Former president Vicente Fox has jumped into the fray over Donald Trump’s border wall, making it clear in an interview with Univision where he stands on the issue.
“I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall,” said Fox, suggesting that Trump, the leading Republican candidate for U.S. president, had the money and should pay for it himself.
The statement earned a rebuke soon after from Trump himself, who took to Twitter yesterday to demand an apology. “. . . Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologize! If I did that there would be an uproar!”
But the only one coming close to apologizing so far is U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden.
“There has been a lot of harmful and unacceptable rhetoric and I almost feel obliged to ask for an apology for this presidential campaign in my country and what has been said about Mexicans,” he said during an official visit to Mexico yesterday.
Without naming Trump, Biden told President Enrique Peña Nieto that the strong rhetoric by one of the candidates was not representative of the U.S. “It is not the opinion of the people of my country, it is the opposite.”
Former president Fox said in the interview with news show anchor Jorge Ramos that he was troubled by the support Trump picked up in Nevada, and questioned the claim that he won 44% of the Hispanic vote.
“I’d like to know who those Hispanics are,” he said, urging them to “open their eyes.”
He predicted the U.S. would “fail if it goes into the hands of a crazy guy.”
Fox’s comments follow those of another ex-president, Felipe Calderón, who has also denounced Trump’s border wall. But he only went as far as to call it “stupid.”
Fox continued the theme in an interview this morning with news show host Adela Micha on Grupo Imagen, suggesting Trump should be apologizing to Mexicans and repeating his description of the wall.
“The truth is that wall is a fucking wall, I don’t know where that guy got the idea.”
He said the concern should not be about Trump but the 40% support he received in Nevada. The average citizen is not assessing what the candidate is saying, Fox observed.
“He is very empty, and has no substance.”
The interview with Jorge Ramos will air on Sunday on Univision’s Al Punto.