The first time I heard that Trump, if elected president, was planning to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, my thought was, “he will never get enough support for that. It would take so long and cost so much money and create so much opposition. But apparently, that is not the reaction of thousands of people across the country. Trump’s inflammatory racism against those from Latin America led to a Hispanic man being beat up by Trump supporters.

Needless to say, our Mexican friends are not too happy about the turn of this political tide. Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto compared Trump’s speech and prejudice to the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. Whether or not Trump gets elected, it’s concerning to me that more people don’t realize that what the world of international politics does not need is hatred and inflexibility. Do you see Trump’s supporters as beginning to change the racial conversation in America? Do you think Trump would prove a barricade to thoughtful foreign policy?

 

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