Donald Trump shocked everyone with his disgusting, racist comments about the Hispanic population at the very beginning of his presidential campaign, when he called immigrants from Mexico “drug dealers” and “rapists”. When Trump became president, he vowed to unify the country and be the president for “all” people – but he has yet to reach out to the Hispanic community and only continues to make more inflammatory comments. His latest move is no different.
The White House Cinco de Mayo celebration is a tradition that has carried on for the last 16 years – and Trump just did away with it. The White House will not be hosting the celebration, and instead a smaller, more pathetic event will be held courtesy of Vice President Mike Pence. The location has yet to be announced, but a report stated that the guest list would be cut down. The White House has not announced any other plans for Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated by both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in an effort to reach out to the Hispanic community. It has always been a major event as Latino celebrities, government officials and Mexican Embassy officials are invited to join the festivities at the White House. The promotion of immigration reform is also a massive part of the celebration. Last year alone, Obama’s celebration boasted 500 guests!
Aside from the fact that he’s extremely racist, Trump might not have wanted to hold the event because his crowd numbers are always embarrassingly low compared to Obama’s – or because the way he celebrated Cinco de Mayo last year got him in so much trouble. Last year, Trump tweeted a photo of himself with a taco bowl, stating “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
Twitter rant: Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA pic.twitter.com/k01Mc6CuDI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
As you can imagine, Latinos and Democrats attacked the then-candidate relentlessly for that pathetic attempt at Hispanic outreach. At the time, then-Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that Trump was “trying” and tried to defend him:
“Honestly, he’s trying, and I’ll tell you what — I honestly think he understands that building, unifying and growing the party is the only way we are going to win.”
Well, it seems like Trump has forgotten that message.
Article written on the New Century Times.com