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A printing business in upstate New York that has been a staple in the community for nearly a century burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. Taking 70 firefighters to put out the raging flames, City Blue Imaging Services on Scio Street in Rochester was reduced to rubble by Christmas morning.

“First I cried, obviously,” said City Blue employee Paul Kieffer, on scene the morning after the fire. “There are no words for it. We expected burned up building, maybe a small fire, but it’s just gone.”

“We’re just baffled we can’t find one piece of equipment that was in there,” the employee added. “There should be stuff there, and there’s not.”

The massive fire, into which an investigation is ongoing, sparked rumors online about alleged ties to bad New York State ballots in the 2020 presidential election, which appear to be linked to Rochester-based Phoenix Graphics, not City Blue.

The official page for Ohio’s Carroll County Republican Party suggested in a since-deleted Facebook post that City Blue printed “fake ballots shipped by USPS (United States Postal Service).”

“In other news, the printing facility in Rochester, New York that is suspected of printing the fake ballots shipped by USPS also burnt to [the] ground Christmas morning,” the post read. “Fake news is not reporting on [this] either. This is a coverup of the assault of [domestic] and foreign enemies working in unison to overthrow the will of the people.”

The post was published on Sunday and removed Tuesday; Carroll County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Mangun issued the following message in response:

It has come to my attention that posts have been made to this page that do not reflect the views of the Carroll County Republican Central and Executive Committee. The posts in question were made by an individual without input from the rest of the Committee. Those posts have since been removed, and the issue has been addressed with that individual. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for the rest of the Committee, our elected officials and our community.

The Associated Press reported in October that about 100,000 absentee ballots were printed with the wrong names and addresses on the return envelopes and sent to voters in Brooklyn, N.Y., noting that “[b]allots returned in envelopes bearing different names would risk being voided.”

“The city’s election board blamed the ballot-printer, Phoenix Graphics of Rochester, N.Y., which said without elaborating that it ‘experienced mechanical-inserting issues’ in what was its first ballot-printing run for the affected counties,” the report noted.

City Blue has denied any connections to ballot printing, posting via Twitter: “NO, we do not do ballot printing. We don’t have the equipment and it’s not a specialty we would be involved with. We are mainly doing blue printing and marketing.”

On Facebook, the company similarly posted: “To the misinformed people on @Twitter and @instagram, #cityblueimaging does not print ballots, does not work for #Pheonix[G]raphics. You may want to read a book someday to learn my reference to rising like a #pheonix.”

City Blue Imaging president Mark Cleary said the night of the fire that he was happy no one was hurt.

“No one got hurt,” he said, according to Spectrum News. “I’m here with my son and some friends and other family members that came to see me. It’s very sad to see this, but I just feel kind of somewhat blessed that no one got hurt and I’m still here on Christmas Eve.”

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  1. Sammi

    January 2, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Authorities need to interview ALL the employees to find out if the owner is lying.
    Why were there not any machines, boxers of print paper ????? Where did all supplies go & when??

  2. Lori

    January 2, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Second printing company to burn in New York? Hmmmm…….

  3. Marilyn Stern

    January 3, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Democrat benefit of convenient explosions, fires, and deaths are totally ignored by the media.

  4. mike dar

    January 4, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Next… certain employees will go missing..

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Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

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Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

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“I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

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The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

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President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday in defense of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump Attorney David Schoen absolutely destroyed the House Managers when he took to the floor of the US Senate.

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Jennifer Lynn Lawrence has never been verified by Twitter. Democrats faked that to make it look more important.

On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.

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The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

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“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

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