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Joe Biden Campaign Taps César Chavez’s Granddaughter To Run Latino Outreach

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tapped Julie Chávez Rodriguez to head up his campaign’s Latino outreach attempts. Latinos are a key voting demographic in the 2020 elections and both parties are fighting for the important vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is expanding his campaign’s Latino outreach with a key hire.

The Biden campaign’s hire is an investment into the Latino vote the campaign hopes will pay off. Julie Chávez Rodriguez is the granddaughter of important civil rights figure César Chávez. César was one of the leaders of the Farmworkers Movement fighting for fair pay and working conditions for farmworkers. The movement began in California where undocumented people were being exploited on farms across the state.

Some people are very excited to see Julie work on the Biden campaign.

The Biden campaign has a lot of work to do to secure the Latino vote. A Latinos Decision poll from April showed that Latinos leaned towards his candidacy with 59 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, 22 percent of Latinos are ready to support President Donald Trump in 2020.

Part of Biden’s problem with the Latino vote stems from his time in the Obama administration. The immigration record for the Obama administration is something that haunts President Barack Obama and Biden. More people were deported under President Obama’s administration than any administration in history.

Chávez Rodriguez might serve as a bridge into the Latino vote.

Biden was running a low-budget campaign at the beginnings of the race and the lack of outreach shows. Biden trailed Sanders with young Latino voters in Texas and California by healthy margins. The exit polling from those states on primary night illustrated the clear lack of enthusiasm for Biden in the Latino community.

According to a report from Reuters, Puerto Ricans on the mainland want more from Biden. The community, who have been devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes, financial scandals, and, now, a health pandemic. The report shows that the Puerto Rican people want a stronger and bolder plan to fight for the island and the Americans living there.

Chávez Rodriguez worked for the Senator Kamala Harris campaign so she has experiencing work a presidential campaign.

Before serving as Sen. Harris’s co-national political director, Chávez Rodriguez also served as Sen. Harris’s California state director. Chávez Rodriguez also spent time working with the Obama administration before working for Sen. Harris. Chávez Rodriguez worked with the Obama administration working on engagement with LGBTQ, Latino, veteran, youth, education, labor, and progressive leaders.

Chávez Rodriguez joins former Latino Victory Funds President Cristóbal Alex who currently serves as senior advisor for issues impacting Latino voters. Chávez Rodriguez will also be joined on the campaign by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC is part of a unity task force put together by the Biden campaign to bring Senator Bernie Sanders supporters into the campaign.

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Cardi B Tells Joe Biden to Get ‘Spicy’ in a Series of Videos Posted to Her Instagram

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Cardi B Tells Joe Biden to Get ‘Spicy’ in a Series of Videos Posted to Her Instagram

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The internet’s most famous political commentator, Cardi B, did not hold back when it came to expressing her opinions of Tuesday night’s presidential debate.

The rapper, who is known almost as much for her political activism as she is for her music career, took to Instagram to give live commentary on the hectic debate (which was widely-regarded as a “sh*t show”)

Throughout the series of videos posted to her Instagram account, Cardi raged at the television, loudly refuting Trump’s lies and condemning his un-presidential behavior.

She also relayed a special message directed specifically at Joe Biden and his team, in which she told him he needed to get “spicy” to combat Trump’s bullying behavior.

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Joe you better get fuckin spicy

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“I’m letting y’all know right now: tell Joe to get aggressive. When [Trump] talks over Joe, he better start like, ‘Excuse me! I’m talking. I’m talking!'” she advised. “Don’t let this man pick on you. He just wanna do a show. So you gonna give him a show. Give him a show! This is your time to shine, Joe! Kamala Harris, she used to get spicy in the debates. You better get spicy!”

Cardi’s video series on the debate covered everything from the economy…

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Like let’s talk about the economy recovery!

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After Trump began to brag about how he “built the greatest economy in history,” Cardi quickly set the record straight. “This is the thing about when Obama became president: the economy was already down, so all those eight years, he was building it up,” she explained. “So when [Trump] became president, the sh–t was already good.”

To police reform…

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Hold on yall …..I’ll be back

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She agreed with Biden’s assertion that “the vast majority of police officers are good, honorable, decent people.” “People are trying to make it seem like people hate cops,” she said. “Nobody hates cops. We just hate the bad cops. There’s gotta be something to fix the bad cops, like a law.”

To taxes…

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Of course, Cardi was still very heated at the recent news that President Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016. She became infuriated when Trump claimed the report wasn’t true. “That’s the wrong answer!” she screamed. “You tell him that you paid $750 in taxes! I pay more than that!”

To climate change.

When asked what his stance was on climate change and environmentalism, Trump responded with a pie-in-the-sky answer saying: “I want crystal clean water and air. I want beautiful, clean air.” Cardi had none of that, responding, “So why did you cancel all those climate change plans?”

But of course, like millions of Americans, she was both frustrated and disgusted with how the debate seemed to quickly devolve into a circus.

The debate became hard to watch with Trump yelling over Biden and Wallace scrambling to keep any semblance of order. And of course, Trump ended up resorting to ad-hominem attacks and name-calling, insulting Biden’s intelligence and picking on his son, Hunter Biden, for previously struggling with drug addiction.

The latter insult especially ticked Cardi B off. “For Trump to [insult Biden for his son’s drug-use] was such a low-blow,” she said in a post-debate video. “Especially to people that have to turn to drugs for comfort. And a lot of his f—–g supporters turn to that s–t as well, so that was so unnecessary and gross.”

At the end of her Instagram tirade, Cardi posted an exhausted-sounding video saying: “I wish that Joe Biden would’ve spoken to me before that debate because I would’ve told him to roast [Trump’s] ass. And I got jokes under my belt.” Who knows? Maybe Biden will take her up on her offer for the next debate!

And of course, Cardi topped off the debate recap with an Instagram caption that we can all get behind: “PLEASE WE GOTTA GO VOTE!”

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The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden had their first presidential debate and things were wild. President Trump spent most of the debate talking over Biden while moderator Chris Wallace did everything in his power to rein in the president. Of course, Americans on social media had a lot to say.

The first presidential debate was a far cry from the presidential debates of the past.

Political pundits have spent the past 24 hours discussing how the presidential debate on Sept. 29 veered far from past norms. The two campaigns had agreed to terms before the debate, including two minutes to respond to question uninterrupted. However, as the moderator, Chris Wallace, eventually said to the nominees, President Trump made quick work of ignoring that rule.

“The country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions,” Wallace said to President Trump. “I’m appealing to you, sir, to do it.”

“And him, too?” President Trump retorted.

“Well, frankly, you’ve been doing more interrupting,” Wallace corrected the president.

Debate viewers quickly took to social media to comment on the president’s behavior.

President Trump attempted to bulldoze over Biden as he answered questions asked by the moderator. Rather than playing into the argument, Biden either continued his answer while the president interrupted or simply fell silent. There were times when Biden had to request that his time be restored because of the president’s lack of control.

The barrage of questions was highlighted by some as a trigger for people who stutter. Biden has been public about his work as a child to overcome stuttering. A touching video of Biden speaking with a child who stutters went viral recently showing the Democratic nominee’s compassion in a new way.

A lot of people couldn’t help but compare President Trump to a character in Among Us.

Among Us is a space-themed multiplayer online game that has become really popular during the Covid-19 era. It might be a nerdy inside joke considering that the creators of Among Us have attempted to make the game available on consoles but encountered an issue with player communications.

There is already merch (real and not) of Biden’s most memorable line of the night.

During a rant by the president, Biden turned to him and asked, “Will you shut up, man?” The line immediately made it to social media with Americans wanting the president to let Biden speak when given his chance.

Debate viewers are calling for a mute option to silence the mic if a nominee speaks too long.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate,” reads a statement by the Commission on Presidential Debates. “Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.  The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.  The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”

The American people have made their voices heard on social media.

They clearly want better controlled debates. People want to hear the ideas of both nominees, not just one. The election is very consequential for so many different communities. Trump came out the loser of the night as several surveys and polls showed undecided and lean Biden voters into stronger and more likely Biden voters. For some respondents, the most bothersome part was Trump interrupting Biden, especially during Biden’s moment honoring his son, Beau Biden. Beau served in the military and died of a brain tumor in 2015. Joe was responding to reports of President Trump calling military members “losers” and “suckers.”

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