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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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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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