Friday Open Thread: Musing on Taco Bowls

The tweet by Donald Trump depicting him eating a taco bowl in his office (made at Trump Tower Grill) and proclaiming his love of Hispanics in celebration of Cinco del Mayo is hilarious. It's been retweeted 73,000 times as of now, and "liked" by 85,000 people. (There's no dislike number, which for all we know, could be in the hundreds of thousands.

I think his account was hacked. Even he's not stupid enough to think anyone would believe he loves Hispanics or would eat that Taco bowl. I don't even believe he eats food from a restaurant in his building. Do you really think he doesn't have a private chef?

Best response I've seen so far: "Can we have the taco bowl for President instead of Trump?" [More...]

Hat tip to a tweeter named Benny Johnson who noticed that Trump's Taco bowl is sitting on a bikini-clad photo of his ex-wife Marla Maples, taken by Getty Images in Florida in March, 1985. See the lower right of corner of Trump's tweeted photo. Here's the Getty Image, which I just got at their website:

I wonder why Donald's credenza drawer is open. And what's in it. Looks like a pack of Marlboros but he doesn't smoke. And who is the woman on the right in the photo on the floor? It looks she has a blond bun. Is it Ivana Trump?

The "taco bowl" he's eating is supremely unhealthy, loaded with lard, fat and calories. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, not a "Hispanic" holiday. It's also not on the menu for the Trump Grill. And Trump has placed it in a dish with walls. This just has to be a joke or a hack, no?

Trump is going to supply us with endless laughs between now and November, but I doubt they will translate into votes. He's an entertainer, not a leader. I won't be surprised if Republican voter turnout in November is the lowest in history, or he gets the least number of votes for President of any major party candidate period.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Another item (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:42:15 AM EST
    in you just can't make this stuff up department. Erick Erickson says that the GOP should apologize for impeaching Bill Clinton after nominating Donald Trump. To me this just proves what us liberals have been saying all along. It had nothing to do with any court case and was all about the culture war they have been waging for decades.

    Hey Erick, we're never going back to the Mad Men era whether or not Donald is the GOP nominee.

    I'm all clotted up. (none / 0) (#18)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:45:22 AM EST
    An overworked phrase (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by christinep on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:13:43 PM EST
    Even this early, one phrase is already becoming old, trite ..but, for some pundit types, seemingly one to throw into every commentary.  The presumptive nominees are described, in the same breath, as "two deeply flawed candidates."  

    "Deeply flawed."  For the past several months--and when certain detractors and repetitive TV commentators were looking for adjectival description to describe HRC, that seems to be the phrase of choice.  Why?  Who knows ... maybe someone found actual evidence of something that hasn't been found in the past 25 years of dredging.  Forgetting the obvious fact that every politician (and everyone, for that matter) are flawed in some respect, the phrase has the advantage of meaning nothing while suggesting something foreboding, murky.  Maybe HRC has been having séances with Vincent Foster???

    So, today on CBS Morning, guest Frank Luntz incorporated that both candidates were "deeply flawed" into his word maneuver ... and, emphasized also how both candidates were so disliked.  Blah, blah, blah.  Moving toward the false equivalency in terms of character definition, as Krugman might say.  He talked a bit about all the negative reactions to Trump in various groups; then, jumped to what he portrayed as a reality about HRC ... his assertion being that she is having trouble with her own party liking/accepting her as seen in Indiana. Well, he conveniently forgets that @ 1 in 5 voters in that open primary were Independents and that she always wins handily among Dems (and that the acceptance numbers are already near the 90& level, a very good level before the unification of the party's convention.) The point: Master Repub Wordsmith Luntz is offering the first of the tsk-tsk they-are-so-much-alike process.  

    So much will depend on who succeeds at character definition of the other.  Here's hoping that HRC's supporters make their case early on ... repeating ... repeating.  Assuming that definition can be made via his past deals, business shenanigans to add to his explosive temperament, so much the better.  Then, use the trite & workable KISS method ... repeating at least once a day here on out.

    Yes, 'flawed' and also this: (none / 0) (#29)
    by Nemi on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:38:19 PM EST
    Two of the most unpopular nominees, ever!

    [deep sigh]

    Number of media (none / 0) (#1)
    by Nemi on Fri May 06, 2016 at 06:51:23 AM EST
    that - listed by memeorandum - found the picture at Trump's Facebook and other of his social media accounts worth covering:

    Take Town, Politico, New York Times, Western Journalism, No More Mister Nice Blog, The Daily Caller, Washington Post, USA Today, Patterico's Pontifications, Independent Journal ..., Hit & Run, CBS Philly, The Verge, CBS Los Angeles, Guardian, The Last Refuge, Fox 59, The Atlantic, Daily Kos, NBC News, Eater, TalkLeft, Mashable, FOX6Now.com, CBS Miami, Business Insider, Red Alert Politics, ABC News, ThinkProgress, U.S. Uncut, CBS Detroit, Hot Air, AOL, Vox, Balloon Juice, fox4kc.com, Mediaite, The Week, Washington Free Beacon, CBS New York, Washington Times, BizPac Review and The New Civil Rights Movement

    I guess he must be doing something right ... right?

    Media Matters: (none / 0) (#31)
    by Nemi on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:25:14 PM EST
    All The News That Media Ignored While Obsessing Over Trump's Taco Bowl.

    A Google News search for "`Donald Trump'+`taco bowl'" returns about 379,000 results, and a search via TV monitoring software iQ media reflects a massive spike in TV coverage of the "taco bowl" tweet.

    Meanwhile, other consequential events relevant to Trump's campaign have received remarkably less attention. Mitt Romney said he won't back the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump "disavowed" former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's most recent display of anti-Semitic enthusiasm for his campaign after previously refusing to do so, bizarrely walked back his "only detailed economic proposal," saying his tax plan wasn't to be taken literally, and responded to a discrepancy with his adviser Ben Carson over whether the campaign's vice presidential choice would be a Republican. A U.S. District judge is also expected to address the timing of the trial for the class-action lawsuit that Trump is facing over the now-defunct Trump University.

    While media is right to point out the insensitive nature of Trump's pandering tweet - reactions among Hispanic media were especially mocking -- by devoting disproportionate coverage, they have effectively allowed Trump to set the agenda from his Twitter account, subsequently diverting attention from other troubling, more consequential aspects of his campaign. As Mother Jones' Kevin Drum noted, the tweet was bait, meant to induce mockery and appeal specifically to his base, and the media took it.

    I also haven't seen much about Donald Trump's spokeperson claiming that ... Hillary Clinton Has Never Truly Been Vetted By The Media. But maybe even media didn't find that worth a mention. :-/


    No one has ever loved "the diverse" (none / 0) (#2)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:07:15 AM EST
    more than The Donald. He's a lovely guy.

    Who do you side with? (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:50:11 AM EST
    I'm reposting this link cause I think it's cool.


    answer a few questions and it tells you based on there views of record who most agrees with you.

    This little quiz Howdy links to (none / 0) (#4)
    by caseyOR on Fri May 06, 2016 at 07:59:25 AM EST
    is pretty interesting. I took it. The results confirmed for me that Sanders and Clinton hold very very similar policy positions on most issues.

    My outcomes:

    Sanders - 99%

    Clinton - 97%

    Stein - 95%


    I got (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:05:53 AM EST
    (From memory)

    Sanders 94

    Clinton 92

    Johnson 89


    A, A-, and a B+ (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mr Natural on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:26:30 AM EST
    I got (none / 0) (#11)
    by CoralGables on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:51:04 AM EST
    Me 100
    Clinton 96
    Sanders 95
    Stein 88
    Johnson 85
    and all the way down to
    Cruz 16

    All of which is somewhat meaningless with me at the top of those I'm in agreement with as I'd never vote for me, but great to know I never want to have a beer with Cruz.


    Did you see the Johnson interview (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:57:28 AM EST
    I took that from?  I posted it in another thread.  I laughed when he said the person he most agreed with was Sanders.  I thought wait, you are not counting yourself, right?

    That's funny (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:09:02 AM EST
    because he really doesn't agree much with Sanders.

    I got (none / 0) (#16)
    by CST on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:26:42 AM EST
    97% Bernie, 96% Hillary, 95% Stein.  Gary Johnson was in the 60s, Donald Trump was down at 25%.  Even a stopped clock I guess..

    Survey says! (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Fri May 06, 2016 at 12:10:11 PM EST
    Bernie 97%
    Jill 96%
    Hillary 92%
    Marc Allan Who? 85%
    Gary 82%

    I know on which date Trump (none / 0) (#7)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 08:42:25 AM EST
    will have fried chicken and watermelon!

    Yes (none / 0) (#8)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:17:01 AM EST
    that seems to be the joke. On Juneteenth he will eat watermelon and fried chicken and say I love the blacks!

    Look forward to the (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:22:21 AM EST
    Gay Pride menu

    hot dogs (none / 0) (#10)
    by ExPatObserver on Fri May 06, 2016 at 09:43:25 AM EST
    And tossed salad. "Trump tower has the best tossed salad!"

    Kielbasa and Ambrosia (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:01:25 AM EST
    And bananas fried in Crisco.

    If we're talking Gay Pride, ... (none / 0) (#30)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:07:57 PM EST
    ... I know a number of LGBT people who'd prefer that Trump be on the receiving end of a can of Crisco, a baseball bat and a bag of doorknobs.

    If you have (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:10:25 AM EST
    a twitter account, you should go check out the briefing. I have been LMAO all this morning looking at what they have put up.

    More on the (none / 0) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 10:59:50 AM EST
    you can't  make this stuff up. The leader of the Southern Baptist Convention says opposing Trump puts you on the right side of Jesus.

    Truth and Trumpism, (none / 0) (#20)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:40:15 AM EST
    a prediction of media coverage, Dr. Paul Krugman (NYT, May 6, 2016).   The first, the least harmful, will be the urge to make a horse race. Krugman reminds about polls; outliers need to be taken with a pound of salt

    Second, more damaging, is the false equivalence and the striving for "balance."  The example given is the wildly irresponsible and asymmetric policies: Trump's huge tax cuts with no offsetting spending cuts and promise to pay down the debt v. Mrs. Clinton's proposed modest spending increases paid for by specific tax hikes. Or, they all do it; Mrs. Clinton and Trump both fight dirty: Trump calls opponents liars, questions their manhood, suggests father involved in JFK murder.  Mrs. Clinton suggests Sanders did not do his homework on his key policies.

    And, the whitewashing, literally, of the racism that is at the heart of the Trump movement; pretending to be about something else, (e.g. D.C. insiders, etc) and denying the racial core.

    One thing (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:46:03 AM EST
    The day after Indiana he was already backpedaling the tax cuts for the rich.  Well, maybe we could raise taxes on the rich.

    Nothing he has said will effect what he says or does form now forward.   We know how short memories are.


    You (none / 0) (#22)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 11:49:48 AM EST
    are correct that voters memories tend to be short. However they are going to be constantly refreshed by Hillary's campaign. They are already doing it.

    Agreed. we always (none / 0) (#23)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 12:05:46 PM EST
    knew his so-called governance policies were not key to Trumpism. Trump is also, now going to "look into" increasing the minimum wage (before they were too high at $7.25/hr).

      As Krugman suggests, it is Trump saying what they say in the open--normalizing the racism core.  No more "political correctness."  In that interchange between Cruz and Mr. Ray Ban, the first response to Cruz's question, what do you like about Trump, answer: "the wall."


    That's right (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 06, 2016 at 12:06:56 PM EST
    Same interview.  

    Trump and hairspray. (none / 0) (#27)
    by vml68 on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:20:41 PM EST
    I really want to be able to laugh at this but all I feel is rage that this %&#@ is the Republican nominee.
    I really should take a break from reading/watching anything to do with Drumpf, it is not good for my mental health!

    Colbert expresses my feelings on (none / 0) (#28)
    by vml68 on Fri May 06, 2016 at 02:36:45 PM EST
    the Trump run very succinctly.
    No words required!

    No self-respecting Mexican... (none / 0) (#32)
    by kdog on Fri May 06, 2016 at 03:34:38 PM EST
    would eat a "taco bowl", least of all with sour cream.  That's some gringo sh&t right there...no mames guey.

    Someone (none / 0) (#34)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:19:34 PM EST
    else told me the same thing and also that REAL Mexican food is easy to get in NYC. And that REAL NYCers would never be seen eating such a concoction. LOL.

    Taco Bowl is Hispanic Food? (none / 0) (#33)
    by MKS on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:03:17 PM EST
    Don't think so.

    For Mexican food, I will always love Chiles Rellenos and Cheese Enchiladas.  The best!

    But I really have pet peeve about Christmas Tamales.   Shoot me, but not my favorite.   Teeny, tiny piece of pork in the middle.  And the rest is not all that interesting.

    The Triumvirate of Bush (none / 0) (#35)
    by CoralGables on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:45:56 PM EST
    have all said they will sit out the presidential election. 41, 43, and "not" 45 all said they'll pass on Trump.

    You know (none / 0) (#36)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 06, 2016 at 04:50:49 PM EST
    I hear people say this doesn't matter but it does. It matters those Republicans who are Bushies. Maybe it's only 1 or 2% of the electorate that this might effect but in a close election that can make a difference.

    But, Trump did get (none / 0) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 05:17:46 PM EST
    Vice President 43.

    Trump, as presumptive (none / 0) (#37)
    by KeysDan on Fri May 06, 2016 at 05:10:10 PM EST
    Republican presidential nominee, is a very scary development for the country. Republicans are, temporarily, in disarray. However, they are likely to come together by the Convention--the transition may involve a little Kubler-Ross for some, and feigning some conscience for others.  But, it will happen.

    The stakes being so acute, it behooves the Sanders' campaign to hang it up, now.  A difficult call given the wins to come in May, thereby, bringing the illusion of a fuel additive to the tank. But, realistically, no mileage will be gained. Sanders has done what he can do. Take a bow, and exit.

    Trump can't be allowed to win by a disunited party. This has been a Democratic primary--an intra-party competition. Loving Bernie did not require hating Hillary, and vice versa.  The winner is determined by the delegate count. And, the arithmetic is there to see.  

    Full-bored energies need to be focused and expended on the general election as soon as possible.  There is too much to lose and nothing much to gain by waiting until the Democratic Convention.