Mike Pence Complains About ‘Whipping Out That Mexican Thing’ and Twitter Erupts

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Debate viewers had a lot of fun last night with Mike Pence’s complaint to Tim Kaine that, “You whipped out that Mexican thing again.” A meme was born: #ThatMexicanThing and #ThatMexicanThingAgain. None of it favorable to Pence, particularly since he used it to reinforce Trump’s claim that immigrants are criminals.

Watch courtesy of USAToday:

Pence said to Kaine at one point, “Did you work on that one a long time? ‘Cause that had a lot of really creative lines in it.” The laugh was on him as Twitter had a lot of “really creative” lines.

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As Chris Hayes tweeted,

First there was the blatant racism of the line to consider. Donald Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time denigrating minorities, beginning his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals and suggesting immigrants are not the best Mexico has to offer.

It is insensitive, to say the least, for a vexed Pence to impatiently refer to that hate rhetoric as “that Mexican thing again.”

Comedy writer Raf Esparza drove the point home with this tweet:

And then there was the humor,

And this,

There was also a little bit of humor and fact combined:

And making a few sales:

The result isn’t a pretty one for Trump/Pence, because math:

Probably, Mike Pence did not want this to be our takeaway from last night’s debate, which was ostensibly to support Trump, but really to promote himself.

President Obama, hearing it, would have said, “please proceed, Governor.” If Pence distanced himself from Trump at times, he did not distance himself from racism of his party.

As one twitter wit asked,

Yes, as another observer pointed out, “Now Trump will say that Pence never said #ThatMexicanThingAgain.” But he did say it. And millions of Latino voters heard it loud and clear.

“That Mexican thing” will back to haunt Trump and Pence, and if Pence runs in 2020, he had better be prepared to be reminded of one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the 2016 election.