Rhyma Castillo

Bio

As a writer, Rhyma is passionate about advocating for underserved communities throughout the United States. She’s covered issues in politics, immigration, environmental racism, climate change, gun violence, and more. In her free time, Rhyma enjoys drawing, painting, gardening, making music, and cuddling with her cat Tofu.

Everyone's Making The Same Joke About Trump's Final Turkey Pardoning

By Rhyma Castillo
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving 2020, lame-duck President Donald Trump wasn't the only bird in the White House. On Tuesday Nov. 24, the president continued the long-standing tradition of pardoning a turkey during a White House ceremony, with…

Donald Trump May Have Another Chance At A Second Term

By Rhyma Castillo
If you thought your worries about President Donald Trump serving another four years in the Oval Office were over, this may not help much. When the 2020 presidential race was finally called for President-elect Joe Biden on Nov. 7 after a nightmare of…

Even The Pandemic Can't Stop This White House Holiday Tradition

By Rhyma Castillo
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time for family, traveling, treats, and (perhaps most notably), turkey. However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of these long-standing traditions may have to be placed on temporary hold —…

Here's What's (Still) Going On With Congress After The 2020 Election

By Theresa Massony and Rhyma Castillo
While the 2020 presidential election commanded the spotlight during this election season, the congressional race results deserve just as much attention — if not more. The party that controls Congress after a major election always plays an extremely…

Barack Obama Made The Most Inspirational Playlist To Go With His New Memoir

By Rhyma Castillo
Craving a musical pick-me-up to help you stay motivated until President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration Day on Jan. 20? To accompany the release of his memoir, A Promised Land, on Nov. 17, former President Barack Obama dropped a playlist of…

Here's What's Going On With Trump's Attempts To Challenge The Election Results

By Rhyma Castillo
Since the earliest days of American democracy, mail-in ballots have been a critical part of every presidential race. There's nothing unusual about results being uncertain by the end of Election Day, and there are typically thousands of mail-in…

Here's What To Know About The Possibility Of Trump Pardoning Himself After The Election

By Rhyma Castillo
It's clear President Donald Trump knows his position as commander in chief comes with an immense amount of power and influence. The U.S. Constitution explicitly allocates several legal privileges to the president, including the power to approve or…

Joe Biden Has Won The 2020 Election & What A Moment

By Rhyma Castillo and Cianna Garrison
The Nov. 3 election will undoubtedly be characterized in history by its contentious and polarizing nature, which has already catalyzed plenty of political turmoil among both politicians and the American public. While this turmoil is far from over,…

Here's What We Know So Far About How Gen Z Voted In 2020

By Rhyma Castillo
This year's high-stakes presidential election has invoked the voting power of a record-breaking number of Americans across the country, handily surpassing 2016 turnout totals through early voting alone. In the weeks before Election Day, the United…

Georgia Might Actually Flip In The Election & Twitter Has A Lot To Say

By Rhyma Castillo
After poll workers and election officials in key battleground states continued to tabulate votes from mail-in ballots throughout the night of Thursday, Nov. 5, on Friday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took the lead in two…

This Is The U.S.'s First Non-Binary State Legislator Ever & It's Something To Celebrate

By Rhyma Castillo
As America anxiously awaits the final results for the 2020 presidential election, progressives within the overwhelmingly red state of Oklahoma are relishing a big win. People all over the country are cheering on an additional victory for the LGBTQ+…

Biden Was Confident AF About The Election Results In His Post-Election Day Speech

By Rhyma Castillo
Let's be honest: this year's presidential election is one of the most stressful things about 2020, and the majority of the country will be more than happy to see it come to a final, decisive end. However, Americans are going to have to wait a bit…

Everyone Is Just Baffled By Susan Collins' Re-Election Campaign Results

By Rhyma Castillo
Election Day has come and gone, and President Donald Trump wasn't the only Republican fighting to keep his seat in office. A number of Senate races were extra competitive due to the wild political climate in 2020 — including that of Sen. Susan…

Trump Already Wants An Election Recount In This State

By Rhyma Castillo
Although the majority of political experts are stating it's too early to make an outright call on the results of the 2020 election, incumbent President Donald Trump appears to believe otherwise. As millions of mail-in ballots are still being…

Cori Bush Won Her Missouri Race In A Landslide, So Make Way For A Squad 2.0

By Rhyma Castillo
Although the results of the 2020 presidential election are still being hashed out in several key battleground states across the country, progressive Americans are celebrating a significant win in Missouri. After a hard-fought campaign with support…

Trump & Biden Had Very Different Messages About Election Night Ending Without An Answer

By Rhyma Castillo
As election night comes to a close with a large amount of uncertainty still lingering in the air, many Americans are becoming increasingly anxious over the fate of the country's highest office for the next four years. Although many political…

People Have A Lot Of Feelings After Lindsey Graham Won Re-Election

By Rhyma Castillo
Election Day 2020 saw some high stakes, and many Senate Republicans were in the political hot seat — including Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. The longtime South Carolina Senator has been re-elected two times since 2003, and was working…

This Woman Was Just Elected The Highest-Ranking Openly Trans Politician In The Country

By Rhyma Castillo
While Election Day has been a source of stress for many, it comes with a silver lining. On Nov. 3, Sarah McBride made her mark as the first openly transgender person to be elected state senator in U.S. history, effectively making her the highest…

This Fence Around The White House Ahead Of The Election Results Is Not Reassuring

By Rhyma Castillo
As the close of Election Day draws near, many parts of the United States are gearing up for protests and civil unrest, no matter who ends up winning the presidency. As election results pour in, it looks like one American in particular seems a little…

Here's What To Know About If Trump Can Be Arrested After He Leaves Office

By Rhyma Castillo
President Donald Trump may be controversial for his policies, but he's also controversial for his personal practices — including all the lawsuits and allegations of misconduct against him. Given all that, in light of the upcoming 2020 election, you…