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Although She’s Still Too Young To Serve As VP, Bernie Sanders Says AOC Will Service In His Administration If He Wins

Many say that being Vice President of the United States is merely a ceremonial role with little power – and, legally speaking, they may be right. The constitution of the United States clearly lays out governmental power to the President, the courts, and the US Congress. Apart from their role as President of the Senate (which is only put into play during extraordinary sessions or in the event of a tie), the Vice President doesn’t seem to have much power.

Anyone who has seen the hit HBO show Veep can agree with the sentiment that being Vice President isn’t often associated with great power. However, it’s still just one degree of separation from the President of the United States and with that comes a great responsibility that many would be in awe of. And one of those people happens to be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it ‘would be an honor’ to serve as Vice President in a Bernie Sanders Administration.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said “it’d be an honour” to be vice president for Bernie Sanders after endorsing the Vermont senator in the Democratic primaries, while noting she’s not old enough to take the job.

The freshman New York congresswoman made the comments during a Spanish-language interview on Monday with Noticias Telemundo, in which she spoke about why she was supporting the 2020 hopeful and lambasted Donald Trump as a “racist” who was afraid of “strong women, of Latina women.”

AOC previously endorsed Sen. Sanders at a major campaign rally in Queens, New York during the summer following a heart attack the senator experienced along the campaign trail. As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and one of the most prominent freshman voices on Capitol Hill, Mr Sanders’ campaign saw her endorsement at the time as a crucial vote of confidence from the party’s younger, more progressive wing. 

AOC has credited Sanders with her own rise to Congress.

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She told Noticias Telemundo that campaigning for Sanders back in 2016 kick-started her own whirlwind ride to congress.  

‘I was a community organizer in the Bronx for Senator Sanders during the last presidential campaign. That was my first experience, organizing right there in the street for an election,’ she stated. 

On Sunday, AOC gave a keynote address at Sanders’ Spanish-language town hall in Las Vegas. She revealed on Twitter that she was ‘nervous’ ahead of the event, as she does not regularly speak the language despite having a Puerto Rican mother. 

She later told Noticias Telemundo: ‘If we are first- or second-generation, it is important that we cultivate our language. I must speak and practice more to improve my own Spanish. Our language is the link with our families and our communities’. 

But before you get too excited, let’s remember that AOC is actually still too young to serve as Vice President.

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“Well, I can’t [be vice president], because I’m not old enough”, she said about the idea of joining Mr Sanders on a potential Democratic ticket against Mr Trump.

“I’m only 30, someone has to be 35”, she added, “but it’d be an honour” to be vice president.

AOC is correct. The Constitution of the United States states that

The freshman Congresswoman, however, would be old enough to serve as Vice President, or run for the presidency herself, come the 2024 elections.

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AOC, who was born in the Bronx, New York, would be eligible to join Mr Sanders’ ticket — or run for the White House herself — during the 2024 elections. 

While US representatives can be elected at 25 years old, a president or vice president must be aged 35 or older to assume the White House, as well as a natural born citizen. There are far fewer restrictions for joining an administration, however, and no age or birthplace requirements.

So while we eagerly await her decision for five years from now, Bernie Sanders says that should he win the presidency, we can count on AOC being a part of his administration.

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After AOC officially endorsed Sen. Sanders for President at a Queens, NY rally, the candidate for president said he absolutely wants AOC working in his White House.

Sanders was asked in a joint interview with CBS News if he would consider Ocasio-Cortez to be his running mate. The congresswoman answered for him as both laughed: “I think I’m too young for that.” 

“There you go, she’s answered,” Sanders added.

But when Ocasio-Cortez was asked if she’d work in Sanders’ administration should he be elected president, he interjected with a forceful “Yes, you would.”

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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