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Donald Trump Is Visiting Enrique Peña Nieto And People Just Don’t Get Why

Donald Trump took a trip down to Mexico to meet with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and the world was, well, confused, humored and/or pissed by the surprise meeting. Peña Nieto’s approval rating is already abysmally low at just about 23 percent. Not to mention that Trump isn’t the most liked personality in Mexican communities unless he is in the form of a piñata. People were expecting something explosive. Neither delivered.

People are still trying to figure out why Enrique Peña Nieto invited Donald Trump for a meeting.

“He is not welcome to Mexico,” former Mexican president Vicente Fox told CNN. “We don’t want him. We reject his visit.”

And rejecting his visit is exactly what the Mexican people are doing.

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CREDIT: Credit: @ajplus / Twitter

But, like, what if Americans don’t want him to ever come home? Can’t you just feed him and look after him for a while? Kthxbye!

#TrumpNoEresBienvenido was trending on Twitter earlier.

Though, he probably doesn’t understand what the hashtag is saying.

Some people questioned Trump’s reason for accepting the invitation.

“@realDonaldTrump you are not welcome in Mexico,” the president of the Mexican Congress Miguel Barbosa tweeted. “Get out! You’re coming to get your picture taken with the very people you’ve offended.”

While others took the time to make fun of both Trump and Peña Nieto.

And some even pointed out that Trump and Peña Nieto are desperate for any kind of bump in popularity.

Though, it seems like the blind leading the blind at this point.

There have been a few clever plays on previous Trump scandals.

And one Twitter user is offering a history lesson on how different world leaders have been welcomed to Mexico.

Damn. It is pretty telling that a country with such fanfare for foreign leaders is appalled by the visit of a potential U.S. president.

In the end, the Trump-Peña Nieto meeting did not end with a bang, but with a whimper. Trump said that they didn’t discuss the one thing on everyone’s mind: Who was going to pay for the wall?

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This, of course, wasn’t lost on the Internet, who checked the receipts.

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Which appears to be a lie (very #onbrand for Trump). After their meeting, Peña Nieto tweeted out that he made it very clear in this discussions that he said Mexico wasn’t paying for s**t.

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In the end, the meeting wasn’t a political Wrestlemania or a showdown. It was a photo opportunity for two despised men. Unfortunately, one of them ended up looking good in it.

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READ: He’s Endorsed By The Klan, And Now Trump Is Asking For Latinos’ Trust

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube is catching lots of heat for meeting with the Trump campaign to collaborate on policy. According to Ice Cube, he met with the Trump campaign to discuss what he calls a “Contract with Black America“. His 13-point plan proposes a robust overhaul of everything from the banking industry to prison reform.

After meeting with Ice Cube, the Trump campaign adapted the Contract with Black America into what Trump has called his “Platinum Plan”. Trump’s Platinum Plan outlined vague promises of continuing “to seek immediate and generational advancement for Black Americans”. The Platinum Plan proposal also claimed Trump “works every day to advance a fair and just America for the Black Community.”

Ice Cube, for his part, has refuted reports that he approached the Trump campaign specifically. “I didn’t ‘run’ to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN addressing the controversy.

He continued: “[The Biden] campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election.’ And [the Trump] campaign said ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t ‘run’ to nobody.”

Although Ice Cube says that he would have met with any political party regardless of affiliation in order to get his plan off the ground, critics are still annoyed that he decided to team up with a man who has such a dismal track record with Black Americans.

President Donald Trump has been plagued by accusations of racism throughout his tenure as president as well as before. Not only did he hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the historical location of a racial massacre) on Juneteenth, but he recently canceled racial sensitivity training, claiming it was “racist”. More recently, Trump has refused to condemn white supremacist organizations like the Proud Boys.

Critics are also expressing concern that the Trump campaign is using Ice Cube as a ploy to entice more Black Americans into voting Republican. These concerns were made more apparent when the President’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out a photoshopped picture of Ice Cube and 50 Cent sitting side-by-side, both wearing MAGA hats. To his credit, Ice Cube quickly condemned him.

But Ice Cube insists he isn’t endorsing Donald Trump, per se–he’s simply teaming up with whatever political party is more willing to collaborate with him.

“I’m not playing no more of these political games, we’re not part of a team…so I’m going to whoever’s in power and I’m going to speak to them about our problems, specifically,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

It should be worth noting that Ice Cube recently took to his Instagram page to encourage his followers not to vote “unless you get something out of it”.

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

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