It did not go down well.
“We are also praying for the people of Puerto Rico,” he said, emphasizing the first two syllables of the word “Puerto.”
“We love Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico,” he added, before reverting to his normal accent to say, “We also love Puerto Rico.”
People online appalled by Trump’s apparent mocking of the accent were quick to call him out on Twitter.
A sampling of the responses are below:
WHY DID TRUMP TRY A “SPANISH ACCENT” WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS MAN
— spooky court (@kilIacourt) October 7, 2017
Ugh. Just build the wall already... permanently around him.
— Richard B. (@katmore9) October 7, 2017
Trump just said Pueeeeeerto rrrriiiiiiiicoooooo ( In spanish accent)
He is a joke
— ALTImmigration (@ALT_uscis) October 6, 2017