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And by “tactics,” we mean Trump’s problematic early-morning tweeting, and by “establishment Republicans” we mean bluegrass-loving, Fox News-hosting, presidential-wannabe former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Up hours before the cock’s first crow, Huckabee wished the internet a festive Cinco de Mayo by tweeting out his off-putting plans to cinco de drinko down a jar of “hot” salsa, watch cartoons of the Mexican mouse Speedy Gonzales, and speak Spanish all the livelong day.
For Cinco de Mayo I will drink an entire jar of hot salsa and watch old Speedy Gonzales cartoons and speak Spanish all day. Happy CdMayo!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 5, 2017
The tweet, for one, obviously points toward racist stereotypes of Mexicans and Mexican Americans, but is also completely confusing. Does he think drinking salsa and watching Speedy Gonzales are things people would actively choose to say to purposely be offensive?
These examples are so contrived, it’s almost like Huckabee’s day plans are a parody of what liberals would say to make fun of racists. Or perhaps Huckabee wasn’t “trying” to be racist at all, and simply wanted to make fun of “other people” who would do something like this on Cinco de Mayo, but definitely not him, the guy who tweeted it?
Regardless of Huckabee’s intent, this tweet is Certifiably Bad, and the internet didn’t shy away from roasting the former two-time presidential candidate with a brand of salsa so hot that even his non-Spanish-speaking tongue could handle it.
This parody account of a racist, tragically uncool Trump voter is pretty unbelievable and over the top. https://t.co/LrsiDFTMX5— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) May 5, 2017
Cinco de Mayo will be renamed Cinco de MAYO because of all the MAYONNAISSE I add to my SALSA bc it's too SPICY sean SPICER in the news a lot https://t.co/tXESaGuWGK— Mike Jokeabee (@pureporksausage) May 5, 2017
when u front like u know the band's discography, but u only know 1 single & think they did Bitter Sweet Symphony https://t.co/kT4E27EHVH— Carl Garcia (@carlinspace) May 5, 2017
I'm going to put on some New Balance sneakers and claim dominion over a Whole Foods then complain that nobody in it will learn Spanish https://t.co/nI4esMjsbr— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) May 5, 2017
Huckabee has always been a tone deaf piece of shit, but this is bizarre even for him. https://t.co/CtGG8fR4m8— Jamal O Johnson (@Jamjohns1278) May 5, 2017
How does being a cartoonishly racist pile of garbage make Cinco de Mayo any different from the rest of the year for you, though https://t.co/Lw1winva8k— Deep State Nine (@mumbly_joe) May 5, 2017
I think this is just to cover up the fact that Huckabee just straight up loves chugging salsa. https://t.co/P14hkr2hdH— Dr RoButtNik (@Dr_Robuttnik) May 5, 2017
Trump: I made the most insensitive Cinco de Mayo tweet.— Josh Guckert (@JoshGuckert) May 5, 2017
Huckabee: Hold my cerveza. https://t.co/pAw1q3URd8
Other tweeters pointed to just how problematic Huckabee’s sentiment rang. He’s proposing that Americans such as himself celebrate the Mexican Army’s historic victory over the French by acting as parodies of Mexicans and guzzling fake Mexican food while watching an offensive cartoon depiction of Mexicans, and speaking Spanish, because supposedly that’s (a) a bad thing, and (b) the only language Mexicans and Mexican Americans know how to communicate in.
racism is a pre-existing condition https://t.co/z2MKzp86rh— unpforgettable pfire (@firefire100) May 5, 2017
has Mike Huckabee ever spoken to a latinx person https://t.co/jVtpFRqLgD— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) May 5, 2017
It is genuinely remarkable how much Donald Trump's election has normalized outright racism. https://t.co/zDLGlt2w7F— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) May 5, 2017
Maybe you could try not being racist for just one day. https://t.co/udSVop6DWg— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) May 5, 2017
Several Twitter users strangely connected Huckabee’s bad Cinco de Mayo suggestion to his adult son David, who in 2008 was accused of taking part in the stoning and hanging death of a stray dog as a Boy Scout camp counselor in 1998. Huckabee denied the allegations at the time.
Ah, yes, the only thing that can stop you from thinking about your son murdering a dog. https://t.co/lNG91BCTTh— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) May 5, 2017
Your son will probably kill a chihuahua. https://t.co/4SKvt8yk8t— Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe) May 5, 2017
Congrats, Huckabee. You’ve seemed to out-offend your commander-in-chief’s taco bowl tweet from last year, with a jab that makes absolutely no sense but was clearly still meant to make a mockery of Cinco de Mayo.
At least the rest of us can take solace in the fact that your sad salsa shake will do quite the number on your digestive tract.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.