1/Saw a few (mostly white) people upset by this article thinking it was disparaging Kamala. It's not. The reporter is a Black woman who focuses on the Haitian community. Why do various BIPOC groups feel neglected by DEMS? Because, at times, they have been. miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
2/What white voters forgot is your vote is constantly pursued, spoken about, and valued. (e.g. see everything @Redistrict writes about). BIPOC voters, from other countries, are almost always neglected by Presidential campaigns except for an ad or two every 4 years.
3/Democrats always get a famous singer or actor from (insert Caribbean, Central or South American country- here) or roll out a white person that speaks Spanish (Hi, Tim Kaine, and Beto) and think that’ll be enough to appeal to that demographic. It’s not.
4/Meanwhile Trump/Republicans are promising those groups the moon. Yes, they're lying through their teeth. The GOP told my Venezuelan (and Cuban) friends 2019 that they were going to “get Maduro.” They just rolled that promise out AGAIN. washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
5/The thing is, that’s effective because the GOP is making really big SPECIFIC promises of what they are going "to do" (lies) for each group. Look at @marcorubio he'll go to any length to try and win over moderate Cubans and Venezuelans. Look at Rubio's record, he doesn't care.
5a/If I was a reporter - I would be asking the GOP and specifically Marco Rubio these questions below. If I was working for Biden, I would make this a targeted ad in Florida.
6/Right now, looking at the ads Dems are rolling out, they’re mostly just telling people of Caribbean descent and Hispanic heritage, how bad Trump is. They know, but Trump is STILL reaching out to them, "courting" them. They want to know what is BIDEN bringing to the table. Haitian Americans make up a unique and politically influenti
6/When I asked my friends in Miami whose families are from Jamaica “How do y'all feel about Kamala?” I get “thrilled” to “SO PROUD.” What that also means is many people feel DESPERATE TO FINALLY BE HEARD! For many, they feel (I’ve been told) “With Kamala, we finally will be!”
7/So don’t get offended when someone from a BIPOC community says to a reporter, “I feel overlooked.” They probably have! They probably feel that reporter is the only way they’ll be heard. That IS THE PURPOSE of what good reporters do: give a platform to those most marginalized.
8/Lastly, we all need to do more: Phonebanking: joebiden.com/call/ Donate: secure.actblue.com/donate/ads_dd_… (if you don’t have money I understand), we need to report disinformation online: help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-p… and push our friends and family TO VOTE EARLY!
9/P.S. There needs to be a very specific targeted outreach to groups that have been traditionally neglected, ASAP. HEY, I did an interview with a person that has done research on that very subject! Dr. Fraga, author of "The Turnout Gap." Listen here: open.spotify.com/episode/0LBRko…

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1/So I'm going to tell @chrisrock why he's incorrect. Also, how exhausting is it that people with fame think that everything that falls out of their mouth is gold and people like me with my tiny platform have to attempt to clean up their misinformation. newsweek.com/why-chris-rock…
2/When folx w/large platforms spread misinformation about policy w/o the basic understanding of how the Legislative, Executive, Judicial branches function it harms all of us (makes Putin happy!). That's not civics shaming, just don't place blame w/o understanding how it works.
3/(I also think Chris Rock forgot why Congress impeached Trump: BECAUSE HE SOLICITED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AND THEN OBSTRUCTED THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIM OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Chris, Trump isn't a "5-year-old", he's a CRIMINAL. Get it?) lawfareblog.com/revisiting-cri…
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🚨(We should view this as a warning)1/"The Kremlin recognize the serious threat posed by growing resentment in Russia’s regions. Golos, Russia’s foremost independent election monitor, has noted some of the more obvious recent manipulations meant to maintain the Kremlin’s control"
2/"...including adding unknown candidates and candidates with duplicate names to the ballot presumably to split and spoil the opposition vote; downplaying the brand of Putin’s United Russia party, which has seen its public support decline to around 32%." foreignpolicy.com/2020/09/10/put…
3/"During the 2018 presidential election which Putin won handily, Shpilkin saw that the data showed numerous polling stations reporting turnout percentages ending in 0 or 5, suggesting, per his widely cited analysis, that almost 10 million votes were falsified at the ballot box."
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1/I've studied Newt Gingrich for a while now (not as much as Julian E. Zelizer, read his book, Burning Down the House). Trump uses Newt's "Playbook" a lot. Since Trump-Pence are already telegraphing their play against Kamala ("too liberal") I want y'all to know that's Newt too. Paint a female candidate as extremist (e.g. ruthless in the
2/"In 1978, [Newt] ran an ad blasting his opponent, Virginia Shapard, saying, “If elected, Virginia will move to Washington, but her husband and her children will remain in Griffin. When elected, Newt will keep his family together.” latimes.com/archives/la-xp…
3/If you know anything about Gingrich, you know how hypocritical - and sexist - that is. If Pence attempts to use (as I term it) "The Shapard Play" he'll paint himself as a "family church-going man" while attempting to disparage Kamala's "family values." nytimes.com/2007/03/09/us/…
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30 Aug
1/Since joining twitter in 2009 this is how many times Michael Moore @MMFlint has said the words:
Vote By Mail - 0x
Voter ID - 0x
Ballot Drop Boxes - 0x
Polling locations - 0x
Census2020 - 0x
USPS - 0x
Voter Intimidation - 0x
Disinformation - 0x
Foreign Interference- 0x
2/How many times has Michael Moore discussed Voter Purges, Voter Roll Purges, or Kris Kobach, or Cross Check since joining twitter in 2009?:

ZERO times for all.
3/How many times has Michael Moore said Voter Suppression since 2009?:

Voter Suppression 10x:

1x in 2012, 4x 2016 (he mentions NY and the media) 3x 2018, 1x 2019, 1x 2020 to promote his film.

Voter Supression (Sic.) 4x all in 2012.

He said Voter Suppression 14x in 11 years
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1/This is Jacob Blake's sister Letetra Widman. Here is her powerful statement.

"I am my brother's keeper."
2/"And when you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure you say father, make sure you say,, cousin, make sure you say, son, make sure you say uncle, but most importantly, make sure you say, human. Human life. Let it marinate in your mouth, in your minds. A human life."
3/"Just like every single one of y'all and every, we're human. His life matters. So many people have reached out to me telling me they're sorry that this happened to my family. Well, don't be sorry 'cause this has been happening to my family for a long time."
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1/I did a presentation on narratives created by conservatives Newt Gingrich, William J. Baroody (founder of Conservative Think Tank, AEI), Lewis F. Powell (fmr. SCOTUS Justice), Roger Ailes (Founder, Fox News). You should know, they detested their "base". Called them lazy.
2/When you hear Fox News talking points regurgitated by self-described Republican citizens, that's by design. Roger Ailes said in his internal memos during the Nixon Administration, "People are lazy." With TV, "Thinking is done for you." What did they want their base "to think"?
3/They wanted them to think they were "The Real America" and that ____________ (insert made-up enemy here: Communists, Hippies, Black People, Democrats, Socialists, Radicals, etc.) were trying to "take America from them."
Why did they do this? Profit.

That's it. Profit.
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