April 10, 2016


Let's raise our voices against this dictator, Donald Trump (Vicente Fox, 6 April 2016, The Guardian)

Today, I want to express my strong concern about the latest proposals made by the Republican candidate Donald Trump, in his campaign for president of the United States. He has said that he will build a wall between Mexico and the United States, and now that he will force Mexico to pay for that wall by cutting off remittances. He has also said he will open a trade war with Mexico and China; he has offended women, Muslims, Latinos and his own American people.

To a Mexican and citizen of the world, these statements are disgraceful and highly offensive. Trump has said Mexicans are the problem, calling us rapists and criminals. He thinks building the "Trump Wall" will right every wrong in the United States. Indeed, he's built a huge mental wall around himself already, which doesn't allow him to see the greatness of our people.

Despite that, I want to thank him for his racist and ignorant ideas. Thanks to them, Mexico is in the global spotlight; every day, more and more people inside and outside the United States are realizing the decent way Mexicans live their lives.

Take Hollywood, for example. This year, a Mexican cinematographer won his third Academy Award in a row. In science and technology, a number of young and bright Mexicans won the International Robotics Tournament in 2015. And in Silicon Valley, one of the key advisers during the creation of Google was a Mexican professor: Hector García Molina.

I can talk about my grandfather, José Fox, who was born in Ohio and decided to pursue his American dream. He found it in Mexico, where he settled, married and started a family. Five generations later, we're still here, working hard for Mexico and our people. 

The United States has been the champion of open markets, but it seems like Donald Trump doesn't want his country to benefit from such a thing. Instead, he promotes new paths and policies which will only isolate the United States from the rest of the world. Where are American companies going to do business? What are they going to do with their investments abroad? It's clear that nobody will win this war. It's a lose-lose situation.

Posted by at April 10, 2016 9:00 AM