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Apparently bristling from criticism about violent crime in Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of the country says “untrustworthy” Sen. Ted Cruz is a crook and someone who should mind his own business.
During a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting earlier this month, Cruz (R-Tex.) lamented the “deepening civil unrest” in Mexico which poses a national security threat to America in the form of cartel drug smuggling and illegal immigration at the border region.
“The current climate faced by politicians and journalists in Mexico is the deadliest ever,” Cruz continued. “In 2020, more journalists were killed in Mexico than in any other country in the world. It alone accounted for a third of the journalists killed.”
Cruz added that since September 2020, “over 80 politicians were assassinated by criminal organizations and more than 60 candidates suspended their campaigns under duress. President Lopez Obrador seems intent on making all of these trends worse.”
The accelerating breakdown of Mexican institutions and the rule of law under López Obrador is a threat to US national security.
Today, I pressed the Administration on the need to do more to stop and reverse this deadly trend. pic.twitter.com/h1ZAiNUB7c
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 17, 2022
As alluded to above, Cruz’s comments didn’t sit well with the leftist Mexican leader who is known by his AMLO initials.
“Why does he have to get involved?” Lopez Obrador said in Spanish, as reported by Breitbart. “I would tell our friends in the United States and our countrymen living over there to consider him a busybody”…
“If [Cruz] wants to be governor, legislator or president, the U.S. people should not consider someone like that,” he said. “Imagine a candidate who interferes with the internal life of another country. Do not trust him, that Ted Cruz — because he is crooked.”
#LaMañanera @lopezobrador_ pide a los paisanos en EU que no confíen en el senador Ted Cruz, a quien calificó de metiche por opinar sobre su gobierno,añadió que es chueco.https://t.co/OSaEZM48lt pic.twitter.com/Vroa8VAw9J
— @diario24horas (@diario24horas) February 22, 2022
A check of Sen. Cruz’s Twitter feed showed no response thus far to López Obrador.
During the 2016 GOP presidential primary cycle, then-candidate Donald Trump referred to rival Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump reserved the crooked appellation for his general election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
After Trump took office, he changed the nickname to “beautiful Ted” and/or “Texas Ted” because of the way they worked together on America First legislation. “He’s no longer Lyin’ Ted,” POTUS 45 quipped. “I like him a lot.”
Parenthetically, López Obrador was one of the few world leaders who didn’t rush to congratulate Joe Biden on the outcome of the 2020 election. Citing vote fraud that he claimed thwarted him in 2006 and 2012, he said that he would wait until the legal process got sorted out.
Although the country has serious law-and-order issues that Cruz summarized, Mexico requires voter ID at the polls.
A 2018 post at the VDare.com website describes the setup:
Each Mexican voter has a government-issued photographic voter ID card, which he presents to election authorities. They have a book with the photograph of each and every voter precinct. Each precinct has such a book. Across from the election authorities are seated representatives from various political parties. When the election authority at the table calls the name of the voter, his name is checked off in the precinct book. The voter also has his thumb stained with ink that wears off in a few days.
Unlike Bibi, Mexican president holds off on congratulating Biden 'until election process over' https://t.co/zokypHmmjV via @BIZPACReview
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 9, 2020
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