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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Thought He Was Clever With #ConDon Until Latinos Came Through With A Spanish Language Lesson

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio just announced his run in the crowded race for the Presidential Democratic primary. Since then, Trump has tweeted out that De Blasio is “the worst mayor in the U.S.,” and Trump Jr. is reportedly considering a run for Mayor of New York.

Within hours of his announcement to run for President, De Blasio “coined” the term ‘Con Don.’ He was referring to President Donald Trump as a con man but Latinos and Spanish-speakers took a pause and wanted to let DeBlasio know a few things.

Bill De Blasio started it all with a video he tweeted calling out President Trump and included #ConDon.

“I am going to keep calling him Con Don because that’s what he deserves to be called,” De Blasio told The Gothamist. “Any good New Yorker who’s watched a game of three-card monte or any other example of the way some in this city try to get one over on others—we’re a pretty streetwise people. We know a con man.”

This led Latinos to give De Blasio a quick little Spanish lesson because everyone can use a Spanish lesson.

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You don’t need to go to Twitter school to have a public platform on Twitter because Twitter will school you. Thankfully, this Latina reporter said what was on everybody’s minds.

It’s almost like he doesn’t have any Spanish-speakers around him to bounce ideas off of.

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Any Presidential candidate should have Spanish speaking advisors, no? Let this be a lesson to all 23 Democratic candidates: hire Spanish speakers.

Some were exasperated that he didn’t just use the existing #DonTheCon hashtag.

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It’s in that order for a reason, and the person who came up with #DonTheCon knew it. De Blasio has the highest unfavorability rating of all the Democrats running in the primaries.

Truth: Latinos needed this laugh.

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Some had been thinking about it all day and once Josefa Velasquez said it out loud, everyone started peeing their pants. Welcome to the Spanish-speaking-politically-minded-Latinos-on-the-internet subculture’s inside joke of the week.

Yeah, we really had a good time with this one. 😂

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During a climate when varying forms of birth control are highly stigmatized and veiled by a double standard, we have to agree with Laura. If we want to MAGA, we have to MCGA.

Okay, and then we got into semantics.

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There was no accent on the “Don” when it came out of De Blasio’s mouth, soo… If there were, the clip would make it to a private Latino comedy screening.

But if there’s no accent, then it means we’re with Don?

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So the options are “condom” or “With Don.” It is clear what saying Latinos are lining up for and it is safe to say that it is not “with Don.”

Regardless, New York is really truly going after Don.

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In a wild turn of events, the New York state legislature just gave explicit legal permission for tax officials to comply with Congressional subpoenas. That means it’s no longer up to Trump to evade subpoenas to stop an investigation. Investigations into his finances can now happen in New York.

At the very least, we all learned something today.

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We’ll say it louder for people in the back. 👏 Hire 👏 Spanish 👏 speaking 👏 Latinos 👏 . Punto.

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World Leaders Caught On Hot Mic Mocking President Trump

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World Leaders Caught On Hot Mic Mocking President Trump

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There’s no need to deny that the United States government is in complete disarray. Aren’t you fascinated by the impeachment hearings? The discussion about whether or not President Donald Trump committed a crime has completely engulfed social media and pop culture. There’s no way anyone could ever lessen the seriousness that is going on right now in Washington D.C. Despite the impeachment hearings, President Trump made a trip to the U.K. for a NATO summit and things turned against Trump when a hot mic incident caught what most world leaders think about him.

While President Trump is dealing with NATO business in the U.K., his foreign colleagues couldn’t help but take a couple of jabs at him.

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The moment came while the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were all gathered at the Buckingham Palace. It sounds like already an opening of a joke, but the cameras did, in fact, capture the world leaders discussing Trump. While they didn’t name the president by name, at least Trudeau acknowledged the moment later. 

The incomplete convo went something like this: 

Johnson asked Macron, “Is that why you were late?”

Trudeau jumps in to say, “…It was like a 40-minute press conference. Yeah, yeah, yeah! Forty minutes.” And then adds, “I just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

It doesn’t seem like the moment is all that scandalous but rather a “Real Housewives”-type of affair in which one group talks about someone else without their knowledge.

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As many on social media point out, this is not the first time Trump has had convo mishaps with foreign leaders. We know there’s already tension, and they don’t necessarily like Trump. So when Trump goes across the pond, you know some funny shit is about to go down. 

Trump was asked about the video footage in which the group discussed him. Trump called Trudeau “two-faced.” A term he has used to describe him in the past.

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“I find him to be a very nice guy, but you know the truth is that I called him out over the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent and I can see he’s not very happy about it,” Trump said today at a news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Reuters reports. He later said, “That was funny when I said the guy’s two-faced.” Okay, Trump. Maybe he just wants to get in on the funny conversation. 

Trudeau also commented about his use of words and said his remarks were in reference to finding out the G7 Summit would take place at Camp David in the U.S. 

“Last night, I made a reference to the fact there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump, I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly notable,” Trudeau told reporters, according to Reuters. He added, “We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David, I think that was an unscheduled announcement and… I think every different leader has teams who every now and then their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video itself for example.”

Whatever the comments were in reference too, we know Trump is feeling already a bit vulnerable about Trudeau’s presence, especially when you consider their history.

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The moment in which Trudeau and First Lady Melania Trump embraced in a “hello” kiss went viral, and for good reason. Just look at Trump’s sad look. 

There was also another moment that evening in which Trump got some nasty shade, but this time it was by at least two members of the Royal family.

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CNBC reports all of these NATO leaders were on hand to “celebrate the 70th anniversary of the alliance and met the British queen and her family…But the celebrations come against a backdrop of division between members on its future direction.” 

At one moment, Trump greets some members of the Royal Family. They all lined up to shake hands with him and you can visibly see Prince Charles scratching his face using his middle finger. At another point, one of the other family members, Princess Anne noticeably does not get in line to shake Trump’s hand but instead shrugs at the thought. 

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Joe Biden Wants You To Remember His Was Obama’s Vice President Until You Talk About Their Deportation Record

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Joe Biden Wants You To Remember His Was Obama’s Vice President Until You Talk About Their Deportation Record

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The Latina hired to facilitate outreach to Latinos, African-Americans, and women for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign has resigned out of frustration, according to two anonymous sources at Politico. Vanessa Cárdenas was Joe Biden’s most senior Latina staffer up until last week when she resigned and changed her Twitter bio to say she was “formerly with @joebiden.” According to Cárdenas’ friends, who anonymously spoke with Politico, Cárdenas grew frustrated that her continued reflection of Latinos’ policy concerns around immigration did not affect or change Biden’s policies at all. In response, Biden told the Associated Press that he will make Latino issues a priority for his 2020 campaign, and called Cárdenas “very, very good.”

Cárdenas reportedly was frustrated over Biden’s “hyperfocus” on white and Black voters in Iowa, erasing the importance of the Latino community.

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“The campaign is just hyper-focused on whites in Iowa and African-Americans and it placed less value on Latino outreach,” an immigration activist and friend paraphrased Cárdenas to POLITICO. “Vanessa kept banging her head against the wall trying to get them to take the community more seriously and Biden just really won’t change when it comes to the way he talks about immigration,” the friend told the outlet. “It became too much.” Latinos are projected to make up 18.3 percent of the electorate in 2020, surpassing African Americans as the largest minority group in the United States. 

Soon after Cárdenas quit, Biden lost his patience with an immigration activist, Carlos Rojas, and interrupted him to tell him, “You should vote for Trump.” Rojas is just one among many immigration activists who have pressed Biden to talk on Obama’s deportation numbers, which are much higher than Trump’s. Rojas had volunteered for the Obama campaign and was horrified to see how the man he believed in went on to become the “Deporter-in-Chief.” Biden’s response to his story? “No. I will not stop all deportations. I will prioritize deportations, only people who have committed a felony or serious crime,” Biden responded.

“Biden just refused to talk about the issue in a compassionate way,” one of Cárdenas’ friends told POLITICO.

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“What happened last week was a perfect example of what Vanessa was dealing with,” a second friend of Cárdenas told POLITICO. “Biden just refuses to talk about the issue in a compassionate way.” It seems as if Biden still doesn’t quite understand Cárdenas’ frustration, even though he told the Associated Press that he could “understand her frustration in terms of the number of days” the campaign spends in certain states. “I’m getting the same thing, and I’m sure every candidate is — no matter what state you’re in — why you’re not spending more time in other states,” he told the outlet. “I wish her well. I’m sorry she was frustrated,” he added.

It should be unsurprising that Biden continues this trend of talking around the bush about Latinos and immigration issues, but we feel frustrated for Cárdenas. Cárdenas allegedly wanted him to acknowledge Latinos in his policies, and he’s even euphemizing the word “Latinos” for “other states.”

Biden has repeatedly avoided political events that might focus on his immigration policies, leading him to skip political forums where Latinos or immigrant rights activists have the strongest voice.

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Biden received a lot of flack for skipping a Miami forum of Latino elected officials in June. In the week leading up to Cárdenas’ resignation, Biden received more negative press for avoiding California’s Democratic Party convention where he would be likely to be held to account for his immigration policies. While a campaign official, who asked to remain anonymous, told POLITICO that the campaign simply wants “to speak to the voters at our events that have real engagement,” we’d like to remind Biden that Latinos are real. They’re also real fed up, and demand to be heard. 

Biden’s understanding of Cárdenas’ concern about not spending more time in certain states is, at face value, true. To talk about California and Miami voters as “skewed” is to imply that the standard is white, and Latino voices are outliers. While Latinos poll as divided between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, a lot can happen in just a few months. Biden, we’re waiting for you to meaningfully acknowledge Latinos’ concerns over your immigration policy.

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