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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?

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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