The real estate magnate became front-page news south of the border after he said Mexico and other Latin American countries were “not sending their best” people to the U.S., but rather criminals, drug dealers and rapists.
“They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity” Trump said Tuesday in New York City. “And now they’re beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
Mexico’s El Universal newspaper proclaimed on its front page that Trump had “lashed out” at Mexicans while promising to build a “great wall” on the Mexican border. Argentina’s Clarín newspaper decried the “nationalistic vein” that Trump struck throughout his speech.
Social media blew up throughout the region, as Americans quipped that Trump had already lost the Hispanic vote and Latin Americans expressed shocked over the statements made by the reality TV star. Comedian Rob Schneider directed a tweet at Trump, saying his daughter is half-Mexican and lamenting that she has the “problem” of speaking two languages before turning three years old.