaming while with futility grasping for shore? But would every paragraph and page exhaust me, Yet also leave me yearning for more? It would, I am sure. This arduous compulsion will also uplift and invigorate me with waves of catharsis and frisson. And I pray dearly for the same in my reader, of soul-piercing joy. If I fail to evoke the same in my audience then I would have failed to breach the ramparts and the gates shielding my innermost chamber, Our collective soul. Only within this innermost shared sanctum can I truly touch someone's soul. And by touching one, I will be touching them all.

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  • She looks good in those Chinese flag colors

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    • @Ayden Berg so you agree. She's dressed in Chinese colors. Not the red white and blue colors of America. You sound dumb. America ain't canada.

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    • She does look good in the Spanish or Macedonian flag colors. If we include the white then we can see Poland or Canadian flag colors. If she was going for symbolizing the Chinese flag I would have expected the coat to be red and the thing in her hair yellow. So shut up

      Ayden BergAyden Berg14 timmar sedan
  • So just read that Amanda Gorman done a request that the translator should like to be a younger and preferably colored woman to translate her poem to danish and in the Netherlands have chosen Marieke Lucas Rijneveld to translate but a colored women Janice Deul criticized the election of a white person, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld chosen to withdraw. So colored are racists, maybe even more then white, did not see that coming.

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  • It was okay at best don't see why all the fuss😂😂 shouldn't praise for sub par work now she probably thinks shes good 😂😂 if it was written by a kid under 15 I could understand the praise for an ok poem

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    • Poetry is an art form Art is generally subjective But could you make something better that everyone would enjoy?

      Ayden BergAyden Berg14 timmar sedan
  • Key word is "skinny". She is happy she is not fat.

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  • This is not poetry

    Nicholas TaitNicholas TaitDag sedan
    • Then you don’t know poetry is.

      Gary Sheldon JrGary Sheldon Jr15 timmar sedan
  • very cool, good message but i'm also here for school

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  • Really, a poem consisting of platitudes and cliches?

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  • impactful, hopeful, and clever. i applaud her command and presentation of our language. Brava, young lady!!!

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  • Mmmmm.... much theatrics, very woke..

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  • 👌 awesome, bravo 👏

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  • I could listen to her read out my maths questions from my textbook and I would still be mesmerised by her voice.

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  • It is all fun and games until you realize you now have homework due today

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  • This female gave me work WTF

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  • Powerful 👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿

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  • god damnit why you gotta give me english homework lady

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    • haha are on teams rn?

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  • The poet of establishment!

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  • thank you for english homework queen!

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  • How much was dumped in her bank account

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  • I don't understand why she goes, " *Mister* President, *Doctor* Biden, *Madame* Vice-President, *Misterrr* Emhoff " It sounds as if she's saying it sarcastically, calling their titles into question. Why do that?

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    • @Rosean Henson Sounds like they're an English teacher or Major

      Ayden BergAyden Berg14 timmar sedan
    • No. Its just emphasis on her pronunciation. Its a little amusing that you digging deep like this 😄

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  • Recited Beautifully

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  • Isn’t it insane that Democrats can spend almost an entire year attacking Americans & burning down their cities, then act like it didn’t actually happen?!?!? It’s effing weird!!!!

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  • thanks for the homework

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  • And this is poetry? English language sounds so limited for poetic structure, coming from this young lady .

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  • Love it

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  • She’s annoying to be honest , and when she mentioned a skinny black girl raised by a single mother!! I was like damn can we have a nation that doesn’t mention color. Always have to mention your black as if we didn’t know

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    • 💯

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  • I hope they kept Biden away from her.

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  • I love you Amanda Gorman

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  • she gave me homework

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  • Booooo!👎🏿

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  • I probably don't know anything about English poetry, but this sounds to me like rap song lyrics than a poem. Beautiful words, but feels like it was meant to be performed in a Dr Dre album!

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  • Poetry straight from the lavatory.

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  • thank you for my english homework

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  • Doctor Nanny Jill

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  • Not impressed!

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  • 2021

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  • All you wicked people

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  • I got stupid homework on her

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  • Biden wanted a Ebonics speaker for this job..

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  • She's like a modern day Hamilton. Powerful

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  • Imagine, even as a kurdish guy, who has never been to US, I'm deeply touched and overwoamed by these words of this beautiful, humble, golden evidence of human's ability to increase, to learn, to rise and shine! Everlasting love from Kurdistan for Amanda Gore, and everyone who led, helped and educated her....

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  • Goes to show how indoctrinated some people are. Biden is the reason for black mass incarceration and this chick is giving him a poem

    VirankoViranko8 dagar sedan
  • What Do people mean by she gave me.homework

    DRrazeDRraze9 dagar sedan
    • Their English teacher made them recite/ analyse this poem for homework

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  • How is watching this for homework?

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  • I will never be able to watch this enough.

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  • She doesn't know how to get online

  • Y'know this homework that they gave me sucks. :/

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  • I ain't get homework

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  • Thanks for the damn assignment

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  • joe biden is not my president. I purposely do not capitalize his name. he does not deserve the Capitol!

    Shawn McDowellShawn McDowell10 dagar sedan
  • Wow! First, Serena Williams best in tennis; Simone Biles best in gymnastics; and now Amanda Gorman best in poetry! Who's next? They put a smile on every face who watched them.

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  • Trash

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  • Yuck!

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  • She's reading from qcards

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  • Cringe

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  • Too many lines, the message was lost!

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    • Chill out ✨

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    • Yeah what the hell is she talking about lmao

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  • quite embarrassing. she read it all the time. many young children can recite from memory and do not have to read their own text. I wonder if she really wrote it herself.

    Adam BrožAdam Brož12 dagar sedan
    • @Sam Schoo yeah i expected that...because you wrote about high level of education in your country...and this is it, she is product of USA low level education...

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    • @Adam Brož nope

      Sam SchooSam Schoo10 dagar sedan
    • @Sam Schoo so you probably don't live in USA...?

      Adam BrožAdam Brož11 dagar sedan
    • @Adam Brož where I live we have one of the highest education systems in the world, still it’s very human to hold on to a card. why can’t you just let it go and give her credit for such a good speech.

      Sam SchooSam Schoo11 dagar sedan
    • @Sam Schoo well i my country even little childrens can recite without reading infront of people...diferent level of education? Probably...but this was not worthy of POTUS inauguration...

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  • She gave me Italian homework

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  • and what Donald Trump said to this...… "It doesn't even rhyme

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    • He was right tho

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  • I’m here because of a English homework!!😂

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  • When day comes we ask ourselves, 1 where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly of the beast 5 We've learned that quiet isn't always peace And the norms and notions of what just is Isn't always just-ice And yet the dawn is ours 10 before we knew it Somehow we do it Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished 15 We the successors of a country and a time Where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one 20 And yes we are far from polished far from pristine but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect We are striving to forge a union with purpose 25 To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us but what stands before us We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, 30 we must first put our differences aside We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another We seek harm to none and harmony for all 35 Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew That even as we hurt, we hoped That even as we tired, we tried That we'll forever be tied together, victorious 40 Not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid 45 If we're to live up to our own time Then victory won't lie in the blade But in all the bridges we've made That is the promise to glade The hill we climb 50 If only we dare It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it's the past we step into and how we repair it We've seen a force that would shatter our nation 55 rather than share it Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy And this effort very nearly succeeded But while democracy can be periodically delayed it can never be permanently defeated 60 In this truth in this faith we trust For while we have our eyes on the future history has its eyes on us This is the era of just redemption 65 We feared at its inception We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter 70 To offer hope and laughter to ourselves So while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe? Now we assert How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us? 75 We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free 80 We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation Our blunders become their burdens 85 But one thing is certain: If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children's birthright 90 So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left with Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west, 95 we will rise from the windswept northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked south We will rebuild, reconcile and recover 100 and every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful When day comes we step out of the shade, 105 aflame and unafraid The new dawn blooms as we free it For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it If only we're brave enough to be it 110

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  • Understand, Trumpees? Understand?

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    • you make it sound like it was nazi germany guys jesus christ relax

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  • Joe Biden let black children touch his leg hair.

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  • We or learning about this grade 5

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  • the only reason I am here is because I have English homework. But other than that very powerful poem

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  • As good as Biden’s speech was, her speech stole the show, no doubt. Glad Biden or whoever made the decision to have a Poet Laureate.

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  • Does she have a poem for the BLM violence thst Biden and the democrats looked the other way over last year?

    Andrew CorbettAndrew Corbett15 dagar sedan
    • You don't get it do you?

      Mike CynicMike Cynic11 dagar sedan
  • Is it so important that teachers give you this speech as a homework? In my opinion it is not something you guys should be annoyed of. Just see this speech as a chance to understand the importance of essential life values like equality and brotherhood.

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  • "we've learned that quiet isn't always peace in the norms and notions of what is "just is " isn't always "justice" WHAT A QUEEN

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  • So we see all 7 thousand trump supporters who disliked the video which shouldn’t have been disliked for just speaking facts

    Jacob BrownJacob Brown15 dagar sedan
  • oh boy oh boy, I sure do love the same politics I try to avoid become my homework.

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  • Her clear skin is literally goals

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    • Best Speech Ever.

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  • Half of the comments: **praising her for being so smart.** The other half of the comments. *SHE GAVE ME HOMEWORK.*

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    • best homework ever

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    • i just listend to this 5 minute speech, still dunno what she wanted to say. Girl if you wanna say something do it ! I have to sum it up for homework i bet i can do it in 3 lines ! Honestly streching your 1 minute speech up to 5 doesen´t ,make it more interseting ....

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  • what twaddle.

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  • yes she is great i think best speach of the day ..... loved her Superbowl spot

    Steve BardillSteve Bardill17 dagar sedan
  • Be brave enough to see the light, be brave enough to be it!! Gave me the chills! 🥶

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  • Terrible! She’s no poet she’s a hack! How embarrassing!

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    • Yeah this is a joke

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  • be a disciple of JESUS today if you're not one right now read your bible every day talk to god every day try not to sin jesus did die on the cross for us and GOD gave us this life JESUS is come back soon love JESUS and GOD more than anything try to learn everything that you can about being a disciple JESUS and GOD loves you and I do too and I do you want too if to be you can i’m not forcing you

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    • god doesn't exist... Wake up it's the 21 century xD

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  • “Being American is more than a pride we inherit... It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.”

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  • “Just is isn’t always justice.” I’m sorry but that’s pure cliche trash! White, black, Hispanic doesn’t matter, this was poor writing.

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  • Kids shows

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  • How can she stand in front of the most violent and racist party in American history who, for months, burned down cities and murdered people, while claiming they "seek harm to no one"? I'm sick of the gaslighting. Joe Biden is a racist, and his party spreads a racist, poisonous ideology. You've all been misled. It's not the right doing this. I promise with all my heart and soul. It's the left. Already there are children turning their parents in "to the authorities" to "be held accountable for dissent" against the left. the right isnt doing that. Trump never did that. You've all been used. You either comply with Democrats... or they want you suffering and dead. Biden Administration, you may trick the kids but you dont trick us who were once your henchmen. Shame on you, Democrats. Shame on you for what you've done. Shame on you for your fascist ways. Shame on you for using this young woman to spread your hate in a soft voice, to camouflage your racist ideology. You cant hide behind tokens. I know what you are. I've been there. I've seen you. WE... see you. I will never EVER comply with what you are. You tricked me once before. I will die before uniting with evil again.

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    • She gave me homework

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  • ..a point of light in the sky of what is possible...nothing more.. nothing less

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  • I enjoyed her perform in my inauguration.

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  • Illegitimate president and his gang of corrupt cronies.

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  • Best Speech Ever.

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  • Why is no one social distancing?

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    • control this clock. 🕰🎯💎Thomas ❤

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  • yeah but she is brave

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    • How is she brave?

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    • how I wish I could turn back time, spend it with loved ones and cherish what once was mine. Or to go back even more, being a kid in a candy store. How I miss the way I used

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  • yup

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  • Stinks!!

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