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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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The President Tried Making Vulgarity Mainstream With An Attack Against Mitt Romney But Ana Navarro Had Time To Play

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The President Tried Making Vulgarity Mainstream With An Attack Against Mitt Romney But Ana Navarro Had Time To Play

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Ana Navarro has been one of the most vocal Republican opponents of President Trump since he announced his campaign in 2015. The Nicaragua-born political analyst does not mince words when she takes the president to task. Her latest takedown of Trump went right to the heart of his most sensitive feature: his hair.

President Trump followed his usual strategy when calling out people he doesn’t like by tweeting about them.

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Utah Senator Mitt Romney is one Republican who has offered some pushback against Trump and his administration. Sen. Romney recently spoke out about the impeachment inquiry saying that Trump’s calls to Ukraine and China were “wrong and appalling.”

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry after a call with the Ukrainian president revealed that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The transcript released by the White House showed that the president asked the Ukrainian government to directly interfere with the 2020 elections.

Sen. Romney has been vocal about Trump’s negative impact on the U.S.’s place in the world.

In 2016, before Trump was elected president, Sen. Romney called out all of the shortcomings of Trump if he were to become president. His unapologetic and pointed takedowns of Trump are timeless.

Trump’s vulgarity and attack in the tweet are catching a lot of people’s attention.

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People are concerned that the actions of the president show a troubling trend. Trump has received backlash in the past for demanding loyalty from people in his administration. Criticism for the loyalty demands was warranted since people should be loyal to the Constitution and the country’s future.

Expert tweeter and renowned Trump critic took a moment to call Trump out.

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Navarro has never shied away from going after President Trump when he oversteps his boundaries and acts unpresidential. Her rebuttal against Trump is a fitting response to the president who takes the low road and uses vulgarity when attacking and nicknaming political opponents.

People added to Navarro’s list to show the other things Sen. Romney will have over Trump.

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Trump’s financial superiority has been a source of a lot of questions and controversy. Since he has refused to release his tax returns, there is a lot of speculation about his actual finances. However, one thing has been proven, he didn’t do well with the money his father gave him. Had Trump properly invested the money his father gave to him, he would be richer now that he claims to be.

Though, the hair comment made many Twitter users lol on her thread.

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Trump critics and dissenters have long focused on the president’s hair. His hair was such a focus during the 2016 election that Jimmy Fallon invited Trump on the show to humanize him by tossing it.

Some even took the time to share stories they have heard about the Romneys.

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This one cuts pretty deep. Latino families are notorious for wanting to be the best family so just imagine someone telling your mom or dad this kind of story to make them question you as a family. Woah.

However, there are people who are calling out Romney and the ways they consider him to be a wishy-washy person.

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What do you think about the president and his attack on Mitt Romney?

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Democrats End Months Of Caution, Announce Formal Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

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Democrats End Months Of Caution, Announce Formal Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The announcement comes after a whistleblower filed a complaint about Trump asking the Ukranian government to investigate presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukraine’s largest private gas company Burisma. The Obama administration supported an investigation into Hunter to confirm no conflicting interest with the vice president’s official business in the country. Now, Trump asked the Ukranian government to launch an investigation into the businesses dealings and it has been alleged that Trump threatened to withhold funds from Ukraine if they did not. Trump has denied the allegations but it was enough for Speaker Pelosi to announce an official investigation. Here’s what we know so far.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry for Trump today.

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The startling news comes in the wake of his admission that Trump spoke to the president of Ukraine to get information on Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son and their dealings with Ukraine. President Trump also admitted to withholding military funds before the call was made.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Rep. Pelosi told the press, according to The New York Times.

While some Democrats and Trump opposers have been calling for Trump’s impeachment for quite some time, Democratic presidential candidates have been more vocal about it in the past couple of months. It seemed like Rep. Pelosi was waiting for the right time to move forward.

Rep. Pelosi’s announcement today is a departure from the cautious tone the leading Democrat has publicly held.

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In March, Rep. Pelosi told The Washington Post the wasn’t “for impeachment. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it. No. I don’t think he is. I mean, ethically unfit. Intellectually unfit. Curiosity wise unfit. No, I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States.” She then scolded herself for “coming across too negatively.”

All along, the House Judiciary Committee has collected articles of impeachment on President Trump. The only way to impeach a president is to have the proper articles of impeachment — which is the evidence that shows the president has engaged in wrongdoings that go above executive privilege. The steps now would be to collect the articles of impeachment and bring them to a vote before the House of Representatives. A committee can be set up to vet the articles, however, that is not necessary. If the House votes in a majority on one article, that is essentially an indictment that the president has committed an impeachable offense. 

The Trump Administration is, so far, playing it cool by saying this latest call for impeachment is “nothing new.”

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“The Democrats continue to weaponize politics when they should be working on behalf of their constituents, which is nothing new,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, according to CNN. “President Trump is working hard on behalf of our country here in NYC while they continue to scream the word impeachment. Nothing new here.” 

The complaint filed by the whistleblower about Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s president is a very important revelation in these proceedings.

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Initially, when news first broke about a whistleblower having first-hand knowledge that President Trump spoke to Ukraine about wanting knowledge against Biden for the purpose of his presidential election, it wasn’t a big deal. 

We’ve heard a myriad of things against Trump, but without proof, it doesn’t lead to much. So, when the whistleblower said there was a call, and then Trump admitted to it, that changed everything. Trump tweets scandalous things all the time. He says outrages things all the time, but saying and doing is two different things. Having proof is also important. Now that the public knows there’s a recording, and that Trump admitted to the call, those on Capitol Hill have demanded the transcript of the call and Trump is apparently going to release it soon. 

If there’s proof that Trump asked a foreign government to interfere in the next presidential election, he will be impeached. That would be the best-case scenario. There’s still an impeachment process, and Republicans hold the key because they’re the majority in the Senate.

While the transcripts could be important in these proceedings, what should be released sooner is the formal complaint by the whistleblower. There is skepticism that the Trump administration would release an undoctored version of the transcript. Releasing the whistleblower’s full complaint would offer a more honest and transparent account of the call.

So now what? Now we wait. The first hurdle is getting 235 Democrats in the House to support the inquiry. That is likely to happen. 

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After that, here’s how the process will move along, according to the New York Times

“When the full House votes on articles of impeachment, if at least one gets a majority vote, the president is impeached — which is essentially the equivalent of being indicted.”

“Next, the proceedings move to the Senate, which is to hold a trial overseen by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.”

“A team of lawmakers from the House, known as managers, play the role of prosecutors. The president has defense lawyers, and the Senate serves as the jury.”

“If at least two-thirds of the senators find the president guilty, he is removed, and the vice president takes over as president.”

What many political pundits and critics are concerned of is the willingness of the Senate to move forward if an article for impeachment is approved by the House. While the Constitution states that after the House passes an article that the Senate will hold a trial to finalize the impeachment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stonewalled any legislation passed by the House. Notably, Sen. McConnell blocked President Obama from filling a Supreme Court vacancy and he would be able to block an impeachment, which many expect him to do. Only time will tell if the Senate will follow through with their obligation to uphold the constitution and protect our democracy.

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