Trump's Cinco de Mayo 'Taco Bowl' a Social Media Fail

By Sheryl Estrada


A CBS News poll in April found that 82 percent of registered Latino voters view presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unfavorably, and only 8 percent view him favorably.

Leaders in the Latino community viewed Trump’s social media post on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) as demeaning.

“We’re going back to the day when politicians thought all they had to do was eat a taco or wear a sombrero to win our vote,” President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Janet Murgua said in an interview. “Really This is 2016 and those days are long gone.”

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Trump posted a picture of himself happily eating a “taco bowl” to commemorate the day. The caption reads, “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”

Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s Battle of Puebla against France, which ended in victory for the Mexican army. In the U.S., it’s usually celebrated with happy hours and food and drink specials and is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day.Not only did Trump refer to it as a Hispanic holiday rather than Mexican,he ate a “taco bowl,” otherwise known as a taco salad, which actually originated in Texas.

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NCLR is the nation’s largest Latino organization and advocates in favor of progressive immigration reform policies, including a path to citizenship and reduced deportations.

“What we have heard from Trump is what he has said and proposed: building a wall, supporting mass deportation and an end to birthright citizenship,” Murgua said.

During his campaign announcement speech on June 16, Trump made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants, calling them rapists, murderers and drug dealers. In addition, the candidate said he’d deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. and build a wall along the approximately 1,800-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

In an interview in February, former Mexican President Vicente Fox responded to Trump’s plan to build a wall.

“I’m not going to pay for that f*****g wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money,” Fox said.

Fox said in an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday that Trump is “a false prophet” and instead of saving jobs, his proposals will do the opposite.

On May 1, demonstrations took place in Seattle, where they turned violent; Portland; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Oakland in support of immigrant and workers’ rights, and Trump was a target. Marchers in Los Angeles carried a Trump piata, which was being used as a symbol of protest.

Trump’s “taco bowl” image went viral as social media users responded in droves.

During an interview with “Fox and Friends” Friday morning, Trump said the photo he shared on Facebook and Twitter was “loved.”

“As of yesterday, I had 59,000 retweets. 59,000 in a short period of what,” he said. “That’s almost got to be some kind of a record. People loved it.”

The majority of responses proved otherwise.

On Facebook, a user named Andrea Mucino’s commented:

“Too bad a taco bowl isn’t Mexican, the Trump Tower Grill isn’t either, you’re not eating tacos in New York because you’re in WV today, Cinco de Mayo isn’t an (sic) Hispanic holiday, it’s a Mexican one, and you are the same color as the taco bowl shell. But I digress!”

Another Facebook poster pointed out that Trump Tower Grill does not have “taco bowls” on the menu:

Facebook user Colin Ojeda shared his father’s story:

Twitter responses:

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