“For what it’s worth, I have no idea why that’s supposed to sound scary.”
It is, of course, easy enough to wonder why more taco trucks would be a bad thing; it is also easy enough to remember that Marco Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump supports a Republican, and heaven knows the one thing Republicans can’t tolerate is the prospect of safe taco trucks. Perhaps Mr. Gutierrez thinks Mexicans are really into deregulation, or something.
JOY REID: Marco, you know, I’ve heard this Trump moment described as a “Barry Goldwater moment”, which is of course the tipping point when African-Americans became so identified with the Democratic Party that it essentially became almost impossible for Republicans to win more than ten percent of them. I’ve heard it described as a “Prop 187 moment”, when the California law that went after undocumented migrants there really harmed the Republican Party―it’s never recovered. Are you not at all concerned that Donald Trump is so alienating people with his tone last night, that yelling into the prompter speech, and just the tone toward undocumented migrants, toward immigrants in this country, that you are now facing a Barry Goldwater moment for your Party?
MARCO GUTIERREZ: Yes, but, you know, Donald Trump’s a genius of delivering the message, and yes, it was a tough message to deliver, but he did it in a way that has shown us that we have a problem, and the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few; and different times, different problems. Yes, indeed, there’s a lot of people―my colleague, here, he would not be here―but we need to understand that this is a different time and we’re having problems here.
REID: What problems? What problems are you talking about?
GUTIERREZ: My culture is a very dominant culture. And it’s imposing, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks every corner.
There is always at least one. There is an Alan Keyes or, more recently, Ben Carson. There is a Wendy McElroy or Janet Bloomfield. That is to say, there will always be someone who will serve the marketplace by advertising why we should be afraid of them. Or, if not them, others like them. See, we’re not supposed to be afraid of Marco Gutierrez, because he’s telling white people the truth about Mexicans, which in turn is that Mexicans are terrible people, or at the very least, “a dominant culture” that is “imposing” and “causing problems”, or something approximately like that. Marco Gutierrez found a job telling white supremacists what they want to hear about hispanics. Just like Janet Bloomfield will tell rapists what they want to hear about women. I know a guy like Mr. Gutierrez, a registered and participating Republican, a man of Mexican descent who worked hard and bootstrapped and scrimped and saved and got himself a career as an optometrist in the midwest and became a respectable person, not like that army of invading Mexicans he tells me I should be afraid of. Then again, it’s not just hispanics he hates; he also has a thing against blacks. He’s the Republican who once explained to me that Obamanoia was really just a policy discussion, and if the president wasn’t so terrible, all these wonderful, unracist, good, decent American people wouldn’t be forced to say racist-sounding things.
No, seriously, something about deplorable goes here.
GUTIERREZ: I’ll tell you what … that means. The Spanish never conquered Mexico. We are a culture that―we have a lot of good things … that we bring to the United States, but we also have problems. And you guys are going nuts over something that there’s a ten step to this problem and you guys are already talking about the tenth step. We haven’t even started walking this path.
GUTIERREZ: I think you haven’t been in Mexico for a long time. And that’s the problem that you guys have with all La Raza. You guys defend a Mexico that doesn’t exist anymore. There is a new Mexico that’s rising with crime, and we need to stop that, and it starts right here.
Image note: Marco Gutierrez, founder of Latinos for Trump, explains to ‘All In’ host Joy Reid what is wrong with Latinos: “My culture is a very dominant culture. And it’s imposing, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks every corner.” (via msnbc, 1 September 2016)
Benen, Steve. “Latinos for Trump leader fears ‘taco trucks on every corner'”. msnbc. 2 September 2016.
Reid, Joy. “Trump supporter warns of ‘taco trucks on every corner'”. All In with Chris Hayes. msnbc. 1 September 2016.