UPDATE 1-U.S. VP candidate Pence's 'Mexican thing' remark sparks Twitter ire

miércoles 5 de octubre de 2016 18:20 GYT

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By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK Oct 5 (Reuters) - Republican Mike Pence's "Mexican thing" comment during a contentious vice presidential debate, a reference to controversial remarks by running mate Donald Trump, triggered fresh criticism on social media.

At Tuesday night's televised debate, Democratic opponent Tim Kaine recalled Trump's June 2015 presidential campaign launch, at which the New York businessman accused Mexico of sending criminals to live in the United States, angering Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

Pence, Indiana's governor, responded to Kaine's verbal attack by Hillary Clinton's running mate by telling U.S. senator, "You whipped out that Mexican thing again."

The remark provoked fresh ire among Twitter users as Trump's standing among Latino voters lagged behind that of Clinton in many opinion polls, with the Nov. 8 election fast approaching.

"#ThatMexicanThing my dad working as a cook & in landscaping to provide for his family," tweeted Mario Peregrino (@mario_peregrino). "Mom took care of other people's kids to feed her own."

Rick Miller (@itsrickmiller) tweeted, "Thank you Mike Pence for reducing Trump's repeated trashing of Mexicans to 'that Mexican thing.' Your words say a lot about you as well."

A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not respond to an email request for comment.   Continuación...