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Lindsey Graham Returns From Trip To Migrant Detention Center And Shows He Has Zero Empathy For Them

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As Trump doubled down on his tweets to AOC and other minority female congresswomen – telling them to go back to “their own countries” – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had just returned from a visit to two migrant detention centers. But he was quick to make his way on to Sunday morning talkshows to speak about his experience in the detention centers but also to Trump’s recent openly racist tweets at a group of sitting congresswomen.

On Sunday, Graham was on Fox News spewing hateful and hurtful language.

In his visit to the detention centers, Graham, along with the rest of his group, was seen as having shown no sympathy for any of the migrants. He stood there stonefaced. And now we have a better understanding of why.

In his appearance on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures, Graham gave voice to his body language, saying: “I don’t care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days. We’re not going to let those men go that I saw.”

You can watch the exhange below:

Graham, who said that “this was not a concentration camp that I saw,” also repeated an unsubstantiated myth broadcast by the president and the Department of Homeland Security during the last government shutdown: the idea that the southern border represents a point of entry for terrorists. “A terrorist could easily get in this group,” Graham said. “We have terrorists coming through the southern border because they find that’s probably the easiest place to come through. They drive right in and they make a left.” But as a State Department report from September 2018 found, there is “no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States.”

Though let’s not forget, Graham did try to pass a bill that would of mandated that migrant minors be held in detention for 100 days.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation aimed at changing the asylum seeking process. Specifically, Sen. Graham’s new bill would target Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to legally seek asylum. Many of the Central American migrants are fleeing deadly discrimination, sexual exploitation, and rampant gang violence. Sen. Graham’s bill seeks to make asylum a harder and lengthier process.

After his shocking statements on migrants, Graham then weighed in on Trump’s blatantly racist attack on a group of congresswomen, including AOC.

Not only did Sen. Graham fail to condmen Trump’s disgusting comments, Graham decided to add fuel to the fire. Instead, he called the group of congresswomen (which included AOC, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts) a bunch of communists.

He then added, “they hate Israel, they hate our own country. They’re calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, ‘concentration camp guards.’ They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”

Shortly after Graham made the comments, Trump shared them in a tweet, writing, “Need I say more?”

Many on social media were rightly wondering if this man even has a conscience?

I mean when someone is capable spewing this much hate on a round of Sunday morning talk shows, it’s a legitimate question to ask.

Can we all look back on the days when Graham was a staunch #NeverTrumper?

And now one organization is putting up billboads all over his homestate to remind voters of his flip flops.

Some of the memes this generated though are all too real…

Sadly, this just seems really disturbing at this point. The former #NeverTrump Graham seems to have gone all in on racist, hateful, hurtful policies, words, and so much more.

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AOC Took Down The Idea Of The Electoral College And Her Argument Is Angering Conservatives

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AOC Took Down The Idea Of The Electoral College And Her Argument Is Angering Conservatives

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Republicans love to talk about Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, from the type of car her tía loans her to where she buys her clothes. They especially like to talk about how her Nuyorican upbringing has affected her politics. AOC has been talking about the injustices of the Electoral College for a long time now. On Monday, she took to her Instagram story to educate her followers on why the Electoral College is not such a good thing, an idea that has been gaining traction since the 2016 elections. Fox News “is big mad” about the idea of abolishing the electoral college, which tipped the election in favor of Donald Trump.

In fact, Fox News did an entire news segment on her Instagram story.

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The conservative news outlet was disturbed to consider the ugly notion that the Electoral College could be racist, and effectively acted aghast by the accusation. Their guest, Dana Perino, said that she “trusts” the Founding Fathers in that they knew what they were doing.

Obviously, AOC has taken to Twitter to make this civics lesson crystal clear for everyone.

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Before we get too deep, for folks who don’t really get what the big deal is with the Electoral College, let’s simplify the system real quick. When we go to the polls to vote for the president, what we’re really doing is voting which candidate will receive all of your state’s electors. Each state has differing amounts, and it’s a winner-takes-all game in most states. If the majority of voters in say, Pennsylvania, vote for one candidate, then that candidate gets the entire state’s electors. What the Electoral College does for the everyday American is reduce the value of their vote. Moving on.

The GOP wants us to believe that eliminating the Electoral College, will make it so that just “a handful of states determine the presidency.”

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Actually, that’s what the Electoral College does. The popular vote is simple. Each vote counts as one vote. Punto. The GOP has lost the popular vote in six of the seven last elections.

Then she shot down the GOP “concept that the Electoral College provides “fairness” to rural Americans over coastal states doesn’t hold any water whatsoever.”

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In a follow-up tweet, she pointed out that, “First of all, virtually every state has rural communities. NY. California. Much of our states are rural.” Now let’s talk about racism. AOC had pointed out Monday that the Electoral College is premised on somehow evening the playing field between rural America and urban America. “Could you imagine,” she posted, “if we had this kind of democracy-altering “fairness” provision for literally any other group? If we weighed, for example, Black and Indigenous voters more because of unfairness?”

Studies show that the electoral college values white votes above all others.

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Then, Ocasio posed several tough questions, sure to be evaded, of the GOP to Twitter: “We do not give electoral affirmative action to any other group in America. Do Black Americans have their votes count more bc they have been disenfranchised for 100s of years? Do Reservations get an electoral vote? Does Puerto Rico and US territories get them? No. They don’t.” That’s because the Electoral College isn’t about accurate representation.

Effectively, the Electoral College adjusts the fairness of the popular vote and automatically leans it more white.

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The GOP is all about ensuring states maintain autonomy and power without “big government” influence as much as possible. The reality is that the Electoral College goes far beyond ensuring small states are given fair representation in national elections. That’s because every state is automatically given three electoral votes, no matter how many people live there. Those small states are whiter, on average than larger states, making nonwhite voters underrepresented in the Electoral College.

Latinos are the most underrepresented group in the Electoral College, and effectively, in the presidency of the United States.

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According to a study done by sociologist Sean Darling-Hammond, rural votes are disproportionately valued higher than any other group. Meanwhile, Latinos are the most underrepresented group in her study. Of course, her study doesn’t include indigenous folks.

We may not even need to abolish the electoral college, thanks to The National Popular Vote compacts.

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Fourteen states have already signed bills into law that would automatically defer its electors to whichever candidate wins the popular vote. According to the Brennan Center, there are enough states considering adopting this pact that would effectively render the electoral college meaningless.

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Central Americans Flee Their Countries Because Of Violence But Also Because They Have No Water

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Central Americans Flee Their Countries Because Of Violence But Also Because They Have No Water

The migration from Central America to the North isn’t as simple as people seeking out the American Dream. That is a beautiful fantasy, after all, but it’s not the whole truth. The reason people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are leaving their country is because of the violence, and it’s also about so much more. It’s a matter of life and death. While murderers are responsible for countless senseless deaths, others are fleeing because of limited resources, and lack of necessary essentials.

Some Salvadorans, especially from poor communities, are fleeing their country because there’s a significant water shortage.

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The water crisis in El Salvador isn’t something that just happened overnight. Researchers and organizations have been warning about this catastrophe in El Salvador for decades. The Salvadoran Humanitarian Aid, Research and Education Foundation (SHARE) group documented back in 2007 that impoverished communities demanded water rights in their areas. Most, if not all, of the main water, was going to private companies and being used by the top of society. The most impoverished people in El Salvador, which is a significant group, were being left with nothing. Now, a new study shows that there’s a deadline to the last drop. 

New research shows that the entire country of El Salvador will be unhabitable in 80 years if the water crisis is not rectified.

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The Defensa de Los Derechos Humanos (PDDH) released a study that showed the dire numbers which led to the government of El Salvador to declare a national emergency.    

“According to the scientific analyzes carried out by different international organizations and analyzed in the present study, if we continue in this logic of deterioration, degradation of water goods in El Salvador, in 80 years life will be unfeasible in the country,” David Morales, head of the PDDH, said, according to EFE. 

The water crisis seems to be the result of two factors: climate change and the privatization of water. 

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The National Geographic reports that after two major natural disasters, El Salvador struggled to recover. In 2014, the country suffered an exceptional drought which left “96,000 Salvadoran families without adequate food,” and millions more going hungry. The following year, El Niño brought even more dry weather. 

“If we want to confront climate change, we first need to have strong governance,” Helga Cuéllar-Marchelli, director of the department of social studies at the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) told the National Geographic. “We need a joint effort from the central government, municipal governments, civil society, [and] the business sector. If there is no legal framework, it will be very difficult to coordinate efforts.”

The water crisis is forcing members of poor communities to walk for miles to get water from wells only to find there might not be any there for them.

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The “natural” water that is available for poor people isn’t safe to use because it’s contaminated, but because they have no other choice, they use it anyway. 

The publication reports that sewer water that carries intense contamination levels goes straight into natural water, including streams and rivers. It is this water that people use to drink, wash their clothes and bathe. More than 90 percent of this natural water is toxic, and an estimated 6.4 million people are using this contaminated water. 

Early this year, people from El Salvador marched for water rights and people on social media used the hashtag #NoAlaPrivatizacionDelAgua.

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The protest, led by students, feminists, and advocates of water rights, were also met with pushback from police forces. 

The World Bank reports that local farmers and people trying to survive with their own crops are the ones that are facing this major crisis. Salvadorans aren’t the only ones affected either, but neighboring countries as well. 

“More than half a million families are suffering from what experts call ‘food insecurity,’ – in other words, the lack of food – due to agricultural and livestock losses. According to estimates by Central American governments, Oxfam and other international aid agencies, 236,000 families in Guatemala, 120,000 in Honduras, 100,000 in Nicaragua and 96,000 in El Salvador are already facing this situation.”

Jess Ofelia Alvarenga, an independent reporter, documented how her family, is dealing with the water crisis in El Salvador.

This summer she filmed the struggle her uncle faces with the lack of water. She says he can no longer harvest rice or watermelons. It is this lack of water that is forcing thousands to move to El Salvador’s metropolitan areas, which already has a scarcity of water for the low-income, or flee the country altogether. 

READ: El Salvador’s New President Represents A Change In The Country’s Political System

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