Before Donald Trump delivers a speech on immigration today in Phoenix, he’ll swing by Mexico City to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. News broke on Tuesday after Trump tweeted, “I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.” For more than a year, the Republican presidential candidate has spent his entire campaign vilifying Mexican immigrants. So naturally, many are confused about this meeting, especially since EPN has compared Trump to Hitler and Mussolini.
“There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of this strident rhetoric have only led to very ominous situations in the history of humanity,” Peña Nieto said back in March. “That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in – they took advantage of a situation, a problem perhaps, which humanity was going through at the time, after an economic crisis. And I think what (they) put forward ended up at what we know today from history, in global conflagration. We don’t want that happening anywhere in the world.”
There’s also the matter that in July 2015, Trump vowed to stay away from Mexico. Citing corruption and the court system, Trump said he’d stay away from our neighbors. “Let’s put it this way, I’m not going to Mexico.” Yet, here we are.
People have taken the opportunity to compare the two unlikable figures to one another. EPN currently has a 23 percent approval. Reforma reports that since it started these polling efforts in 1995, it’s the lowest approval rating it’s seen, Mediaite reports. In June, El Financiero found that 98 percent of Mexicans disliked Trump. Jorge Ramos, perhaps, described it best when he tweeted, “It’s a meeting between two of the most unpopular people for Mexicans: Trump and Peña Nieto.”
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) August 31, 2016
Ramos, and many on the internet, have theorized about why this meeting is taking place. And these are the only … things that make sense: