President Peña: “There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of strident rhetoric have led to very ominous situations. That how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in: they took advantage of a situation, a problem perhaps, which humanity was going through at the time, after an economic crisis.”
It’s pretty clear that the Mexican president would have preferred to have stayed silent, but the Donald is so unpopular south of the border that silence was no longer politically viable.
Which means one of three things should the GOP frontrunner become the 45th president of the United States. (1) He will publicly lose to Mexico when it comes to paying for the wall. (2) He will repeal NAFTA and use the resulting revenue to claim that Mexico “paid” for the wall. (3) In complete contravention of American law, he will start confiscating wire transfers sent by putative Mexican nationals to their compatriots south of the border and use that to claim that Mexico “paid” for the wall.