When Donald Trump announced that Alex Acosta was leaving his administration (above) he added in that the Labor Secretary was Hispanic not once, but twice. First, he said, “He’s a Hispanic man. He went to Harvard.” And he later added, “He’s Hispanic, which I so admire because maybe it was a little tougher for him and maybe not.”
Donald Trump Defends Alex Acosta against charges he let alleged pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein off easy:
He's hispanic, which I so admire….
WTF ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/nmkXAsermP
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) July 12, 2019
One person on Twitter noted:
The fact that Trump said “He’s a Hispanic” about Acosta isn’t offensive. What is offensive is that he followed is with “He went to Harvard”. That is code for: he is not that other kind of Hispanic. Like somehow he’s one of the good ones.
Of course, the fact that he is Hispanic is of note for another reason. Acosta was Trump’s first and only Hispanic cabinet member.
With Alex Acosta out, there is no longer an Hispanic person in Trump's Cabinet. Hispanics and Latinos make up an estimated 18 percent of the U.S. population.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 12, 2019