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

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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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More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

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More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

There is something so satisfying about being petty or watching a petty situation take place. That is exactly what we are seeing right now with a petition asking for New York City to rename a stretch of 5th Ave. in front of Trump Tower to President Barack H. Obama Avenue. Obama’s name has been used to rename some roads in the U.S. already and people are pushing for that trend to land right on Donald Trump’s doorstep.

A petition on MoveOn.org is calling for NYC to rename a portion of 5th Ave. after President Obama.

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The petition started as a joke but it quickly gained attention and speed and has continued to grow. So far, more than 360,000 people have signed the petition and are hoping the Mayor Bill DeBlasio listens to their request.

Some are not sure if it will happen but so many people are really pushing for the change.

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“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the petition. “We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.”

While the petition is being taken seriously by some people, others are just here for the show.

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We all love to see some next level pettiness and the people who created this petition, and support it, are giving people all kinds of life.

“I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not,” Elizabeth Rowin, the author of the petition, told Newsweek.

Some see this as a justifiable bout of karma.

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Yet, the request is already failing one key factor for a street renaming in NYC. According to ABC7NY, individuals honorees have to be deceased for two years prior to consideration for such a dedication. There is also a moratorium on street renamings in that part of New York City further complicated the issue.

Regardless of the viability of the street renaming, people are completely invested in this happening.

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It isn’t clear if the letter and petition will or will not be sent to Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He is running for the presidency right now and it might serve as a good way to grab some headlines if he pushes it through. Just imagine Donald Trump having to put “President Barack H. Obama” on his business cards, letterhead, and outgoing mail.

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After The El Paso Shooting, Julián Castro Releases Ad Tying Trump’s Rhetoric To The Deadly Massacre Targeting Latinos

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After The El Paso Shooting, Julián Castro Releases Ad Tying Trump’s Rhetoric To The Deadly Massacre Targeting Latinos

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Julián Castro is one of two Democrats running for president from the state of Texas. As a member of the Latino community in Texas, the shooting in El Paso was personal for Castro. With the shooting fresh in everyone’s mind and Latinos in Texas arming themselves for protection, Castro released a new message for Trump. The message places the blame for the shooting and anti-Latino sentiment squarely on Trump and his dangerous rhetoric.

Presidential hopeful Julián Castro has a message for Trump about his hateful and dangerous anti-Latino rhetoric.

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“President Trump,” Castro starts.

“You referred to countries as shitholes. You urged American Congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from. You called immigrants rapists. As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists. Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family. Words have consequences. Ya basta.”

The message is being received with support from people concerned about the rhetoric.

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There has been a documented uptick of hate crimes targeting Latinos since Trump took office. His own rhetoric calling immigrants rapists and criminals as well as saying Latinos are invading the U.S. has stoked anti-Latino sentiment throughout the country.

The ad comes at an important time as even U.S. citizens are being targeted by immigration enforcement because of their skin color, names, or language.

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Recently, an American teenager was released from an immigration detention center after spending three weeks detained. Francisco Erwin Galicia was born in Dallas and presented his Texas ID, birth certificate, and social security card when going through an immigration checkpoint. Despite the government-issued documentation, immigration officials refused to believe his citizenship and detained him for 23 days where he lost 26 pounds because he was starved and he almost self-deported because of the inhumane conditions.

Castro’s words are ringing true for a lot of Latinos who have felt the attitude toward the community turn hateful and unwelcoming.

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Social media has been filled with videos and posts about people being told to stop speaking Spanish in public. Military personnel, restaurant managers, and everyone else has been harassed by people telling them to stop speaking Spanish because they are in America and need to speak English. However, these people seem to forget that there is no official language for the U.S. so the argument is deeply rooted in xenophobic hate.

People are paying attention to Castro’s new ad and him holding Trump’s rhetoric accountable.

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Castro is speaking to and on the same frustrations and fear that has many in the Latino community living on the edge. The Trump administration continues to push through policies that have a direct impact on the Latino community and claim it isn’t targeted. The gaslighting from the administration is not a mystery. It is clear as day that the Trump administration’s policies, like attacking legal immigrants using benefits, are clearly targeted at the Latino community. The fact that the administration has to release statements saying they aren’t targeting Latinos is telling of their true motives.

The new ad is convincing people to give Castro more attention in the current presidential race.

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Castro is at risk of not making the next debate, scheduled for Sept. 13 – 13 in Houston, Texas. The Texas politician is close to qualifying for the next debate but is short when it comes to the qualifying polls.

Candidates need at least 2 percent support in four qualifying polls and at least 130,000 individual donors. There have to be at least 400 donors in 20 states.

Watch Castro’s full video below!

What do you think about Castro’s ad against Trump?

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