Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sure knows how to mend any fences that may have been breached by his plan to build a wall: Yesterday, the serial tweeter posted this message: "Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!" To prove his bona fides, the tweet is accompanied by an unexpectedly relaxed-looking Trump, nattily attired as usual, sitting at his desk and apparently about to dig into a melange of seasoned ground beef, shredded yellow cheese, sour cream, and salsa (no shredded iceberg is apparent) packed into a fried, flute-edged flour tortilla.
¡Que viva México! (and, er, wherever else "Hispanics" come from).
Of course, the "taco bowl" has nothing to do with Mexico or any other Latin American country (other than the fact that it was almost certainly workers of Hispanic origin who cultivated, harvested, and packed any vegetables it might contain, and probably cooked by such workers too). It is an American invention — some say it was first served at a Denny's in Los Angeles — that is itself a perversion of an earlier American invention, the hard-shell taco filled with more or less the same ingredients. It is no more "Hispanic" than those "Enchiritos" or "Quesalupas" at Taco Bell.
Come Columbus Day, will we see "Happy #ColumbusDay! The best ham and pineapple pizza is being made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Italians!"?
Oh, and by the way, according to the New York Times, there were no taco bowls being made yesterday at the Trump Tower Grill, anyway. They were served at the downscale Trump Café instead. Just the kind of attention to detail we're looking for in a president. ¿No es así? As those lovable Hispanics might say.