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Mexicans Are Pissed That Other Kidnap Victims Don’t Get The Alan Pulido Treatment

Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido is no stranger to making headlines.

The 25-year-old first made news in 2014 when he entered a bitter dispute with Mexican club team Tigres of Monterrey. Pulido wanted to leave the team to play in Europe, but Tigres claimed they owned his rights and had a contract to prove it. Pulido said the contract was falsified, took off for Europe in search of a team and ended up in Greece, where he signed with Olympiacos.

Pulido made WORLDWIDE news after he was kidnapped near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

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Pulido, who was on vacation, was reportedly kidnapped after leaving a party with his girlfriend. The kidnappers let Pulido’s girlfriend go and then contacted his family asking for a ransom.

What happened next sounds almost too exciting to be true: A day later, Pulido fought a kidnapper, called the cops and returned to his family safe and sound.

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That’s right, according to Pulido, his escape went down like a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster.

First, Pulido found himself a classic movie scenario: He was left alone with one goon. Pulido pounced on the lone kidnapper…

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CREDIT: Burn After Reading / Focus Features

Disarmed him…

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CREDIT: Rush Hour / New Line Cinema

Took his cell phone…

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CREDIT: Credit: Peteneems.com

And then called an emergency number to tip off authorities to his location.

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CREDIT: Credit: Peteneems.com

The only injury Pulido suffered was a cut to his hand while breaking a window.

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He didn’t jump out of the window, btw. While speaking to law enforcement officials, Pulido broke the window and stuck his head out to help describe the location where he was being held. He was eventually rescued by law enforcement officials and given a medical examination.

Happy ending, right? Not quite. Some are questioning the official story.

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CREDIT: Government of Tamaulipas

Journalist Alejandro Hope took to Twitter to express his skepticism.

“One of two things: Alan Pulido was the victim of the most inept kidnappers on the planet, or there’s something [authorities] don’t want to reveal.”

Hope, along with other journalists, found it curious that Pulido was kidnapped and rescued within 24 hours in a state known for its high rate of kidnapping. In 2015, there were 230 kidnappings in Tamaulipas. This year, there have been 41. Some have speculated that the kidnapping was staged to help the ruling political party fend off criticism about their lack of action in other kidnappings. On June 5th, an election for the next governor of Tamaulipas will take place.

This tweet summed up how frustrated some Mexicans are with the situation:

“If they could find the thousands of people who have disappeared as fast as they found Pulido, we’d have a different country.”

What did Pulido have to say? He thanked fans for their support and prayers:

READ: Will Mexican Fans Ever Stop The ‘P**o’ Chant At Soccer Games

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Donald Trump Tries To Discredit Judge By Calling Him A Mexican

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Donald Trump Tries To Discredit Judge By Calling Him A Mexican

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GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump is currently in the middle of a class action lawsuit over Trump University, a non-accredited seminar service that allegedly defrauded countless of people. But rather than shy away from talking about it, Trump is addressing the lawsuit head on, and he’s using the presiding judge’s Latino heritage to discredit him in the process.


Meet Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Donald Trump’s latest target.

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Curiel is an Obama-appointed judge to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — one of the highest courts in the country. Before serving as a judge, Curiel made a name for himself by prosecuting Tijuana’s Arellano Felix Cartel. You know, the same people Donald Trump said were bringing drugs and crime into the United States. Curiel’s job was to fight them, which resulted in the cartel trying to assassinate him.

Curiel is also the judge in charge of Art Cohen v. Donald J. Trump, just one of three lawsuits associated with the defunct Trump University.


On Friday, while campaigning in San Diego, Trump told a rally that Curiel was a “hater.” He also said Curiel was a “Mexican.”

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“The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great, I think that’s fine,” Trump told his audience. “You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when we give them all these jobs.”

Curiel was born in Indiana — which has been part of the United States since 1816 — to Mexican immigrant parents. It’s also worth pointing out that East Chicago, the Northeastern Indiana city where Curiel was born, is more than 1,400 miles from the Mexican border.


Despite being wrong about Curiel being Mexican, a Trump spokesperson doubled down on the comment during a CNN interview.

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“I think what’s really interesting about this particular judge — as Mr. Trump refers to him as a ‘Trump hater’ — is he even mentions on his judicial questionnaire that he was a La Raza Lawyers Association member,” Katrina Pierson told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “This is an organization that has been out there organizing these anti-Trump protesters with the Mexican flags. They are pushing it. The signs have been very apparent. And so Mr. Trump is just stating the obvious.”

Pierson’s response didn’t answer the original question: why bring up Judge Curiel’s ethnicity in the first place? To Camerota’s credit, she didn’t let the Trump spokesperson of the hook, forcing Pierson to dig herself into an even bigger hole.

“Well, it’s because of what we see outside of these rallies, these anti-Trump rallies, these criminal rallies, these criminal protesters out there defacing property and attacking police officers. They’re doing so under the guise of an anti-Trump protest, with their Mexican flags, and La Raza and this judge is connected to that,” Pierson said.

You’re not reading that wrong, a Trump spokesperson, quoting Donald Trump, just said that a Mexican-American federal judge is connected to criminals without providing anything remotely resembling a fact to back up this claim. That’d be like us saying that Donald Trump has ties to white supremacists. We are of course not saying that Donald Trump himself is a white supremacist; we’re just pointing out that it’s a verifiable fact that his campaign has ties to white supremacists.


READ: A White Supremacist Was Almost a Donald Trump Delegate

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