Posted on April 26, 2022

Latinos Should Not Vote for U.S. Politicians Who ‘Mistreated’ Them, Mexico President Says

Reuters, April 25, 2022

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday urged Latinos in the United States not to vote in November’s midterm elections for politicians who have “mistreated” them, in response to a comment by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump boasted at a rally in Ohio at the weekend that while in office, he had forced Lopez Obrador to deploy 28,000 soldiers along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out migrants after threatening to slap tariffs on Mexican goods.

Asked about Trump’s comments, Lopez Obrador said no U.S. political party should “use Mexico as a pinata” and that those with the right to vote should exercise it carefully.

He told Americans of Mexican and Latino descent that “if Mexico or some country in Latin America and the Caribbean is mistreated, do not vote for those parties and for those candidates {snip}”

“When someone goes too far and causes offence, we’ll call them out so that our countrymen help us. Because there are 40 million of us,” Lopez Obrador told a news conference. “Don’t forget your origins.”