The director did not hold back to share his discontent

By Blake Bakkila
September 03, 2016 05:15 PM
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expressed his shock and disappointment in Mexico’s president for allowing presidential candidate Donald Trump to visit the country last week.

In a scathing op-ed written for the Spanish newspaper El Paés, the Oscar-winning director shared his thoughts about the controversial visit.

In the op-ed, Iñérritu said the invitation from President Enrique Peña Nieto “is to endorse and validate someone who for more than a year insulted, spat upon and threatened us before the whole world,” adding that it only promoted “the political campaign of hatred towards [the Mexican people] towards half of humanity, and to the most vulnerable minorities on the planet.”

He went on to write that the visit was a history-making moment, which made it all the more insulting.

“Trump has had the [unprecedented honor of] being the first American candidate to visit our country, forever tainting the memory and history of our nation,” he wrote.

And the Revenant director continued to criticize the actions and statements made by the Republican presidential candidate.

President Enrique Pena Nieto (left) and Donald Trump
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“Trump should have long ago been named by our government ‘persona non grata’ for exalting hatred and division in the country, and distorting this reality without any compassion,” he wrote. “After this event and as a Mexican citizen, Enrique Peña Nieto does not represent me and … is not worthy of representing any country.”

He also took the time to criticize Trump’s derogatory statements about Mexican people living in the United States.

“I have never in my life seen a Mexican begging on a street in the United States,” he wrote. “They work hard and honestly, contributing indispensably and benefiting the economy of both countries. But by mutual convenience, they remain a community of 11 million invisibles.”