Trump surrogate warns of taco epidemic if Republicans lose

Washington, DC, United StatesUpdated: Sep 03, 2016, 04:50 AM IST
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Republican US presidential nominee?Donald?Trump?at the Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Photograph:(Reuters)
If the United States fails to crack down on immigration, according to the Donald Trump camp, the nation will be inundated with criminals, illicit drugs and job-stealers.

And tacos.

The popular Mexican dish that includes a tortilla shell filled with meat, vegetables and cheese is the latest threat facing Americans if the Republican presidential candidate loses, the co-founder of Latinos for Trump told MSNBC.

"My culture is a very dominant culture. It is imposing and it's causing problems," Marco Gutierrez said Thursday.

"If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks (on) every corner."

The earnest warning unleashed a flurry of social media activity, with many Americans relishing in the idea of life in a country where taco trucks rule the streets.

"A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, & #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner," comedian and actor Orlando Jones tweeted, using a hashtag that quickly went viral.

"If this is wrong. Then I don't want to be right. #ImWithHer," tweeted another user, using Clinton's campaign slogan.

The post included an image of breakfast tacos, a Texas morning staple that often includes eggs and chorizo sausage.

Gutierrez's alert came the night after Trump delivered a fiery speech outlining his harsh immigration plan, which would include stepping up deportations, cancelling President Barack Obama's executive orders protecting millions of undocumented migrants, and blocking federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that bar discrimination against the undocumented.

His rival Hillary Clinton has expressed support for a pathway to citizenship for most of America's undocumented.

Her campaign called Trump's plan part of his "campaign of hate."

"In his darkest speech yet, Donald Trump doubled down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attempted to divide communities by pitting people against each other and demonizing immigrants," it said in a statement.

#TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner is not the first time the internet has had a field day with taco symbolism this campaign season.

On May 5 -- the Cinco de Mayo holiday that commemorates Mexican resistance -- Trump posted a photograph of himself tucking into a taco salad, a dish of American origin.

Under the picture the billionaire wrote: "Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"

Many considered the tweet a weak attempt at wooing the important Hispanic-American voting bloc, which Trump has largely alienated.

The billionaire candidate launched his campaign last year by declaring that Mexico was sending "rapists" and other criminals across the border.