Debate: Wall of Taco Trucks to Besiege Trump Tower

Trump tower Las Vegas (Ethan Miller / Getty)
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A wall of taco trucks is set to lay siege to the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday as a protest against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before the third and final presidential debate.

According to LAist, “The event was announced by Culinary Workers Union Local 226, a union of hospitality workers in Nevada. The union has been around for more than 80 years, and currently boasts a membership of approximately 60,000 people.”

The use of taco trucks is a reference to a threat by a Latino Trump supporter last month that if his chosen candidate loses, the country would see a “taco truck on every corner,” thanks to increased illegal immigration and Mexicans’ allegedly “dominant culture.”

Trump’s hotel is frequently targeted by unions and Democrats prior to political debates and elections. Last October, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended a union rally outside the Trump Hotel, in support of efforts to unionize the hotel’s workforce.

In February, prior to the state’s Republican caucuses, unions again picketed the hotel, which site just off Las Vegas Boulevard (the “Strip”), on Fashion Show Drive.

The Trump Hotel’s culinary workforce reportedly joined Local 226 recently, but the hotel’s management has declined to recognize the union for the purposes of collective bargaining.

Unions became a dominant force in local politics as Las Vegas expanded rapidly in the 1990s, and remain so despite the deep downturn in the city’s fortunes after the 2008 recession.

The Trump campaign’s Hispanic outreach director, A.J. Delgado, told Buzzfeed: “I never, EVER turn down a chance to eat some good tacos.”

The protest is not expected to block access to the hotel itself, where the Trump family typically stays when in town, and which would likely be protected by Secret Service.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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