With Immigration Comments Donald Trump Achieved the Impossible: Uniting Divided Mexicans
Jan-Albert Hootsen - Fox News
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July 12, 2015
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Getting a group of Mexicans to agree on anything can be a monumental task. The country’s revolution was fought over 10 years, but it took nearly two decades for politicians to settle on what the government it produced would look like. But it just took a few words from Donald Trump to bring Mexicans together.
His speech on June 16, when officially announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, included the accusation that Mexico sends rapists and drug traffickers across the border into the United States.
“The great thing about Trump's comments is that he opened his mouth and failed almost in the same sentence,” columnist Denisse Pérez wrote this week in newspaper Publimetro. “And even though he initially talked about Mexicans, he placed almost all our Latin American brothers in his sick prejudice.”
...Josefina Vázquez Mota, who ran for president in Mexico's 2012 elections, pointed out in the El Financiero newspaper that Trump's comments provoked an “unexpected response.”
“[Trump] opened an enormous Pandora's box,” he wrote, which “will start a debate about the Mexican presence in the United States which could have very interesting results.”
But not everyone in Mexico is so sure about who is coming out on top in the exchange.
“With his declarations, Trump provoked and won,” declared Raúl Benítez Manaut, of Mexico's National Autonomous University in a forum discussion on the influential Animal Político (“Political Animal”) website. “Shame on our authorities, who started a debate with him. Why do they respond to every piece of bravado from a provocateur like Trump? As the Mexican folk saying goes: You look better when you stay quiet.”
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