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[VIDEO] Trump Laughs When Rally Goer Suggests Shooting Migrants Trying To Seek Asylum At Southern Border

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President Trump held a rally in the Florida panhandle yesterday. During the rally, Trump spoke to his audience in Panama City Beach about what he claims to be a crisis at the border and the ongoing recovery of Puerto Rico. The comments are stirring backlash this morning as people are appalled at the comments made about migrants seeking asylum.

President Trump hosted a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida yesterday and controversy followed.

During the rally, Trump lamented about what he sees as a crisis at the southern border. According to Trump, it is an invasion as people reach the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum, which is a legal process.

“And don’t forget — we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons. We can’t,” Trump said about Border Patrol officers. “Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people? You can’t.”

It was then that a woman, according to numerous eyewitnesses, shouted, “Shoot them.” The outburst was followed by audience members and the President laughing about the idea of shooting migrants legally seeking asylum at the border.

Trump’s reaction to someone suggesting that migrants be shot at the border has been followed with a strong backlash.

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The rally was hosted the day after a deadly and traumatic shooting at a Colorado high school. Kendrick Castillo, a Latino student at the STEM school, sacrificed his life so save the lives of his fellow classmates.

The tone of the Trump rally after the shooting resonated with people for all the wrong reasons.

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The way the crowd erupts in laughter at the thought of innocent people being shot at the southern border has outraged many on social media. Most outrageous for some was how the president joined in on the “joke” about violence.

“That’s only in the Panhandle, you can get away with that statement,” Trump said while laughing. “Only in the Panhandle!”

Despite everything else Trump said at the rally, the conversation today is around the threat of violence on the border.

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The Trump administration has single-handedly caused a humanitarian crisis at the southern border through hurtful and xenophobic policies. The most harmful policy was when the Trump administration enacted a zero-tolerance policy that tore families apart with no intention to reunite them. According to The New York Times, the Trump administration admitted that it would take two years to reunite families that were torn apart because they did not keep records as to which children came from which family.

People are also pointing out that this rhetoric is likely what is behind the increase in hate crimes in places Trump visits.

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A recent study examined the counties that hosted Trump rallies and their correlation with hate crimes. The study found that counties that hosted Trump rallies saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes following the rallies. There have been multiple studies that showed Trump’s presidency has led to an increase in hate crimes across the country.

At the same rally, Trump took time to attack Puerto Rico as an applause line.

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“What the Democrats want to do, they want to give more and more,” Trump told the crowd in Panama City Beach, which is still recovering from Hurricane Michael, about Puerto Rico. “They complain, they want more money.”

Trump has consistently tried to downplay the disaster that has left Puerto Rico devastated for over a year.

Trump falsely claimed that the U.S. government has provided Puerto Rico with $91 billion in aid.

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His comments go further than to discredit the disaster that continues to impact those living on the island. His comments to the crowd in Panama City Beach are being used to pit two groups of disaster victims against each other.

Both Puerto Rico and the Florida panhandle experienced devastating hurricanes and both deserve the appropriate amount of aid to recover. What Trump has done with this rally was to create a false narrative that if Puerto Rico receives aid than the Florida panhandle will be left without. However, that is not how that works. Emergency assistance can be given to both communities without using them as pawns to downplay the other’s tragedy.

After criticizing Puerto Rico, Trump then pledged $448 million for recovery in the Florida Panhandle.

Funding for the Florida panhandle after the category 5 hurricane were stalled at the beginning due to Trump’s government shutdown over his border wall. Now, Trump is telling desperate people in Florida that Democrats are to blame for the lack of funds. However, the stalling of disaster funds is because the Trump administration has refused to work with Congress to pass a bill that allocates funds for further Puerto Rico recovery.

READ: She’s Not Running For President, But Oprah Did Just Donate Two Million Dollars for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

The Health Crisis At Detention Centers Is Inhumane But The Gov’t Argues Migrants Don’t Need Hygiene Products Or Beds To Sleep

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The Health Crisis At Detention Centers Is Inhumane But The Gov’t Argues Migrants Don’t Need Hygiene Products Or Beds To Sleep

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It’s no secret that the U.S. government isn’t taking care of migrants at the border or detention camps. Undocumented people that are living under U.S. care are getting sick. They’re being exposed to the measles, chicken pox, common colds due to extreme air-conditioned facilities, abuse, and so much more. What makes this situation so much more infuriating is that the government could care less than people are getting sick.

This video of Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian went viral over the weekend because she was telling judges that undocumented people in detention camps don’t need soap, toothpaste or beds to sleep.

Fabian spoke with three Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal judges and said that they shouldn’t be required to give undocumented people hygiene products or beds to sleep in because those things are seen as privileges.

The case is based on a 1997 ruling known as the “Flores Agreement” that “requires, among other things, that the government hold minors in facilities that are “safe and sanitary” and that they are released from confinement without delay whenever possible.”

Here’s a portion of the transcript:

Judge Wallace Tashima: “If you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap if you don’t have a blanket, it’s not safe and sanitary. Wouldn’t everybody agree with that? Do you agree with that?”

Sarah Fabian: “Well, I think it’ s—I think those are—there is fair reason to find that those things may be part of safe and sanitary.”

Judge Tashima: “Not ‘maybe.’ ‘Are’ a part. What do you say, ‘may be’? You mean there are circumstances when a person doesn’t need to have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap for days?”

Fabian: “Well, I think, in CBP custody, there’ s—it’s frequently intended to be much shorter-term, so it may be that for a shorter-term stay in CBP custody that some of those things may not be required.”

However, we know that the Trump administration is seeking to change that rule to allow for indefinite detention of children and migrants.

The judges were clearly frustrated with her and she could barely answer their questions properly.

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Vice President Mike Pence tried to get out of answering why undocumented migrants wouldn’t need hygiene products while being detained during a CNN interview and basically didn’t even know what the hearing was all about.

“Aren’t toothbrushes and blankets and medicine basic conditions for kids?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Pence, “Aren’t they a part of how the United States of America—the Trump administration—treats children?”

Pence replied by saying, “Well, of course, they are Jake,” and claimed he couldn’t “speak to what that lawyer was saying.”

Now a team of doctors and attorneys who have seen the migrants up close are releasing their findings and claim that virtually everyone they saw was sick.

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“The kids had colds and were sick and said they didn’t have access to soap to wash their hands. It was an alcohol-based cleanser,” Clara Long, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch said to CNN. “Some kids who were detained for 2-3 weeks had only one or two opportunities to shower. One said they hadn’t showered in three weeks. Hygiene and living conditions like this creates a risk of spreading infectious disease. It makes me very concerned about the public health emergency.”

Holly Cooper, co-director of the University of California, Davis’ Immigration Law Clinic and represents detained youth, put it this way, according to the Associated Press, “In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention, I have never heard of this level of inhumanity.”

READ: Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

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Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

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Governors in the U.S. have tried and failed multiple times to enshrine discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community by passing “religious freedom” bills. At the heart of these bills is the idea that someone’s religion is enough to discriminate against those of different faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Puerto Rico tried to follow the same failed path as Indiana and the backlash was swift and victorious after Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny (Benito Martinez) spoke out against the bill forcing Governor Ricardo Rosselló to backtrack on his bill to discriminate.

In April, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló presented the Puerto Rican House of Representatives a “religious freedom” bill.

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The bill was months in the making and Gov. Rosselló showed his full support for the bill, House Bill 2069. The bill would have allowed for government employees to openly discriminate against people who went against their religious beliefs.

Ricky Martin spoke up against the measure and called out the Puerto Rican government and their willingness to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

“While the world calls for equality, respect for diversity and the defense of human rights, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Governor of Puerto Rico are pushing for a measure that goes against all of the above and it encourages division, prejudice, hatred and the lack of respect for individuality,” Martin wrote on his fan website. “It does so under a premise that undermines the constitutional protections against discrimination on the basis of race, sex or belief, and in its place, justifies an irrational protection of the religious convictions of government employees.”

“As a member of the LGBTT community, I join the constituency that affirms that there has never been a willingness among our LGBTT people to allow for the validation or legalization of discrimination against us.”

“House Bill 2069, filed at the request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and promoted by Representative Charbonier, achieve nothing more than opening the doors to hatred towards anyone who doesn’t share the same ideology, who simply belong to the LGBTT community, or who don’t  have the same color skin, amidst many other discriminatory measures.”

“Authentic religious freedom calls for respecting everyone equally.”

Bad Bunny also used his platform to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community in Puerto Rico.

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“While we ‘bad guys’ do out to unite people and try to send a message of respect and tolerance, the leaders of my country work to do the opposite,” he wrote on Instagram. “We cannot take steps backwards, NEVER! @ricardorossello you make excellent coffee, I know that you can also make an excellent decision.”

Calle 13’s Residente joined his Puerto Rican peers to call out the Puerto Rican government’s wishes to strip LGBTQ+ people of their humanity with the law.

These calls against the action came during Pride month when the U.S. is supposed to be celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, which still faces discrimination and violence.

After the outcry, Gov. Rosselló reversed his support for the bill and ordered the Puerto Rican House of Representatives to shelf the bill.

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“WE WON! The recent years, Western countries have made significant advances in guaranteeing equal right for the LGBTT community,” Martin tweeted.

Martin celebrated the decision by educating his followers about what the measure would mean for the LGBTQ+ community.

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“These advances were threatened recently in Puerto Rico, where the House fo Representatives passed legislation that endangered the progress won in the last decade and risked feeding the division, prejudice, and tensions between the communities.”

He did not sugar coat the true meaning behind the legislation.

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“By granting government employees the power to act in accordance with their religious convictions, personal values, and principles, this regressive legislation would have sanctioned the practice of institutional discrimination on the part of those who committed themselves to a life in public service.”

Congratulations, Ricky!

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It just goes to show that enough public outcry can make politicians listen to the majority instead of the vocal minority.

READ: After Delay Caused By Border Wall And Trump’s Feud with Puerto Rico, Congress Finally Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package

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