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Veterans Hold ‘Veterans For Impeachment’ Sign Behind Home Plate During World Series Game

President Trump may have carved time out to watch the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals World Series game at Nationals Park, but he left early after a stadium of fans booed him. A banner that read “Impeach Trump” unfolded before his very eyes, and two sets of veterans held up two “Veterans for Impeachment” signs behind home plate.

Trump and Melania were joined in their Washington Suite by daughter Ivanka Trump, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and others. Critics are also wondering why Trump didn’t elect to take his 12-year-old son to the World Series event.

When the boos first started, Trump reacts briefly by turning to his wife, Melania.

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Trump had inconspicuously arrived just after the first inning. The Game 5 World Series event was an apolitical American pastime medium of entertainment until the third inning, during the salute to veterans. The ballpark began streaming a segment for veterans on the big screen. Fans cheered in honor of veterans.

Then, the video panned over to Trump. The cheers dwindled and the boos and heckling could not be missed. Trump’s face falls for a moment as he turns over to Melania, who seems more advanced in maintaining a poker face.

For several minutes, Trump and his entourage white-knuckled their smiles while the crowd chanted, “Lock Him Up!” 

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Trump is currently facing an impeachment inquiry for allegedly trading U.S. resources for Ukraine’s assistance in helping him win his 2020 campaign. Though Trump had announced hours earlier a victory against ISIS, this sold-out stadium of Americans was more concerned with his illegal attempt to use our tax dollars for his personal gain.

In fact, the Washington Post reports that Trump has “virtually never been seen in Washington outside the White House, his own hotel, and a handful of other highly controlled settings.” While Trump has happily allowed his supporters to chant, “Lock Her Up!,” in reference to Hillary Clinton, this may be the first time Trump has been in a crowd full of dissenters. It was a big crowd. Huge. 

Home plate seats that typically go for $10k were occupied by “Veterans for Impeachment” sign holders.

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That means their message was aired on national television to 10.22 million viewers on television alone. The men holding the signs, Alan Pitts and Naveed Shah, are Iraq vets who volunteer with Common Defense, an entire organization of veterans against Trump. “It’s beyond time for Congress to do their job and uphold the oath they swore and Impeach this President,” Pitts later tweeted. “I’m proud of myself and @ArmyofNaveed for keeping our oath and ruining @realDonaldTrump trip to the game!! #VetsForImpeachment.”

Trump must have expected some negative reaction because he planned to skip the presidential tradition of throwing the first pitch.

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Trump won just 4 percent of the popular vote in the District of Colombia, so it’s no surprise that the stadium would be packed with critics of Trump. That said, it was Trump’s idea to attend the game. While MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he and Trump discussed if he would like to throw the first pitch, as is the tradition for Presidents, Nationals owner Mark Lerner made it clear that he did not invite Trump to be honored with that ceremony.

Instead, the MLB chose José Andrés, a Spanish immigrant, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his work to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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José Andrés is a world-famous chef and humanitarian, best known for creating a network that fed 2.2 million warm meals to Puerto Ricans in just forty days. Andrés has been an open critic of Trump, pulling out from a restaurant deal with the Trump International Hotel after Trump’s campaign announced its anti-immigration policy rooted in racist rhetoric. They were in a legal battle over the contract until 2017.

The MLB knew that Game 5 would be the only game Trump would attend. Andrés received a longer-than-usual, cheerful standing ovation.

Meanwhile, the entire Lerner family, owners of the Washington Nationals, actively tried to avoid interacting with Trump.

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The Lerner family, who owns the Washington Nationals, requested Major League Baseball to protect the family from having to deny a request to sit with Trump, according to WUSA9. Instead, Trump sat in the Washington suite in Section 119.

Washington has spoken and spoken loudly.

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Veterans organized their dissent. Fans hung an “Impeach Trump” sign along the rafters. A wealthy family refused to find common ground with Trump. The MLB strategically placed José Andrés and his message in front of a crowd who gave him a sustained standing ovation. Then, that same crowd spontaneously booed Trump, who left after the 10th inning. 

Still, FOX News’ report of the same negative press for Trump was limited to, “They were greeted with mixed reaction.”

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American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

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American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

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On Monday, American Latinos United (ALU) made the announcement that it would be forming a committee to create a new super PAC, “focused on defeating President Donald Trump by activating Latino voters in key battleground states.” As the 2020 election cycles draw closer and closer, political groups are already looking to key battleground states where Latino voters will play a key role in determining the next president. 

Backed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and entrepreneur Fernando Espuelas, the new committee will be targeting Latinos in six key battleground states: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The ALU does not appear to be backing or supporting any specific Democratic candidate as of now. Instead, it will be placing emphasis on Latino voter engagement in these key states. 

This year will be a historic one for Latinos as for the first time ever, they will become the largest minority group of potential voters in the United States. The ALU wants to be sure that a majority of those eligible to vote actually do so. 

The 2020 election has a lot on the line besides just the presidential nomination. For Latinos, issues like healthcare, immigration, and the economy are some of the biggest factors they’ll be considering when heading to the ballot box this November. The ALU plans to energize Latino voters on these issues through specifically targeted technology, culturally appropriate messaging, and on-the-ground work to turn out voters. The committee will also have ads that will be played in English and Spanish across traditional media and digital platforms.

The ALU points to the 2016 election as an example of the importance of having Latinos come out and vote. The number of eligible voters of Latino background who did not cast a ballot in 2016 was overwhelmingly high, 14 million, considering the anti-Latino sentiment heard from Trump on the campaign trail. 

According to the Pew Research Center, over half of the 27 million eligible Hispanic voters stayed home. That may be credited to not only Trump but a lack of enthusiasm when it came to Hillary Clinton. This year hopes to be different as 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in 2020, compared with 30 million African-Americans.

“President Trump captured about 30 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2016. If he falls under that threshold in 2020, key battleground states will be out of his reach,” Espuelas said in a press release. “With the Electoral College in play, we intend to empower Latinos in battleground states to defeat Trump with their votes.”

The ALU called out President Trump and his administration for “incompetence and corruption.” It warns if voter turnout this year is anything like 2016, Trump will surely be re-elected. 

In advancing its message, the ALU hopes to also hope to connect with Latinos on single-issue voters that have previously not voted Democrat. In doing so, they will also educate voters on the “moral danger that Trump represents” and the consequences of reelection victory for his administration. 

 “Our country is on a precipice. President Trump’s incompetence and corruption are threatening our democracy and the American way of life,” Villaraigosa said. “Latino voters can make all the difference – if we know how to engage and activate the millions of people that sit out most elections. Through ALU, we’ll connect deeply with our community and create the mechanisms to turn out the vote in historic proportions.”

While most Latinos tend to vote Democratic, that shouldn’t make their vote an automatic given. Many Latinos have cast doubt over the party in recent years, some even pointing anger towards former President Obama who deported more than three million undocumented immigrants. 

The ALU wants to change the narrative on the 2020 election not being just about a party but about having your voice heard. The 2018 midterm elections saw some momentum when it came to the Latino vote as about 40.4 percent of eligible Latino voters came out to the polls, about 11.7 million voters in total, according to the Pew Research Center

“American Latinos United can stop him. We are everywhere. All across the country—around kitchen tables, in-office conference rooms, on busways and buses, in town halls— American Latinos are talking, planning, gathering force and strength,” the ALU website reads. “We have the power to stop Trump. And we can shine the unwavering light of truth on the corrupt Republican party that enables him.

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The Young Girl Struck By A Foul Ball Last Year By Cubs Player Has Permanent Brain Damage

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The Young Girl Struck By A Foul Ball Last Year By Cubs Player Has Permanent Brain Damage

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There is terrible news concerning a two-year-old girl that was struck by a foul ball during an Astros game at Minute Maid Park last May. According to an attorney representing her family, the young girl sustained permanent brain damage from the injury and continues to receive anti-seizure medication. Her family fears the injury could put her at risk of seizures for the rest of her life. “She has an injury to a part of the brain, and it is permanent,” attorney Richard Mithoff told the Houston Chronicle. “She remains subject to seizures and is on medication and will be, perhaps, for the rest of her life. That may or may not be resolved.”

The line drive foul ball came off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, who was visibly in shock when he saw that the young girl was injured. “It’s opened my eyes to other things,” Almora told the AP a few days after the incident. “I never want it to happen again.”

The young girl, whose identity has not been released, was sitting on her grandfather’s lap seated right next to third base, an area that had no net protection. The foul ball made its way into the stands and struck her in the back of the head. 

The extent of the injury revealed that the girl’s central nervous system was certainly affected by the brain injury, in a way that bears similarities to that of a stroke, doctors said. This part of the brain when injured can cause “seizures, loss of spatial awareness and loss of sensation.” The girl’s parents reported that she has had “periods of unresponsiveness and staring spells, frequent headaches and night terrors,” since the incident. 

When the injury initially happened, the girl had a fractured skull and suffered a seizure. She would also endure associated subdural bleeding, brain contusions, and brain edema. As of now, there has been no notice of any legal action taken against the Astros organization or whether the family intends to do so. NBC reports that the girl’s family has paid for all of her medical bills. 

“She is able to continue with much of her routine as a girl her age would do, but her parents have to be particularly vigilant, as they are,” Mithoff said. “She has wonderful parents and is receiving wonderful care. They obviously are concerned, but she is blessed with a family that is doing relatively well, considering everything.”

If there are any positives to come out of this is Major League Baseball being pushed to take action on fan safety. Just last month, it made the announcement that “all 30 clubs will have netting in place that extends substantially beyond the far end of the dugout.” 

After the incident, the Astors replaced netting and expanded it from foul line to foul line in August, following the same moves by the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals in July. The move to extend netting took years and multiple fan injuries for MLB to take action.

In December, MLB finally made the announcement that all 30 clubs would have extended netting in time for the 2020 season. Seven ballparks will have extended netting from foul pole to foul pole and 15 will extend nets to the where the stands angle away from the field of play. The other eight ballparks will have netting that extends “substantially beyond the far end of the dugout,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. 

“There’s a lot of kids coming to the games — young kids who want to watch us play, and the balls come in hard,” Kris Bryant, Almora’s teammate said after the incident. “I mean, the speed of the game is quick, and I think any safety measure we can take to make sure that the fans are safe, we should do it.”

The issue of ballpark safety has been a hot topic issue in recent years as the number of fans being struck in the stands has increased. According to an NBC News investigation last October, there had been at least 808 reports of injuries to fans from baseballs from 2012 to 2019. Some of those injuries included concussions and permanent vision loss. 

“The family is gratified by the announcement from Major League Baseball that the netting will be extended in all 30 ballparks,” Mithoff said. “This is obviously a very significant step forward.”

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