A Taco Truck On Every Corner? Not Quite, But LA’s Koreatown Comes Close

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Like a bad case of heartburn, a warning from a prominent Latino supporter of Donald Trump has social media pretty upset.

Marco Gutierrez, the Mexican-born founder of Latinos for Trump, made the comments during an MSNBC interview Thursday in which he predicted the U.S. would have “taco trucks [on] every corner” if the U.S. fails to tackle illegal immigration.

“We need to understand that this is a different time and we’re having problems here,” Gutierrez said. “My culture is a very dominant culture and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re gonna have taco trucks [on] every corner.”

And while the apparent threat of an abundance of Mexican street cuisine may not sit well with some, in Los Angeles proper, the delicious prediction may be on its way to becoming reality.

Taco trucks

It’s not exactly a truck on every corner, but there’s already a high concentration of taco trucks around the Wilshire Center area. (Courtesy GreatTacoHunt.com/Google)

A map of L.A.-area taco trucks compiled in 2011 by local blog The Great Taco Hunt appeared to show dozens of trucks stationed around the city, including a nearly perfect square of 10 trucks around the Koreatown area.

While no official number exists, there are estimated to be thousands of so-called loncheros, which are traditionally found at car washes, mini marts and gas station parking lots around the city.

Both the number and variety of taco trucks across L.A. have only increased in the wake of a food truck explosion that has further ignited debate over where to find the best taco trucks in the city.

Meanwhile, Twitter had some colorful reactions to the hashtag #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner.

It’s not the first taco-related controversy for the Trump campaign: earlier this year, the Republican presidential candidate pushed out a photo of himself dining on Trump Tower Grill’s signature “taco bowl” and declaring “I love Hispanics!”


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