'Bad Hombre' or 'Bad Ombre': Trump's Immigration Comment Sparks Hair Jokes

Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
·Contributing Writer
Red hair young woman at hairdresser.
“Bad ombre” hair. (Getty Images)

During the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump concluded his initial remarks about his proposed immigration policies by saying, “We have some bad hombres, and we’re going to get them out.”

Here are Trump’s full comments:

“We’re going to secure the border, and once the border is secured at a later date, we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.”

The Internet, however, wasn’t entirely sure about Trump’s pronunciation — and whether he was dog whistle-targeting Mexican-Americans, or simply chatting about a popular hair coloring trend called “ombre.” For those that aren’t aware, ombre describes a process of hair coloring in which the bottom half of the hair is colored to be lighter than the roots. The style is meant to impart the natural sun bleaching that takes place when one is outside for long periods of time, and is often associated with surfers.

And Twitter immediately let loose, posting every “bad ombre” job they’ve ever seen — i.e. a dye job that becomes obvious, overriding the natural surfer look it’s meant to impart.

Merriam-Webster, as in the dictionary, quickly intervened, pointing out that there’s a difference between the two, for anyone who was confused.

Next, came the joke-sters, some of whom co-opted the term to describe awkward salon encounters.

And, of course, following the Ken Bone breakout costume ideas after debate number two, came the ideas for trick or treating,

And, of course, the geniuses who tied it all together:

Watch the full exchange, here:


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