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Many People On Twitter Are Angry At CNN For How They Managed Last Night’s Debate And The Candidates Agree

Wednesday’s Democratic debate was definitely more heated than some of the previous editions. Within minutes, several candidates were already lading attacks against those considered to be the front runners in the race, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Harris took attacks for her “middle of the road” health care plan while Biden took shots from all sides on all sorts of issues from his record on crime, immigration, and abortion rights.

Here are some of the highlights from last nights blockbuster debate:

Many are saying that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris we’re the main event last night.

And if you watch most news coverage, you’d probably think the same. Each of them came under fire for previous performances and policies.

Thanks to a now-viral attack against Joe Biden on the part of Kamala Harris, when the two took the stage together, Mr. Biden shook her hand and joked, “Go easy on me, kid.” But she didn’t. And neither did anyone else. But despite that, Joe Biden came out performing much better in this debate than he did in the first.

Pretty much every candidate on last night’s stage came for Biden’s record. Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, on deportations; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on criminal justice; and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York on gender issues.

In his closing statement, he seemed to confuse a text message for a URL. “Go to Joe 30330

But Sen. Gillibrand also had her moment.

She landed one of the debate’s most memorable lines. “The first thing that I’m going to do when I’m president,” she said, “is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office.” Twitter reported it was one of the top three most talked about moments of the night — and the only one not involving a dispute between two candidates. 

Fresh off a widely celebrated performance at the first debate, Julian Castro had a lot of pressure to keep the momentum.

And it appears that he was successful. Last night marked he second night the former San Antonio mayor has stood out — in a good way. He probably had the line of the night, hitting back on Biden with this hammer: “It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t.” Castro was forceful and effective on immigration.

The challenge for Castro now is to qualify for the September and October debates, which could be a heavy lift given his polling thus far. If Castro can make these next two debates, he could really make noise in the race.

For Biden, much of the night was spent defending his record and the record of President Obama – and Biden didn’t seem too into it.

As A former Vice President, Biden is finding himself in the firing line of pretty much every other candidate for his policies and for the decisions of the previous administration.

And as the eldest candidate in the race, Biden has a long track record to critique – which his opponents are very skilled at doing.

And he wasn’t the only one who wanted to refocus the debate on Trump. Sen. Harris also wanted to pivot the conversation towards defeating Trump.

Sen. Kamala Harris seems eager to get to discussing Trump and how she can help not only defeat him in next year’s election, but also undo the damage he’s done on the country. However, not everyone is prepared to turn the conversation there.

Many at last night’s debate wanted to focus squarely on Harris’ record as California’s lead prosecutor, a position the senator has come under attack for in the past.

Perhaps in one of the most memorable moments last night, Tulsi Gabbard (HI) truly came for Harris. She said “I’m concerned about this record of senator Harris. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” She went on to say that Harris owed those arrested an apology.

It appeared that even Donald Trump Jr. had some thoughts on the debate.

And Comedy Central came back with the ultimate burn.

Many were upset that Puerto Rico didn’t come up even once during the debate.

Several people on Twitter were upset that in such a wide-ranging debate, not once did the topic of Puerto Rico come up for discussion. The island’s governor was just ousted in a popular uprising of massive protests after being implicated in several scandals. The island is still dealing with the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season in which thousands died. And Puerto Rico is still in a strange legal relationship with the US in which it’s not a state but is subject to US laws and pays taxes without many of the benefits of statehood.

Many will be watching to see what happens in September’s debates as the debate season continues.

So far, only seven of the current 20+ candidates have qualified for the next round of primary debates. We could be looking at a much smaller stage the next time we see them.

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ICYMI: Bad Bunny Has Dropped A New Song And He’s Taking On Racism And The Upcoming Elections

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ICYMI: Bad Bunny Has Dropped A New Song And He’s Taking On Racism And The Upcoming Elections

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In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many celebrities used their platform to highlight his story and to speak out against the racial injustice so prevalent in the United States. However, one big voice was conspicuously absent: Bad Bunny.

At the height of the Black Lives Matter conversation, Bad Bunny was called out by fans for remaining silent on an issue so many were talking about. It was one of his biggest stumbles. As a vocal critic of Puerto Rican politics, as a vocal proponent of LGBTQ+ communities, many had expected the reggaetonero to add his thoughts to the conversation.

Fans finally received what they wanted in the form of an Instagram post but to many, the damage had already been done. Now, San Benito appears to be trying to redeem himself with a new, surprise track that addresses #BLM and many other issues.

Bad Bunny’s Compositor Del Año has been released and he touches on many topics that he’d previously left untouched.

In his new track, called ‘Compositor del Año’ (with a Soundcloud link that ends in “f—k2020”), Bad Bunny is opening about the ongoing social issues that have been centerstage. He addresses important issues including racism, immigration, the importance of voting, and his support for Biden, among other topics.

‘Compositor del Año’ is apparently a response to the critics who said he hadn’t spoken out enough during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the 2-minute, 34-second song he raps (in Spanish), “It’s 2020 and racism is worse than COVID/ A black man with a gun, that’s a criminal, but if he’s white, they say that’s a hobby.” He adds how a badge is used as a “license to kill” but “it’s being white that makes you lethal/and being Black is what makes a white person/easy to shoot you.”

He also delves into the 2020 election and his support for Joe Biden.

Although the song appears to be a clear response to the backlash he received for remaining silent on #BLM, the song also addresses the upcoming elections.

He reinforces the importance of voting in “Compositor del Año” saying “There are more important things than sitting down to criticize the achievements of an artist,” adding “There are more important things like fighting for the rights of immigrants.”

He addresses Trump as a “mamabicho” and encourages people to vote to oust “quien nos jodió ante’.” He also raps: “I loved you before but not anymore. I liked you but not anymore. I was there for you but not anymore. … I won’t give you a break. I don’t want your fake love.”

He also goes into the controversy surrounding his win at the 2020 ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

Bad Bunny’s new track also goes into how the hatred toward him is misguided. Some of the lyrics sound like a response to the critics who said he didn’t deserve the songwriter of the year award from the 2020 ASCAP Latin Music Awards in July. Many took to social media to question his victory due to his sometimes explicit lyrics.

Bad Bunny has a clear message for the haters, expressing that there are more important issues going on in the world. “They fight because they gave me composer of the year but not for what matters.” There are more important things than sitting down to criticize the achievements of an artist,” he continues, such as encouraging the youth to vote. “There are more important things like fighting for the rights of immigrants.”

At the end of the track, the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer expresses his dream to change the world and end poverty. “But I can’t; it’s not my fault,” he says. “Before being born, all of this already existed. We only have to teach and learn, live and grow. Understand that we will always see something that will hurt us. To have faith, to believe that it is going to be possible.”

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They Supported Different Candidates At The DNC But These Two Delegates Both Cast Votes To Help The Latino Community

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They Supported Different Candidates At The DNC But These Two Delegates Both Cast Votes To Help The Latino Community

Anthony Santiago / Zenaida Huerta

Since Joe Biden clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in April, his team has been hard at work brokering a sort of truce with rival candidate Bernie Sanders, along with his dedicated supporters.

This outreach became ever more apparent at last week’s Democratic National Convention, as Sanders and his closest allies, as well as many of their one-time rivals, say the party is united behind Joe Biden in the face of a common enemy: Donald Trump.

In a live-streamed speech, Bernie said: “As long as I am here, I will work with progressives, with moderates, and, yes, with conservatives to preserve this nation from a threat that so many of our heroes fought and died to defeat.” He added: “This election is the most important in the modern history of this country. We need Joe Biden as our next president.”

The Biden team has worked hard to forge this bridge between Biden and Sanders supporters, and although Biden has also excluded a number of cherished progressive policies from his party’s platform, the relationship remains intact.

Biden and Sanders supporters want voters to know one important thing: it’s OK to change your mind.

Now, as many Sanders supporters and delegates to the convention come to support Biden, the two sides want to show voters that it’s OK to change your mind and to support the nominee – even if he wasn’t your first (or second or third…) choice.

We sat down with two young Latino delegates who proudly nominated their chosen candidate for President of the United States at this convention. They may not have cast their vote for the same candidate but they both agree that our community needs a voice at the table and that all of us will benefit from actual leadership in the White House.

They started out supporting different candidates but these two delegates agree on the importance of this election.

Meet Anthony Santiago and Zenaida Huerta – two young Latino delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Although they cast their vote for different candidates, they both share similar motivations for making sure their voice (and the voice of their community) was heard.

Anthony is a 19-year-old delegate from Kissimmee, Florida and, having been a Biden supporter from the very beginning, proudly cast his vote for Joe Biden.

Zenaida, from California, is a 21-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter and it wasn’t her first time attending the convention as a delegate – she also cast her vote for Sanders at the 2016 convention at just 17-years-old.

When asked about the importance of voting and getting involved in politics, they both pointed out how consequential this election is. Anthony said, “The single most important thing that any of us can do this year is vote. When we are united, our voice can make a huge, positive difference in our nation. There has never been a more important election in our lifetimes than the 2020 presidential election.”

Zenaida urges our community, especially young Latinos to “realize your power. We are in this fight for the long haul—not just until our friends stop posting about it. When we stay in this fight, we see change.”

Anthony came to the convention as a long term Biden supporter.

Anthony told Mitú that he came to appreciate and admire Joe Biden during the presidency of Barack Obama. He would watch the news with his mom every morning while getting ready for school and he felt that Barack Obama was a leader he could look up to.

He added that during the Democratic primary, he was “watching every debate and taking the time to look into each candidate and Joe Biden’s plan for healthcare was what I gravitated to most.”

Anthony also points out that for him, his support of Biden isn’t just about policy. According to Anthony, ”Biden’s personal story also really stood out to me. It’s filled with hardship and resonates with many Americans. Joe Biden knows what it feels like to feel true loss, and he knows how to push forward. After making it through all of these challenges, Joe Biden is now running for president and will win if we all do our part and vote for him.”

As a longtime Sanders supporter, it was important for Zenaida to cast that vote for his nomination.

To Zenaida, her support for Sanders is simple: “I support Bernie Sanders because I believe that working families deserve lives filled with dignity,” she told Mitú.

Among all demographics, Latinos in California suffer from the highest rates of poverty and Zenaida believes that Sanders’ policies will help uplift the most vulnerable among us. She says, “My grandparents and parents sacrificed so much for me to have a better life—yet, a better life is now out of reach for young Latinos. I support Bernie because he makes a better life within reach, not just for myself, but for my community.”

When asked about the importance of casting her vote for Sanders at the convention, Zenaida told Mitú, “Being part of the convention for the second time means that the progressive movement has been realized. Young people, particularly young Latinos, whose majority stood behind Bernie, were with him in 2016; they are with him in 2020; and they will continue to be an unmoved force in our party hereafter.”

Zenaida and her family have roots in the farm worker community and she sees Sanders as a true ally.

Zenaida remembers as a little girl attending labor marches and rallies with her father, who was a campaign manager for AFL-CIO in Los Angeles. She was moved by the thousands of people, standing together, united to make a difference.

But labor and community organizing runs deep in her family. Her grandfather, Juan Huerta, worked alongside Cesar Chavez as a United Farmworkers organizer. When asked about why he worked so hard for so little in return, Huerta told Zenaida, “It was a lot of work, but it was right.” These words guide Zenaida in her activism today. She told Mitú, “I am involved not just because I am one voice, but because I am one of many. I am following in my grandfather and father’s footsteps because I am continuing their struggle.“

Biden’s support in getting the Affordable Care Act (aka. ObamaCare) passed helped Anthony’s family in untold ways.

Like so many other Americans, healthcare is one of the most important issues our community faces. So many are unable to afford important medications or medical procedures, while others are simply too afraid to visit the doctor for fear of deportation. Therefore, it’s no surprise that healthcare is consistently rated among the most important issues to Latinos.

Anthony’s family has benefited from the ACA, which was signed under the Obama presidency with Joe Biden’s support. Anthony points out just how important this was to his family.

He says, “Joe Biden’s plan for healthcare was what I gravitated to most. My abuela was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer a few years ago, and thanks to the ACA she has been able to get affordable treatment and is doing very well today.”

Anthony and Zenaida are not alone: major parts of the progressive wing are coming together to support Biden’s campaign.

A progressive group that opposed Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries is rolling out a new campaign to urge progressive voters in battleground states to back the presumptive presidential nominee in November.

RootsAction.org, a group run by supporters of Bernie Sanders, launched its #VoteTrumpOut campaign Wednesday and said while it hopes to help push the former Vice President over the edge against President Trump, it will work to hold him accountable should he win the White House. 

“Donald Trump is waging a war on truth, on decency, on our planet, and on working people. For the sake of everything we care about, we have to get him out of the White House in 2020,” the group said on its website. “As progressives and leftists, we are not going to minimize our disagreements with Joe Biden. But we’re also clear-eyed about where things stand: supporting the Democratic nominee in swing states is the only means we have to defeat Trump.”

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