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This Latina Politician Is Putting A White Supremacist In His Place One Tweet At A Time

Wendy Carrillo, a candidate for California’s 34th Congressional district, has not been shy about sharing her personal story. A former undocumented immigrant, Carillo fled war-torn El Salvador with her family when she was a child. Her story and campaign caught the attention of white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. The two have been in a Twitter war for five days and it appears it’s not over.

Wendy Carrillo, candidate for the 34th Congressional district, released her first campaign ad on March 14.


As the caption states, the campaign ad is all about Carrillo and her constituents being “Loud. Bold. Progressive. ‘Unapologetic.'”

Two days after the video was posted to Twitter, good ‘ol boy David Duke caught wind of it and tried to drag Carrillo.


It seems that he also had a problem with the “unapologetically” raised fists at the end of the ad too.

Less than two hours later, Carrillo let Duke know that she is indeed unapologetic.


Oh snap.

Two days later, Carrillo released a video responding to Duke’s tweet.


“When we begin to take power that is when people like David Duke go out and rally up the troops because it scares them because they know that this country is changing,” Carrillo says in the video. “They know that we are gaining influence and that we have an opportunity to change the course of this country to what we want it to be, which is inclusive of all people.”

By March 19, Duke tried to attack Carrillo’s idea of Latino Victory.


Duke linked to a tweet from Ann Coulter, who shared a January story about cartel violence in a Mexican resort town. Duke appears to be implying that drug violence and murder is somehow tied to the Latino experience. Though, if he would have read closely or even clicked on a tweet from Carrillo, he would have found that Latino Victory is a pro-Latino political organization connecting politically activated Latinos with the focus of “building Latino political power.”

Carrillo hit back, calling Duke out not actually caring about the victims of violence in Mexico.


“I am sick and tired of politicians who claim to represent us but do not stand up as racism and misogyny is normalized in our country,” Carrillo told mitú in an email statement about why she responded to his tweets. “I refuse to sit quietly on the sidelines. David Duke is a Breitbart-reading, white-supremacy-preaching, ‘former’ Grand Wizard of the KKK who attacked me for telling my story as a formerly undocumented person and unrecognized refugee. So I called him out, and I did so unapologetically.”

Duke then tweeted his own story about speaking in Guadalajara, Mexico inviting her to “learn” about his positions.


Carrillo let Duke know that she was already aware of his positions because, KKK.


“The threats, racism, insults, and body shaming that have ensued is yet another reminder of the normalization of hatred and misogyny in Trump’s America,” Carrillo continued in her statement to mitú. “I will not be silenced, because this campaign is not about me—it’s about the millions of people who believe that this should be a country of opportunity, not one of fear and oppression.”

Then Duke came back to her campaign ad calling her raised fist scene communist.


And Carrillo responded with an edited version of her campaign ad which is just the final scene of raised fists.


S A V A G E !!

Then Duke decided that this was a good comeback to a story of a young girl who’s father was deported as the trained for a marathon.


There hasn’t been a response by Carrillo on Twitter to this tweet yet.


READ: This Latina Is Running For Congress To Represent Her ‘Hood

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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