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Lopez Obrador Claims Historic Win In Mexico’s Presidential Election

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After years of spiraling corruption and violence, Mexican voters made their voices heard Sunday by electing a leftist as president. Andres Manuel López Obrador, known by his initials AMLO, claimed victory telling supporters gathered in Mexico City that the mission of his government will be to remove mass corruption from the country. López Obrador won in a landslide claiming 53 percent of the votes. The 64-year-old former Mexico City mayor, who will take office on Dec. 1, is expected to move the country in a more nationalist direction.

Who is the new president of Mexico and what are his policies?

López Obrador campaigned on vows to transform Mexico. He rode widespread voter anger and discontent with the governing Institutional Revolution Party, or PRI, of President Enrique Pena Nieto, to victory. Among his promises are that he will live in his own home, turn the official residence into a public space, sell the presidential airplane and even cut his own salary. He also said he would lower the salaries of top officials and give those at the bottom higher raises.

López Obrador is the first leftist to win the Mexican presidency in over 30 years.

López Obrador victory highlights widespread discontent with outgoing Peña Nieto’s PRI party, which has governed Mexico for 77 of the past 89 years. Peña Nieto congratulated López Obrador Sunday, saying, “He and his team will have the support of the Mexican government to make an orderly and efficient transition.”

He hopes to build a stronger relationship with the United States, which means dealing with Donald Trump.

Despite his long political résumé, many saw the 64-year-old candidate as an outsider. His anti-establishment position has garnered comparisons to President Trump. López Obrador pledged to rely less on the U.S. and he hopes to persuade President Trump to help Mexico and Central America develop to stop illegal immigration to its northern neighbor. President Trump congratulated López Obrador in a tweet on Sunday saying he “looks very much to working with him.”

Many voters hope this is a new era for politics and domestic policy in Mexico.

“I confess that I have a legitimate ambition: I want to go down in history as a good president of Mexico,” said López Obrador during his celebratory rally. “I desire with all my soul to raise the greatness of our country on high.”

Many in Mexico believe the new president will lead the country to success domestically and abroad. “It’s the first time the country feels happy,” Emilia Gutierrez, who attended his rally, told NBC News. “It’s about what he represents. So many doors have been closed in Mexico. Now one opens.”

READ: 20 Memorable Moments From The 1986 World Cup In Mexico

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20 Latinos Who Have Something To Say About The 4th Of July 2018

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20 Latinos Who Have Something To Say About The 4th Of July 2018

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Independence Day in America in 2018 was one of the most conflicting celebrations. The political climate is dark. Currently, there are thousands of children seeking asylum who are being detained by ICE, separated from their families. The Supreme Court just upheld Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and it looks like the court is about to get even more radically conservative.

Most liberals went dark this year. However, the Latinos who had something to say set the Twitterverse on fire. Here’s your run down of July 4, 2018.

1. This ICE protestor scaled the Statue of Liberty.

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The woman refused to get down and for two hours just chilled in the folds of our Lady’s dress while police tried to talk her into getting down. She refused, leading the officers to use ropes and climbing gear in order to reach her. 🤩✊🏽

2. The Internet rallied behind her.

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Sure, there were MAGA people having a conniption, but we tip our sombreros to you for the most epic, iconic peaceful protest of the year. #Shero

3. Algunos gente think citizens need to go a step farther in la resistencia.

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If you’re physically taking children away from their parents, you’re committing a human rights violation.

4. Karamo Brown reaffirmed America’s founding commitment to diversity and freedom of expression.

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We can’t let MAGA think they own American pride. We know what patriotism looks like and it’s a commitment to our America: where diversity is celebrated, not feared.

5. Emma Gonzalez repped the flag at the beach.

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It’s called self-care, and reflection. It seems that a lot of us were up to that this year, because as a society, we have a lot of self-reflection to do.

6. Even businesses were prohibiting political discourse.

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These are tense times, folks. My whole Latino side of the family from Miami voted for Trump, and are really intense about it. It’s difficult to tolerate for anyone.

7. Some people redubbed the holiday as Immigrant Appreciation Day.

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And rightly so: seven of the founding fathers were immigrants. Plus, this is stolen land. If anybody has a right to it, it’s Native Americans and Mexicanos.

8. A Milwaukee school created a music video, “The Color of Freedom.”

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The video is scripted in both English and Spanish and each of the students tell the camera what freedom means to them.

“We Latinos are refugees still waiting for peace.” 😭

9. Oh, and we misspelled Independance Day and it trended.

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Honestly, we’re thriving over here. In the words of the kids in “The Color of Freedom,”libertad es una educacion buena.”

10. Many organizations seized the moment to encourage people to go out and vote.

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P.S.- Check it out. Moms Demand Action make it easy on you by offering a mobile opt-in that will make updating your voter registration painless. Gracias!

Latinos need to turn out in a big way during midterm elections in November. Nos vamos!!

11. Even celebrities took to Twitter to encourage people to get out and vote.

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Justina Machado, Puerto Rican star of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” series threw her support behind Maxine Waters. Just a few days prior, she marched with #FamiliesBelongTogether in LA and met with the Senator.

12. Mira how cute this teen activist is.

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Preach, mija. We need more young and old people like her to repair this world. Many people just send America “Get Better Soon” wishes from around the world.

13. Meanwhile, Latinos everywhere carne asada’ed rain or shine.

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The rain just adds a smoky flavor. At least that’s what my tío says.

14. While others decided to rep their Latino pride instead.

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I get it. America isn’t doing too hot re: human rights standards. Be better or be Mexicana. That’s all.

15. Other folks drew nice hairy vaginas to remind people of the obvious.

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These are triggering times. Roe v Wade could be easily overturned in the near future. Women’s rights are on the brink of violation. Stay vigilant. #UnderHisEye

16. Mostly, Twitter raged about family separation policies.

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Which, yes, allegedly ended, but are still problematic. Children can now be detained for an indefinite amount of time in privatized “detention facilities” that are owned by the same folks who own prisons.

17. Families especially took to Twitter.

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It’s hard to be grateful for your family while hearing the cries of children in ICE facilities on your daily podcast. If you were with your family this year, post about it. #EndFamilySeparation #LoveThisFamily

18. I’m screaming for these hombres who reminded people what America looks like.

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Nobody is illegal on stolen land. This land is ours. Get over it already. This country was built on immigrant and by immigrants.

19. Memes took center stage.

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While millions of families celebrated with barbecues, fireworks and pool time, thousands of families are still separated. Children are thousands of miles away from their parents because of a Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy.

20. True story: most of us were just panicking over the fireworks.

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Don’t even play. We inherit it from our mothers.

How did you celebrate (or not) the Fourth? Comment below!

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