The founder of Latinos for Trump had MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid briefly taken aback during an interview on Thursday when he tried to portray Donald Trump as a protector of American culture.
“My culture is a dominant culture, and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems,” Marco Gutierrez said. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re gonna have taco trucks [on] every corner.”
“Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute,” Reid said, cutting him off. “I’m sorry. Hold on a second. I don’t know what that means and I’m almost afraid to ask.”
She then urged New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D) — a formerly undocumented immigrant running for Congress — to respond to Gutierrez’s bizarre claim.
“I’m offended,” Espaillat quickly said, before Gutierrez intervened.
“I’ll tell you what that means — the Spanish never conquered Mexico,” he stated, incorrectly. “We have a culture that, we have a lot of good things that we bring to the United States. But we also have problems. You guys are going nuts over something, that there’s a 10th step to this problem. We haven’t even started down this path.”
“I don’t know what culture Mr. Gutierrez is talking about,” Espaillat replied. “But I know that the Hispanic culture has a saying — a very prominent saying: Mi casa, tu 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. It is not an aggressive or bullying culture, as was displayed by Donald Trump and his 10-points that he laid out.”
Watch the discussion, as aired on Thursday, below.
Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."