The Republican nominee's son probably isn't listing Spanish as a language he's proficient in on his resume. A photo circulating Twitter shows the son of Donald Trump fell for what might be one of the cleverest political pranks of this year's presidential election. On Friday, Eric Trump was trolled by a "Latina Contra Trump" shirt at a rally in North Carolina, apparently not realizing the slogan translates to "Latina Against Trump." Oops.
"Congrats, y'all played yourselves," 23-year-old Annie Cardelle tweeted Oct. 22 with a picture showing her and her sister Ceci standing between Trump and his wife Laura. "No one at the rally realized my shirt said AGAINST tr*mp."
Given the Republican nominee's history of tossing out protesters — and in some cases, supporters who Trump's security claimed matched the profile of known protesters — the Cardelle sisters didn't think they'd actually make it inside Thelma's Down Home Country Cooking where Trump was scheduled to speak, let alone get him to pose for a photo with them.
"We thought it was going to be very hard," Ceci reportedly told the Huffington Post. "We thought we'd be told to leave or go back." The sisters said they were "looked over" by three event staffers before being allowed to approach Trump for a picture, but the shirt was not questioned. "That definitely shocked me," Annie said. "Neither of us thought that we'd get a photo with him."
The picture was reportedly taken Oct. 21 at a political rally in Salisbury, North Carolina, although it was hardly a desire to cheer on Trump's presidential ambitions that drew the Cardelle sisters to crash Trump's campaign event. Rather, the two came to protest Trump's hateful rhetoric and offensive comments about Latinos.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has made more than a few inflammatory and controversial statements about Hispanics. Trump has characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists, criminals, and drug dealers. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump said during a speech on June 16, 2015. "They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." In a tweet posted June 23, 2016, Trump implied immigrants were "tearing American families apart" and he would make the country safe again by restricting immigration.
"I'm not exactly protesting his conservative ideology," Annie told the Salisbury Post. "It' more about his speech and his rhetoric that he uses to describe Hispanics and Latinos and just people of color in general."
"It's this whole idea that you don't really belong here, in this country, and that you're not from here. We're supposed to go back to where we are from, but we've lived here our whole lives," Ceci added.