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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Give A Spanish Keynote Speech on The West Coast In Support Of Bernie Sanders

There’s a lot going on right. Christmas is coming up, then New Year’s after that. The House Democrats voted to impeach the President of the United States, so, yes, we’re a bit stressed. But there’s still a presidential campaign going on and not the holidays or the impeachment will put that on hold. That means lawmakers will continue to hit the streets and campaign for the candidate they support. 

As you may know, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders for president in 2020. On Sunday, she will be the keynote speaker at a town hall for Sen. Sanders, and she will be speaking in Spanish.

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This is a big deal, and not just because Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will be campaigning for Sen. Sanders trying to reach Latino voters, but also because she has admitted in the past that her Spanish isn’t very good. 

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “I’m nervous for this all-Spanish town hall, but I also know that the only way I’m going to improve my Spanish is by practicing it!” She also tweeted in Spanish, “Nevada: Únete a nosotros este Domingo para un… town hall(?) en Español, y probablemente con un poquito de “spanglish” también.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has hit the campaign trail for Sen. Sanders before, and aside from her speech in Las Vegas, she will also be in Los Angeles. 

This weekend’s town hall events on the West Coast will be aimed at reaching Latino voters.

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According to NBC News, “the Democratic Party has been holding trainings in Spanish to increase Latino participation in the state’s Feb. 22 caucus. Latino voters in the state helped usher in a Democratic candidate and senator.”

“When we started last year, it was 12 weeks before the general election,” Cynthia Jasso-Rotunno, DNC Latino political director, told NBC News.  Jasso-Rotunno was speaking about a program called Mujeres Mobilize. “We’re starting now … so when one of the Democratic candidates becomes the nominee, they plop into a structure already there.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has been very open about the fact that her Spanish isn’t very good, but that’s okay, girl!

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In September, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez appeared on the Spanish-language show, Univision Nueva York to explain her Green New Deal initiative, and had to speak in Spanish. So how did she do? She speaks Spanish very well. It’s not perfect, but most first-generation and second-generation Latinos don’t speak Spanish often, so we’re pretty impressed by her wordage. In that particular segment. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t use any Spanglish, which is tough to do. 

“I’m really proud of this interview!” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said about her Spanish a couple of months ago. “Growing up, Spanish was my first language – but like many 1st generation Latinx Americans, I have to continuously work at it & improve. It’s not perfect, but the only way we improve our language skills is through public practice. #Palante

If that’s what her Spanish sounded like just a couple of months ago, we’re certain she’s been practicing and will sound even better this weekend.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez actually represents a lot of us, and we have proof. Pew Research released a study last year that showed that most Latino parents speak Spanish at home to their kids, but the longer they’ve been in the country, the less Spanish they end up speaking. 

“Overall, 85 percent of Latino parents say they speak Spanish to their children, according to the Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos. Among immigrant parents, nearly all (97 percent) say they do this. But the share drops to 71 percent among U.S.-born second-generation Latino parents (those with at least one immigrant parent). And the share falls to just 49 percent among third or higher generation Latino parents – those born in the U.S. to U.S.-born parents.”

If Rep. Ocasio-Cortez wants to reach older Latinos on the West Coast and encourage them to vote for Sen. Sanders, it’s very smart of her to do her keynote speech in Spanish.

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Most young supporters of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez already know the power that she bestows on social media and in Washington, so she doesn’t have to prove much to them. But when it comes to the older Latino population, and there are millions of them on the West Coast ready to vote, they mostly speak Spanish. 

We’re rooting for you, AOC! Si se puede!

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Christmas Came Early Folks! Turns Out Kelly Anne Conway’s Daughter Is A Liberal

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Christmas Came Early Folks! Turns Out Kelly Anne Conway’s Daughter Is A Liberal

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When it comes to Kelly Anne Conway, it turns out her apples are falling far from the tree.

That’s right, Kellyanne Conway counselor to President Donald Trump, the
“alternative facts” spin doctor, and Republican nutcracker, has a liberal daughter. Claudia Conway is the teenage daughter of the controversial Republican and it turns out that while her mother very well may be a fan of the extremely problematic president with White nationalist ties, she is an ardent Trump critic.

Recently videos and posts shared from Claudia’s TikTok and Instagram posts revealed at least one out of four of Conway’s children isn’t a fan of her mother’s political party.

New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz thrust Claudia into the spotlight earlier this week when she shared a string of videos taken and posed by the teenager which feature her ribbing Trump supporters for their politics. In several posts, Claudia encouraged TikTok followers, which the Times has said clocks in at 16,000, to leave one-star reviews of the president’s businesses. She has also used her pages to make fun of the difficulty of having political opinions different from that of her politically polarized parents.

“Believe it or not you can have your own opinions simply by educating yourself,” Claudia said in one video.

In another TikTok post, Claudia wrote “why do people hate on trump supporters… like why can’t we just respect everyone’s opinions? SIKE nah block me pls and then educate yourself.”

Note: Ivanka Trump DOES follow Claudia on Instagram which means this teen has some cajones.

Claudia has also expressed support for Black Lives Matter protests.

In the bio section of her TikTok account, Claudia writes, “it’s a great day to arrest brett hankison, john mattingly, and myles cosgrove.” The post is a reference to the death of Breonna Taylor who was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky police in her own home. According to The Washington Post, Taylor’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officers. As of today, only Brett Hankison has been fired from the Louisville Metro Police.

Claudia isn’t the first Conway with liberals to cause some trouble for Kellyanne.

Conway’s husband George Conway, whom she married in April 2001, has been vocal about his negative opinions of Donald Trump. Throughout Trump’s presidency, Conway has questioned the president’s mental health, judgment, and intelligence. He has also drawn criticism from the president directly.

In 2019, Trump tweeted about Conway’s marriage to George Conway writing “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!” 

In a comment to Claudia’s recent post about having different opinions than your parents, one follower wrote “Hello sis welcome to the left,” to which Claudia replied. “Hehe I’ve been here girly.”

First Their Food Samples, Now Costco’s Canceled Their Sheet Cakes— What Next The Apocalypse?

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First Their Food Samples, Now Costco’s Canceled Their Sheet Cakes— What Next The Apocalypse?

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Life’s rough for a Costco customer these days.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, card-carrying Costco lovers have faced product restrictions, long lines, and the suspension of food samples. Now the membership-only warehouse has eliminated their iconic half-sheet cakes.

You know. The delicious sugary cakes that have been there for you for every birthday, pool party, and graduation. Even worse? the blow comes right on the heels of July 4th.

Costco quietly put a halt to selling the $20 half-sheet cakes in all of its stores.

The brand has instead been steering to customers toward its 10-inch round cakes and their other baked goods. Outraged customers were quick to spark complaints on Twitter and Facebook promoting the brand to explain in a statement to its Facebook account. “To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments,” Costco wrote on their Facebook page. In a statement to CNN Business, Costco confirmed it’s not selling the half-sheet cakes anymore but has “no immediate plans” to bring it back.

The decision corresponds with recommendations from various US states and health agencies to avoid or prohibit large gatherings amid the current Covid-19 pandemic. Real fans of Costco’s sheet cakes know that they serve about 50 people. And while of course, we know that the store’s decision to promote social distancing is a good one, we still can mourn the indefinite loss of one of America’s greatest comfort foods.