When you protest a Trump rally but no one realizes your shirt says "Latinas AGAINST trump" so they take pics w/ you like you're supporters pic.twitter.com/5ce8SZw5Mh— CC (@cecicardelle) October 21, 2016
Apparently, Eric Trump needs to get some basic Spanish lessons.
Donald Trump’s middle son was played for a fool by two Latino sisters, one of whom was wearing a decidedly anti-Trump T-shirt, at a rally in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Annie and Ceci Cardelle decided to attend and the campaign event to protest the Republican nominee’s hate-filled rhetoric in a unique way.
Annie, 23, who now supports Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton after initially backing Bernie Sanders, decided to “make a bit of a statement,” the sisters told BuzzFeed, and wore a shirt emblazoned with the words “Latina Contra Trump.”
“Contra” means “against” in Spanish, but considering the lack of love between Latinos and the Trump family, it’s not surprising Eric (or anyone from within his posse) did not understand the term.
The photo soon went viral after Cardelle posted it on Twitter with the caption, “No one at the rally realized my shirt said AGAINST tr*mp... congrats, y'all played yourselves.”
No one at the rally realized my shirt said AGAINST tr*mp... congrats, y'all played yourselves ✌🏽️✌🏽️✌🏽️ pic.twitter.com/qZ3x1ER8j0— Annie (@AnnieCardelle) October 21, 2016
Annie said she even put on a sweater on top of the shirt initially because she was afraid they won’t be able to get in, but she was shocked when they were actually hand-picked to get a picture with Eric.
“We thought someone was going to say, ‘Get out of here. Leave,’” Annie Cardelle told the Daily News. “No one asked about it. No one noticed.”
Instead, they were scrutinized by the security, who seemed oblivious about the message on the shirt, and then allowed to take a photo with Eric and his wife, Lara.
“I was sort of in disbelief when they actually called us forward,” Ceci, 17, said. “I was like, ‘This is not happening. There’s no way they don’t see this shirt.’”
“We didn’t see anyone there that was Latin American or that we thought could speak Spanish,” she added. “While we were surprised that no one really noticed, I really think that it stands as a testament to the lack of diversity surrounding that campaign.”
The sisters say they were repulsed by Trump’s attacks against Hispanics.
“As Hispanic women, we see how Trump’s hate speech has emboldened people to be racist towards Latinos and people of color in general,” Ceci said. “What Donald Trump has been doing is making people think that it’s all right to treat us as if we’re worse than they are.”
Annie said she was proud of her silent protest.
“I’m just really glad that I got the chance to remind his supporters that his language has been really unsettling with a large group of people in America,” Cardelle added. “We’re really hurt and offended.”
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