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U.S.-Mexico Relations Almost As Bad As War Times, Says Former Mexican President






Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Friday that relations between the United States and Mexico have plummeted to a near-historic low since President Donald Trump took office last week. 


“We are at the very lowest point since the war between Mexico and the United States,” Fox on NBC’s “Today” show, referencing the nearly two-year Mexican-American War prompted by the U.S. annexing Texas in 1845.


Tensions came to a head this week when Trump signed an executive order to advance construction on a border wall between the two countries ― a move fiercely opposed by the Mexican government and many Democrats in Congress. The following day, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a trade meeting with Trump that had been set for next week. 



Trump has brought back a very strong Mexican spirt. And we’re ready for the trade war.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox


Despite Trump’s long-standing pledge to make Mexico pay for the wall, Nieto has repeatedly insisted his country would never foot the bill. Trump said earlier this month that the American taxpayers will now fund the wall’s construction while his administration finds a way to make Mexico “reimburse” the U.S.


White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday floated the concept of a 20 percent tax on all Mexican imports as a way to pay for wall, which drew sharp criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. Spicer walked backed the suggestion hours later, claiming the tax was simply a policy “option.”


Fox, who was Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, said Trump’s vow to build the wall has strengthened nationalism in his country.


“Trump has brought back a very strong Mexican spirt,” he said. “And we’re ready for the trade war. We’re ready, of course, for not paying for that wall.”


The former Mexican president has been an outspoken critic of Trump and his border wall proposal.


I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall,” Fox told Fusion in February. “He should pay for it.”


He also frequently uses Twitter to denounce Trump.










The proposed wall is at odds with the growing reality of unlawful immigration. Immigration hardliners often claim huge numbers of undocumented people are crossing the border into the U.S., but the number of people doing so is at a 40-year low. Reports even show that more undocumented Mexican immigrants are leaving the U.S. than entering.


Still, Trump told ABC’s David Muir on Thursday that building a border wall is “very important.”


“We have to build the wall,” Trump said. “We have to stop drugs from pouring in. We have to stop people from just pouring into our country.”


Fox also appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, and pleaded with Trump to “please grow up.”


“Now, you’re president of a great country, the most powerful nation in the world,” Fox said. “Be ― or try to be ― a real president.”


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Donald Trump Really Needs To Quit Saying 'The African Americans'




Donald Trump thinks it’s cool to call black people “the African Americans.” It’s not. 


During the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, the Republican nominee made offensive closing remarks that reinforced his racist pitch to “make America great again.” 


“We need law and order, our inner cities are a disaster,” Trump said at the debate. “You get shot walking to the store. They have no education. They have no jobs. I will do more for the African-Americans and Latinos than [Hillary Clinton] can do in 10 lifetimes.”


There are many problematic parts to Trump’s pitch to black voters. He repeatedly implies that all black people are uneducated, unemployed and that we all live in inner-cities. However, labeling us “the African Americans” is perhaps one of the most offensive things he does because it dehumanizes, disrespects and denigrates black people. He has also previously called African Americans “the blacks.” 


Twitter noticed the insensitive comments and expressed their fury and displeasure over his remarks on black voters: 



Referring to a diverse community of people as "the African-Americans" shows you have no understanding that they are, in fact, human beings

— Michael Fell (@Fells_Point)




I TOLD YOU LAST TIME KEEP MY NAME OUT YO MOUTH TRUMP -signed "the African-Americans"

— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP)




"The Latinos", "The African Americans", We are PEOPLE, not objects.

— Jacey Diaz (@JaceyDiaz)




Refering to us as "the african americans" and talking about "the inner cities" as if thats all we come from

— Eric (@FULLGROWNAPE)




Can someone ask #trump --- Who in the hell are: The African Americans and The Latinos.... #debatenight

— Wade Davis II (@Wade_Davis28)




If yo azz say "THE African Americans" one more time #debatenight

— Porsha Williams (@Porsha4real)




FYI we r not "The" African Americans, u r not in charge of us, u don't get 2 speak 4 us & we don't all live in the inner city #debatenight

— Keena Ferguson (@keenastar)




The African Americans and The Latinos want you to know that we're educated and we're employed. #DebateNight

— Sundaze Weigh (@sundazeweigh)



Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Amy Schumer Pens Letter To Tampa Trump Fans Who Walked Out On Her


Amy Schumer poked fun at Florida fans who walked out of her performance earlier this week after the comedian lashed out at Donald Trump onstage. 


“I’ve written an open letter to Tampa and I’d like to read it tonight,” Schumer said during an NYC show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, via People. “Dearest Tampa, I’m sorry you didn’t want me, a comedian who talks about what she believes in, to mention the biggest thing going on in our country right now.”


“How could I think it was OK to spend five minutes having a peaceful conversation with someone with different views?” the “Trainwreck” actress said, referencing the moment she brought a Trump supporter up on the stage Sunday in Tampa to interview him about his political preferences. 


Schumer added, “And, Tampa, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster. Shouldn’t have said that. I will never again say that he is an orange, sexual-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster!”


The 35-year-old angered fans during her show on Sunday after some accused her of making her comedy too political. According to a review from the Tampa Bay Times, around 200 people walked out of her show and many began booing after she slammed Donald Trump and brought up his many sexual assault allegations. 



Hey @amyschumer leave the political stuff out of your comedy shows. We came to laugh not talk politics. We can turn On CNN and NBC for that

— Luisa Metallo (@LuiGucci)




@amyschumer the people who left didn't leave because we don't share her political views. I went to hear jokes. #trump

— matt waz (@waz1921)



Schumer, who has openly thrown her support behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, didn’t seem to mind the controversy and simply tweeted

after news of the walkouts went viral Monday. 


Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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David Duke And His Pals Loved Trump's Immigration Speech


WASHINGTON ― Prominent members of the white supremacist movement applauded Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s immigration speech Wednesday.


David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader and current Senate candidate in Louisiana, called the speech “excellent.” Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, said it was a “hell of a speech. Almost perfect.”



Excellent speech by Donald Trump tonight. Deport criminal aliens, end catch and release, enforce immigration laws & America First.

— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke)




#TrumpAZ Hell of a speech. Almost perfect. Logical, deeply felt, and powerfully delivered. Now watch how the media twists it.

— Jared Taylor (@jartaylor)



“Trump is back,” wrote Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.



Agenda for August 31.

> Diplomacy in the morning.
> Nationalism in the evening. #Trump is back in a big way!

— Richard B. Spencer (@RichardBSpencer)



All three men also live-tweeted Trump’s speech, another sign of how white nationalists are engaging with Trump’s campaign in a way that is unprecedented in modern politics.


Trump delivered his fiery, fear-mongering speech in Phoenix just hours after meeting with Mexican President Enrico Peña Nieto in Mexico City for what Trump called a “substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.” The optimism Trump projected in Mexico, however, was nowhere to be found in Arizona.


Instead, Trump laid out a grim vision of the U.S., describing it as a country under siege from violent “criminal aliens.” Undocumented immigrants, he said, were responsible for the deaths of “countless Americans.”  


In response to this perceived threat, Trump proposed a 10-point plan that would, among other things, build a wall across the United States’ southern border; create a “deportation task force” within the Department of Homeland Security; triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents; and immediately begin deporting 2 million “criminal aliens.” Trump did not say how he planned to pay for these initiatives.


The hourlong speech was written to appeal directly to white men, according to Trump confidante Corey Lewandowski. “White males have a high propensity of voting [and] this speech is clearly geared at those individuals right now, to make sure [Trump] has locked them in for the election,” the former Trump campaign manager said on CNN. 


To wit, the speech contained many of the same shades of xenophobia and nativism that characterized Trump’s Republican primary campaign, during which many Americans formed the opinion that Trump is racist.  


For the fringe world of white nationalism, Trump’s primary campaign was a godsend. Thanks to Trump, topics that were previously taboo ― like barring people from certain religious groups or nationalities from entering the U.S. ― were suddenly front and center in national debates.


Equally encouraging for the “pro-white” movement was Trump’s reluctance this spring to publicly denounce Duke during a national TV interview ― host Chuck Todd had to ask Trump three times before the candidate said, “I denounce.”


A few months later, prominent white nationalist William Johnson was selected to serve as a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. When the news made headlines, Johnson withdrew. Trump’s campaign blamed a paperwork error.


Duke launched his longshot Senate campaign on July 22, one day after Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the convention. Promising to defend the “rights and heritage of European Americans,” Duke cited Trump’s success as a factor in his decision to run. 


“I am overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” Duke said in a campaign video, below.





Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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A Protester Somehow Managed To Disrupt Donald Trump's RNC Speech




CLEVELAND ― A demonstrator brought GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech to a brief halt Thursday night, as police attempted to remove her from Quicken Loans Arena.


She was quickly identified as Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink, a women-led peace organization. Benjamin wore a banner that read, “Build Bridges, Not Walls,” and said she was there to stand up to Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric.


“Scapegoating immigrants and refugees ― some of the most marginalized and powerless members of our society ― for the problems we face as a nation is deeply racist,” Benjamin said in a press release. “I rose to disrupt Trump’s ‘victory speech’ tonight to make sure that no one, whether in the arena or watching in their living room, could overlook the horrifying racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny that is at the root of Donald Trump’s ideology. We want to build bridges not walls, and we want peace and love, not hate and war.”


Benjamin is a prolific protester. She’s heckled President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In 2004, she managed to disrupt both the Republican and Democratic national conventions to protest the war in Iraq.


Despite her track record, Benjamin seems to continue to make it past security.



I just disrupted #Trump to say BUILD BRIDGES NOT WALLS!! https://t.co/OX5U5iqacy pic.twitter.com/1jQwGyw9iD

— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin)



Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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In Donald Trump's America, It's Fine To Use Violence To Put People In Their Place


Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump often speaks as though he'd gladly punch a journalist if he could get away with it. And hell, maybe he could -- in the eyes of his supporters, at least.


On Monday, a Secret Service agent was filmed choke-slamming a photographer at a Trump campaign rally in Radford, Virginia. Online, many were quick to claim that Christopher Morris, a photojournalist for Time magazine, was asking for it.


With much of Trump's campaign revolving around his near-constant demonization of reporters, restrictions on the media and appeals to callous authoritarianism, perhaps this response shouldn't be surprising. But it reflects an environment in which people feel comfortable saying it's OK to use physical violence -- and perhaps even violate someone's rights -- to put those who would challenge authority in their place.


Headlines like this one at Breitbart, which seized on an earlier and incomplete version of the video, certainly didn't engender any sympathy for Morris:



Later video would show that the

and threw him on the ground first. Morris then got up and put a hand to the agent's throat, "in order to demonstrate the choke hold he had just experienced," according to a statement from Time.


This tweet, which appeared to show Morris launching an obscenity at the agent before the altercation got physical, was similarly used to justify the agent's behavior:



Here's moments prior. The reporter says "f*ck you" — that's when it got physical pic.twitter.com/h9K2wIbEWQ

— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone)



But cursing at a member of law enforcement is a constitutionally protected activity. Sure, doing so might be unwise, especially given that law enforcement officers routinely bend the law to punish behavior that they see as insufficiently submissive to their authority. But that shouldn't be an excuse. Legally speaking, being a jerk isn't grounds for the use of physical force.


This fact apparently didn't concern the many people who emerged as apologists for the Secret Service officer's conduct.



Anyone who fucks with the Secret Service is out of their goddamn minds-the arrogant prick deserved what he got https://t.co/MnRuSqdAG7

— Judy Weismonger (@JWeismonger)




Media LIES because one of their own brownshirts w a camera got what he deserved! Secret Service did their job protect #Trump from THEM!

— Unapologetic (@LadyInfidels)




@gabriellahope_ he's lucky he's not dead after grabbing the SS agent throat

— Women 4 Trump (@Women4Trump)



Hundreds of people have expressed similar views on Twitter, often with more hostility.


Many have focused on a supposed "chest bump" between the two men. It remains to be seen if the Secret Service, which released a statement saying it is "aware" of the episode, will use that alleged contact as justification for the agent's escalation of force.


Regardless, this controversy is as much about the choke-slam being necessary as it is about it being justified. A similar criticism lies at the heart of many use-of-force incidents that receive public scrutiny.


Maybe the Secret Service agent could have handled the situation better, without resorting to violence. Morris certainly could have been less confrontational. But are we willing to say that disrespecting an officer of the law, especially as a journalist at a political event, is an invitation to physical assault?


According to the letter of the law, we shouldn't.


But in Trump's America, a place where many people believe freedom of the press is little more than a suggestion and protest should be suppressed by force -- and not just by police -- the answer seems less and less clear each day.


Editor's Note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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