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During A Livestream Event, It Definitely Sounds (And Looks) Like Joe Biden Let Out A Giant Fart

Even with the global Coronavirus pandemic affecting pretty much everyone in so many different ways – we’re still in the middle of an election year. And that means that politics must go on. This is especially true when we’re being governed by an administration with no national plan to combat the virus – not to mention a long history of policies directly harming communities of color.

Before the pandemic hit, Trump was traveling around the U.S. hosting huge rallies and the Democratic primary season was in full swing. Now that the presumptive Democratic nominee is VP Joe Biden, he too has been trying to campaign. But with the pandemic shutting down large gatherings, the campaigns have had to go digital.

During an online campaign event, Vice President Joe Biden seems to have launched #FartGate.

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Political campaigns can be a lot of hard work, placing a lot of strain on the body and mind, leaving almost no time for respite or self-care. And with the U.S. election on the horizon, Joe Biden has been out in full force, even with the small case of a pandemic going on.

The Vice President was on a live vide chat with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf discussing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the state when the now infamous moment took place. In the video, you can very clearly hear ‘the noise’ – a noice many are convinced was a fart.

Yes, you read that correctly – a fart and possibly a very wet one. Those watching noticed this and were more than happy to splash it all over social media. In fact, the sound was so clear that Governor Wolf ended up blinking and shaking his head upon realizing what had just happened. The clip of the awkward episode was even shared on Biden’s official YouTube channel.

To add to people’s suspicions, Biden also appears to lean back into his chair during #fartgate.

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He appeared to lean back in his chair at the same time as the noise, while Wolf appeared to blink and shake his head shortly after.

Although there is more than likely a reasonable explanation behind this, Wolf’s expression does noticeably change when he hears the noise. Either he dealt it or was completely shocked that Biden would be so brazen as to let one rip during a campaign video.

Right-wing figures on Twitter soon clipped the moment, and it was shared by the conservative outlet the Daily Caller, as well as Donald Trump Jr.

The president’s son likened it to the interview Rep. Eric Swalwell did on MSNBC in November with Chris Matthews in which a loud fart was heard. Though to be totally transparent, Rep. Swalwell vehemently denied that he had farted or that he had even heard a fart-like noise at all.

Surprisingly, this isn’t even the first incident like this just this month. At the beginning of May, during Supreme Court arguments, it sounded like a toilet was flushed in the background.

Apparently, moments usually reserved for private are just something we have to adjust to as we continue to be under stay-at-home orders and working from home – or in the case of Joe Biden: campaigning from home.

White Teens Are Mocking The George Floyd Killing On Social Media And This Is Why We Need #BlackLivesMatter

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White Teens Are Mocking The George Floyd Killing On Social Media And This Is Why We Need #BlackLivesMatter

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As protests and marches take place across the country in a fight for justice and to defend Black lives, some racist teens are instead taking to social media to mock George Floyd’s death.

A Change.org petition has been created demanding social media platforms take down the content, in it there are graphic photos. In each, two white guys mugged for the camera, as one knelt on the other’s neck—both mocking the murder of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis cop knelt on his windpipe for eight minutes and 46 seconds. 

Examples of the George Floyd ‘Challenge’ photos are in this story below. Please note that these photos are disturbing.

There’s a disturbing new challenge mocking the death of George Floyd that’s making the rounds on social media.

In one of the most twisted social media “challenges” to have ever surfaced is the so-called ‘George Floyd Challenge.’ In response to Floyd’s death, some people have started posting photos and videos of themselves kneeling on a friend’s neck, saying it was part of the challenge.

Although most social media platforms have stated to take action and have banned the hashtag, screenshots of the images are still being shared widely on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s worth noting that most of the related posts are actually people criticizing the trend and denouncing those who participated – but the fact that a social media trend like this would take root after such an immense tragedy at all is further proof of why we need #BlackLivesMatter.

There’s currently a Change.org petition circulating as well, urging social media platforms to remove all related content from their sites.

A petition posted to Change.org has already passed its goal of 5,000 signatures. The new goal is now 7,500. It demands that social media platforms taken action to remove any related posts.

“There is a challenge currently ‘popular’ on the app TikTok,” the petition claimed. “It’s called the ‘George Floyd challenge’. It shows teens (white teens) kneeling on the neck of another teen and with a big smile on their face. This is a racist, inhumane challenge and needs to be deleted from TikTok IMMEDIATELY!!!”

The “challenge” has made it as far as the UK, where people have been arrested for participating.

All the way on the other side of the Atlantic, teens in the UK were also accused of participating. Two white teens were arrested by police in northern England after their ‘George Floyd Challenge’ picture started circulating on Facebook and Twitter, according to The Tab.

They were arrested on suspicion of causing anxiety and distress, and the incident is being treated as a hate crime, the news site reported. Both suspects have since been released on bail. 

Police there said in a statement, “We understand that this social media post has caused significant upset and we want to reassure the public it is being investigated robustly and is being treated as a hate crime.” 

Although it seems that so far the challenge is only being attempted by a few racist young adults, this shouldn’t be happening at all.

George Floyd was murdered by a police officer who had a history of brutality. His death has inspired a nationwide movement of justice and accountability. Yet some racists have hijacked his death for their own disgusting need to be seen and relevant.

This so-called challenge didn’t emerge out of thin air. The cropped illustration in the Change.org petition, among the most widely-shared graphics of the challenge, features photos of four Challenge attempts. There are at least four more documented instances, including three photos and a grotesque video. An eighth picture, featuring two white teens laughing in a bunk bed, is also frequently found in posts about the challenge. The latter image is wildly racist (the caption reads: “if we kept them as slaves this would of never happened”), but does not mention or depict the “George Floyd challenge.” 

It looks like the meme’s origins date back at least to May 27th, when a Washington wrestling coach named Dave Hollenbeck posted an image mocking Floyd’s death on Facebook. The image shows Hollenbeck facedown, with a knee in his back, which he claimed was intended as a “defense” of police officers. He was fired from the Bethel School District the next day. The coach did not call his stunt the “George Floyd challenge,” or connect it to any broader trend.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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There is a lot of buzz about who Vice President Joe Biden will pick to be his running mate. One thing everyone agrees on is that the running mate should be a woman of color. Senator Amy Klobuchar was reportedly asked to going through the vetting process. Meanwhile, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto came forward to say she has no interest in being a running mate.

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is officially withdrawing her name from Jo Biden’s list of potential running mates.

Sen. Cortez Masto is the first Latina ever elected to the Senate and her career has been a highlight for the state. However, the serious impact of COVID-19 on Nevada, one of the hardest-hit economies in the U.S., convinced her not to try to earn the position of running mate for Biden.

Sen. Cortez Masto has been engaged in the ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19 in the Silver State.

“I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November,” reads a statement from her campaign. “Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get on back on their feet.”

Nevada’s unemployment rate sits are 28 percent, which is the highest in the country right now. The number is also the highest unemployment number recorded by a state since 1976. Latinos make up 30 percent of the state’s population meaning that Latinos in the state are feeling the crunch.

Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee, praised Sen. Cortez Masto for her work with Nevada.

“I’ve admired Senator Cortez-Masto as long as I have known her because she’s a leader with integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “Nevadans are fortunate to have her fighting for them in Washington and I look forward to seeing her continue to lead in the Senate.”

There is still time for Biden to pick his running mate and women seem to be at the top of the list.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar came under fire recently after it was discovered that she refused to bring charges against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In 2006, Chauvin was involved in the deadly shooting of a Black man and Sen. Klobuchar, who was the Hennepin County attorney at the time, declined to bring up charges in the death.

Sen. Klobuchar sent the case to a grand jury and the grand jury found no reason to prosecute. It is a decision that Sen. Klobuchar claims to realize was a lapse of judgment.

“I think that was wrong now,” Klobuchar said in an interview on MSNBC. “I think it would have been much better if I took the responsibility and looked at the cases and made the decision myself.”

READ: We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator