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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

A Majority-Latino School District Is Choosing Between Two White Women For School Board In Los Angeles

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A Majority-Latino School District Is Choosing Between Two White Women For School Board In Los Angeles

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Voters in LA have a little-known election on May 14 that is proving to be another case of underrepresentation of communities of color.

Board District 5 of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is having a special election to replace a former board member who resigned due to corruption charges. Voters in this runoff election will have to decide between two white candidates in a district where 8 in 10 residents are people of color and nearly 90 percent of enrolled students are Latino.

The LAUSD Board will be largely white even though most students are Latino.

The election is occurring in Board District 5 which makes up LA’s lower-income Latino-majority cities. These cities include Maywood, Huntington Park, Cudahy, and South Gate along with the rapidly gentrifying communities of Los Feliz, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, and Silver Lake.

Many voters in the district know want they want in a board member. They want someone who will make the superintendent work harder and who will visit local schools more frequently. Yet, for the heavily Latino district, many also want to see someone who looks like us sitting on the board. They want someone who better understands the needs of the community because they are from the same community.

Unfortunately, that won’t be an option in Tuesday’s election.

Board District 5 is quintessential Los Angeles.

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L.A.’s Board District 5 closely mirrors the demographics of L.A. as a whole. More than a quarter of students are classified as English learners, more than 85 percent live in low-income households, and an estimated 2,000 are homeless.

However, Board District 5 topped LAUSD as a whole last year with its graduation rate of 83 percent, compared with 76.6 percent for all other schools. One reason for the higher graduation rates could be that there are a number of community organizations and Latino advocacy groups who partner with local high schools to help students go on to college.

Latinos not being represented is nothing new in politics, even on the local L.A. level.

People are fed up and letting themselves be heard on social media. With Tuesday’s turnout expected to be low (roughly just 10-20 percent of eligible voters), it’s so important that Latinos and all people of color make their voices heard so that we can finally see ourselves represented in all levels of government.

READ: LAUSD Just Made It Harder For ICE To Walk Onto Their School Campuses

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