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In Emotional Video, Actress Francia Raisa Says She Was ‘Boxed In’ By Trump Supporters Rallying on the Freeway: ‘Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican’

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Actress Francia Raisa posted a video to her Instagram on Sunday where she described being “blocked in” on the highway by a motorcade of Trump supporters.

Raisa, an actress of Mexican and Honduran descent who stars in the Freefrom series “Grown-ish” and famously donated a kidney to Selena Gomez, documented her distress via Instagram.

In a video posted to her Instagram stories, Raisa was visibly upset, crying, her voice shaking while she described the experience.

Video via franciaraisa/Instagram

“I was just on the 405 and I got stuck in that stupid Trump rally and they f—-g boxed me in and they’re pointing at me and laughing at me, saying, ‘Ha ha,'” she said as she wiped tears from her face. “And literally, I almost crashed because they wouldn’t let me out and I was trying to go around it.”

“They were all stopping and going. They boxed me in on the f—–g freeway, all I wanted to do was go around. And they were just being so violent. I could’ve crashed. It was so dangerous.”

She appeared to become more distressed as the video continued: “And I just don’t understand why that’s the country that y’all are supposedly wanting right now. Really? That’s what makes America great? That’s f—-d up. I could’ve f—–g died right now. That was so f—–g dangerous,” Raisa said. “Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican. Oh God, that was really f—–g scary.”

The “Trump rally” that Raisa was referring to was the rally that President Trump held on Sunday in Newport Beach, California.

President Donald Trump has rarely visited California on the campaign trail, as the state is not considered a battleground state–it almost always votes blue. The rally brought hundreds of Trump supporters who were excited to catch a glimpse of a President who doesn’t come to California very often. The Los Angeles Times described the rally as “raucous” and “confrontational”.

“I’ve never seen this side of Orange County,” said a 63-year-old community organizer named Lizanne Witte to the LA Times. “Even in protests about women’s rights and detained children, the reception had been respective differences in opinion. This is just nasty.”

Many of his supporters appeared in the unofficial motorcade on the I-405 freeway that Raisia says she was stuck in. The cars were decked out in MAGA merch, American flags–one car even appeared to be a military vehicle.

Shortly after Raisa’s post, her friends took to social media to defend her.

“Francia face-timed me freaking the f— out today,” said Glee actress Amber Riley on her Instagram stories. “The little Trump rally on the 405 decided to box her in the car! A woman driving by herself. But, they saw a Mexican in a car and they decided to f— with her. I was on the phone and I saw this myself.”

Let’s hope that all political gatherings from now on are always safe, civil affairs.

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‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Mocks Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant and Francia Raísa Thinks It’s Not Funny

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‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Mocks Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant and Francia Raísa Thinks It’s Not Funny

It appears that the Saved By the Bell reboot is off to a bad start. The much anticipated NBCUniversal’s Peacock series garnered tons of negative press over the weekend for making what many viewers considered inappropriate jokes about Selena Gomez’s health struggles.

One of the offensive scenes in question had two characters arguing about whether Gomez’s kidney donor was “Justin Bieber’s mom” or Demi Lovato. Later in the episode, a wall was spray-painted with the words: “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”

Fans flocked to social media to condemn the program for making light of Gomez’s harrowing health journey.

“I can officially say that this generation is full of some sick and insensitive ppl,” wrote one Selena stan on Twitter. “The fact that if her surgery went wrong, she wouldnt be here today. and a whole ass show producer thought it was okay to mock her for it? the script writers too? what??” Many similar sentiments were echoed on social media.

The blowback became so bad that NBCUniversal was forced to apologize for the tasteless joke. They have since removed the “jokes” from the episode.

“We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC,” they said in a statement.

Selena Gomez’s kidney donor, fellow actress Francia Raísa, addressed NBCUniversal’s apology via Twitter. “Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall,” she said.

Selena Gomez has been candid about the trauma she’s endured over the years due to her autoimmune disease, lupus. Gomez’s lupus forced her to undergo chemotherapy and eventually, seek a kidney transplant.

“I had arthritis. My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was just to keep going,” Selena revealed in a 2017 interview with the Today Show. “That was it. And I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life and that was the day I came home, when I found out, and [Raísa] volunteered and did it.”

But Gomez’s kidney transplant wasn’t the end of her health journey, both mental and physical.

After her surgery, Gomez struggled with body image issues, specifically surrounding her surgery scar. In a recent Instagram post, Gomez revealed that it took her a while to become confident in her own skin after her surgery.

“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she wrote. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through.”

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Over the weekend, thousands of Trump supporters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to gather in what they dubbed the “Million MAGA March”. Protestors cheered as Trump’s motorcade drove by the crowds on his way to his golf course in Virginia.

The “MAGA March” Trump supporters gathered to protest what they believe is a “rigged” election.

They are united under the phrase “Stop the Steal,” which is inspired by the President’s assertations that the election was “stolen” through various nefarious methods. The “methods” Trump has alleged are massive voter fraud (untrue), faulty voting machines (untrue), and shady election workers (untrue).

Unfortunately, due to the sea of misinformation on the internet, these MAGA marchers are convinced that democracy has been thwarted. They don’t believe there is any way that Trump could have lost the election if the election was free and fair. No matter what evidence they are presented with, their world view remains the same: Trump was cheated.

According to reporters on the ground, dozens of members of the Proud Boys group were in attendance–the white nationalist group that Trump gave a shout-out to during the first presidential debate.

Also in attendance were QAnon conspiracy theorists, boogaloo boys, and Confederate sympathizers. And of course, there were just those who were there to support the president without being part of any far-right groups.

After nightfall, smatterings of violence broke out between the marchers and counter-protestors. According to The Washington Post, activists “spewed profanity and shouted threats, threw punches and launched bottles.” At least 20 people were arrested. According to The Post, at least one counter protestor was stabbed.

While the protestors (and Trump himself) boasted to the public that there were hundreds of thousands of attendees, the Washington D.C. park service estimates that less than 12,000 people were present. For comparison, roughly 470,000 people attended the 2017 Washington Women’s March after Trump was elected.

The diminutive size of the so-called “Million MAGA March” got more than a few laughs on the internet.

Once again, Twitter users got a kick out of Trump’s insistence that the crowds he draws are huge–when they’re usually pretty underwhelming.

Jokes abounded about the Trump’s counting skills–which seemed to have been failing him a lot lately.

Is it possible that he got his diploma at one of his defunct for-profit universities? That would explain his struggle identifying simple figures.

But this man made an astute observation about the amount of people there.

No matter how you count it, the numbers add up in the end.

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