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The Washington Post Called Out Trump’s Lost Summer So The White House Released A ‘Summer Of Winning’ Video

After The Washington Post published a story on “Trump’s lost summer,” The White House responded with a nearly two-minute retaliation video titled “The Summer of Winning,” complete with an animated, red “Fake News” stamp on The Washington Post logo. The video is a montage of scenes from the summer which are meant to serve as examples of “wins” for the Trump administration. Included in those “wins” is Trump simply showing up to the mass shooting that targeted Latinos in El Paso, threatening tariff wars with México and China as a means of diplomacy, and becoming the first President to visit the dictatorship of North Korea. 

Here’s a breakdown of what Trump considers to be a “win” in his book.

The video begins with The White House attempting to discredit free press.

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Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post. Jeff Bezos also owns online retail giant Amazon. Every news outlet is owned by someone. Trump has been calling The Washington Post, “The Amazon Washington Post” since at least July 2017. It is a blatant and alarming attempt to discredit the free press.

The White House goes on to blast The Washington Post as “Fake News.”

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Trump has been retaliating against criticism from large media outlets since he launched his campaign, coining the term “#FakeNews.” The term has become so lost in our colloquial language, that we’ve forgotten its original intended use: to systematically attack news outlets that Americans rely on, turn his base against them, and become the sole harborer of truth in their eyes. #FakeNews has certainly become rampant, and the responsibility does not belong to The Washington Post.

Another win? Offloading American responsibilities for asylum seekers to a “Third Country.”

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The Trump administration has done nothing to slow down the rampant spread of disease in migrant detention centers, where a child is 9x more likely to die of the flu than anywhere else in the United States. Instead, Trump focuses on the “win” of successfully offloading the American dream to a “third country” in the “Third Country Agreement.” Now, Mexico is agreeing to house asylum seekers, often in some of the most dangerous cities in the entire country, which arguably defers all sense of asylum for those fleeing the dangers of home.

Win: Trump visited El Paso.

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Even in an alternate reality where Trump successfully comforted families and encouraged hospital staff in the aftermath of the country’s deadliest attack against Latinos, showing up is not a win. In fact, Trump showed up to the hospital where 22 people were pronounced dead and boasted about his crowd size last time he was in El Paso. Then, he smiled and gave a thumbs up while posing with a baby whose parents both died during the shooting. A win might look like condemning racism against Latinos and walking back on using words like “infiltrate” and “invasion” when referring to asylum seekers. A win might look like re-enacting the ban on assault-style weapons or following through with empty promises to work on gun reform legislation.

Win: Trump met with foreign leaders.

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K. Again, that “win” is a simple showing up to the job. It doesn’t change anything. We didn’t learn of any diplomatic progress that was made while visiting North Korea. All Trump did was back down on his threats to start a tariff war with China. Another “win” was his attendance at the G7 meeting last month in France, during which he skipped a meeting on climate change, and reportedly faced criticism from other world leaders for re-inviting Russia to the G7.

Trump countered claims of racism against ‘The Squad’ by claiming they were racist.

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“No, they brought racist attacks against our Nation,” Trump tweeted, referencing Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, also known as ‘The Squad’. “All I do is call them out for the horrible things they have said,” he continued. “The Democrats have become the Party of the Squad!”

As Trump was airing his frustrations with the progressive women of color, the crowd started chanting “Send Them Back.” Trump allowed the chanting to go on for seven seconds before he stopped them. The only woman who was not born in the U.S. was Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is a U.S. citizen. Critics felt this debunked the Trump base’s claim that they welcome legal immigration, but rather do not welcome brown people into this country and its politics.

So, where exactly are those wins?

READ: The Trump Administration’s Assault On The Undocumented Community Is Negatively Impacting People’s Mental Health

Watch This Little Dude Repeat His Adorable Self-Affirmations While Walking To School

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Watch This Little Dude Repeat His Adorable Self-Affirmations While Walking To School

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We all know what self-affirmations are. They are simple phrases we repeat to ourselves to undo negative thoughts or self-doubt that cna plague us or undermine our own goals. Self-affirmations can set us on a path that sets us up for success by keeping us accountable and positive through the ups and downs of life. One little boy seems to already know this and has gotten an early start on his own self-affirmations.

A young boy is going viral on Twitter for repeating his self-affirmations while walking to school.

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“I am smart. I am blessed. I can do anything,” the little boy repeated as he walked to school. The simple, yet effective, practice of self-affirmations is scientifically proven to have a lasting, positive impact on a person’s mental well-being. So, it is safe to say that this little one is already off to a stronger start in life than most adults.

The video is encouraging people to start their own self-affirmation routines.

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According to PositivePsychology.com, the act of self-affirmation is proven to manifest in a positive mental outlook on life. Self-affirmations let us take control of the global narrative we tell of ourselves and lets us be flexible and moral as we adapt to the ever-changing environment we are constantly in.

The video is striking an emotional chord with adults and children alike.

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It is never too early to start children on their path to positive thinking. There is a lot of stuff in the world that can hurt you and stunt your development. It is never a bad idea to get your own little ones started with positive self-affirmations and start the habit.

The overall cuteness level of the video is enough for some people to just celebrate.

One of the most important parts of the self-affirmation practice is the ability to create a more flexible and adapting self-identity. By creating this self-identity, it will keep you from thinking of yourself as one kind of person, such as a “writer” or “wife.” Being able to grow within yourself offers a freedom that can set you on whatever path you choose.

Some people on Twitter are even cosigning the little dude’s words to encourage him to keep going.

Keep it going, Ayaan. There is nothing that can stand in your way, little man. It is clear that you know that you are capable of doing anything you set yor mind to and that is one of life’s most valuable lessons. There are few things in this world more empowering than knowing you can do anything and letting yourself know that you can do anything.

Some people are even wanting to have their own kids now.

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While there is a movement in the millennial generation not to have children, Ayaan might be changing minds. Who doesn’t want a little dude who can show the world the power of self-affirmation? Maybe his own idea that he can do anything means he grows up to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

His positivity is inspiring other people to be more positive in their own lives.

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It’s exciting what someone else’s own enthusiasm can do for other people. Some people are really into listening to little dude celebrate his own pathway to positive thinking.

Some people are not being fooled by the little boy.

Kids are not for everyone. That is okay. However, it is easy to see how this video would make some people want to have a little self-affirming dude of their own.

Basically, some people are just falling in love with the kid.

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It’s hard not to fall in love with this little one. His words and attitude are so inspiring.

Way to go, Ayaan!

Keep up those self-affirmations. They will take you far.

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ICE Keeps People In Cages And Now A New Survey Proves It’s America’s Most Hated Government Agency

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ICE Keeps People In Cages And Now A New Survey Proves It’s America’s Most Hated Government Agency

Pew Research Center, a reliable source for polling about U.S. politics and policy, found that Americans like ICE the least of all federal agencies. While public trust in federal institutions is at a historic low, many expressed favorable views of agencies that provide social services and goods. 

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. postal service (free mail delivery!) ranked highest with 90 percent, with the National Park Service coming in a close second at 86 percent, and NASA in at third with 81 percent. 

However, Pew notes, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the sole agency asked about in the survey viewed more negatively (54% unfavorable) than positively (42% favorable), while the public is divided in its view of the Department of Education (48% favorable, 48% unfavorable).”

ICE ranked the worst federal agency by Americans.

While ICE is the most hated federal agency, the distaste for the organization is largely split across partisan lines. About 70 percent of Republicans and right of center independents view ICE favorably, but only 19 percent of Democrats and left of center independents do. However, overall ICE had the lowest favorability ranking of the bunch with the least percentage of 42% and the highest percentage of unfavorability with a percentage of 54. 

Other organizations that were ranked unfavorable were ones that appear to be failing the public, the second most-hated was the Department of Education, and the third most-hated was Veterans Affairs. Both of the organizations have been under scrutiny for years, while the Dept of Ed. has come under more fire under United States Secretary of Education and Trump appointee Betsy DeVos. 

Criticism of ICE mounts with Abolish ICE.

Abolish ICE is a political movement that advocates for the abolition of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Abolish ICE has gained more momentum since 2017 when the Trump administration began ramping up stricter immigration policies, including banning Muslims, diverting $6.2 billion in funds to build a wall at the southern border between U.S. and Mexico, and utilizing a child separation policy. 

Abolish ICE proponents note that ICE was created in 2003, and thus, it is not necessary to monitor immigration and maintain border security. 

“In this era, ICE has just taken off the gloves, going full throttle without regard to consequences,” Katrina Eiland, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrant Rights Project, told PS Mag. “This is a perfect example of that. They don’t have any logical enforcement priorities anymore—everyone is an enforcement priority.”

While ICE was initially intended to monitor and deport immigrants who commit crimes in the U.S., under the Trump administration, and sometimes in Obama’s, it has been used to track those who have committed the “crime” of entering the U.S. without documentation. 

Activist and writer Sean McElwee is credited with popularizing the #AbolishICE hashtag in 2017 which catapulted it into a movement in the real world spawning protests. The Hill also notes that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought the call to action into the political sphere. 

“The biggest moment for the Abolish ICE movement though came after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, upset Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), in a primary. As she leapt into the spotlight, she brought the calls to abolish ICE, into the national debate,” according to The Hill

“Within days of her victory, abolishing ICE had become a litmus test for Democrats running in the midterms and for those seen as potential 2020 presidential contenders.” 

Advocates believe ICE is a tool of white supremacy.

ICE has used increasingly brutal tactics like force-feeding detainees on hunger strikes, arresting citizens on the basis that they “look Hispanic,” and arresting undocumented immigrants when they show up for court appearances. 

The ACLU believes ICE and Border Patrol have increasingly abused their power, claiming their removal tactics take away immigrants’ rights to a fair hearing and that they potentially violate many of the Fourth Amendment’s protections including, ” the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and freedom from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and national origin.” 

“The central assumption of ICE in 2018 is that any undocumented immigrant is inherently a threat. In that way, ICE’s tactics are philosophically aligned with racist thinkers like Richard Spencer,” McElwee told PS Mag

“Though the [Democratic] party has moved left on core issues from reproductive rights to single-payer health care, it’s time for progressives to put forward a demand that deportation be taken not as the norm but rather as a disturbing indicator of authoritarianism.” 

Pew notes that just 17 percent of adults say they trust the federal government to do what is right, while 71 percent say they trust the government “only some of the time.” While it remains to be seen if ICE will ever be abolished, it is clear that the majority of Americans would prefer it that way.