Mexico’s home-grown populist and presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rallied supporters in Los Angeles on Sunday, by criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and plans for a secure border with Mexico.
Looking ahead to the presidential election next year, Lopez Obrador sought to tap widespread discontent with Mexico’s ruling party and resentment toward the new U.S. president, while placing faith in Americans and Immigrants to resist Trump’s policies.
“I think the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people,” Lopez Obrador told the rally in Los Angeles.
Calling California “a refuge and blessing for immigrants,” Lopez Obrador declared “Long live California” as hundreds of supporters at Plaza Olvera cheered.
“When they want to build a wall to segregate populations, or when the word ‘foreigner’ is used to insult, denigrate and discriminate against our fellow human beings, it goes against humanity, it goes against intelligence and against history,” the veteran politician added.