Mike Pence: ‘That Mexican Thing’

Oh Mikey, you thought that you were being so clever. This one will come back to bite you. (Just like “taco trucks on every corner” did). ‘That Mexican Thing’ Takes On Life After the Debate:

In the grand digital tradition of American political debates, the audience tends to seize upon singular phrases or gestures that, at least for a few hours, seem to define the evening’s discussion.

After Tuesday evening’s vice-presidential debate between Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, it was clear “that Mexican thing” had become a phrase of choice.

“When Donald Trump says women should be punished, that Mexicans are rapists and criminals, or John McCain’s not a hero, he is showing you who he is,” Mr. Kaine said, after repeated efforts during the 90-minute debate to try and persuade Mr. Pence to explain or defend Donald J. Trump’s past comments about immigrants.

“Senator, you’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again,” Mr. Pence replied.

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Mexican-Americans adopted the hashtag to share stories about their relatives.

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Some also reminded Twitter about which way they would vote.

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And one enterprising individual bought the domain name ThatMexicanThing.com. That web address redirects to Hillary Clinton’s campaign website. According to a report from Wired, it wasn’t the work of Ms. Clinton’s campaign, but of a Portland-based man named Danilo Alfaro.

“I registered the domain and pointed it at hillaryclinton.com on my own, without any contact with the campaign beforehand,” Mr. Alfaro said. (He did add that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign reached out to thank him.)

One response to “Mike Pence: ‘That Mexican Thing’

  1. For Sure Not Tom

    Somebody is going to make a lot of money thanks to Pence’s casual bigotry, selling #thatmexicanthing t-shirts and hats.

    Or sombreros.

    And Pence will be forever tagged as that guy.

    Enjoy this special Blazing Saddles moment.