Apparently, a presidential candidate’s divisive and racist rhetoric is not important enough to be discussed during a vice presidential debate — according to Mike Pence, at least.
As the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates faced-off each other in Farmville, Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, brought up Donald Trump’s attacks against women and minority communities, especially Mexican immigrants.
“When Donald Trump says women should be punished or Mexicans are rapists and criminals — and John McCain's not a hero — he’s showing you who he is,” said Kaine.
That’s when Pence let out a sigh of exasperation and retorted, “Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again.”
Now, there are two things wrong with Pence’s reply; the first is that it’s not wrong to highlight a presidential hopeful’s racist history, especially when it’s so blatant and heavily documented, such as in Trump’s case. Secondly, you can’t say “whipped out that Mexican thing” because the phrase itself reeks of insensitivity by the end of the year a trait people certainly don’t want their future VP to possess.
Fortunately, the internet found a way to transform Pence’s inconsiderate "that Mexican thing" expression into an inspiring hashtag containing stories in the immigrant community.
#ThatMexicanThing is my abuelita who moved to San Antonio without speaking English & slept in a barn while picking lettuce every summer.— Matthew Duarte (@matthew_duarte) October 5, 2016
#ThatMexicanThing is my Dad who came to US, worked the Red Line as brakeman, worked each day of his life & died of Lung Cancer from Asbestos— C'estMoi! (@mostwiselatina) October 5, 2016
Millions of Latino voters, showing up at the polls to reject blatant hate #ThatMexicanThing— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 5, 2016
#ThatMexicanThing when you're the proud son of immigrants & support pro-Latino and pro-American policies to promote working families.— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) October 5, 2016
#ThatMexicanThing was my mother risking her life not once, not twice, not 3, but 4 times to give her kids the opportunities she didn't have.— UNT (@kidlamy) October 5, 2016
And this one was particularly hard-hitting:
#ThatMexicanThing is being born in the US but still told by racists to "Go back to Mexico"— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) October 5, 2016