Trump looked, sounded con­fi­dent in Mexico

He looked and sounded like a con­fi­dent man who might make a pres­i­dent

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Hil­lary Clin­ton and the Democrats and a con­sid­er­able num­ber of Repub­li­can sum­mer sol­diers who play “can you top this” with each other to see who can say the most hate­ful things about their party’s nom­i­nee thought they had Don­ald Trump’s num­ber.

He was ig­no­rant, a blus­tery racist, a blowhard bigot and maybe even guilty of mop­ery, a lit­tle bit crazy and un­able to learn from his mis­takes. He wouldn’t take the ad­vice of any­one and he would be buried un­der a land­slide for Hil­lary Clin­ton. No for­eign leader would deign to talk to him, be­cause he wouldn’t know what to say, any­way. The polls would soon re­flect the dimensions of the an­tic­i­pated land­slide.

Hil­lary and the naysay­ers were clearly flum­moxed that Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto of Mexico in­vited the Don­ald to meet him at Los Pi­nos, the pres­i­den­tial palace in the Cha­pul­te­pec For­est in cen­tral Mexico City, and the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee quickly ac­cepted. He not only braved the anger and con­tempt The New York Times said he would find there, but was treated re­spect­fully, se­ri­ously and as if the pres­i­dent of Mexico thinks he might well be the next pres­i­dent of the United States. (He’ll en­ter­tain Hil­lary later.)

Mr. Trump, for his part, acted pres­i­den­tial, speak­ing re­spect­fully of both his host and his host’s coun­try, fur­ther in­fu­ri­at­ing the Never Trumpers. He did not back away from his crit­i­cism, blunt and al­ways of­fered with the bark on, that un­con­trolled im­mi­gra­tion from Latin Amer­ica is more than the United States should and would tol­er­ate. Amer­ica, like Mexico and all other na­tions, has the right to pro­tect its bor­ders and the right to pre­serve its cul­ture, tra­di­tions and his­tory. There would soon be a new day in Wash­ing­ton.

But there was more than that in Mexico City. He cor­rectly said that NAFTA has given Mexico more than it has given the United States, and he told Pres­i­dent Pena Ni­eto that the flow of jobs from the United States to Mexico and the world must stop. But he said, rightly, that both coun­tries can achieve pros­per­ity and the hap­pi­ness that comes with pros­per­ity, and set out five goals for the United States and Mexico to share.

These are end­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, se­cur­ing the bor­der and the sov­er­eign right to build a wall if that is nec­es­sary, dis­man­tling the drug car­tels and stop­ping the move­ment of il­le­gal drugs and the money that comes with the drugs, im­prov­ing NAFTA (a 22-year-old agree­ment that must be “up­dated”) and “keep­ing in­dus­try and man­u­fac­tur­ing wealth in our hemi­sphere.”

Hil­lary, who in­stalled the un­prece­dented pay-to-play cul­ture at the State Depart­ment and presided over a gusher of for­eign con­tri­bu­tions that over­flowed the vaults of her fam­ily foun­da­tion, was left Wed­nes­day with noth­ing to say about Mr. Trump’s day in Mexico but more of the same — he’s ig­no­rant, a slob and doesn’t know any­thing about for­eign af­fairs or build­ing re­la­tion­ships with other coun­tries. “Get­ting coun­tries to work to­gether was my job ev­ery day as your sec­re­tary of State,” she told the Amer­i­can Le­gion Wed­nes­day in Cincin­nati. It was a job sec­ond only to col­lect­ing cash for fa­vors and con­sid­er­a­tions to come.

The public-opin­ion polls, which were to have mea­sured the size of the prospec­tive Clin­ton land­slide by now, show noth­ing of the kind. A new Los An­ge­les Times poll shows the Don­ald over Hil­lary by more than 3 points. This fol­lows a Reuters poll which shows the race on the eve of La­bor Day all tied up. Ev­ery­thing gets se­ri­ous af­ter La­bor Day, and this looks like a horse race.

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