President Donald Trump may have tried his hand at building bridges with his opponents in the United States during his first address to Congress on Tuesday night, but one of his top critics south of the border isn't having it. The former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada mocked Trump's speech on Twitter — in English and with mentions to @realDonaldTrump, the president's personal and much-used account. The provocation might yet prove to incite a response form Trump, but the comments seem even more directed at the American public.
In several of his tweets, Fox referenced "U.S. citizens" and the public, trying to drive a wedge between the official Trump positions and ordinary Americans. If you caught the tweets live, they would very appropriately reflect on Trump's comments — at times even parroting the ideas but in an inclusive and anti-Trump manner. Take for example the first point that Trump made, addressing the Jewish Community Center bomb threats and the Kansas City shooting of two Indians.
"Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms," Trump said.
Trump's statement didn't make much sense to Fox, who tweeted that Trump "is condemning hate and evil, then he should start by example and take back his hateful words." And that was just the beginning.
After Trump asked, "But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?" Fox urged U.S. to "WAKE UP TODAY," implying that Trump's version of America may leave lots of people less than pleased. Fox tweeted, "US rebuilding will come after @realDonaldTrump. Let's hope he doesn't leave a big mess. AMERICA don't let him bully you."
The topic of particular importance to Fox it seems, as it is to most Mexicans — as they're supposed to pay for it — was the wall. Trump said, "We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime."
Fox was not pleased. Trump "wants to stop extremists with walls and war. Go and build the #FuckingWall around you and spare us from your evil," Fox tweeted. He then reiterated his point with a comic making a similar point. Trump is shown walled up along with lies, fear, and the alt-right. "This is the wall I would pay to get it done as fast as possible," Fox wrote in the tweet with the photo.
America is waking up! Stay united, question everything, act bravely. @realDonaldTrump is NOT the nation, the country belong to the people.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) March 1, 2017
Fox seems to think his message is getting across to the American people. "America is waking up! Stay united, question everything, act bravely. @realDonaldTrump is NOT the nation, the country belong to the people," he tweeted.
Let's hope Fox is right.