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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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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, previously undisclosed court documents revealed that almost 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children seeking refuge were denied access to the U.S. and subsequently expelled from U.S. soil. None of these children were given a chance in court.

According to reporting done by CBS News, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have “suspended humanitarian protections” for most migrants crossing the border, on the grounds that “public health law overrides asylum, immigration and anti-trafficking safeguards” in the era of COVID-19.

CBS news made the shocking discovery when investigating the problematic and increased practice of holding and detaining minors in unregulated, privately contracted hotel rooms.

The government is arguing that the practice is keeping the American public safe from possibly COVID-19 exposure from unauthorized migrants.

“What we’re trying to do…is remove all individuals, regardless of whether they’re children — minors — or they’re adults,” Customs and Border Patrol official Mark Morgan said in an August media briefing.

He continued: “We’re trying to remove [the migrants] as fast as we can, to not put them in our congregate settings, to not put them into our system, to not have them remain in the United States for a long period of time, therefore increasing the exposure risk of everybody they come in contact with.”

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But critics are claiming that the Trump Administration is using COVID-19 as an excuse to unlawfully expel as many migrants as possible–regardless of their age.

On Friday, federal Judge Dolly M. Gee ordered the administration to put an end to the practice of detaining children in hotel rooms, saying that hotels do not “adequately account for the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors in detention”. She asked the government to put an end to the practice by September 15th.

It is in the court documents regarding the above case that 8,800 expelled migrant children number was revealed.

“The numbers are stunning,” said executive director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Lindsay Toczylowski, to CBS News. “…To find out that our government has literally taken children who are seeking protection and sent them back to the very places they fled in such high numbers really took my breath away.”

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US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz has defended the unsafe hotel detainment and speedy expulsion of migrant children, saying that stopping the practice would increase risk of exposure to health and customs officials alike.

But even if the practice comes to an end, the staggering number of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children left to their own devices is sitting heavy on the soul of advocates and activists.

“It’s just completely contrary, not only to all child protection norms and standards, but also just completely contrary to our values as a nation around protecting the most vulnerable,” said vice president for international programs at Kids in Need of Defense Lisa Frydman to CNN. “Because we are just wholesale shipping them out without making sure that it’s safe for them to go.”

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Donald Trump Compared His Son’s ‘Proud Latina’ Girlfriend To Eva Perón After RNC Speech Where She Claimed Puerto Rico Isn’t Part Of The United States

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Donald Trump Compared His Son’s ‘Proud Latina’ Girlfriend To Eva Perón After RNC Speech Where She Claimed Puerto Rico Isn’t Part Of The United States

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We might all be proud Latinas but not all Latinas are so proud of Kimberly Guilfoyle.

The girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. has proven herself to be a controversial figure on both sides of the Democratic and Republican aisles. The American attorney, prosecutor, and television news personality has made waves for her part on the 2020 presidential campaign trail as she stands by her man and his grody dad. She even showed her support during a very loud appearance at the Republican National Convention wherein she made claims of being a “first-generation American.”

Her booming speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention quickly went viral and prompted a comparison to Argentina’s Eva Perón from Donald Trump. As well as backlash from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who gave her a major fact check.

While critics found Guilfoyle’s speech to be
“over-the-top,” at the very least our so-called “leader of the free world” loved every bit of it.

According to reports, soon after her speech, Donald Trump called Guilfoyle and praised her for her speech. He even compared her to Eva “Evita” Perón.

“That was fantastic…so amazing,” Trump told Guilfoyle on the reportedcall. “So much energy…so much passion.” According to The Daily Beast, the president said “nobody could have done that but you,” and called her “my Kimberly.”

Eva Perón was the former first lady of Argentina from 1948 to 1952. In 1976 Andrew Lloyd Webber made her story into a musical called Evita. Trump has apparently been a huge fan of the musical.

While Trump loved the speech Ocasio-Cortez was quick to slam Guilfoyle for her speech and the ignorance that she delivered during it

AOC took Guilfoyle to task for calling herself a child of immigrants and a “first-generation American.”

“My mother Mercedes was a special education teacher from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. My father, also an immigrant, came to this nation in pursuit of the American dream,” Guilfoyle recalled in her speech.

The claims, like many made by the Trumps, are only partly true. While Guilfoyle’s father is from Ireland, her mother was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico which makes her a U.S. citizen.

“The woman the GOP picked as their ‘proud’ Latina … didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Twitter.

AOC, also a proud Boricua, noted that Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens by birthright for over more than a century.

The lawmaker slammed Guilfoyle for supporting the Republican portrayal of Latino Americans as foreigners despite the fact that they are U.S. citizens.

“It reflects their belief that Latinos aren’t real citizens,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Guilfoyle who is a former Fox News pundit received quite a bit of backlash for her RNC speech last week in which she shouted into a camera. Even memes were born of the event which was not done before a live audience. They want to destroy this country and everything we have fought for and hold dear,” Guilfoyle shouted during her theatrical event. “They want to steal your liberty, your freedom!”

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