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AOC Shutting Down Kellyanne Conway For Accusing Her Of ‘Catfighting’ Is What I’m Thriving On Right Now

The House of Congress is sure looking like an episode of “Jerry Springer” lately — and surprisingly enough it’s all coming from the Democratic side. We’re used to political drama from the White House Administration, primarily from President Trump, but now it’s coming from the female Dems, and it sure doesn’t make the party look good. 

Here’s how this mess first began. 

On July 6, Democratic speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had some fighting words for women in her own party. 

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Rep. Pelosi interviewed in the opinion section of the New York Times, spoke at length about first-time representatives that were elected last year in the primaries including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. At the core of the matter was that Rep. Pelosi disrespected the freshmen representatives, primarily about their massive following on social media. 

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Rep. Pelosi said in the publication. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

Her issue over their growing Twitter followers is that followers don’t constitute more votes in the House, meaning, just because they might have millions of people following them on social media, doesn’t mean they get more votes when deciding on a bill. 

The bill that struck a divide between Rep. Pelosi and the freshmen representatives was about federal aid funding.

Last month, Congress passed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package — the final vote was 305 to 102 — several liberal Democrats (including the entire Hispanic Caucus) were furious that they voted to give Trump any money that he could use for whatever he wanted including border security and detention centers. The liberal Democrats want to shut them down completely, not help sustain them. 

“This bill — opposed by the Hispanic Caucus and nearly 100 Democratic members of the House — will not stop the Trump administration’s chaos and cruelty,” the Hispanic Caucus said in a statement provided by the Times. “What happened today is unacceptable, and we will not forget this betrayal.”

That betrayal is still intense between liberal Democrats and Rep. Pelosi and now White House Advisor, KellyAnne Conway is getting in on the action by poking fun at the infighting between the women.

Conway called the turbulence between Rep. Pelosi and the four freshmen Democrats a “catfight.”

During an interview on Fox News, Conway said that Rep. Pelosi’s words in the Times article were a “Major meow moment.” She added that Rep. Pelosi is a “brushing back in a huge catfight,” and “Really ridiculing them.” 

She also added that the liberal Democrats went to the detention centers to “preen around” yet would not vote for a bill to help the situation. 

“You know who suffered?” she asked on Fox News. “The people suffered, our brave men and women at Border Protection, the kids who these Democrats pretend they care so much about.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took Rep. Pelosi’s comment to heart and said on social media that the veteran politician is singling them in a very disrespectful way.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said Rep. Pelosi’s words about their Twitter followers is not irrelevant but actual public opinion. 

“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

Rep. Tlaib also spoke against Rep. Pelosi’s words and said to ABC News that it was “very disappointing” that the leader of their party “would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went further and alleged that Rep. Pelosi didn’t respect them because they are women of color. 

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” said said. “But the persistent singling out. . . It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful. . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, alleging discrimination by Rep. Pelosi, fueled the fire to this intense feud between tho women, and Rep. Pelosi said her comment was offensive. 

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“Our members took offense at that,” Rep. Pelosi said, according to Fox News. “I addressed that.” She also added that she would continue to have a dialogue about this issue appropriately. 

“I said what I’m going to say in the Caucus. That’s where this is appropriate,” Pelosi said, according to CBS News, “I’m not going to be discussing it any further.”

It is disheartening to hear Rep. Pelosi being so dismissive of the point of view of women who are not only elected officials just as she is but who has also just entered the political forum. You would think she’d be more of a mentor, especially since they’re on the same party. 

For the most part, since Trump’s election, it’s always been the Democrats versus the Republicans, but now it’s becoming a chaotic mess, and we’re hoping — for the sake of unity — that it gets sorted out soon. 

Can Someone Please Tell This Racist Woman Having A Meltdown And Screaming At A Boricua How U.S. History Works?

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Can Someone Please Tell This Racist Woman Having A Meltdown And Screaming At A Boricua How U.S. History Works?

Before Trump was president, many opponents of the man swore that electing a person with a history of racist behavior would encourage closeted bigots to be more vocal with their hate. This claim has proved to be true basically time and time again in the years since he was elected on nearly a weekly basis. Attacks on Muslim and Latinx people have been sanctioned by government policies but we have also seen disturbingly bigoted behavior from average citizens. Hate crimes have skyrocketed since 2016 and viral videos of racist attacks and abuse are commonplace on the internet.

The latest act of xenophobia comes from Trump’s July Twitter tantrum against Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshmen congresswomen. In it, the president insisted that those who don’t like how America currently works should just leave. It’s a command most Black and brown people have heard at least once in their lives and it again invites undercover racists to be bold enough to let their hatred for minorities show. 

One of the latest examples of the freedom racists feel is a video coming out of Abington, Pennsylvania that shows a white woman accosting a Puerto Rican woman at a grocery store. 

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On June 30th, 2019, Johanny Santana was standing in line at the grocery store when a child came into the line to ask his grandfather a question. The child and grandfather spoke Spanish to each other and this caused a white woman who was also in line to cuss at the boy. Hearing this, Santana started recording with her phone to capture any further encounters. The boy left and came back, only to have another woman object. This is when Santana stepped in and changed the focus to her. 

In a video posted to Facebook, Santana asks the other woman if she had a problem with the individuals speaking Spanish after the white woman loudly complains, “Any century now.” The White woman then told Santana, “Can you stop talking to me? You’re a p*ta.” After Santana told the woman not to say that word, she responded again, repeating, “You’re a p*ta.”

It’s then that the altercation turned overtly racist. 

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The woman launched into a bigoted diatribe aimed at Santana. In the video, she can be heard saying: 

“You shouldn’t be in this country. I hope Trump deports you. I was born here, you don’t belong here, go back to your own country. You don’t belong here, you came here illegally. You should be deported.” 

The unidentified white woman then accused Santana of using “drug money” to buy her groceries. In the video, she is seen flashing cash at the Boricua and telling her that her money was legal, unlike what Santana was using. 

In the video, Santana can be heard retaliating with her own insults.

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In response to her own words, Santana told NBC News that she felt ashamed and powerless.

“I regret it because I didn’t want to tell her that. I felt powerless because I didn’t speak English well enough to be able to properly respond to her.”  

The community that Santana lives in only has a population of 55,310 according to the 2010 Census. Of that population, almost 80% is white and only 3% of residents are Latinx. According to the Pew Research Center, Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Latinx group in the United States. Since Puerto Rico is a United States territory, citizens of the island — including Santana — are also US citizens. Still, even if they weren’t, this attack would remain grossly racist. 

Twitter reacted with outrage in response to yet another recorded attack on people of color by racists. 

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Twitter users were quick to share the video thousands of times online. Many pointed out how ridiculous the woman was and how quick she was to jump into racists insults — as if she had them queued up and ready to rip. Others called on the social media site to do its thing and expose the woman pictured in the video. She is still unidentified as of now but one thing remains clear: There are far more people who feel this way in our nation than most are willing to admit. Until racists are exposed and called out in every community, racism will continue to be an ugly part of American life. 

Watch the video below!

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AOC Is Teaming Up With Other Congresswomen To Give Domestic Workers Equal Employee Rights And We Are Here For This

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AOC Is Teaming Up With Other Congresswomen To Give Domestic Workers Equal Employee Rights And We Are Here For This

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After over a decade of lobbying, The National Domestic Workers Alliance’s (NDWA) work is on the verge of paying off. This week, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced legislation that would establish the first-ever National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 

The bill would effectively include domestic workers as worthy of the same rights as other American workers–including “paid overtime, safe and healthy working conditions, meal and rest breaks, earned sick time, and freedom for workplace harassment,” according to NDWA.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal is leading the charge to ensure this bill is passed into law.

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“Did you know most domestic workers are not covered by federal anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws? Well we’re pushing back to change that,” tweets Rep. Jayapal. “My #DomesticWorkersBillofRights will give domestic workers the protections they deserve!”

The bill would grant basic worker’s rights to 2.5 million people in the U.S.

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Of those 2.5 million people, 91 percent are women, mostly women of color. Given that domestic workers aren’t required to be paid even minimum wage, and that their work doesn’t include benefits like health insurance, it’s important to make sure every worker earns a living wage. According to NDWA, 70 percent of domestic workers are paid less than $13 an hour.

The workers who do the heavy lifting in the shadows of our economy may finally be recognized as worthy of rights.

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NDWA has worked hard over the years to make it easier for domestic workers (home care workers, nannies and house cleaners). They even created a web app that would allow clients to contribute to a PTO and benefit fund for domestic workers. This bill would ensure that the government is advocating for every worker, so that domestic workers don’t have to fight so hard to advocate for themselves.

Members of the group broke off to meet with their representative.

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“We had a powerful meeting with @timkaine where our members in Virginia shared stories about abuse and exploitation in the workplace,” the organization tweeted. “Every single worker deserves to work safely and with dignity. Onward to a National #DomesticWorkersBillOfRights!”

The group met with AOC, who opened up about how the bill would help “little girls like [her].”

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“My mom was a domestic worker,” she tells the group. “As a child I grew up reading books on the staircases of other people’s homes, and doing homework on other people’s dinner tables, because my mom was pursuing domestic work so that I could go on field trips and have a future.”

For AOC, this bill is about reparations for a group of people who often go unseen in this world.

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She praised the group for their advocacy, saying, “When you all are fighting for this, you’re fighting for little girls like me. You’re putting a shirt on a little girl like me’s back. I can’t tell you the reparations it has to see people who are used to being unseen and that’s what this bill does.”

The group also live-tweeted a conversation between several domestic workers and Rep. Jayapal.

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The stories were shocking. A nanny named Thaty shared her experience, saying that “being a nanny takes so much hard work. I don’t know many people who can handle caring for 5 kids under 5 years old! But our work is still considered unskilled. We need to bring our work out of the shadows — so everyone can know what we do and how hard we work.”

Jayapal touched on something deeper than granting legal rights–this issue is about overdue respect.

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So many families rely on domestic workers to come home to a clean home, safe and cared-for children, and more. They’re often not seen as employees but rather, “the help.”

But “The Help” encounter medical issues and injuries while on the job, without any legal protections.

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Domestic workers are not included in federal protections for workers injured while on the job. So when Sylvia shared that she never fully recovered from a bad fall on the job, and though it impedes her ability to continue to work, she just has to grimace through it.

That same Sylvia is an inspiration. She told Rep. Jayapal that her experience “meeting workers who felt too vulnerable at work to raise their own voices forced me to be brave enough to raise my own voice, for me and for them. That’s why I’m part of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.”

We’re rooting for you!

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As Latinos, so many of our own moms, tías or abuelas have driven this industry that, frankly, serves as the backbone to our economy. They offer support to middle and upper-class families who have money but don’t have time, and their work supports our families. Time to give some respect.

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