The baseball cap designed to 'change the conversation.' The baseball cap designed to 'change the conversation.'

Satire, humor follow Trump’s declarations

Social media brings out humorous commentary

Donald Trump’s candidacy for United States president and the controversial statements that have marked his campaign have got some people thinking about the Mexico-U.S. border — as it used to be.

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The newest reaction comes in the form of a baseball cap bearing the message, “Make America Mexico Again,” a takeoff on Trump’s own slogan, “Make America Great Again.

The baseball cap message was created by New York artist Anna Gold and promoted by civil rights activist Jeronimo Saldaña, who said the intention was to satirize Trump’s message and draw attention to its “absurdity.”

Saldaña said he doesn’t actually promote redrawing the borders to what they were in the early 19th century, but rather to “change the conversation,” he told NBC News.

Some Mexicans might prefer the former. A poll conducted several years ago found that 58% of Mexicans believed the U.S. Southwest rightfully belonged to Mexico, and 57% believed Mexicans had the right to enter the U.S. without that country’s permission.

Donald Trump’s border wall has generated some angry responses in Mexico, most notably from a couple of former presidents, one of whom heatedly declared his country would never pay for the “effing” wall.

There has also been response on social media, but in a more humorous vein.

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One was the offer by Twitter user “Sixto Jesús,” who said “We’ll gladly send you the plans and, don’t worry, Mexicans will pay for the project. When will the evictions take place so that construction can begin?”

The post was accompanied by a 19th-century map of North America back when Mexico had what is now California, Arizona, Texas and other territory.

It was then, wrote Dara Lind on Vox this week, that Mexico “really could have used a wall.”

Mexican food entered the discussion last week after Trump circulated a photo of himself eating what was called a “taco bowl” on Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, the day that celebrates Mexico’s victory over invading French forces in Puebla in 1862.

“Happy Cinco de Mayo,” he posted on social media, “. . . . I love Hispanics!”

One respondent asked if the taco bowl could be the presidential candidate instead of Trump, while another made the point that a taco bowl is not a Mexican dish and that Cinco de Mayo is not a Hispanic holiday but a Mexican one.

Source: Vox (en), People (en), NBC News (en)

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  • John

    One problem I see is this areas minimum wage would then change to seven dollars a day and a lot of people wouldn’t be happy with that.

    • Güerito

      More like 4 dollars a day.

  • James Smith

    “again”? when did it stop being mexico at least in terms of culture, tradition, language, cuisine, etc? at least from texas-new mexico-arizona-california. the “reconquest” succeeded years ago. what is there more to take? vermont?

  • Peter Maiz

    It is my humble opinion, as a Mexican, that Mexican immigration into the United States, whether legal or otherwise, is all about reoccupying the “lost territories” !!!

    • I recommend you bone up on world history. International borders often change. Look at a map of Europe, for instance, before World War I, and look at a map of Europe today. Just one lovely example.

      That part of the United States today that was “Mexico” before was Mexico only due to some few and sparsely populated outposts. Basically it was land up for grabs, and the U.S. grabbed it. Blame the inept and bumbling Gen. Santa Anna.

      Not only do international borders change regularly, some nations disappear altogether.

      Time to give up on the illusion of your “lost territories.”

      • Miguel

        Wow.. Nations disappear and borders change. On the regular.. did trump tell you this to!! Lol..

  • Repeat after me: President Trump, President Trump, President Trump. Best to start now.

  • augustoperez

    They call it satire to Gringo’s faces… In reality, they do want to reconquer the southwest. And they will run it into the ground like they’ve done with their corrupt social caste divided dystopian country.

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