If you thought Donald Trump’s racism could not get any worse, you were sadly mistaken.
During the final presidential debate on Wednesday, the GOP candidate spent the immigration portion of the night falsely bragging about getting the endorsement of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while upholding his infamous idea to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
He also told moderator Chris Wallace that if elected president, he would tighten border security by deporting criminal undocumented immigrants – or “bad hombres,” as he called them.
“One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out,” the media mogul exclaimed. “We'll get them out, secure the border, and once the border is secured, at a later date we'll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out.”
At first, people were just shocked:
Wait. Rewind. Did that racist just say "bad hombres"?— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 20, 2016
"WE'RE GONNA GET OUT THE BAD HOMBRES" ????????!!— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) October 20, 2016
Bad hombres? I can't even. #debatenight— s.e. spooky ?? (@realsesmith) October 20, 2016
We have some bad hombres here?!?!? ARE YOU? IS THIS?#debatenight— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) October 20, 2016
He. Just. Said. Bad. Hombres. #debatenight— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) October 20, 2016
"We have some bad hombres here"?! Mr. Trump, you do not speak for America, and you never will.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 20, 2016
The racist quip soon inspired some hilarious memes
Album name:— Andrew Katz (@katz) October 20, 2016
I Don't Know Putin
You're the Puppet
Radical Islamic Terrorism
You'd Be in Jail
Build a Wall
bad hombres is my fav zz top song— died in a corn maze (@amfmpm) October 20, 2016
Bad Hombres - FOX Thursday's This Fall #debatenight— Bill Dixon (@BillDixonish) October 20, 2016
#badhombres is my new fantasy football team name.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 20, 2016
I'm going to open a taco joint and call it "Bad Hombres" pic.twitter.com/QkIPKFy2so— California Humor?? (@OWCalifornia) October 20, 2016
Along with some bad hair jokes… because “bad ombres”
BAD OMBRE pic.twitter.com/AOXCc8Ock3— Slade Sohmer (@Slade) October 20, 2016
bad ombres pic.twitter.com/CuNQMiMTJb— Paige Lavender (@paigelav) October 20, 2016
bad ombres pic.twitter.com/2aA9UYnc5B— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) October 20, 2016
yes a lot of bad ombre pic.twitter.com/M7A0jW7Q6V— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) October 20, 2016
KEN BONE WITH A BAD OMBRE SEND TWEET pic.twitter.com/l0SjxjA8vq— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) October 20, 2016
However, Twitter soon figured out what Trump had actually meant
'hombre'="man" (in Spanish). 'ombre'="shadow" (in French). 'umber'="dark brown" (from the Latin root meaning "shade" or "shadow").— Peter Sokolowski (@PeterSokolowski) October 20, 2016
Sadly, this isn’t the first time the racist demagogue has used this particular phrase.
Last year, he told a conservative radio host, “People are coming through the border that are really bad hombres and bad dudes.”
Some people just never learn.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Carlo Allegri