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These 2016 Clapbacks Prove That Nobody Was Safe From Some Latino Shade

There’s no question that 2016 was a rough year for a lot of people. All the ups and downs on personal, national and global levels were all people on social media could talk about. As we gear up for 2017, we need to make sure that we take a stand for ourselves and our communities. Here are some of the greatest clapbacks of 2016 to give you a little bit of inspiration.

America Ferrera did not hold back when she called out a white male reporter who thought she was going to struggle with choosing between a Latino and woman for president.

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Ferrera was talking to Gloria Steinem about being a Latina at the 2016 Makers Conference and she shared a story of an interview she had recently sat through. During the interview, the reporter, who is male and white, asked Ferrera how she was going to decide who to vote for since there were both Latinos and women running for president. Ferrera said it was almost as if she had to make a choice as to what part of her identity to agree with. She really shut him down.

Ferrera also teamed up with Eva Longoria to call out the Golden Globes on confusing her for Gina Rodriguez.

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CREDIT: Entertainment Tonight / YouTube

Probably because we don’t all look alike. Just saying.

Who can forget when this 12-year-old Mexican boy took on the anti-vaxxers.

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CREDIT: Marco Arturo / Facebook

Marco Arturo set Facebook on fire when he made a video talking about the anti-vaxxer campaign. During the video, little Marco shows a folder filled with proof that vaccines caused autism… but when he opened the folder, every page was blank. #SAVAGE

These sisters who expertly trolled the Trump family.


The two Cuban-American sisters went to a Trump event in North Carolina and, since they were both Hillary Clinton supporters, wanted to protest the event. They had no idea that Trump’s son, Erik, would think that their shirts were pro-Trump shirt. So, of course they were going to take a photo with him to get the message out.

That time that Dascha Polanco educated Charlamagne Tha God on the definition of “Afro-Latina.”


Charlamagne Tha God was chatting with Polanco during an episode of “The Breakfast Club” when the topic of Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone came up. Everyone agreed that it would have been better to have an African-American playing the role and that’s when the “are Dominicans black” topic came up. Polanco said she considers herself Afro-Latina and Charlamagne expressed some confusion. So, Polanco kindly explained that just because you are Latino doesn’t mean you can’t also be black.

Literally any time Ana Navarro opened her mouth about Donald Trump.

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CREDIT: CNN / Sarah Burris / YouTube

Since the day Trump announced his candidacy, Republican strategist Ana Navarro has been quick to call him out. Her tone and mood about Trump never wavered during the campaign and ultimately culminated in Navarro releasing a video explaining why she voted for Hillary Clinton instead.

The Internet was alive when this guy dragged his racist dentist to hell and back.

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CREDIT: Erick Parra / mitú

Guillermo Camarillo was pretty excited that he was accepted to several universities. During a routine visit to the dentist, Camarillo exchanged a little small talk with his dentist about his college prospects. He was told by the dentist that, frankly, Camarillo should feel lucky to have gotten into the schools because his daughter was not accepted to some of the same universities. The dentist even made mention of Camarillo’s background as “helping him” to get into the schools. Because, you know, Latinxs only get admitted to colleges because of quotas, not their brains.

Maria Hinojosa came through when a Trump surrogate started throwing the word “illegal” around.

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CREDIT: AM Joy / MSNBC

As the election was approaching, Maria Hinojosa was making the rounds on some networks talking about, well, Trump. During one encounter with a Trump surrogate, she went off because he insisted on calling undocumented immigrants “illegal.” She kindly corrected him and quoted Elie Wiesel to make her point about why you can’t call people “illegal.”

This Twitter user was quick to put Mike Pence in his place when he complained about #ThatMexicanThing.


This was during the vice president debate when Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, mentioned that Trump was dehumanizing Mexicans. The only thing Mike Pence could use as a reply was how he just keeps bringing up “that Mexican thing.” Twitter was quick to respond.


READ: 15 Of Ana Navarro’s Most Savage Takedowns Of Donald Trump And His Supporters

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The President Tried Making Vulgarity Mainstream With An Attack Against Mitt Romney But Ana Navarro Had Time To Play

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The President Tried Making Vulgarity Mainstream With An Attack Against Mitt Romney But Ana Navarro Had Time To Play

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Ana Navarro has been one of the most vocal Republican opponents of President Trump since he announced his campaign in 2015. The Nicaragua-born political analyst does not mince words when she takes the president to task. Her latest takedown of Trump went right to the heart of his most sensitive feature: his hair.

President Trump followed his usual strategy when calling out people he doesn’t like by tweeting about them.

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Utah Senator Mitt Romney is one Republican who has offered some pushback against Trump and his administration. Sen. Romney recently spoke out about the impeachment inquiry saying that Trump’s calls to Ukraine and China were “wrong and appalling.”

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry after a call with the Ukrainian president revealed that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The transcript released by the White House showed that the president asked the Ukrainian government to directly interfere with the 2020 elections.

Sen. Romney has been vocal about Trump’s negative impact on the U.S.’s place in the world.

In 2016, before Trump was elected president, Sen. Romney called out all of the shortcomings of Trump if he were to become president. His unapologetic and pointed takedowns of Trump are timeless.

Trump’s vulgarity and attack in the tweet are catching a lot of people’s attention.

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People are concerned that the actions of the president show a troubling trend. Trump has received backlash in the past for demanding loyalty from people in his administration. Criticism for the loyalty demands was warranted since people should be loyal to the Constitution and the country’s future.

Expert tweeter and renowned Trump critic took a moment to call Trump out.

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Navarro has never shied away from going after President Trump when he oversteps his boundaries and acts unpresidential. Her rebuttal against Trump is a fitting response to the president who takes the low road and uses vulgarity when attacking and nicknaming political opponents.

People added to Navarro’s list to show the other things Sen. Romney will have over Trump.

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Trump’s financial superiority has been a source of a lot of questions and controversy. Since he has refused to release his tax returns, there is a lot of speculation about his actual finances. However, one thing has been proven, he didn’t do well with the money his father gave him. Had Trump properly invested the money his father gave to him, he would be richer now that he claims to be.

Though, the hair comment made many Twitter users lol on her thread.

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Trump critics and dissenters have long focused on the president’s hair. His hair was such a focus during the 2016 election that Jimmy Fallon invited Trump on the show to humanize him by tossing it.

Some even took the time to share stories they have heard about the Romneys.

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This one cuts pretty deep. Latino families are notorious for wanting to be the best family so just imagine someone telling your mom or dad this kind of story to make them question you as a family. Woah.

However, there are people who are calling out Romney and the ways they consider him to be a wishy-washy person.

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What do you think about the president and his attack on Mitt Romney?

READ: Democrats End Months Of Caution, Announce Formal Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

Update: Bodycam Footage Of Texas Police Officers Leading A Black Man By A Rope Reveals They Knew It Would ‘Look Bad’

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Update: Bodycam Footage Of Texas Police Officers Leading A Black Man By A Rope Reveals They Knew It Would ‘Look Bad’

Two Gavelston, Texas police officers arrested 43-year-old Donald Neely on criminal trespassing 50 miles south-east of Houston. The officers are both white, while Neely is black, thus, a photograph of the two officers on horseback escorting Neely whose hands were tied with a rope, sparked public outrage. Civil Rights advocacy groups felt the picture echoed imagery from the Jim Crow era or Antebellum south. 

While the Gavelston police were quick to apologize and change their policies, protestors demanded the officers’ release their bodycam footage of the incident, which took place last August. 

Officers arrest Donald Neely on horseback.

In the absence of a police vehicle, two white officers led Neely by rope as they rode on horseback through the streets of Gavelston. Reports describe Neely as homeless and mentally ill after he was arrested for trespassing. When a photo of the incident began to circulate online, there was a national outcry with many believing it was needlessly degrading. 

The police department admitted the officers demonstrated “poor judgment” and would not arrest someone using this method again. 

Galveston’s police chief, Vernon Hale apologized calling the rope an, “unnecessary embarrassment.”

“We have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods,” Hale said. “We understand the negative perception of this action and believe it is most appropriate to cease the use of this technique.”

Donald Neely’s family reacts on Facebook. 

Imagine that you have a relative who is homeless and mentally ill… Imagine that YOU are aware that living on the…

Posted by Christin Neely on Monday, August 5, 2019

Donald Neely’s sister Christin Neely took to Facebook after the photos when viral. She shared her family’s story. Donald is mentally ill and became transient because of it. His family is still remarkably supportive and regularly searches for him when he goes missing. Fully aware that his unfortunate circumstances make him a target of law enforcement, it was no less traumatizing to discover how her brother had been arrested by seeing the viral photos.

“Imagine that you have a relative who is homeless and mentally ill… Imagine searching the streets of a city for days looking for your loved one, to no avail,” Christin wrote. “Just imagine for one second being one of his children who have been fatherless for years and your father isn’t incarcerated or dead. With all of that in mind, now imagine scrolling fb and seeing said loved one being escorted to jail on foot by 2 officers on horses, hands cuffed behind his back with a rope attached. In 2019???? He was treated like an animal paraded through the streets.”

After Christin’s post and viral outrage ensued, Hale issued an apology to Donald

“First and foremost I must apologize to Mr. Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment. Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of arrest,” Hale said. 

Civil Rights groups and protestors demand more action. 

Civil Rights advocacy groups were not completely satisfied with the way the arrest was handled, even if they did appreciate the police’s quick apology. However, no disciplinary action was taken with the two officers. 

“If it was a white man, he wouldn’t have been treated that way,” Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, told the New York Times. “I guarantee there’s nothing in their rules that you can put a leash on a guy while you ride down the street on a horse.”

Phillips said that he grew up during segregation and the image made him emotional because during that time “people said and did whatever they wanted to,” to black folk. For Phillips, this incident was all too similar to many he had witnessed before. 

“This is 2019 and not 1819,” James Douglas, the president of Houston’s NAACP, told the Houston Chronicle. “I am happy to know that Chief Vernon [Hale] issued an apology and indicated that the act showed poor judgment, but it also shows poor training. Even though the chief indicated that the technique would be discontinued he failed to address the lack of respect demonstrated by the officers in the episode.”

Protestors get Gavelston police to release bodycam footage.

Protestors and advocates successfully got the Gavelston police to release bodycam footage of the incident. The two officers, Amanda Smith and Patrick Brosch each made their footage public. 

In the video, Brosch asks Smith if she should go get her truck, but Smith feared their sergeant did not want the officers to separate. 

“This is gonna look really bad,” Brosch says laughing, as they start escorting Donald Neely with the rope. “This is gonna look so bad. I’m glad you’re not embarrassed, Mr. Neely.” 

Police Chief Hale says that the report and footage will be used to determine if further action must be taken.