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White House Decides To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo A Day Early And Social Media Isn’t Having It

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Yesterday The Hill reported that President Trump would break with tradition by not hosting the White House’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Last year, the event was hosted President Obama, who treated 500 guests to food from celeb chef Johnny Hernandez and the music of Maná. President Trump is instead visiting with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York to honor the Battle of the Coral Sea, a fight that saw Australian and U.S. soldiers fighting Japanese pilots.

Instead of hosting the Cinco de Mayo party, President Trump will be in New York for Cinco de Mayo, where the best taco bowls are made.


“I love Hispanics!”

Fear not! Vice President Mike “Party Animal” Pence will instead host the Cinco de Mayo festivities.

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Politico reports that the event will take place in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office, which is located next to the West Wing of the White House.

However, the Cinco de Mayo celebration will take place on May 4th, rather than the actual day.

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It’s definitely an odd choice to celebrate a holiday on the wrong day. If the White House can do it, I should be able to celebrate Christmas any day I want. But it’s like they say, “It’s always Cinco de Mayo somewhere.”

Social media scratched its head at the announcement of Mike Pence as host on May 4th.


To many, Pence doesn’t seem like the right guy for the job.


Some people joked about whether or not Mike Pence knows what Cinco de Mayo is.


They questioned how terrible the buffet might be.


A few questioned the ethical problems this holiday posed for the administration.


Others were just…


…at a loss for words. If you can’t say something nice.

Politico reports that the event was likely prepared last minute, as multiple attendees said they received their invites earlier this week.

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As The Death Toll In Venezuela Continues To Rise, Marco Rubio Presents A $10 Million Bill To Provide Food And Medicine To Venezuelans

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As The Death Toll In Venezuela Continues To Rise, Marco Rubio Presents A $10 Million Bill To Provide Food And Medicine To Venezuelans

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On Wednesday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, both of Florida, introduced legislation meant to address the crisis in Venezuela, where the government continues to respond with brutal and sometimes deadly force against anti-government demonstrators who want President Nicolás Maduro to step down.

The bipartisan bill, spearheaded by Rubio and Nelson, would provide $10 million in aid for food and medicine.


Of this fund, $9.5 million would be used by organizations defending human rights and the coordination of an international response led by the State Department as well as other measures to mitigate the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela.

The situation in Venezuela is dire as the death toll continues to rise.


At least 36 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured since the protests started last month. All this while the country is ill-equipped to treat the casualties due to medical shortages.

“Venezuelan civilians are being harmed and killed by their own government as the dictator Maduro and his thugs use violence to suppress peaceful pro-democracy protests,” Rubio said. “The United States must stand with and support the Venezuelan people as they struggle to defend their rights and restore constitutional mechanisms and bring back democracy in their country.”

Click here to find out more about the bill and the violence in Venezuela.

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