BY MARTIN KICH
Preliminary notes for an explication:
Trump apparently thinks that he can begin to mitigate, if not erase, the political damage caused by his characterizing Mexicans and rapists and murderers by simply posing for a photo while eating a taco bowl.
Although food is a major element of all cultures, equivocating one’s enjoyment of certain dishes with a broader appreciation for and a sensitivity to a culture is generally an indication of the opposite—of a deeply ingrained cultural parochialism and cultural insensitivity.
Asserting that a “taco bowl” connects you to Mexicans is equivalent to saying that eating a meatball makes you Sicilian or eating a pierogi makes you Slavic.
Worse, Trump reduces one of Mexico’s most important holidays into yet another opportunity to plug the Grill in Trump Tower and, in essence, himself.
In exercising his usual egotism, Trump insults Mexicans, for he claims that people employed in a building that he has named for himself make the “best” taco bowls—that is, better taco bowls and, by extension, better Mexican food than any restaurant anywhere in Mexico. (And, if whoever is making the taco bowls in Trump Tower is not Mexican or Mexican-American, you can calculate the additional layers of irony.)
I cannot help but notice that the tacos are a darker shade of the unreal color of Trump’s hair (which is unreal on multiple levels, literally and figuratively). I have no idea what that similarity might suggest, but it made me laugh out loud.
I admit that this whole exercise may amount to a cheap shot, but Trump himself has made a career out of taking cheap shots at just about anyone and everyone, and I have the feeling that, like most bullies, he may be about to receive a large measure of what he has been so gleefully dishing out.