This year's campaign cycle has been subject to heavy criticism for its use of intolerant rhetoric that posits Latino immigrants and Muslim Americans as potential threats. It's safe to say, however, that no one — and we mean no one — was expecting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stand on the debate stage tonight and say that as a matter of border security, the American people had to deport "bad hombres."
His exact words:
One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords — we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. We're going to secure the border, and once the border is secured at a later date, we'll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out.
It was a phrase that left many pundits' mouths agape, but, luckily, Twitter was much more forgiving. Rather than dwell on the implications of using a Spanish word to describe drug dealers, users charitably pointed out that the candidate could just be taking an activist's stance on bad dye jobs. Maybe he didn't really say "hombres," but rather "ombres," a type of coloring that fades from dark to light.
Because, hey, who hasn't had a bad hair day?
In the midst of a stressful debate and even more stressful election cycle (so stressful that a headache medicine paid to trend alongside other organically trending topics with the hashtag #DebateHeadache), the punny trend offered some much-needed levity.
So here's to you, Donald Trump, and your willingness to say unpopular things. Especially when those things have much more pleasant homonyms.
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(H/T: The Huffington Post)