Mexico 'Furious' over Trump's Visit to Meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto
The response in Mexico was fast and “furious” after it was announced that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump had accepted Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s invitation to meet in Mexico City on Wednesday.
Trump – who from the start of his campaign has painted Mexicans as “criminals” and “rapists” and promised to build a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border to prevent Mexican immigrants from coming to America – has an even lower favorability rating in Mexico than he does in the U.S., The Week reports. Only 2 percent of Mexicans like Trump, while 75 percent have an unfavorable view of him and the rest either don’t care or know who he is.
Many members of that 75th percentile took to Twitter ahead of Trump’s visit to voice their anger over the meeting – including former Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderén.
“All of Mexico right now,” one man tweeted along with a gif of Ryan Reynolds face-palming.
“Tell me where the protests against Trump’s arrivals are going to be so I can prepare the sign ‘Screw you,’ ” another woman tweeted:
Many also took aim at Peña Nieto, who previously compared Trump’s “strident rhetoric” to Hitler and Mussolini’s.
New York Times reporter Elisabeth Malkin described the backlash:
Others turned to humor to express their disapproval, CNN reports.
“An advanced look of what we’ll see tomorrow,” one person tweeted Tuesday night:
Mexican actress Ana Brenda suggested Peña Nieto block Trump at the border, writing, “You will be a national hero.”
And the Trump piñatas that have been selling out since he launched his campaign last year will no doubt enjoy a sales boost.
Massive protests were planned for the GOP nominee’s last-minute trip, Salon reports.
Some demonstrators took to Mexico City’s historic Plaza del Angel to hold up signs that read “Go home Trump.”
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce that he would visit with Peña Nieto on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the candidate is scheduled to deliver a major immigration speech at Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.
“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump wrote.
The Mexican president confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “I invited candidates for President of the United States to Mexico to discuss the bilateral relationship.” He added in another tweet, “I believe in dialogue to promote the interests of Mexico in the world and mainly to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”