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VP Joe Biden Just Got A Major Endorsement From A Leading Latina Voice But Not Everyone Is Thrilled By It

One quick Google search of ‘Joe Biden’ and ‘Latino’ shows that the former VP – who is running for president this year – has a serious issue with the Latino vote. There is story after story about his lack of support among the Latinx community and suggestions on what he needs to do if he wants the community’s vote – which he’ll need if he wants to win in November.

Recently, however, the tide may be shifting as several prominent Latino advocacy organizations have lined up to support Biden in his campaign for the presidency. This week another prominent Latina voice has added her name to the growing list of advocates showing up to support Biden in 2020.

Labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta endorsed Joe Biden for president, giving him the backing of one of the nation’s most prominent Latina leaders.

Dolores Huerta, the labor and civil rights leader who co-founded what eventually became the United Farm Workers union, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Friday.

Huerta, who is based in Bakersfield and is one of the nation’s most prominent Latino activists, offered her support on International Workers Day and as Biden’s campaign seeks to improve support among Latino voters. She said on Friday that Biden has been a “staunch advocate for labor” and has prioritized Latinos.

In a statement, the activist added, “At a time when the current White House has used fear mongering and racist rhetoric towards Latinos, Joe has made it clear that he will fight to protect and advance our community.”

Huerta’s new endorsement is a change from recent quotes about the former VP and illustrates just how important it is to defeat Trump in November.

In her endorsement, Huerta said she promised to do everything “humanly possible” to get Joe Biden elected come November, changing what had been her record during the campaign up to this point.

In fact, just a few months ago, Huerta had endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for president and had criticized Biden for his lack of concrete answers about the needs of Latinos across the country. She even accused him of “talking just like the Republicans.”

With her endorsement of Biden, Huerta is making one thing very clear: We have to get rid of President Donald Trump, whatever it takes.

However, Biden still has a serious issue with Latino voters – will this endorsement really matter?

Just a couple of months ago Biden’s campaign was on life support. He was barely polling at all in several key states. That all changed when he won the South Carolina primary with the help of the state’s large African-American population.

Despite his subsequent wins across the country, Biden continued to trail Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), his main rival for the nomination, among Latinos for much of the primary. Biden’s campaign attributed the gap to a lack of financial resources that made it difficult to reach voters, but the former vice president also faced protests over the Obama administration’s deportation of nearly 3 million immigrants who were in the country illegally.

At a July 31 Democratic debate, Biden also found himself at odds with rival candidates who said crossing the border without permission should be a civil violation, not a criminal act. “If you cross the border illegally, you should be able to be sent back. It’s a crime,” Biden said.

But Latino support for the former VP seems to be increasing as the November election fast approaches.

In the weeks since Sanders suspended his campaign, Latino groups — including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC and Voto Latino, a voter registration group founded in 2004 — have started to coalesce around Biden.

María Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino’s president and chief executive, told the LA Times that the group decided to back Biden with its first-ever endorsement after he sent a 22-page document answering questions on his positions on student debt, the environment, immigration, criminal justice reform and the modernization of electoral systems. 

The group is now talking to his campaign about how to address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Latino community. “We want him to think boldly, because it’s the time for that leadership to help get our country out of where we are,” Kumar said.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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There is a lot of buzz about who Vice President Joe Biden will pick to be his running mate. One thing everyone agrees on is that the running mate should be a woman of color. Senator Amy Klobuchar was reportedly asked to going through the vetting process. Meanwhile, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto came forward to say she has no interest in being a running mate.

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is officially withdrawing her name from Jo Biden’s list of potential running mates.

Sen. Cortez Masto is the first Latina ever elected to the Senate and her career has been a highlight for the state. However, the serious impact of COVID-19 on Nevada, one of the hardest-hit economies in the U.S., convinced her not to try to earn the position of running mate for Biden.

Sen. Cortez Masto has been engaged in the ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19 in the Silver State.

“I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November,” reads a statement from her campaign. “Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get on back on their feet.”

Nevada’s unemployment rate sits are 28 percent, which is the highest in the country right now. The number is also the highest unemployment number recorded by a state since 1976. Latinos make up 30 percent of the state’s population meaning that Latinos in the state are feeling the crunch.

Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee, praised Sen. Cortez Masto for her work with Nevada.

“I’ve admired Senator Cortez-Masto as long as I have known her because she’s a leader with integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “Nevadans are fortunate to have her fighting for them in Washington and I look forward to seeing her continue to lead in the Senate.”

There is still time for Biden to pick his running mate and women seem to be at the top of the list.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar came under fire recently after it was discovered that she refused to bring charges against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In 2006, Chauvin was involved in the deadly shooting of a Black man and Sen. Klobuchar, who was the Hennepin County attorney at the time, declined to bring up charges in the death.

Sen. Klobuchar sent the case to a grand jury and the grand jury found no reason to prosecute. It is a decision that Sen. Klobuchar claims to realize was a lapse of judgment.

“I think that was wrong now,” Klobuchar said in an interview on MSNBC. “I think it would have been much better if I took the responsibility and looked at the cases and made the decision myself.”

READ: We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator

During A Livestream Event, It Definitely Sounds (And Looks) Like Joe Biden Let Out A Giant Fart

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During A Livestream Event, It Definitely Sounds (And Looks) Like Joe Biden Let Out A Giant Fart

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Even with the global Coronavirus pandemic affecting pretty much everyone in so many different ways – we’re still in the middle of an election year. And that means that politics must go on. This is especially true when we’re being governed by an administration with no national plan to combat the virus – not to mention a long history of policies directly harming communities of color.

Before the pandemic hit, Trump was traveling around the U.S. hosting huge rallies and the Democratic primary season was in full swing. Now that the presumptive Democratic nominee is VP Joe Biden, he too has been trying to campaign. But with the pandemic shutting down large gatherings, the campaigns have had to go digital.

During an online campaign event, Vice President Joe Biden seems to have launched #FartGate.

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Political campaigns can be a lot of hard work, placing a lot of strain on the body and mind, leaving almost no time for respite or self-care. And with the U.S. election on the horizon, Joe Biden has been out in full force, even with the small case of a pandemic going on.

The Vice President was on a live vide chat with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf discussing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the state when the now infamous moment took place. In the video, you can very clearly hear ‘the noise’ – a noice many are convinced was a fart.

Yes, you read that correctly – a fart and possibly a very wet one. Those watching noticed this and were more than happy to splash it all over social media. In fact, the sound was so clear that Governor Wolf ended up blinking and shaking his head upon realizing what had just happened. The clip of the awkward episode was even shared on Biden’s official YouTube channel.

To add to people’s suspicions, Biden also appears to lean back into his chair during #fartgate.

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He appeared to lean back in his chair at the same time as the noise, while Wolf appeared to blink and shake his head shortly after.

Although there is more than likely a reasonable explanation behind this, Wolf’s expression does noticeably change when he hears the noise. Either he dealt it or was completely shocked that Biden would be so brazen as to let one rip during a campaign video.

Right-wing figures on Twitter soon clipped the moment, and it was shared by the conservative outlet the Daily Caller, as well as Donald Trump Jr.

The president’s son likened it to the interview Rep. Eric Swalwell did on MSNBC in November with Chris Matthews in which a loud fart was heard. Though to be totally transparent, Rep. Swalwell vehemently denied that he had farted or that he had even heard a fart-like noise at all.

Surprisingly, this isn’t even the first incident like this just this month. At the beginning of May, during Supreme Court arguments, it sounded like a toilet was flushed in the background.

Apparently, moments usually reserved for private are just something we have to adjust to as we continue to be under stay-at-home orders and working from home – or in the case of Joe Biden: campaigning from home.