Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee decided to use a moment of his time to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. However, the tweet is, well, pretty tone deaf and it has led to a backlash. It isn’t clear if Huckabee thought that this would be a funny joke or if he just wanted to stir the pot to get some attention. Either way, his claim to “drink an entire jar of hot salsa” to celebrate Cinco de Mayo bombed spectacularly. Here’s what happened:
This was how former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee commemorated Cinco de Mayo.
For Cinco de Mayo I will drink an entire jar of hot salsa and watch old Speedy Gonzales cartoons and speak Spanish all day. Happy CdMayo!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 5, 2017
Now, this tweet could either be a very tone deaf joke about Cinco de Mayo or dude is just trying to get everyone riled up to get some attention.
Go ahead and get your shock out of the way now.
*deep breath in and deep breath out*
Needless to say, the tweet was not well received.
@GovMikeHuckabee How do you say "racist pig" in Spanish?
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) May 5, 2017
FYI, it’s cerdo racista.
Some people just didn’t know how to take the tweet.
— Jamiles Lartey (@JamilesLartey) May 5, 2017
Like, do you want us to be mad at you or are you just tweeting recklessly and not thinking twice about it?
For a couple people, they are reaching their wits’ end with these kinds of “jokes.”
— Blaire (@BlaireBitchproj) May 5, 2017
But some people pointed out that we really shouldn’t be surprised since Huckabee is always talking about food.
— Jack (@JackCox) May 5, 2017
Seriously. Trevor Noah did a whole bit on “The Daily Show” about how everything Huckabee talks about comes back to food.
Speaking of food…
— J. Michael Kell (@jmichaelkell) May 5, 2017
A few people offered him a drink to curb the spice from the whole jar of salsa he claims to be drinking.
— Kevin Jones M.D (@HumanKevinJones) May 5, 2017
While some people took him at his word…
For Cinco de Mayo, I will imagine Mike Huckabee having prolonged and painful diarrhea and drink to his discomfort all day
— (((Mark Campbell))) (@MrWordsWorth) May 5, 2017
Others were quick to clarify what they think Huckabee meant by “hot salsa.”
— Pokey (@pokeyberlin) May 5, 2017
Not everyone was buying his tweet as authentic.
Mike Huckabee says racist and stupid things because that's the only way his irrelevant ass can get attention these days.
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) May 5, 2017
Can anyone name something Huckabee has done since his failed presidential bid?
And so many people weren’t able to see the tweet since Huckabee loves that block button.
@BraddJaffy I can't see the tweet, because Mike Huckabee blocked me for mentioning his son tortured/killed a dog for pleasure.
— Dave (@dacawa) May 5, 2017
If you are wondering what is up with the dog reference, here’s a quick article explaining the situation.
But this tweet sums up the sentiment of Huckabee’s tweet best:
— buffaloslouch (@buffaloslouch) May 5, 2017
And boo him they did.