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Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Forgot Latinos Existed At New York Debate

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Where’s the love?!

Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had their latest debate, this time in Brooklyn, N.Y., ahead of that state’s Tuesday primary. Organized by CNN, the debate covered a slew of topics, including gun control, foreign policy, bank regulation and reproductive rights. Noticeably absent from the discussion? The Latino community and topics that concern it.

In the two hours that Clinton and Sanders spent attacking each other, the word “Latino” was uttered exactly once.

“[I’m] putting together a very broad-based, inclusive coalition from the South to the North, from the East to the West, with African-Americans, Latinos, women, union households, working people and I am very proud of the campaign we are running,” Secretary Clinton in her closing remarks.

The failure to acknowledge Latinos beyond being lumped into Clinton’s coalition is just bonkers given that New York has nearly 3.5 million Latinos, making it home to the fourth-largest Latino population in the country.

Even more troubling is that immigration was absent from the conversation. While the issue isn’t polled as most important to Latinos — depending on which poll you cite, it’s either second or fourth on the list — it’s still a key concern, especially now that the future of President Obama’s executive action on deportation relief is uncertain. On Monday, the United States Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on United States v. Texas, which could determine the fate of 5.4 million undocumented individuals. “DACA,” “DAPA,” or even “immigration” were never mentioned. If struck down, DAPA and the DACA expansion could be the end of the line for any meaningful progress on immigration reform as long as Republicans hold on to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

And it’s not like Clinton or Sanders haven’t talked about immigration while stumping in New York. In the last two weeks, Clinton released a Spanish ad in New York on the topic, and even stated that she would create an office for immigration policy if elected. The Sanders camp, meanwhile, had an ad featuring Rosario Dawson where privately owned immigration detention centers were discussed.

New York state, by the way, has an estimated undocumented population of anywhere from 525,000 to 725,000 undocumented individuals.

Nor was there any mention of Puerto Rico being on the verge of defaulting, which is probably a concern to the more than 1 million people of Puerto Rican origin living in New York. That’s the highest concentration of boricuas living outside the island (3.5 million).

To their credit, Clinton and Sanders did talk about systemic racism and incarceration rates. Unfortunately, they only spoke about how it affected non-Latino African-Americans, which ignores the fact that we are still discriminated against and are overrepresented in prison populations.

From a strategic point of view, ignoring the Latino community doesn’t make sense. Sanders is trailing in New York in most polls, but he’s competitive with Latinos. On the flip side, Clinton has consistently won the Latino votes in states that have already held their caucuses and primaries, but Sanders has been giving her a run for her money with the Latino electorate.

So why the hell would you ignore us?

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Dumb blonde jokes. They’re overwrought, trite, and pretty outdated. So it’s no surprise that one that came straight from the mouth of a GOP House candidate and directed at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t go over so well.

GOP House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene attempted a joke at Ocasio-Cortez’s expense on Twitter Monday and it failed miserably.

Greene, whose Georgia campaign is being supported by Donald Trump, attempted to hit at AOC’s intelligence on Monday in a tweet.

“As a blonde woman, I would like to take a moment to thank Congresswoman @AOC. She has single handily [sic] put an end to all ‘dumb blonde’ jokes. Blondes everywhere appreciate your service and your sacrifice!” Greene tweeted.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Greene, writing, “Don’t worry Mrs. Greene, I completely understand why you need to swing + miss at my intellect to make yourself feel better. You seem to have some trouble spelling your own insults correctly. Next time try ‘single-handedly,’ it’ll work better.”

She signed off her tweet writing “Good luck writing legislation!”

It’s not the first time Greene has come for AOC and failed.

Greene attempted and failed to get under AOC’s skin earlier this month.

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In September, the candidate shared a photo of herself holding a rifle next to images of AOC and other Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to her Facebook page.

She captioned the post “Squad’s worst nightmare.” It was soon removed by Facebook who cited violations of its policies.

It didn’t take long for AOC’s supporters to strike back at Green to defend the congresswoman.

“Those who are jealous and envious of others typical attack those whom they envy because they need to feel important and try to gain some attention for themselves,” one user commented in the thread. “You are where you are @AOC because of your work and dedication. Mrs Greene knows she can’t compete so she attacks.”

According to People, “Greene has a track record of embracing false stories publicized by QAnon, a conspiracy theory-fueled group which alleges there’s a group of Democratic pedophiles operating around the country.”

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Users On Reddit Are Sharing Why They Didn’t Vote In 2016 And The Answers Will Make Your Stomach Turn

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Users On Reddit Are Sharing Why They Didn’t Vote In 2016 And The Answers Will Make Your Stomach Turn

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In 2016, estimates from the U.S. Elections Project showed that nearly 43 percent of eligible voters failed to fill out a ballot for the presidential election. According to Pew Research, tens of millions of registered voters did so because of a “dislike of the candidates or campaign issues.” Shockingly, this means that in 2016, the number of people who were eligible to vote and chose not to greatly outnumbered who voted for Clinton, Trump, or a third-party candidate.

Curious about this, we turned to Reddit to find out WHY people were so quick to willfully toss out their voting power.

Check out the answers we found below.

“I wasn’t scared my brown or LBGTQ country folk would actually be fucked over. I assumed it was all his [Trump’s] ploy to get the people who voted Bush and Reagan in, to vote him in… Make the white people scared and make sure they don’t trust the Dems. or people of colour or alternative life choice. I’m from L.A.; we grow up mixed and if your a decent human you respect everyone or move back to whatever hate hole you come from.” – Sgrociopath

“I moved from a strong blue state to a strong blue state on November 7, 2016, which was too late to register to vote in this year’s election(and I re-checked multiple times to make sure that was the case).” –lovethenewname

“Didn’t pay enough attention when they first started running and by the time I was looking, everyon was so polarized biased I didn’t wanna dig through the bullshit to make an educated opinion.” –AndeeRin1031

“Didn’t find a candidate I could support. The only good thing anyone else had going for them was “eh at least it’s not Hillary” and when that’s your only good trait you’re not worth my support.” – egnards

“Because I didn’t want to pledge my allegiance to a candidate and then have to defend them for their choices. I want to complain about the president because a group of yes men ultimately get you sent to a psych ward.” –buk_ow_ski

“I didn’t have a permanent address and wasn’t sure how to even anything.” –weinerpug

“I live in a completely red state and didn’t give myself enough time. I left an hour and a half early for work, sat in line for 45 minutes, realized I wasn’t going to make it and said “fuck it” and left.” –Eensquatch

“I refused to vote (my first election that I did not) simply because both candidates were disgusting and there was simply no choice I could make.”-ultimatemayerfan

“I didn’t vote despite voting in the primaries. The reason why was aside from the fake propaganda essentially the democratic party really did know who they wanted and had enacted things to make primarying difficult in order to support Clinton. Dropping people from registries, cutting down primary locations, making it so you had to be registered so many months in advance Clinton was the only option. If your party deliberately makes it hard to vote you can’t turn around a few months later and tell everyone “Okay now get out and vote!”

Also the narrative against Sanders had been “1 man can’t change things that much”. But then when it was Clinton against Trump the narrative was “1 man will ruin everything”. You don’t get to have it both ways.

I was going to be a first-time voter but then I was basically told “we don’t want you to vote unless it’s who we tell you”

I don’t regret it. Especially since my state is so red (Utah) even had I voted for Clinton I would have just been another vote that didn’t win her the election.” –collin3000

“My ballot didn’t come in the mail.” –NutellaGood

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