The long-awaited Migrant Caravan Crisis™ that Donald Trump has been promising America for weeks has begun coming to a head as the migrants reach the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego. There are already ugly scenes emerging of parents and small children fleeing the chaos as the U.S. Border Patrol has deployed tear gas against the asylum-seekers.
This is being universally condemned so naturally the bright bulbs over at Fox & Friends dug deep and found an ~expert~ eager to push back against the basic human rights agenda. That expert was Rob Colburn of the Border Patrol Foundation who proceeded to push back in the most absurd and racist way possible by claiming that pepper spray was so natural and healthy that you could spray it all over your nachos as a tasty snack.
Here’s the video of Colburn’s wild claim:
On Fox & Friends, Border Patrol Foundation president defends pepper spraying latinx migrants because “it’s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.” pic.twitter.com/QLdQXqqNno
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 26, 2018
“To clarify, the type of deterrent being used is OC pepper spray. It’s literally water, pepper, with a small amount of alcohol for evaporation purposes. It’s natural — you could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.”
This guy is actually comparing pepper spray–a chemical weapon banned from use in war–to a tasty special sauce you can order at your local Taco Bell.
He also could have used any food metaphor he wanted to explain his crazy point but because he represents the Border Patrol Foundation and is presumably obsessed with the border and all the poor brown people trying to cross it, he of course went straight to “nachos.” Nice.
Holy cow, this racist believes southern immigrants consume nachos through their eyes. I believe that this jerk gets his prostate checked through his mouth. #drainthetrump
— Mike Atsalinos (@AtMikeA) November 26, 2018
Meanwhile most humans with beating hearts and functioning brains are *checks notes* strongly opposed to teargassing asylum seekers and small children trying to find a better life. The reaction on Twitter was widespread outrage at the suggestion that getting pepper-sprayed was no big deal and might even be a culinary choice.
Since he made his idiotic and racist comment on Fox & Friends, I expect to see a tweet from Trump referencing pepper spray and nachos.
— Bill Labovitz (@wlabovitz) November 26, 2018
substitute matzo ball soup or fried chicken or lo mein for nachos and you can see the unvarnished, unabashedly racist nature of the administration‘s enthusiasts. would you like some pepper spray on your racism this morning???? https://t.co/7be9ILWeLW
— Marsha R. Pincus (@marshapincus) November 26, 2018
In addition to being called a racist Colburn was quickly challenged on the basic facts of eating chemical weapons.
Actually no, you couldn’t. If you pepper-sprayed your food and tried to eat it, you’d throw up.
Not only is pepper spray way more concentrated than the pepper on your spice rack, it is mixed with alcohol and cleaning solvents to form a solution that will carry through the air. https://t.co/b5FwAtZX6E
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) November 26, 2018
You could also never taste anything again and/or sh*t flaming razors for two days.
— Jonny MacElf (@JMacelf) November 26, 2018
So take a habenero pepper & chomp in to it. it’s natural. You can eat it. Cut it, rub it, rub your eye. It’s not even the hottest pepper, altho 40 times as hot as jalapeno. It’s available in most grocery stores. US grade pepper spray is ten to twenty times as strong as hab. pic.twitter.com/ddZ3FJjqvN
— DBCIII – Grumpy Old Man (@frogcycle) November 26, 2018
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) November 26, 2018
If pepper spray is so edible and harmless perhaps Fox’s expert will be the first to mist his nachos up and dig in? No? Anyone? …Bueller?
We would like to watch Ron Colburn eat pepper spray nachos. Hey @FoxNews how bout you make that happen? You know, right after Hannity fulfills his promise of being waterboarded. https://t.co/rROexuE7n4
— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) November 26, 2018
We invite Ron Colburn to go on National TV and eat nachos with pepper spray on them. https://t.co/mXK9lhDn70
— 𝐑𝐀𝐈𝐂𝐄𝐒 (@RAICESTEXAS) November 26, 2018
Cyanide and Ricin are also “natural.”
Natural does not mean safe.
— Jonathan Harrop (@harropj) November 26, 2018
But you wouldn’t and you wouldn’t put salsa in your eyes. https://t.co/2ojSRT3VfR
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 26, 2018
Even if you’re the type of woeful ding-dong who thinks pepper spray is delicious there’s also the tear gas canisters to consider. One has supposedly already hit a child.
🚨 CONFIRMED TEAR GAS has hit asylum seekers, on the ground reports say a young girl was directly hit and is in critical condition or worse. Families are seeking safety. #Migrant Exodus pic.twitter.com/1YPtfO5Ky8
— Movimiento Cosecha (@CosechaMovement) November 25, 2018
According to Vox this isn’t the first time FOX has pushed the idea of pepper spray being edible and therefore no big deal.
Fox News’ bizarre history of owning the libs by describing pepper spray as a food https://t.co/0FO3O5BQsW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 26, 2018
Bipartisanship is a taco truck on every corner but everything is served with pepper spray. https://t.co/ehm6GHYgaq
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 26, 2018
Either this angry tomato actually believes this nonsense or he’s angling for his own cooking show in which he uses various chemical weapons and crowd deterrents to make fine cuisine. Now after you apply the pepper spray you’re going to want to add just a smidgeon of mustard gas. Or perhaps there’s a third option and he’s simply justifying barbaric and unnecessary acts because they support his political agenda. It could be that too.
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