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One Bolivian Official Wants To Jail Evo Morales For The Rest Of His Life But His Supporters Vow To Fight Back

As protests and marches continue to plague Bolivia each and every day, one government minister isn’t afraid to add fuel to the fire. The government’s interior minister has vowed to throw former President Evo Morales in jail on terrorism charges.

The country’s Interior Minister has promised to send Morales to jail for the rest of his life for actions he says amount to terrorism.

A top Bolivian official (the new right-wing Interior Minister) has vowed to jail the former president Evo Morales for the rest of his life, accusing the exiled former President of inciting anti-government protests that he claimed amounted to terrorism.

In an interview with the Guardian, Arturo Murillo claimed Morales had been orchestrating efforts to “strangle” Bolivian cities by ordering followers to erect roadblocks that would starve its residents of fuel and food. Murillo claimed that an audio recording – which supposedly shows Morales giving such instructions – was definitive proof of the alleged crime and said he was “200%” certain it was genuine.

“This is terrorism and this is sedition,” he said. “We have asked for the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.”

Murillo added: “Any terrorist should spend the rest of their life in prison – any terrorist – Evo Morales or whoever. It’s not about whether you’re an ex-president or white or black or a campesino … In fact, it’s even worse when it’s an ex-president. An ex-president should be sentenced twice over because people trust in their president.”

Experts worry about the sensationalist claims and the damage being done to Bolivian democracy.

Experts on Bolivian politics describe Murillo’s claim as a worrying publicity stunt that illustrates how the right-wing interim government is taking increasingly extreme measures to crack down on Morales and his party, MAS, in the wake of his controversy-shrouded resignation two weeks ago.

“What those charges are designed to do is keep Morales out of the country and cast his potential candidacy — in these elections or any future elections should he decide to come back — into doubt in the minds of a lot of Bolivian voters,” Calla Hummel, a political scientist at the University of Miami, told Vox.

Analysts say that Morales could try to return to power, despite the fact that his own party has demonstrated interest in carrying on without him.

For his part, Morales completely denies the allegations and vows to return to Bolivia.

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But Mr Morales has rejected the accusations and claims they are merely a ploy to stop him returning to his country, although he apparently didn’t rule out the audio being genuine.

According to The Guardian, he said: “I talk to everyone who calls me. Sometimes I don’t know them. Sometimes they seek guidance.”

The left-wing politician was forced to flee his country to Mexico after the army urged him to quit. Violent protests crippled parts of the country since his resignation which Mr Morales claims is a military coup.

However, doing so will prove difficult since Bolivia’s interim president has annulled the results from the last election and legally banned Morales from running in the next.

On Sunday, Bolivian interim president Jeanine Áñez signed a law that annulled the results of Morales’s election and prevents him from running in the next one, which should be held within the next few months. The law received unanimous support in Congress — meaning that MAS backed the idea of moving ahead to the next election without Morales as a candidate. Yet experts say Morales still commands huge support in Bolivia, particularly among poor, rural Bolivians, and it is within the realm of possibility that he could try to stage a comeback.

Two days after Morales resigned, Jeanine Áñez swore herself into power as interim president without the requisite presence of the legislative branch, which is still controlled by MAS. And instead of acting in a nonpartisan manner — her only political mandate is to hold new elections swiftly after Morales’s resignation — she has pursued an aggressive right-wing agenda. 

During her swearing in, she said, “The Bible has returned to the government palace.” The move was a pointed attack on Morales, since the constitution he passed in 2009 placed Christianity on equal footing with indigenous spiritual traditions. 

Áñez quickly set up a transition cabinet with almost no indigenous people, but full of business elites who oppose Morales. This was striking because Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia, and the country’s majority-indigenous population was considered his core base.

Trump Tried To Bully Kamala Harris And She Clapped Back In The Most Hilarious Way Possible

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Trump Tried To Bully Kamala Harris And She Clapped Back In The Most Hilarious Way Possible

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P1: Kamala Harris may be out of the race, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to stay quiet. On Tuesday, the former Democratic Presidential Nominee clapped back on Instagram to a tweet Trump had aimed at her. The tough-as-nails former prosecutor has never been one to mince words when it comes to confronting bullies and haters. Who could forget that epic showdown she had with the snarky college student who asked her about gun control? But this time, Harris’s wrath is aimed at a more powerful for: the president. 

After announcing the suspension of her 2020 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Trump took to Twitter to lob a gloating comments Harris’s way. “Too bad,” he said. “We will miss you Kamala!”. Harris, for her part, wasted no time showing the president who’s boss. “Don’t worry, Mr. President,” she replied. “I’ll see you at your trial.”

Naturally, the internet exploded in glee over Harris’s quick-witted response.

As of Thursday, Harris’s viral tweet has racked up over 186,000 retweets, 44,000 comments and a whopping one million likes. Supporters and fans alike commented on her post with compliments like:”Best tweet ever” and “Omg the shade”. So, although many are disappointed that the once-front runner nominee of the Democratic primary will no longer be on the ballot, many are at least comforted by knowing that she has retained her trademark sense of humor

What’s not a laughing matter, however, is the trial that Harris was referring to. After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi confirmed that the the House had “no choice” but to move forward with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee announced that its next impeachment hearing will be on December 9th. This comes after the The House Judiciary Committee released a 300-page report that detailed the relationship between Trump and Ukraine. So, as of now, Trump is on track to be the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached. 

The House has concluded that Trump, in the words of Pelosi, has “abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival”. The political rival was Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump viewed as a threat to his upcoming presidential campaign. 

Although Harris’s clap-back was funny, her withdrawal is still a loss for the presidential nominee pool that now falls woefully short on candidates of color. 

Harris, with her stellar resume, has long been a shining star in the Democratic Party. Not only was she both the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General, but she was also first South Asian-American and second African-American woman to serve in the Senate in US history. In other words: she is well-qualified to take on any job she tackles.

Both presidential candidates Cory Booker and Julian Castro blame the Democratic National Committee for not throwing their support behind candidates of color in the same way they do with white candidates. As of now, the DNC’s lineup of debate participants (and therefore more publicity), are all white: Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. “What message is that sending, that we heralded the most diverse field in our history, and now we’re seeing people like her dropping out of this campaign?” Booker told Politico. “Voters did not determine her destiny.” 

As for now, it’s nice to get some comfort from Harris’s unparalled talent at confronting bullies.

When Americans are forced to deal with realities as depressing as the 2020 campaign, you can’t blame them from grasping onto what little entertainment is presented to them.

This Twitter user thinks that Harris’s comeback was step above the usual “shade” throwing.

We’ll remember this description for later. 

This person believes that Harris should win an award for her clap-back.

We would love to be able to hand her a medal for this shade. 

This person kindly pointed out whose tweet had the more likes and retweets–despite Trump having 67 million followers compared to Harris’s 3 million followers.

You might even venture to think that Harris’s followers are more passionate than Trump’s. Hmm…

This man is a man of few words, but we concur with his sentiment

As always, we stan a queen. And Kamala Harris is definitely one of them. We’re pretty sure she’ll continue to serve the American people for a long time to come. 

World Leaders Mocked Trump On A Hot Mic And He Responded By Hurling Insults At Them

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World Leaders Mocked Trump On A Hot Mic And He Responded By Hurling Insults At Them

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There’s no need to deny that the United States government is in complete disarray. Aren’t you fascinated by the impeachment hearings? The discussion about whether or not President Donald Trump committed a crime has completely engulfed social media and pop culture. There’s no way anyone could ever lessen the seriousness that is going on right now in Washington D.C. Despite the impeachment hearings, President Trump made a trip to the U.K. for a NATO summit and things turned against Trump when a hot mic incident caught what most world leaders think about him.

While President Trump is dealing with NATO business in the U.K., his foreign colleagues couldn’t help but take a couple of jabs at him.

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The moment came while the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were all gathered at the Buckingham Palace. It sounds like already an opening of a joke, but the cameras did, in fact, capture the world leaders discussing Trump. While they didn’t name the president by name, at least Trudeau acknowledged the moment later. 

The incomplete convo went something like this: 

Johnson asked Macron, “Is that why you were late?”

Trudeau jumps in to say, “…It was like a 40-minute press conference. Yeah, yeah, yeah! Forty minutes.” And then adds, “I just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

It doesn’t seem like the moment is all that scandalous but rather a “Real Housewives”-type of affair in which one group talks about someone else without their knowledge.

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As many on social media point out, this is not the first time Trump has had convo mishaps with foreign leaders. We know there’s already tension, and they don’t necessarily like Trump. So when Trump goes across the pond, you know some funny shit is about to go down. 

Trump was asked about the video footage in which the group discussed him. Trump called Trudeau “two-faced.” A term he has used to describe him in the past.

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“I find him to be a very nice guy, but you know the truth is that I called him out over the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent and I can see he’s not very happy about it,” Trump said today at a news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Reuters reports. He later said, “That was funny when I said the guy’s two-faced.” Okay, Trump. Maybe he just wants to get in on the funny conversation. 

Trudeau also commented about his use of words and said his remarks were in reference to finding out the G7 Summit would take place at Camp David in the U.S. 

“Last night, I made a reference to the fact there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump, I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly notable,” Trudeau told reporters, according to Reuters. He added, “We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David, I think that was an unscheduled announcement and… I think every different leader has teams who every now and then their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video itself for example.”

Whatever the comments were in reference too, we know Trump is feeling already a bit vulnerable about Trudeau’s presence, especially when you consider their history.

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The moment in which Trudeau and First Lady Melania Trump embraced in a “hello” kiss went viral, and for good reason. Just look at Trump’s sad look. 

There was also another moment that evening in which Trump got some nasty shade, but this time it was by at least two members of the Royal family.

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CNBC reports all of these NATO leaders were on hand to “celebrate the 70th anniversary of the alliance and met the British queen and her family…But the celebrations come against a backdrop of division between members on its future direction.” 

At one moment, Trump greets some members of the Royal Family. They all lined up to shake hands with him and you can visibly see Prince Charles scratching his face using his middle finger. At another point, one of the other family members, Princess Anne noticeably does not get in line to shake Trump’s hand but instead shrugs at the thought. 

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