During the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) defended Trump’s controversial comments on Mexicans — at one point merely brushing it off as “that Mexican thing.”
Pence tried to fact-check Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (VA) when he brought up Trump’s comments about Mexicans.
“When Donald Trump says women should be punished or Mexicans are rapists or criminals or John McCain is not a hero, he is showing you who he is,” Kaine said.
“Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again,” Pence said. “There are criminal aliens in this country, Tim, who have come into this country illegally… [Trump] also said, ‘many of them are good people.’”
Pence’s claim is definitely false.
In reality, when Trump announced his bid for the presidency last June, Trump said that the majority of Mexican immigrants are “rapists” who “are bringing drugs” to the United States. He said he assumed only some of them are good people. Here is the full quote:
“When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists. And some, I assume are good people.”
Since then, Trump has offered a taco bowl as proof that he loves Hispanics, argued that Mexico should pay for a border wall between the two countries, and been fact-checked to his face by Mexican President Peña Nieto, due to the amount of lies riddled in his speech when he visited Mexico City (and forgot to bring up his famous wall). His xenophobic — and false — rhetoric about Mexicans led Mexico City legislators to pass a law calling for his ban from the country earlier this year.