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John Leguizamo Steps Up His Resistance Against Trump And Considers Running For Office

If you think Oprah Winfrey and (possibly) Jay-Z are the only celebs that may consider running for public office, think again. You can now add a Latino to that mix — but not for president of the United States.

Actor John Leguizamo says he’d give up Hollywood for life serving in office.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Leguizamo says that while he loves working as an actor he would give up the Hollywood life and trade it in to serve the people of Texas.

You know, I love what I do. I would hate to give it up,” Leguizamo tells The Daily Beast. “But if I could I would run for office in Texas. I would run some place heinous to make a difference. Yes, I would run if my celebrity could get me elected, to get rid of gerrymandering and to allow people to teach Latino history in Texas which is 39 percent Latino and around 12 percent black, so we people of color are the majority. Why are we so beaten down there?”

Leguizamo points to Texas legislation that once banned Mexican-American history from being taught in the state.

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As of last year, school officials had banned books on Mexican-American history, but that decision has been overturned in court. Leguizamo, who is currently starring on Broadway in “Latino History for Morons,” spoke about the effects bans like this has on Latinos.

He says these restrictions “makes Latino people, and experience, invisible, meaning white people don’t have to respect them, and instead can abuse and more easily disenfranchise them.”

Leguizamo has been a vocal opponent President Donald Trump from the very beginning of his campaign.

He voiced his disdain for Trump back in 2015 when Trump spoke offensively about Mexicans. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he would be boycotting “Saturday Night Live” for having Trump as a host.

“If he had said those things about any other ethnic group, he would not be on SNL,” Leguizamo said. “I find it hurtful and insulting, and you’re celebrating someone who has said some horrible things. I just find it unacceptable. I will not watch.”

He added that Trump was very different in person than he was for the camera.

His lack of sympathy and empathy is ridiculous,” Leguizamo told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s very friendly, very nice, but then he goes and says things like that. You’re catering to a small group of Tea Party voters, or you’re a moron… He’s a different person on camera.”

Leguizamo has been advocating for Texas on social media, even calling for a boycott of the state over the passage of SB 4.

The law, which was passed in May, requires local law enforcement to follow federal procedures concerning undocumented people — essentially deputizing them as ICE agents.

Tonight, Leguizamo will join other celebrities as part of the resistance movement and speak in The People’s State of the Union.

The People’s State of the Union, which will live stream tonight on Facebook, will serve as a retort to Trump’s State of the Union that is scheduled for tomorrow night.

“The #PeoplesSOTU will celebrate the remarkable growth and success of the Resistance Movement and outline a plan of action for the coming year — focusing on voter rights, voter registration, and voter turnout,” according to a Facebook post about the event. “Together, we will win back our country!”

READ: John Leguizamo Calls On Latino Celebs To Boycott Texas Because Of New Anti-Immigrant Law

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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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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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