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The presidency of General Victoriano Huerta was one of the darker times in the history of the Mexican Revolution. Often described as a ruthless dictator, Huerta went to extreme measures to maintain power, even going as far as to assassinate those who opposed his rule. Senator Belisario Dominguez was one of those men who opposed Huerta's right to the presidency, and was assassinated after speaking out against the dictator. The series of events following the senator's murder did not affect just Mexico; the repercussions of Huerta's actions were felt in Europe and the United States. As a result of Huerta's actions, the United States government was less apt to officially recognize Huerta's regime in accordance with Woodrow Wilson's moral stance of the law of recognition of foreign government. Contemporary American newspapers reflected their support for Wilson's moralistic stance against Huerta in reporting on Huerta's actions that defied Wilson's standards concerning recognition.