Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy almost a year ago by calling Mexican immigrants ”rapists.” Yesterday (May 5), the lone Republican presidential candidate set social media on fire by saying he actually loves Latinos—well, sort of.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
The above tweet and corresponding Facebook post, hashtagged #CincoDeMayo—featuring Trump with a taco salad from a disputed restaurant in his eponymous New York City building—inspired a mix of bemusement and criticism from many social media users. The hashtag #TacoGate tracked some of the most poignant responses:
— Jermain Garcia (@JermainGarcia) May 5, 2016
— Stef (@Steftyem) May 5, 2016
Can’t wait for Trump’s fried chicken lunch to reach out to African Americans. #TacoGate
— Juan (@jrivera64) May 5, 2016
Trump’s post also inspired some ridiculous memes:
— Dale Seever (@DaleRadio) May 5, 2016
— Lauren Jackson (@LaurenFayeJacks) May 5, 2016
— Polly Mosendz (@polly) May 5, 2016
Despite this gesture, Trump has not announced changes to his hardline anti-immigration policies.