Donald Trump’s ‘Taco Bowl’ Message: ‘I Love Hispanics’
Less than 48 hours after becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump began his Hispanic outreach with … “taco bowls.”
On his social media accounts, including Twitter, Mr. Trump shared on Thursday afternoon a photo of himself eating what he called a taco bowl and offering a thumbs up at his desk in Trump Tower, along with the message:
Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
During his telephone interview with “Fox & Friends,” Trump responded to remarks from Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman, who called the tweet offensive and akin to the ayatollah of Iran posting a picture of him enjoying matzoh ball soup “and claiming he loves Jews.”
That’s a terrible thing that a guy can say that. As of yesterday, I had 59,000 retweets. 59,000 in a short period of what? That’s almost got to be some kind of a record. People loved it.
It is not a record.
Trump then claimed:
I’m going to do great with Hispanics. I mean, I’m going to do fantastically because I’m bringing jobs back to America.
Mr. Trump has alienated many Hispanic voters with his campaign, which he began with a speech that dubbed Mexicans as criminals and rapists. His rallies often include rowdy calls to build a large wall at the border with Mexico.
Seventy-seven percent of Hispanic registered voters view Mr. Trump unfavorably and only 12 percent view him favorably, according to a Gallup poll in March. And Hispanic leaders immediately seized on Mr. Trump’s taco bowl posts as demeaning.
Also if you notice, Donald Trump’s taco bowl had no guacamole. No guacamole! Who orders a taco bowl and skips on the guacamole!?