Top Donald Trump aide Paul Manafort had cautioned the candidate against posting his infamous Cinco de Mayo tweet declaring “I love Hispanics!” but was ignored, according to a Wednesday report.
In a piece for The Huffington Post, Howard Fineman reviewed Manafort’s stint as one of the top operatives in the Trump campaign, citing the now-infamous taco bowl tweet as one instance where Manafort attempted to rein in Trump’s provocative rhetoric and failed.
According to the report, an unnamed member of the Trump family had suggested the original tweet, which declares that “the best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill.”
“Manafort politely suggested that this might be seen as condescending and cautioned against it,” Fineman reported, but “the tweet went out” anyway.
Trump was reportedly delighted by backlash against the tweet, saying that “the people who were offended were people we wanted to offend.”
Manafort is staying on as campaign chairman and chief strategist, albeit in a reportedly diminished role, following a staff shakeup confirmed by the Trump campaign on Wednesday.
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