A maverick Mexican state governor on Wednesday [May 4th] tipped presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to win the upcoming U.S. election, likening his own shock victory last year to the billionaire's ascent.That’s interesting, Rodriguez predicts a Trump victory and even likens himself to Trump in a certain respect.
An outspoken rancher known as "El Bronco" (the gruff one), Jaime Rodriguez became the first independent governor in modern Mexico, capitalizing on widespread disaffection with established parties to win Nuevo Leon state on the U.S. border.
"I made a bet ... I said that Trump's going to win," Rodriguez said the day after Trump's main rival for the Republican nomination, Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race. "What's Trump doing? He's taking advantage of the anger. The whole world says Trump is mad; that's what they said about me."
Gabriela Lopez, Reuters, May 4, 2016
Speaking in Nuevo Leon's capital, Monterrey, Rodriguez said he was not a Trump fan, and would not vote for him if he had a ballot.OK, he’s not a “fan”, but he’s not frothing at the mouth about Trump like most Mexican politicians, so that’s a distinct improvement. Besides, the governor is not voting in the U.S. anyway.
But, [Rodriguez] added, he had met with a group of Mexican migrants in the last few days who also told him they thought Trump would win. They had faith in a Trump presidency as the real estate mogul is known as a job creator, Rodriguez said.By “Mexican migrants” it appears the article is discussing naturalized American citizens who migrated from Mexico. They weren’t frothing at the mouth either and apparently plan to vote for Trump. Even better.
The article provides some background information on Rodriguez.
Once a member of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, Rodriguez won a landslide election victory in one of the country's wealthiest states last June after breaking with the PRI and running an anti-establishment campaign.And, Governor Rodriguez may have a higher office in mind himself.
The week after Rodriguez's victory, Trump launched his bid for the U.S. presidency, putting Mexico in his crosshairs and leaving the Mexican government struggling to come up with an effective strategy to counter his rhetoric.
Rodriguez is seen by political analysts as a potential candidate for the Mexican presidency in 2018.Donald J. Trump as President of the United States and “El Bronco” as President of Mexico. That could be an interesting combination.
By the way, the photo at the top of the Reuters article shows El Bronco giving a salute. This particular salute freaks a lot of Americans out, resembling as it does the salute used by a certain National Socialist party in mid-century Europe. But it’s not a problem in Mexico.
The salute is used in Mexico to salute the Mexican flag and to take an oath of office, as Rodriguez is doing here.
And guess what? That same salute was used in the U.S.A. to pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag from 1892 to 1942. It was changed in 1942 so as not to look like a Nazi salute! My dad remembers doing that salute when he was in school in Oklahoma.