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A GOP Candidate For Senate Just Suggested Annexing All Of Mexico And Apparently He Isn’t Joking

Immigration from Central America and Mexico continues to be a hot topic among both the public and politicians. While some still rally for the closing of deadly and inhuman migration centers along the Southern U.S. border, others feed into anti-immigrant sentiment and the far-right’s so-called solutions to migration. Though unimpressive and expensive, Trump’s border wall is also still a favorite among conservative supporters. Still, other ideas are being shared to “fix” the issue with migration — and this latest one is pretty laughable. 

A GOP candidate for Arizona’s Senate race recently suggested annexing Mexico (yes, the whole country) into the United States in order to bypass issues of Southern migration. 

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Daniel McCarthy is a cosmetic company executive from Glendale, Arizona who announced his candidacy for the Arizona state Senate in August. Running against incumbent Senator Martha McSally for the Republican primary, the new politician has called for a return to “authenticity and integrity.” One of his biggest platform points is solving the immigration problem. 

While making his rounds to raise support for his campaign, McCarthy stopped by iHeartRadio for an interview with host Garret Lewis. That’s where he shared his outrageous solution for the Mexico-United States border conflict. While proposing his idea that Mexico be annexed into the U.S., McCarthy suggested that the U.S. could benefit from some new “beachfront property” after the acquisition. 

“There is a process to become states for the United States,” McCarthy explained, citing the Constitution’s requirements for admitting new states. “Clearly 30 million Mexican illegal immigrants want to be United States citizens, probably half the country wants to be United States citizens. There’s a reason they’re coming here.”

Though he still supports Trump’s border wall, McCarthy appealed to Mexican citizens with his suggestion of incorporating Mexico as a state. 

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McCarthy cited what he suggested were unsavory living conditions for all of the Mexican people. 

“They live in hell,” he expressed. “Their government is corrupt. The cartels are destroying these peoples’ lives. Personally, I think the power brokers in D.C. don’t want the American people to start thinking about how easily useless politicians can be removed.”

With these grievances in mind, he prompted the people of Mexico to “rise up” and fight for statehood.

“I want to speak above the Mexican government,” the Republican candidate stated. “When you’re talking to the Mexican citizens, ‘Rise up in your communities and petition to become states for the United States.’ That’s how that process works. By the way, it’s not that challenging.”

As unfounded as McCarthy’s plan is, it also ignores the main source of current migration at the Southern border. 

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Though migrants are attempting to enter the U.S. from the Mexican border, the majority of those detained are from Central America. According to DHS Office of Inspector General statistics that were released earlier this year, the majority of migrants seeking asylum at the Southern border are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. 

These countries experience a high level of crime and violence along with having a population stricken by poverty. In Guatemala, 60% of the population live below the poverty line while contending with a corrupt and ineffective national government. Honduras is worse off with 65% of its population living in abject poverty. It’s from this poverty and violence that these migrants flee. Annexing Mexico wouldn’t solve their problems as they are not Mexican citizens. 

For the most part, the reaction to McCarty’s suggestion has been to ridicule it as an outrageous idea. Since then, the Republican candidate has slightly walked back his proposal and called it “kind of a joke.”

This annexation plan wasn’t the only bit of ridiculousness to come from McCarthy recently.

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On Monday, the first time candidate posted a comment on a Facebook group for Republicans that is drawing a lot of criticism. In response to doubt about his fitness as a candidate, McCarthy wrote, “I am qualified for the job. Jesus was 33 when he saved the world.” 

McCarthy later did an interview with “The Arizona Republic” and attempted to defend the comparison. According to the 34 year-old candidate, the Facebook group had negatively brought up his age before and the comment was made to explain how age shouldn’t be a factor in the race. 

“I would never compare myself to Jesus,” McCarthy said in the interview. “I would never even come close to comparing myself to Jesus Christ. I made reference to his age when he was crucified.”

Later the same day, he tweeted out another comparison of himself to Jesus. “Show me the lie,” the since deleted Tweet read. “They also hated Jesus because He spoke the truth.”

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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We all remember Carlos Villagrán as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho.” The actor and Mexican icon is now entering the world of politics. Villagrán is entering the race for governor of Querétaro.

Actor and comedian Carlos Villagrán wants to be governor of Querétaro.

Affectionately known as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho,” Villagrán is someone we grew up with. Now, decades after his famous role ended, Villagrán is hoping to open a brand new chapter in his life: politics.

“After 50 years of making people laugh, I find myself on another platform, which does me a tremendous honor,” Villagrán said during a press conference after filing paperwork.

Villagrán has been thinking about entering Mexican politics for a while.

It is never easy to decide if you want to become a politician. Your private life is no longer private and everything you do is suddenly under intense scrutiny. Villagrán did take time mulling over the idea before filing his paperwork to be a candidate for governor of Querétaro. He registered under the local Querétaro Independiente Party.

“I can’t say anything, because I still don’t know anyone and I have to talk to people to find out what it is about. So, I could not say anything at this moment,” Villagrán told El Universal when still debating the idea.

Villagrán created a Twitter account after announcing his candidacy and is hitting the talking points hard.

Villagrán’s official Twitter account has only pushed tweets highlighting QiBook. The social media platform is specific to Querétaro and is hoping to foster some economic and commercial success in the state.

Fans around the world are wishing him so much success.

Villagrán character Quico is one of the most celebrated characters in Latin America. The wild success of “El Chavo del Ocho” has made Villagrán a face that people throughout Latin America know and love.

However, some people are not excited to see another entertainer enter politics.

We have seen entertainers become politicians and it isn’t always a good thing. The current governor of Morales is Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer player, and people are not loving him and his leadership. We will no better about his chances of running on Feb. 8 when things are finalized.

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