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EDITOR’S NOTE: ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPT. 2
Taco ‘bout a great idea!
Marco Gutierrez, the founder of the “Latinos for Trump” group, has an unusual argument for what’s at stake in this year’s presidential election: a future with too many food trucks.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Gutierrez warned that Latino culture will overtake America if Trump does not become president, leading to “taco trucks on every corner.”
“My culture is a very dominant culture,” Gutierrez told guest host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes. “It is imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
The comments came after Reid asked why Gutierrez was still supporting Trump following the candidate’s highly-anticipated immigration speech on Wednesday that stuck to a hardline, intolerant tone and painted immigrants in a poor light. Several Latino surrogates for Trump are already reportedly reconsidering their support for him because they were disappointed that he had not “softened” his rhetoric on immigration reform.
Since launching his campaign last year, Trump has warned about an “invasion” of the United States by immigrants whom he claims are mostly criminals, rapists, and drug dealers. The Mexico-born Gutierrez was attempting to fearmonger about a similar hypothetical future in which Latino culture takes over at the expense of the Americans who already live here.
But there are actually many benefits to “taco trucks on every corner.”
Food trucks can help revitalize cities, giving them a much-needed economic boost. According to the latest data from 2012, the U.S. food truck industry brings in roughly $1 billion in annual revenue. Philadephia’s Night Market, a pop-up food truck festival in Pennsylvania, could have “an estimated $11 million impact on the city’s economy,” according to NextCity’s Vicky Gan. The industry also helps create new jobs, according to an Institute of Justice survey.
What’s more, food trucks don’t necessarily take away revenue from local businesses — but actually help create more access to food in underserved areas. In Washington, D.C. where there is a paucity of brick-and-mortar restaurants near the U.S. State Department and the Navy Yard, food trucks help to fill that need. In some cities, food trucks help serve healthy food to communities that wouldn’t otherwise be able to get it.
Trump’s campaign has not always been so critical of tacos. Earlier this year, Donald Trump attempted to pander to the Latino community by sharing a photo of him eating out of a taco bowl on Cinco de Mayo.