Clueless Eric Trump Poses With Trump Protesters Because He Can't Read Spanish

by John Haltiwanger

It's estimated there are around 559 million Spanish speakers worldwide – including roughly 48 million in the US – but Eric Trump is apparently not one of them.

While campaigning for his father in North Carolina on Friday, Trump and his wife Lara posed for a photo with sisters Annie and Ceci Cardelle.

Annie was wearing a shirt that said, "Latina contra Trump," which translates to, "Latina against Trump," but they were still called forward to take a photo with Trump.

Indeed, the son of the Republican presidential nominee doesn't even know basic Spanish, and these sisters took advantage of that and trolled the Trump campaign in a brilliant way.

The sisters tweeted images of all this, which have gone viral.

No one at the rally realized my shirt said AGAINST tr*mp... congrats, y'all played yourselves — Annie (@AnnieCardelle) October 21, 2016

Annie, 23, and Ceci, 17, are second-generation Americans of Cuban descent who live in Salisbury, North Carolina and support Hillary Clinton, Buzzfeed reports.

It was Ceci's idea to go to the Trump event, and while Annie was somewhat reluctant, she didn't want to leave her sister hanging.

Annie said she "couldn't just go without making a little bit of a statement,” which is what prompted her to grab a black Sharpie and write "Latinas contra Trump" on a white t-shirt.

When they got to the event, Annie was nervous to remove her sweater and expose the message of protest on her shirt.

But when she took it off, no one seemed to notice.

After Trump finished speaking, a reporter asked the sisters if they were going to try and get a photo with him.

Speaking with Buzzfeed, Ceci said,

They have about four people looking every person up and down before you go and get a picture. So we thought there was no way we could get a photo with them.

But no one seemed to understand the message on Annie's shirt, and they were ultimately called forward.

Ceci was shocked. She said,

I was sort of in disbelief when they actually called us forward. I was like, 'This is not happening. There's no way they don't see this shirt.'

She added,

We were kind of in disbelief that no one understood this protest. It really goes to show the lack of diversity in their team.

In Annie's words,

We weren't protesting the fact that he's a conservative or a Republican. We were protesting their particular treatment of Hispanics and Latino immigrants in this country. It's been almost two years of Trump continuously putting down Latinos, making us feel like we don't belong. So, my whole thing was to go there and say, 'I'm Latina and we're against you because of what you say about our race.'

On the day Donald Trump announced he was running for president, he described Mexican immigrants as “drug dealers,” “rapists,” “killers” and “murderers.”

Throughout this election cycle, the Republican presidential nominee has consistently used offensive language to describe Hispanic and Latino people.

While speaking on immigration during the final presidential debate, for example, the real estate mogul said,

We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out.

A few months back, he also suggested a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University would be biased because of his Mexican heritage.

Trump also habitually ignores the fact there are undocumented immigrants in the US from across the world – not just Latin America.

While he seems determined to suggest all undocumented immigrants are criminals, immigrants are actually less likely to commit violent crimes and be incarcerated than native-born Americans.

Trump would like you to believe there are people "pouring across the borders of this country," but that's simply not the case.

Pew Research Center

In fact, 40 percent of undocumented immigrants in the US are actually people who entered the country legally but overstayed their visas.

Trump's supporters argue he's only against "illegal immigration," not immigration in general.

But his policies would limit legal immigration in an unprecedented way as well.

We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out.

Trump's rhetoric is harmful to essentially anyone who does not fit his rather homogenous definition of what it means to be American.

People of color have been attacked at Trump rallies on a number of occasions.

Given all this, it's understandable why Annie and Ceci Cardelle felt compelled to protest Trump's campaign, and they were very brave to do so.