In comments glossed over by the media, former Mexican President Vicente Fox warned that the election of Donald Trump could lead to a “war” between Mexico and the United States.
During an appearance on the Kickass Politics podcast, Fox accused Trump of ushering in a return to “the era of the ugly American.”
Media reports on Fox’s comments focused on his throwback use of the word “gringo,” to describe a time when Americans were “hated all around the world,” but the former Mexican leader made even more inflammatory remarks when he suggested that Donald Trump’s rhetoric could lead to a conflict between the U.S. and Mexico.
“He is the hated gringo because he’s attacking all of us, he’s offending all of us, I mean imagine – that could take us to a war – not to a trade war,” said Fox.
Adding that Mexicans were small but “like the jalapeno,” Fox warned, “Don’t play around with us. We can jump walls. We can swim rivers. And we can defend ourselves.”
Fox appears to be flip-flopping between being aggressive and conciliatory towards Trump. After angrily asserting that Mexico would not pay for Trump’s “f*cking wall” during an interview earlier this year, he subsequently apologized, reminding himself that leaders need to be “humble”.
Fox’s ludicrous assertion that Trump’s offensive rhetoric could lead to an armed conflict between the U.S. and Mexico suggests he isn’t following his own advice.
“Is this guy out of his freakin’ mind?” asks Brian Anderson. “He was the president of Mexico so presumably he is aware of the Mexican military’s severe limitations, especially in confronting the world’s only superpower.”