Satirical site says Romney branded Latinos ‘taco jockeys,’ lefties freak out
— Stephanie Siek (@TweetsNotTwits) September 18, 2012
Yes. Yes it did. If by “real,” you mean “fake.”
— W-man (@Waltzman) September 18, 2012
Not quite. Onion-wannabe website The Daily Currant, wanting to capitalize on the furor over the “secret” Romney tape, published a satirical article yesterday about a yet-to-be-released missing segment in which Romney referred to Latinos as “taco jockeys”:
Romney responded by saying that it was futile to even try to get Hispanics to vote Republican because their “primitive culture” was antithetical to Republican values.
“And these people. The ones that come to the U.S.. …these people are losers. They couldn’t cut it in their own countries, and now they want to freeload in ours. When I’m president I’ll send Mexico a message – take ‘em back. We don’t want these taco jockeys anymore.”
Mother Jones, which takes credit for releasing the tapes to the public, was forced to acknowledge a gap in the “full” tape, but we’re quite confident that the gap in question had nothing to do with denigrating Latinos.
What’s really offensive is that there are people out there who genuinely believe that Mitt Romney harbors a secret hatred of Hispanics. The idea is ludicrous, plain and simple. Nevertheless, swarms of lefties accepted the article at face value, and they practically fell all over themselves jockeying for the top position on the outrage heap:
OMG. No hyperbole: Romney's a bigot | Romney Calls Hispanics ‘Taco Jockeys’ In Hidden Camera Tape | The Daily Currant – http://t.co/Sf1dxgpp
— Joshua Smith (@JoshuaSmithNJ) September 18, 2012
So ROMNEY called Mexicans taco jockeys?
— T (@truthrose1) September 18, 2012
— Elizabeth Kennen (@jazzcattrio) September 18, 2012
@.DavidCorn Romney Calls Hispanics ‘Taco Jockeys’ In Hidden Camera Tape http://t.co/n4ljZJZW
— Sαwhєαt1 (@SAWHEAT1) September 18, 2012
— John Richie (@JohnKRichie) September 19, 2012
— susie williams (@susieq68old) September 18, 2012
— Anna (@TallyAnnaE) September 18, 2012
— Ponzi'..d (@NONOTAGAIN) September 18, 2012
Romney Calls Hispanics 'Taco Jockeys' and descended from a "primitive culture"?!? http://t.co/TYb4KSUN
— chowdown (@chowdown) September 18, 2012
@MexicanMitt I heard Mitt called Mexicans "Taco Jockeys" what an ass!
— Carina Haley (@carinahaley) September 19, 2012
— Dissident Aggressor (@DssdentAggrssor) September 18, 2012
— Greytdog (@Greytdog) September 18, 2012
— KittyFitzGerald (@kittyFitz50) September 19, 2012
Obama has already won re-election: Romney Calls Hispanics ‘Taco Jockeys’ In Hidden Camera Tape http://t.co/mQnXWvjm
— Ralph Bassfeld (@RalphBassfeld) September 19, 2012
If Romney calls Hispanics ‘taco jockeys’ behind closed doors I can only imagine what he calls African Americans -> http://t.co/QQppkpeP
— ⛅Eddie⛅ (@EddieNotEddy) September 19, 2012
@CptC0nservative It's the "taco jockeys" pissing me off most right now. To appeal to the MIDDLE, he has to show more empathy and respect
— Marnie (@MarnieM2012) September 19, 2012
— Rossssc (@rossssc) September 19, 2012
— Alan Mills (@alan_uplc) September 19, 2012
— Anthony Davis (@hoopsdavis) September 19, 2012
— Suss (@BrnEyeSuss) September 19, 2012
@MittRomney "Taco Jockeys"? Really? I'm Irish, what insult do u have for me?
— ninadelado (@ninadelado) September 19, 2012
— Christopher (@ChristopherFTL) September 18, 2012
A handful of folks managed to keep their wits about them, and they pointed out that the story was, in fact, a heaping helping of B.S.:
— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) September 18, 2012
So glad that "Romney calls Hispanics taco jockeys" was FALSE.
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) September 19, 2012
Romney did not call Hispanics "taco jockeys." The Daily Currant is satire.
— Carolyn Edgar (@carolynedgar) September 19, 2012
@EdieVP taco jockeys was the creation of a parody website. we have enough facts to beat Romney.
— Steve Kimura (@stevekimura) September 19, 2012
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) September 18, 2012
One Progressive news outlet even acknowledged its mistake in initially running with the fake article:
WP has removed all references to farcical Daily Currant story about Romney calling Latinos Taco Jockeys; #Garbage and we apologize for it.
— Watchdog Progressive (@Watchdogsniffer) September 18, 2012
Even after learning that the story wasn’t true, though, some people just couldn’t resist pointing out that Romney is, like, totally still a racist and stuff:
— Eric Pusey (@eric_pusey) September 18, 2012
Correction: Taco jockeys was a parody website. Rwers so crazy one can't tell fact from fiction. Sorry peeps : (
— Michele (@haymakers) September 18, 2012
Thank you. But telling that it's so believable. RT @carolynedgar Romney did not call Hispanics "taco jockeys." The Daily Currant is satire.
— April (@ReignOfApril) September 19, 2012