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People Are Already Excited Julian Castro Announced That He Is Considering Running For President

We’re two years out until the 2020 presidential election, and there’s already much anticipation over who’s going to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.

Despite losing their midterm elections, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum are already two strong contenders for the upcoming presidential election. For further proof that these two may be in the running, look no further to separate meetings with former President Barack Obama. However, it looks like Obama may need to schedule a meeting with an old friend from the White House.

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced he is looking into running for president in 2020.

“I’ve spent the past several years traveling around America and listening to people’s concerns — mothers from Arizona, college students in Iowa, teachers in Florida,” Castro, who is also the former mayor of San Antonio, said in a video. “It doesn’t matter where we come from, we want the same things, we want to do right by our families, we want America to keep its promises. Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness…That’s why I am exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.”

Castro also discussed some of the key issues concerning the country including border security. He said that he believes in having a strong border presence and also treating undocumented people with respect.

So who is Julian Castro? Check out his impressive résumé.

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  • In 2001, he became the youngest city councilman elected in San Antonio history at 26 years old.
  • In 2009, he was elected mayor of San Antonio and was re-elected in 2011 and 2013.
  • In 2012, he gained national attention for being the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
  • In 2014, Obama asked him to be the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served until 2017.
  • It’s also important to mention that his twin brother Joaquín Castro is currently a U.S. Representative, and his parents are both Chicano activists. He is also married to a school teacher and has two kids.

So what are people saying about this possible run, which could lead to the first Latino president?

He hasn’t even started his campaign and people are already lining up to join his team. That’s what you call excitement.

He’s getting high praise from popular social justice advocates.

Castro certainly has the leadership experience and name recognition needed to get people interested.

People understand he’s a strong candidate.

Our politics are saturated with issues and moments that impact and highlight the lives of the Latino community. A Latino presidential candidate would further prove the importance of one of the fastest growing communities in the country.

Congresswoman-elect Veronica Esobar understands what Castro can bring to the table.

Newly elected politicians see a future in Castro and his leadership. We are witnessing a change in the two major parties in the U.S. and Castro’s bold stances could be what the Democratic party is looking for.

Some have been following his political career for years.

Timing is always crucial in running for any office. While so many wanted Castro in 2016, now could be his time to shine.

He’s always been fighting for the entire country.

While his focus may have been in Texas, working under Obama certainly taught him a lot. It was his first experience making decisions that impacted the American people as a whole.

Representing the Latino community will be important in the 2020 presidential race.

“I’m also very mindful, especially now for the Latino community, that there’s a particular meaning to my candidacy,” Castro said, according to the Huffington Post. “We can’t go through the 2020 cycle with nobody on that stage because of what’s happened over the last couple of years.”


READ: Will We Have A Latino Vice President Or Nah?

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Mount Rushmore Could Soon Get A Big Change If Donald Trump Gets His Way

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Mount Rushmore Could Soon Get A Big Change If Donald Trump Gets His Way

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Few monuments are more American than Mount Rushmore. It’s a giant rock face carved into the likeness of four U.S. presidents. It’s massive, over-the-top, and was completely unnecessary. Not to mention the monument was built on land seized from Native Americans just years after being given to tribes as a reservation.

Despite this sordid history (or maybe because of it), Donald Trump has repeatedly made light of adding his face to the world-famous sculpture. And according to new reports, the White House has actually asked officials in South Dakota what the process would look like to have an additional president added to the monument.

The White House allegedly asked about having Donald Trump’s face added to the monument in South Dakota.

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported a Republican party official stated that a White House aide reached out to South Dakota’s governor’s, Kristi Noem, office with the question: “What’s the process to add additional presidents to Mount Rushmore.

The question apparently came up after, according to reports, the governor had greeted Trump on his recent visit to South Dakota with a 4-feet tall replica of the monument that already included his face as a fifth element.

Ok…what would that even look like? Is it possible?

Thanks to the angle of some of the photographs taken when Trump visited the memorial in July, it isn’t necessary to Photoshop what it might look like. Trump posed in such a way that he effectively added himself as a fifth figure on the monument. But just in case you wondering – people have already taken to Twitter to share their mockups of an altered Mount Rushmore.

In June, Mount Rushmore National Memorial chief of interpretation and education, Maureen McGee-Ballinger, told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that it was not possible to add a fifth president to the monument.

“The rock that surrounds the sculpted faces is not suitable for additional carving. When Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore died in 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum closed down the project and stated that no more carvable rock existed,” McGee-Ballinger, whose office is part of the National Park Service.

In addition, Borglum chose those four presidents specifically “to represent the first 150 years of the history of the United States — the birth, growth and preservation of our country” – and “not to represent the individuals themselves.”

Over the years, many have called to add President Reagan or President Obama with little success. The addition of any of those presidents, or Trump, would be certain to ignite a political firestorm and infuriate their critics. On top of the partisan uproar it would be sure to cause, it would also likely meet with objection from Native American leaders, who have long decried the monument because it was built on land given to American Indian tribes through the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 before being seized by the federal government less than a decade later.

For his part, Trump has repeatedly denied the reports but when was Trump ever known for telling the truth?

As soon as the New York Times report came out, Donald Trump quickly tweeted a denial. However, he added that it would be a great idea, given his many accomplishments in office. When asked about the report, White House officials did not deny that it had taken place, and instead replied that Mount Rushmore is a federal, not state, monument.

However, let’s be clear, this isn’t the first time the president has raised the question of having himself added to the monument. During their first meeting when she was a Congresswoman, Kristi Noem (who is now governor of South Dakota) said he mentioned the idea. Trump allegedly told her it was “his dream” to have his face on Mount Rushmore. Later that year, Trump raised it again – this time in public, at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in July.

Trump obviously has an obsession with having his face added to the monument – even if experts agree that it wouldn’t be physically possible.

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Trump Appears To Be Laying The Groundwork To Contest The Election With These 3 Alarming Statements

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Trump Appears To Be Laying The Groundwork To Contest The Election With These 3 Alarming Statements

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With less than 100 days until the election, Trump is working hard to do something that no previous president has ever done before: falsely claim that an election was fixed against him in order to discredit the vote. Trump has repeatedly — and incorrectly — claimed the election will be “rigged” against him.

The president has promoted crazy conspiracy theories and outright lies to whip up his core supporters to wrongly believe he is the victim of some unknown, shadowy “deep state” plot. In an interview that aired last week, he refused to commit to accepting the results in November.

From increased vote-by-mail to widespread fraud (which is essentially a non-factor in U.S. elections), Trump is already working to dispute the results of the 2020 election. With less than 100 days to go, we are careening toward an extraordinarily dangerous crisis of American democracy.

Recently, Trump seems to be trying to case the legitimacy of the 2020 elections into doubt.

Voting rights experts and political strategists on both sides of the aisle are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for a disputed presidential election in November, one in which one candidate openly questions the legitimacy of the results or even refuses to concede. These experts are keenly aware of President Donald Trump’s well-documented history of lying about voter fraud and claiming that elections were “rigged” when he doesn’t like the outcome. 

And if he’s literally building a case against the election, it became clearer that Trump is absolutely willing to dispute the results. During a recent Fox News interview, Trump refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the election. “I have to see,” Trump replied, “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”

Trump seems to be hinging his doubts on the increase of mail-in voting in the age of Coronavirus.

Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, more Americans than ever are expected to case mail-in ballots this year, so it will definitely take longer for the results to be announced. There’s no denying that. Even elections experts are now replacing “election night” with “election week,” because it could take days for a winner to be announced. In fact, both presidential campaigns have set aside millions of dollars and recruited lawyers for the looming legal fights.

So there is good reason to brace for chaos. One has to look no further than the recent primary season, which broke new ground for how elections are conducted. States dramatically scaled up vote-by-mail options, using spring and summer primaries as a “dry-run” for the November election. There were successes, like Kentucky, with its sprawling “supercenters” where people could safely vote in-person. But there were disasters too, like Wisconsin and Georgia, which were plagued by missing absentee ballots and grueling lines.

Meanwhile, Trump has been very open about his views on main-in voting: He has repeatedly said it threatens his reelection chances and would hurt Republicans across the board, even though nonpartisan experts say neither party typically gets an automatic boost from postal voting. To prevent these perceived losses, Trump pleaded with states to restrict mail-in voting by falsely claiming it is plagued by “massive fraud and abuse” and leads to “rigged elections.” His efforts have been unsuccessful. Officials implemented reforms from Republican-haven Utah to liberal Vermont.

Trump’s already calling the election “rigged.”

As Trump slides in the polls, he already declared that his matchup this fall against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden “will be the most rigged election in our nation’s history.”

Those are some serious accusations and, coming from a sitting president, do a lot to undermine American democracy and the integrity of our elections.

He’s also predicted massive fraud and suggested delaying the election.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted, offering no evidence for a debunked assertion. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

Trump has a long history of denouncing election results he doesn’t agree with.

For at least the past eight years, Donald Trump has a well-established past of questioning the legitimacy of elections, even though there was no proof of widespread irregularities or fraud in any of these elections.

In 2012, in the race against Obama, Trump supported Mitt Romney and when Romney lost the election, Trump denounced the results as a “total sham” and tweeted, “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty.”

Then during the first contest of the 2016 primary season, Trump lost Iowa to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Trump responded by saying “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it,” and accused Cruz of committing “fraud.” Trump called for a new election, said Cruz’s results should be “nullified” and said “the State of Iowa should disqualify” Cruz.

That same year, the won Trump actually won the presidency, Trump infamously refused to commit that he would accept the results. Instead, he said, “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.” Even after Trump won, he falsely claimed there were millions of illegal votes in California and other states, creating a false narrative to explain why he lost the popular vote to Clinton.

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