Hate for GOP front-runner Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, extends beyond America’s borders–particularly to the south.
People took part in a Holy Week tradition of burning effigies of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus Christ according to the Bible. Media reports that Trump-modeled effigies burned across Mexico on Saturday, from Monterrey to Puebla. Hundreds in Mexico City’s poor La Merced neighborhood cheered, yelling “death” as a paper mache Trump disintegrated in a colorful ball of fire.
Trump quickly rose to the top of the pack since entering the GOP presidential race last June, despite making many a divisive statement that would have made short work of any other candidate’s campaign. Early on in the race, he famously called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and proclaimed that he would “build a great wall” to keep illegal immigrants out, setting off the social media frenzy that may well have aided his ascent.
Maybe it’s not as it all seems, though. In an interview with NBC News shortly after those inflammatory comments, Donald put all worries to rest. “I have a great relationship with the Mexican people,” he told NBC’s Katy Tur. “They love me, I love them,” he said, “And I’ll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I’ll win the Latino vote.”
As of now, it’s not looking good for Trump and the Latino vote. He may want to consider a change in strategy from here on out if he hopes to win one of America’s fastest growing demographics.