Mexico's Presidential Frontrunner Blasts Trump's "Neofascism"; Says "Can't Wait To Redo NAFTA"

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Last month we wrote about "Mexico's Fiery, Trump-Like Populist Who Looks Increasingly Likely To Win The Presidency In 2018."  As we noted before, Pena Nieto’s PRI party, which has held power for most of Mexico’s modern history, has seen its popularity eroded in recent months due to a series of corruption scandals, surging gasoline prices and a perception among Mexican voters that Pena Nieto himself has been too soft in combatting an aggressive Trump Presidency.

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.  Staying true to his reputation, Lopez Obrador spent the better part of today blasting the Trump administration in a series of interviews. 

In fact, speaking at the Washington Press Club earlier, Lopez Obrador said that the poor distribution of income and bad tax policies, not immigrants, were the cause of America's economic distress.  Per The Hill:

"President Trump's approach of blaming migrants for the problems of the United States has been excessive. We will not allow that, you can't implement a campaign of hate against Mexicans because that is neofascism," he said.


Lopez Obrador was in town to present a complaint against Trump's executive orders on immigration at the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).


"We are denouncing that Secretary [of Homeland Security John] Kelly's executive measures affect not only Mexicans, but migrants from all over the world," said Netzaí Sandoval, the lawyer who wrote the claim.



Meanwhile, Lopez Obrador vowed to take a more "firm" approach in re-negotiating the NAFTA free trade agreement with the Trump administration saying that while Nafta “didn’t hurt” Mexico's economy “it is also not our salvation."  That said, he went on to warn that any cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico would be short lived if the Trump administration didn't change it's rhetoric on migrants.

Lopez Obrador said that once in power, he would change the nature of the bilateral relationship "without disrespecting anyone, but with firmness."


He said it is "very probable" that he will win the upcoming election, scheduled for July 2018.


"We will convince the government of the United States and Trump that the best thing is a good deal, an understanding based on cooperation for development," he said.


But Lopez Obrador warned the overlap between his administration and Trump's would be short-lived if the Trump administration did not change its tune on migrants.

As we pointed out earlier this morning, Peter Navarro, Trump's top trade advisor, seemingly took a slightly less combative stance on NAFTA and was quoted by Bloomberg as saying he wants the US, Canada and Mexico to form a trade "powerhouse", supposedly one which is quite different from the existing "NAFTA" trade arrangement. 

The Trump administration is re-examining a critical component of the free trade pact: the rules of origin, which dictate what percentage of a product must be manufactured in the U.S. for it to carry a Made in America label, Navarro said.


“We have a tremendous opportunity, with Mexico in particular, to use higher rules of origin to develop a mutually beneficial regional powerhouse where workers and manufacturers on both sides of the border will benefit enormously,” said Navarro. “It’s just as much in their interests as it is in our interests to increase the rules of origin.”


For example, under the current agreement, 62.5 percent of the total value of cars sold in North America must originate in the U.S., Canada or Mexico to avoid import tariffs. The U.S. wants to raise that threshold, making it harder for parts from other countries to enter the supply chain.

Since the comment appeared less combative than some more aggressive trade-related statements out of the administration, the market took them in stride and sent both the Canadian Loonie and the Mexican Peso to session highs.


Finally, here's is Bloomberg's interview with the so-called 'Trump of Mexico'.

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DirtySanchez's picture

Hey Mexican guy. Go fuck yourself.
Stick your trade agreements up your ass.
And get your checkbook out to pay for the wall.


peippe's picture

whoa whoa whoa,

who said we accept checks from Mexican Kissinger?

No. No deal amigo. Western Union, maybe.

  Perhaps we set up a contractor's account @ Casa Depot for to procure wall erecting materials.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Nafta was just an illusion schlepped on the west as a precursor to outsourcing and massive immigration to destroy the middle class and deploy thier nwo.

We don't need no steeeeenkinggg naftA

SoDamnMad's picture

After NAFTA was approved I use to travel from the LA area to the Mexican side of the border below San Diego to visit Japanese and Korean appliance manufacturers which used our sheet products in refrigeratordoors and liners.  Boy did they produce a lot of appliances.  All using cheap Mexican labor to produce stuff for our American homes that ultimately closed down American companies in the heartland.  Thanks Bill Clinton for screwing the American family.

tony bonn's picture

mexico is a sewer from which its elites send its trash to invade this country. all of them should be returned to sender. if mexico's trash is so wonderful, why don't the mexicans want the mexicans? the reason is to invade and destroy this country - just as the jews planned it.  it's time for a wall and a massive deportation campaign.

ClownBaby's picture

Io don'to giveo ao shito abouto anythingo thato ao politiciano ino Mexicoo haso to-o sayo abouto howo weo runo ouro countryo.

Vigilante's picture

Wow...great Mexicanese..didn't know it was so easy to speak

Now, try the same trick with Portugao...just add the suffix -ao after each word!

Baba Yaga's picture

You guys ever noticed that "Mexican" presidents are all white Spanish guys? Why is it that all the darker skin, short Mexican Indians wind up in the USA? Could it be that the Mexicans are the most racist, corrupt, hypocritical, caste and class division country's around? We in the USA have our own problems. But thank God that atleast we aren't living in Mexico.

mary mary's picture

The conquistadors' descendants still have pretty much all of Central America enslaved, still, 500 years later.  Let's all take a moment to celebrate Christopher Columbus, King Ferdinand, Queen Isabella, and chief global-slavery-propagandist, the Vatican.

Oldrepublic's picture

Whites are much more intelligent, that is the reason for the push for open borders in both the US and the EU, trying to dilute the white population,recently 90% now around 70% of the US population.

lots of good material on

Teja's picture

Interesting observation. Might well be right. But maybe think about the logic that it is OK to look down on Mexicans because they are racist and hypocritical. Wouldn't that make you racist and hypocritical, giving others the right to look down on you?

I would recommend that, if you need to look down on someone, stick to the usual reasons - not speaking your lingo, or having the wrong religion and such. More credible. Some of those anti-arab parties often accuse muslims to be anti-semitic, but, when drunk, loose control of their own anti-semitic feelings. Makes them look a bit dumb.


We Are The Priests's picture

"President Trump's approach of blaming migrants for the problems of the United States has been excessive. We will not allow that, you can't implement a campaign of hate against Mexicans because that is neofascism," he said

I'm not a Trumptard and truly believe that the poor bastard was set up to be the fall guy for the taking down of the global economy, so I feel pretty objective when I say that I found Trump to be fairly clear all during the campaign about who he blamed for the problems of the US.


pippi68's picture

This candidate would have no chance under a neoliberal/neocon admin. He is lucky to be running while Trump is in office as Trump is not likely to directly interfere in Mexican politics like previous presidents. He actually could win much to the detriment of the Mexican people.

Lost in translation's picture

A concise user's guide for translating the angry, anti-Trump/anti-America malcontents and their Orwellian double-speak:


(You want he Rule of Law!)


(Against One World Government!)



silverer's picture

Let me guess... this must be costing Mexico some money.

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 15, 2017 10:42 PM

This guy ain't Messican.  He be a YT.

mary mary's picture

Spanish.  Conquistador family.  They're STILL there!

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Their raw sewage is invading American beaches. They can't control their own shit.

Bobportlandor's picture

Mexico sells cheap labor

China sells cheap labor

Middles East sell oil

I get a Pink Slip


I'm Amazed how many people, countries want to balance their account on my back.



mary mary's picture

Mexico creates millions more children than it can feed, and then expects American taxpayers to feed them.  If American taxpayers don't want to feed Mexico's millions of excess children, then American taxpayers are Fascists!!!!

NAV's picture

The American people did not want NAFTA; it was always a stepping stone to loss of sovereignty. If Lopez wants a strong NAFTA, he apparently is willing to enter into a puppet role for world government. It this what the Mexican people want?

In the July 18, 1993 issue of the Los Angeles Times, Henry Kissinger strongly urged the passage of NAFTA, saying:

“What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system…. It would be a disaster if U.S. actions encouraged the re-emergence of nationalistic candidates….The trade agreement is…a first step toward the new world order.”

To facilitate the coming New World Order, NAFTA’s aim was to merge regional economic alliances into a world economy, to be managed by a world government. That it did not do all that its proponents claimed was reported by Irving R. Levine on December 29, 1994, on NBC: “the peso’s fall makes U.S. goods more expensive in Mexico, cutting into sales and threatening the jobs of U.S. workers who make those goods. By contrast, the weakened peso makes Mexican goods cheaper in the U.S. and easier to sell…..None of this was supposed to happen under the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was intended to create more U.S. exports and jobs.”

Dr. Dennis Cuddy reported that “this didn’t matter to the planning elite, as Clinton on January 31, 1995 marching to the tune of the international bankers issued an Executive Order loaning $20 billion to Mexico despite public opposition and Congressional reservations. (Was the peso devaluation debacle an “accident,” when one realizes multinational corporations that moved factories from the U.S. to Mexico just profited from the peso devaluation by having Mexican workers’ pay cut 30-50%?  The U.S. Commerce Department indicated 20,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs were lost to Mexico in February 1995 alone! And on May 3, 1995 Congressman Peter DeFazio said the lowering of wages and living standards on both sides of the border may have been the multinational corporations’ and Wall Street plan all along.)


mary mary's picture

NAFTA was pushed through by... the Clintons !!!

U4 eee aaa's picture

"President Trump's approach of blaming migrants for the problems of the United States has been excessive."

Anybody notice the irony of him stating this in the *Washington* press club?

mary mary's picture

:-)  Indeed.  Perfect irony.

And how dare the USA President propose immigration laws HALF AS STRONG as Mexico's immigration laws.  Such a proposal amounts to an act of war against Mexico!!!

QuinnSysmith's picture

Is he retarded? Trump has been very specific about ILLEGAL aliens..Not immigrants who follow immigration LAW. Can a US citizen just move into Mexico without going through an immigration process , you stupid motherf-cker? 

QuinnSysmith's picture

Is he retarded? Trump has been very specific about ILLEGAL aliens..Not immigrants who follow immigration LAW. Can a US citizen just move into Mexico without going through an immigration process , you stupid motherf-cker? 

LongWalkHome's picture

remember -  Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the soldier held in a Mexican jail for 214 days

VanillaSkyGuy's picture

Mexico has us exactly where they want us... "No Nafta, No Nacho Libre II!"  

dogismycopilot's picture

Uncle Ted Kazcinsky has something about this too:

225. These phenomena appeared clearly in Russia and other countries that were taken over by leftists. Similarly, before the breakdown of communism in the USSR, leftish types in the West would seldom criticize that country. If prodded they would admit that the USSR did many wrong things, but then they would try to find excuses for the communists and begin talking about the faults of the West. They always opposed Western military resistance to communist aggression. Leftish types all over the world vigorously protested the U.S. military action in Vietnam, but when the USSR invaded Afghanistan they did nothing. Not that they approved of the Soviet actions; but because of their leftist faith, they just couldn't bear to put themselves in opposition to communism. Today, in those of our universities where "political correctness" has become dominant, there are probably many leftish types who privately disapprove of the suppression of academic freedom, but they go along with it anyway.
oncemore's picture

idiot is not able to care for his own people and sends them abroad. And he calls somebody else neofascist.

isn't he a schisofrenic? isn't he a moron?

Pork Rind's picture

Mexico is the true enemy of the United States. Not Iran, Iraq Syria North Korea nor any of the other Israel's next-door neighbors. We could bomb the hell out of Mexico City and capture Baja California, wouldn't La Raza be pissed if we captured a big chunk of Mexican territory.

Duc888's picture



Hey wanna B President doofus.  Why not take a look around and fix that which makes 1/4 of your fellow countrymen (and wimmenz) want to jump the river and crawl up this way?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

NO kidding. What a scumbag completely unconcerned for the welfare of his countrymen. Dude, fix your country. Damn

Free Man's picture

If illegals make such 'valuable contributions', then why do their countries refuse to take them back?

Illegal Aliens and Violent Crime: Some Amazing Facts
A 2017 report by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals that over the period from June 1, 2011 to February 28, 2017, the 215,000 criminal aliens who were booked into Texas jails were collectively charged with 566,000 offenses, including 1,167 homicides and 6,098 sexual assaults, with a total of 257,000 convictions.

whatisthat's picture

I would observe the Mexican corrupt establishment will fold like a house of cards.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Talk is cheap when the stories are good.

Swamp Yankee's picture

CLEARLY this clown has no idea who he is forking with.