"That Mexican thing." Indiana Governor Mike Pence said the now-infamous words during the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, instantly sending Twitter into a frenzy and upsetting many Mexicans. Pence was responding to Tim Kaine's comments about how Donald Trump has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Here's how it went down:
Kaine: "When Donald Trump says women should be punished, that Mexicans are rapists and criminals, or John McCain is not a hero, he is showing you who he is."
Pence: "Senator, you've whipped out that Mexican thing again. He — look . . . "
Kaine: "Can you defend it?"
Pence: "There are criminal aliens in this country, Tim, who have come into this country illegally, who are perpetrating violence and taking American lives."
Kaine: "You want to, you want to use a big broad brush against Mexicans on that?"
Pence: "He also said and many of them are good people. You keep leaving that out of your quote. And if you want me to go there, I'll go there."
People were quick to react to Pence's comments:
That Mexican thing? Sir, you're lucky you left the stage before my mama's chancla hit you in the back of the head #VPDebate
— Rick Palacio (@RickPalacio) October 5, 2016
(Chancla means sandal in Spanish.)
And many pointed out what it means to be Mexican in this country using the viral hashtag #ThatMexicanThing:
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) October 5, 2016
— Juan Altamirano (@altamirajuan) October 5, 2016
#ThatMexicanThing is my abuelita who moved to San Antonio without speaking English & slept in a barn while picking lettuce every summer.
— Matthew Duarte (@matthew_duarte) October 5, 2016
— Pili Tobar (@pilitobar87) October 5, 2016
#thatmexicanthing is my mom who immigrated to this country, pays her taxes and put two kids through college while managing a business ❤️💪🏾💪🏾
— Frank Ramirez (@frankemilio) October 5, 2016
— Andie Marie (@AndieMarie888) October 5, 2016
#ThatMexicanThing is my great-grandmother raising five kids alone after her husband died working in a mine cave-in.
— Kymberly Levesque (@Kym_Levesque) October 5, 2016
Driving home from taking care of your grandkids at night and being followed by a cop, because you're driving being Mexican.#ThatMexicanThing
— sylvia (@sylviacb) October 5, 2016
I heard my mom & dad, get up every morning at 4:30am, since I was a little girl, because they were hard working & driven. #thatmexicanthing
— mom21 (@ThomasPercy1) October 5, 2016
— Miguel Melendez (@MelendezTMZ) October 5, 2016