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Latino Victory Fund Has Removed A Political Ad Showing A White Supremacist In A Truck Running Down Children Of Color

The gubernatorial race in Virginia has gotten nasty. Republican candidate Ed Gillespie is accusing his opponent, Virginia lieutenant governor Ralph Northam, of helping the gang MS-13 spread throughout Virgnia due to his sanctuary city policies. “MS-13 is a menace,” says a voiceover in Gillespie’s ad. “Yet Ralph Northam voted in favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the street increasing the threat of MS-13. Ralph Northam’s policies are dangerous.”

The Democratic Party of Virginia has distributed political flyers connecting Gillespie to President Trump and the Charlottesville “Unite The Right” rally. The latest punch thrown in Virginia’s gubernatorial race comes from the Latino Victory Fund, an organization that aims to amplify Latino voices in politics and government.

This is the Latino Victory Fund ad against Ed Gillespie that has sparked some mixed emotions.

The ad, shown above, shows a group of children of color running for their lives in Virginia as they are chased by a black pickup truck. At one point, you can see an Ed Gillespie campaign bumper sticker on the back of the truck. The only words heard during the ad are those a one child telling the rest to keep running. All we know of the person in the truck is that they are perceived to be white and on a mission to harm the four children.

The ad has received a lot of backlash from self-proclaimed Republican voters and pundits. The tweet containing the video is filled with responses from Twitter users who are outraged and offended even calling the ad racist. Yet, Latino Victory Fund is not apologizing for the message behind the video.

“Latino Victory’s ad portrays the real-life concerns of communities of color in an increasingly hostile political and social environment. For weeks, Gillespie has peddled dangerous stereotypes, slandering Latinos and immigrants and calling us ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals,'” Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund said in an email statement. “We won’t take it any longer. It’s our moral imperative to stand up for Latino and immigrant families. Our ad holds a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see.”

Some appeared to be frustrated with Latino Victory Fund for running an attack ad.

While others see the ad as proof that both sides of the aisle are focusing on fear over substance.

Others pointed out that some people just don’t understand that fear in communities of color right now.

Latino Victory Fund has since removed their tweet containing the video.

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Rudy Giuliani Compared Himself To A ‘Cartel’ Boss After Apartment Raid

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Rudy Giuliani Compared Himself To A ‘Cartel’ Boss After Apartment Raid

Updated May 17, 2021.

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to in April.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home in April.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

Now, lawyers for Giuliani are accusing federal investigators of behaving as if they were “taking down a terrorist or the head of a drug cartel.”

Robert Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani called “The validity of the 2019 covert warrant, and the handling of the information obtained by the prosecutor are serious questions that must be resolved before any further damage is done.”

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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