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Operation Mexico

When Commentary learned last night about Donald Trump’s meeting with Mexico’s president today, I chuckled. Trump is still acknowledging he has a big time Latino vote problem. He is acknowledging he has an immigration policy problem. He is acknowledging he has a presidential appearance problem. That’s good news to me. Mexicans are not taking kindly to Trump’s meeting with their president. Here is from a story in Politico about the reaction from Mexicans:

Trump is “not welcome” in her country, former Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala de Calderón tweeted Wednesday morning, as news broke of the Republican nominee’s impending visit and meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto. 

“Mexicans have dignity and repudiate his hate speech,” she wrote.

And:

Mexican Senate President Roberto Gil Zuarth tweeted that the invitation to Trump only served to legitimize his “proposal of demagogy and hate.” 

“We are threatened with war and walls, but we open the National Palace,” he wrote, referring to the building housing the country’s executive branch. 

Former Mexican diplomat Jorge Guajardo, who served as the Mexican consul in Austin and later as the Mexican ambassador to China, also slammed Peña Nieto for Trump’s visit. 

“I am taking suggestions on the best place to hide in Washington. I feel embarrassed as a Mexican thanks to my president. I want to hide,” he tweeted. 

Public approval of Peña Nieto fell to 23 percent in the latest public poll released earlier in August, with approximately three-quarters of Mexicans holding an unfavorable view of the job he is doing as the country’s president. 

But in another poll conducted in June, Trump’s approval rating in the country he has used as a political punching bag was far lower: 2 percent.

Here is the entire Politico article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mexico-visit-margarita-zavala-de-calderon-227577.

The Secretary Hillary Clinton campaign reacted here in Politico:

“From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and criminals and has promised to deport 16 million people, including children and U.S. citizens. He has said we should force Mexico to pay for his giant border wall. He has said we should ban remittances to families in Mexico if Mexico doesn’t pay up,” communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement following confirmation of Trump’s visit to Mexico City.

And:

Lorella Praeli, Clinton’s Latino outreach director, echoed Palmieri’s statement but went a step further, branding Trump’s visit to Mexico a distraction from his rhetoric over the past 14 months. 

“His policy is to take away deferred action from childhood arrivals, to take away protection from deportation, from dreamers in our country and put them on a path to deportation. That is the plan here,” she told CNN. “I don’t want to get distracted. I don’t think the American people will allow themselves to get distracted when Donald Trump has made this the core of his campaign. The one policy that he has explained to us over the last 14 months is his immigration policy, and that is exactly what’s happening here. We cannot allow ourselves to get distracted by changing headlines or an attempt to distract us from his real policy.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mexico-visit-clinton-campaign-227576.

Jorge Ramos asked if the Mexican president will demand a Trump apology:

JORGE RAMOS ‏@jorgeramosnews 14m14 minutes ago

This is the question. Is @realDonaldTrump going to apologize for insulting Mexicans? Will @EPN demand an apology?

It really doesn’t matter.

Latino voters are not going to get played. We have pretty much figured out who Donald Trump is. He got his nomination because of his hateful approach to immigrants. All this does is keep the Latino vote issue front and center during this election.   It helps Latino voter turnout, which in turns helps Clinton and Dems.

Also, last I heard, Mexico isn’t a battleground state. Just saying.

There have been three MLB All Star Games played in H-Town (1968, 1986 & 2004). Name the starting pitchers for all three games?

I don’t have much to say about Rick Perry and dancing. What is the point? I mean look what it did for Tom Delay.

We are still two out in the Wild Card race. It was good to see that #ColbyJack last night.

In 1968, Don Drysdale started for the NL and Luis Taint for the AL. In 1986, it was The Rocket (AL) and Dwight Gooden (NL). In 2004, it was The Rocket (NL) and Mark Mulder (AL) of course.

Oh, yeah, we wrap up the homie this afternoon.

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