When President Trump launched his latest deranged Twitter attack on Mexico on Easter morning, the quality of his discourse stank like an Easter egg left undiscovered in the bushes on the White House lawn since last year’s egg hunt.
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018
Now, Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, has responded to Trump’s ludicrously false remarks about his nation’s efforts at cooperation with the United States on border control issues with a statement that is as thoughtful, measured, and factual as our President’s is ill-informed, hyperbolic, and mendacious.
Every day Mexico and the US work together on migration throughout the region. Facts clearly reflect this. An inaccurate news report should not serve to question this strong cooperation. Upholding human dignity and rights is not at odds with the rule of law. Happy Easter.
— Luis Videgaray Caso (@LVidegaray) April 1, 2018
By ending his tweet with a holiday greeting, the Mexican foreign minister reminds us to pray for a return to the times when the United States had a president worthy of respect– a president who commanded respect by acting with dignity, integrity, and compassion rather than inviting disdain with childish temper tantrums and demonstrations of his massive ignorance and prejudice.
We can only hope that the rest of the American populace is not being judged by the people of other nations in the same terms as our embarrassment of a “leader.” After all, it was only a quirk of the constitutional relic that is the electoral college, with the grand assistance of illegal Russian subterfuge, that led to someone who only won a minority of the votes of the American citizens to occupy the office he is so defiling now.
Perhaps we need more than a humble prayer, however. If divine entreaties are in order, then let us pray for a miracle to rescue our nation from the the largest and most self-inflicted threat we’ve ever faced.