Latino Voters and the Chimichanga Non-Controversy

Latino Voters and the Chimichanga Non-Controversy


Politic365 was able to catch up with Gustavo Arellano, the editor of the OC Weekly and author of the book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, which comes out in April, about the chimichanga brouhaha that has dominated the Latino twittersphere.

On Tuesday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote a piece about Latinos and the GOP policies with the closing remark: “The chimichanga? It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos.” President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted that line, and Latino Republicans jumped on it saying this remark was offensive.

Arellano argues that Latino Republicans who found this remark about chimichangas (fried burritos) offensive should look inward to their own party and find offense with ideas such as self-deportation and the heated rhetoric on immigration that their candidates promote. He also noted that Democrats haven’t necessarily been better on immigration issues citing President Obama’s record breaking deportations.

Listen to the clip below with Gustavo Arellano:


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