Ending a tradition that has lasted at the White House for the past 16 years, President Trump will reportedly not be hosting any events for Cinco De Mayo, a traditional Mexican holiday.
In the past, the event has been observed by both Republican and Democratic presidents, but like many other official events, the Trump Administration seems less than interested.
No doubt, this decision to skip the holiday belonging to our Southern neighbor will be considered in line with past actions and attitudes from Trump towards Mexico and other South American nations.
On Cinco De Mayo last year, President Trump posted a now-infamous photo fork-deep in a taco salad. The photo was widely mocked for both the quality of the food (gross), as well as the message that accompanied it:
“Happy Cinco De Mayo! The best taco bowls are made at Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
Most believed Trump was simply going for a cheap attempt at winning Hispanic voters. Unfortunately for him, most saw right through the slightly racist ploy.
White House celebrations on Cinco De Mayo began in President Bush’s first year in office. Being formerly the Governor of Texas, Bush had intimate knowledge of the Mexican tradition. When Obama came into office, the tradition continued.
Félix Sánchez, president and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts had this to say about the White House’s decision:
“The decision of the White House to renounce the celebration of Cinco de Mayo is another slap for many Mexican Americans and Latinos. Instead of embracing our nation’s multicultural heritage, we are deepening divisions, not seeking common ground.”