While running through Donald Trump’s many controversial remarks during the vice presidential debate Tuesday, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) recalled how the GOP presidential nominee called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals” last year.
Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, protested with a bit of a clumsy line.
“Senator, you’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again,” he said.
The Indiana governor attempted to correct Kaine by noting the senator failed to mention that Trump also called “many” Mexicans “good people.”
In fact, Trump’s modifier was “some,” not “many.”
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said of Mexican immigrants last year.
Immediately following the debate, Hillary Clinton’s campaign purchased a website address, thatmexicanthing.com, to draw attention to Pence’s remark. The website redirects to Clinton’s campaign website.
Pence spent much of the night trying to get Americans to forget all of the offensive things his running mate has said. He repeatedly denied that Trump had made comments he actually did say, and at other times simply ignored questions.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.