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The Best Part Of Trump’s Tyranical Rant Over The Weekend Was AOC And The Squads Salvaje Clap Back

By now, you’ve probably already seen the racist temper tantrum that Donald Trump unleashed over the weekend through a series of tweets the morning of July 14th. Of course, and sadly, it’s no longer that much of a surprise when the commander-in-chief of our country strays away from the norm and goes on a Twitter ramble and attacks a person or says something racist. This time, however, he proved he messed with the wrong people.

Because, in his latest bigoted explosion, the president targeted Congressional women of color.

In a series of tweets, the commander-in-chief accused what he called “‘Progressive’ Democrat congresswomen” of being from foreign countries with governments full of corruption.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came… you can’t leave fast enough.”

The level of xenophobia and incompetence in these tweets is really mind-boggling. Democrats and progressives were quick to denounce the bigoted words of the president but —  unsurprisingly — there was no such outrage from the far-right. 

The presidents tweets were aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as her fellow congresswomen Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Rashida Tlaib — also known as “The Squad.” It’s from the strong women that we have seen the most powerful responses to the president’s words.

Representative Ocasio-Cortez didn’t hold back in her assessment of Trump and his racist agenda.

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First, AOC pointed out that the country she is from and the country she serves is, in fact, America — the same country our president represents. She then went on to say that Trump was absolutely right, but not in the way he thinks. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez called out the inhuman corruption at our nation’s southern border — corruption that is government sanctioned. Her observation pinned responsibility of this tragedy on Trump and the American government; the government she and fellow congresswomen are trying to hold accountable. 

Representative Ocasio-Cortez went on to point out that she and The Squad were all elected by an America the Trump administration doesn’t want to recognize. 

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Unlike the current American president, these women were elected by popular vote. As such, they pledged to represent ALL citizens in their districts. The Trump administration has shown time and time again that they only care about the wealthy elite and the white conservatives who’s numbers keep them in power. As the representative observed, the president relies on the America that can be manipulated by hate-mongering, not the America that is pushing for inclusion and representation. 

She summed up her clap back by exposing the president for the angry, insecure man he is. 

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The president uses threats and intimidation to manipulate anyone who he sees as a problem. Yet, those techniques have proven ineffective against AOC and The Squad. Together, they have called out the Trump administration for their crimes and deceit. They aren’t afraid of the persona that the president tries to push. In conclusion, she said he can just stay mad about it. We can definitely see the imaginary shrug emoji at the end of this statement. 

AOC wasn’t the only one to reply to the president’s racist tweets; Representative Ilhan Omar had something to say as well. 

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The congresswoman from Minneapolis didn’t hold back when she called the president the “worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.” She also clearly linked his statements and actions to his approval of White Nationalism. The Trump administration has been notoriously lax about Neo-Nazi and White Nationalist actions in our country and his xenophobic rhetoric continues to be examples of this policy. In conclusion, Rep. Omar quoted Robert Kennedy in saying the only way to oppose the intolerant is with the freedom of diversity. 

Representative Ayanna Pressley kept her response short, vicious and accurate. 

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The Massachusetts representative outright declared that the president’s words were “what racism looks like.” She responded that the defiance and change that she and The Squad represent are what democracy is made of. Representative Pressley ended her response by writing that the only place she and the fellow congresswomen are going is back to DC to fight for marginalized communities. 

Representative Rashida Tlaib took Trumps words as a challenge. 

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Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib wasn’t pulling any punches in her response. Right off the bat, the congresswoman called Trump a “lawless & complete failure of a President” and declared that he needed to be impeached for his crimes. She went on to tweet that she is proud of her Palestinian roots and her district. Representative Tlaib concluded that if the president continued on his attacks, it would only backfire and encourage the representative to work even harder.

In response to their diafiance, the president went on another Twitter rant full of the same old racism. We’ll be cheering The Squad on and watch to see how this ongoing conflict unfolds. These congresswomen are not backing down and we’re glad to have them in Washington DC to fight for us. When our representation looks like we do as a nation, legislation is passed for the greater good, not for the good of the select few. That’s how it should be. 

AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Taylor Swift Against Greedy Music Execs Trying to Keep Her From Using Her Own Music

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AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Taylor Swift Against Greedy Music Execs Trying to Keep Her From Using Her Own Music

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has used her short career to be a champion of many worthy causes. Before she even entered the political arena, she visited embattled communities like Standing Rock and Flint, Michigan in order to learn more about the environmental crises taking place. She’s since turned that environmentalism into support for the Green New Deal, a legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. AOC has also been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s border wall and their oppressive take on immigration. On top of these important causes, the representative from New York is a great advocate for women’s rights. 

It’s with this advocacy in mind that AOC took to Twitter on Friday evening to tweet her support for Taylor Swift during the artist’s latest professional battle. 

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The defense comes from a Thursday evening tweet from Swift. In the tweet, the musician shares that, though she is being named “Artist of the Decade” by the American Music Awards, there’s a damper to her happy news. According to Swift, issues with Big Machine Records’ music executives were keeping her from being able to have access to all of the songs previous to her latest album, “Lover.” 

The two execs, Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, own the masters to Swift’s earlier works and, as such, can control whether or not to she’s allowed to use them. According to the deal she signed with Republic Records and Universal Music Group in 2018, Swift is not allowed to re-record her earlier songs until 2020. It’s important to note that neither of these men had anything to do with the creation of these songs.

“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” the tweet read. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that they would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”

Additionally, Swift explained that she had an upcoming documentary about her life in the works with Netflix. 

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Just like with the American Music Awards, the musician shared that the executives were again refusing to allow her to use old clips of her performances or any new renditions of these old songs. The note went on to request that fans let Braun and Borchetta know that they’re Team Taylor all the way.

Borchetta reportedly told Swift’s team that she could in fact use these earlier songs on two conditions. One, the musician would loose the right to re-record these songs for the year of 2020. The second condition was that Swift had to stop publicly discussing Braun and Borchetta. 

This is when AOC got into the mix with her response to Swift’s tweet. 

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A longstanding opponent of major corporations, the representative likened the situation with Swift’s music rights to private equity groups. AOC responded to the music controversy with a call to action demanding that the music executives be “reigned in.”

“Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now, they’re holding Taylor Swift’s own music hostage.”

If you’re thinking that AOC’s support is proof that she’s a closet Swiftie, it’s actually much deeper than that.

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Since AOC is a champion for middle and low income America, it might seem unexpected for her to back Swift who is a multimillionaire. However, the musician’s problem is one that the representative has been fighting against. As Ocasio-Cortez explained on Twitter, millions of Americans have been impacted by private equality firms. These firms buy businesses and liquidate them in order to squeeze out all of the profitability they can without concern for their employees. This results in employees being laid off, having to make due with reduced pay and/or hours and losing benefits like insurance and severance packages. 

By relating the two problems together, AOC was able to make a series of tweets about an important policy go viral and reach a huge audience. In fact, her initial tweet in response to Swift earned nearly 80K likes and almost 15K retweets. 

Whether it was thanks to Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s attention or the public pressure, this story now has a satisfying ending. 

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The music execs at Swift’s former record label and Dick Clark Productions, producer of the American Music Awards, have come to an agreement. In the press release issued by Big Machine Records, details of the agreement were laid out so all of the label’s artists are cleared for performance. 

No word yet if AOC will be tuning into Swift’s American Music Award appearance but hopefully she knows that she helped to make that performance a reality. 

Indigenous People In Guatemala Marched On Their Capitol In Support Of Evo Morales

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Indigenous People In Guatemala Marched On Their Capitol In Support Of Evo Morales

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South America’s poorest country, Bolivia, is in the midst of a political crisis, and Guatemala’s indigenous people are marching in solidarity with ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales. After the Guatemalan government joined the United States in recognizing extreme right self-appointed Jeanine Anez as the interim president of Bolivia, Guatemala’s indigenous people expressed their outrage in an organized protest. Hundreds of indigenous people marched in Guatemala’s capital Thursday to protest the change of government, which they view as a coup d’etat of Bolivia’s first indigenous president. With a “Brother Evo, Guatemala is with you” banner in hand, the protesters marched toward a heavily guarded US embassy. The next day, Morales announced that he won’t be “taking part in new elections.”

Before Morales rose to the presidency, he was a campesino activist, representing indigenous traditions and customs under attack by the US government. “We are repudiating the discriminatory and racist coup d’etat that took place in Bolivia,” said Mauro Vay, march organizer and head of Guatemala’s Rural Development Committee. 

Protesters proudly waved the wiphala flags, an indigenous symbol of solidarity.

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This man held an image that told the story of a thousand words. As a child, Evo Morales’ family were subsistence farmers, which allowed him to enjoy a basic education. He later moved to grow coca, the raw plant used to make cocaine. During the U.S.’ “War on Drugs,” coca farmers were under attack. Morales rose to defend the campesinos from what he called an imperialist violation of indigenous culture. His protests may have led to several arrests, but his notoriety grew to elect him to Congress as the leader of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party. 

In Paraguay, Bolivian ex-patriates went up against the police to rehang the wiphala flag at the Bolivian embassy.

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Several indigenous residents of Paraguay arrived at the Bolivian embassy to hang the Wiphala flag, which was reportedly taken down. They faced police resistance but eventually succeeded. The next day, the flag was removed. 

In 2005, Morales ran against former President Carlos Mesa and won, becoming the first indigenous president of Bolivia. 

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Then, it gets murky. By the time his first term was over, MAS rewrote their constitution to lift the one-term limit on presidents. Morales ran for a second term and won. Even though he claimed he wouldn’t run for a third term, Morales claimed the first term didn’t count because it was completed under the old constitution.  So he ran again and won for the third time. In October 2019, Morales ran for his fourth term, and won by a small margin, prompting a recount.

Just 24 hours into the recount, Morales ordered the recount to an end and declared himself president over his opponent, former president Mesa. the Organization of American States (OAS) conducted an audit that flagged the election as possibly fraudulent.

The OAS is not in the service of the people of Latin America, less so the social movements. The OAS is at the service of the North American empire,” Morales later said. Still, protests erupted across the country.

In a quickly developing government coup, military chiefs removed Morales.

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On Nov. 10, General Williams Kaliman, the commander of Bolivia’s armed forces, decided, along with other military chiefs, that Morales should step down. Morales tweeted, “I denounce to the world and the Bolivian people that a police officer publicly announced that he is instructed to execute an illegal arrest warrant against me; likewise, violent groups assaulted my home. A coup destroys the rule of law.” He added, “After looting and trying to set fire to my house in Villa Victoria, vandalism groups of the Mesa and Camacho coup docked my home in the Magisterio neighborhood of Cochabamba. I am very grateful to my neighbors, who stopped those raids. A coup destroys peace.”

Mexico offered him asylum and sent a plane to escort Morales to Mexico City.

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“This was my first night after leaving the presidency, forced by the coup of Mesa and Camacho with the help of the Police. There I remembered my times as a leader. Very grateful to my brothers from the federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba for providing security and care,” Morales tweeted. Right-wing Christian opponent, Luis Fernando Camacho, also called “Bolivia’s Bolsonaro,” led violent protests against Morales and his Indigenous supporters, burning Bolivia’s Indigenous Wiphala flag. 

Mexico, Cuba, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Argentina have maintained that his removal from office was a coup. The United States, led by a right-wing president, has recognized Bolivia’s interim right-wing president as valid.

Morales announced Friday that he won’t run for president in the reelection “for the sake of democracy.”

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Morales resigned Sunday after protests left four people dead. “For the sake of democracy, if they don’t want me to take part, I have no problem not taking part in new elections,” Morales told Reuters while remaining in asylum. “I just wonder why there is so much fear of Evo,” he offered.

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