Despite Mexico currently building its own border wall, former Mexican President Vicente Fox urged Americans to “wake up” and reject the “false prophet” Donald Trump and US nationalism in general.
“Wake up, America!” Fox said repeatedly during an interview with the Washington Post. “I want to warn people here in the United States to watch out for this false prophet that promised gold, that promised paradise, that promised everything.”
“Sitting in that chair, the presidential chair of the United States, where Abraham Lincoln sat, where Washington sat, President Kennedy, President Reagan, with elegance, with authority, with consideration to everybody in the world — how can this guy sit there.”
The reason why Fox hates Trump is simple: the former president once proposed merging the U.S. into Mexico and Canada.
Fox wanted the U.S. to join Mexico and Canada into a EU-style “North American Union” which would combine all three countries into one regional government using one currency, like the Euro, at the expense of both U.S. national sovereignty and individual rights.
“I proposed a ‘NAFTA Plus’ plan to President Bush and Canada’s Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to move us toward a single continental economic union, modeled on the European example,” he wrote in his autobiography Revolution of Hope. “…At summits I took every opportunity to advocate clearly for free-market policies; showing what sound economics could do to fund social justice; arguing for globalism, NAFTA and the Free Trade Area of the Americas.”
An EU-style North American Union would be easier to implement if the U.S. lacks effective borders, which explains why Fox keeps lashing out against Trump’s brand of nationalism in particular.
Fox also claimed to seek the “convergence of our two economies, convergence on the basic and fundamental variables of the economy, convergence on rates of interest, convergence on income of people, convergence on salaries.”
“Why can’t we be not only partners in the long term, but a North American Union,” he asked during a 2007 interview.
And while Fox stopped short of labeling Trump a racist, despite comparing him to Adolf Hitler in the past, Fox ironically referred to Trump as “the ugly gringo of the 20th century” and a “piñata” with “no brain inside.”
Fox also leveled criticism at current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for extending an invitation to Trump to visit Mexico City, but his criticism is hypocritical given that Fox himself had extended the same invitation when he apologized for using vulgar language to assert Mexico would not pay for Trump’s border wall.
“I invite him to come to Mexico and to see what Mexico is all about,” he said.