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    1. Trump will swear the oath today. It couldn't have happened without years of right-wing media hatred against Obama mediamatters.org/blog/2017/01/2…

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    2. The conservative press became completely unhinged after Obama's election. Their audience was radicalized by that hate.

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    3. In his first 100 days, the nation was facing economic and financial collapse. Obama proposed stimulus and regulation in response.

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    4. Days before inauguration, Limbaugh said he hoped Obama failed, Ailes told Beck he wanted Fox to be "the Alamo," & the floodgates opened.

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    5. The new president was a Marxist. And a fascist. And a Nazi. And a Maoist and a Bolshevik. He was Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler.

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    6. He was “enslaving” our children and striving to create “chaos and depression” among Americans. He was trying to institute one-world gov't

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    7. This was all in the first 100 days. You can watch some of the highlights here: youtube.com/watch?v=rlFFIB…

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    8. Then Rick Santelli called for a tea party, Koch-backed groups started organizing them, and Fox became their megaphone.

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    9. For weeks, Fox championed the protests in dozens of segments and promos in the following weeks, told their audience to go.

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    10. Again, this was all in the first 100 days. Mass conservative uprising, driven by rw media, against stimulus and financial reform.

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    11. President Obama’s Marxist administration resulted in the longest streak of private sector job creation ever and a record stock market.

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    12. In the years to come, the “end of America as you know it” was always just around the corner. mediamatters.org/blog/2017/01/2…

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    13. The rw audience was in a state of constant frenzy against Obama. And GOP establishment was happy as long as they were pointed at him.

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    14. As some moderate conservative commentators noted last year, they stood by and let their audience become "divorced from reality."

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    15. To whom did that audience turn? The guy who literally said Obama wasn't eligible to be president because he wasn't born here.

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    16. This was racist and crazy and backed to the hilt by Fox News. youtu.be/4-nLkNvb4T4

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    17. Trump became a rw hero because he attacked Obama and wouldn't back down. That gave him a big, durable GOP base when he ran for president

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    18. After years of listening to anti-Obama hate from right-wing talk and TV hosts, conservatives wanted someone who could match that hate.

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