Just before the founder of Latinos for Trump warned in a television interview there would be "taco trucks on every corner" if Mexican immigration to the U.S. goes unchecked, he told other Trump supporters "Hispanics are taking over" and called on the fellow supporters to "defend your country."
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Marco Gutierrez, the group's founder, apparently recorded the conversation while driving to his interview with Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC on Wednesday, during which he made the taco truck comment.
He also warned about the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S. saying the culture is "colliding and I think the Americans are starting to react to that."
"Let's be honest," he adds. "If you don’t do something about it, us as Hispanics, we’re going to have the White House full of taco trucks and we are going to be selling paletas (frozen fruit popsicles) on every corner around the White House. And, we are going to have piñatas and atole (a Mexican beverage) ... I know my people guys … You need to defend your country, our country."
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He followed in the MSNBC interview with a warning about the spread of the Latino culture.
"My culture is a very dominant culture," he told MSNBC. "And it is imposing, and it is causing problems. If you don't do something about it you are going to have taco trucks on every corner."
Gutierrez did not respond to NBC Latinos' text and phone call requesting comment and elaboration on his statements.
Gutierrez's group staged Operation Taco Bowl, a rally whose moniker came from Trump's Cinco de Mayo tweet with a taco bowl. The group has also declared September, part of which is Hispanic Heritage Month, Taco Bowl Awareness Month.
In his nearly 17-minute video, Gutierrezsays Trump's immigration policies are essentially intended to get a head count of who is here and what they've done for the country. At one point, he laments that Chinese have "completely taken over" parts of Chinatown in California.
"I'm going to speak as if I was still Mexican," said Gutierrez, who was born in Mexico. "If you guys as Americans don’t do something about this, us Hispanics, we're taking over. I have six kids, guys. Let's be honest. Let's be frank here. In the next three generations, if my kids have six kids, you are talking about 280 million people with the illegal immigrants and all the people who are here, Hispanic based."
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New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat Espaillat, who is on track to becoming the first formally-undocumented member of Congress, also participated in the MSNBC interview. He said he was offended by Gutierrez's comment.
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"I don't know what culture Mr. Gutierrez is talking about, but I know that the Hispanic culture has a saying — a very prominent saying," Espaiillat said. "Mi casa, tú casa — My house, your house."
"It is a tolerant culture, it is one that welcomes neighbors in, it is one that shares their culture, their music, their folklore," Espaillat said.
It didn't take long for social media to make the taco truck comment and Gutierrez the butt of its jokes, and trigger some outrage.
Democrats have been capitalizing on the taco truck comment. Texas State Rep. Gene Wu of Houston turned it into a campaign slogan for Hillary Clinton.
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