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People Who Voted For Trump’s 2016 Election Opened Up About The Moment They Decided To Not Vote For Him In 2020

On Monday, a user on Reddit asked conservative users the question “Republicans who will not be voting for Trump this time around, what was the breaking point for you?” Unsurprisingly the question posted by u/BenTCinco prompted over 17 K comments from users and some pretty enlightening conversations about our commander-in-chief.

Check out the responses from users below.

When he attacked John McCain.

“In 2016 when he demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that he completely lacked any moral fabric by attempting to disparage McCain’s military record because he was captured.“- ImRightImRight

The disrespect and carelessness he showed BLM protestors.

“When he gassed a bunch of innocent protestors with teargas to get a picture of him holding a bible.” –kickpicket36it

When Mitt Romney voted for his impeachment.

“Pre-impeachment I was never all that angry. I never voted for him to begin with and I wasn’t planning to this year either. I did vote for mitt romney in 2016 and 2018 because I just like most of the work he does for my state, despite other things. I was surprised by his vote to impeach, and even impressed in a way. I knew he had committed career suicide by doing this, but the backlash he got state-side and from the Trump administration as well as the republican party as a whole was disgusting to me. When Mitt Romney was potentially exposed to COVID, and Trump sarcastically said, “Gee, that’s too bad.” All but expressing how little he cared if my representative lived or died. That was it. The president is dead to me until a new one is elected. Fuck Trump.” –NoonTide86

When he displayed his lack of understanding of actual science.

“Suppose we hit the body, with a tremendous light.” –Mjbass

When he showed how little he cared about the environment and our future.

“Stripping wildlife and environmental protections. Goodbye, investment growth, we had a good run. I’ll miss you.” – GPQ70

When he showed he had zero focus.

“It really pissed me off when like two days ago he made cub hunting legal in Alaska. Like WHAT IN THE GODDAMN FUCK. Not only is that fucking horrible, but I feel like changing hunting regulations is not exactly what a President should be focusing on with everything else going on right now.” –MountainDude95

When he despicably used George Floyd’s name in vain.

“This quote? ‘Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. It’s a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality. It’s really what our Constitution requires, and it’s what our country is all about.'” – Annoy_Occult_Vet

His disastrous handling of the coronavirus.

“The final blow? Was his handling of the Corona Virus. Putting states at odds with each and the feds over medical supplies?” –mentaltease

His constant lies.

“The fact he appointed a oil exec to be the head of the EPA so it could be dismantled.. And that he lies constantly.. I left the GOP” – BRoodingENT

Not speaking out about police brutality.

“A relative of mine messaged me about a week after the George Floyd protests had been going to inform me that she had seen a post I made online about it and it moved her to tears. She told me she was no longer supporting Trump because he did not once speak out about police brutality and everything happening. I believe it is the fact that when she saw George Floyd’s death she saw her black family members in his place and realized she could no longer support someone who would let that happen. As much as I love her, her views have in the past been problematic and kind of racist which hurt me. It was a shock to me that she flipped so suddenly considering how awful he has been in the past, but I think when things become personal and threaten your family, it can be the one thing that shocks you into seeing the reality of things.” – Sirmoulin

When he threatened to shoot looters.

“Recently when he threatened to shoot looters. (I don’t support the looting, it’s just that the punishment shouldn’t be death.) Also when he said that the 75-year-old man who was pushed down was actually ANTIFA.”- Sirmoulin

And of course, his ridiculous Twitter tants.

“Annoying non-stop Twitter rants, egomaniac, lack of empathy, Divide and Conquer mentality, tyrannical White House Turn-Over Rate. Yeah, there’s typically some that resign in politics, but WOW. Front door is now a revolving door. Any high-ranking official that gets excited to work with/for him does and then goes running screaming (resignation) and then says he’s imbalanced, unethical, conniving, and devisive. All of his friends are either doing time in the Pokey aka Prison (too many to list) or dead (Epstein). He was just “inspecting the underground bunker”. Cowardly (and weird) walk to the DC church (surrounded by police, SWAT, USSS, and snipers) to hold the Bible upside down. He doesn’t give 2 shits about religion. I live near him. I can’t believe what he said about POW John McCain. He likes people ‘who don’t get caught.’ ‘Punch him in the face; I’ll pay your legal fees.’ We’ve gotten a good picture now about exactly how this maniac rolls and it is not good. When the country is going to hell in a hand basket and we need to hear from our leader (Presidential Address), he’s absent or says something super fucked up on Twitter to make the situation worse. We need someone A LOT more emotionally and mentally mature to deserve residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and properly handling the economy like a BOSS, nurturing peaceful and strong foreign relations, and creating as a leader an environment for us, for the people of the United States of America to feel that we are UNITED and all in this TOGETHER to make this the fantastic and strong nation that it is. I didn’t vote for either candidate last election. It was like voting for Dumb or Dumber (PALM BEACH) Registered Independent NPA I didn’t want to, thought the Democrats all looked ridiculous, but now voting for Biden.”

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Florida’s Latino vote is a crucial part of a winning strategy in the Sunshine State. The demographic shifts in recent years because of natural, financial, and governmental disasters has led to a big Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. President Trump’s handling of the Hurricane Maria recovery has left Puerto Ricans upset with the administration.

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are battling for Florida’s Latino voters.

Both the Democratic and Republican nominees are making concerted efforts to shore up Latino support in Florida. There are 3.1 million eligible Latino voters in the swing state and make up a crucial voting bloc. While a large number are conservative Cubans and Cuban-Americans, there are also other Latino communities representing different parts of Latin America.

The polling tells a story of two candidates locked in a heated race for the Latino vote in Florida.

Polls, like The Washington Post-ABC News poll, show Biden taking the lead with Latino voters in Florida. According to that poll, Biden is leading Trump 52 percent to 39 percent. However, Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in Florida 62 percent to 35 percent in 2016. Clinton’s success with the Latino community of Florida shows that the Latino vote is not the only way to clinch the electoral college votes.

On the other hand, President Trump wants everyone to pay attention to one poll. President Trump is sharing a poll by The Washington Post and ABC News that shows him leading in Florida. According to the poll, Trump leads in Florida by 4 points.

The Latino community in southern Florida is being bombarded by a disinformation campaign.

The disinformation is aimed at Florida’s Latino voters and is peddling conspiracy theories against Biden. One of the most prominent examples of this disinformation was the racist and anti-Semitic insert published in a recent edition of the Miami Herald. The insert compared BLM protesters to Nazis but argued that Nazis were nicer since they didn’t steal anything.

Both candidates are pouring money into their campaign efforts in Florida. Both are spending time and money trying to court the Latino vote in an effort to win the key state.

Critics of the president are pointing to the sudden relief package to Puerto Rico is a grab for votes.

President Trump was harshly and fairly criticized after he didn’t respond to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The 2017 hurricane devastated the island and left millions without power for weeks. One of the most memorable moments of that time was President Trump throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans recovering from the disaster.

President Trump, during an election, approved $13 billion in relief funds for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican voters have not forgotten the three years it took for the president to approve relief funds to help rebuild the island after a devastating storm.

READ: The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

(To better understand this Tweet, click the link above)

The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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