Democrats target suburban voters in key battlegrounds ahead of 2020

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hermosawave/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Democrats say they are mounting a major push across battleground states to court suburban voters — a key voting demographic that was once the bedrock of the GOP but has been shifting away from the party in the era of President Donald Trump.

The effort, which will target areas that will likely define the 2020 presidential contest, kicks off on Thursday with a roundtable event, hosted by Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, alongside local Texas residents in the suburbs of Harris County.

The site of this first event sits in the 7th Congressional District currently held by freshman Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher — whose seat was a key pickup in a crucial geographic area seen by Democrats as the epicenter of their successes in 2018 and now representative of their targets in 2020.

The event coincides with the third Democratic debate, hosted by ABC News and Univision, in Houston, Texas on Thursday night at 8 p.m.

During Thursday’s event, Perez is expected to underscore Trump’s “weaknesses” with this core voting bloc and the foundational issues of the 2020 race, including gun safety, immigration, health care and the economy. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that among the issues central to the gun reform debate, background checks and red flag laws are two policies that boast overwhelming support across the country.

“Suburban voters sharply rejected Republicans in 2018 and they’re ready to hold Trump accountable in 2020,” said David Bergstein, DNC Director of Battleground State Communications. “They’re fed up with his toxic health care agenda, failure to support commonsense gun safety measures and endless string of broken promises on a number of issues.”

“Across the battlegrounds, Democrats are already working to mobilize and organize these crucial neighborhoods and ensure our eventual nominee has the infrastructure they need to win in 2020,” he added.

Exit poll analysis following the 2018 midterms completed by Langer Associates for ABC News shows that the suburban voters comprised half of the American electorate. While Democrats won over urban residents and Republicans won over small cities — the suburbs were split evenly, 49-49 percent.

Political experts see Republicans’ unraveling grip on the suburbs in part due to Trump’s abrasive style and divisive rhetoric – whether in person or on Twitter – driving away independents and suburban voters, particularly women.

“The suburban vote has been trending away from Republicans for years now,” Leah Askarinam, an analyst at Inside Elections, told ABC News. “This is not a new phenomenon that started in 2016 but it did accelerate in 2016, when Trump was on the ballot.”

“The theory is that former Republicans in the suburbs were content with Republican policies on the economy, maybe even immigration to an extent,” she continued. “But some of the rhetoric that the president uses and some of the policies that Republicans have embraced, are maybe not in line with the Republican Party of George Bush.”

Following voters’ split judgment on the Trump presidency in 2018 — rebuking his agenda by enabling Democrats to regain control of the House, yet keeping the Senate within Republican hands — both parties are navigating on different terrain in 2020.

But for Trump and Republicans, headwinds emerged with suburban women during the midterms: in a March 2018 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump’s approval among that group sunk to 36 percent with disapproval standing at 61 percent.

Trump is blamed for accelerating the trend because after two years of his presidency, Democrats executed an offensive strategy in the suburbs to win back the House majority, and Askarinam notes, “it actually ended up proving to be a pretty successful strategy.”

“Most of the gains Democrats made in 2018 were in suburban districts,” she added.

At the center of Democrats’ effort to woo the suburban vote in 2020 is Texas — a state that is becoming increasingly in play in part due to changing demographics within its borders, including what FiveThirtyEight calls population growth “in and around the state’s cities.”

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s competitive showing in last year’s Senate race — the closest outcome the Lone Star state has seen in recent decades — suggested that Texas could be a key battleground in 2020.

Then there is the Trump factor.

Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, told ABC News last month that the president “destabilized the traditional Republican majority in Texas.”

“In 2018, that cost Republicans two U.S. House seats, two Texas Senate seats, and 12 Texas House seats, as well as hundreds of local county races [and] city races,” he said.

Perez’s event to preview Democrats’ messaging campaign, as the party hopes to grow their margins with suburban voters, will be alongside local events in Wisconsin and Ohio, among other battlegrounds, that will also seek to highlight Democratic inroads with suburban voters.

On Wednesday, Assemblywoman Robyn Vining, who captured a traditionally Republican suburban district in Wisconsin, is set to hold a kitchen table roundtable with four mothers on Trump’s record of “broken promises” including on health care and gun safety.

The event is set in suburban Waukesha county, a deeply red slice of the state that voted for Trump by nearly 30 points in 2016. Democrats argue that the county’s waning support for former Republican Gov. Scott Walker signals a broader trend that the once Republican stronghold isn’t so strong.

In 2018, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin received nearly 40 percent of the vote in the county, topping Hillary Clinton’s 33 percent in 2016.

In the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, the state’s Democratic Party Chair David Pepper hosted a similar event also focused on health care and gun violence – deliberately in Hamilton County, in the southeastern corner of the state.

The county, which has historically backed Republican candidates in national elections, turned blue in 2008, when it sided with Barack Obama – the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the county since 1964. Clinton held onto the county in 2016, carrying it over Trump by 10 points.

Democrats are hoping to solidify their hold on Hamilton County in 2020. Michigan is also expected to be hosting a suburban-focused event this week, as part of the broader push.

But the impact of the push and pull dynamics on the critical suburban vote in 2020 remains to be seen.

“The question going into 2020 is whether those suburban voters continue this trend of moving away from Republicans 2016 and 2018,” said Askarinam. “Is 2016 and 2018 a preview of future trends … or is it the new normal?”

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Around the Table with Beto O’Rourke: Texas voters talk guns, racism and immigration

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Matt Petit/Walt Disney Television(EL PASO, Texas) — Just days after a mass shooting claimed the lives of 22 people in an El Paso, Texas Walmart, former Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke invited ABC News and three Texan voters into his home for the network’s premiere episode of “Around the Table,” a series bringing together candidates and voters for a candid conversation around the dinner table.

Joining O’Rourke and his wife Amy at their El Paso home were Nightline co-anchor and Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts, Viviana Rivera, Caleb Morris and Tess Clarke. The three voters going into the O’Rourke’s family-style dinner said they were undecided on who they were currently supporting in the presidential race.

Rivera is a life-long El Paso native who retired from a federal government job and has voted both Republican and Democrat in the last couple elections, she told ABC News some of her biggest concerns was legal and safe immigration policy.

Morris is a current Texas Tech college student from Arlington, Texas who says he’d like to see presidential candidates talk more about education and student debt relief.

Meanwhile 36-year-old Clarke, from Dallas, Texas, said she is currently “politically homeless,” but couldn’t see herself voting for President Trump in 2020 after not identifying with either party in 2016.

Right off the bat, during one of the first questions from Clarke in light of the shooting in El Paso, she asked “what does common sense gun reform look like?” given her concerns that her faith-based community would see limiting gun rights as another step towards limiting religious rights.

“It would begin with a background check on every weapon purchased and every weapon transferred,” O’Rourke responded. “This is– perhaps a little bit more controversial. But I think you should also have to have a license for owning firearms.”

Just days later when re-launching his presidential campaign after a 12-day hiatus from the trail, O’Rourke said he would also be proposing a mandatory assault rifle buy-back program, telling reporters “in the past, I’ve said this is something we should consider I want to think about it. I want to talk to people about it. I’ve thought about it…that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Another topic important to the dinner table, the belief that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric had in some part given motivation to the attack on El Paso. When asked if he thought the president was a racist, O’Rourke responded with, “absolutely,” as he listed various instances and policies that he felt portrayed Trump’s racist actions. But he holds that it doesn’t mean Trump’s supporters are racists themselves.

“There may be any number of reasons that somebody supports President Trump. And I wanna be very respectful of that,” O’Rourke said. “But I will say that Trump has encouraged the racists in this country,”

Speaking on a subject central to his campaign, O’Rourke was asked to clarify his stance on whether or not to decriminalize border crossings, something his Texan opponent, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, challenged him on the debate stage in Miami, Florida just months ago.

Rivera noted that she herself had a family member from whom it took over 20 years to get her immigration paperwork processed after having entered the U.S. from Mexico legally, telling the dinner table her aunt passed away just two years after her paperwork had finally been processed.

O’Rourke said he would rather reform current immigration laws and create a family case management program” to keep families together and push immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. to pursue a “legal, safe, orderly process to come to this country.”

Adding that if immigrants are being given a “lawful, safe, orderly path” to enter the country and they “still insist on defying our laws, I will reserve the right to criminally prosecute you,” O’Rourke said. “I think that’s a fair bargain for us to ask.”

For Clarke, who said she sometimes struggles with the label of “Evangelical,” she said one of her main concerns was how a pro-life Christian votes for someone like O’Rourke who supports abortions. O’Rourke said it was a topic he also grappled with given his Catholic upbringing, but that he saw the value in a woman’s right to choose and accessible reproductive health care options.

“I hope that I’ve found some common ground with my mom — in saying that — whether it’s Planned Parenthood or another family planning clinic, in addition to ensuring that — choice means not only having the right but the access to the provider and the services,” O’Rourke said. “It’s also about saving lives in this country and in our communities.”

Other topics the voters pressed O’Rourke on, his education and health care plans. When it came to education, his guests asked how exactly the U.S. would be able to afford his proposals for ending education disparities among disadvantaged populations and debt-free college.

O’Rourke said it would be a matter of refiguring the current budget.

“It’s not a question of resources. As you said earlier, we’re the wealthiest country on the face of the planet. It is where we choose to direct that wealth and the investment going forward,” O’Rourke said. ‘“That’s health care, that’s education, that’s a living wage — that’s childcare. It’s the health of their community. So there are choices for us to make, for sure. But we can afford it.”

Looking forward, the voters noted what they thought were his lackluster debate performances so far, telling him “we need a bulldog in there.” O’Rourke said it would be something he would be working on as he heads into the third Democratic debate of the election cycle to be hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision in just days on Thursday Sept. 12.

“I wanna do a better job. I really do. I wanna be strong,” O’Rourke said, before noting that for him success isn’t delivering one-liners in 30 seconds.

“Success is winning the nomination. Success is defeating Trump. Success is leading and helping to heal this very divided country. Success is doing that without compromising myself or what we believe in and who we are,” O’Rourke said. “And if that’s the price, it’s gonna be somebody else, you know? I gotta be me at the end of the day.”

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Joaquin Phoenix says starring in ‘Joker’ “wasn’t an easy decision,” credits his late brother River for his career

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© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved/Nikos Tavernise (TORONTO) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Joaquin Phoenix was emotional Monday night at the Toronto International Film Festival: He not only attended a Q&A panel for his acclaimed new movie Joker, but separately was presented with the TIFF Tribute Actor Award.

About the former, Variety reports that Phoenix said taking the role “wasn’t an easy decision at first.” Director and co-writer Todd Phillips agreed, joking, “I always said he never really signed on to the movie. He just showed up for a wardrobe fitting.”

Eventually, the enigmatic actor relented. “I didn’t f**king know….But then there was something that was drawing me toward it. It just evolved…It started becoming something more than I anticipated.”  He described the movie as “one of the greatest experiences of my career.”

It also has reportedly put Phoenix on the short list for another Oscar nomination, many have expressed.

As Phoenix was accepting his award from TIFF, he credited his late brother River Phoenix with reinvigorating his interest in acting. An acclaimed actor in his own right, River died of a drug overdose in 1993, when he was 23.

“When I was 15 or 16 my brother …came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it,” he recalled. “And the next day…he made me watch it again. And he said, “You’re going to start acting again, this is what you’re going to do.” 

Getting emotional, the actor noted, “He didn’t ask me, he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life.”

So, could Phillips’ Joker fit into a DC cinematic universe — perhaps with upcoming movie The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson? 

Phillips commented, “I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. This is just a movie.”

Joker opens October 4.

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David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, surprises crowd 3 months after he was shot

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FILE photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Beloved Boston icon David Ortiz brought the crowd at Fenway Park to its feet after making a surprise appearance three months after he was shot in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz, the retired Red Sox slugger, was met with roaring applause and a standing ovation Monday night when he came out to throw out the first pitch ahead of the team’s game against the New York Yankees. It was his first public appearance since the shooting on June 9.

“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you,” Ortiz said before the game. ” I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family, they have always been there for me, supported [me]. With what happened to me, they were the first supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox family.”

Ortiz, who is affectionately known as “Big Papi,” was sitting at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman came behind him and opened fire. An investigation into the shooting revealed that Ortiz was not the intended target and the bullets were meant for his friend, Sixto David Fernandez.

Oritz underwent at least three surgeries after he was shot in the back. He was released from the hospital nearly 7 weeks after the shooting.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, of New Jersey, was arrested and identified as the alleged gunman who shot Ortiz. Thirteen other suspects have also been arrested for their alleged involvement in the shooting.

Mookie Betts, the right fielder for the Red Sox, posted a tribute to Ortiz welcoming him back.

“So glad to have you back! Love you big bro,” he wrote on Instagram.

Red Sox fans were pleasantly surprised at both the appearance and how good he looked on Monday.

“Everybody stood up. It was unbelievable,” one Red Sox fan told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB. “Everyone was just cheering. It was crazy.”

“He actually looked really good when he came out,” the fan said. “I was surprised. I thought he’d be, like, maybe limping or with someone helping him, but he ran right out there.”

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Nigeria to evacuate citizens from South Africa after xenophobic attacks

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omersukrugoksu/iStock(LONDON) — Nigeria will evacuate hundreds of its citizens from South Africa following a recent spate of violent attacks on foreign nationals living there, officials said.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced Monday afternoon that his government has “made arrangements for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians in South Africa who are willing to return home.”

“We will continue to put pressure on the South African Government to take concrete and visible measures to stop violence against citizens of other African nations,” Buhari said in a statement. “The recurring issue of xenophobia and attacks on African nationals remains very worrying.”

At least 640 Nigerian nationals in South Africa have already voluntarily registered to come back, according to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, head of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, who told reporters on Monday that flights to bring them home will depart South Africa this week.

At least 12 people, including two foreigners, have died since xenophobic violence flared up in Pretoria, Johannesburg and elsewhere in South Africa this month. A number of businesses owned by immigrants from other African nations have been looted and destroyed, according to officials with the South African government’s Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster.

Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the violence. Meanwhile, more than 750 foreign nationals were taking refuge at local police stations on Tuesday since coming under attack, the officials said.

The anti-immigrant violence has sparked protests and retaliation attacks against South Africans in Nigeria, Zambia and other countries across Africa in recent days.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the deadly violence and called on law enforcement to “maintain vigilance and firmness” when dealing with the individuals involved.

“Government will not allow sporadic lawlessness and violence to disrupt the safety and livelihoods of millions of South Africans and the majority of foreign nationals in our country who are law-abiding and have the right to conduct their lives and businesses in peace,” Ramaphosa said in a statement Monday. “Lawlessness, injury and death inflict a great psychological and economic cost that lasts long after victims are buried, arrests are made and streets are cleared. This cost holds back our country and undermines all the efforts we are making to grow a South Africa that offers opportunity to all who live in it.”

Xenophobic attacks have plagued South Africa for more than a decade amid an increasing number of foreigners emigrating to the nation. Immigrants account for roughly 7 percent of South Africa’s total population. That figure nearly doubled from over 2 million in 2010 to just over 4 million in 2017, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank.

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in the summer of 2018 found that 62 percent of South Africans view immigrants as “a burden” on the country “because they take jobs and social benefits.” The poll also showed that 61 percent of South Africans believe immigrants are more to blame for the nation’s crime than other groups.

South African Minister of Defense Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula insisted during a press briefing Tuesday that the country “is not a xenophobic nation.”

“Whoever is found on the wrong side of the law should be dealt with,” she told reporters.

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Not so rich Asian: Screenwriter leaves ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ sequel after reportedly learning she’d earn nearly $700K less than partner

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Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The Crazy Rich Asians sequel is having trouble getting off the ground following an intense pay scandal. 

Variety reports that original screenwriter Adele Lim left the production after learning that she would be making far less than Peter Chiarelli, who is also penning the sequel. Chiarelli was offered $800,000 to a million bucks for the script while Lim was offered $110,000. 

Director Jon M. Chu addressed the controversy and said that, while he’s disappointed that she isn’t returning, he’s proud of Lim for standing up for herself.  Warner Bros. has not responded to Chu’s statement. Crazy Rich Asians grossed $238 million worldwide.

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See Dennis Rodman like never before on ESPN’s “30 for 30” doc

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ABC News(NEW YORK) –The new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse, premiering Tuesday night, takes a “definitive look” at the controversial former athlete.

The “better” is the now 58-year-old Rodman’s improbable rise from airport janitor to basketball star, earning a total of five NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.

The “worse”? His drunken off-court antics, and a controversial friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the latter of which he hopes will ultimately lead to better U.S.-North Korean relations.

“It’s very sensitive to people these days, but it was a great experience for me to do that,” Rodman tells ABC News. “I think that if something good comes out of it, I hope President Trump can persevere from that right there and make it work.”

The documentary covers Rodman’s many highs and lows, which begs the question: Is he happy these days?

“I think I’m happy for the fact that I’m still living,” says Rodman. “Happy the fact that I can really see my kids grow up. It’s been a really difficult time on and off for the past 35 years, but I think now my whole focus now, every time I think about my kids it gives me the purpose to live a little bit more you know.”

One source of pride for Rodman is the legacy he believes he’ll leave behind.

“Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, they’re everlasting, rock stars…I’m in that category,” he says. “You know, with Steve Jobs, innovator, creator, stuff like that. You know, way before his time.”

Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Lea Michele details her struggles with polycystic ovary syndrome

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Lea Michele is opening up about a common but little-discussed condition that she shares with thousands of other women: polycystic ovary syndrome.

In a new interview with Health magazine, Michele said that she’s been hesitant to discuss her experience with PCOS, as many others have more “intense” cases.

Although it’s caused weight gain and breakouts, Michele told the magazine, “Through diet, I have been able to manage it.”

“Growing up, I had terrible skin. I went on Accutane three times. I was put on every medication that you could imagine to help my skin. Luckily, birth control was a savior for me when I was in my teens. And then when I was in my late 20s, I realized I wanted to detox my body of all medications,” she said.

“That’s when everything happened — the return to bad skin and, this time, weight gain. I didn’t know what was going on,” she recalled. “All people wanted to do was give me more medication. I don’t shun people for needing or wanting to take medication, but for me, I knew something wasn’t right. I just felt medication wasn’t going to be the final cure.”

Ultimately, a new doctor gave her a diagnosis of PCOS, which explained all her symptoms.

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton told Good Morning America that the hormone abnormality, which affects one in 10 women, can cause reproductive issues, acne and excess body hair. Ashton also said that women with PCOS are five to seven times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, for reasons not entirely understood.

Ashton added it is crucial for women with PCOS to eat well and keep up with a fitness regimen, as well as keep their weight within a healthy range.

Michele told the magazine that she grew up in a “carb-heavy” household, but is thankful that her mother “kept a clean home.” She also loves workouts “with a spiritual element,” such as SoulCycle and hot yoga.

“I wasn’t raised eating candy or processed food. I’m very grateful that my parents raised me to have a healthy relationship with food,” she said. “Food was family. It was happiness; it was joy. I never looked at food as the enemy. But listen, I’m a New Yorker, and it was definitely carb-heavy — bagels and sandwiches. But I’ve never really been a meat eater. Even as a child, I didn’t like the idea of it.”

Now, Michele says she is “the most mentally, physically, and spiritually sound that I’ve ever been.”

“Around 30, my metabolism changed, and I suddenly gained weight and felt out of control. That was a moment where I had to think, ‘OK, I’m older and things are not going to be the same as they were before.’ So I took the time to listen to my body and figure out what it needed,” she said. “Now, I’m 33 and so happy with my body. My husband thinks I’m the most beautiful girl in the world, which is pretty great. But it’s most about how I feel in my own skin — and I feel truly great.”

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11-year-old girl teaches valuable lesson about embracing what makes your different

Courtesy Lisa Brown(NEW YORK) — Destiny Strickland wants the world to know that everyone is different in their own way.

What’s more, she hopes “to encourage people who are different not to hide what they have different.”

Destiny, 11, was born with amniotic band syndrome, or ABS, a medical condition in which the amnion bands affect the development of babies in utero. In her case, it led to severe bilateral facial clefting, a bilateral cleft lip, a cleft palate, the absence of her left eye and more.

To date, Destiny has undergone 31 surgeries. Her first reconstructive surgery happened when she was just 4 months old.

“Compound these problems with growth, and it is not hard to understand the number and variety of surgeries that were required,” Dr. Joseph Williams, the chief of plastic surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the doctor who performed Destiny’s surgeries, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. Williams said her next surgery will be to create a space, or socket, for her eye prosthesis.

ABS occurs in 1 of every 1,200 to 15,000 live births, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. As such, Destiny’s grandmother and legal guardian, Lisa Brown, wanted to protect her from unwanted reactions.

Growing up, Brown limited Destiny’s time in the public, afraid of what people might say.

“The reactions I got from some people, even adults, it broke my heart,” said Brown. “I want to protect her from that. If I could have just taken her to an island and kept her away from all of that, I would have.”

Destiny, however, had other plans. She didn’t want to hide from the world anymore.

On her first day of kindergarten, she walked into her class with confidence and ready to make new friends.

Brown realized that it wasn’t Destiny who was afraid of the public, it was Brown herself.

And, upon arrival on her first day of school, Destiny already had a long line of friends waiting to meet her.

Teachers and counselors at Destiny’s school had spoken to students in every grade to explain that it’s important to understand that everyone is different in their own way and how that shouldn’t stop them from being friends.

“Her first day of school, she goes into her desk and there’s cards from students [in] kindergarten through fifth grade everywhere, welcoming her and saying, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It was just so awesome,” Brown said.

But Destiny wanted to take things a step further to inspire as many people as possible. She and her grandmother started a campaign called “Different is Beautiful” and a YouTube channel to tell others that someone’s appearance is only one side of them.

“It does not matter what they look like on the outside. What matters [is] what’s on the inside because they could be a really nice person. You just don’t see it,” Destiny told GMA.

Destiny is a huge fan of Dove Cameron, star of Disney’s The Descendants, and was inspired by her favorite YouTuber, Jojo Siwa, to start her own YouTube channel. Destiny shared her story as her first video on her channel so that people can focus on other sides of her later.

“It is obvious that the surgeries we perform are only small complements to this journey,” Williams said. “It is wonderful to see someone who recognizes their uniqueness as a source of strength. That the Destiny we see is very different then the Destiny that we can experience by getting to know this delightful young girl.”

Brown hopes Destiny’s story teaches a lesson about acceptance to not only kids but also their parents.

“You can’t assume that your kids understand different. You can’t assume that your kids know to go offer to be a friend. You can’t assume that they’re not scared of somebody different,” Brown said. “You really have to teach that.”

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Hailee Steinfeld tapped to play lead role in ‘Hawkeye’ show?

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — The Marvel family is growing.  Hailee Steinfeld has reportedly been offered the lead role in the upcoming Disney+ series, Hawkeye.

Variety reports Steinfeld was offered the role of Kate Bishop, who takes over as Hawkeye in the Marvel comics. As previously announced, Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner will reprise the role of Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, following the events of Avengers: Endgame.

The series is anticipated to run between six and eight episodes and will be produced by Marvel Studios and MCU mastermind Kevin Feige.  The series is also expected to have a larger budgets compared to other series taking place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Should Steinfeld accept and the series prove a success, it’s possible she could appear in future movies.

Steinfeld’s previous films include the Pitch Perfect franchise, as well as The Edge of Seventeen, Bumblebee, and an Oscar-nominated performance in 2010’s True Grit.

Steinfeld currently stars as Emily Dickinson in in the upcoming Apple series Dickinson.  

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

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