¡Oye, Trump!

SAYING YES TO A NEW START FOR MEXICO, SAYING NO TO A WALL


ANDRÉS MANUEL LÓPEZ OBRADOR

Edited and translated by NATASCHA UHLMANN

“Donald Trump’s belligerent approach has boosted leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador into pole position for Mexico’s presidency.” —TIME


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Andrés Manuel López Obrador is a fiery progressive politician who, having participated in the 2006 and 2012 Mexican presidential elections, is running once again in 2018. Current opinion polls give him a substantial lead, a development, it seems likely, related to the reaction of many of his fellow countrymen to the election of another outspoken presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

In these pages López Obrador presents a no-holds-barred condemnation of corruption in his own country and a sharp critique of what he regards as the baleful influence of the United States in Mexican politics, especially under the Trump presidency. Setting out a program that counters the neo-liberal politics that have dominated Mexico for decades, López Obrador calls on his country to make a break from a long-ingrained tradition of deference to US interests.

Things may change between now and the election in July. But as matters stand, Mexico appears more likely to elect a radical populist head of state than at any time in its recent history. The implications of this for its people, and for the United States, are substantial, making ¡Oye, Trump! essential reading for anyone interested in global politics.

256 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682191-55-2 • E-book 978-1-682191-56-9

About the Author

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, widely known as AMLO, was Head of Government of the Federal District (Mexico City) from 2000 to 2005, before resigning to run as candidate in the 2006 and 2012 presidential elections, representing a coalition led by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He is today the leader and founder of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA).

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Although we followed the 2016 US elections closely, the principles of nonintervention and state sovereignty led us to keep a respectful distance from its internal politics, and the few times we did opine, we did so without interfering and without taking sides.

But there are some things that can’t go unacknowledged. I recall that Donald Trump, upon announcing his candidacy on June 16 of 2015, exclaimed, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They send people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”

We’ve since asked ourselves whether he truly didn’t understand the basis of mass immigration or if he was just resorting to demagoguery, because Mexico does not “send” anyone to the United States; it happens that millions of people have left our country in the pursuit of a better life through honest work in our neighbor to the north. The majority has left to better their economic situation, while others flee the violence that plagues our homeland.

After the election, and when the Republican contender was sworn into office, we decided to act. We knew that Enrique Peña Nieto would not meet his duty to represent Mexico with dignity and that he would be unwilling to vigorously defend migrants. Experience proved us correct.

After campaign rhetoric morphed into government policy, we could no longer stand idly by in the face of this aggression. Our first move was to participate in a meeting on January 20th, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, with the people in the border town of Acuña, Coahuila. Subsequently, in a two month span, we attended public gatherings in Los Angeles, Chicago, El Paso, Phoenix, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Laredo.

As part of that mobilization, we delivered a note of protest to the United Nations, and a complaint to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Trump’s effort to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States, and for his attempts to persecute migrant workers.