“That Mexican Thing?” Mike Pence Defends Trump’s Disparaging Immigrant Comments During Debate
Chip Somodevilla

During last night’s vice presidential debate, Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, was tasked with defending the Republican nominee’s comments on Mexican immigrants. 

In June, while launching his presidential campaign, Trump told supporters, “When do we beat Mexico at the border? They are not our friend, believe me…The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”

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“When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists. And some, I assume are good people.”

Last night, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, mentioned Trump’s disgusting comments and Pence attempted to defend them.

“Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again, There are criminal aliens in this country, Tim, who have come into this country illegally… [Trump] also said, ‘many of them are good people.’”

It seems Pence didn’t check that fact before jumping to defend his running mate. Pence’s flippant “that Mexican thing” comment also shows the Republican vice presidential candidate’s attitude toward Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. Trump has since tried to reach Hispanic voters with a lazy tweet about taco bowls, but still pushes his hateful stance by suggesting Mexico pay for a border wall and spreading false facts.