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She said that the group was obviously non-political and did not want her group to be associated with any politician. When asked whether she was happy Ford came, she said: I really have a comment on that. The people here, those are the people we celebrate and the Treat People With Kindness Shirt! These are people with shared values, inclusion, kindness, love, strong family building. These are the people we celebrate, this is why we are here, she said.
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