President Trump celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month today at the White House along with his wife Melania. During a speech to the press and attendees, Trump mentioned the number of Latino Medal of Honor recipients and the importance of standing up against the Communist regime in Cuba. He also took a moment to express his sadness about the mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas earlier in the week. And once again, Trump’s words raised a few eyebrows, just as they did during his trip to Puerto Rico.
After talking about the important relief work happening in Puerto Rico, Trump attempted to pronounce “Puerto Rico” in Spanish.
“We are also praying for the people of Puh-werto Rico,” Trump said with extra breathing to emphasize his Spanish accent. “We love Puh-weto Rico. Puh-werto Rico.” Then, with a smirk on his face, Trump added, “And we also love Porto Rico, heh.”
Those were the words Trump had for the island of people trying to recover from a devastating hurricane that all but wiped out the island. The same people Trump threw paper towels at during a four-hour visit earlier this week.
Trump also joked that some of the Latino leadership he interacts with are just too tough.
“You teach our children. You lead our churches. You protect our communities and you defend our nation. Among you are leaders in government, faith, and business. Fantastic people in this audience,” Trump said at the White House event. “I know some of them, and believe me, they’re very tough and they’re very smart. Sometimes they’re too tough. But that’s OK. I have to deal with it. I have to deal with it. Fantastic people.”
Trump’s Hispanic Heritage Month event would have been totally void of any immigration talk had it not been for this guy.
— Pamela Engel (@PamEngel12) October 6, 2017
The man above has been identified as Freddy Burgos, a member of the Virginia Republican State Central Committee, who recently had to issue an apology for anti-Muslim and anti-immigration tweets. According to The Washington Post, Burgos called Islam a cult organized by Satan, compared Muslims to Nazis, and called District Judge Gonzalo Curiel an “anchor baby.”
That about sums up Trump’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration today.