Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, went on national television to express his dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump and to say the new commander-in-chief reminds him of Hitler.
Specifically, Fox told CNN that Trump reminded him “of Hitler addressing the Nazi party.”
Really. Here’s how the conversation went, as captured by Breitbart:
“REPORTER: ‘Do you get a sense, though, that it’s the U.S. president who us driving events and Mexico’s president finds himself a prisoner of them?
“FOX: ‘Well, that much and that part yes. When I saw today’s gathering of the Republican party retreat and Trump being there reminded me of Hitler addressing the Nazi party. And I think it’s important to remind to congressmen from the Republican party that above all on their responsibilities is their own conscious —
“REPORTER: ‘I’m going to interrupt you. Forgive me. You are comparing the current U.S. president to a man who exterminated millions of people? Really?
“FOX: ‘Not in that sense. I’m comparing him in the sense of in the way he is a populist. Of everything that he said in this retreat is pure populism. Making America great, first let him demonstrate that he can do that. Number two, when he says jobs for everybody, what he says, business for everybody, I mean his declarations, declarations, his screeds and his executive orders, and yes I want to remind that a congressman is obliged with his free conscious to make decisions. He doesn’t have to accept what this guy is proposing to them.'”
Remember when Al Gore, vice president under Bill Clinton’s administration, ran for the high office himself on what liberals like to call a populist message? That was back when populism was appealing to the left, because it helped sell its socialism as moderate politicking. But now that Trump’s messages have struck a populist tone?
Now populism is what Hitler preached, at least in the minds of Trump’s detractors.
The characterization, of course, is a lie. Fox, along with all of Mexico, is angry because Trump is truly going forward on his “Make America Great Again” campaign vows, which include having Mexico pay for a border wall.