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Ted Cruz’s Legal Team Believes That His Fight For $10,000 Is The Same As Rosa Parks’s Fight For Civil Rights

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is currently in a lawsuit against the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) because of $10,000. The senator from Texas is up against a long standing rule that politicians can only pay out $250,000 from election funds after an election for personal loans. Sen. Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000 and is willing to compare himself to Rosa Parks in an attempt to recoup the last $10,000.

Texas Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is fighting with the Federal Elections Committee over $10,000 he wants back from his campaign.

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The rule, which has been in affect since 2002, states clearly that no campaign can use campaign finances to repay more than $250,000 in personal loans. Sen. Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000 the day before the election in his race against Beto O’Rourke and now he wants the full amount back. However, because of the amount that he loaned the campaign and the FEC rule, he is out $10,000.

So, obviously, Cruz has suffered as great of injustice as Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.

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As an elected official that has run multiple campaigns, Cruz should be aware of the rules related to campaign finances. It is a rule that has been on the books for over a decade. Regardless of that, it is a startling example of how far removed some politicians are to the true plights of people of color and minority communities.

Sen. Cruz comparing his inability to recoup an additional $10,00 from his campaign to the plight of Rosa Parks and the people fighting for civil rights is grotesque. The legal team representing Cruz in the lawsuit claim that by not allowing Cruz to break the rule while knowing the rule is akin to infringing on his First Amendment rights. Let’s be clear, it is not.

The comparison between Cruz and Parks is deplorable but people are no longer surprised at how low Cruz can go.

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Cruz is someone who has made a career out of shocking Americans with his words. However, this comment by his legal team over $10,000 he spent on a campaign is the lowest of the low. The Civil Rights movement is still trying to make strides to protect and preserve Black rights and lives. Trivializing the movement over a campaign finance dispute is unAmerican and demeaning to an entire population.

People are comparing Cruz’s ridiculous comment to the ridiculousness of tv show characters.

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Cruz’s legal team is fighting the FEC for the money after the FEC claimed that Cruz was indeed injured by Section 304. However, the injury sustained by the rule, the FEC argues, was “self-inflicted” since he made a loan higher than the allowed pay out the day before the election. Had Cruz loaned $250,000 to his campaign, he wouldn’t have to claim to be a civil rights martyr for campaign finance.

The shocking comparison comes at a time when Cruz has voiced anger at Trump’s detention centers being referred to as concentration camps.

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We can only hope that Cruz will realize the gross injustice in the words written by his legal team. An apology for the comparison would be the most respectable move in this series of events, however, it will likely never happen.

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Here’s What Happened When Alyssa Milano Live-Streamed Her Gun Reform Discussion With Ted Cruz

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Here’s What Happened When Alyssa Milano Live-Streamed Her Gun Reform Discussion With Ted Cruz

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Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano has long been using her platform to creatively advocate for political change in America. In the past, she’s even called on women to partake in a sex strike in response to the onslaught of abortion ban bills that swept the nation. More recently, she’s taken to calling out the elected officials whose careers are most benefitted by the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Congressperson who received the highest donation from the NRA and other gun-rights organizations is none other than Texas Republican Ted Cruz. 

The two have been spitting fire at each other via Twitter for the last few weeks. All of it culminated in an actual, real-live, live-streamed meeting between the two Tuesday morning. Why was it live-streamed? Because Milano wanted to make sure “the American people can hear your bullshit 1st hand.”

Alyssa Milano told Ted Cruz that part of the reason she wanted to meet was to make sure he was a human being. Literally.

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“That is why this meeting was so important to me,” she told him during the live stream. “I wanted to look at you in the eye and know that you really are a human with a heartbeat.” Ted Cruz started the meeting by telling Milano that he was a fan of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Commando,” while Milano started by letting Cruz know his politics on gun control “has made you almost like this caricature of a villain.”

The two talked for more than an hour on gun control, with Milano beginning the conversation by imploring, “I’m asking you, begging you, to have the courage to lead.” In the room was also Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was murdered during the Parkland shooting. 

Cruz didn’t make any revolutionary statements throughout the meeting, arguing that merely having a civil discussion is a triumph.

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“This is a divided time. This is an angry time. … I think it is beneficial for is to have a human conversation,” Cruz said. “I also hope that just seeing people on different places on the spectrum, treating people with civility and humanity, that is contagious.” Instead of agreeing to introduce or urge the Senate to discuss new gun control laws, Cruz instead wanted to “focus on policies that would really stop these crimes.” Cruz claims to be leading the charge on preventing mass shootings in America by proposing harsher prosecutions of gun cases and making background checks more “accurate.”

Cruz and Milano agreed to meet last week, after tweeting jabs at each other over their stances on gun control.

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We hear that a lot, right? The “God-given right” to own guns in America. Cruz decided to respond to Milano, tweeting, “it is of course not the right to a modern-day firearm that is God-given but rather the right to Life & the right to Liberty. Essential to that right is the right to DEFEND your life & your family.”

Cruz gave a lengthy (for Twitter) response to Milano:

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He went on to say, “The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense). The Declaration of Independence acknowledges our rights thusly: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And, for that reason, the Second Amendment provides “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed.” It wasn’t to protect people’s ability to hunt, or to shoot target practice, but to defend their lives, their homes & their families. Stephen Willeford exercised that fundamental right when he risked his own life to stop the Sutherland Springs murderer, saving countless others as a result.” 

Just like that, the meeting was born in resentment and frustration but seemed to end in civil resentment and frustration.

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After the meeting, Milano tweeted, “He was gracious. I’m unsure if it changes anything. But appreciative for the opportunity to bridge the divide with civil, meaningful discussion.” Cruz described the meeting as “productive and respectful.” Basically, nothing noteworthy really happened except for that Alyssa Milano gave Ted Cruz a hug. What is noteworthy is that civil discourse cannot sway the NRA-lined pockets of Ted Cruz.

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Catalina Lauf Is Running For Congress And Wants You To Know Her Mom Is A Legal Immigrant From Guatemala

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Catalina Lauf Is Running For Congress And Wants You To Know Her Mom Is A Legal Immigrant From Guatemala

Since the midterm elections, there’s no doubt there’s a new breed of politicians in charge on Capitol Hill. Some have labeled these new politicians as the “Freshman Four, or “The Squad,” and it’s made up of Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. They mean business, they stand up to President Donald Trump, and, clearly, they intimidate right-wing conservatives because they’re always on the defense. Republican lawmakers seem to consist of mostly white males. But, who is to blame for not re-energizing the conservatives? Trump, perhaps? Not necessarily. Looks like there’s at least one potential lawmaker who seeks to be in office as well, and she’s not white nor male. 

Catalina Lauf, a young Latina, is aiming to run for office despite having no experience in politics.

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Lauf, a former Trump administration adviser, is seeking to take down the current the Democratic incumbent Lauren Underwood and retake the state’s 14th Congressional District in Chicago, Illinois. Like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Underwood also unseated a Republican in the midterm elections. 

There are a lot of similarities between Lauf and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, but make no mistake, these two Latinas are starkly different.

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For starters like the majority of Republicans, Lauf is a pro-Trump supporter and believes everyone on the left is basically a hater who doesn’t understand what Trump is trying to do. 

“He’s not a racist,” Lauf told “Fox & Friends” this weekend. “People like my mom and my grandmother and many other Hispanic-Americans who have come here legally feel so insulted by that, because they did it the right way. And there’s a process for it. And you should be a law-abiding citizen. President Trump is doing his best to protect this country, and we should be enforcing immigration laws.”

The 26-year-old, who is half Guatemalan and half German, said she doesn’t ultimately care if people compare her to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. As long as voters know what makes her different from her.

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“I’m not anti-anyone, I’m pro-America,” Lauf said on Fox on Monday. “But if there’s a contrast” [with her] it’s that I’m driven by a love for my country, not a hate for everything it stands for.”

So what does she stand for anyway? Peace, unity, and the American way. Her slogan is “Latina by heart, American first.”

“Today, angry voices seek to divide us by skin color, economic class, and where we come from. They use envy and bitterness, trying to convince us to surrender our personal freedoms for the false promises of socialism,” Lauf narrates in her campaign video. She also makes it clear that politicians like the four freshmen are making this country and terrible place. 

Lauf went on to say that the “Four Freshmen” are running on a theme that aims to break up what America is all about. “They forget that America is an idea, an idea that we are all created equal and that what we have in common is far more powerful than any of our differences,” Lauf said on Fox News. As to her policies, she said that she’s a big supporter of small business. “I’m a very big proponent of entrepreneurship and small business and that’s a big platform of mine. My district has a lot of small business owners and we need to ensure we’re creating an environment that really fosters that growth,” she added on Fox & Friends. 

Does she have a chance to take back the Republican seat? Perhaps. 

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As we said, Democrat Lauren Underwood already took the seat from the Republican vote, and Lauf said she is certain her district is Republican at heart. She also said that Underwood is making pathetic attempts at trying to be part of the Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s squad by posing extremely left-sided policies. 

“I plan to offer a counter to that message, one that doesn’t tear others down, but lifts all of us up,” she said. “A message that focuses on what brings us together, not our differences, and how that commonality will help us get things done for our constituents and preserve the promise of the American Dream.”

At the end of the day, it all comes down to donations. Underwood raised $4 million in campaign funds for her winning election. Lauf needs to bring in more if she truly wants a chance. We just have to see how badly Republicans want this newbie in their corner. 

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