The Trump campaign has hatched a scheme for a surprise last minute trip to Mexico in the hope that a “foreign visit” will save his struggling presidential campaign.
The Washington Post reported on the Trump campaign’s reasoning for the trip:
Bannon, who previously headed the conservative website Breitbart News, made the case to the gathered group that Trump must underscore his populist immigration views in the final weeks of the general-election campaign, perhaps with an audacious gesture.
Peña Nieto’s invitation was brought up and Bannon said it offered Trump an opening to make headlines and showcase himself as a statesman who could deal directly with Mexico.
The fact that the Trump campaign views Mexico as a nation that needs to be dealt with encapsulates everything that is wrong with Donald Trump in a single sentence.
Going to Mexico does not make Trump a statesman. It makes him a tourist.
Secondly, the idea that Trump is going to show voters that he can get tough with Mexico is the exact reason why he is being crushed in the polls by Latino voters.
Mexicans are not the enemy. If Trump said that he was going to Canada in order to appear more like a statesman, he would be laughed out of the country. The idea that Trump can go to Mexico and look like a president is preposterous.
There is nothing that Donald Trump to do that will make him look presidential, but if he wants to go to Mexico and hang out, that’s Mexico’s problem.