That Mexican Thing

That Mexican Thing

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Updated Mar 08, 2018 at 05:34AM EST by Y F.

Added Oct 05, 2016 at 02:40PM EDT by Don.

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"That Mexican Thing" is a memorable quote uttered by 2016 Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence during the Vice presidential debate held in early October 2016. Following the debate, many criticized and mocked the statement on Twitter along with the hashtag "#ThatMexicanThing."


On October 4th, 2016, the 2016 vice presidential debate was held at the Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. During the debate, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine accused Donald Trump of saying "Mexicans are rapists and criminals" to which Pence retorted "Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again" (shown below). Shortly after, the news site Politico posted a clip of the gaffe on Vine.[4]


That evening, Twitter users began posting jokes about Pence's statement along with the hashtag "#ThatMexicanThing"[5] (shown below).

WHIP OUT THAT MEXICAN THING Richard Stark @RichardEStark Follow #ThatMexicanThing 11:24 PM - 4 Oct 2016 다 21 21 iQUÉ? GIF Kat Follow @HeyKat Pence: #ThatMexicanThing 10:43 PM- 4 Oct 2016 48 89

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed[2] published an article about the online reaction to the gaffe while Redditor beautanddelusion submitted a post about it to /r/politics.[3] That night, host Stephen Colbert mocked Pence's statement during a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (shown below).

On October 5th, the @realDenaldTrump[11] parody Twitter account posted a tweet sarcastically commending Pence's response at the debate along with the hashtag #ThatMexicanThing (shown below).

Donald J. Trump @realDenaldTrump # 으: Follow @mike_pence did me a great service by saying implicit bia #ThatMexicanThing. We didn't need those votes anyway! s doesn't exist & dismissing RETWEETS LIKES 274 431 12:14 AM -5 Oct 2016 2.274 431

That same day, Redditor blapenstein submitted a post arguing that the "media is trying to spin Pence saying 'that Mexican thing'" to /r/The_Donald,[3] urging Trump supporters to circulate a leaked Democratic National Committee email calling to drum up "taco bowl engagement."[3] In the coming days, several other news sites published articles about the online reaction to the gaffe, including The New York Times,[12] The Guardian,[13] Uproxx,[6] CNN,[7] Chicago Tribune,[8] NY Daily News[9] and Business Insider.[10]

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