Donald Trump is “absolutely” a racist, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said in an interview airing Friday, remarking that the Republican front-runner’s rhetoric is inciting violence in the United States.
“Every word that he says goes in that direction,” the former president of Mexico and noted Trump critic told Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront,” according to a transcript.
Trump’s “discriminatory speech is creating violence within the same United States,” Fox said, going on to accuse the GOP poll leader of believing in a “supreme white race, and all brown [people] and Afro-Americans and everybody else is insignificant to him.”
Fox, the president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, has been outspoken on Trump in recent weeks, telling Fusion on Feb. 25 that despite the candidate’s insistence to the contrary, Mexico is “not going to pay for that f—–g wall.” Trump has since demanded an apology from Fox, including on Friday at a rally in Warren, Michigan.
Trump is a “false prophet,” Fox continued in his Al Jazeera interview, predicting that he would bring “that great nation to the desert, to hunger.”
He also smacked down Trump’s claims of self-made wealth, calling him a “junior” because of the money he received from his father. Trump has maintained he received a “small loan” and nothing more.
In detailing his specific complaints with Trump’s proposals, Fox commented that his “economic knowledge is very poor,” alluding to his four business bankruptcies and blasting his stance on trade.
“He is not understanding that by trading, we both win,” Fox said. “He is not understanding that Mexico buys to the United States every year millions of U.S. dollars. This means millions of jobs for U.S. citizens,” he said.
Trump, who has said he would tax American car companies who manufacture their vehicles in Mexico, is not considering the American consumer when the price of his or her car rises by 20 percent, Fox suggested.
“It’s very stupid what he is saying,” he remarked.
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