An ironic cross-border quarrel between Mexico and a U.S. politician just surfaced: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (“AMLO”) and Senate Majority Leader Ricardo Monreal are exercised that GOP U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently said that AMLO is causing unrest and undermining U.S. national security. AMLO and Monreal want to know just what business the Texan has meddling in Mexican affairs. And they’re disturbed that Cruz won’t defend Mexican illegal immigrants here. Which is rich given how much Mexico routinely meddles in American affairs.
During a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cruz was indeed critical of the Mexican president.
The accelerating breakdown of Mexican institutions and the rule of law under López Obrador is a threat to US national security.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 17, 2022
Today, I pressed the Administration on the need to do more to stop and reverse this deadly trend. pic.twitter.com/h1ZAiNUB7c
Cruz, above, is concerned about “deepening civil unrest in Mexico,” the “breakdown of civil society,” and “the breakdown of the rule of law across our southern border.” The “current climate faced by politicians and journalists in Mexico is the deadliest ever,” he said, because reporters and politicians are assassinated.
AMLO is “making all these trends worse,” Cruz said, observing that AMLO intimidated a prominent journalist, Carlos Loret de Mola, during a press conference by calling for an investigation into his work.
What steps is the Biden administration taking to convey to the Mexican government that their behavior is undermining the rule of law and that is in turn endangering American security and the U.S. -Mexico relationship?
Those are legitimate and important questions, certainly more pressing to our country than the Ukraine/Russia conflict.
Cruz’s comments ruffled AMLO’s feathers, who punched back by complaining that Cruz meddled in Mexican affairs. Never mind that AMLO himself recently meddled in our affairs by declaring that Mexican-Americans shouldn’t support a party that opposes Amnesty for illegals.
In covering the story, the Associated Press evaded the point. It focused on a letter to Cruz from Mexican Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma saying that Cruz shouldn’t lecture Mexico on the rule of law because some Republicans challenged Biden’s victory over POTUS 45 Trump in 2020 [Mexico to Sen. Cruz: At least our candidates accept defeat, February 18, 2022].
Take note of Mexico’s last election, Moctezuma wrote:
Without exception, all of the political parties accepted the results and got on with the task of strengthening our democracy and freedom of expression.
Again, that’s rich. AMLO did not “accept defeat” in the 2006 Mexican presidential election, but he has always claimed he was robbed. Significantly, he refused to congratulate Sleepy Joe until the 2020 election results were finalized.
AMLO discussed Cruz during his daily news conference, held at Ciudad Juarez on the border. A reporter tossed a softball loaded with an invitation to slap Cruz: he’s “not exactly a friend of Mexico,” the reporter said.
AMLO swung for the fences:
Well, it’s natural that this senator from Texas, who does not agree with us, expresses himself as he does. He is against the policy we are carrying out, in favor of the people of Mexico and in defense of the Mexicans who work and live honorably in the United States. Therefore, it is to be expected. … What is the senator’s name?
[Versión estenográfica. Conferencia de prensa del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador del 18 de febrero de 2022 (“Transcript of the Press Conference of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of February 18, 2022”), Gob.mx, February 18, 2022]
“Ted Cruz,” the reporter replied.
AMLO repeated the name "Ted Cruz" then launched into a rant about Mexican history, caricaturing it as struggle between the evil conservatives and the good liberals:
And now it is clear what the two positions are, as the history of Mexico has always been and as I would say, the history of the political world: the liberal movement and the conservative movement.
Liberalism, AMLO explained, includes “socialism, progressivism, populism, and sometimes even communism.” Conservatism is really “neoliberalism, in Mexico Neo-Porfirism [named for Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz], and in general, Right-wingism, fascism, racism, classism.”
So it seems AMLO does not object to communism, at least sometimes.
AMLO then claimed that “it’s now a time of transformation.” This refers to his agenda, which he calls the Fourth Transformation. The preceding three were Independence (1810-1821), the Reform War (1855-1860) and the Revolution (1910-1920).
Then he returned to Cruz, expressing pride that Cruz attacked him:
Therefore, now it’s a time of transformation, because, the truth, it is a kind of pride that a senator like this person attacks the government that I represent. It fills me with pride, for what it represents, that is, for what we represent.
If he would praise me, if he would speak well of me, maybe it would make me think that we are not doing things well. But if he says that we are bad, the truth is it gives me pride.
That same day, Senate Majority Leader Monreal also bashed Ted Cruz [Monreal exige a Ted Cruz no intervenir en asuntos internos de México (“Monreal demands that Ted Cruz not intervene in internal affairs of Mexico”), Silvia Arellano, Milenio, February 18, 2022].
Yesterday, I saw a declaration of a Republican, of Ted Cruz, and to me it seems that it is inadmissible his affirmations, because regardless of our problems, the Republican legislator of the United States should have more prudence about our internal affairs, because his position is not permissible. It assaults our internal politics, our sovereignty.
Then came the demand that Cruz back illegal aliens. “What he should have done was to promote and use all his energy to defend the civil rights of the migrants,” Monreal said. “It is truly severe and sad what is happening.”
But shouldn’t Ted Cruz “use all his energy to defend the civil rights” of Americans, and Texans in particular?
Monreal is right about one thing, albeit for the wrong reason: “It is truly severe and sad what is happening,” as he said—but to America. The Biden Border Rush is abolishing our sovereignty. Biden is orchestrating a mass invasion to dispossess the Historic American Nation.
Of course, Monreal doesn’t see it that way. “A great part of our fellow Mexicans and their rights are violated in a continual manner in that country,” he added.
But they’re welcome to leave anytime if this country’s permitting them to jump the border, stay here, and do what they want violates their rights…not ours.
“It worries me,” Monreal continued. “I know the United States well.”
It's very common for Mexicans to regard themselves as experts on the United States.
"I have family there..."
Nor is that uncommon, as the majority of Mexicans have relatives in the United States.
Then Monreal waxed downright eloquent.
The black chapters of xenophobia and discrimination and racial persecution are flaring up and reviving. That is what should worry Ted.
I say it in a friendly manner, but we should not permit this, because we should not allow any type of interference in any country. Mexico should take much care not to intervene in any nation and we should take care that they don’t intervene in our internal affairs.
Sounds good to me. I say we start by not allowing Mexico to interfere in U.S. internal affairs.
Now, what does this obsession with Cruz tell us about Mexico’s ruling class?
Naturally, Biden will do nothing about what Cruz correctly called “the breakdown of the rule of law across our southern border” because the Great Replacement is a key part of his administration’s agenda. He wants to import millions of Democrat voters to replace the Historic American Nation.
But midterms are coming up.
Then they must do whatever is necessary to stop it.
That would really give Mexican leaders something to bellyache about!
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here; his News With Views columns are archived here; his US Inc blog items are here, and his website is here.