Mexico City’s lawmakers are urging the federal government to take action to ban Donald Trump after they unanimously voted to stop him entering the country.
The proposal, introduced by the left-wing Democratic Revolutionary Party (DRP), was passed on Wednesday and called on the federal authorities to suspend or prohibit the Republican presidential frontrunner from coming to Mexico due to his provocative rhetoric on Mexican immigration, reports The World Post.
The billionaire entrepreneur has pledged to build a “great, great wall” between the US and Mexico if he wins the race to the White House, which he said would have to be funded by Mexico.
The 69-year-old has said he believes the country is “sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists”.
From the Mexico City legislature, which asked the federal government to ban Donald Trump from the country today pic.twitter.com/VNdykeEQ9f— Roque Planas (@RoqPlanas) March 3, 2016
Victor Hugo Romo, DRP member and deputy in Mexico City’s government, said Mr Trump was “primeval, egocentric and primitive”, according to Noticias NVS.
“Hitler was very popular. He generated a lot of sympathy by creating a nationalist policy that vindicated the Germans’ sense of self-worth,” Mr Romo said.
“[Trump] is practically a copy. I consider Donald Trump a chauvinist and a misogynist disposed to political repression. He doesn’t respect diversity.”
Jose Manuel Delgadillo, National Action Party deputy, said Mexico City’s assembly wanted to encourage the country’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to confront Mr Trump about his beliefs.
He told The World Post: “What we’re saying is that if he wants to build a wall so that Mexicans can’t enter his country, the he is not welcome in our country.
“What we need now is for President Pena Nieto to make a strong statement condemning Mr Trump’s anti-Mexican comments.”
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
President Nieto has not commented on the issue.
But his foreign affairs secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu told The Washington Post: “When an apple is red, it is red. When you say ignorant things, you are ignorant.”
The ban – proposed as a “point of agreement” – is essentially a symbolic measure demonstrating Mexicans’ unease at Mr Trump as Mexico City’s legislators do not have the power to enforce legislation nationally.
A second former Mexican president compared Mr Trump to Hitler last month.
Felipe Calderon said: “This logic of praising the white supremacy is not just anti-immigration.
“He is acting and speaking out against immigrants that have a different skin colour than he does, it is frankly racist and [he is] exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time.”
Former premier Vincente Fox had previously said that Mr Trump “reminds me of Hitler” and that Mexico would not “pay for that f***ing wall”.