Plans to build the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico are well underway, just 24 hours after Vice President Mike Pence announced yesterday that we just received the largest funding for it in 10 years. Coinciding with that development, is an announcement of a major celebration change to the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, in the White House, that President Donald Trump is swapping out with something much more appropriate.
Never one to be politically correct or concern himself with the opinions of his detractors, our unapologetic Commander-in-Chief just announced what’s going to happen this Friday, on the fifth of May, instead of the longstanding tradition of recognizing the holiday in a different way than what he has planned.
For the last 16 years, the White House has celebrated Cinco de Mayo by hosting Mexican officials and Latino celebrities to recognize their country’s battle victory over France in the American People’s House with cultural fanfare and activities. The celebration were also designed to promote immigration reform, according to The Hill. However, while the rest of the U.S. may use the day as an excuse to imbibe in margaritas and indulge in Mexican cuisine, President Trump has a brand new approach to the day that many are quick to criticize.
“Instead of a White House celebration this year, one headlined by Vice President Pence will be held at a to-be-determined location and with a reduced guest list,” Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion reported on Wednesday.
As liberals go on the attack with racist allegations as to why he has opted out of this celebration, they refuse to see the bigger picture. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn’t the Mexican Independence Day as it mainly commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862. It’s not even celebrated in Mexico, except in the state of Puebla where the battle took place — everywhere else in the country it’s simply recognized.
A party to celebrate “a symbolic status for Mexican-Americans and Latinos in the United States,” according to The Hill, is still planned, just on a more modest level with Mike Pence as the host. While this is different from years past, it’s by no means a complete snub or avoidance of the meaning of this particular day by the Trump Administration.
“A reception will be held in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the building next door to the White House, on Thursday, the day before the holiday,” Politico reported.
“Some in the Hispanic community weren’t even sure a reception would take place, with at least two invitees saying they had not heard of any event until a few weeks ago. LIBRE, a group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers that aims to promote free-market ideas in Latino communities, said they received their invitation on Monday,” Politico’s report added.
Trump is intent on cutting back on wasteful spending and a massive celebration like that of previous years wasn’t deemed a top financial priority. There’s also the complications of the increased animosity between Mexican officials and our President who is actively building a barrier to keep illegals out of the U.S. that Mexico wants to send us. They are resistant to helping fund the wall, in part, for this reason, and conversations between their president and our in the last couple of months have not been friendly.
What I personally find as a bigger insult to in a change of tradition within the White House was Barack and Michelle calling off all public tours of the People’s House. These two robbed American, including scores of children eager to see how and where the country is run because they couldn’t be bothered with the public. It’s about as arrogant as it comes, unlike Trump’s administration simply slimming down a Cinco de Mayo celebration to a more modest level.
Despite the fact that previous presidents have used this celebration to strengthen the Mexican-American relationship, there are better, more effective ways to accomplish this than an overpriced party. Given the current state of affairs between our country and theirs, it’s honorable that an event like this is still going to happen, and it shouldn’t matter if the Vice President is in Trump’s place or not.