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Latinos Are Clapping Back At Donald Trump At the Polls

Despite what the haters have been saying, Latinos are showing up for this election like never before, according to early voting numbers.

This election cycle  has left most Americans feeling like this:

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We are all a nervous mess, people are losing sleep, and friendships are ending because of this.

But Latinos are really flexing their political muscles all of a sudden.

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Yes, really. Reports of early voting in several states across the country are showing that Latinos are going to the polls in record numbers.

Just look at what happened this weekend in Nevada!


According to KTNV, the number of early voters on Friday (Nov. 4) set a record for the most early voters in a single day for Clark County, Nevada. More than 57,000 people turned up to vote in the county.

The Cardenas supermarket in Las Vegas was the most visible example of the power of the Latino vote.

“So Cardenas was responsible for adding 1,000 to the Democratic lead,” political commentator Jon Ralston wrote in an opinions piece. “Trump has almost no path to the presidency without Nevada.”


This one tweet perfectly sums up how many Latinos feel about the voting turnout in Nevada.


Got ’em!

But Nevada is not the only state that has seen surges in Latino voters. Overall, 5 states are reporting larger than average Latino early voting numbers.

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¡Dale!

Arizona is leading the nation in increased Latino voters, according to AZ Central.


The AZ Central has reported that only 6.2 percent of Latinos early voted in 2012. As of Nov. 1, 12 percent of Latinos have voted early.

Florida is reporting a 100 percent increase in Latinos early voting.

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You read that right. There has been a 100 percent increase in Latinos going to the polls just in early voting. According to ABC News, 11 percent of early voting ballots in 2012 were cast by Latinos. So far, 14 percent of all early voting ballots have been caste by Latinos.

Overall, reports and predictions are expecting anywhere between 2 and 3 million more Latino voters for this election, which would indicate an increase from 11.2 million in 2012 to 13.1-14.7 million this year.

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“I think the way we’re looking at it, is that we’re gonna come out of this election having shown the growing power of Latino voters and for Latino voters [immigration reform] is a defining and mobilizing issue,” Frank Sharry, the director of America’s Voice, told Talking Points Memo. They are gonna want action.”

That’s what’s up. Let’s show these politicians that we Latinos are ready to make our voices heard.

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READ: Before The Election, Let’s Correct Some Lies About Undocumented Immigrants

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The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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In another battle about birth control, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration has the right to allow employers to refuse coverage for workers seeking to obtain birth control through work insurance plans. Giving employers with religious or moral objections a pass, the Supreme Court made the ruling which is deeply concerning considering how much it infringes on women’s rights.

The decision which had a 7:2 vote marks the end of years of lawsuits over the Affordable Care Act’s “birth control mandate.”

Over a decade ago, the Obama administration made employers offer employees birth control coverage. Since the decision, religious liberty proponents and reproductive rights advocates squared off over which employers should be excluded from that requirement. According to Vice, “Over the years, the government has given churches and other houses of worship, as well as some other employers, ways to skirt that requirement.”

In 2017, the Trump administration issued a set of new rules that increased the number of organizations to refuse birth control coverage.

The change in rules gives private employers with sincerely held religious and moral objections to be exempt.

After Pennsylvania and New Jersey pursued lawsuits over the change and won in a lower court, the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor appealed to the Supreme Court for an overturned ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas ruled that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury had the right to create such exemptions ruling “The only question we face today is what the plain language of the statute authorizes. And the plain language of the statute clearly allows the Departments to create the preventive care standards as well as the religious and moral exemptions.”

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh agreed with Thomas’ opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has sided with the liberals in various recent cases, also ruled in their favor.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled against the measure.

In her dissent, Ginsburg underlined that the government has an estimated number of 70,500 to 126,400 women who could lose their “no-cost contraceptive services” should additional employers be exempt. “This court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer’s insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets,” Ginsburg wrote.

In May, Ginsburg made history when she called into the arguments over the case from the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic and her recovery from “non-surgical treatment.”

“You are shifting the employer’s religious beliefs — the cost of them — onto the employees,” Ginsburg told then-Solicitor General Noel Francisco. She also added that women who lose birth control coverage will most likely be forced to find coverage through government programs like Medicaid or pay for their health care out of pocket. “The women end up getting nothing.”

Donald Trump Taunts NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace And Promotes The Display Of Confederate Flags

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Donald Trump Taunts NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace And Promotes The Display Of Confederate Flags

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As of late, many a user on Twitter are convinced that the President of the United States is attempting to stoke the fires of a race war. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but there’s no doubt that at the core of Trump’s recent messages of hate, he has no desire at all to help our country heal during this time. Let alone assuage the current culture wars.

Recently, in another one of Trump’s twitter rants, he made a slew of racist attacks and defended the Confederate flag.

During a rant, he unleashed on Twitter, President Trump defended the display of the Confederate flag, attacked former Vice President Joe Biden, made false claims about coronavirus, and said he was victorious in his pandemic response. 

After putting blame on China for the coronavirus, Trump spat out a series of racist attacks which included his defense of the Confederate flag.

Included in his tirade was a verbal attack at Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. Recently, Wallace was involved in an incident in which FBI investigated a potential hate crime against him. The FBI investigation ultimately found that a noose found by his car’s stall wasn’t a racist attack against Wallace. It turned out that the noose had been hanging in the garage for months before he was moved to it.

About the incident, Trump wrote, “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?”

Trump went on to rail NASCAR for its “politically correct” decision to ban Confederate flags from events.

Trump lampooned NASCAR for inciting its “lowest ratings EVER” because of the decision. Hours later, Trump made more callous comments, when he referenced recent announcements that the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland were considering changing their team names. Trump said American Indians “must be very angry.”

Later that same day, he attacked media outlets for their reporting on the coronavirus.”Deaths from the China Virus are down 39%, while our great testing program continues to lead the World, by FAR!” Trump wrote in a tweet that was untrue. “Why isn’t the Fake News reporting that Deaths are way down? It is only because they are, indeed, FAKE NEWS!”

While outlets like The New York Times recently reported that COVID-19 deaths in the United States are down to nearly 600 per day which is much better than the U.S.’s peak of 3,000 per day in April and May, Trump overlooked the fact that new infections continue to climb. According to CNN, “Public health experts say the increase in new cases and a simultaneous decrease in deaths and the death rate is likely a function of the virus infecting a higher percentage of younger people, who are less likely to be killed by COVID-19, improved disease treatment and expanded testing.”