— -- In an apparent celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, tweeted a picture of himself eating a taco bowl, a move widely criticized for pandering to Hispanic-Americans.
Shortly after, Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, tweeted a video (with Spanish subtitles) highlighting Trump’s past comments on deporting illegal immigrants.
Stopping illegal immigration is one of the central tenants of Trump's campaign. When he first announced his candidacy, Trump said of illegal Mexican immigrants, "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best...they’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that Hispanics do not have a positive impression of Trump; nearly 81 percent view him unfavorably. Trump, meanwhile, insists that “Hispanics” love him and that he loves them. But, in his effort to showcase his admiration for Mexican culture, Trump seems to have forgotten two key facts.
First: The taco bowl is an American creation. Secondly, Trump attempted to promote Trump Tower Grill...but the Grill doesn’t sell taco bowls. Presumably, he meant the Trump Tower Café which is selling the bowls, just for today.
Katherine Faulders contributed to this report.