The Tacopocalypse is upon us.
Or it will be, if America doesn’t close its borders soon, one Hispanic Donald Trump supporter predicted.
During an MSNBC interview Thursday, Marco Gutierrez, the Mexican-born founder of Latinos for Trump, warned of an imminent disaster if America ignored the problem of illegal immigration. The dire consequence: vehicles along every city block hawking dangerous combinations of beef, pork, fish or chicken, plus cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes ensconced in a tortilla.
“We need to understand that this is a different time and we’re having problems here,” Gutierrez said of undocumented immigration, which Trump has vehemently pledged to cut down with deportations. “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 gonna have taco trucks [on] every corner.”
Snark, a trending hashtag (#TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner), and musings that maybe -- just maybe -- a future where tacos are no longer limited to Tuesdays may not sound so bad.
Here are some of Twitter’s best takes on Gutierrez’s comments:
The Washington Post took a (semi-)serious look at #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner as a policy proposal:
Even the Texas Democratic Party joined in on the Twitter fun:
While one civic-minded group jumped at the suggestion:
And Andrei Cherny, once a speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton and now the head of an investment firm, Aspiration, noted the similarities between Herbert Hoover’s 1928 promise of a “chicken in every pot”:
The tweets come amid a backlash from Trump’s own Hispanic supporters following the GOP nominee’s scorched-earth speech on immigration earlier this week. Trump, despite hedging for several days on the controversial issue of mass deportations, solidified his hardline immigration stance with the Arizona address -- to the displeasure of some members of his National Hispanic Advisory Council.
But while one of Trump’s Latino surrogates attempted to instill the fear of tacos in American voters, Trump himself has recognized the food’s appeal, using it to court Hispanic voting blocs.
Earlier this year, in a tweet celebrating the Cinco de Mayo holiday, Trump circulated a photo of himself tucking into Trump Tower Grill’s signature “taco bowl” and declaring “I love Hispanics!”