In a hilarious but symbolic protest of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s ethnonationalist rabble-rousing, a culinary union in Las Vegas is building a wall around the Trump International Las Vegas hotel. This wall, however, is made of taco trucks.
The Culinary Union, composed of primarily immigrants, was born last December when striking workers at the Trump Hotel finally won the right to unionize and forced Donald Trump to pay back lost wages to the workers he illegally retaliated against during bargaining negotiations. He was also accused of threatening and intimidating the organizing workers, which should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody who has followed the Trump campaign.
“We’re reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November,” said political director Yvanna Cancela. They are joined by a number of pro-immigrant advocacy figures and Democratic activist groups, including Ruben Kihuen, who is the Democratic candidate running to depose Congressman Cresent Hardy (R-NV).
“We’re protesting Donald Trump’s hotel here in Vegas, where a majority of workers voted to unionize, and shamefully Trump has failed to sit down at the table with them. As he has demonized Hispanics, women, veterans, and the disabled, we will send him and those who supported him like my opponent Congressman Cresent Hardy a message that we’re here and we vote” said Kihuen.
The union has held at least ten rallies since in protest of Donald Trump and his rhetoric, and are now taking it a step further by constructing a wall of taco trucks around the hotel.
The taco truck became a symbol for the anti-Trump campaign after one of his more questionable surrogates, Marco Gutierrez, “warned that “[Hispanic] culture is a very dominant culture. It’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
Guiterrez drastically underestimated America’s love for tacos. Social media quickly turned his words into both a rally cry and a running joke, and Democrats began registering voters at taco trucks around the nation.
The demonstration by the culinary union is an incredible political stunt – mocking Trump’s constant talk of forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall and demonstrating the power of labor activism by a group of Hispanic workers who’ve personally suffered under the management of the Trump Organization. We shudder to think of what would happen to American labor power and the working classes under a President Trump.
Colin Taylor is the managing editor of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.