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Donald Trump Threatening To Imprison His Political Opponent Should Terrify You

The second presidential debate was a whirlwind. Not only did Donald Trump invite Bill Clinton’s accusers to attend the debate, he even said he would send Hillary Clinton to jail. Send. Her. To. Jail. The threat was over the emails for which the FBI has already cleared her of wrongdoing. Threatening to send your political prisons to jail is not what a democracy is built on. That’s called a dictatorship.

This is the moment Donald Trump threatened to send Hillary Clinton to jail if he wins the presidency.


Clinton: “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country.”

Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”

America: “Wait…what?” ?

People wasted no time calling out the threat to democracy that response is.


Imagine if any other president had threatened to put their political opponents in jail. Their career would be over.

People are not mincing words here: That is dictatorship.


This is truly a weird and incomprehensible time in American politics.

Violent dictatorship at that.

And, FYI, that’s a pretty sensitive topics for Latinos who have experienced or whose families have experienced such regimes.


Speaking of violent dictatorship, here are just five Latin American dictators that arrested their political opponents.

1. Nicaragua’s Anastasio Somoza Debayle


Anastasio Somoza Debayle was one of the infamous Somoza dynasty, started by his father Anastasio Somoza García, that devastated the country of Nicaragua. According to Encyclopedia.com, Somoza Debayle was educated in the United States, graduating from West Point in 1946, under the urging of his father. Upon the completion of his education, he was appointed as a high-ranking official in the Nicaraguan National Guard. Over time, Somoza Debayle was able to use his power to make himself the president of Nicaragua in 1967. Part of Somoza Debayle’s plan to keep total control of Nicaragua hinged on the imprisonment and stripping of power of his political opponents. A rigged election guaranteed him a six-year presidency starting in 1974, which he did not finish. Somoza Debayle was forced to flee from Nicaragua as his government crumbled, eventually being assassinated in Paraguay.

2. Chile’s Augusto Pinochet


Augusto Pinochet was the brutal Chilean dictator who lead a coup against President Salvador Allende in 1973. After toppling the government that had helped him rise politically, Pinochet led the country into great economic growth, according to The New York Times. However, the short gains were marred by the death of more than 3,000 prisoners and the countless thousands more Chileans who went missing, were tortured and were exiled. People who disagreed with Pinochet were the ones jailed and their jailing was used to motivate towns and villages to submit to the military’s rule.

3. Cuba’s Fidel Castro


Fidel Castro rose to power in the 1950s by overthrowing the dictator Fulgencio Batista and set about nationalizing all U.S.-owned business on the island, prompting the embargo. Under Castro, political dissent was treated as treason, with thousands of Cuban being jailed for decades for expressing political ideologies that did not align with Castro’s Cuba. According to History.com, Castro’s government jailed all political dissidents, abolished private businesses and got rid of newspapers that printed stories opposing the Castro regime. According to a personal essay in The Washington Post, Cubans faced prisons sentences for “fidelity of our conscience” for things as small as not having a “I’m with Fidel” sign on desks.

4. Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro


Nicolás Maduro is the leader of the economically crumbling Venezuela. Maduro has been rejecting any foreign assistance as the world watches the South American country fall apart as food and basic medicine becomes scarce. The governmental system of Venezuela that has led to this severe economic problem was started by Hugo Chavez. Since Maduro’s presidency began, it has gotten worse. According to The New York Times, Chavez had about a dozen political prisoners during his rule and that number has now risen to 100. The New York Times also reports that another 2,000 Venezuelans are still at risk of being imprisoned as political prisoners.

5. Panama’s Manuel Noriega


Manuel Noriega started his rise to power when he helped General Omar Torrijos take control of the Panamanian government in 1968. His loyalty to Torrijos helped for him to gain more notoriety and clout in the National Guard, eventually landing him on the CIA payroll for intelligence. But it wasn’t long until things took a brutal turn, with political opponents being imprisoned and, in one extreme case, decapitated. When Torrijos suddenly died in a plane crash, Noriega took power of Panama and continued to be a brutal dictator. Eventually, Noriega was arrested by U.S. officials for drug trafficking in the U.S.


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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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Michael Cohen’s New Tell-All Book Talks About Trump’s Scandalous Golden Shower Moment And His Hair Secrets

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Michael Cohen’s New Tell-All Book Talks About Trump’s Scandalous Golden Shower Moment And His Hair Secrets

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By now, we’re pretty certain the Trumps have had their fill of scandalous tell-all books. After all, each one seems to published by former members of their inner circle who no longer want to be the keepers of their dirty laundry. In the weeks leading up to the upcoming election, the Trumps have seen some of their worst secrets and darkest moments spilled by family members and ex- BFFs. Now, the president’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen is taking a jab at yanking out the skeleton’s in Donald Trump’s closet.

In his latest book Disloyal: A Memoir Cohen tallies of an insane list of “dirty deeds” which he claims he performed for Trump. And of course, while Cohen is a man whose credibility has been tainted various times, we couldn’t help but take a peek at the dirty Trump laundry he’s airing out in the book. Particularly because he started writing it while in prison after pleading guilty to criminal lies and financial crimes carried out on Trump’s behalf.

Check out the book’s biggest spills below!

Trump isn’t a big fan of his own son Donald Jr. 

In his book, Cohen writes about Trump’s frequent dismissals of his eldest child son Donald Jr. “Over time, I would come to learn that his father held him in extremely low esteem,” Cohen writes in his book recalling a moment in which Trump had been getting ready for a cameo at a WWE wrestling event when his son asked him if he was nervous.

“I’m going in front of millions of people. What kind of stupid fucking question is that? Get out of here,” Cohen recalled of the moment Trump made his son leave the room. “That kid has the worst fucking judgment of anyone I have ever met. What a stupid thing to say — to put that thought in my head.” 

Cohen thinks Trump is a pretty big racist.

“The Trumps were actually racist,” Cohen writes about Trump and his father Fred. “As a rule, Trump expressed low opinions of all black folks,” Cohen recalled in the book. “What he said in private was far worse than what he uttered in public.” 

In his book, Cohen also claimed that Trump criticized countries led by Black leaders the moment Barack Obama became elected president.

“Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a shithole,” Trump asked Cohen. “They are all complete fucking toilets.” 

“South Africa was once a beautiful country twenty, thirty years ago,” Cohen claimed Trump said. “Mandela fucked the whole country up. Now it’s a shithole. Fuck Mandela. He was no leader.”

Trump is extremely jealous of Barack Obama.

Which we all knew but this bit below is particularly hilarious.

“Watching Obama’s Inauguration in 2008 with Trump, with the massive, adoring, joyful crowd on the Mall, incensed the Boss in a way I’d never seen before — he was literally losing his mind watching a handsome and self-evidently brilliant young black man take over,” Cohen wrote in the memoir. “When Obama won the Nobel Prize, Trump went ballistic.”

Trump’s hair myths are worse than you thought.

According to Cohen, Trump’s bizarre hairstyle is a result of a botched scalp surgery. Cohen alleges in his book that a hair-implant operation in the 1980s disfigured Trump’s scalp. Apparently, to hide his scars, he uses his hair (which when undone) hangs down below his shoulder on the right side. 

“The three-step procedure required a flop up of the hair from the back of his head, followed by the flip of the resulting overhang on the back of his pate, and then the flap of his combover on the right side, providing three layers of thinly disguised balding-male insecurity,” Cohen writes. 

Cohen says Trump really did get a golden shower

Cohen admits that he and the president attended a strip show in Las Vegas where an act “involved two strippers drinking champagne and pretending to snort coke as they undressed, while one of them simulated giving the other a golden shower as the other caught the fake urine and drank it.” 

Cohen claims in his book that he didn’t witness that part of the show personally but that it was performed that night after seeing it on the club’s Facebook page. 

He also says that he doesn’t know what happened at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. There the notorious “dossier” alleged Trump hosted strippers who peed on each other in his hotel room as part of a performance. Of course, Trump denies this ever happened. 

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