Politicians in Mexico City bashed a piñata of US President-elect Donald Trump in what they defended as innocent Christmas party fun.

On Tuesday, members of Mexico’s leftist Democratic Revolution party convened for a Christmas “pre-fiesta,” where several legislators took turns beating the Trump piñata with a stick.

One of the politicians who took part in the “salute to Donald,” as it was dubbed, told Spanish newspaper El País the symbolic violence against Trump was a harmless gesture.

“They are popular and spontaneous forms of expressing the rejection that we have toward Trump,” Sen. Miguel Barbosa said. “We must not take it as a provocation but as it was, a Christmas prefiesta that showed the rejection and a way of thinking of many Mexicans.”

“It was a Christmas party and Christmas humor,” Barbosa also reiterated to Mexican news site Excelsior on Wednesday. “But that is the feeling that is held for someone who has aggravated Mexico.”

“Donald Trump is a person repudiated not only by Mexico, but by the world.”

President-elect Trump has vowed to address trade policies between the United States and Mexico, in addition to calling for the construction of a wall between the two countries in order to promote national sovereignty and legal immigration.

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