Mexico’s Trump surprise!
We are all surprised that Trump is in Mexico today. Even more surprised that Trump may be flying into Mexico’s presidential hangar! Imagine! A few months ago Trump deeply offended Mexicans when he called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals” and just to sound less offensive, he added “some, I assume, are good people.”
Mexicans haven’t forgotten this comment.
That is why we are all surprised that Señor Trumpo is visiting Mexico’s President Peña Nieto. But more surprising is that Peña Nieto invited him in the first place!
Just months ago Peña Nieto likened Trump to Hitler when Trump proposed Mexico pay the cost of building a border wall. On Tuesday Peña Nieto said via Twitter that he had invited both presidential candidates to Mexico “to discuss bilateral relations”, adding: “I believe in dialogue to promote the interests of Mexico in the world and to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”
This is where Twitter comes in — in my opinion the Twitter storm is the best thing about Trump’s visit. It’s hailing Tweets #trumpnoeresbienvenido (Trump you’re not welcome) and I love it.
There are thousands of tweets to choose from, but so far my favorite is via El Thinkmario who used a clip from Dumb and Dumber along with his tweet:
Even Garry Kasparov, Russia’s former chess champion, weighed in on the Trump action:
But on a more serious note, Mexican historian Enrique Krauze called the invitation by Peña Nieto “a historical error” and said the best thing that Trump could do is offer a public apology regarding the comments he made calling Mexicans criminals and rapists. Sadly this is unlikely to happen as Trump and Peña Nieto are going to meet privately.
It’s also rumored that Trump is not traveling with US media, which is very unusual for a US presidential candidate on a trip like this. Trump is said to be traveling to Mexico City with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, two señores who are not exactly Mexico lovers.
As Mexico awaits Trump, people were gathering to march against Trump in Mexico’s City’s Angel of Independence statue.
Gonzalo Ibarra, a recent engineering graduate, is one of the thousands of impromptu anti-Trump march organizers. Ibarra heard of Trump’s visit via Peña Nieto’s tweet, so very late at night he and his friends started planning the march on Twitter. If there was one thing Ibarra could say to Trump it would would be “Trump go back to the U.S.”
“It’s a gigantic error to invite a candidate like this who has offended Mexicans like this,” Ibarra adds, “it shows a huge lack of political tact.”
People are asking — who is this meeting going to favor? Peña Nieto’s presidency whose popularity is at an all time low? Or Trump who is the presidential candidate most disliked by Mexicans, ever?
So that’s it amigos, just another day in Mexico!