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Here’s Why This Lucha Libre Star Is Waving A U.S. Flag And Praising Donald Trump In Front of Mexican Fans

This is Sam Polinsky, a.k.a. Sam Adonis, a rising star in Mexico’s lucha libre.


What makes him so special?

The 27-year-old, 6-foot-4 wrestler is getting tons of attention in Mexico thanks to his persona: a flag waving Trump supporter.

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When Adonis enters the arena, waving the flag with President Trump’s face on it, fans hurl beers, popcorn and expletives at him, Reuters reports.

This gimmick has made Adonis a rudo, or a bad guy, in lucha libre.

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In a recent interview, Adonis told NPR:

My favorite thing to do is to get some father and mother to bring their kid to a show, and they’re enjoying it with a smile on their face. When I can get that dad five minutes later to want to jump over the rail and cut my throat, that’s a great feeling. That’s how I know I’m good at my job.

In the ’90s, Eddie Guerrero used a similar anti-immigration gimmick in Mexico. Fans hated him.

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Guerrero and his partner, the late Art Barr, called themselves “Los Gringos Locos” and wore American flag-inspired gear. This was around the time California Governor Pete Wilson introduced the infamous Proposition 187, a law targeting immigrants in the state. Guerrero wore red, white and blue tights and taunted Mexican audiences by chanting “187” during matches. Years later, Guerrero became famous for his Latino Heat persona, arguably his greatest gimmick ever in the WWE.

So Adonis isn’t the first wrestler to use a tense political climate to get a quick pop from the audience.


Over the last couple of years, Donald Trump has referred to Mexican citizens as rapists and criminals. He has promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which he insists Mexico will pay for. And President Trump has threatened to send U.S. troops into Mexico. So of course President Trump is not the most popular guy.

But Sam Adonis says he isn’t really as pro-Trump as his ring persona would have you believe.


In an interview with Reuters, Adonis said:

I can’t say I support Trump but I definitely respect Trump. He is just himself, and if you like it, you like it, and if you don’t, you don’t.

The pro-Trump gimmick even started out as a joke.


In an interview with Vice Sports, Sam Adonis says he got Trump’s face airbrushed onto his tights for a joke. Lucha libre fans immediately responded:

There was a lot of positive, like, “Wow, that’s so funny.” And a lot of people were like, “Hey, that’s a bit too much.” But that’s the reaction I was going for. I knew that was a sensitive topic and something that could be built upon.

And in an interview with NPR, Adonis said he admired President Trump’s flare for entertainment.

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Donald Trump is no stranger to the squared-circle. In fact, President Trump is a member of WWE’s Hall of Fame, a distinction that no other President holds.

But Adonis told NPR that if tensions between the U.S. and Mexico get to heated, he might think about changing his in-ring persona.


Adonis told NPR:

If the situation between the U.S. and Mexico were to get aggressive or violent, then I’d have to think about it. But this situation is too much, and it’s too good to pass up right now, so I’d like to milk it for everything it’s worth.



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Legendary Mexican Wrestler La Parka Has Died And Social Media Is Mourning A Lucha Libre Icon

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Legendary Mexican Wrestler La Parka Has Died And Social Media Is Mourning A Lucha Libre Icon

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Wresting or lucha libre is a cornerstone of Mexican popular culture. The ring is a symbolic battlefield where issues such as morals (good vs evil, rudos contra tecnicos!), gender identity, sexuality and class are solved through punches, kicks, voladoras and plenty of melodrama. Legends such as El Santo, Blue Demon and Tinieblas have become important icons in Mexico and overseas, and lucha libre remains a multi-million dollar business. Luchadores come out of every corner of Mexico and often travel as far as Japan to showcase their athletic prowess and histrionic skills.

So when a beloved luchador passes away thousands, if not millions, of fans mourn him or her, remembering all the high drama that they gifted us. So when news broke that popular wrestler La Parka passed away, many were left brokenhearted. 

La Parka, aged only 54, died as a result of injuries sustained in the ring.

His real name was Jesús Alfonso Huerta Escoboza and he was a force of nature full of charisma. He adopted a ring persona that resonates with millions of Mexicans: he personified Death itself, with whom Mexicans have a peculiar relationship that verges on the religious. La Parka reminded us of the religious figure of La Santa Muerte, patron saint of many in the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

La Parka sustained injuries in the ring back in October 2019 and these injuries ultimately led to his untimely death. The fall was horrific, as TMZ reminds us: “La Parka — aka Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta — did a leaping dive through the ropes at an opponent in Monterey, Mexico … but tragically hit his head on a guard rail before falling to the ground.”

La Parka was born in the northern city of Hermosillo in the state of Sonora. He had a long and successful career, as CNN reports: “He won titles including the Triplemanía Cup and Antonio Peña Cup. He was also the top winner of King of Kings, an annual tournament produced by Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide.” Rest in peace, legend! 

There needs to be a serious discussion about combat sports and potentially deadly injuries.

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His kidneys failed. He was put on assisted breathing when he started presenting issues, and he died the next day when his lungs and kidneys failed. The wrestling association for which he worked, Lucha Libre, AAA said on Twitter.  “We are very sad to report that our friend and idol of Mexican wrestling Jesús Alfonso Escoboza Huerta ‘LA PARKA’ has passed away. We extend our support and condolences to his whole family and raise our prayers so that they may soon heal from this.”

There are some who think that wrestling is not dangerous, but fighters often end up disabled in their old age or, as in the case of La Parka, die as a result of injuries sustained in the ring. There has to be some serious debate around the risks involved in professional wrestling and in other contact sports such as boxing. It is a long, difficult conversation that needs to be had sooner rather than later.

Wrestler Latin Lover, who retired while still in good health, released a social media message lamenting his friend’s passing and saying that he left wrestling to avoid a similar fate: “They don’t know how it hits me that this happened, so I retired, so I wouldn’t end up dead. I quit that job because the only way I could be home was to be hurt.” Professional luchadores often fight well into their 50s even though reflexes deteriorate, which can lead to fatal injuries. Lucha libre is like a well-coordinated dance with the only difference that a misstep can leave you disabled for life or even dead. 

People are sharing their memories of him.

Thousands of fans enjoyed his work inside the ring for more than three decades, so whole generations saw his evil antics and funny moves unfold. He was one of those luchadores that people love to hate. 

And even pictures of his actual face, which was hidden under the now iconic mask.

Wow, he looked totally badass even without his mask on. He was a sort of rock and roll cowboy biker dude kinda guy! This photo was released by his family by mistake, but now fans are using it to honor the man who dared to become Death.

7 Undocumented Workers Were Fired From A Virginia Trump Winery After The Harvest Was Over

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7 Undocumented Workers Were Fired From A Virginia Trump Winery After The Harvest Was Over

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In 2018, vineyards in Virginia had an unfortunate season. The area experienced too much rain. Local winemakers called it the “toughest” season in the past two decades and that the harsh weather made it, so they produced less wine because so many grapes were lost. This season, however — because climate change has brought forth such unpredictable weather forecasts —  Virginia vineyards had a very successful season. With such a positive harvest, one would assume that vineyard workers would get some kind of bonus. Instead, they got fired.

Seven undocumented employees that worked at a Trump Virginia winery were fired before the end of the year because they were not U.S. citizens. 

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The Washington Post reports that the firing came at the end of December, before the start of 2020, which is odd timing considering other undocumented employees at other Trump properties almost a year ago. 

Back at the start of 2019, undocumented employees that worked at a Trump golf course in New Jersey were fired for lack of documentation to work in the U.S. So far, most of the workers that were fired back then said that the higher-ups, including President Donald Trump and his children who own the properties, were aware that they had undocumented workers on their payroll. Even then, the firings were odd, considering the president has been on an anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, and anti-undocumented agenda since before his election. Yet all of the firings, even the most recent ones, seem to come when it’s most convenient for the company. 

The undocumented workers were fired at the end of the harvest season when they had completed their work on the vineyard. 

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Workers told the Washington Post that while they had anxiety about losing their jobs all year, especially after other undocumented employees at other properties were fired. But work went on as usual at the vineyard. The workers also report that earlier in December, Eric Trump, who is listed as the president of some of the Trump properties, visited the vineyard and was very gracious to his employees. The Post was in touch with several of the undocumented employees for months prior to their firing. 

“He gave me his hand,” Omar Miranda, one of the employees that was fired, recalled to the Post about Eric’s visit. Miranda had won a raffle, and Eric shook his hand and added, “Eric is like a co-worker.” Then, a couple of weeks later, he was fired. 

The workers said that Trump, his family, and management knew exactly what they were doing when they waited to fire them after the grape season had ended. 

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“They didn’t make this decision in the summer because they needed us a lot then,” Miranda told the Post. Another employee said, “I think they wanted to get their product out well, the grapes, to make sure that was taken care of, and once things were slow, they could fire us all.”

The publication asked the Trump organization about why they waited so long to fire these undocumented employees, and their statement was the same as it was last year when they fired employees at the golf course: “Consistent with our efforts, we will immediately terminate any individual who has provided fake identification in order to unlawfully gain employment.” 

People on social media expressed their anger over the timing of this firing as well as Trump’s treatment of their undocumented workers. 

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Chef José Andrés tweeted, “Mr. ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ why instead of firing them 3 years into your presidency, you pass immigration reform, giving #DREAMers and undocumented the place in the USA they deserve?”

“Not only are trump companies still employing undocumented immigrants, they hold off firing them in order take advantage of their labor as long as possible,” another tweeted. “He has no shame.”

As we noted earlier, this season Virginia experienced one of the best grape seasons in years. So it makes sense management didn’t want to fire employees until after the harvest to take advantage of the booming business. 

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“You have the perfect alignment of rainfall, sun, wind, weather, to where the quality of your grapes are the highest you’ve seen in a really long time,” Winemaker Emily Pelton told WHSV3 News.

Perhaps if the season had been a washout as it was in 2018, the undocumented employees would have been fired earlier in the year. We guess there’s always a silver lining. 

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