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Rebellious Women On Twitter Are Gearing Up To Be #FilthyMouthedWives Thanks To Donald Trump’s Latest Attack

President Donald Trump’s trigger fingers turned to Twitter fingers once again. This time he attacked Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend on Twitter. Trump felt MSNBC didn’t give him sufficient credit on criminal justice reform.

His “tweetstorm” comes in the wake of a new border crisis: Hurrican Dorian survivors from the Bahamas without visas have been denied entry to the United States. Not only are these survivors fleeing a dangerous situation, but this border rule is completely new. Bahamians were previously allowed to enter the United States with a passport and a clear criminal record. The rule is so new, no one was aware it existed until hundreds of Bahamians were turned away. Moreover, the President is also involved in another financial scandal in which the air force has launched an international investigation after it was discovered crew members stayed at Trump’s luxury Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. 

What do these scandals have to do with Teigen and Legend? Nothing. So why is the President of the United States picking on celebrities, when these two much more pressing issues, amid many more, are at the center of the news cycle? Well, I don’t pretend to know what is in Donald Trump’s heart, but I do have a dictionary and know what the word “deflection” means. 

The President compares himself to Obama — again.

On Sunday night, Trump was watching an MSNBC town hall on criminal justice reform. To his chagrin, he felt he didn’t receive any credit for signing the First Step Act into law. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who has been a longtime activist appeared on the episode. 

“When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close….” he tweeted. 

“musician @johnlegend and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is – but I didn’t see them around when we needed help getting it passed. “Anchor” @LesterHoltNBC doesn’t even bring up the subject of President Trump or the Republicans when talking about….” 

“…..the importance or passage of Criminal Justice Reform. They only talk about the minor players or people that had nothing to do with it…And the people that so desperately sought my help when everyone else had failed, all they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump!”

Don’t come for John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

“Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody–ANYBODY–will praise you.  Melania, please praise this man.  He needs you,” Legend joked. 

However, Teigen wasn’t as nice. Trump didn’t even refer to Teigan by her name, he simply called her John Legend’s “filthy-mouthed wife.” 

Former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci noted that Trump has a penchant for targeting private citizens like no other. 

“Have any of the other presidents in recent history — modern history — gone after their private citizens whether they’re celebrities or not celebrities?” Scaramucci told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day. “(For) the last two and a half years this guy has acted like a bully, crazy person against his fellow citizens.”

Is any of what Trump is saying remotely factual? No, of course not.

While Trump did sign the First Step Act in 2018, a bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system, many activists, including Latino Justice PRLDEF, do not believe it remotely goes far enough to repair our broken system. Moreover, Trump’s grievance in the first place was factually incorrect. During the Dateline episode, Lester Holt did give Trump credit and showed footage of him signing the bill into law. 

The First Step Act reduces mandatory minimum sentences in certain cases and will result in the release of 3,000 inmates. There are 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States right now. Of those inmates, roughly 451,000 are nonviolent drug offenders.

John Legend is a real activist.

John Legend has been an activist for years. He is on the advisory board of the Bail Project, which provides free bail assistance to low-come individuals who are legally presumed innocent. He is the founder of the Show Me Campaign, which hopes to provide every child access to education, and #FREEAMERICA, a program to reform the criminal justice system. That’s why he was at the town hall. 

The President is unhinged, and this is another example of how those checks and balance system they taught you about in high school are deeply flawed. 

Political Chaos Returns To Puerto Rico As The Unelected Governor Faces Investigations And Calls For Her Resignation

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Political Chaos Returns To Puerto Rico As The Unelected Governor Faces Investigations And Calls For Her Resignation

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Puerto Rico’s government is once again in the headlines, as the governor faces accusations of obstruction of justice. In just the latest in a string of crises – both natural and man made – the governor is fighting back claims that she fired an official who was investigating her failed response to a series of earthquakes that recently struck the island.

Gov. Vasquez has denied any wrongdoing but protests are already forming across the island, asking for her resignation.

Puerto Rico once again faces political turmoil as the island’s unelected governor is under investigation.

Puerto Rico’s Governor Wanda Vasquez is facing allegations that she obstructed justice and calls from the main opposition party for a legislative probe and a possible impeachment process. All of this stems from a report from the newspaper El Nuevo Día, which said that hours before being fired by Vazquez, the now former Justice Secretary Dennise Longo had recommended the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to look into the governor and her close associates.

According to the paper, Longo made a recommendation to the island’s Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor’s Panel to look into alleged irregularities in how aid earmarked to January’s earthquake relief efforts were distributed.

According to the Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, that recommendation was what caused the governor to ask for the justice minister’s resignation.

Since she appears to have fired someone who was looking into her administration, several members of the opposition party are leveling obstruction claims against Vasquez. It wasn’t immediately clear if Rep. Johnny Méndez, leader of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, who is a member of Ms. Vázquez’s party, would grant permission for such an investigation. He tweeted Tuesday that he would listen to the governor’s news conference before making any decisions.

“Our people demand total and absolute transparency in the public function. Puerto Rico doesn’t deserve less than that,” Mr. Méndez wrote.

The governor said she is ready to face justice if the case involving emergency supplies has merit. “I have nothing to fear,” Ms. Vázquez said during a lengthy news conference.

She’s accused of firing a justice official who was investigation her cabinet.

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The fired official, Dennise Longo, issued a statement saying the governor and other officials are targets of an investigation that began earlier this year involving the alleged mismanagement of supplies slated for Puerto Ricans affected by a series of strong earthquakes. Ms. Longo, who didn’t provide any details of the case, said she had referred that matter for investigation the day she was forced out.

Ms. Vázquez denied Ms. Longo was removed in retribution for the probe, saying that she didn’t know she was being investigated. She said that Ms. Longo was asked to quit because of purported interference in an unrelated federal probe into possible Medicaid fraud.

The new political crisis comes months after the island erupted into protests that forced the previous governor to resign.

Before Ms. Vasquez became governor, she served as the island’s justice secretary in the administration of Ricardo Rosselló. Rosselló faced several scandals of his own – the failed response to Hurricane Maria and a texting scandal that revealed sexist and homophobic messages from his administration.

Giant protests occurred around the island for weeks, demanding #RickyRenuncio. Following Rosselló’s resignation, few administration members wanted th role as governor – in fact, Vasquez herself said she didn’t want the job – but the island’s Supreme Court ruled that she should be sworn in as new governor.

This current political crisis is just the latest in a string of major crises that have rocked the territory.

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Puerto Rico has long faced political turmoil and natural disasters. However, much of the current crises can be traced back to the failed response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island. Then, earlier this year, the island was struck by a series of major earthquakes that left much of the island in rubble.

A week later, a 43,000 square foot warehouse in the southern city of Ponce was discovered filled with filled with supplies, including thousands of cases of water, believed to have been from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017. Vazquez quickly fired the island’s director of emergency management and called for an investigation. Food, water, diapers, baby formula, cots and tarps were all stored at the warehouse.

#GoyaAlternatives Is Giving People A List Of Companies And Recipes To Help Boycott Goya

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#GoyaAlternatives Is Giving People A List Of Companies And Recipes To Help Boycott Goya

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Goya’s CEO Robert Unanue is facing backlash after calling President Donald Trump a good builder and leader. Latinos, the regular and most loyal customers listened and are using their wallet to send a message by boycotting Goya and buying their competitors.

Goya CEO Robert Unanue convinced Goya lovers to boycott the brand with one sentence.

Unanue, a Spanish-American, called President Trump a great builder and leader during an event. The reaction was swift and unified as Latinos took to social media to call for a boycott. However, as Latinos do, we didn’t just call for a boycott; we got our abuelas involved.

Some Trump supporters are calling for a “buy-cott” to support a company many claim to have never used.

Like, cool. We get it. You like to support your man no matter what. That’s cool and all but it is very telling that so many people on Twitter are saying that it is their first time buying Goya. Cute.

Latinos are calling for a boycott of Goya and offering up alternatives.

There are a lot of companies that offer us the delicious sabor we have tome to associate with Goya. Much like Goya, these companies are ready to be pantry staples offering up the Latino sabor we love. Some don’t even have to be Latino to have our staples.

You can even find recipes for things you’ve never tried to make before using #GoyaAlternatives.

Who knew that you could just make adobo? We all love adobo because you can add it to literally anything and it will be delicious. Now we can just make our own and have some on hand for anything we are making. It’s always nice to know that you made something you use all of the time.

People have their abuelas involved because we are an all-hands-on-deck kind of community.

Tbh, Goya could never match what our abuelas are able to do. They have so much experience feeding their picky grandchildren so they know all of the tricks to make anything delicious. They also know the best non-Goya products to use to make the boycott equally delicious.

Now, just make sure you aren’t wasting food.

There isn’t anything good about throwing out perfectly good food. Ana Navarro offered up some advice about what to do with your current Goya stash. Eat it and don’t buy more or donate it to food banks or those in need.

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