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These Latinas Were Escorted Out Of A Ted Cruz Event Because Someone Thought They Might Be Disruptive

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is seeking re-election to Congress to represent Texas but his campaign isn’t off to a good start. Sen. Cruz is campaigning against Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Sen. Cruz’s campaign has “jokingly” went after O’Rourke because of Latino-sounding nickname. The official launch for Sen. Cruz’s re-election campaign ended with two Latinx students being removed.

On the first day of Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign, two Latinx University of Texas at Tyler students were abruptly kicked out.

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Emily Pinal and Belen Iniguez are members of the Jolt, a bipartisan organization educating and empowering the Latinx community on important political issues.

In an interview with mitu, Pinal says that while she is a supporter of Beto O’Rourke, she wanted to attend Sen. Cruz’s event. Pinal wanted to hear what Sen. Cruz had to say about issues that are important to her. She said she got tickets to attend the free event that was open to the public that would take place at the headquarters of John Soules Foods.

About 100 people attended the event, but before Sen. Cruz arrived Pinal and Iniguez were singled out.

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Pinal says that one of the people at the event had noticed them previously while they were outside. She says he saw that they had “Beto” campaign signs, however, they did not bring them into the Cruz event.

She says that while they were at the Cruz event, they met with Michael V. Tidwell, the president of their university.

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All was going well, until an attendee went on stage and called out the students saying they were going to be disruptive.

“He said ‘these two girls are obnoxious, be ready for them to make some noise,'” Pinal said. She also recalls that because the room was small, the man’s words echoed and had everyone’s attention. She said they had done nothing wrong.

Nancy Nichols, who also attended the event, said: “They were singled out and it was announced that Beto supporters were here and there could be a disturbance. Iniguez and Pinal were quiet, unobtrusive, compliant, and lovely. Still, they were escorted out. Because there were so few attendees, it was obvious what was happening.”

It was unclear if the man speaking on stage was a campaign aide or just an attendee. We reached out to Sen. Cruz’s campaign and have yet to hear back.

After the man was done speaking. Pinal said they were escorted out of the event.

The students say that while they were told to leave, no one said a thing to support them, not even the president of their university who they had just met and spoken with moments before.

The Cruz event in Tyler continued on and the senator spoke about the toughness of Texans.

“I’ve said many times that Texas is America on steroids,” Cruz said at the event. “The ethos of our great state is, ‘Give me a horse and a gun and an open plain and we can conquer the world.'”

READ: Here’s What People Have To Say About Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz Mocking His Opponent For Using A Nickname

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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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Daisy Ridley Claps Back at Ted Cruz After He Subtly Insulted Her ‘Star Wars’ Character


Daisy Ridley Claps Back at Ted Cruz After He Subtly Insulted Her ‘Star Wars’ Character

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It seems like Ted Cruz can’t stay away from the spotlight. On the heels of a very public* scandal, Cruz is now drumming up some more controversy for himself. But now he’s inserting himself into some pre-existing drama.

This time, Rafael Cruz decided to share his opinion on a recent dispute in the Star Wars universe. Yes, you read that right.

Ted Cruz–who has had his fair share of celebrity feuds— decided to pick a fight with Star Wars actress, Daisy Ridley.

The drama started when Cruz tweeted about the ongoing conflict between Disney and “The Mandalorian” actress, Gina Carano.

As background, Disney fired Carano from the hit show after she shared various controversial, far-right opinions on social media. Her posts included anti-mask rhetoric, Q-Anon conspiracies, and promoting false election fraud rumors. Oh, and she also compared being a conservative in Hollywood to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.

Since Carano’s firing, many conservative figures have publicly come to her defense. One of them being Ted Cruz.

Recently, Rafael tweeted out: “Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her.”

For those who aren’t well versed in the Star Wars universe, Cruz’s tweet seemed to be throwing subtle shade at the character of Rey–a female Jedi in the most recent Star Wars trilogy. Sure, you could call Rey “emotionally tortured”…or you could call her a normal person who expresses normal feelings. *Shrug*

Anyway, Daisy Ridley–the actress who played Rey–soon caught wind of the diss when an interviewer brought it to her attention.

The interviewer than asked if Ridley had any response to her character being classified as an “emotionally tortured Jedi”.At first, Ridley seemed visibly surprised that Cruz shaded her character. But she quickly regained her composure–as well as her wit.

“I am very happy to be an emotionally tortured Jedi who doesn’t leave their state when it’s having a terrible time,” she quipped.

Looks like Cruz had to learn the hard way not to mess with the Force.

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