“They bring carne asada, they bring carnitas, they bring frijoles…”
Comedian George Lopez has been pretty vocal about his opposition to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He’s appeared in Trump parody videos, he’s taken to Twitter to fire shots at Trump, and he recently posted this photo on Instagram:
During a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Lopez revealed that he once golfed with Donald Trump — nearly a decade ago. Lopez said that Trump, who arrived to the golf course in a private helicopter, invited him to stay for lunch. After offering Lopez some of the standard fare available at the golf course, Trump (and Lopez) were surprised to learn that there was a secret menu created for one of them.
It’s been two weeks to the day since a white supremacist traveled 10 hours to target Latino shoppers at an El Paso Walmart, leaving 22 dead and injured another 25 people. One patient remains in critical condition while another four are stable, but still hospitalized at El Paso’s University Medical Center. A surprise visit from Stand and Deliver star Edward James Olmos and comedian George Lopez certainly caused a positive flurry of emotion in hospital staff and survivors.
El Paso Times reports that there was no live media coverage of their visit, as it was not publicized and took everyone by surprise. The two spent hours just talking to survivors, families of those who did not survive and hospital staff.
“It was a real emotional experience all around,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke told El Paso Times. “They just wanted to meet with patients and staff.”
Olmos posted a photo to his Twitter with one of the survivors and her family.
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“Celebrating life with the survivors of El Paso,” tweeted Mexicano actor Edward J Olmos. “Find a way of helping and uniting with the families of those that lost family members and survivors and their families of Dayton and El Paso. Find ways of helping!”
Olmos and Lopez were gifted surgical caps signed by all the hospital staff that treated victims that fateful August 3rd.
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“The surgery caps worn by Lopez and Olmos were signed by all the members of UMC’s Emergency Department who were on hand August 3rd after a mass causality shooting in El Paso,” tweeted UMC El Paso. “Their visit today brought smiles and relief to recovering victims and their families.”
Mielke said the Hollywood stars pulled up a chair next to the survivors and listened to them for hours.
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UMC hospital nurse Priscilla Fraire smiled big to get a selfie in with Lopez and Olmos. Her mom even tweeted out her thanks to the actors, saying, “Thanks George and Edward for caring about our community. #ElPasoStrong #ThankYou”
“Thank you for all you do for our Raza,” tweets a fan named Debbie Lopez Contreras. “I truly appreciate you and all your hard work to make this world a better place. Much to you and yours”
The El Paso Pride is certainly stronger than ever.
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“Put a firmeza en El Chuco Tejas love my town 915 por vida,” one fan responds to Olmos’ tweet. “Let’s hear it for the good guys,” tweets Liz Perez in response to a comment that wonders why “hospitalized victims of the racist GOP terrorist mass murderer welcomed their visits and adamantly refused to see trump and the missus.”
“Thank you for going to my beloved hometown, Mr. Olmos!” tweets another El Pasoan. “A beautiful, compassionate and wonderful city with people on both sides of the border with our Sister City Ciudad Juarez! You are amazing, as always <3” El Paso is strong because of its Latinos, holding up other Latinos, por siempre.
This hospital staffer expressed gratitude for Olmos’ empathy for El Paso.
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“Greatly appreciate you for taking the time to come visit my city #ElPaso,” tweeted Cynthia Martinez. “It was a real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for making time to come and support our city. A community that is grieving, that is hurting.”
“There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”
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“They were really friendly,” 23-year-old nursing student Oseleonoleme told El Paso Times. “There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”
That chaos led to some staffers missing out on the photo op, and others delighting their daughters who later tweeted the above photo with the caption, “My dad works at UMC El Paso and he sent me this picture today!”
Forever, we honor the victims from the El Paso shooting.
Comedian George Lopez said he helped out a U.S. service member make it home in time to be at the birth of his first child.
Lopez writes in an Instagram post that he ran into the young man while at an airport bar. Lopez thanked the unnamed service member for his service and asked him where he was headed and learned he was taking leave to be at the birth of his first child.
George Lopez helped make one man’s dream come true.
Lopez was at an airport bar where he met a service member who was going to miss the birth of his son because he couldn’t afford a plane ticket home – he’d be taking the bus instead.
For Lopez, that just wasn’t an option. So to guarantee he would make it home in time, Lopez stepped in and helped. “Take this and buy yourself an airline ticket,” Lopez said in the Instagram post.
In an Instagram post, Lopez shared the story of what happened.
Lopez shared pictures he received from the service member, letting Lopez know he made it to the birth in time. Lopez ended his post by reminding everyone to thank military members before taking an apparent jab at President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
“Take a moment to thank them for their service, because without the brave men and women and LGBTQ we wouldn’t enjoy the freedom to agree or disagree,” Lopez wrote. “America has always been great.”
The Instagram post has racked up nearly 150,000 likes
Many on Twitter hoped that there were more people like George Lopez on this Earth.
Same gurl, same. With al lthe negative news in the world we need more good people doing more good things.
While other’s pointed out that generosity is the best way to pay it forward.
There’s a little thing called karma and when you help people out, especially those who are less fortunate than you, the universe typically rewards you big.
And that one act of kindness obviously meant the world to a growing family.
While another hoped the heartwarming experience would send a signal to our president.
We doubt it but it’s possible that the commander-in-chief may possibly some how be inspired by the feel good moment. Maybe…? We all know that our country’s inhumane immigration policies could use some compassion.
And a lot of people on Twitter were just happy to finally hear some good news.
It’s so true though. We are all constantly overwhelmed by the onslaught of noticias malas, from migrants dying on their journey to the US to Trump’s racist remarks about ‘the Squad.’
So many were quick to welcome this moment of compassion and generosity between strangers. And we’re totally here for it.