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.
— Mikey Nicholson (@Mikey_Nicholson) October 20, 2016
— Bobo Berens (@robertberens) October 20, 2016
but seriously we need all the bad ombres gone this is just tragic pic.twitter.com/JVzZJp2gqu
— bigly bad ombre (@tianarich03) October 20, 2016
— kerry diamond (@kerrydiamond) October 20, 2016
— Amber Sakis (@ambersakis) October 20, 2016
Merriam-Webster, as in the dictionary, quickly intervened, pointing out that there’s a difference between the two, for anyone who was confused.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 20, 2016
Next, came the joke-sters, some of whom co-opted the term to describe awkward salon encounters.
"Bad ombre": when you have the right to not give your colorist a tip.
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) October 20, 2016
I don't know Putin. But on our late night intimate phone calls he's told me he hates Clinton and Obama and Melania has bad ombré
— Lindsay Hunter (@lindsaydevon) October 20, 2016
"BAD OMBRE! BAD, BAD OMBRE!" https://t.co/el1piRwWiT
— Stella Braintree (@StellaBraintree) October 20, 2016
Trump: we have some bad ombrès here and we're going to get them out
me: damn what did an ombré ever do to u
— hex girl (@circlekcutie) October 20, 2016
And, of course, following the Ken Bone breakout costume ideas after debate number two, came the ideas for trick or treating,
bad hombre and bad ombré is my halloween couples costume idea don't steal it
— Johanna Barr (@JohannaBarr) October 20, 2016
And, of course, the geniuses who tied it all together:
KEN BONE WITH A BAD OMBRE SEND TWEET pic.twitter.com/l0SjxjA8vq
— Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) October 20, 2016
Watch the full exchange, here: