Donald Trump said Thursday he loves Hispanics, and wished everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo. The message was accompanied by a picture of the presumptive Grand Old Party nominee, that shows him eating a big taco bowl, at the Trump Tower.
The photograph was published in the official Twitter and Facebook accounts of the candidate. It obtained a massive response from people who appeared upset. The post received half a million Facebook reactions in just four hours.
Trump has previously proposed voters in the United States, to deport around 12 million undocumented immigrants. He has also showed interest in building a wall to divide the borders of the country, with Mexico.
Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA pic.twitter.com/k01Mc6CuDI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
“This is just a publicity stunt. If he really was honoring CINCO DE MAYO, he would know that it is a MEXICAN holiday to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. It is not a ‘Hispanic’ holiday,” said Menina D’Amours Fortunato, who obtained more than 45 thousand Facebook likes.
Politicians took advantage of the Trump’s posts to criticize duality of his messages. Brian Phillips, a campaign official for the former Republican candidate Ted Cruz, made a tweet saying the only thing worse than New York values is “New York’s Mexican food”.
The only thing worse than #NewYorkValues is New York's Mexican food. https://t.co/r2tpSK5aTU
— Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) May 5, 2016
On the other hand, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton continued her smear campaign against the candidate, through social networks. According to Clinton, Trump mentioned last night his ideas to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., and deporting immigrants.
“I love Hispanics!” —Trump, 52 minutes ago https://t.co/b9mv7nUduN
“They’re gonna be deported.” —Trump, yesterday https://t.co/HzFWUT1XFl
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 5, 2016
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama hosts Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration to remember the Mexican Army’s victory against French forces at the Battle of Puebla, in 1862. The commemorative day is widely celebrated in the United States, since many Americans mistake it with the Mexico’s Independence Day.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama arranged his last Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House. When he entered the East Room, people started chanting “four more years”, as reported by The Associated Press. When he left the room, someone shouted “we miss your already”.
During the celebration, the president talked about having increased high school and college graduation rates, for Hispanics. He also mentioned the DREAM Act, a proposal that s=eeks to give a permanent residency to undocumented immigrants, with American children.
Obama said his inability to reform the immigration law is “one of the most frustrating aspects” of his presidency, said The Associated Press, according to ABC News.