Mexicans and Gringo Expats Bond Over Beers and Ribs at Mexico City Debate-Watch Party
Rafa Fernandez De Castro and Martha Pskowski - Fusion
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September 27, 2016

Plenty of people outside the United States also watched the first televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Mexico is one country in particular with a keen interest in Barack Obama’s successor.  (CCTV America)

“You want to go to Mexico or some other country? Good luck,” Donald Trump told U.S. manufacturing companies during Monday night’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton.

Thousands of miles away, the 200 people packed into Pinche Gringo, a Texas-style barbecue restaurant in Mexico City, broke into cheers and clinked their glasses frothed with beer.

It was just one of Trump’s six references to Mexico last night, and a signal to drink for U.S. expats watching in Mexico.

The patio, filled with wooden tables, a bar pouring draft beers, and a kitchen designed to look like an Airstream trailer, was packed with Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters who would raise their glasses and yell Salud! everytime Trump mentioned “Mexico.” Predictably, there weren’t any/many Trump fans in the bar-or anywhere else in Mexico, for that matter.

The local drinking game: everytime Trump says "Mexico." (Martha Pskowski)

Mexicans and Americans gathered at Pinche Gringo got a chance to bond over pork ribs during a watch party organized by the bar and the local chapter of Democrats Abroad.

“Many Mexicans have preconceived notions about the U.S., like it’s all about shopping malls and frozen food,” said Dan Defossey, a young expat from New York who’s been living in Mexico City for more than seven years and co-owns Pinche Gringo, which translates more or less to “fucking” gringo. It’s a popular phrase every Mexican has uttered at some point in their lives. The owner says the name gives an American restaurant in Mexico an aura of humility.

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Related: Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Taunts Trump: ‘What Does Losing Feel Like?’ (Mediaite)

Related: Some Mexicans Disappointed by Clinton’s Debate Performance (The Los Angeles Times)

Related: Mexico the Real Loser in Presidential Debate (La Jornada/Mexico Voices)

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