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Trump Campaign Email Refers To Protecting Brazil’s Christ The Redeemer Statue

President Donald Trump has recently made defending and protecting Confederate statues part of his campaign. However, someone on the Trump campaign didn’t realize that Christ the Redeemer is not an American statue, nor would it be one people could take down on their own. At least, that’s according to a recent campaign email.

A recent email from the Trump campaign is promising to protect Christ the Redeemer.

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent subscribers an email calling for them to add their names to a list of supporters. The email promises that President Trump himself will receive the letter of ardent supporters and asks people to sign ASAP.

In the email, the Trump campaign promise that they will protect this accompanied with a photo of the Christ the Redeemer statue. The thing is, however, Christ the Redeemer is a statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and there is no concerted effort to tear down the 98-foot tall statue.

People are really trying to figure out the strategy behind this email.

People are trying to figure out what the Trump campaign might have up their sleeves. Recently, Trump has sided with Confederate sympathizers, even saying that waving the Confederate flag is “freedom of speech.” Saving Confederate monuments and statues as more and more cities and states dismantle their Confederate monuments.

President Donald Trump has placed himself squarely against the majority of Americans on the issue.

The Black Lives Matter movement is shining a spotlight on all of the inequalities our country faces on a daily basis. One of those injustices being corrected is targeting and dismantling things that exalt the Confederacy and racism.

States have taken down statues to Confederate leader Robert E. Lee and other Confederate soldiers. Confederate symbolism is representative of a rebellious uprising against the United States of America. Much like the Third Reich in Germany, the Confederacy fought to preserve slavery and keep a legacy of the dehumanization of a group of people. Slaves were subjected to horrible treatment that stripped them of their humanity, destroyed families, and led to the deaths of millions of people.

A lot of people have a lot of questions about who would believe the email.

Mainly, people on social media want to know why the Trump campaign used this image to represent the movement to save statues. There are so many statues in the U.S. that the Trump campaign could have used. The campaign’s embrace of preserving Confederate monuments is telling of the base the Trump campaign has decided are most crucial to his reelection.

Some people are giving the campaign the benefit of the doubt in that they just picked the wrong statue.

The Christ of the Ozarks does resemble Christ the Redeemer from Brazil. However, there are no current calls to take down that statue. In fact, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to go after religious iconography in general. The statues and monuments people are targeting have racist histories and backstories that people are tired of seeing.

As these statues fall, the public is calling for people who fought for the U.S. to replace them. Some have pointed to Black heroes during the Civil War that freed slaves or pushed Civil Rights forward. There is no shortage of Black American heroes who have pushed our nation forward in the constant search for freedom and equality.

READ: The Difference Between The Confederate And Pride Flag? One Represents Hate The Other Represents Love And Inclusion

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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Brazil is Fining Apple $2 Million For Selling the iPhone 12 Without A Charger, And We’re Not Mad About It

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Brazil is Fining Apple $2 Million For Selling the iPhone 12 Without A Charger, And We’re Not Mad About It

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It seems like every new product rollout, Apple gets stingier and stingier with what they include with each purchase. And while Brazil has recently been in the headlines for controversial news, this time, they have the public opinion on their side. Standing up for consumers, Brazil is fining Apple for alleged “false advertising”.

On Friday, a consumer watchdog agency announced that Brazil is fining Apple for $2 million. The reason? Not including a charger with the iPhone 12.

According to Procon, the São Paulo-based consumer protection agency, Apple’s decision not to include a charger with the iPhone 12 amounts to “false advertising”. Procon also accused Apple of selling “defective products”, creating unfair contracts for consumers, and failing to repair products that are still under warranty.

Per Brazilian media, Procon contacted Apple last year to ask them why they were now excluding chargers and earbuds. However, the company “never offered a convincing explanation” to the Brazilian agency.

“Apple needs to understand that in Brazil there are solid laws and institutions for consumer protection,” said Procon executive Fernando Capez, explaining why Brazil is fining Apple. “It needs to respect these laws and these institutions.” 

In October of 2020, Apple announced that it would no longer include chargers or earbuds in their iPhone boxes. The company cited “environmental concerns”.

But savvy consumers couldn’t help but be skeptical of Apple’s explanation. Some people thought that Apple’s “environmental decision” was simply a pretense. In reality, they thought it might be a gimmick to take more money from customers under the pretense of environmentalism.

For one, we fail to see how including chargers and earbuds in an iPhone package would help the environment. Wouldn’t individual boxes for each product simply contribute to more waste? We digress….

In general, consumers across the globe can’t help but…agree with Procon.

Anyone who is an Apple devotee (read: prisoner) knows that you can end up feeling trapped as a customer. You become roped into an endless cycle of buying products that seem to be diminishing in quality every year. Not only that, but every year, the iPhone becomes more expensive while customers get less bang for their buck.

But at some point, you feel like you have to buy Apple products. Because of how Apple designs their products, all of the technology you own (laptops, tablets, chargers, etc.) only works with Apple products.

Starting to buy a different brand would be akin to throwing away hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars you’ve already invested in Apple tech. To be an Apple customer is to be stuck in a vicious cycle.

Hopefully, other governments will follow suit. After all, big tech has been taking advantage of consumers for too long.

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