Former Mexican president Vicente Fox apologizes for comments on Trump
Among the many apocalyptic predictions about a Donald Trump presidency, perhaps the least effective have been warnings to American voters that foreign leaders will disrespect or even shun him. Being told to follow the instructions of foreigners rarely carries a lot of weight in the heartland, no matter how much the elites worry about their own standing in the salons of overseas capitals. And the positive words of the likes of Vladimir Putin count for nothing among them.
Perhaps the most vehement denunciation of a Trump presidency came from former Mexican president Vicente Fox, under whose five-year presidency approximately 8 million Mexicans abandoned their homeland to illegally enter the Untied States.
In an interview with AFP at his ranch in San Francisco del Rinco, central Guanajuato state, Fox had more tough words for the real estate mogul: “Ignorant … crazy … egocentric … nasty … false prophet.”
He then looked at the AFP camera and pleaded, in English: “Wake up, America, from this nightmare!”
But it was an F-word heard around the world that got attention last month, when Fox, furious about Trump’s vow to make Mexico foot the bill for a huge border barrier, told the US channel Fusion that he would not pay for Trump’s “fucking wall.”
Now that Trump appears to have a lock on the GOP nomination, and a chance at the presidency of El Norte, Fox is apologizing. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart’s Joel Pollak and Alex Swoyer:
… former Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized Wednesday for the vulgar language he has used regarding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the southern border and invited the likely Republican nominee to Mexico to see the border from the other side. (snip)
“I apologize. Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor,” Fox explained to Breitbart News while sitting in the hotel of the J.W. Marriott in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday afternoon.
“Love your nation. Love the world,” he added. “Yes, I’m humble enough as leadership be, [a] compassionate leader. If I offended you, I’m sorry. But what about the other way around?”
“I don’t think he should follow the strategy of attacking others, offending others, to get to his purpose. There are other ways and means of doing it,” Fox stressed, adding, “I invite him to come to Mexico and to see what Mexico is all about.”
Meanwhile, the the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron reacted strongly to the suggestion of Trump adviser George Papadopoulos that he apologize for his own remarks calling Trump “divisive, stupid, and wrong.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron has “no intention” of apologizing to Donald Trump for calling his suggestion that Muslims should be banned from the United States “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
I am old enough to remember the time when candidate Ronald Reagan was dismissed overseas as a “cowboy” who should never be allowed access to the nuclear trigger. This reinforced his domestic critics, but we all know how much weight the foreigners carried among the American electorate.