Last night’s Vice-Presidential debate probably did very little to change the tone of the election. Most of the viewership for VP Debates is generally already decided. The undecided voters were mostly watching the Blue Jays/Orioles game. If you didn’t tune in, you didn’t miss much; Tim Kaine tried to prove that he wasn’t boring by yelling over the moderator and his opponent and Mike Pence tried to make people forget that he’s running with Donald Trump.
"Mike Pence's Galling Amnesia" pretty much proves that Pence isn't Trump's VP, he's Trump's Horcrux.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 5, 2016
So pretty much Tim Kaine just berated Pence in to defending Trump’s policies and statements; the list of abhorrent statements is a bit too long to go through here but the big one was “that Mexican thing”. In case you missed it. Here’s that #ThatMexicanThing is.
For those of you that don’t remember #ThatMexicanThing, here’s what Trump said.
And yeah, I know, he covered himself when he said “and some, I assume, are good people”. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. You can’t just dismiss an entire nationality as deplorable (notice the pun) except for “some”. And Twitter, immediately, jumped on #ThatMexicanThing. Likely because Twitter loves a great innuendo and Pence’s statement to Kaine that “you whipped out that Mexican thing again”, is a Freudian slip at it’s most diverse. Here are a few of the best bits of the Twitterstorm:
There were a lot of Tweets by Mexican immigrants or second-generation immigrants championing their Mexican thing.
#ThatMexicanThing when a undocumented father pays his taxes, works two jobs & raises 3 kids, like this one who's about to graduate college
— BRENDUH (@lachicamex) October 5, 2016
— Sam (@MostlyAries) October 5, 2016
— Maribelia Avalos (@MaribeliaA) October 5, 2016
— Kelli Farr (@KFarr49) October 5, 2016
#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
Thankfully, we’re still a month away from this race being over and I’m sure there will be many, many more slips by both parties.
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Alex lives on the eastern coast of the United States. He’s a surfer and blogger, you can catch up with him on Twitter.