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People Are Angry That The Trump Administration Has Time And Money For Notre Dame But Not Puerto Rico

The Trump administration has been in one scandal after another since Trump took office and the scandals don’t seem to be ending. The latest controversy surrounding the president is his decision to send aid to France to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, which suffered a horrific fire this week. While the Trump administration has offered U.S. aid to rebuild the cathedral, Americans are asking about Puerto Rico, Flint, and numerous American cities and citizens suffering after natural disasters.

The world watched on in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames.

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The structure, which has been an iconic landmark in the heart of Paris since 1345, suffered serious damage from a fire. The roof of the cathedral burned and the iconic spire that rose from the back of the cathedral tumbled to the floor while on fire. Horrified spectators watched as a small fire in the cathedral grew in ferocity and started to cause structural issues.

Some people had some hot takes on the issue.

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All kidding aside, there are so many Americans that need assistance, real assistance. The border wall is not included in the outcry for the U.S. to take care of their own as so many continue to rebuild and struggle after natural disasters.

The announcement from the White House was immediately met with anger from Americans seeking justice for Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Ricans, who are also U.S. citizens, are still in recovery mode after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. The Trump administration has been asked repeatedly about their slow and inadequate response to the natural disaster that killed around 3,000 Americans and left millions without power and water for months.

Some people are calling this a race thing.

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President Trump brags about putting America first but the optics of his decisions and policies speak volumes to the contrary. While Flint is five years into a health crisis tied to tainted water at the hands of a white, Republican governor, the Trump administration has time to help France. Now, there is nothing wrong with helping an ally in need. However, for an administration with a long history of saying part administrations never did anything for the American people, this move is coming off to some as hypocritical.

Not to mention, we recently had a racist man set fire to historically black churches in Louisiana.

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Holden Matthews, 21, is the son of a local sheriff and the man arrested for setting fire to the three churches in Louisiana. He is facing hate crime charges for targeting the churches in his arson attacks. Fortunately, shortly after Notre Dame burned social media directed people to the GoFundMe page for the three black churches and they have raised $1 million to help them rebuild.

The criticism from people that the Trump administration is operating based on race and religious discrimination is fueled by the lack of response to a burning mosque in Jerusalem.

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The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is one of the most important places of worship for the Islamic faith. The structure burned the same day as the Notre Dame fire but the attention has been minimal. In fact, nothing has been said by President Trump addressing the tragic and equally devastating loss of Al-Aqsa.

There hasn’t been a concrete number for the aid the U.S. is offering France but people aren’t letting the administration live it down.

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Only time will tell how much the Trump administration will send to France. Time will also tell how much longer Puerto Rico will continue to struggle as the Trump administration ignores the humanitarian crisis they created by ignoring the disaster from the beginning.

READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Unapologetically Bringing Puerto Rico To The Halls Of Congress

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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