During a speech at the American Legion Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hillary Clinton rebuked Donald Trump over his recent trip to Mexico to meet with their President, Enrique Peña Nieto and discuss policies regarding the U.S.-Mexico border, which she dismissed as cheap attempt at public relations:
“You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. You do it by putting in the slow, hard work of building relationships. Getting countries working together was my job every day as your Secretary of State. It’s more than a photo op. It takes consistency and reliability. Actually, it’s just like building personal relationships. People have to get to know that they can count on you; that you won’t say one thing one day and something totally different the next. And it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That is not how it works.”
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
Aside from a disagreement over whether or not Mexico would pay for Trump’s proposed wall along the border, an inevitable waste of time, money and resources, the visit between Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto was cordial, resulting in a welter of despairing criticism from Mexico’s press and from Mexican academic Jesús Silva-Herzog, who called Nieto’s reception of Donald Trump the “biggest stupidity in the history of the Mexican presidency.”
However, as soon as the Donald returned to American soil, he gave an impassioned, inarticulate speech in Phoenix, Arizona in which he reverted to and reiterated his previous positions on Mexican immigrants as the crowd chanted “SEND THEM HOME!”, bringing to mind a Nazi rally.
“Number one: are you ready? Are. You. Ready? We will build a great wall along the southern border… and Mexico will pay for the wall. 100 percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall. And they’re great people and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall.
“On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. We will use the best technology, including above- and below-ground sensors, that’s the tunnels. Remember that; above and BELOW… above- and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels, and Mexico, you know that, will work with us. I really believe it. Mexico will work with us. I absolutely believe it, and especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful President today, I really believe they want to solve this problem along with us and I’m sure they will.
“Number two: we are going to end catch and release. We catch them, ‘Oh, go ahead.’ We catch them, ‘Go ahead.’ Under my administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which they came. And they’ll be brought great distances. We’re not dropping them right across. They learned that. President Eisenhower, they drop ’em across, right across, they come back, and across. Then when they flew ’em to to a long distance, all of a sudden, that was the end. We will take them great distances, but we will take them to the country where they came from. O.K.?
“Number three: number three – this is the one, I think it’s so great. It’s hard to believe people don’t even talk about it. Zero tolerance for criminal aliens! Zero! Zero! Zero! They don’t come in here! They don’t come in here! According to federal data, there are least two million – two million; think about it – criminal aliens now inside of our country. Two million people! criminal aliens! We will begin moving them out, day one! As soon as I take office! Day one!”
Indeed, this development is not surprising, as Donald Trump has abruptly reversed his positions on the Affordable Care Act and whether or not to use military force in Iraq. Also not surprising, Trump’s claim that federal data shows at least two million criminal aliens now inside the U.S., out of more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants deported from the United States in 2014, only just more than half were convicted criminals. A study conducted by the American Immigration Council and published in 2007 also found that immigrants from various ethnic groups are incarcerated less often than their native-born counterparts.
As such, Donald Trump’s dishonesty has once again become embarrassingly transparent, especially since he apparently has no compunction about hiring non-union immigrant workers from Mexico and Central America and cutting corners on their pay and medical benefits!
Featured image via CNN.