People were rightly dumbfounded when Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto decided to invite Donald Trump for a visit – you know, considering the fact that the GOP nominee and his base has pretty much established that he doesn’t really like Mexicans.
“This man has called us criminals and rapists and said he is going to shut us out with a wall and screamed at us that we should pay for it, and then the president invites him to come and talk?” leading political analyst Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez told VICE News. “I just cannot fathom why Peña Nieto would do this. This is the stupidest thing that I have seen a president do in my lifetime.”
Regardless, Trump is going.
“But Trump is not a rational guy. He doesn’t care about the facts. He will be able to use this how he wants,” Silva-Herzog added. “There is no possibility that Peña Nieto can get anything out of this. Rather he is sending Trump a life jacket when he is drowning.”
Peña Nieto’s office refused to talk about the specifics of the meeting and calls for protest are rumbling throughout social media – and so is the mockery:
Trump is going to Mexico! Actually he's visiting a Chipotle near the Burbank airport, but he honestly won't be able to tell the difference.
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) August 31, 2016
Trump surrogate compares todays visit to Mexico with Nixon going to China. Do these idiots not even understand that Mexico is an ally?
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) August 31, 2016
One result of Trump going to Mexico is that when he returns, it will technically be correct to say that Mexico let a rapist into America.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) August 31, 2016
if trump goes to mexico i am invoking "no takebacks"
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 31, 2016
The people of Mexico line up to greet the possible arrival of Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/CA41MhYXpl
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 31, 2016
Trump going to Mexico is an excellent idea as long as the US doesn't let him back in.
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) August 31, 2016
I don't really get the big deal with Trump going to Mexico. Maybe he's just going to visit one of the factories that makes his ties.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 31, 2016
"Welcome to Mexico, Mr. Trump."
"Where is President Nieto and staff?"
"Something suddenly came up. I am Pablo, the head taco bowl maker."
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) August 31, 2016
Mexicans are complaining about Donald Trump's trip to Mexico. Many are saying, 'Americans send their worst… Tax cheats, bigots…
— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) August 31, 2016
Hillary Clinton getting ready for Donald Trump's trip to Mexico: pic.twitter.com/Eo6I06obOV
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 31, 2016