“I almost want to apologize for it, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country.”
Hillary Clinton was riding high after news that Bernie Sanders stooped to new lows, claiming that the former Secretary of State was not qualified to be president. But her small victory and command of the news cycle was gone as soon as Bill Clinton opened his mouth at a Philadelphia rally. There, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters called attention to his signing of a 1994 crime bill that arguably led to higher incarceration rates for minorities. They further blasted him for his 1996 welfare law, which decimated the social safety net. His response? An all-out verbal war. Like, things got real ugly, real fast.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders that got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton told the crowd, in a tone both defensive and patronizing. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens; she didn’t.”
Even worse, he doubled down on his comments the next day at a rally at Penn State and avoided apologies by turning the tables on the protestors. “I almost want to apologize for it,” he said. “But I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country.”
Slick Willie Clinton claimed that the protestors who “drown[ed]” him out were not the kind of protesters he once was. Because nothing encourages the youth more than pulling a “back in my day.” Good job, Bill.
Voting in every single election is a crucial part of voicing your concerns about how your country is run. It’s also the perfect time to dictate change, especially with presidential elections.
There’s so much corruption in Latin American — and in the U.S. — that the only way we can make a difference is by voting corruption out. That’s exactly what is taking place in Central America.
Elections are taking place in Guatemala and for the first time ever, 60,000 Guatemalans living in the U.S. will be able to cast their vote.
“At least 60,000 were eligible to vote in Los Angeles, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all home to large numbers of Guatemalan emigres,” the Associated Press is reporting.
Aside from voting for a new president, Guatemalans will be able to vote for a new vice-president, 158 congress members, and 340 mayors. Guatemalans living in the U.S. will only be able to vote for the president and vice president.
These elections are extremely important as the three previous presidents have been charged with corruption.
“There is a belief that instead of advancing in these four years of government, we’ve gone backward,” Marco René Cuellar, 39, told the New York Times. “We’ve lost our way as a country, but we should not lose faith in the democratic process we have.”
Furthermore, the next president can help bring peace to the country and end the mass exodus that is going on in Guatemala.
Since 2016, more than 90,000 Guatemalans have been deported from the U.S, NPR reports, and thousands more make the trek back due to lack of work, violence, and poverty.
While voting is taking place now, the second round of voting will happen in August.
Out of 19 presidential candidates including a former First Lady and an indigenous woman, it looks like Guatemala will have a female leader.
According to the Times, “Sandra Torres had captured more than 22 percent of the vote, followed by four-time presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei with 16 percent.” They also report none of the candidates will secure 50 percent of the votes or more so that 22 percent is looking really good for Torres.
We’re two years out until the 2020 presidential election, and there’s already much anticipation over who’s going to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.
Despite losing their midterm elections, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum are already two strong contenders for the upcoming presidential election. For further proof that these two may be in the running, look no further to separate meetings with former President Barack Obama. However, it looks like Obama may need to schedule a meeting with an old friend from the White House.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced he is looking into running for president in 2020.
“I’ve spent the past several years traveling around America and listening to people’s concerns — mothers from Arizona, college students in Iowa, teachers in Florida,” Castro, who is also the former mayor of San Antonio, said in a video. “It doesn’t matter where we come from, we want the same things, we want to do right by our families, we want America to keep its promises. Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness…That’s why I am exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.”
Castro also discussed some of the key issues concerning the country including border security. He said that he believes in having a strong border presence and also treating undocumented people with respect.
So who is Julian Castro? Check out his impressive résumé.
In 2001, he became the youngest city councilman elected in San Antonio history at 26 years old.
In 2009, he was elected mayor of San Antonio and was re-elected in 2011 and 2013.
In 2012, he gained national attention for being the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
In 2014, Obama asked him to be the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served until 2017.
It’s also important to mention that his twin brother Joaquín Castro is currently a U.S. Representative, and his parents are both Chicano activists. He is also married to a school teacher and has two kids.
So what are people saying about this possible run, which could lead to the first Latino president?
Castro certainly has the leadership experience and name recognition needed to get people interested.
People understand he’s a strong candidate.
While I’m not endorsing any candidate yet, I’m happy to see that @JulianCastro is considering running the highest office. He will be a great candidate who knows the struggle working class families go through. Also valuable to have a Latinx candidate. https://t.co/7jKIBTnkCZ
Our politics are saturated with issues and moments that impact and highlight the lives of the Latino community. A Latino presidential candidate would further prove the importance of one of the fastest growing communities in the country.
Congresswoman-elect Veronica Esobar understands what Castro can bring to the table.
Thank you for stepping up for our country, @JulianCastro. What we need more than ever – because of the cruelty and ineptitude of the last (nearly) 3 years – is ethical, principled, visionary leaders and candidates bringing forward the best ideas and values for America. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/NvBwR0IGag
Newly elected politicians see a future in Castro and his leadership. We are witnessing a change in the two major parties in the U.S. and Castro’s bold stances could be what the Democratic party is looking for.
Some have been following his political career for years.
"Julian Castro" I wanted him for Vice President in 2016, I don't know too much about the President role, but either way, good luck brother. Let's see how long it really take for Bernie Sanders and his minions to call this qualified brother of color corrupted.
“I’m also very mindful, especially now for the Latino community, that there’s a particular meaning to my candidacy,” Castro said, according to the Huffington Post. “We can’t go through the 2020 cycle with nobody on that stage because of what’s happened over the last couple of years.”