Protesters build a wall of taco trucks in front of Donald Trump’s hotel in Vegas
Dozens of taco trucks lined the street outside of the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday in a show of protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
As many as 35 food trucks formed a “wall” outside of the hotel, chanting “dump Trump” and handing out tacos to protesters and hotel employees.
The protest was organized by the Culinary Workers Union, which represents more than 50,000 workers in Nevada. According to the union, the Trump hotel is one of the few on the Las Vegas Strip that does not have union-negotiated contracts for its workers.
“Donald Trump’s workers are treated like second-class and are paid $3.00 less per hour than other union workers on the Las Vegas Strip – not fair,” read a Facebook post from the Culinary Workers Union regarding the protest.
“It’s time [for] Donald Trump to negotiate with his employees! He says he wants to “Make America Great Again,” so then he should start with his own hotel here in Las Vegas and treat his workers with respect!”
But using taco trucks as part of their protest wasn’t just a way to feed protesters.
Back in September, Marco Gutierrez, the founder of pro-Trump organization “Latinos for Trump,” appeared on MSNBC discussing the republican presidential candidate’s immigration policy. During the interview, Gutierrez agreed with Trumps’s calls for changes to the American immigration system saying, “If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
This generated the viral hashtag #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has remained committed to building a wall along the roughly 3,218 kilometre U.S. border with Mexico, leading protesters with the Culinary Workers Union to call it a “wall of taco trucks.”
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