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It Took Two Days For Trump To Publicly Denounce White Supremacists In Charlottesville And Americans Noticed

“Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism.”

The United States of America is still shocked about the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia the led to a car being used to attack a group of anti-racism protesters. Brennan Gilmore, a witness to the attack, recorded the car accelerating towards the crowd then hastily reversing out of the area. He posted the video to Twitter. We urge viewer discretion as the video is violent.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., who was photographed earlier in the day among the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” rally protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city. Those Fields attacked were counter-protesters. Fields is currently in custody.

According to The New York Times, the attack on the counter-protesters happened at 1:45 p.m. local time and resulted in the death of one woman, Heather Heyer.

A man named Tommy, an organizer for the Richmond, Virginia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who spoke to ABC News on partial anonymity, says the kind of hatred and racism that was broadcast to the world is nothing new. Tommy was in the crowd that was struck by the car and survived the incident. He told ABC News that as a Latino living in the south, what happened isn’t surprising.

“I hate to break it to people who might not know it, but this kind of hate has always been in America,” he told ABC News about the violent clashes in Charlottesville. He added that the solidarity demonstrations that popped up around the country after the assault gave him hope.

“Yesterday was the both the happiest and most terrifying day of my life,” he said. “If people want to know how to help the people in the south who are dealing with it in a very visceral way, they should work in their own communities – organize locally.”

President Trump gave a brief statement the same day as the attack but his response has been widely considered a failure of leadership for not denouncing the white supremacist, neo-Nazi and racist groups behind the violent attacks directly.

“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump told the press. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

A White House spokesperson later clarified that Trump was referring to the counter-protest as one of the sides inciting violence and hatred, according to CNN.

People took to social media to air their grievance against the president’s original comments.

Trump is known to take things to Twitter and publicly calling out people he is arguing with, whether it is fellow Republicans or North Korea. However, after a tiki torch filled rally on the University of Virginia campus and the vicious attack on counter-protesters, Trump stayed silent on Twitter.

Others saw it as par for the course in terms of race relations in the country.

There have been numerous reported incidents of KKK and neo-Nazi resurgence since President Trump was elected in November 2016. Not only have there been KKK marches, members of the white supremacy group have expressly admitted that their actions are a direct result of Trump’s victory and a way of fulfilling his campaign promises.

Jorge Ramos dropped facts that show an increase in hate groups in the U.S.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there was a dramatic increase in hate groups across the country.

Wendy Carrillo, a fixture in Los Angeles politics, recounted a Twitter feud she had with former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in March.

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“Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy is reprehensible, but not surprising,” Carrillo wrote on Facebook following the attack. “We are all too familiar with the realities of what is happening because our communities have been fighting against injustice longer than I’ve been alive. Today’s events are a reminder, a jolt, of what many have been saying is the reality of hate in this country. This is not the moment to be passive or moderate, this is a moment to accept the reality of institutional racism that plagues our nation.”

Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro has never shied away from calling out Trump’s shortcomings.

It has been reported by numerous sources that Trump’s base is largely populated by white supremacists.

Even Republican politicians that have typically voted in favor of the Trump agenda have spoken up against the president’s weak tone, including Ted Cruz.

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“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate,” Ted Cruz wrote on Facebook. “Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”

Even Marco Rubio denounced the actions in Charlottesville by calling the groups out by name.

Some people have criticized Cruz and Rubio as posturing for a 2020 return. Trump did give it another go and denounced the groups by name, but for many it is too late. Two days too late.

You can watch Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks below.



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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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