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Twitter Is Cackling Over Trump’s ‘Really Big’ Border Wall He Said Is Being Built In Colorado

This is not The Onion. Bear with us. During a speech in Pittsburgh Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. is already working on building a wall along the borders of New Mexico and Colorado. “We’re building a wall in Texas,” he told the crowd. “And we’re not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned.” Trump bragged about how the wall would be “a big one that really works — you can’t get over, you can’t get under.”

Colorado only borders other U.S. states. Twitter is roasting the President and his response is just adding fuel to the fire.

U.S. Governors and Senators alike promptly began roasting the president on Twitter.

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The Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis (D), took the opportunity to quip about how Colorado’s education system is at least providing these basic geography lessons to their kindergarteners. “Well this is awkward,” Gov. Polis tweeted. “Colorado doesn’t border Mexico. Good thing Colorado now offers free full-day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography.” Supporters quickly commented, “Drag em Gov!!” and “Get the man some Legos!” Get it? Because Trump just wants to build walls and talk about building walls. Get it out of his system.

Luckily, Senator Leahy (D-Vermont) happened to have a sharpie and U.S. map handy.

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His constituents were very pleased. “Senator Leahy comes through with the Sharpie drawn map. LMAO.” tweets @Dixieann18. A few Coloradoans took it upon themselves to confirm to the rest of America that they don’t see any walls. “I can see the wall from my house as easily as Sarah Palin could see Russia from hers,” Colorado resident Shay tweeted.

While absurd claims were being made, one resident Coloradoan requested a “moat with dragons and alligators and sharks with laser beams and swimming buffalo” in lieu of the wall.

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Amy Cosper tweeted, “As a resident Coloradoan, I think I speak for everyone when I say we don’t want a wall, we simply want a moat with dragons and alligators and sharks with laser beams and swimming buffalo. That’s it. That’s the request.” Promptly, photoshop helped provide a glimpse into what the people of Colorado actually want from Trump. 

However, Colorado might be seeking protection from the MAGA red bordering states.

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New Mexico gets a heavenly gateway entrance to blue Colorado. The rest of the “riff raff” can stay home, tweets one comedian. Other Coloradoans genuinely just want people to stop gentrifying their state and increasing rent prices. But that’s a story for another day. 

Some people just really want to meet Trump’s high school geography teacher.

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Please, break your silence. Tell us the real deal. Scrap the NDA and return the payoff. Carlos Natal spoke for all geography teachers when he tweeted, “Geography teachers are in mourning.” The key mocking point in all the meme-steryia is the question that’s on everyone’s minds…

Does President Trump think New Mexico is part of Mexico? 

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Look, I know the New Mexicans ain’t as bad as them old Mexicans,” one Twitter user joked. “But if Colorado wants a border wall to protect against that, that’s they’re choice.  #ColoradoBorderWall” 

Trump later tweeted that he was kidding.

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Trump claims that he was cracking jokes with the Pittsburgh auditorium allegedly packed with folks from Colorado and Kansas. In response, folks are claiming his comic skills are worse than his geographical knowledge of the country he runs as President. “NOBODY in the crowd laughed,” tweeted one David. “NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON.
He’s as good at comedy as he is Presidenting.
FAIL.”

At this point, others are more concerned with his inability to take responsibility for his actions than they are with his geography. 

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“Dude, just take the L,” tweets one doctor. “Coming up with this lame and convoluted story just shows how you’re a shameful liar. Making a silly mistake about a wall in Colorado is not nearly as serious as lying to escape responsibility for your mistakes.”

When, really, we all know what the border wall hype is really about.

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Preach, Mr. Zullo! For a country that legally separated babies from their mothers, and profited off of putting asylum seekers in jail, we’re with this Twitter user who has one response for Trump’s #ColoradoBorder wall: “I’d rather be part of Mexico.”

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President Trump Attempted To Register His Trademark In Cuba In 2008 To Open Hotels And More

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President Trump Attempted To Register His Trademark In Cuba In 2008 To Open Hotels And More

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New reports show that President Donald Trump tried to register his trademark in Cuba in 2008. The revelation shows another contradiction from President Trump who promised not to do business in Cuba until the island was a free democracy. The news comes just one week into Hispanic Heritage Month and has left some on social media questioning President Trump’s commitment to Cuban-Americans.

A new Miami Herald story is shining a light on Trump’s attempted business dealings in Cuba.

The story highlights President Trump’s hypocrisy and frequent contradictions throughout his life. The president’s attempted business dealings in Cuba came after he told the Cuban American National Foundation that he would not. During a 1999 speech, President Trump promised that he would not do business in Cuba until the island and the people were free.

For some, the revelation comes as a reminder of President Trump’s record with the Latino community. Latinos have been a constant target for Trump’s attacks since he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals when announcing his candidacy in 2015.

The news has angered Latinos who see the gesture as a sign of betrayal.

“I’ve had a lot of offers and, sadly, it’s all be very recently, to go into Cuba on deals. Business deals, real estate, and other deals,” Trump said at the 1999 speech in front of the Cuban American National Foundation. “I’ve rejected them on the basis that I will go when Cuba is free.”

Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, Republican political pundit and outspoken Trump critic, did not hold back.

Navarro-Cárdenas is one Republican who has long stood up against President Trump. Her tweets highlighted the fact that President Trump didn’t try to do business in Cuba just once. There are several instances that show that the president tried to make business happen in Cuba.

“Putting money and investing money in Cuba right now doesn’t go to the people of Cuba,” Trump told the audience in 1999. “It goes into the pockets of Fidel Castro.”

People are not completely shocked by the news.

The Trump administration has also been tied to the Cuban government. Earlier this year, news surfaced that Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, met with “Castro’s son” in Cuba. The meeting happened in 2017 just days before the inauguration. Emails show Manafort trying to relay information from “Castro’s son” to Kathleen T. McFarland, who would go on to be the Deputy National Security Advisor for the Trump administration.

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A Judge Has Ruled That The University of California System Can No Longer Use SAT And ACT Tests For Admissions And It’s A Huge Win For The Underprivileged

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A Judge Has Ruled That The University of California System Can No Longer Use SAT And ACT Tests For Admissions And It’s A Huge Win For The Underprivileged

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Advocates against the use of standardized tests for college admissions have long argued that the use of such exams sets back students from underprivileged backgrounds and those who have disabilities. Aware of the leg up it gives to privileged and non-disabled students an advantage in the admittance process, they’ve rallied for schools to end such practices.

And it looks like they’ve just won their argument.

A judge has ruled that the University of California system can no longer use ACT and SAT tests as part of their admissions process.

Brad Seligman is the Alameda County Superior Court Judge who issued the preliminary injunction in the case of Kawika Smith v. Regents of the University of California on Tuesday. The plaintiffs in Kawika Smith v. Regents of the University of California include five students and six organizations College Access Plan, Little Manila Rising, Dolores Huerta Foundation, College Seekers, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and Community Coalition.

In his decision, Judge Seligman underlined that the UC system’s “test-optional” policy on UC campuses has long given privileged and non-disabled students a chance at a “second look” in the admissions process. According to Seligman, this “second look” denies such opportunities to students who are unable to access the tests.

The decision is a major victory for students with disabilities and from underprivileged backgrounds.

News of the decision comes on the heels of the university system’s ruling to waive the standardized testing requirements until 2024.

In May, a news release asserted that if a new form of a standardized test had not been developed by 2025, the system would have to put an end to the testing requirement for California students. On Monday, the judge’s ruling took things further by banning the consideration of scores from students who submit them all together.

“The current COVID 19 pandemic has resulted in restrictions in the availability of test sites,” Seligman wrote in his ruling. “While test-taking opportunities for all students have been limited, for persons with disabilities, the ability to obtain accommodations or even to locate suitable test locations for the test is ‘almost nil.'”

A spokesperson for the University of California said the university “respectfully disagrees with the Court’s ruling.”

“An injunction may interfere with the University’s efforts to implement an appropriate and comprehensive admissions policies and its ability to attract and enroll students of diverse backgrounds and experiences,” the spokesperson said. According to the spokesperson, the UC system is considering further legal action in the case. The system said that its testing has allowed for an increase in admission of low-income and first-generation-to-college-students for the fall of 2020.

With UC being the largest university system in the country, Seligman’s ruling is a massive deal. Students and advocates have long fought for the elimination of these standardized tests arguing that they do not accurately reflect a student’s academic ability.

“Research has repeatedly proved that students from wealthy families score higher on the SAT and ACT, compared to students from low-income families,” reports CNN. It’s important to note that the analysis by Inside Higher Ed revealed that the “lowest average scores for each part of the SAT came from students with less than $20,000 in family income. The highest scores came from those with more than $200,000 in family income.”

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