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Fox News pulls down series as Hunter Biden threatens lawsuit

  

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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  66 comments

By:   David Folkenflik - NPR

Fox News pulls down series as Hunter Biden threatens lawsuit

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


Fox News has pulled down a six-part series in which it staged a mock trial of hypothetical criminal charges against Hunter Biden after the president's son threatened to sue the network.

The series, which was first posted on the cable network's right-wing streaming service back in October 2022, was removed only a day after Biden's legal team publicly made its threat. Biden says the network defamed him, among other accusations.

"We are reviewing the concerns that have just been raised and — out of an abundance of caution in the interim — have taken it down," Fox News Media said in acknowledging the decision Tuesday afternoon.




The media giant's move came just hours after it released a statement denouncing Biden's accusations, describing its coverage of him as within its constitutional rights.

Fox News paid $787.5 million   a year ago to settle a mammoth defamation suit stemming from its amplification of false claims that Dominion Voting Systems, an election tech company, had helped rig the 2020 election in favor of President Biden. It is facing a multi-billion dollar lawsuit from a second voting tech company, though the network says it expects to prevail.

In 2020, Fox paid millions to the parents of  Seth Rich, a slain Democratic party staffer . The network falsely had claimed Rich leaked thousands of emails from party leaders during the 2016 election cycle. Formal inquiries, including the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee and the Mueller Report, found the hack was committed by people acting on behalf of the Russian government.

Hunter Biden does face federal charges over tax and gun violations. He has pleaded not guilty to both, with trials expected to begin this summer.

On Monday, his legal team revealed it had been privately pressuring Fox to retract stories and segments amplifying unsubstantiated claims that Biden helped funnel millions of dollars in bribes to the president from Ukrainian interests. Those allegations were featured hundreds of times by such Fox stars as   Maria Bartiromo   and   Jesse Watters , according to figures from the liberal watchdog group Media Matters that were cited by Biden's attorneys.


A key source of those claims about Hunter Biden   now faces federal charges of lying to the FBI   about those very allegations. The indictment stated that the source, Alexander Smirnov, had admitted that "officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved" in circulating the claims.

Fox stood by its past handling of the allegations against Hunter Biden in its initial response to his letter demanding removal of the mock-trial series and corrections to other segments.

"Hunter Biden's lawyers have belatedly chosen to publicly attack Fox News' constitutionally protected coverage regarding their client," Fox News said in a statement emailed Tuesday morning to NPR and other news outlets. "Mr. Biden is a public figure who has been the subject of investigations by both the Department of Justice and Congress, has been indicted by two different US Attorney's Offices in California and Delaware, and has admitted to multiple incidents of wrongdoing."

The statement continued: "Consistent with the First Amendment, Fox News has accurately covered these highly publicized events as well as the subsequent indictment of an FBI informant who was the source of certain claims made about Mr. Biden."

U.S. law makes it harder for people considered public figures to win defamation lawsuits. If Biden were to make good on his threat to sue Fox News, he would have to show that the network knew that what it was airing was untrue, or that it had acted with such reckless disregard for the facts that it should have known.

"The Trial of Hunter Biden" on Fox Nation offered a fictionalized version of what a trial against the younger Biden might look like. The television personality overseeing it, Judge Joe Brown, warned viewers that what they were seeing was not a real trial and that Hunter Biden was not facing charges.

Biden's attorneys include Mark Geragos, Bryan Freedman, and Tina Glandian, who have a reputation for aggressive tactics.


In the letter to Fox, they argued that it had engaged in "revenge porn" by airing scandalous material taken from Biden's now-infamous   laptop , which included footage and images of him consuming crack cocaine and cavorting with prostitutes.

They issued a fresh statement late Tuesday afternoon accusing Fox of continuing to mislead the public:

"In its statement, Fox falsely states that Hunter Biden was the subject of an investigation by Congress, which mischaracterizes the plain facts of his litigation, and intentionally avoids telling their audience that their attacks on Hunter were 'based' on an informant who lied," Biden's legal team stated. "We demand that Fox immediately retract and correct today's statement, which is the latest example of its relentless attack on Hunter Biden in complete disregard for the truth."


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

“Will no one rid us of this mendacious press?” (apol. to the Bard)

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

What the fuck is this obsession with Hunter Biden?  MTG was showing Hunter dick pics, they're doing hypothetical series regarding him - they're so batshit crazy to get something, anything on Joe, that they're going after all they have, nothing.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

That's faux news and the gop/gqp for ya - their relentless attack on Hunter Biden and fill in the blank _____________ any and all things Biden - in complete disregard for the truth.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.3  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

looks like fake news can now cost real money...

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.3.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  devangelical @1.3    3 weeks ago

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Drinker of the Wry
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1.3.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.3.1    3 weeks ago

[deleted][]

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.3.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.3    3 weeks ago

It should

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.3.4  Right Down the Center  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.3.2    3 weeks ago

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devangelical
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1.3.5  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.3.3    3 weeks ago

it's the downside of the FOX reasoning that lying is free speech...

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago
U.S. law makes it harder for people considered public figures to win defamation lawsuits.

When did crackheads become "public figures"?

 
 
 
cjcold
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2.1  cjcold  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    3 weeks ago

Since Fox Spews created Hunter as a "public figure" with no valid evidence, they are likely running scared right about now.

Just like Trump, Fox can't afford to lose any more law suits.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.2  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    3 weeks ago

Y'all made him a public figure.

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Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @2.2    3 weeks ago

Yeah, try again.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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2.2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.2.1    3 weeks ago

I really wonder what makes people think CNN and MSNBC are any better on covering the Bidens because they certainly are not! They treat Biden like he walks in water.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Expert
2.2.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.2.2    3 weeks ago

It's all about the narrative.  They've run with the "Orange man bad" for so long that those who continually watch CNN and MSNBC fell for the gaslighting.

As Traitor Joe ask:

“How many times does he have to prove we can’t be trusted?”

 
 
 
Wishful_thinkin
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2.3  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    3 weeks ago

You should ask Mike Lindell that question.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3    3 weeks ago

So you can't answer my question either.

 
 
 
Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.2  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.1    3 weeks ago

I answered your question.  You just don't like the answer because the crackhead I referred to is one of your own.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.3.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.2    3 weeks ago

No you deflected and quite obviously at that.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.2    3 weeks ago
I answered your question.

Yeah, no you didn't.  You deflected.  

You just don't like the answer because the crackhead I referred to is one of your own.  

Try giving an answer and not a deflection next time.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.3.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3    3 weeks ago

and Donny Jr

 
 
 
Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.6  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.4    3 weeks ago

If you didn't like my answer, that's a you problem. Lindell is a crackhead and one of yours.  Deal with it. 

 
 
 
Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.7  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.3.3    3 weeks ago

See 2.3.6

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.6    3 weeks ago

So you can't answer my question either.

 
 
 
Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.9  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.8    3 weeks ago

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Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.10  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.8    3 weeks ago

Here's your answer. He's not a public figure because he's a crackhead.  He's a public figure because of who his father is, but you already knew that thus your question was disingenuous to begin with.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.11  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.9    3 weeks ago
Already answered and moved on

You deflected.  Probably because you can't answer it.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.12  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.10    3 weeks ago

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Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.13  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.12    3 weeks ago

Ask a stupid question that you already know the answer to, then get those type of answers back. You know your question was disingenuous which is why you push so hard for other people to answer it. All this question shows is that you're just looking for attention.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.14  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.13    3 weeks ago
Ask a stupid question

And look how many people had trouble answering it.

 
 
 
Wishful_thinkin
Freshman Silent
2.3.15  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.14    3 weeks ago

No one had trouble answering it because everyone knew it was a disingenuous question.  You received the answers you deserved. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.3.16  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.15    3 weeks ago
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Wishful_thinkin
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2.3.17  Wishful_thinkin  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.3.16    3 weeks ago

No one had trouble answering it. You received answers that your disingenuous question deserved. Now, go beg someone else for the attention you crave.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.3.18  devangelical  replied to  Wishful_thinkin @2.3.17    3 weeks ago

LOL

 
 
 
TᵢG
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2.4  TᵢG  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    3 weeks ago
When did crackheads become "public figures"?

A "public figure" is simply someone who is generally known by the public.

There is no requirement that a public figure NOT be a crackhead, NOT be a convicted felon, NOT be a certain color, etc.   

It is simply notoriety.  

So, Wishful's example of Mike Lindell is spot on to illustrate that a drug problem does not prevent one from being a public figure.   Lindell is a public figure ... name and image recognized by many in the public ... and he has a history of drug addiction problems.

 
 
 
Freewill
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2.4.1  Freewill  replied to  TᵢG @2.4    3 weeks ago
Lindell is a public figure ... name and image recognized by many in the public ... and he has a history of drug addiction problems

But damned if he doesn't make a nice pillow!... jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
2.4.2  TᵢG  replied to  Freewill @2.4.1    3 weeks ago

Given what I have seen of this guy, I expect his pillow to be nothing special.   All marketing, no substance.

Of course, fluff actually is what one wants in a pillow so maybe Lindell was in the right business anyway (until he destroyed it with his cultish devotion to Trump).

 
 
 
Freewill
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2.4.3  Freewill  replied to  TᵢG @2.4.2    3 weeks ago
until he destroyed it with his cultish devotion to Trump

Yeah that was strange, might be residual cognitive damage from the earlier drug abuse.  He actually put his business at risk with all that.

My wife actually bought some of his pillows several years ago.  They are nice and worked for getting rid of my neck pain caused by other pillows.  

 
 
 
TᵢG
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2.4.4  TᵢG  replied to  Freewill @2.4.3    3 weeks ago

Well since the product appears good, it is a shame the company was run by a nutcase.   A good product and all those jobs harmed by his mental failures.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.4.5  devangelical  replied to  TᵢG @2.4.4    3 weeks ago

severe coke addiction rewires the brain and not in a good way. I watched it take out lots of people in the 80's.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.4.6  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.4.5    3 weeks ago

seriously, look at donnie, jr. and that freak of a girlfriend

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.4.7  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @2.4.6    3 weeks ago

the poor gold digger, that's what happens when they get too old to strip...

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.4.8  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @2.4.7    3 weeks ago

time for jr to trade her in for a newer unit...

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.4.9  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @2.4.8    3 weeks ago

... and a lot less miles. she's like the hertz rental of trump bimbos...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.4.10  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.4.7    3 weeks ago

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devangelical
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2.4.11  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @2.4.10    3 weeks ago

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.4.12  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @2.4.11    2 weeks ago

poor thing can't find the brass pole on that stage...

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     3 weeks ago

I'm sure the word lawsuit scares the hell out of Fox....

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @3    3 weeks ago

their pending lawsuits as defendants pipeline is full for the next couple years...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago
"We are reviewing the concerns that have just been raised and — out of an abundance of caution 

no shit. 

 
 
 
cjcold
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4.1  cjcold  replied to  JohnRussell @4    3 weeks ago
an abundance of caution 

Justifiable fear is more like it.

All outlets of fascist propaganda should fear the light.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  cjcold @4.1    3 weeks ago

'fear the light' - [Deleted][]

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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5  Right Down the Center    3 weeks ago

Biden says the network defamed him

Give yourself more credit you crack smoking, child ignoring, name peddling, syphilis riddled  moron.  You defamed yourself all by yourself

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Right Down the Center @5    3 weeks ago

Then why did they pull it down?  Are they afraid losing hundreds of millions of dollars to the deep state Bidenistas?

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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5.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1    3 weeks ago

Concerned Daddy will send DOJ after them maybe.

Maybe everyone that wanted to see it saw it and they didn't want to spend the money hiring lawyers to show what a low life scum bucket Hunter is.

But I am sure he would be happy to have people defending him.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6  Gsquared    3 weeks ago

We can safely assume that Fox will never show this Hunter Biden series.  That fact that they took it down is, at the very least, a tacit admission that it is false and defamatory.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.1  Tessylo  replied to  Gsquared @6    3 weeks ago

Where in the world is it okay to make up shit about people and make a 'TV show' about it based on lies?  MAGAts act like Hunter has no right to not have his life totally upheaved and fucked over the by cons.  Defamed and debased constantly.  

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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6.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    3 weeks ago
Where in the world is it okay to make up shit about people and make a 'TV show' about it based on lies?

Do you watch any TV?

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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6.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  Gsquared @6    3 weeks ago
We can safely assume that Fox will never show this Hunter Biden series.  That fact that they took it down is, at the very least, a tacit admission that it is false and defamatory.

It has been out a year and a half.  Doesn't make sense to spend alot of time winning a lawsuit over a show that anyone that wanted to see it already has.

But it is heartwarming to see the folks defend such scum.

 
 
 
devangelical
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6.2.1  devangelical  replied to  Right Down the Center @6.2    3 weeks ago
But it is heartwarming to see the folks defend such scum.

like the GOP's defense of trump from 6/2015 to present...

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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6.2.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  devangelical @6.2.1    3 weeks ago

Sad deflection attempt.

 
 
 
devangelical
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6.2.3  devangelical  replied to  Right Down the Center @6.2.2    3 weeks ago

fact.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Senior Guide
6.2.4  Right Down the Center  replied to  devangelical @6.2.3    3 weeks ago

Fiction 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Gsquared @6    3 weeks ago
That fact that they took it down is, at the very least, a tacit admission that it is false and defamatory.

Or a realization there are plenty of other shows about moronic politicians and their degenerate kids.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
6.3.1  devangelical  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.3    3 weeks ago

gee, FOX's settlement negotiations on the $1.6 billion dollar smartmatic defamation lawsuit must have hit a snag...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6.3.2  Tessylo  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.3    3 weeks ago

Yeah, donnie trump, jr. and that freakshow of a girlfriend.

 
 

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