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Gay Man Attacked In Downtown Phoenix By A ‘Mob Of 10 People’

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Cesar Marin was driving in downtown Phoenix when he was attacked by a group of people in what he has called a hate crime. Marin has been recovering since the attack but took to Facebook to share his ordeal with family, friends, and, inadvertently, other victims of hate crimes based on their sexual orientation. Here’s what we know so far about he brutal attack that left Marin in the hospital.

Cesar Marin is a Phoenix man recovering in a hospital after a vicious anti-gay attack.

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“I was just gay bashed in downtown Phoenix. I was attacked by a mob of 10 people. It all started with 1 girl flicking her cigarette in my car and calling me a f****t,” Marin started his Facebook post. “Before I knew it, I was surrounded in a hail of punches. One guy kicked me in the face when I fell down. The police are investigating and they have the cigarette the girl flicked into my car and a silver earing. I have a broken nose and a swollen face and bruised body. I’m home resting. Thanks for all your love!”

According to the latest FBI statistics reported, hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community have been on the increase since President Donald Trump was elected. The Human Rights Campaign reported that hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017, just one year into Trump’s presidency.

Anti-gay hate crimes have been a commonly discussed topic since Jussie Smollett made headlines claiming he was viciously attacked in Chicago. Smollett, who is in court facing 16 felony counts related to the incident, alleged that two men in “Make America Great Again” hats attacked him for being Black and gay.

“At the beginning of this ordeal, I felt like the world was full of evil.”

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Marin explains in his Facebook post that the attack was unprovoked. According to the post, Marin claims that a woman was jaywalking and stepped out in front of his car. Marin hit the brakes and at that time the woman walked to his passenger side and called him a “f****t” and flicked her lit cigarette at him.

“I freaked out and said something like why did you do that, what’s wrong with you. I did a u turn cause of how close to the intersection I was. I pulled over fast,” Marin explains in his post. “I didn’t want my car to catch fire as I saw red hot embers when she hit me with it. I got out of my car to get to the passenger side to look for the cigarette when the attack started so I was NOT pulled out.”

His story is resonating across the LGBTQ+ community since attacks like these are real and terrifying.

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Marin says that he is out and not shy about his sexuality and that it would be clear to the attackers that he is a gay man. He mentions that the song playing in his car could have been “flamboyant,” but the equality and rainbow stickers on his bumper would have given it away regardless.

“How did they know I was gay? Well, I drive a Miata convertible which had the top down. I listen to flamboyantly gay music. I love Madonna, Cher, The Weather Girls, “It’s Raining men” MY favorite song in the whole world,” Marin shares in his post. “Frankly I don’t remember the song. but my playlist consists of stuff like that. I do sing out loud when I drive and if that wasn’t enough, when she saw the back of my car, the equality sticker and gay rainbow sticker was a dead giveaway.”

Arizona police are currently investigating the attack and Marin admits he lost consciousness during the attack, but a Good Samaritan helped him.

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“I only remember when the attack started as I passed out and came to on the floor when a good Samaritan was shaking my shoulders asking if I was okay. I was spitting up a ton of blood and he put a bag of ice on my face. I heard him yelling at the people that attacked me,” Marin says in his post. “I blacked out a bit and remember being surrounded by paramedics and heard the voice of the good Samaritan telling the cops that he pulled people off of me and saw when they were stomping my face with their feet. He gave a description to the police.”

Marin says the police were able to collect the cigarette butt that was thrown by the woman involved in the attack. Marin also states that a video of the aftermath of the attack has been released all in an attempt to help the police find those responsible for the attack.

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A Woman Said She Wants Trump To Be The Dictator Of The U.S. And No Pos Wow

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A Woman Said She Wants Trump To Be The Dictator Of The U.S. And No Pos Wow

Showtime’s “The Circus” takes audiences behind the scenes of the most incredible moments in U.S. politics. They covered the 2016 campaign and viewers felt like they were looking behind the curtain to see the true nature of American politics and some moves made by politicians away from the public gaze. However, the latest episode has some Americans terrified about the fate of the country. A woman takes the stage at an event hosted by Steve Bannon and calls for a Trump dictatorship.

This is the moment from “The Circus” that forced all the viewers to re-evaluate the state of our nation.

“Never in my life did I think I would like to see a dictator,” the woman told the crowd. “But if there’s going to be one, I want it to be Trump.”

There is so much to unpack in that comment and, understandably, people who have seen this clip are startled. Not only does the woman claim that she never thought she would agree with a dictatorship crushing the U.S., she fully supports the idea of Trump single-handedly running the nation.

While the woman’s words alone should strike fear into your heart for the fate of our democracy, the audience’s response is the most telling.

There was not a moment of concern on many of the attendees’ faces. Instead, many of the attendees, like Steve Bannon, are grinning from ear to ear as they applauded the outrageous idea of elevating Trump to a dictator.

Dictatorships have a long history of decimating Latin American countries forcing many of our own family members to flee for their lives. Whether it is the Castro regime’s crackdown on Cuba or the current devastation that is crippling Venezuela, dictatorships have impacted the lives of most Latinos living in the U.S.

Some people are seriously questioning whether or not the audience members are truly the patriots they claim to be.

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Obviously, only true patriots would be calling for a complete dismantling of our current political system. Why continue as a democracy when we can go the way of Russia and Venezuela?

The woman’s comment and the crowd’s reaction is a serious cause for concern. Our society has worked overtime to normalize things that Trump has done and said since he took office. We called white nationalism, white supremacy, and neo-Naziism the “alt-right” and we’ve seen hate crimes and violence from that community grow exponentially since being granted the moniker.

The message is resonating with people in a very real and terrifying way.

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It’s concerning to see how quickly the white supremacist and white nationalist movements are bleeding into mainstream politics. We are moving further and further away from the same political system we had in the past that allowed for healthy debates. While people can blame both sides for the political discourse taking place, we have yet to see something of this magnitude.

We aren’t talking about someone saying they want Trump for another four years. We have someone who is openly advocating for the U.S. to abandon the democracy this country was founded on and turn to a strict Communist dictatorship.

This narrative of Communist control is too fresh for some Latinos.

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Millions of young Latinos can tell you the moment their family fled their home countries to seek shelter in the U.S. This country was a safe haven for people fleeing dictatorships and deadly Communist regimes. We’ve seen the impact of dictators throughout Latin America and it all ends the same way with forced migrations for freedom and a collapse of the country and its economy.

This is a startling reality of politics in the U.S. and the kind of anger we need to quell.

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The video is still fresh and there are surely people in Washington working hard to find ways to spin the narrative to make it less troubling. However, that does not change the problem at hand. We now have a recorded example of at least on Trump supporter calling for Trump to be a dictator for the U.S. A dictator.

America has long stood as the enemy of Communism and vowed to fight against dictatorships around the world. Trump has cozied up to the leaders of some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. This woman’s comment is a sobering reminder that we are at a crossroad where decisions need to be made and leadership is needed. At the time of this writing, President Trump has not addressed the comment in any way.

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