Monday, March 7, 2016

Il Duce part two American style

"That's how Mussolini got in, that's how Hitler got in, they took advantage of a situation, a problem perhaps, which humanity was going through at the time, after an economic crisis." — Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico

I COULDN'T agree more, President Nieto

This story is from Reuters news service for NBC News. You may think he's exaggerating dictatorial candidate . . . oh, excuse me . . . "presidential" candidate, Donald J. Trump's affinity for tyrants, but don't forget that Trump actually . . . really and truly and actually . . . retweeted a quote by Italian dictator and co-conspirator of Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

Bento Mussolini
If you have a father or grandfather or beloved uncle who fought in WW II, don't dishonor their sacrifice by supporting neofascist, D. J. Trump. Were they alive, your valiant forebears, I'm sure they would wonder with disgust why they had bothered to fight and die to keep their descendants free from such ilk, if you're going blithely vote somebody like Trump in.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Trump's Rhetoric: That's How Hitler Arrived

By Reuters

March 7, 2016

Mexico's president has said his country will not pay for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, and likened Trump's "strident tone" to the ascent of dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

President Enrique Peña Nieto comments, published in Monday's Excelsior newspaper, were among the most critical public comments yet by a foreign leader of the New York billionaire.

Trump, front-runner to win the Republican Party presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election, has sparked outrage in Mexico with his campaign vow to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and to make Mexico pay for it.

Asked by Excelsior whether there was a "scenario" under which Mexico would pay if Trump won the presidency, Peña Nieto was clear. "There is no scenario," he said. "I have to say that I regret (the plan), and of course, I can't agree with this American politician's position."

Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the border and vowed to increase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards to help make Mexico pay for the wall.

Peña Nieto attacked the "populism" of the Trump campaign, which he said sought to put forward "very easy, simple solutions to problems that are obviously not that easy to solve."

"And there have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of this strident rhetoric have only led to very ominous situations in the history of humanity," the Mexican president added.

"That's how Mussolini got in, that's how Hitler got in, they took advantage of a situation, a problem perhaps, which humanity was going through at the time, after an economic crisis.

"And I think what (they) put forward ended up at what we know today from history, in global conflagration. We don't want that happening anywhere in the world," Peña Nieto said.

Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray called Trump's wall a "terrible" idea in an interview last week, while former Mexican presidents Felipe Calderon and Vicente Fox have both compared Trump to Hitler.

In spite of his comments, Peña Nieto stressed that his administration will seek to reach agreement and maintain a respectful relationship with whoever wins the U.S. presidency.

Foreign diplomats are expressing alarm to U.S. government officials about what they say are Trump's inflammatory and insulting public statements.

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