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Trump’s Latest Direct Pitch To Hispanic Voters Was Truly Bizarre, Even By Trump Standards

Despite the election being more than 400 days away, the 2020 Election campaign season is in full swing. We’ve got Democrats debating substantial policy ideas in debate after debate and then we’ve got Donald Trump blurring the line between campaign rallies and presidential events.

Trump has been busy jetting from state to state (largely staying in states that supported him in 2016) to spread his message of falsehoods and hate.

Until now. 

Is Trump starting to change his ways just in time for the 2020 campaign? 

If you pay attention to the news, you’ll of heard about Trump’s “pitch” to Hispanic voters.

It makes sense that Trump would put effort into Latino outreach in New Mexico, which has the highest percentage of Latinos of any state of the country. But remarking on the tone of an ally’s skin and suggesting Latino voters have dual loyalties are probably not the best ways to do it. Trump’s comments unsurprisingly seemed to play well to his supporters in the room, but they are unlikely to win many new ones in a state where he can use all the supporters he can get

But oh, it was so much more.

President Donald Trump did his best to appeal to Latino voters during his rally on Monday evening in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. His “best,” however, was profoundly bizarre.

In one especially odd moment, Trump remarked upon how white one of his key Latino surrogates looks.

“He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do. So I haven’t figured that one out. But I’ll tell you what — there is nobody that loves this country more or Hispanic more than Steve Cortes,” Trump said. (Cortes is a pro-Trump television commentator and member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.)

“Nobody loves the Hispanics more!” Trump continued, before asking Cortes a question that suggested Latinos have dual loyalties: “Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics? He says the country. I don’t know, I may have to go for the Hispanics to be honest with you. We got a lot of Hispanics! We love our Hispanics.”

In anticipation of Trump’s New Mexico rally, the ACLU but up billboards that obviously hit some important points. 

Another one said “No Ban, No Wall, No Hate In Our State.”

While another group had this to say:

Apparently New Mexico has some legit billboard game. Who knew?

Many in New Mexico wondered why Trump was visiting a state to share his hateful views in a state that is overwhelmingly Democratic.

Trump is not doing well with Latinos in particular or in New Mexico in general. Polls consistently show his approval rating at about 30 percent.

Trump’s poor performance is dragging him down in New Mexico, a state he lost by 8 points to Hillary Clinton in 2016. According to Morning Consult’s tracking polls, Trump’s approval rating in the state has dropped a whopping 34 points since his inauguration, and as of last month, sat 17 points underwater.

Not to mention the President’s hurtful, hateful, and dangerous rhetoric used against immigrants, refugees, and basically anyone who isn’t cis white.

Nonetheless, during his rally on Monday, Trump insisted he plans to win New Mexico in 2020. His sales pitch largely centered around low Latino unemployment rates and stoking fears about immigration — but these were also key components of his campaign message heading into last year’s midterms elections, and Republicans ended up losing all five statewide races in New Mexico. At this stage, there’s little reason to believe things will be different next November.

But of course, Trump wasn’t just in Mexico to awkwardly talk about ‘Hispanics.’

He was also there to repeat many of the lies he’s now become so famous for. 

Trump spoke for 95 minutes at the rally in New Mexico on Monday night, among the longest speeches he’s given as President. And, according to CNN, he made at least 26 false claims — most of them ones he’s said before in recent months.

From blaming a former Google executive for him losing “up to 10 million votes” to saying San Diego’s mayor agrees with Trump on the wall (hint: he doesn’t), Trump was in typical Trump form. 

From New Mexico, Trump departed for deep blue California.

After leaving New Mexico, Trump headed for California — another state he lost by millions of votes in 2016. He’s there to raise funds for his 2020 re-election but he’s also getting in some attacks on the heavily Democratic state. 

Before even arriving, Trump had been shaming California cities over a very real issue — homelessness. It’s out of control from San Diego to San Francisco but many doubt that the administration is going to help address the issue with any substantial policy. Meanwhile, the President is also set to revoke California’s ability to set stricter standards on vehicle emissions, which would set up yet another legal battle between Trump and California. 

The Lincoln Project Is A Conservative Organization Trying To Get Donald Trump Out Of Office

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The Lincoln Project Is A Conservative Organization Trying To Get Donald Trump Out Of Office

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As 2020 drags on, the campaign for the U.S. presidency is still going. President Donald Trump is hoping for another term though polling shows him far behind Joe Biden as the months go on. One Republican organization is pushing for President Trump to lose the election. The organization is called The Lincoln Project.

Republican organization The Lincoln Project is going after President Donald Trump.

A group of Republicans, Kellyanne Conway’s husband among them, have joined forces to go after President Trump in the 2020 election. The organization is using Trump’s own actions and words to create ads to criticize his actions. One ad goes after his willingness to downplay the severity of COVID-19 leading to thousands of preventable deaths.

“We are Republican, and we want Trump defeated,” reads the website.

Some people on social media have compared The Lincoln Project’s videos to President Trump’s own energy when he attacks opponents. Supporters of The Lincoln Project, according to YouTube comments, appreciate the organization’s willingness to go low when Trump goes low.

They have attached his legacy to the argument over the Confederate flag.

The ad calls out the history of the Confederate flag and what it represents: treason. The flag was flown by people trying to destroy the U.S. and leave the nation. The Lincoln Project asks why Trump would support a flag flown by losers and treasonous people, especially since it is often seen in his rallies. The wide use of the Confederate flag at Trump rallies is not only attaching Trump to that legacy, but also the Republican Party.

The organization is really not holding anything back.

The economy, rapid unemployment, and a bungled response to COVID-19 are all anchors The Lincoln Project is putting on the Trump campaign. The president is in trouble in the polls with Biden leading in several reputable polls. Even notoriously conservative polls have placed Trump behind Biden in the race for the White House.

READ: People Who Voted For Trump’s 2016 Election Opened Up About The Moment They Decided To Not Vote For Him In 2020

As Trump Moves To Label ANTIFA A Terrorist Group, Why Hasn’t The KKK Been Labeled One?

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As Trump Moves To Label ANTIFA A Terrorist Group, Why Hasn’t The KKK Been Labeled One?

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ANTIFA has been the headlines recently as protests against the murder of George Floyd turned violent in some cities – with many groups blaming the group for the violence. In fact, the group has gained so many headlines that it drew the attention of Donal Trump, who now says he is working to label the organization as a domestic terror group.

However, white supremacist hate groups – like the KKK – have caused the vast majority of violence in the United States for generations. Yet the group, which has been around since the Civil War – has no such designation.

Association with a U.S. hate group is not illegal, and despite terrorizing minorities, gays, Jews and Catholics for over a century—committing atrocities designed to induce a state of terror among the public—the Klan is not designated as a terrorist organization. Why is that?

In the wake of marches and protests that turned violent, Trump has threatened to label ANTIFA as a terror organization.

Antifa, short for anti-fascists, describes a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left – often the far left. Antifa positions can be hard to define, but many members support oppressed populations and protest the amassing of wealth by corporations and elites. Some employ radical or militant tactics to get out their messages but many are peaceful protesters.

Whether you agree with antifa’s ideology or approach, the president’s announcement is shocking, given that many of the most violent hate groups in the United States aren’t designated as terrorists. One notable example is the Ku Klux Klan, which for decades has used bloodshed, intimidation and crime to terrorize Americans – especially Black Americans.

Trump should be more concerned about white supremacy-related violence since it’s the most deadly threat facing the U.S.

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Antifa is responsible for zero deaths, ever. Right-wing terrorism is more common in the United States than Islamic terrorism, and, if not for two outlier events of Pulse and 9/11, would have a higher body count.

White supremacist extremism is currently the most lethal form of extremism in the U.S.,” American University professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss told Congress in September. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the far-right was the source of 73% of domestic extremist-related slayings from 2008 to 2019. 

However, Trump has been much more hesitant to declare these menacing groups as terrorists. In fact, Trump isn’t only ignoring the threat of white supremacist terrorism, he’s actively pushing government institutions to overlook it.

According to Reuters, Trump attempted to rename the Countering Violent Extremism program to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism” — erasing white nationalist violence from its mission entirely. Under the current administration, federal prosecutors are limited in how they can bring white nationalists to justice. 

If Trump wants to label ANTIFA a terror organization, many are asking why not the KKK?

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The original Ku Klux Klan, formed in the 1860s, was the largest and most violent domestic terrorist organization that the U.S. has ever known. It only lasted about 10 years, though.It’s since gone through several iterations but the current Klan is a hodgepodge of loosely organized groups with no central leadership.

For this reason, many legal experts agree that would be very difficult – if not unconstitutional – to label any domestic organization a terror group, including ANTIFA and the KKK.

As soon as Trump announced his intentions, a Change.org petition popped up urging him to label the KKK a terror group.

Over one million people have signed a Change.org petition urging the U.S. government to list the Ku Klux Klan as a domestic terror organization. The potion was launched in response to Trump’s plan to do just that against ANTIFA.

“This group has a long history of murder & intimidation of people based on colour and religion,” the petition outlines.

It goes onto say that the campaign aims to make racially motivated crime an act of terror and declare hate groups terrorists.