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Young Latinos Are Convincing Their Parents To Vote For Bernie Sanders

We’ve written in the past about how there’s a generational divide when it comes to which Democratic candidate Latinos are supporting. The general consensus is that millennials are more likely to support Bernie Sanders and The Olds are backing Hillary Clinton. But is that changing?

It’s not just the youth feeling the Bern.

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According to MSNBC, young Latinos in Illinois are successfully convincing their parents to vote for Senator Sanders. The story cites the efforts of Anahi Tapia, Brenda Rodriguez and Yesenia Mata — all three in their 20s — who set up an unofficial Bernie campaign office in West Chicago’s Little Village, one of the Windy City’s big Latino enclaves. As they spread their pro-Bernie message, the trio discovered that the older members of the community hadn’t even heard of the Vermont Senator. That doesn’t matter though, if the kids are on their side, so are the parents. The reason?

“It’s because you’re a trusted messenger, for everything — reading documents, translating, etc.,” Brenda Rodriguez said, repeating her mother’s explanation to the MSNBC reporter. Obviously, this is anecdotal, but if you’ve ever been a child who has had to be the family’s official translator because your parents didn’t speak English, you understand just how much power you yield within your family.

Bernie Sanders is winning the Latino vote in Illinois.

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Is it working? The latest polls point to yes. According to an NBC News/Marist/ Wall Street Journal Poll, 64 percent of Latinos are planning to vote for Sanders, more than doubling Hillary Clinton’s 30 percent.

Will it be enough though?

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Sorry, Bernie, but although Chicago and the surrounding area is very much Latino (shout out to Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights!), the rest of Illinois is not.

According to Pew Research, the Latino share of the total electorate in the Prairie State is 11 percent. Winning the Latino vote might not be enough to close Hillary’s slight advantage (FiveThirtyEight predicts that Hillary Clinton will get 51.8 percent of the vote to Sanders’s 44.1 percent). Then again, no one expected Bernie Sanders to win neighboring state Michigan.

Regardless, the biggest takeaway is this: don’t stop talking to your parents about voting. If your parents are anything like mine, they’ll be hesitant about it and say that their vote doesn’t count. Tell them they’re wrong, register them (and yourself) to vote if they haven’t, and make your voices heard.

READ: Five things you need to know about the Latino vote

Register to vote today by downloading the Latinos Vote app for iOS and Android. Our voice matters. #WeAreAmerica

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Cardi B Talks 2020 Elections With Tío Bernie And Endorses Joe Biden

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Cardi B Talks 2020 Elections With Tío Bernie And Endorses Joe Biden

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Cardi B has become a surprising voice in American politics. The rapper has used her platform and her name to mobilize and politically educate her followers. She first became a political voice when she addressed the government shutdown and caught the attention of politicians and political pundits. Since then, the rapper has continued to make her voice heard in the political arena.

Cardi B spoke with Bernie Sanders in a livestream and officially endorsed Joe Biden for president.

For Cardi B, the biggest factor in supporting Biden for the presidency is the future of the country. Like many Americans, Cardi B is heavily concerned with the current direction the country is heading.

“I’m just gonna go with Joe Biden because I cannot see the next step of America being ran by number 45,” Cardi B said during the conversation after admitting that she needs to do more research.

Cardi B, who has talked with Sen. Sanders before, isn’t shy about using her platform to educate her audience.

Cardi B first got the attention of political pundits when she sounded off on Instagram about the government shutdown. The shutdown, which went through Christmas 2018 and into 2019, was caused by President Trump who was fighting for funding for his border wall despite the economic damage the government shutdown caused the U.S. government.

Fans are stanning Cardi B giving Sen. Sanders a chance to address the 2020 presidential race.

It is one of the most important things a celebrity can do. Cardi B has found a way to use her platform to offer political discussions to her fans. It is something a lot of celebrities shy away from being overtly political for fear of their public image. Cardi B has managed to be very political and still thrives as an artist and rapper.

Some people on social media are ready to crown Cardi B the next superhero to save the U.S.

Like, who is opposed to this idea? Just picture a Cardi B superhero going from American city to American city to save democracy. Let’s hope that this is something that can actually happen.

People are also celebrating Sen. Sanders for doing what he can to help the Democratic Party coalesce around Joe Biden.

Sen. Sanders has pledged that he would back the Democratic nominee for the presidency. It seems that he is following through on that promise to help the Democratic Party win the 2020 presidential elections.

READ: Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden And Calls On Supporters To Join Him

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Barack Obama Officially Endorses Joe Biden For President

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Barack Obama Officially Endorses Joe Biden For President

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Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, has officially endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency. President Obama released a video on Twitter calling on people to join him in supporting Biden to be the president of the United States and it broke a viewership record.

President Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency.

President Obama started his video addressing the COVID-19 crisis by offering prayers to those who have lost loved ones to the deadly virus. The former president spoke eloquently about the importance of the leadership the doctors and healthcare workers offered.

“Michelle and I have been amazed at the incredible bravery of our medical professionals who are putting their lives on the line to save others; the public servants and health officials battling this disease; the workers taking risks every day to keep our economy running and everyone who is making their own sacrifice at home with their families all for the greater good,” Obama says in the video. “But if there is one thing we have learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it is that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our workplaces or our neighborhoods or our houses of worship it also has to be reflected in our national government the kind of leadership that is guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.”

“That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitals and mayor’s offices, it belongs in the White House, and that is why I am so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States,” Obama continues.

President Obama followed up the tweet by asking people to join him in supporting Obama.

“Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend, and I believe Joe has all of the qualities we need in a president right now,” Obama says. “He is someone who’s own life has taught him how to persevere, how to bounce back when you have been knocked down.”

Obama adds: “Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery, and I know he will surround himself with good people experts, scientists, military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government and know how to work with our allies and who will always put the American people’s interests above their own.”

Followers were quick to thank President Obama for his endorsement.

Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race last week. Sen. Sanders suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination citing Biden’s delegate lead.

President Obama did make a point to call out what he sees as a lack of leadership but in a way only he can.

“Right now we need Americans of goodwill to unite in a great awakening against a politics that too often has been characterized by corruption, carelessness, self-dealing, disinformation, ignorance and just plain meanness and to change that we need Americans of all political stripes to get involved in our politics and our public life like never before,” Obama says in the full quote. “For those of us who believe in building a more just, more generous, more democratic America where everybody has a fair shot at opportunity, for those of us who believe in a government that cares about the many and not just the few, for those of us who love this country and are willing to do our part to make sure it lives up to its highest ideals now is the time to fight for what we believe in.”

The endorsement video broke a Twitter viewership record in the first 24 hours.

As of 4 p.m. PST April 14, the endorsement video had more than 5 million views. This kind of digital exposure for the Biden campaign is a major victory. The Biden campaign has long been plagued by an inefficient and lackluster outreach, especially in the digital space. President Obama has an audience of millions on Twitter offering the Biden campaign a larger digital presence than before the endorsement video.

Some followers are just grateful for President Obama’s willingness to speak up for a candidate.

What do you think about President Obama’s endorsement?

READ: Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden And Calls On Supporters To Join Him

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