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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.

Credit: @todosconbiden / Twitter

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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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Fell Asleep While President Biden Spoke About Immigration

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Sen. Ted Cruz Fell Asleep While President Biden Spoke About Immigration

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On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden gave a speech to the joint session of Congress. Biden’s speech covered everything from gun control, to COVID-19, to immigration reform, to his new $1.8 trillion “families plan”. But one person, in particular, didn’t seem to care about any of it. That person, of course, was Ted Cruz.

When President Joe Biden was in the middle of speaking about the current immigration crisis going on, the camera panned to Ted Cruz who appeared to be nodding off.

Joe Biden, speaking on immigration, was saying, “If you actually want to solve a problem, I’ve sent a bill to take a close look at it,” but Rafael Cruz, apparently, wasn’t awake to hear about the problem that needed to be solved. And it wouldn’t be the first time Cancún Cruz checked out when facing a crisis.

“Look, immigrants have done so much for America during this pandemic and throughout our history,” Biden continued, while Cruz was snoozing. “The country supports immigration reform. We should act. Let’s argue over it. Let’s debate over it. But let’s act.”

Twitter quickly exploded when they saw that Rafael Cruz was falling asleep. The hashtag #TedSnooze started to trend almost immediately.

“Since @tedcruz lives in Texas and Biden is talking about exactly the immigration issue he and his constituents scream about, could Ted stay awake for just a minute or two?” wrote one angry Twitter user.

“Daydreaming about being in Cancún and screwing his constituents over again,” wrote another.

But some weren’t so convinced that Cruz’s sleepiness was authentic. After all, this is a man who isn’t afraid to engage in theatrics to keep the spotlight on him. “My first & persistent thought seeing the pics: ‘That’s someone pretending to sleep to be a jerk [because] he has nothing better to offer. Troll,'” wrote one skeptical Twitter user.

Later, when he appeared on Fox News to recap Biden’s speech, Cruz wanted to make sure that the entire nation knew what he thought of Biden’s speech: boring.

“You could sum up tonight’s speech in three words: boring but radical,” he said to Sean Hannity. “The speech by design was calm and dulcet tones. I challenge you to remember a single line from the speech.”

Since then, Ted Cruz has been retweeting images of him “sleeping” during Biden’s speech like it somehow proves how “boring” Biden’s speech was. Cruz’s behavior lends credence to the theory that he was, in fact, faking his sleepiness.

Based on Sen. Ted Cruz’s past shenanigans, we wouldn’t put it past him to have pretended to fall asleep on Wednesday just to keep the headlines revolving around him. In the end, that’s what’s most important to him.

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