The wall that appals

FROM the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in June 2015, the possibility of his victory has been a Mexican nightmare. He made clear from the start that he was running against Mexico as much as against his political foes. He called Mexicans “rapists” and threatened to deport 11m illegal immigrants (half of them Mexicans) and to rip up the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He promised repeatedly to make Mexico pay for a border wall that he would build, perhaps by taxing the remittances Mexican migrants send home.

When the nightmare unexpectedly came to pass on November 8th the mood on Mexico City’s streets was subdued rather than enraged. “Tremble”, advised the front page of Reforma, one of the leading broadsheets, but few Mexicans seemed to be doing that. Instead, some took refuge in gallows humour: think of the jobs Mr Trump’s wall will create, they joked. Others sounded hurt that their neighbours had chosen a leader who made such a point of slandering them. “I can’t believe that there’s racism in 2016,” said Andrew Abasolo, an events-company…Continue reading

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