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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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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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