2nd for­mer Mex­i­can pres­i­dent hits Trump

Business Mirror - - THE WORLD -

MEX­ICO CITY— For­mer Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon on Satur­day joined his pre­de­ces­sor in of­fice in un­load­ing on Don­ald Trump, call­ing the Repub­li­can front- run­ner’s cam­paign racist and say­ing his discourse on im­mi­gra­tion is fu­el­ing anti-Amer­i­can sen­ti­ment around the world.

Calderon, a con­ser­va­tive who was pres­i­dent of Mex­ico from 2006 to 2012, even said he thought Trump was try­ing to ex­ploit the same so­cial feel­ings and re­sent­ments as did Adolf Hitler.

“I think his logic of ex­alt­ing white supremacy isn’t even act­ing against im­mi­gra­tion— Don­ald Trump is the de­scen­dant of mi­grants— it is act­ing and speak­ing against im­mi­grants who have a dif­fer­ent skin color than him, which is frankly racist and is a bit like the ex­ploita­tion of raw nerves that Hitler did in his day,” Calderon told re­porters af­ter a meet­ing of the Na­tional Ac­tion Party (PAN), in Mex­ico City.

Calderon’s com­ments par­al­lel those made ear­lier by for­mer Pres­i­dent Vi­cente Fox, who pre­ceded Calderon in of­fice and also be­longed to the PAN party.

In in­ter­views with Univi­sion and Mex­i­can me­dia, Fox called Trump “crazy,” a “false prophet” and an em­bar­rass­ment to his party.

When asked about Trump’s as­ser­tion that he was go­ing to get Mex­ico to pay for his pro­posed bor­der wall, Fox used an ex­plica­tive to make his point the coun­try would never do so.

Trump said Fox ought to be “ashamed of him­self” for his vul­gar­ity and de­manded an apol­ogy.

Trump has an­gered many Mex­i­cans for his cam­paign rhetoric den­i­grat­ing some im­mi­grants as “rapists” who bring crime and drugs to the United States. Threats of mass de­por­ta­tions of Mex­i­cans and other mi­grants il­le­gally in the coun­try, along with his prom­ise to build a wall sep­a­rat­ing the na­tions, have added to the bad feel­ings.

Calderon said Trump’s discourse is “sow­ing hate” against the US around the world and this is not in Wash­ing­ton’s in­ter­est.

Dur­ing a visit to Mex­ico’s cap­i­tal, Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den apol­o­gized for the in­flam­ma­tory rhetoric about Mex­ico in the US pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

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