Have You Ever Stopped and Wondered What People in Mexico Think About the Donald?
Bert Johnson - Salt Lake City Weekly
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August 12, 2016
In this "social experiment", the SoFlo team asked people in Mexico City what they thought about republican candidate, Donald Trump. (SoFlo)
At Mexico City's historic central square, or Zócalo, José Adán García is busy balancing a small pipe organ on a wooden peg. As he turns its crank, the instrument lets out a shrill tune reminiscent of circus music. García's partner strolls amid the shoppers, tourists and vendors with a hat in hand, asking for change.
The organillero, or organ-grinder, is one of many in the capital's massive unofficial economy. He's a man of the people, with his fingers on the pulse of the city; that's why I ask him about one of the most pressing issues in Mexico today: Donald Trump.
What do everyday Mexicans think of "The Wall," or Trump's plan to send the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States back to Mexico, among so many other contentious proposals?
García's response is swift and to the point: "They're very radical," he says in Spanish. "I don't like them."
In the weeks leading up to the Republican National Convention, I interviewed a number of Mexico City residents - from teachers to musicians to fellow journalists - about Trump, and whether the demagogic candidate had changed their perception of the United States.
Responses varied. While the organ-grinder didn't believe Trump would win the election, some predicted the GOP nominee could take it all. Others hinted at a conspiracy between him and Mexico's president. A few bluntly compared Trump to Hitler. Some likened his campaign to a stunt, instead of a serious attempt to win the White House. Lots of people described his campaign as a joke - but not a funny one.
One common theme emerged from all of these interviews: Trump has to go. Or, in Spanish, ¡Fuera Trump!
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