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Shea Serrano Is Voting For Biden Because He Can’t Let Trump Win Another Term

Election day is tomorrow and both parties are sprinting towards the finish line. Author, journalist, and former teacher Shea Serrano is pushing hard for a Biden administration. It goes beyond politics for Serrano who just wants the country to get better and heal after four hard years.

Shea Serrano is ready for a Biden/Harris administration.

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Serrano is not on Biden’s side because he loves Biden. The author was a Sanders supporter during the primary elections but Biden’s clear victory was all it took for Serrano to throw his support behind the Democratic nominee.

“I believe in a Biden administration because it’s not a Trump administration,” Serrano said in a phone interview. “That’s literally all I needed was that. Just don’t be that thing and I’ll vote.”

Like so many, Serrano was aware that a Trump presidency would be bad for the U.S.

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“The thing is that, as soon as Trump got elected. I was not voting from him in 2016. I just knew that it was going to be bad. All of the non-white people were like, ‘Hey. This is going to be real bad. Can you help us out here?’ Then he got elected and we just saw it over and over again,” Serrano recalls of President Trump’s victory. “It was his very first day of his campaign when he did that Mexican immigrants are rapists thing. Immediately you knew, ‘Okay. I get it.’”

Serrano remembers learning more and more about Trump’s history. Specifically, Serrano was learning more and more about President Trump’s past on race relations. As a real estate developer, President Trump was sued by the Department of Justice, along with his father and Trump Management. The DOJ sued Trump for racial discrimination for not renting to Black Americans.

President Trump’s relentless attack on the Central Park 5 after the attack continues to weigh heavy.

At the time, President Trump paid for a full-page ad calling on the death penalty for the Central Park 5 that we later learned were wrongfully charged. Trump has never apologized for his smear campaign against the exonerated men. Trump’s racist past and his dog whistling administration motivated Serrano to be more engaged and active in politics.

As for Latino men gravitating to Trump, Serrano just doesn’t understand it. After years of family separations and children being lost, Serrano doesn’t know what it would take to make people vote against Trump.

He does have hopes that a Biden administration would be better for our community.

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“If I could put together a wish list, I would like to see some sort of immigration reform. I would like to see an easier path to citizenship. I would like for all of my DACA homies not to have to go to sleep terrified that they’re going to be booted out of the country or that their family members are going to be. I would like to see that,” Serrano says about his own hopes for a Biden administration.

Serrano added: “I saw a thing pop up the other day where Biden said he would put together a task force to reunite those 540-plus kids who still don’t know where their parents were that had been separated. I’d love to see something like that happen. I would like to see some kind of police reform or defunding, like redirecting those funds to something that’s a little more proactive in the community or productive in the community.”

Even if Biden was not your first choice, Serrano still believes Biden is the best choice for the U.S.

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“I was the same way. I didn’t vote for Biden. I voted for Bernie. But, again, we already know what it is. We know what four years of Donald Trump looks like. We know. We know for certain. We know without a shadow of a doubt what it looks like because we have all lived through it,” Serrano says.

The first four years of Trump’s presidency left several communities scared and vulnerable. Serrano wants to make sure we come together to protect everyone.

“None of us are in better positions mentally. Maybe some of us are financially. But mentally, I haven’t seen some of my family members in seven to eight months because of this guy. It’s just bad. We know what the price of a Donald Trump presidency is and we just can’t afford to pay it anymore. You just can’t,” Serrano says. “It doesn’t matter who the other person is. It just doesn’t matter because they’re not as bad as Donald Trump. If that’s how you have to think about it then think about it that way. It just can’t be this thing anymore. It just can’t.”

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Team Trump’s Latest Appearance At The Oversight Committee Hearing Was A Complete Trainwreck Oh And Giuliani Farted

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Team Trump’s Latest Appearance At The Oversight Committee Hearing Was A Complete Trainwreck Oh And Giuliani Farted

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Something stinks in the White House and it’s not just Donald Trump and his inability to cope with being a loser.

Rudy Giuliani’s campaign effort to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election continues to waft through hearing rooms like a rotten gaseous scent… which, according to video recordings, not unlike the one Guiliani is suspected of releasing during Wednesday night’s conspiracy-filled hearing in Lansing, Michigan.

Giuliana stirred up a rash of cackles this week when the audible sounds of his stomach were heard during the hearings.

Four hours into the lengthy event, two fart sounds could be heard while Giuliani delivered his speeches. During the Michigan hearing, Michigan state Rep. Darrin Camilleri asked Guiliani a question about the recent New York Times story which reported that Giuliani talked with President Donald Trump about seeking pardons for himself last week.

“The discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani occurred as the former New York mayor has become one of the loudest voices pushing baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, which Mr. Trump still proclaims publicly that he won,” NYT reported. “Many of Mr. Trump’s longtime aides have refused to do his bidding to try to overturn an election that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won by nearly seven million votes. But Mr. Giuliani has repeatedly thrust himself into the spotlight to cast doubt on the results, which has ingratiated him with the president.”

Guiliani objected to Rep. Camilleri’s questions and accused him of defamation.

“I will ask that he be disciplined for that,” Giuliani requested into the microphone which picked up the first pedo sound.

Not 90 seconds later, Camilleri asked Giuliani to address Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement that federal prosecutors had yet to come across evidence of election fraud.

“The answer that I gave you was that they didn’t bother to interview a single witness,” Giuliani replied as another louder even larger sounding pedo came in through the mic.

It didn’t take long for Giuliani’s loud fart to go viral on Twitter.

HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly shared the clip on Twitter on Wednesday night. It has since been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Users were quick to note that Jenna Ellis, another attorney taking part in Giuliani’s campaign of lies about a Trump 2020 victory. (Which did not happen) could be seen reacting to the noise by glancing at him over her shoulder.

Like the hot air Giuliani blew into the hearing, there were quite a few bizarre moments that came about.

Giuliani brought in a parade of alleged election fraud witnesses who all managed to make outrageously conspiratorial and racist statements during the hearing. Plus, according to Buzzfeed, “Giuliani was not sworn in at the hearing, so he was under no legal obligation to tell the truth.”

One “witness,” Melissa Carone drew audible laughter during the hearing for her clown-like performance.

According to The Guardian, Carone is a contract worker for Dominion Voting Systems and “appeared before a Michigan house panel on Wednesday and insisted, without providing evidence, that tens of thousands of votes had been counted twice.” Her aggressive approach to her claims quickly drew viral attention on Twitter from users who were quick to compare her to a Saturday Night Live character.

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Here Are The Southern California Latino Politicians Gov. Newsom Should Consider For Kamala Harris’ Empty Seat

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Here Are The Southern California Latino Politicians Gov. Newsom Should Consider For Kamala Harris’ Empty Seat

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Now that Sen. Kamala Harris will Vice President-elect Harris, there is a lot of talk about who Gov. Gavin Newsom should appoint to the seat. There is a lot of pressure on Gov. Newsom to appoint a person of color and we agree. Here are six Latino politicians from Southern California that should be appointed to the vacant Senate seat.

Hilda Solis

Solis’s political career started in 1992 when she ran for and won a seat in the California State Assembly. In that position, Solis made her presence known and was a crucial voice in the debate on undocumented immigrants backing legislation to make college accessible to undocumented immigrants living in California. Since then, Solis has served in the California State Senate, represented California in the House of Representatives, served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama, and is currently on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Solis has history, experience, and knowledge of politics from local to national levels. In that time, Solis has backed and written legislation and policies on every issue ranging from domestic violence to the environment.

Robert Garcia

Garica is the current mayor of Long Beach and has established himself on the international stage. As mayor of Long Beach, Garcia has worked tirelessly to address climate change and establish strong trade partnerships with countries around the world.

As an openly gay politician, Garcia has used his time in office to work to expand LGBTQ+ rights around the world. The mayor has visited Peru and Honduras Victory Institute and the State Department to take the fight to Latin America.

Nanette Barrágan

Barrágan is currently a congresswoman reprensenting California’s 44th congressional district. The congresswoman would bring a legal background often needed by members of the Senate. Barrágan started to get involved with politics working on African-American outreach for the Clinton administration. Barrágan also spent time working with the NAACP working on health policy and racial health disparities.

Barrágan was one of the members of Congress to go to the U.S.-Mexico border during the Trump administration. Barrágan recorded and exposed the conditions of people legally seeking asylum under Trump’s assault on migrants.

Kevin de León

De León started his political career in 2006 when he was elected to the California State Assembly. After a brief tenure, de León was elected to the California State Senate where he worked on a wide range of issues. De León worked with his colleagues on issues like affirmative consent, the environment, gun control, and transportation.

De León ran for the Senate in 2018 against Sen Dianne Feinstein and lost. Now, de León serves on the Los Angeles City Council filling José Huizar’s former seat. Huizar stepped down due to an investigation into corruption and birbery.

Norma Torres

Torres has had a steady career in politics starting on the Pomona City Council before becoming Mayor of Pomona. From there, Torres served in both the California State Assembly and State Senate before becoming a member of Congress representing California’s 35th congressional district.

As a member of Congress, Torres has worked on the following committees:

  • United States House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
  • United States House Committee on Rules

Alex Padilla

Padilla has been a public servant for California for decades serving as president of the Los Angeles City Council before being part of the California State Senate. In 2015, Padilla became the Secretary of State of California. In 2017, Padilla pushed back against the Trump administration and refused to turn over voter data to the administration. He then went on to win reelection with 64.5 percent of the vote in 2018.

Padilla is currently the favorite to be Gov. Newsom’s choice to fill Vice President-elect Harris’ vacant seat in the Senate.

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