Mexican-born Marco Gutierrez made the remark today on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.”
It not only played off a racist stereotype, it was filled with racial self-hatred.
Pundits are still scratching their heads trying to figure out what he meant.
For the record, his direct quote was:
“My culture is a very dominant culture. It is imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
Talk about slamming the door to opportunity–behind him.
If Gutierrez was trying to clear up Trump’s muddled immigration policy, he did little to help the stumbling candidate. Trump has flip-flopped on the issue several times.
In his first foreign foray as a Republican candidate, Trump traveled to Mexico for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. It was a disaster.
Nieto called him out after their meeting for lying about discussing Trump’s anti-immigration wall. He made clear Mexico had no intention of paying for it. Nieto sharpened his rhetoric today.
But that fiasco was compounded by Gutierrez’s remarks.
“I’m not even sure what that means, and I’m afraid to ask” said Joy Reid, who was sitting in for Hayes.
New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Dominican, said he was “offended” by the statement.
Trump has lost key support among Latino leaders this week after his bungling trip and his speech in Arizona. He doubled down on tough talk on immigration after appearing to soften his stand earlier.
Gutierrez must never have been to New York City.
Ethnic food carts can be found on every other corner. They’ve been a boon to harried office workers at lunch time for generations. The food is not only good, it’s inexpensive.
Taco trucks would be a welcome addition.
In any event, check out the interview below.
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