Meet Mexico's Fiery, Trump-Like Populist Who Looks Increasingly Likely To Win The Presidency In 2018

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Last week brought fresh deterioration in diplomatic relations between the US and Mexico after Trump threatened to cancel a White House meeting with Mexican President Pena Nieto, saying if “Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting”.  And while Pena Nieto tried to save face by officially cancelling the meeting over twitter, Mexicans are growing increasingly frustrated with a candidate that they see as too soft in combatting an aggressive Trump Presidency. All of which has caused Pena Nieto's approval ratings to plunge to historic lows of just 12%.



But, the growing populist sentiment that is sweeping Mexico and forcing Pena Nieto's ratings to all-time lows, is the same sentiment that has vaulted Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the top of the list of likely presidential candidates to be elected in 2018.  Per Bloomberg, Lopez Obrador is a two-time presidential loser but Trump's aggressive stance toward relations with Mexico and the resulting national rage sweeping the country plays well for the man who has promised to end the "relationship of 'subordination' to the U.S.."

The politician known locally as Amlo is the early frontrunner in Mexico’s 2018 presidential race. By itself, that may not mean much: Polls are unreliable, voting is a long way off, and Lopez Obrador is a two-time election loser in a country that stood aloof from Latin America’s populist turn and instead tethered its economy ever closer to the U.S..


But good luck selling that line to Mexicans right now. The momentum on Amlo’s side is palpable. Amid a spasm of national rage, voters are increasingly sympathetic to the cries of a radical outsider who promises to end a relationship of “subordination” to the U.S. and rebuild the domestic economy. In other words, Trump -- with his brash pledges to rewrite Nafta and stick Mexico with the bill for building the wall -- has created the perfect climate for an anti-Trump south of the border.



Among other things, Lopez Obrador, like Trump, has vowed to pursue more of a protectionist economic agenda saying that "Mexico will consume its own gasoline and food on his watch, instead of importing it."

Lopez Obrador would add the country’s U.S.-friendly energy and agriculture policies to the catalog of woes. He says Mexico will consume its own gasoline and food on his watch, instead of importing it.


That would mean changes to Nafta, probably not the ones Trump has in mind -- assuming the trade pact survives at all. Its impact on Mexico is hotly debated in any case, and both sides can cite data that backs up their arguments.


Nafta has made no inroads into Mexico’s poverty rate. It stood at 53 percent in 2014, pretty much unchanged from two decades earlier when the trade accord went into effect, according to the World Bank. But the country has attracted billions of dollars of foreign investment in that period, turning it into the worlds seventh-largest automaker and creating thousands of jobs.


Lopez Obrador and his supporters take the glass-half-empty view.


“Nafta is a straitjacket that has kept 50 percent of our society in poverty” said Senator Manuel Bartlett of the Labor Party. “This is not about being antagonistic to the United States, it’s about being nationalist in defense of Mexico’s interests.”

All of which bodes well with an electorate overtaken with a sense of national pride and fed up with a weak Pena Nieto which one voter described as a "boot licker" unwilling to "stand up to Trump and tell it like it is."

Popular feeling is running so strong that Mexican politicians have little choice but to fall in line. Online campaigns are calling on Mexicans to vacation at home (“Adios Disneylandia... Hola Mexico”).Local governments and activists demand boycotts of U.S. products. Many Mexicans have draped the national flag across their social media pages.


It just sounds less convincing coming from leaders who’ve made a career out of close U.S. ties. Pena Nieto’s approval rating is 12 percent. Jose Hernandez Solis, a 56-year-old street vendor at an Amlo rally in Mexico City on Monday, certainly wasn’t persuaded.


“The president is a boot-licker,” Solis said. “Lopez Obrador has the guts to stand up to Trump and tell it like it is.” Straight talk, of course, is exactly the reason many U.S. voters gave for backing Trump.

Something tells us that Lopez Obrador is going to be even more reluctant than Pena Nieto to pay for Trump's "fuckin' wall", as Vicente Fox would say.  Should be a fun race to the bottom.

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CRM114's picture

Dead by the summer. RIP.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Unlikely, he is a puppet of the collectivist elite.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Ahmeexnal Feb 3, 2017 7:54 PM

The drug cartels aren't going to put up with this sucker.  He's toast.


Troll Magnet's picture

Bring all of our troops home and station them along the entire border. And let's keep trading fairly and within reasonable bounds.

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yovatti (not verified) Troll Magnet Feb 3, 2017 8:42 PM



Zero Point's picture

Be nice if he can take Mexico back from the (((globalist elite))). Unfortunately ALL these cunts are just puppets.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Zero Point Feb 4, 2017 2:18 AM

He might work with cartels and legalize some of their drugs.

That will give him enough backup, since the cartels will go legit. That way CIA will not like it , so either way he's against powerfull enemies. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Wanted for the cause, one, Francisco "Pancho" Villa . ¡Viva la Revolución!

brianshell's picture

The Chicago gangs respect Trump. He is a father figure. Maybe the Mexican cartel appreciates him. Have the shadow banks contact them.

Praetorian Guard's picture

Bwahahahahahahaha... 2018? Fucking Mexico is going to implode early to mid 2017. This empty suit is a moot point. Even if he gets elected in 2018, Mexico a Nationalist country? Yea, when pigs fly out of my ass. Its a third world shit hole that relies heavily on the rich gringo, the same gringo they hate. Mexico cannot survive on its own. Zimbabwe part 2, minus the ugly mud bitches...

mijas88's picture

You don't know what you are talking about. Do you realize that the initiative to deploy American capital in Mexico has always come from the US? It's always been in the interest of American businessmen to invest in Mexico: a hundred years ago it was tobbaco and henequen plantations and mining, today it's manufacturing of autos electronics and so on. In almost every instance of American businesses getting involved in Mexico, the move is met with local resistance, specially from indigenous groups. The Mexican elites have always profited from these arrangements, and thus far they've been able to quell these disturbances. As you just read, this may not be tenable anymore, and we'll probably see a reorganization of the Mexican economy that will focus it's productive assets towards more regional concerns.

Benjamin123's picture

Thats the point. Mexico is nothing without the US capital. Mexico has nothing but Mayan Pigmy slaves.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

I know people who were part of crafting NAFTA. They told me it had nothing to do with Free Trade. It was to protect American colonial investments in Mexico.

littlemilton's picture

Very true.  In essence it is immaterial who is the president of Mexico.  It may change how you play your hand but it does not change the hand you were dealt.  So far the only thing they have over us that matters to most people is Avocados.  I think we will survive without the Guac.  In short Mexico should do what is right for Mexico, but expect the same from the US under Trump.

WFO's picture

Avocados grow fine in parts of California, Florida, and Texas - Avocados from Michoacan, Mexico undercut US producers and suppressed domestic production - plus, the Cartels are taking over Mexican avocado business. Win-Win.

Benjamin123's picture

Everybody has "something" including the capacity to work. You people act as if nothing has value but gold and silver. As if a single silver atom was worth the earth, just cause its silver and silver has infinite value.

What has more value, a ton of steel or an ounce of silver? The silver, evidently.

Benjamin123's picture

There are two Mexicos, white Mexico and Pygmy maya slave Mexico. Their interests are not alligned, "best for Mexico" is an absurd concept.

froze25's picture

Very true and White Mexico owns a huge chunks of the land and resources. I think they are mostly of German origin.

Yog Soggoth's picture

From what I have read, and heard from others, the Spanish elite never left and the families still pretty much control everything. Hard to tell by skin color because they have interbred, but they still know who they are.  If this guy were real and got elected best to buy peso denonimated prior.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Not to worry, the wall will be finished by the time this guy gets into office and all conversations will be mute.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Not to worry, the wall will be finished by the time this guy gets into office and all conversations will be mute.

migra's picture

In Mexico that would be the drug cartels.

neidermeyer's picture

Drug lord puppet or dead... since he's still breathing I know what he is.

LetThemEatRand's picture

It is very encouraging to see populations around the world from Britain to France to the US to Mexico getting behind leaders that understand that globalism is the problem.  The average Mexican did not benefit from NAFTA -- but a few Mexican oligarchs and politicians did.  Same for Americans.

BarkingCat's picture

Good for them if he is for real.

If he can fix Mexico, it will be good for both sides of the border.

peddling-fiction's picture

The word on the street in Mexico was that Lopez Obrador (AMLO) did win when he ran against Felipe Calderon (next President after Vicente Fox).

Don't know if that is true or not, but I was in Mexico when they both were running for President.

Ahmeexnal's picture

That word on the street is the same one that in the US claims Trump is illegitimate president.  Obrador is a puppet of the collectivist elite. His main donor (besides the drug cartels) is none other than Carlos Slim, owner of the NYT.

peddling-fiction's picture

Trump was the populist candidate. Hillary is the lazy witch that barely flew.

Look into the demographics of Mexico favoring populism by far.

It really is hard to win against a populist candidate unless the mapaches do their job.

Bob's picture

Can you post a link that supports this contention in English?  That's a very significant lineup of sponsors you claim for him there. 

peddling-fiction's picture

I would gather that all funding sources with lotsa spending money, sponsored both sides.

Bob's picture

Makes sense, but specific sponsors bring color to the show. 

Why can't we just get a populist populist?

Money kinda drowns the concept. 

peddling-fiction's picture

The specific sponsors manage all the designated drivers, if you catch my dialectic drift.

SilverRoofer's picture

Yes maybe there will be an exodus of all the illieagal parasites back to there own dam shit hole

jm's picture

This kind of bull is why Trump needed to be elected. Prepare for the smackdown, México.

Duc888's picture

Good, Messico is as fucked up if not more than USA. I hope he gets in there and fixes shit.

Albertarocks's picture


I've always spelled it Mexical.

bh2's picture

Trump may actually prefer dealing with this guy. Getting national interests clearly defined and negotiated isn't necessarily a bad thing for either country.

nmewn's picture

Careful'll be indicted as a traitor and a heretic by the Fake Nuuuz for saying something factual like "____is a strong leader."

Plus one ;-)

Knob Creek's picture

My thoughts exactly 

Aussiekiwi's picture

Starvation that occurs with Failed States has a way of changing peoples opinions.

e_goldstein's picture

It's gonna be Muy Grande.

1.21 jigawatts's picture

and we're gonna make Guatemala pay for it

Albertarocks's picture

Canada is going to build a wall and make the US pay for it, lol.

tarabel's picture



I hope they do.

That way, the US can stop paying for it, as we already are.

Bob's picture

We're paying for the ocean waves rolling in upon their shores from Greenland?