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Here’s What You Can Expect Now That President Trump Has Been Impeached By The House Of Representatives

Last night, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The historic votes on two articles of impeachment make President Trump the third president to ever be impeached in the U.S. He is also the first Republican president and the first president in his first term to ever be impeached. Here’s how it went down.

Last night, President Trump held a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan while the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.

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Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment last night. The first was for abuse of power related to his asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden to benefit his reelection efforts. The second article fo impeachment was for obstruction of Congress related to him telling staffers that were subpoenaed to testify to ignore the subpoenas and not testify. Both articles passed with a majority of the votes officially impeaching Trump.

Impeachment does not mean that Trump will be removed from office, however, the impeachment will follow him forever.

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In order for President Trump to be removed from office, there needs to be a 2/3 vote in the Senate following a trial on the articles of impeachment. While it is unclear if the Senate will hold a legitimate trial, the vote for impeachment is going to follow Trump the rest of his life. He will forever be marked in history books as an impeached president.

There was a lot of celebration from people on social media that the House of Representatives voted to defend free and fair elections in the future.

President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have jeopardized the sanctity of U.S. elections and has tarnished the reputation of the nation in the world. By asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a political opponent to benefit his reelection is a clear attack on democracy.

However, some people have questions about what impeachment means if he is not removed from office.

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A simple impeachment is not enough to get a president out of office. However, impeachment is something that will never disappear. His place in the history books will be one of impeachment for corruption and attempting to influence a U.S. election with foreign assistance.

The next step would be a trial in the Senate to determine if the presidnet is removed from office.

The Constitution states that the Senate has the responsibility to hold a trial to determine if the articles of impeachment warrant removing the president from office. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already let the country know that a legitimate trial is not likely.

“I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There’s not anything judicial about it,” McConnell told reporters according to NPR. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi mentioned that the articles of impeachment would be withheld from the Senate.

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Pelosi told reporters that the House would not be appointing impeachment managers and sending the articles to the Senate. Pelosi is withholding the articles until they had a better idea of what the trial would look like. Some people are calling for Pelosi to use the same tactic that McConnell used against President Obama when it came to appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Other people have an issue with the pressure on Nancy Pelosi to act while the Senate ignores the will of the American people.

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The Senate has refused to call witnesses for a legitimate trial on the impeachment. Polls show that the American people want a full and thorough investigation into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. It is to the benefit of the country to have a full and legitimate investigation to bring all of the facts forward.

President Trump reacted to the impeachment news by deflecting and trying to downplay the historic votes to impeach him.

“They happen to have a small majority, and they took that small majority and they forced people,” the president told reporters according to NBC. “Many of those people were like Jeff, where they didn’t want to vote that way,” he added. “But it doesn’t feel — to me, it doesn’t feel like impeachment.”

Trump’s cries that the impeachment proceedings are disenfranchising voters is furthering the argument that the Electoral College has done the same.

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Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in the popular vote by 2 million votes. The Electoral College has undercut the popular vote in several elections benefiting Republicans every time. It is something that Americans have become more and more frustrated with since votes are not being counted appropriately.

In the face of a hostile Senate threatening to give President Trump a pass, Pelosi stands firm in her decision to move forward with impeachment.

What do you think about the current impeachment process?

READ: The House Is Getting Ready To Vote On The Articles Of Impeachment And Here’s What That Means

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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