Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the US presidential elections in November, has created yet another controversy by posing for a picture with a taco salad bowl in front him. The image posted on Twitter and Facebook by the GOP candidate was an acknowledgement of the Mexican-American holiday, Cinco de Mayo.
The picture taken at a restaurant that opened at the Trump Tower was part of an advertisement for the restaurant. The tweet attracted condemnation within a short time, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Trump, who rode to fame by proposing to build a controversial wall at the US border with Mexico to stop illegal migration, has already offended the Hispanics by referring to them as rapists and criminals.
“Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” read the image caption.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
However, what Trump described as the “best” was flagged as “bland” in a review by Robert Sietsema in the New York Eater.
The controversy emerged after Trump became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party following his resounding victory in the Indiana primary and the subsequent dropping out of his last standing rival, John Kasich. The sudden turn of events created a crisis within the party, with many pledging to vote for his Democratic counterpart in the upcoming elections.
“I’ll add a lil hatch to the wall I’m building to keep Hispanics out – they can send taco bowls thru. Good!” – Donald Trump,” read a tweet response. Another user mocked the GOP frontrunner by tweeting “Donald Trump is eating a taco salad on top of a bikini-clad photo of his ex-wife, Marla Maples.”
Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5, marks the victory of the Mexican military over French troops in 1862. The day is widely commemorated in the US to celebrate Mexican culture and history.
The CNN reported that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also took to Twitter to criticise the image with a video that showed Trump vowing to deport undocumented immigrants.