MiamiHerald / A joke making the rounds in Mexico says that President Donald Trump has become the de facto campaign manager of leftist populist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is leading in the polls for the July 1 presidential election.
Knowingly or not, Trump gave a big boost to Lopez Obrador on March 13, when the U.S. president visited the Mexican border in southern California and said that “there are some very good people” running for president in Mexico, and “some that aren’t that good.”
Predictably, the banner headline in some of Mexico’s leading newspapers the next day was “Trump says some Mexican candidates aren’t that good.” You didn’t need to be a political scientist to guess that the U.S. president was referring to Lopez Obrador, the most vocal Trump critic among Mexico’s leading presidential hopefuls.
For Lopez Obrador, being tacitly criticized by Trump was a badge of honor. Following Trump’s repeated insults against Mexico since he started his campaign in 2015 declaring that most Mexican undocumented immigrants are “criminals” and “rapists,” the U.S. president has become one of the least popular foreign leaders in Mexico in recent memory.
Trump may not mind a Lopez Obrador victory in Mexico's July 1 presidential elections
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