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A Latino Organization Is Trying To Rally Latino Voters With Warnings Of What Trump Means For The Community

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With the most savage Democratic debates yet behind us, national non-profit Latino Victory Fund is trying to rally all Latinos to come together with the launch of its new campaign: “When Trump Wins, We Lose.” Regardless of anyone’s party lines, another Trump election will be a major loss for both Latino-Americans and Latino immigrants alike.

While the Pew Research Center discovered that Trump earned 28 percent of the Latino vote in 2016, a lot has happened since then. Seven Latino immigrant children have died in federal custody under Trump’s administration. Before December 2018, no child had died in ICE or CBP custody in over a decade. 

The Latino Victory Fund has launched an entire website to hold Trump responsible for the harm his rhetoric and policies have inflicted on the Latino community.

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“From healthcare and the economy to the environment, education and immigration, Trump has proven that he does not care about hardworking families,” the front page of TrumpWinsWeLose.com reads. It’s powerful campaign message is that “Latinos across the country cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump.”

The organization’s President maintains that Latinos have the most to lose from a Trump victory, but we’re also set to be the largest non-white voting bloc in 2020.

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Yes–we have the most to lose. As a community, we also have more agency than we’ve ever had. Latino Victory Fund President Melissa Mark-Viverito has created a space for our community to focus on these facts:

“Trump’s administration separated thousands of children from their parents at the border and placed them in detention centers across the country.”

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Twenty-four immigrants have died in U.S. custody during the Trump administration. Trump is also actively trying to deport the more than 800,000 young immigrants and DREAMers who gained temporary deportation relief through DACA. He’s deporting Venezuelans back to the Maduro regime that is actively starving out its own people. Compassion does not exist in the immigration process any longer.

Trump vehemently opposes addressing Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, or even Hurricane Maria’s nearly 3,000 person death toll.

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While Congress offered Puerto Rico $2 billion in hurricane relief funds, the mismanagement of funds has caused a legitimate uprising in Puerto Rico. So long as Puerto Rico is treated like a colony, it will never thrive.

Millions of Latinos are at risk of losing healthcare if Trump is re-elected.

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Trump’s repeated campaign promise is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which means millions of Latinos would lose their health coverage. Even still, Latinos have the highest uninsured rate in the country. If Trump cancels Medicare and Medicaid, nearly 21 million Latinos will lose health care.

Trump’s economy is working for the top 1 percent, but Latino families continue to have 8.5 times less wealth than the average white family.

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Under Trump’s “Tax Reform,” often nicknamed “Tax Scam,” 1 in 4 Latinos will lose more than $13,000 in annual tax deductions by 2027. Meanwhile, 6 in 10 Latinos can expect to pay an average of $251 per year. Trump’s cuts to the SNAP food stamp program will affect more than 10 million Latinos in this country, including 1.2 million children.

Trump wants to make cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency which effectively helps protect low-income communities from environmental pollution.

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Currently, Trump wants to cancel the program that reduces lead in water, which would disproportionately impact Latino communities. He also wants to cut state and local air quality management, which would allow Big Ag and large industries to pollute the air in communities that don’t have the financial agency to push back. 

Tell your parents: Trump wants to defund the Education Department.

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Trump wants to cut $7.1 billion from the Education Department, which would effectively become an assault on our public education system and families. It would cut after-school programs that working families rely on. More than two-thirds of Latino students who earn bachelor’s degrees depend on financial aid. Trump’s plan takes away $1.9 billion from Pell Grants, impacting one out-of-two Latino college students who rely on Pell Grants to help pay for college.

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Trumpy Bear Is Real And Comes With A Giant American Flag And Probably An NSA Listening Device

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Trumpy Bear Is Real And Comes With A Giant American Flag And Probably An NSA Listening Device

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There is a Trump Bear because Republicans are weird and some seem to straight up hate children (they put them in cages, remember). Staring into the abyss of Trump Bear, all I can hear are the haunting lyrics of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” You know the ones: “He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.” 

While I am sure this bear is fitted with a listening device from the NSA, I am even more certain that instead of a lump of coal, Santa Claus gives you one of these for being a naughty kid. 

My first sentence ever, according to my mother was, “Mommy, the dolly killed the lady.” My mother, who loves horror movies, didn’t think it was a big deal to show me a Chucky film when I was 2 years old, but that’s another story. Here I am, on the cusp of turning 30 and all I can say when I look at Trump bear is, “Mommy, the dolly killed this ladySee you in hell. Don’t forget to water my plants while I’m gone!”  

Meet Trumpy Bear

The brown bear made in Donald Trump’s image sadly is still the most attractive version of Donald Trump. Although, as an Afro-Latinx I can only help but snicker because you know Trumpito has always wanted to be black. It’s apparent in his decade-long fixation with President Obama. If it’s not jealously, then why is this racist so obsessed with one-upping and undoing Obama’s successes

Trumpy Bear has a hideous blond combover (accurate), hideous bushy blond eyebrows (accurate), an inappropriately large tie to conceal his misshapen body (accurate), eyes as blue as Adolf Hitler’s dream Nazi (accurate), and a face made for the ninth circle of hell (accurate). The only thing inaccurate is that the hands are proportional to the body, and we all know Trumpito has teeny tiny hands only slightly larger than his brain. I’ll leave descriptions of the size of his other body parts up to my girl, Stormy Daniels. 

But we haven’t gotten to the creepiest part of all. When you unzip his back, you can pull out an American flag blanket. As Vogue writer Michelle Ruiz put it, the flag is “perfect for watching the president mock sexual assault survivors on national television or, according to the official Trumpy commercial, serving as a hood ornament on your golf cart.” Enjoy!

Is Trump Bear real? 

Upon its launch, many wondered if Trumpy Bear was real? Snopes did some investigating and discovered that for two payments of $19.95 + shipping and handling, you can actually purchase this bear to burn in your local bonfire. According to Snopes, the product trademark is owned by Exceptional Products (“Exceptional,” OK. SureJan.gif) which Snopes uncovered by searching U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records. 

Several social media posts revealed that some people unironically and willingly received Trumpy Bears as gifts. Imagine if your workplace secret Santa gave you this? I would go to HR. 

But we haven’t even gotten to the craziest part yet. There is a commercial. The gift that keeps on giving… me ominous flashes of the looming apocalypse. 

Trumpy Bear Official Commercial

If you’re still alive after watching that commercial, I assume anyone who watches it will die within seven days, you might find many things odd about it. For starters, this teddy bear is clearly being marketed to adults over 50? In an advertisement for a stuffed animal, there is not a child in sight. The commercial says Trumpy Bear is great for the front of your motorcycle, the back of your golf cart, and to honor fallen soldiers who probably died because of his policies. 

A try-hard male voiceover says, “Even the toughest guys will love Trumpy Bear,” because you know, asserting “masculinity” is so important for Trump supporters who are categorically a part of the demographic where the Venn diagram for “Rape Apologist” and “Viagra User” is just one circle. 

Trumpy Bear for true patriots

The bear also suggests that it will help you “show your patriotism.” This is coming from the same people who convinced themselves the previous President was the secret leader of ISIS just because he was half black — true patriots of American values.

But I would argue the commercial is right, there is nothing more patriotic in America than spending money on a product you don’t need, manufactured by poor people of color overseas, to remind the poor people of color where you live that you hate them so much you would waste money, destroy the environment, and hurt people. Perhaps, the only bigger patriot is the person selling the symbol of hate. 

Trump’s Latest Direct Pitch To Hispanic Voters Was Truly Bizarre, Even By Trump Standards

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Trump’s Latest Direct Pitch To Hispanic Voters Was Truly Bizarre, Even By Trump Standards

Despite the election being more than 400 days away, the 2020 Election campaign season is in full swing. We’ve got Democrats debating substantial policy ideas in debate after debate and then we’ve got Donald Trump blurring the line between campaign rallies and presidential events.

Trump has been busy jetting from state to state (largely staying in states that supported him in 2016) to spread his message of falsehoods and hate.

Until now. 

Is Trump starting to change his ways just in time for the 2020 campaign? 

If you pay attention to the news, you’ll of heard about Trump’s “pitch” to Hispanic voters.

It makes sense that Trump would put effort into Latino outreach in New Mexico, which has the highest percentage of Latinos of any state of the country. But remarking on the tone of an ally’s skin and suggesting Latino voters have dual loyalties are probably not the best ways to do it. Trump’s comments unsurprisingly seemed to play well to his supporters in the room, but they are unlikely to win many new ones in a state where he can use all the supporters he can get

But oh, it was so much more.

President Donald Trump did his best to appeal to Latino voters during his rally on Monday evening in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. His “best,” however, was profoundly bizarre.

In one especially odd moment, Trump remarked upon how white one of his key Latino surrogates looks.

“He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do. So I haven’t figured that one out. But I’ll tell you what — there is nobody that loves this country more or Hispanic more than Steve Cortes,” Trump said. (Cortes is a pro-Trump television commentator and member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.)

“Nobody loves the Hispanics more!” Trump continued, before asking Cortes a question that suggested Latinos have dual loyalties: “Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics? He says the country. I don’t know, I may have to go for the Hispanics to be honest with you. We got a lot of Hispanics! We love our Hispanics.”

In anticipation of Trump’s New Mexico rally, the ACLU but up billboards that obviously hit some important points. 

Another one said “No Ban, No Wall, No Hate In Our State.”

While another group had this to say:

Apparently New Mexico has some legit billboard game. Who knew?

Many in New Mexico wondered why Trump was visiting a state to share his hateful views in a state that is overwhelmingly Democratic.

Trump is not doing well with Latinos in particular or in New Mexico in general. Polls consistently show his approval rating at about 30 percent.

Trump’s poor performance is dragging him down in New Mexico, a state he lost by 8 points to Hillary Clinton in 2016. According to Morning Consult’s tracking polls, Trump’s approval rating in the state has dropped a whopping 34 points since his inauguration, and as of last month, sat 17 points underwater.

Not to mention the President’s hurtful, hateful, and dangerous rhetoric used against immigrants, refugees, and basically anyone who isn’t cis white.

Nonetheless, during his rally on Monday, Trump insisted he plans to win New Mexico in 2020. His sales pitch largely centered around low Latino unemployment rates and stoking fears about immigration — but these were also key components of his campaign message heading into last year’s midterms elections, and Republicans ended up losing all five statewide races in New Mexico. At this stage, there’s little reason to believe things will be different next November.

But of course, Trump wasn’t just in Mexico to awkwardly talk about ‘Hispanics.’

He was also there to repeat many of the lies he’s now become so famous for. 

Trump spoke for 95 minutes at the rally in New Mexico on Monday night, among the longest speeches he’s given as President. And, according to CNN, he made at least 26 false claims — most of them ones he’s said before in recent months.

From blaming a former Google executive for him losing “up to 10 million votes” to saying San Diego’s mayor agrees with Trump on the wall (hint: he doesn’t), Trump was in typical Trump form. 

From New Mexico, Trump departed for deep blue California.

After leaving New Mexico, Trump headed for California — another state he lost by millions of votes in 2016. He’s there to raise funds for his 2020 re-election but he’s also getting in some attacks on the heavily Democratic state. 

Before even arriving, Trump had been shaming California cities over a very real issue — homelessness. It’s out of control from San Diego to San Francisco but many doubt that the administration is going to help address the issue with any substantial policy. Meanwhile, the President is also set to revoke California’s ability to set stricter standards on vehicle emissions, which would set up yet another legal battle between Trump and California.