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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.
That evening, Twitter users began posting jokes about Pence's statement along with the hashtag "#ThatMexicanThing" (shown below).
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed published an article about the online reaction to the gaffe while Redditor beautanddelusion submitted a post about it to /r/politics. 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 parody Twitter account posted a tweet sarcastically commending Pence's response at the debate along with the hashtag #ThatMexicanThing (shown below).
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, urging Trump supporters to circulate a leaked Democratic National Committee email calling to drum up "taco bowl engagement." In the coming days, several other news sites published articles about the online reaction to the gaffe, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Uproxx, CNN, Chicago Tribune, NY Daily News and Business Insider.
 Business Insider – Stephen Colbert mocks Mike Pences most ridiculed line
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