Donald Trump is such an obviously awful choice for a potential president of the United States that he hasn’t even won the election and the nation’s diplomats are already feeling compelled to apologize on behalf of America for his actions, as Vice President Joe Biden did in Mexico City, Thursday, calling Trump’s hate speech “dangerous” and “disturbing.”
‘There’s been a lot of damaging and incredibly inaccurate rhetoric—and I would argue, I feel almost obliged to apologize for some of what my political colleagues have said. It is about Mexico, about the Mexican people.’
The vice president then offered what little excuse he could to Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and the citizens of Mexico, at times placing his hand over his heart in the process:
‘It’s a heated campaign season. And I just want you to know that the most heated of the rhetoric you’ve heard from some of the competitors for the nomination for president is not who we are as the American people. It is not a view that is the view of the majority of the American people. I see exact opposite. It’s the opposite view.’
Comments from Trump have angered Mexico to such an extent that one former Mexican president, Vicente Fox, said on Fusion recently:
‘I declare, I’m not going to pay for that f*cking wall! HE should pay for it. He’s got the money.’
Felipe Calderon, another former Mexican president, also had something to say regarding Trump’s proposal to build a wall between Mexico and the United States:
‘Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall. And it’s going to be completely useless.’
While meeting with several Mexican government officials, Thursday, Biden again stated the rhetoric coming out of the 2016 presidential race is “disturbing,” but quickly urged that Trump’s “xenophobia” would not last as a prominent voice in national politics.
‘Some of the rhetoric coming from some presidential candidates of the other team are, I think, dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised. But here’s what I’m here to tell you: They do not, they do not, they do not represent the view of the vast majority of the American people.’
Trump is making the U.S. look so bad on an international scale that Biden felt compelled to apologize twice, often even stammering over his words. Just imagine what four to eight years of Trump in office would do.
But let us all take great hope in Biden’s next words:
‘This too shall pass…. We have gone through these episodes of xenophobia but they have always been overcome.’
While Mexico is certainly not happy with the U.S. right now, thanks to Donald Trump, as evidenced by President Nieto’s statement that Trump’s anti-Mexican comments are “prejudiced and absurd,” all is not lost. Before Biden packed up and flew home, Finance Minister Luis Videgaray referred to Biden’s statement as “inspirational” and Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu assured the vice president that the U.S. and Mexico mutually aim “to make this region the most productive and prosperous in the world.”
That’s a nice, positive note to end on, but just consider: If Trump is damaging America’s reputation in the worldwide political scheme just by opening his mouth during the election process, what irreparable damage might occur should he actually take office. His words over a four- to eight-year period would be bad enough, but with the power and pressures of American economics and military might behind him, one shudders to think of the prospects.
It’s not uncommon for many political camps to say, “Anyone but Hillary!” but it is becoming abundantly clear that the nation should quickly consider the new 2016 presidential election slogan, “Anyone but Trump!” This isn’t a card game. Sometimes, it makes sense to dump the Trump.
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