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.
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.
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.