Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador once more waded into the U.S. political scenario on Thursday when he urged Hispanics to not vote for newly-declared presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — the most recent instance of the Mexican president meddling in U.S. elections in opposition to Republicans.
Lopez Obrador spoke at a press convention a day after DeSantis declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. DeSantis has taken a tough stance in opposition to unlawful immigration, and has referred to as for larger safety on the border — together with shutting down the border with Mexico.
Lopez Obrador accused DeSantis of pushing “anti-immigrant” insurance policies and urged Hispanics to not vote for him.
“I hope the Hispanics of Florida get up and do not give him any votes, that they do not vote for many who persecute migrants, those that do not respect migrants,” he mentioned, in line with The Guardian.
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The remarks are the most recent occasion of meddling in U.S. elections by the unpredictable Mexican premier — who has fumed at Republican criticism of his dealing with of immigration and the movement of fentanyl into the U.S.
In March he threatened to launch an “information campaign” in opposition to Republicans, telling Hispanics to not vote for them, after lawmakers instructed potential army motion to take out the drug cartels pumping out fentanyl and sending it to the U.S.
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“Beginning immediately we’re going to begin an info marketing campaign for Mexicans who reside and work in america and for all Hispanics to tell them of what we’re doing in Mexico and the way this initiative by the Republicans, along with being irresponsible, is an offense in opposition to the folks of Mexico, an absence of respect for our independence, our sovereignty,” he mentioned.
“And if they don’t change their angle and assume that they’re going to use Mexico for his or her propaganda, electoral, and political functions, we’re going to name for them to not vote for that social gathering, as a result of it’s interventionist, inhumane, hypocritical, and corrupt,” Lopez Obrador mentioned, later including that Mexico can be insisting that “not one vote” goes to Republicans from Mexicans and Hispanics.
In July 2022 he additionally focused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and mentioned that Mexico is “going to ask our countrymen there that they don’t vote for that candidate or social gathering.”
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Lopez Obrador has additionally taken swipes at American lawmakers when interesting for assist from the Chinese Communist regime in stopping fentanyl — which is created in Mexico utilizing Chinese language precursors.
“Unjustly, they’re blaming us for issues that in massive measure should do with their lack of values, their welfare disaster,” he wrote. “These positions are in themselves an absence of respect and a risk to our sovereignty, and furthermore they’re based mostly on an absurd, manipulative, propagandistic and demagogic angle.”
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DeSantis, in the meantime, just lately introduced that Florida is sending regulation enforcement and Nationwide Guard troops, amongst different sources, to the border to assist with the continued migrant disaster on the Texas-Mexico border.