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Watch Congressman Luis Gutierrez Passionately Explain Why He’s Boycotting The Inauguration

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Luis Gutierrez, a Democratic Congressman from Illinois, has announced plans to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration on January 20th. Gutierrez says it’s not because he’s  a sore loser — Gutierrez notes that he attended President George W. Bush’s inauguration and has a solid working relationship with many Republicans in Washington.

Rep. Gutierrez’s decision to boycott President-elect Trump’s inauguration is a symbolic protest of the hate and division President-elect Trump relied on to win.

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By going after minority groups — women, Latinos, Muslims, environmentalists, LBGTQ, African-Americans, immigrants — President-elect Trump gave his disillusioned voters a target for their frustrations. While it may have been strategic political tactic by Trump, the negative sentiment it stirred through the country made Rep. Gutierrez, his family, and countless minority groups feel unwelcome and unsafe in their own country.

Rep. Gutierrez said he wouldn’t be able to face his family with a clear conscience if he participated in legitimizing President-elect Trump’s platform.

I am on #DianeRehmShow today speaking about the #refugeecrisis on our southern border

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While addressing the House on January 10, Gutierrez summed up his sentiments, saying, “When the new President denigrates Latinos or Mexicans or immigrants as drug dealers or criminals, I want to be able to say that I did not condone or allow that type of speech to go mainstream.” Rep. Gutierrez’s district is roughly 72 percent Latino, and he has spent his career fighting for the rights of minorities.

In a video posted to YouTube, Gutierrez noted that though he will not be at the inauguration, he plans to be in D.C. for the January 21st Women’s March on Washington.

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Gutierrez says he plans to participate in the January 21st march along with his wife and the thousands of others who have joined the Facebook group. The march started out as a peaceful protest to bring attention to the women’s rights cause, but since it was introduced, the event has become a statement for human rights in general. People will march on behalf of pretty much anyone negatively affected by the policies that President-elect Trump’s has promised to enact. For more information on the January 21st march, check out the Facebook page.

Read: Thousands Of People Are Organizing To Protest Donald Trump’s Inauguration Across The Country

Who Would've Guessed That Hilary Duff And RBD Actually United In One Of Rebelde's Episodes

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Who Would’ve Guessed That Hilary Duff And RBD Actually United In One Of Rebelde’s Episodes

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Back in the early 2000s, most of us were obsessed with all things “Rebelde”. But even some of the biggest fans might have missed this major episode where Hilary Duff made a guest appearance.

If you were obsessed with RBD, then you for sure knew this song:

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So nostalgic.

And if you were also a Hilary Duff fan, then you definitely knew the lyrics to this song:


At the time we thought those words were the ultimate clapback to a loser ex. We were so cool, right? #Cringing…

But do you remember the episode on “Rebelde” when Hilary Duff and the band RBD actually met?

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And as you can tell, the members of RBD were pretty stoked to see Hilary Duff.

But Hilary Duff also couldn’t believe that they were the actual band RBD.

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Because at the time RBD was HUGE, and anyone – even a global pop star – would be honored to meet them.

But as soon as the group started singing, Hilary Duff knew FOR SURE that this really was the famous band RBD.

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They sang the one song that would confirm it was really them.

After taking a picture together, Mía (in classic Mía fashion) tried to snatch Hilary Duff and make her her new best friend. ?

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Because if you know Mía, then you should know she’s always trying to make friends with the most popular people.

Check out the full video of their random encounter below:


Soooo random, but so awesome.

Later in an interview, Hilary Duff talked about her experience said she felt honored to be on the show, even though she admits she wasn’t familiar with the band at first.

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Who knew these early 2000s pop stars would come together on “Rebelde”?

Oh and check out this little gem:


There’s also a song mix of Hilary Duff’s “Your Little Voice” and Rebelde’s “Tu Dulce Voz.” They should’ve just created an entire mixtape together.

Here’s what Hilary Duff and the women from “Rebelde” look like today.

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They’re so grown!!?

In case that didn’t make you feel old enough, take a look at what your crushes from 10 years ago look like now.

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Not your high school crushes anymore!


READ: Instagram Would’ve Made Rebelde More Dramatic

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