Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to visit Mexico from President Enrique Peña Nieto, which has sparked confusion and controversy in both the United States and Mexico.
Trump has a well-documented history of insulting Mexico and Mexican immigrants to the U.S.
After all of that, it’s no surprise that his reputation is less than favorable south of the border. Yet, for some reason, he and President Nieto think it’s a good idea for him to pay the country a visit. Conveniently, the visit falls just before Trump’s planned immigration speech in Arizona, Uproxx reports.
Former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, refused to standby idly and watch Nieto disrespect his country by welcoming Trump. In an interview with CNN Wednesday morning, Fox gave a no holds barred critique of his successor’s decision to invite Trump to Mexico.
“He is not welcome to Mexico,” Fox said. “We don’t like him. We don’t want him. We reject his visit. I don’t understand why President Peña has offered this opportunity. I think it’s nothing more than a political stunt. Trump is using Mexico, using President Peña, to boost his sinking poll numbers.”
Fox continued on a passionate rant as “New Day” co-host Chris Cuomo listened intently.
“I think that President Peña is taking an enormous political risk by hosting Trump. If he’s perceived as going soft on Trump, it will hurt him greatly. He will even be considered like a traitor, because we don’t accept being offended.”
The sentiments he expressed in the interview were very similar to a series of Tweets he posted Tuesday night after the news of Trump’s visit first broke, except his tweets were in Spanish while his interview was conducted in English.
No hay vuelta atrás, Trump, tus ofensas hacia los mexicanos, musulmanes y más, te han llevado al hoyo donde estás hoy ¡Adiós, Trump!— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016
"There is no turning back, Trump. Your offenses towards Mexicans, Muslims and more have led you to the pit where you are today. Goodbye, Trump!”
México no quiere a @realDonaldTrump, México nunca confiará en él. No permitamos que utilice a nuestro país para sus propios intereses.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016
“Mexico does not want Donald Trump. Mexico will never trust him. We do not allow anyone to use our country for their own interests.”
While Fox has every right to be upset with Trump and reject his agenda, Trump actually caught him in a bit of a conundrum by reminding us that Fox previously invited him to Mexico after apologizing for his infamous “I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall!” remarks.
@realDonaldTrump, I invited you to come and apologize to all Mexicans. Stop lying! Mexico is not yours to play with, show some respect.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016
Before anyone starts jumping down Fox’s throat for being a hypocrite, it should be noted that his invitation came back in May. From then until now, Trump has continued to disrespect Mexico and Mexican immigrants, which has likely enraged Fox all over again.
Fox was certainly right about one thing, Trump's visit is nothing more than a stunt to appease Latino voters. Disappointingly, President Nieto has taken the bait. Alas, this is just too little, too late as Mexican civilians aren't likely to welcome Trump with open arms.
Trump is willing to stoop to the lowest levels of pandering to try to fix his broken image among minorities. The motive behind his Mexico visit is no different than last week's poor attempt to appeal to black voters by exploiting the tragic death of NBA Star Dwyane Wade's cousin.
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