A candidate running for president of Mexico who slams President Trump and supports illegal immigrants may not seem so unusual.
But where the candidate chose to campaign is more than questionable.
Ricardo Anaya Cortes reportedly took his Mexican presidential bid across the border into California, Fox News reported.
Anaya met with businessmen and activists in Los Angeles, according to the Mexican newspaper Excelsior, calling for protections for illegal immigrants and blasting the U.S. president – while on American soil.
The candidate vowed he would not be on the side of “an American president who has dedicated himself to insulting our community,” and declared that “we are one” as he argued that the Mexican migrant community in the U.S. is not alone, according to Excelsior.
Anaya even met with the president of the University of California – once the Obama-era Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.
Hoy me reuní con Janet Napolitano, Presidenta de la Universidad de California. Platicamos sobre la importancia de apoyar a los dreamers y concordamos en que los migrantes mexicanos merecen respeto. pic.twitter.com/g4ZmtHMU7S
— RicardoAnayaC (@RicardoAnayaC) March 3, 2018
They “talked about the importance of supporting the Dreamers and agreed that Mexican migrants deserve respect,” Anaya said in the tweet .
The candidate, who is from the conservative National Action Party, has criticized Mexican President Peña Nieto for allowing Trump to visit the country in 2016. He has pledged to take a strong stand against Washington and not allow the U.S. to take advantage of his country.
“At the right time I will say personally to the president of the United States, and I will say it in his language so there will be absolutely no confusion … Mexico will not pay a single cent for that wall,” Anaya said.
As California gears up to battle the Trump administration over its sanctuary cities and immigration policies, the fact that a Mexican presidential candidate would cross the border to press state politicians and other officials to protect people living in the U.S. illegally gave Twitter users even more reason to cry, “Build the wall now.”
Why is a Mexican presidential candidate campaigning in California? https://t.co/p4vpYIpC3r
— Nick Short ?? (@PoliticalShort) March 9, 2018
That’s where some of the illegals are supposed to vote. Without a wall they’ll vote in both countries.
— Michael Valsi (@michaelvalsi) March 9, 2018
Mexican candidate is campaigning in CA because he wants CA legislators to help mexico to continue taking his welfare people so they will be less burden on mexico
— Antonia (@antoniaiadi) March 9, 2018
Has this world gone crazy or what? https://t.co/fif7Ody6qU
— Patrick (@Luceyp3) March 9, 2018
— American (@distwitscountry) March 9, 2018
Why are democrats colluding with Mexico? https://t.co/EghX3CSvkp
— Stelter’s Camel Toe (@SpayMsm) March 9, 2018
Would it not be odd for an American presidential candidate to campaign in Guadalajara?
— Nick Short ?? (@PoliticalShort) March 9, 2018
Mex candidate campaigning in Southern California because that’s where his constituents are. They collect benefits in USA and vote in Drugland.
— Gavin Hardy (@BrexitMania) March 9, 2018
Why was he allowed in the country to make a political speech in a foreign country? We’ve arrested illegals for less.
— Goo T. Gwaba (@GooGwaba) March 9, 2018
Isn’t this collusion from a foreign government ??????????????
— Louis Greco (@WAY8957NE) March 9, 2018
My guess is because half of Mexico is in California now.
— Toni ้?? (@Toniary_1776) March 9, 2018
Once again, because WE ALLOW IT.
— NoWhining (@whining_no) March 9, 2018
For the same reason that high school students are being encouraged to set national policy.
— Will Luden (@WillLuden) March 9, 2018
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