Mexican Senator Threatens to Invade US States In Response to Trump Tariff Threat
Félix Salgado Macedonio makes bizarre threat to President
Following the Trump administration's threats to levy tariffs on Mexican goods if the country doesn't do something about the border crisis, a Mexican senator responded by threatening to take over some American states.
Although it's probably most likely that Félix Salgado Macedonio was not serious when he made the threats on Twitter proposing replacing territory, which the United States won in the Mexican-American War, the remarks could be taken out of context.
But even if those threats were a joke, in context Macedonio's personal insults to Trump, it won't reassure the US they are serious about tackling immigration.
“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 could 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!”
Trump pelos de elote, ni creas que te tenemos miedo. Los Mexicanos estamos en nuestro territorio ( California, Nevada,Texas, Utah,Nuevo México, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado y Wyoming) Vamos a recuperar nuestro territorio que nos robaron. ¡Viva AMLO cabrones !— Félix Salgado Macedonio (@FelixSalMac) May 31, 2019
But Macedonio isn't just some lawmaker insulting Trump, according to his official webpage, he is currently serving as the president of the Comisión de Defensa Nacional (National Defense Commission) in the Mexican Senate.
Macedonio holds a position in electoral leadership, including heading up the Mexican Senate’s defense committee, yet he's on twitter talking about taking the country back from the US.
But Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seemed more in tune with Trump's demands, a responded by saying they could be "prepared to reach out the deal."
“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.
If Mexico doesn't comply with Trump's demands for the border, the tariffs will increase each month they refuse to help:
- 10 percent on July 1
- 15 percent on Aug. 1
- 20 percent on Sept. 1
- 25 percent on Oct. 1