Locals sided up with an usually unpopular ex-leader over Republican candidate
PUEBLA, PUEBLA, 07NOVIEMBRE2015.- El expresidente mexicano Vicente Fox durante su participación en el debate sobre la prohibición de las drogas en el "Festival de las Mentes Brillantes" Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI) realizado en el Auditorio Metropolitano de Puebla. FOTO: HILDA RÍOS /CUARTOSCURO.COM,
26 of February 2016 18:00:07
MEXICO CITY – Mexicans backed former President Vicente Fox in his verbal spat with Donald Trump on Friday, after Fox called the Republican front-runner "crazy" and a "false prophet" and Trump replied that he ought to be "ashamed of himself" for using a profanity.In the streets of the capital, newspapers and social media, locals sided with the usually unpopular ex-leader over Trump, who is probably viewed even more negatively by Mexicans for campaign rhetoric denigrating immigrants as "rapists" who bring crime and drugs to the United States.In his Twitter account, the former president compared a wall in the U.S.-Mexico border with the Berlin Wall.
Vicente Fox dice que Donald Trump es hablador, mentiroso, ignorante y soberbio. Típico caso del burro que habla de orejas.@Oficialmorris— Jeps Meine (@JepsMeine) 26 de febrero de 2016And José Gilberto Díaz Pérez, a businessman and retired electrical company worker in Mexico City, said the thought Fox was a terrible president: "I trust Trump more than Fox."But Federico Correch, a 32-year-old resident of the capital, appreciated that Fox stuck up for the country."He's probably right because (Trump) doesn't know Mexicans well," Correch said. "Donald Trump has said a lot about Mexicans when we have done many good things up there in the United States, no? He shouldn't express himself like that."During Thursday night's Republican debate, Trump said Fox should be "ashamed" of such language — despite the candidate having mouthed the same word at a New Hampshire rally and used it several times in a 2011 speech before he was a candidate — and demanded an apology.But Fox was having none of it the following day as he gave a series of interviews to Mexican media in which he also criticized Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but saved his most pointed barbs for the real-estate magnate."This guy is an embarrassment to the Republican Party ... and his business colleagues," Fox told Imagen Radio, using another F-bomb to refer to the border wall."He is empty and lacks substance ... for a nation like the United States," Fox said. Addressing Trump's supporters, he added: "I ask you to open your eyes because this is a false prophet who will lead you to the precipice with all his ignorance.""I agree with all that," said Irma Martínez Aguinaga, a 75-year-old poet in Mexico City.Trump "wants to achieve his goals, well, may he do so," Martinez added. "But without walking all over us or threatening us or saying he's going to do all kinds of things to us. That's not right."