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Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Opens Up About Juggling His Fight For Latinos In His Campaign And Being A Dad

Julián Castro is a huge underdog in the crowded Democratic field of presidential hopefuls. He knows it and has never shied away from that fact. It’s also the reason that he’s still in the race. From the start of his campaign, Castro, the only Latino in the race, has run on the platform of giving a voice to those Americans who have been counted out, kinda like himself.

“If there is one thing that has distinguished my campaign is that I’ve spoken to the most vulnerable, the often voiceless in this country and I haven’t been afraid to speak up for the poor because too often Democrats talk about the middle class but somewhere along the way we forgot to speak up for the poor,” Castro says. “I’m doing both of those things.”

Castro believes in this and isn’t going to let polls or political pundits stop him from campaigning. Unfortunately for Castro, voters won’t get to see him on the Democratic debate stage in Atlanta this week. This due to the fact that he didn’t reach the polling criteria of 3 percent or higher in four approved polls or 5 percent in two early state polls. 

Despite this, Castro isn’t going away or shutting down his campaign. He’s getting “real” with voters and in recent weeks has called out the Democratic establishment for its primary process.

The former secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama has run one of the most progressive campaigns of any Democrat currently in the field. When it’s come to issues like housing, immigration, and even animal cruelty, Castro has released some of the most comprehensive and well-received polices. He says that’s because these plans aren’t just talking points but real problems that Americans across this country are facing. 

“We’re trying to connect the dots with policies that match up with the way people actually live. People don’t live in silos and we shouldn’t make policies that reflect that,” Castro said. “I learned that very early on as a councilman and a mayor and I saw that as Housing Secretary, it’s not enough to address the issue of education, housing or criminal justice reform, you gotta address everything.”

For Castro, that also means addressing issues within his own Democratic establishment. Last week, he criticized the Democratic nominating process, particularly the role of Iowa and New Hampshire in determining the nominee, two states where the electorates are mostly white. 

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He told MSNBC that the two states are not “reflective of the United States as a whole, certainly not reflective of the Democratic Party, and I believe that other states should have their chance.” While there was some criticism of those comments, Castro did begin an important conversation that he feels needed to be addressed. 

“Democrats know that I’m telling the truth here. We’ve been justifyingly calling out Republicans who have been trying everything they can to suppress the vote of people of color. But at the same time, we start our presidential nomination process in two states that have very little people of color, ” Castro said. “People know that I’m speaking the truth here.”

Castro doesn’t view himself as the “Latino candidate” nor has he ever used his background to gain some votes. He’s says that he’s running the campaign on the basis that someone like him can represent everybody. 

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While he might not be on the upcoming debate stage or at top of most polls, Castro is being seen and his message of uplifting forgotten communities is being heard. Castro is optimistic about his chances and his supporters are standing by his side through it all. 

“We’re gonna work like crazy to shine a light on the people and the problems that are out there that voters want solved,” Castro said. “I’ve gone to places that few other candidates have gone. I’ve spoken to the homeless, those in jails, I just went into an ICE check-in for a migrant that was seeking asylum. We’re going to keep uplifting the lives of people who have been forgotten.”

Castro finds relief from the perils of a long campaign when he’s back in his home in San Antonio. He is rarely home while campaigning but when he is you can find him hanging out with his family, including his two children, Christian and Carina. It’s those moments he says that puts everything in perspective and in some way serves as a reminder of the importance of continuing his campaign. 

“What I hope that young Latinos and Latinas are seeing in this campaign is that they can compete with anyone, anywhere, on any stage  I haven’t run this campaign on the basis to vote for me because I’m Latino but someone like me can represent everybody.”

READ: It Turns Out The Great Woman Behind Julian Castro Is His Mother, A Woman Who Has Long Carried The Fight For Latinos

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Kamala Harris’s Husband Is Quitting His Job to Become America’s First ‘Second Gentleman’

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Kamala Harris’s Husband Is Quitting His Job to Become America’s First ‘Second Gentleman’

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Kamala Harris made history on Saturday when she was announced to be the first female Vice President Elect in United States history. Not only that, but she is also the first Black and South Asian person to be elected to the office as well. And along with Harris’s victory comes another history-making change. Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, will be the first “Second Gentlemen” ever.

It was also just announced that Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, will be permanently leaving his job at the law firm DLA Piper by Inauguration Day.

He has been on a leave of absence since August, when his wife was announced to be Biden’s running mate.

The Associated Press reports that, while Emhoff is not a lobbyist himself (in fact, he is an entertainment lawyer), DLA Piper has previously lobbied on behalf of its corporate clients. Ethics experts said that the best course of action would be for Emhoff to resign as to not give the appearance of any possible conflicts of interest. And so he did.

Harris and Emhoff first met on a blind date set up by their mutual friend when Harris was still California’s attorney general.

Emhoff told Marie Claire that after their first date, he emailed her: “I really like you.” They married a little over a year later in a low-key courthouse ceremony.

Emhoff has always been candid about the way he approaches the relationships in his life. “My whole life has just been to support the people I love unequivocally, and they support me,” he said. “The whole [marriage] has been based on parity and mutual respect.”

Interestingly enough, Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be the first First Lady to not give up her full time job. According to reports, Dr. Biden will continue to teach English and Northern Virginia Community College after inauguration day. That means neither presidential offices are being held to the confines of traditional patriarchal gender roles. We love it!

This person couldn’t help but put out a visual representation of history in the making:

We wonder if he’ll be forced to decorate Number One Observatory Circle for Christmas also?

This person pointed out how the “traditional” gender roles that politician’s spouses have played have flipped with Biden and Harris’s spouses.

We love to see it! Here’s to hoping for a First Gentleman next time.

This person made a hilarious joke about the double standards that the spouses of politicians face depending on their gender.

For example, we know that Emhoff will never catch flak for showing off his naked (gasp!) arms in public.

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro Distances Himself From Former ‘Friend’ Donald Trump

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro Distances Himself From Former ‘Friend’ Donald Trump

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As we previously reported, different world leaders gave very different responses to Biden’s win and Trump’s loss of the recent presidential election. 

While Mexican President López Obrador is making headlines for refusing to acknowledge Biden’s victory “until all the legal matters have been resolved,” another Latin American president is grabbing the media’s attention for a recent remark he made. 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro surprised everyone by recently telling a group of students that Trump “isn’t the most important person in the world.”

“I’m not the most important person in Brazil, just as Trump isn’t the most important person in the world,” he told a graduating class of police cadets. “No one is more important than God.” This statement raised eyebrows because up until this point, Bolsonaro acted like Trump was, indeed, the most important person in the world. 

Throughout his presidency, Bolsonaro has made a public display of his respect and admiration for President trump. In fact he was so complimentary of Trump that the media dubbed him the “Trump of the Tropics”. He went so far as to tell Trump “I love you” at a meeting between the two world leaders in at a United Nations conference in 2019.

The similarities between the two blustering leaders are numerous.

They both practice populist, nationalistic, authoritarian tendencies. They both have placed their children in high-ranking government positions. They both love to use the term “fake news”.

Since Trump’s defeat, Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo has continued to publicly voice his support of Trump. He recently Tweeted out a statement implying that Americans are “naive” and “puppets” of social media conglomerates who are dictating to us what is “real or fake” based on their selfish desires. He also Tweeted out that “disinformation is the weapon of the left.”

But sources close to President Bolsonaro say that he has adopted a “more pragmatic tone” since his advisors told him that Trump wouldn’t be the next President of the United States. 

Although Bolsonaro appears to have distanced himself from Trump he, still, reportedly has not congratulated Biden on his win. But nevertheless, he no longer seems to be as head-over-heels with Trump as he did when Trump was at the height of his power. Bolsonaro’s attitude reversal begs the question: if he can forsake his “friend” and role model Donald Trump, we wonder what other former sycophants are next in line to cut ties with the sitting duck president. 

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