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Joe Biden’s Campaign Announced Their Latino Outreach Before They Secured The URL And Twitter Account

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden launched the new campaign geared towards mobilizing more Latinos for his election. The campaign is called “Todos Con Biden” (Everyone With Biden) that will hopefully help organize Latino support for the former vice president. The goal of the new initiative was to help grow grassroots support while addressing vital Latino issues like immigration and education reform.

Yet, there was one little issue. Biden’s campaign forgot to register the web URL, Facebook name, and Twitter handle for the new campaign. 

It didn’t take long for President Trump to take advantage of the gaffe and troll what many view as his likely political opponent in next year’s election. Trump’s campaign team quickly swooped in a bought up all the digital handles including the Todos Con Biden URL as well as the Facebook and Twitter pages. The pages have now pretty much become home for anti-Biden posts with direct links to Trump’s own Latino outreach campaign. 

President Trump saw the opportunity to embarrass his political rival and quickly took advantage of it. When a user goes to todosconbiden.com it shows a message in both English and Spanish: “Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos. Joe is all talk.”

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Upon going to the todosconbiden.com web page, a picture of Biden looking down shows up and then redirects visitors to President Trump’s campaign Latino outreach site, “Latinos for Trump.” On the @TodosConBiden Twitter handle, it also includes attacks on Biden and some of his previous political mishaps. According to ABC News, President Trump’s campaign team purchased the URL for a “minimal cost” when they noticed it had yet to be claimed. 

When word got out about the trolling, there was a response from the Biden campaign calling out Trump for his attack. 

“It is no surprise that Trump’s campaign would resort to childish antics like this to take attention away from this president’s appalling record of separating families and using immigrants as scapegoats, fomenting hatred and white supremacy, and trying to take away health care from millions of Americans who need it,” Isabel Aldunate, deputy director of strategic communications/Hispanic media press secretary for the Biden campaign, told NBC News. “Trump and his allies should be more focused on doing right by the Latino community and our country. It is clear that Trump is afraid to face Vice President Biden next November because he knows Biden’s positive vision for our country will beat him like a drum.”

Biden’s campaign had begun using the hashtag #TodosConBiden on Twitter to slowly roll out the launch of their new outreach strategy but it backfired rather quickly. Online trolls began using the hashtag to mock Biden and fellow Latino Democratic candidate, Julián Castro.

This isn’t the first time that President Trump has attempted to embarrass his political counterparts. It’s also sure to not be his last time.

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Trump has previously launched attacks on some of his Democratic rivals. This includes both of the last two primary debates in Ohio and Houston when he paid to have a banner fly above the host cities attacking his potential rivals.  Mike Madrid, a veteran Republican political consultant, told ABC News that he shocked to find out about Biden’s team big mistake. 

“How the hell are you Joe Biden’s campaign and you don’t lock up the URL before you announce stuff?” Madrid said. 

While the gaffe is embarrassing for Biden, many still have questions whether Trump will be able to win over Latino voters with issues like economics. “Anybody who believes that economic numbers are going to motivate Latinos to shift allegiances — that’s an absurd notion,” Madrid said.

During the 2016 election, Trump took 29 percent of the Latino vote compared to the 66 percent that Hilary Clinton did. This is something to note as Latinos are projected to become the largest minority group in the electorate in 2020, with 18.3 percent, surpassing African Americans.

“Joe Biden knows that our diversity is our strength, and as president, he will continue to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity” Laura Jiménez, Biden’s campaign national Latino vote director told The Hill. “Not scapegoated or used to score political points.”

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Latinas Are Opening Up On Instagram About Why They Didn’t Report Their Sexual Assault And The Stories Are Heartbreaking

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Latinas Are Opening Up On Instagram About Why They Didn’t Report Their Sexual Assault And The Stories Are Heartbreaking

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TRIGGER WARNING for victims of assault.

Recently we came across six stories by women who opened up about why they didn’t report their sexual assault via the account @whyididntreport. Heartbreaking, tragic, and also empowering each of these stories were a reminder that not only do we need to believe women but also support them.

As a response to the posts, we asked Latinas what experiences they had with keeping quiet about their assaults.

See their stories below.

Because it was a family member

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“My mom did not believe me because it was her husband … we would always fight and he would put her against me … that’s why I always say my children will always come first … then anyone … even before me and my own needs.” – soley_geez

Because of the statute of limitations

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“I did report. The cop taking notes told me they couldn’t file the report because of the statue of limitation being 10 years. I was reporting 13 years after I was raped. I was 3 years old when it happened. I was 16 when I reported.” – jedi_master_evila

Because she’d been labeled dramatic

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“He was my ex boyfriends cousin and I was intoxicated after a night of partying with a group of friends. I said no over and over again. I never came forward because I was already labeled/seen as “dramatic” by my ex and his friends and figured they wouldn’t believe me.” – love.jes

Because she was punished by her parents

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“I was 12. He was 18. My parents found a note he wrote to me. They spoke harshly with him but never pressed charges and punished me for lying.” 0valicorn_rainbow_pants

Because it was someone she thought loved her

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“I had a boyfriend rape me after I confronted him about lying and cheating. He used it as a way to punish me. And I stayed with him a year after the fact. I’m still processing feelings almost 20 years later. I’ve gone through self-destructive behaviors and tried to push others away. I’m forever grateful my husband showed me I am worthy of a beautiful life even after trauma. To all my fellow trauma survivors…we are worthy of good things.” – thebitchyhippie559

She thought she deserved it

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“He was my “step” grandfather. He molested me from ages 5-10, I was having some rebellious teen years and my parents were trying to find out why. I told them, my dad didn’t talk to me for a few days and after that everyone pretended that nothing happened and the rest of my family never found out. I held on to this secret until I told my parents at about 16 or 17 I was always so embarrassed and thought I deserved it.” – klemus09

She didn’t want to ruin HIS life

“It was my boss. At 15 I felt so bad, bc the wife was the only other person working with us and I was more worried about what this could do to their marriage. I thought I healed but typing this was hard.” –dolores.arts

If you or someone you know needs to report sexual assault, please contact the National Sexual Assault Helpline 800.656.4673 or speak with someone you trust.⁠⠀

Latinas Are Forcing Themselves To Examine How They Are Showing Up For The Black Community

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Latinas Are Forcing Themselves To Examine How They Are Showing Up For The Black Community

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Months have passed since the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd but members of the Black community continue to fight against police brutality. While news reports of protests might have slowed down, it’s important to know that showing up for Black people has so much power.

Recently, we asked Latinas “How are we showing up for our Black brothers and sisters?” and the answers were pretty humbling.

Recognize the relative privileges we have

“This week has been so, so heavy, but we need to ask ourselves how we are showing up for the Black community outside of the weeks when headlines are grim and cities are on fire. How are we showing up for Black people in our everyday lives? 365 days a year? I am speaking specifically to my community here: [Non-Black] Latinxs, we have so far to go when it comes to protecting the dignity of our own people, I know. I know our people are also hurting. But we HAVE to recognize the relative privileges we have and the ways in which the Black community’s freedom is directly tied to our own. We all deserve dignity. We all deserve the ability to move through the world without fearing for our lives. Some of us haven’t ever had to worry about that—so what are we doing to help those who do worry for their safety and the safety of loved ones every single day? Please pay attention. Please speak out and hold the people in your life accountable. We are ALL responsible. We all need to be doing more—no matter our race or ethnicity. Please, let’s take care of each other.” – @ludileiva

Show up to protests

“Showing up to local peaceful protests and talking to my family and friends about how we need to stand together. It is my hope our black brothers and sisters will stand with us when we have to face our government on DACA and caged children.” – lil_yo11

Donate and give

“Definitely by donating, signing petitions, educating others on issues like this that affect the black community, posting about it, and speaking out when it happens. Our voices and actions definitely need to be heard during this time.”- belleza_xoxo

Continue to fight

“Many of us ARE. And we need to do even MORE. This hurts me because although there is colorism out there, there are also respectful and supporting people who want to do more and more. I hope more people saw that too. Anyways, my family and I will continue fighting strong for this movement. Because BLACK LIVES MATTER. THEY SURELY DO.” – mid.nicole

Hold others accountable

“By holding people accountable. By talking about privilege even if it makes people uncomfortable! Becoming part of the conversation because if you don’t and look the other way you are part of the problem. Make people uncomfortable! Make people realize that our system needs to be redone so justice can be served for our fallen brothers. Being black, being of color shouldn’t be a death sentence.” – koayafilm

Connect with others

“We are each other’s hope 🙏🏽 sharing on your story is great, but never forget the power of human connection. talk to people, have these conversations & hear the pain, empathy & hope in our voices.”- raquelmariaquintana

Educate ourselves and our families

“We show solidarity! There’s still so much racism within our own Latino community over darker skin color. I know because my abuela was Afro Latina.Things need to change. We need to educate our own families about racism. We need to sign petitions, donating, having conversations. I see many people quiet about what’s going on.” – angieusc7

Keep certain words out of your mouth

“Well we could start by abolishing the expressions “negro” y “negra” as a form of endearment to call for someone of dark complexion. I know some will say it’s a form of endearment, but it just degrades the person called upon by only identifying them by their skin colour. You are calling them by their complexion and therefore reducing a whole persons existence and achievements by the colour of their skin.” –christian.aaby

Hold your family accountable

“We have to stand up for each other especially during these times. I’m confronting my own family members who are getting away from the truth. We have to stand up for what we believe not speak negatively about what the reactions are.” – jenmarasc

Create posters for protests

“Creating posters to take to my local police department this Sunday to protest. Signed petition, called the DA, sent cards to the mayor and DA in support of their efforts and demanding criminalization!!! We need to speak louder. Getting involved in my community to provide breath work and yoga to the black community I live in!!” – mexicanameg