Over the past couple of election cycles, most GOP candidates have at the very least paid lip service to Latino outreach. One such candidate who famously bucked that trend is the gloriously coiffed Big Apple blowhard Donald Trump, who claimed in his campaign kick-off speech that undocumented Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”
Retribution has been swift and harsh. Univision, America’s largest Spanish-language TV network, has severed ties with the Donald and canceled their scheduled airings of his Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Actually the Trumpster owns half-interests in those programs. NBC owns the other half, and the Peacock is pissed: the network fired him as the host of its Celebrity Apprentice.
More recently and locally, the Woodlands-based haircare empire Farouk Systems Inc. (founded by former gubernatorial candidate, 9/11 Truther, and Celebrity Apprentice guest star Farouk Shami) became one of the latest companies to sever its business relationships with the man a former Spy magazine editor memorably branded a “short-fingered vulgarian.”
South of the border, the reaction was more visceral. Artist Dalton Avalos Ramirez, who owns Reynosa’s Piñateria Ramirez, knew that his fellow Mexicans would love nothing more than to whack effigies of Trump with a stick, so he created what is believed to be the world’s first Donald Trump piñatas, which are now also available in McAllen (and possibly points farther north by now).
In its most basic version, the Trump piñata goes for 500 pesos, or $40.
“It’s something metaphoric, people bashing him for the comments he made,” [Ramirez] told Fox News Latino over the phone.
“We thought [Trump’s comments] were very wrong because we are a working country, we go to the United States to work, but unfortunately we face a lot of racism,” he added.
Can Trump-bashing corridos be far behind? Of course not. A sampling, some of which is NSFW for Spanish-speaking workplaces:
At least one Latino was still in the Donald’s corner: Cuban-American Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
“I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific, I think he’s brash, I think he speaks the truth. And I think NBC is engaging in political correctness that is silly and that is wrong.”
And if that makes you mad enough to want to bash a papier-mâché Ted Cruz, El Paso’s Piñatas.com has you covered.