I do not pretend there are no problems in Mexico – there certainly are – as there are in every country.
But I am fed up with all the Mexico bashing. To me, the mudslinging and lumping blame on Mexico – for what ails our northern neighbor – is in bad taste and it is bullying.
Bullies in the schoolyard pick on kids who are smaller and less able to defend themselves. They push them down, hit them, steal their lunches and insult them. This is devastating for the victims.
On the international political scene we see rampant bullying. In fact, the most in-the-news bully actually has U.S. presidential aspirations.
In a recent speech, Donald Trump said that Mexico exports drug dealers, rapists, and others who have an adverse impact to the United States. He said that – clear as a bell.
In Mexico and all of Latin America, his statements have been received with outrage. So much outrage that last Thursday Univision said that because of the offensive comments Trump made about Mexico and Mexicans when he launched his campaign, it was breaking off with the pageant organization – of which Trump is an owner.
“We have seen the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
Bullies get furious when their victims fight back. Like other bullies, mogul Donald Trump does not like the fact that his target has defenders and they are kicking back where it hurts – in his case – the money belt.
Trump would not back down from the statements he made about Mexico, but now says his comments were twisted. He wants to take legal action against Univision for breach of contract. Whine, whine, whine!
The mayor of Doral, Fla., the most recent location to host the Miss Universe Pageant, said Univision is right not to air the event. In an interview with Fox News Latino, Mayor Luigi Boria said, “What he said about Mexicans was wrong, it was rude. The whole Latino community should care about what he said about Mexicans. We are all part of the Hispanic community. I agree with the Mexican community, they deserve respect.”
Boria said Trump must apologize. “He better retract what he said before this grows even bigger.”
Trump warns that terrorists can swarm through an “insecure” USA –Mexico border. He suggested that Mexico should build (and pay for) a second wall to keep terrorists from harming “Americans.”
Ahem… Mr. Trump, those living on either side of the USA –Mexico border are all Americans.
Terrorism is commonly defined as: violent acts (or the threat of violent acts) intended to create fear perpetrated for an economic, religious, political, or ideological goal, and which deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatant ethnic, political or religious groups.
If you ask me, the definition of bad taste and terrorism has been Trump-ed.