A tweet issued by the United Nations News Centre — the official news service of the international organization — called on expatriate Americans to vote against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Published at 9:14 a.m. on September 29, the post on Twitter called on "8 million Americans abroad" to "stop Trump."
The tweet American expats to share a voter registration tool
found on the website of the international leftist organization, Avaaz. The Twitter post stated, "U.S. Citizens abroad could defeat Trump ... if they voted." On a web page on the Avaaz site entitled, "The October surprise that will end Trump," allows users to sign up for help registering to vote this November while encouraging them to get their friends to vote. The campaign bears the Twitter handle "#GringosAVotar" -- the English-language equivalent of which is "To Vote Americans."
stated, "At a time when Trump is trying to divide us, we could help defeat him if we all share this page with EVERYONE. Let’s reach every US voter abroad."
At the U.N. News Center Twitter account, the link was deleted within twenty minutes, without explanation. According to POLITICO, Ari Gaitanis of the U.N. said it was a mistake and claimed that the tweet had not originated at the U.N. News Center. Gaitanis said that the U.N. is "looking into" the matter.
On September 25, Avaaz -- which calls itself a "global civic group," held an event in Mexico City where American citizens were registered to vote. Press releases
were distributed in Spanish and English. The release announced that in the Mexican capital's Angel de la Independencia plaza a "megasized artistic likeness of Donald Trump’s infamous 'wall'" was on the site for American's to proclaim "Gringos a Votar!" Volunteers were on site to register "eligible US citizens." News about the Mexico City event was also distributed on Facebook.
The release said that city council of Mexico City declared Trump a persona non grata last month "after his attacks against Mexicans and his campaign promise to build a 'beautiful wall' along the border. Now residents of the capital can make sure Mr. Trump never becomes president of the United," it said by registering Americans living in Mexico.
Avaaz.org was founded by Res Publica, which calls itself a "community of public sector professionals dedicated to promoting good governance, civic virtue and deliberative democracy", and MoveOn.org, a progressive public policy advocacy group. Avaaz has also been supported by the Service Employees International Union. als
Other founders include leftists Ricken Patel and Tom Pravda, former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), MoveOn
Executive Director Eli Pariser, progressive entrepreneur David Madden, Jeremy Heimans of Purpose.com, and Andrea Woodhouse. In 2011, the Guardian
newspaper reported that Avaaz had raised over $20 million in funds. It reportedly supported civil uprisings in Syria and Iran. In 2008, Canadian conservative minister John Baird labeled Avaaz a "shadowy foreign organization" tied to billionaire George Soros. ResPublica
, a constituent part of Avaaz, receives considerable amounts of funding from Soros
According to the DiscoverTheNetworks.org
website, Avaaz released anti-Israel propaganda and urged Israel to negotiate with the pro-Iran Hamas terrorist group. It has also campaigned defeat Canadian Conservative Party candidates, and also advocated the ideology of global warming.
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