by Brian Hayes
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is making overtures toward the Trump administration in the wake of a threat by the White House to levy tariffs if Mexico doesn’t do something about illegal immigration.
However, one Mexican senator has a different tack for dealing with the threat: Take over some American states.
Félix Salgado Macedonio probably wasn’t thinking things through serious when he took to Twitter to first insult the President of the United States, and then propose taking back the territory the United States won in the Mexican-American War back in the 19th century.
However, the rhetoric is not what anyone wants to hear — particularly after Macedonio personally insulted Trump even before he went all irredentist.
“Trump corn hairs, do not think we’re afraid of you,” Macedonio began, according to a Google translation of his tweet. (“Pelos de elote,” or “corn hairs,” is a colloquial insult that means “unattractive hair.” Because, get it? He noticed that Trump’s hair can be mocked. No one’s ever thought of that one before.)
“Mexicans are in our territory (California, Nevada, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming) We are going to recover our territory that was stolen,” he continued.
He then saluted Lopez Obrado, who is often known by an acronym made up of his four initials: “Viva AMLO, bastards!”
Of all the possible reactions to a looming trade war between the United States and Mexico, this may indeed be the worst. There’s nothing like a threatened border incursion against a country with the most powerful military in the world.
Can’t you just see the Trump administration now? “Oh, well. One Mexican senator is threatening us with invasion. Better call off those tariffs.”
Not bloody likely.
Yet, Macedonio isn’t just some random lawmaker shooting off at the mouth. He’s currently serving as the president of the Comisión de Defensa Nacional (National Defense Commission) in the Mexican Senate, according to his official webpage. He also sits on several other committees.
In other words, this isn’t the Maxine Waters of Mexico. This is a man who holds a major position in electoral leadership, including heading up the Mexican Senate’s defense committee — and he’s on Twitter talking about taking back the territory his country lost well over a century and a half ago. (Apparently, Macedonio isn’t terribly familiar with international law or the concept of “right of conquest.” He might also not be aware the United States paid Mexico for the land it acquired at the end of the war.)
The rest of his tweet, oddly, seems to be devoted to praise for AMLO.
Lopez Obrador, however, is singing a very different tune – trying to appease President Trump and avoid devastating tariffs that will hit his country within days if he does not comply with Trump’s demad to stop illegal migration through Mexico.
In fact, at a news conference today, the Mexican president said he was open to the idea of tightening illegal migration in order to avoid the cumulative tariffs the Trump administration is proposing.
“The main thing is to inform about what we’re already doing on the migration issue, and if it’s necessary to reinforce these measures without violating human rights, we could be prepared to reach that deal,” Obrador said, according to Reuters. He also said he was hopeful that trade talks between the two countries this week in Washington would prove fruitful.
Not on the agenda, clearly, was the threat of trying to take back the states lost in the Mexican-American War. This was apparently lost on Macedonio.
There’s also another irony to Macedonio’s tweet: This is all because Mexico is unable or unwilling to secure its own (relatively small) Southern border. If it can’t, or won’t, do that, how exactly does Macedonio plan to get all of those American states back?
“AMLO” better get his people in line, and stop these caravans from moving freely across Mexican tyerroritoty to the United States.
Otherwise, on June 10 — when the first round of 5 percent tariffs is scheduled to take effect — the hammer is going to come down, and hard.