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”.
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.”
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”.
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