Taco truck owners react to Trump backer's comments

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 09/04/16.

KUSA - People are still reacting to comments made by Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez Thursday night.

In an interview on MSNBC, Gutierrez said, "if you don't do something about the Latino culture, you're going to have taco trucks on every corner."

The remarks have created a heated debate that Miguel Martinez finds himself in the middle of.

“Those are his opinions,” he said. “He’s crazy, he’s a little outspoken.”

Martinez co-owns Taco and Salsa food stand in Denver. He says Gutierrez’s comments are just another notch in a ladder of remarks he’s used to blocking out.

“We just work you know,” he said. “We don’t pay much mind to [what people say].”

The same goes for several customers.

“I think [Gutierrez] was trying to make it a bad thing but I think it backfired on the poor guy who said it,” Mary Anne McLendon said, laughing. “I like tacos.”

But not everyone in the Latino community agrees. Jose Luis Gonzalez Jr. owns Mestizo’s Food Truck and says the comments are nothing but inappropriate and inflammatory.

“It's infuriating I'm not going to lie. You know it does bring that anger out of you,” he said.

Gonzalez took perhaps the biggest stand against Gutierrez's words on Friday when he parked his taco truck right outside Trump's campaign on the corner of East 18th Avenue and Clarkson Street.

“It only fuels the hate and the bad stigma that people already have for Latinos,” he said

This is what the campaign had to say about it: 

“We see the food truck industry in Colorado as an example of the entrepreneurial sector that will thrive under a President Trump,” Colorado for Trump spokesman Patrick Davis said.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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