Today has become a very busy day, and I don’t have the time for a post, but I recommend that you read Mary O’Grady’s article on how Monterrey tycoon Alfonso Romo, whom AMLO has named chief of staff of his proposed cabinet, got richer quick through a 2004 IPO and buyback of sorts.
Ever-hopeful of the presidency Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants NAFTA negotiationd suspended until after next year’s election
[Foreign Minister Luis] Videgaray told reporters that Mexico would leave the talks if the U.S. began formal proceedings to withdraw from Nafta. Mr. Trump has the authority to unilaterally withdraw from the deal by giving a six-month notice.
AMLO is not happy, and says that he would renegotiate any deal that harms Mexico’s interests if he wins the vote. What are the odds of his win?
Polls show Mr. López Obrador, a 63-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, is the early front-runner among possible candidates for next July’s presidential election. Although he lost two previous votes for president in 2006 and 2012 and is a divisive figure, he has gotten a boost from the country’s repeated corruption scandals, as well as a nationalist surge in response to Mr. Trump’s repeated criticism of Mexico. Mr. Trump has shocked Mexicans with his administration’s efforts to build a border wall, its crackdown on undocumented migration, as well as his threats to terminate Nafta.
AMLO has praised Fidel Castro as a “great figure of history”, and claims Castro’s human rights record has been misunderstood. Let’s hope he is defeated for a third time.
The Dems cry foul and accuse Russia of interfering in American elections, they turn a blind eye to Mexican extreme-left presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a.k.a AMLO:
Over the last few days, Sr. Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador, known south of the border as AMLO, was campaigning in Los Angeles and criticizing President Trump
Mexico’s home-grown populist and presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rallied supporters in Los Angeles on Sunday, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and plans for a wall along the border.
Looking ahead to the presidential election next year, Lopez Obrador sought to tap widespread discontent with Mexico’s ruling party and resentment toward the new U.S. president, while placing faith in Americans to resist Trump’s policies.
“I think the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people,” Lopez Obrador told the rally in Los Angeles.
In Mexico, each voter is provided with a government-supplied voter ID card, which includes the voter’s photograph, fingerprints, and a holographic image.
I suggest that the U.S. hold Mexican nationals to the same standards.
In his speech, AMLO mentions union leader César Chávez,
recordamos a César Chávez, un luchador social excepcional, quien nos enseñó que la libertad no se implora, se conquista.
[my translation:] we remember César Chávez, an exceptional social warrior, who taught us that feedom is not begged, it is conquered.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, far-left former presidential candidate who was endorsed by Hugo Chavez has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack,
The 60-year-old Mr. López Obrador on Sunday addressed a large gathering in the city’s main square in opposition to plans to open the oil sector to private investment, and has planned a number of protest actions as the congress takes up the proposal this week.” target=”_blank”>The 60-year-old Mr. López Obrador on Sunday addressed a large gathering in the city’s main square in opposition to plans to open the oil sector to private investment, and has planned a number of protest actions as the congress takes up the proposal this week.
In other Mexico news,
U.S. Indicts Ex-Mexico Governor [Tomas Yarrington]
Former Mexican governor and one-time presidential hopeful is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from drug cartels for protecting drug shipments
In the May indictment, opened on Monday in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson charged the former governor, Tomas Yarrington, with accepting millions of dollars to allow the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas drug gang to ship tons of cocaine through the state of Tamaulipas while he was governor between 1999 and 2005.
The indictment marks the second time in weeks that a Mexican governor has been indicted in the U.S., and is an embarrassment for the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Many Mexicans suspect the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, for years had ties to organized crime cartels. The PRI has denied that.
More than 100 people attempting to illegally cross into the United States from Mexico over the weekend threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents trying to stop them, the agency said Monday.
And, in a lighter mode, let’s not forget this week’s Terapia intensiva, in Spanish,
What to do when you lose but can’t let go? Well, if you are Andrés Manuel López Obrador, best known as Amlo, you claim to be the actual government.
No wonder so many Americans, Europeans and Asians think of Latin America as the place where magical realism best describes reality.
It all began in 2006 when the former Mexico City mayor almost became Mexico’s real president, losing the election by a hair. He cried fraud, launched street protests, and excoriated the winner, President Felipe Calderón, as a “presidential usurper.” Then, as a culminating gesture of defiance, he held a mock inauguration in the country’s main square, donning a replica of Mexico’s red, white and green presidential sash and took a pretend oath of office.
With this, many assumed they had seen the last of Mr. López Obrador — at least until the next election in 2012.
But while the leftist has faded from international headlines, he never really went away in Mexico. He went on to found a parallel executive branch of government that proposes new laws, issues statements, holds elections, officiates during Mexican Independence Day, and even circulates its own form of identification card for Mexicans (some 2.8 million Mexicans carry them, according to a Legitimate Government spokesman).
Nowadays, Mr. López Obrador tours the country giving presidential speeches where he is introduced as the real McCoy. After three years of this, he will soon have visited all of Mexico’s 2,438 municipalities. That would make him, he says, the first politician — indeed, maybe even the first man — ever to have done that.
Amlo’s fantasy “Legitimate Government” has volunteer functionaries, real journalists assigned to cover him (who at least get paid for their jobs), and lots of rallies.
You would think that all this nonsense would show results. Think again:
Support for the leftist hovers at around 16% of the population — about half what he got in the 2006 election — according to a June poll in the Mexican daily La Reforma.
Amlo, however, carries on, pretending.