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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Says America Has Gone Back To The Days Of ‘Gringo Feo’ — The Ugly American

In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said that America was in the midst of a demagogic, populist presidential campaign, recalling the old days of “Gringo Feo” — the Ugly American.

Relations between the two nations have fluctuated slightly during Obama’s two terms in office — especially in 2010, after Arizona passed a “show me your papers” law giving police the authority to check anyone’s immigration status — though on the whole Mexican citizens have reacted favorably when asked about the United States in recent years: surveys in 2013, 2014, and 2015 all found that more than 60 percent of Mexicans approve of their northern neighbor, according to the Pew Research Center’s Global Indicators Database.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is viewed favorably by just 2 percent of Mexicans, according to a recent poll by the daily El Financiero as reported in the Miami Herald this week.

Writing for the Herald, Andreés Oppenheimer examined the possibility that Trump’s recent visit to Mexico, the final nail in the political coffin of unpopular Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, “may resurrect Mexico’s anti-American revolutionary nationalism and hurt the United States for years to come”:

Mexico’ leftist populist opposition candidate for the 2018 elections, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is already telling his cheering audiences that, if he wins, Mexico will no longer be a U.S. “colony” — much like what the Venezuelan and Cuban regimes tell their people every day.

Eduardo R. Huchim, a columnist with the daily Reforma, suggested that Peña Nieto could tell Trump that, if he wins, Mexico “will end its anti-drug cooperation” and “immediately revise the state of U.S. investments and transactions in this country.”

Peña Nieto “has unleashed a wave of nationalist fervor” in Mexico, wrote political scientist Jose Antonio Aguilar Rivera in Nexos magazine. He added that “the symbolic implications” of Trump’s visit with its “images of surrender, of blindness, are enormous.”

Fox’s “ugly American” reference recalls the days of Dwight Eisenhower, who forced more than a million of Mexican-Americans, including some citizens, out of the country as part of his anti-immigration “Operation Wetback,” which Trump cites favorably often.

For Mexicans, a Trump presidency would not only upset the good feelings between the two nations during the Obama years — it would also mean a reversion to the United States as bully superpower, and a possible political re-alignment under a new wave of populist and nationalist politics.

Photo: Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox attends a religious service of the late Lorenzo Zambrano in San Pedro Garza Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey in this May 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril 

Trump Mexico Visit Draws Ire From Political Leaders

GOP nominee Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he would be making a trip to Mexico at the invitation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Although Peña Nieto may have extended the invitation for Trump’s visit, several other Mexican political leaders are — very vocally — against it.

The meeting is scheduled for just hours before Trump is set to deliver a speech on his immigration policy, which has been increasingly difficult to follow in recent weeks.

Peña Nieto once compared Trump to Hitler and Mussolini, but confirmed on Twitter that he had invited the Republican presidential hopeful “to discuss bilateral relations.”

Appearing on CNN for an interview, former Mexican President Vicente Fox criticized Peña Nieto, as well as Trump, calling the meeting an “opportunistic move.”

“I hope U.S. public opinion, U.S. citizens can see this and finally, and finally see what is behind Trump, this false prophet that is just cheating everybody,” Fox said.

Fox stated he didn’t understand what Peña Nieto was thinking, unless Trump was making the trip to apologize for his disparaging remarks about Mexicans during the meeting, and summed up his feelings on the visit with the statement, “¡Adiós, Trump!”

Former first lady Margarita Zacala de Calderón also reacted strongly to the news, tweeting that Trump is “not welcome” in her country and that Mexicans “repudiate his hate speech.”

Mexican Senate President Roberto Gil Zuarth and former Mexican diplomat Jorge Guajardo added to the voices in opposition to Trump’s visit. Zuarth tweeted that allowing Trump to come to Mexico legitimized his “proposal of demagogy and hate.” Guajarado said he felt “embarrassed as a Mexican” thanks to Peña Nieto’s invitation.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s camp also reacted to the news, publishing a post on the campaign website pondering which of Trump’s tweets he and the Mexican president may wish to discuss.

“Ahead of Trump’s meeting with President Peña Nieto, here’s a helpful refresher on all the things he’s said about Mexico,” the piece read, listing a roundup of all of Trump’s worst tweets, including some of the following:

Peña Nieto’s latest approval rating was at just 23 percent, according to Mexico News Daily, and it’s unclear that inviting Trump to the country will do anything other than tank his popularity even more. Trump was the subject of a non-legally binding bill in March to ban him from Mexico’s capital.

Those in Trump’s camp, however, are painting the visit as a positive move for the campaign, with manager Kellyanne Conway describing a meeting that will include discussions on illegal immigration and trade policy. Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, likely current informal advisor, and CNN talking head, said he believes the visit could change U.S.-Mexico relations.

Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, told Politico it was hard to understand the dynamics behind the meeting with the Mexican president.

“Why Peña Nieto wants this meeting is a total mystery. No matter how it is spun, it raises candidate Donald Trump’s profile and legitimacy. It will be unpopular with Mexicans, with the Hillary campaign, with all Americans who are worried about attempts to mainstream Trump.”

Photo: Republican nominee Donald Trump arrives to speak at “Joni’s Roast and Ride” in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Two Former Presidents Of Mexico Compare Trump To Hitler

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s political rhetoric is “racist,” and evocative of Adolf Hitler, former Mexican President Felipe Calderón told reporters at an event in Mexico City on Saturday.

“This logic of praising the white supremacy is not just anti-immigration,” Calderón said. “He is acting and speaking out against immigrants that have a different skin color than he does, it is frankly racist and [he is] exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time,” Calderón said.

Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the U.S. border and has said he will make Mexicans pay for a wall on the border.

Felipe Calderón was president of Mexico from 2006-12.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Calderón’s predecessor, also compared Trump to Hitler in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN.

“He reminds me of Hitler,” Fox told Cooper on Friday.

(Reporting by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein and Luis Rojas, editing by G Crosse)

Photo: Felipe Calderon, former Mexican president, delivers a speech during the High Level Segment of the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 20 in Lima in this December 11, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Ex-Pres. Of Mexico Tells Trump: ‘I’m Not Gonna Pay For That F***ing Wall!’

Donald Trump’s plan to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexican border — and to make Mexico pay for it — has now gotten former Mexican President Vicente Fox telling everyone what he really thinks.

“I declare, I’m not gonna pay for that f***ing wall,” said Fox, who previously led Mexico’s conservative National Action Party, in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos. “He should pay for it — he’s got the money.”

“Are you afraid that he’s gonna be the next president of the United States?” Ramos asked. “What would that mean for Mexico?”

“No, no,” Fox replied. “Democracy cannot take us to crazy people that doesn’t know what’s going on in the world today.”

The two then discussed Trump’s latest victory in the Nevada Republican caucuses, in which the entrance poll indicated that Trump won a strong plurality of even Latino GOP voters.

“Forty-four percent of Hispanics — I’d like to know who those Hispanics are?” Fox said. “Because they — again, they’re followers of a false prophet. And he’s gonna take them to the desert. And if they think that they would benefit with an administration led by Donald Trump, they’re wrong.”

Fox implored the Latino voters in the United States to stop Trump: “They must open their eyes. Please, you Hispanics, Latins, in U.S., open your eyes. It’s not defend our race; it’s not to defend our creed. It’s to defend this very same nation that is hosting you — this nation is going to fail if to goes into the hands of a crazy guy.”

“What is Trump?” he further asked. “He’s not a Republican — absolutely not. Those are not the Republican principles. He is not a Democrat. He’s just himself — he’s egocentric.”

Update: Donald Trump has responded with outrage — that someone else is using profanity in this political debate!