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All Of The Wildest Things Donald Trump Did To Confuse Us In 2019

Like every year since Donald Trump was elected, 2019 has been riddled with SO MANY anxious, horrific, and absurd moments. The number of uncomfortable Trump-related bytes is probably way too high to count, but we’ve somehow managed to narrow down ten of the most notable—and, unsurprisingly, many of them take the form of Tweets. Get ready to shake your head, roll your eyes, sigh uncontrollably, yell obscenities, and maybe even cry a little.

When that partial government shutdown, which started in December 2018, lasted 35 days.

This was the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, and the second shutdown seen during Trump’s presidency. This happened because Congress and Trump could not agree on a bill to outline funding for federal government operations throughout 2019. About 25% of government activities were affected, and about 800,000 employees were furloughed or required to work without being paid.

The time Trump sensationalized the rising number of murders in Mexico from 2017 to 2018 as a reason to “build the wall,” even though it’s been proven that immigrants commit less crime on average than American citizens.

According to research by the CATO Institute—a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—illegal immigrants have lower incarceration rates nationwide relative to US-born populations.

The time Trump aimed to require migrants to apply for (and be denied) asylum in at least one country on their way to the border before they could qualify for asylum in the U.S. Oh, and the time the Supreme Court gave that idea the green light.

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In September, The Supreme Court permitted the enforcement of Trump’s new policy, which effectively bars migration across the southwestern U.S. border by Hondurans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and many others. While migrants will still have access to other forms of protection, these protections will be very tough to acquire, and those who crossed the border after July 16 are subject to deportation.

The time Trump slashed Obama’s maximum limit of refugees (set at 110,000 in the midst of the Syrian Civil War crisis) to 30,000—then reduced it to 18,000 just two months ago.

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In late September, the Trump administration said it would accept only 18,000 refugees during the next 12 months.

The time Trump announced his 2020 re-election campaign.

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Yikes.

When Trump told four congresswomen of color—three of whom are American—to “go back” to where they came from.

Oh yeah, how could we forget this overtly racist declaration against, ahem, American women? In this abhorrent series of Tweets, Trump encouraged the congresswomen— Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan—to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Hmm…ironic, much?

The moment Trump announced that the U.S. was pulling out of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

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If you’re not familiar with this agreement, the IRNFT is a Cold War-era treaty that prohibits the U.S. and Russia from fielding ground-launched cruise missiles with a firing range of 310 to 3,400 miles. Russia failed to comply, so we drew out of it. Many argue that this could lead to an arms race not so far in the future.

The time Trump called himself “The Chosen One.”

Was this a joke? It’s hard to tell with this one. Either way, Trump is referring to the current trade war between the U.S. and China, and he clearly feels like he alone can solve this serious conflict.

The time Trump referred to the impeachment investigation as a “coup.”

A coup is defined as “a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.” The impeachment inquiry, which was brought about by whistleblower accusations that Trump encouraged Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden (his 2020 running mate) and his family, has been a relatively long, slow, and heavily legal process. With officials from his own administration admitting participation in his exchange with Ukraine—plus Trump himself encouraging China to investigate the Bidens on national TV—a coup it most definitely is not.

When Trump woke up this morning and could still call himself POTUS.

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This really is anxiety-inducing. But on December 3, a 300-page report titled The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report by the House Intelligence Committee accused Trump of trying to “use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.” This is a major step toward impeachment, so dedos cruzados that we will soon be able to call someone else . . . anyone else our president.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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