So when Marco Gutierrez, founder of the group Latinos for Trump, warned last week that a presidential victory by a more immigrant-friendly Hillary Clinton could result in “taco trucks on every corner,” it was really the last thing her Republican foe's campaign needed.
Americans responded, notes The New York Times, by collectively saying, Mmm, tacos! If this election is a referendum on tacos, Trump might not have a chance. Now a foursome of Southern Californians is rubbing some salt (and lime) on this GOP faux pas by creating — yes — the Taco Truck Party.
It's the brainchild of OC Weekly editor-in-chief and Taco USA author Gustavo Arellano (party president), L.A. Weekly Tacolandia curator Bill Esparza (secretary of taco relations), editorial cartoonist and television writer Lalo Alcaraz (minister of taco propaganda) and L.A. journalist and onetime Trump classmate Dennis Wilen (token
“Some areas of the United States are light on taco trucks or have none whatsoever,” the party's manifesto states. “We will talk to
The movement is clearly tongue-in-cheek. But beneath the surface, there's contempt for Trump's past immigrant-bashing.
“It is perfect that the election has been boiled down to this one essential binary — do you want tacos or no tacos,” Alcaraz says. “People who don’t want tacos are headed to extinction. This country is made
Alcaraz called Gutierrez a Tio Taco — a Latino Uncle Tom — and argued that the #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner social media explosion shows “how dead and gone the Republican party has sunk.”
“Last time I checked,” he said, “honest jobs and entrepreneurial spirit were good things.”
“Tacos present a unique opportunity to get voters to care for Mexicans,” he said. “Bill, Lalo and I want to see where we can take this. We're serious about helping out