Breitbart Reporter Offers Lessons On ‘Whipping Out That Mexican Thing’
Breitbart News campaign reporter Patrick Howley has an unusually hip breakdown on Donald Trump‘s VP Mike Pence‘s infamous debate line to Hillary Clinton‘s VP Tim Kaine: “You whipped out that Mexican thing again.”
CNN Political contributor Van Jones found the remark racist.
Others, like The Nation‘s Joan Walsh, insinuated that it was a dick joke.
“When you say ‘whip out that Mexican thing’…black folks and Latinos…there’s a dismissiveness,” said Jones.
Howley, who voluntarily quit Twitter several months ago but is still on Facebook, was itching to vent about it:
“Okay, Van, let’s unpack this.”
The Breitbart News reporter said he can use “whip out that Mexican thing” in a “variety of charming, erudite, or triumphant ways”:
1) I’m on the dance floor, maybe in a nightclub, raising my hands above my head and going “Woot Woot.” Everyone is enjoying the spirited revelry. A group of dancers turn to me, looking for a cue. “Whip out that Mexican thing!” I shout, as everyone cheers and boogies harder.
2) A guy owes me money. My bodyguard Tito and I chase him into a back alley, where he’s unable to scale a chain-link fence to escape. We sit him up against a wall and I slap him in the face a few times. Tito reaches for his brass knuckles. I turn to Tito. “Whip out that Mexican thing” I instruct.
3) I’m trapped in the Mahalangur mountains after an avalanche leaves me stranded with my loyal sherpa Ban-Yee. Fearing starvation after 3 nights, I remember that Ban-Yee has packed a burrito with him. “Whip out that Mexican thing” I say, overjoyed at my good fortune.
Howley concluded, “See? Settled.”
The Breitbart reporter said he didn’t find Pence’s comment to be racist, although he did concede it had a sexual component.
“I think I’ve said that myself a couple of times in the last year,” Howley said, joking, “I actually prepped Pence. I said, ‘Use the Mexican line.'”
Was he surprised some people found the line racist?
“People find everything racist,” he said. “I can’t walk down the street without being called a racist. Everything’s racist.”
The upcoming election is weighing heavily on Howley’s mind.
What does he think will happen?
“Either I run Washington or I go to prison,” he replied.
“Oh God knows. They’ll find something,” he said. “By the way, for the record I haven’t done anything illegal. They’d have to make something up.”