Both presumptive presidential nominees couldn’t let Cinco de Mayo end without targeting Hispanic voters.
Donald Trump began his pitch to Hispanic voters as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a tweet and a Facebook post celebrating Cinco de Mayo. While Hillary Clinton, who is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, released a bilingual ad attacking Trump.
Trump posted an image of himself eating a Taco Bowl from his office in Trump Tower while saying: "Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
Of course, the tweet launched a Twitter storm (see reactions below). Journalists pointed out that the Trump Grill does not in fact serve taco bowls. However, Fox News Latino can confirm taco bowls are available at the Trump Cafe.
Just got off phone with Trump Grill, says they don't serve taco bowls. It's not on the menu online.
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) May 5, 2016
Taco fiesta is listed as a special on the Trump Cafe site for what it's worth god what am I doing right now. pic.twitter.com/yO4PDsJ58U
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) May 5, 2016
Trump will have an uphill battle to win over Hispanic voters in a general election matchup with the Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. The billionaire launched his campaign by referring to Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals not to mention the Republican party is looking to rebound from losing the Hispanic vote in by a 71 percent to 27 percent margin in 2012.
Trump isn't the only candidate using Cinco de Mayo as a launch-pad to pander to Hispanics.
Clinton released the following bilingual ad attacking Trump for his proposal to deport all undocumented immigrants, many of whom are Latino.
"He's a risk America can't afford," the ad declares with snippets of Trump saying, among other things, that he's going to institute a deportation force.
Here are some of the Tweets and Facebook comments from Trump's post on Thursday:
So we’re left to assume that Trump loves Hispanics because they make him taco bowls.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 5, 2016
Greatest tweet ever.
Next up: This fortune cookie from Trump Wok is delicious! I love Asians! https://t.co/r1EyCo9WD4
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 5, 2016
Look at Trump, eating salads like a God damn liberal.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 5, 2016
We're sending a squad of fact-checkers to Trump Tower to taste the taco bowl. https://t.co/xTsLCs1Wob
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) May 5, 2016
"Mr. Trump, your numbers w/Hispanic voters are terrible"
"How about I eat a taco bowl?"
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 5, 2016