So Senor Taco Bowl Trump went to Mexico this week in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it whirlwind fiesta initiated by – in a confusing new twist in this election – the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. Reasons that Trump decided to visit include reaching out to disenchanted Mexican voters and talking about building his huge, beautiful wall. Reasons that Peña Nieto decided to invite him include reaching out to disenchanted Mexican voters and telling Trump there’s no way in hell Mexico will be paying for that wall. So was the visit successful? Depends on who you ask.
GOPers say their candidate succeeded in finally looking presidential. Because what better way to restore some legitimacy to a campaign on Struggle Street (think: in the polls, in the donations, in the minority votes, in the battleground states, even in its own campaign) than by standing leader-like next to another world leader? Hillary Clinton called the trip an embarrassing failure and said the “Great Negotiator” Trump is lacking in any diplomatic skills whatsoever – it’s probably safe to say most Democrats agree with her. Mexicans were outraged that their president invited Trump to visit, after a year of mouthing off racist insults and dangerous policies. Social media ridiculed Peña Nieto for not criticizing the candidate or demanding an apology and called it the biggest PR disaster of his administration. It’s a far cry from his early days of comparing Trump to Hitler.
After the visit Trump reminded everybody that he is very busy and important by flying to another rally, this time in Arizona. The crowd cheered him on as he talked about suspending immigration from Syria and Libya and said “there will be no amnesty” for illegal immigrants already in the country. And you think silly old Mexico won’t be paying for that wall? “They just don’t know it yet.” Remember that time when you thought Trump might be softening his immigration policy? Yeah, neither does anybody else. In fact, this week’s hardline stance was so different to his recent overtures towards minorities that several of his Hispanic advisors quit in disgust. Dios mío.
Think it’s too easy to get in and out of Mexico? Movie for your adventurous mood: Babel