Donald Trump set the internet on fire when he interspersed a bit of Spanish during the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19. While discussing his plan for immigration and sealing the Mexican border, the Republican nominee, 70, made a solemn promise: "We'll get them out, secure the border, and once the border is secured at a later date, we'll make a determination as to the rest,” he said. “We have some bad hombres here, and we're going to get them out."
Naturally, social media had feedback. While some viewers, like Shonda Rhimes, tweeted that his statement was “racist,” others were preoccupied with how similar “hombre” sounds to another word. “Hombre” is the Spanish term for “man.” “Ombré” is a light-to-dark effect in color … and in hair.
“Bad hombres,” among other honorable mentions like his “nasty woman” barb and the return of “bigly,” prompted a trending topic on Twitter. Merriam-Webster confirmed that its online dictionary site saw a spike in searches for both “hombre” and “ombré” (“Not the same thing,” they tweeted). But others took the confusion and morphed it into a slew of creative memes and funny jokes, even using past dye jobs from Jared Leto, Jessica Simpson and Drew Barrymore as examples. Keep scrolling for our favorite “bad ombré” posts.
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) October 20, 2016
KEN BONE WITH A BAD OMBRE SEND TWEET pic.twitter.com/l0SjxjA8vq
— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) October 20, 2016
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