The sounds of desperation wafted across the U.S. border on Thursday as yet another Mexican authority figure warned that Mexico will not pay for presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall.
Mexico has said that before, back in August, when a spokesman for President Enrique Pena Nieto said Trump’s plan was simply ignorant of “reality.”
Then more recently, on February 8, ex-President Felipe Calderon said that not only was Trump “ill-informed,” but his wall was “stupid.” Calderon then pitched the idea that closing the border would hurt U.S. prosperity. The tone was still genial, but the subtext was fraught with worry.
A couple of primary and caucus victories later, Trump’s scare factor has shot through the roof in the Mexican halls of power, as evidenced by former President Vicente Fox’s comments Thursday on Fusion.
“I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall,” Fox told interviewer Jorge Ramos. “He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”
Asked if he was worried that Trump might win the presidency, Fox said that democracy couldn’t take being under the sway of “crazy people,” and he was especially concerned that Trump is popular with Hispanics.
“This worries me, the last caucus in Nevada … he won 44 percent of Hispanics,” Fox said. “I’d like to know who those Hispanics are, because they are followers of a false prophet. He’s going to take them to the desert, and if they think that they will benefit with an administration led by Donald Trump, they’re wrong.”
Clearly, The Donald is putting the fear of God, or at least the fear being held accountable, into Mexican authorities.
As for the aggressive language of Fox, Trump was not impressed.
“The wall just got 10 feet taller, believe me,” he said during the presidential debate, adding, “… Mexico will pay for it, because they are not doing us any favors. They could stop all of this illegal trade if they wanted to immediately. Mexico will pay for the wall. It’s a small portion of the kind of money that we lose and the deficits that we have with Mexico.”