Former Mexican president Vicente Fox flipped out on Thursday over Donald Trump’s often-discussed plan to build a giant wall on the southern U.S. border – at Mexico’s expense.
“I’m not going to pay for that f—ing wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money,” Fox, visibly upset, told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos.
Fox then went on to lament Trump’s strong showing with Hispanic voters during Nevada’s Republican caucus Tuesday night. Trump captured 45.9 percent support among caucus-goers and coasted to his third-straight victory. The billionaire also took 44 percent of Hispanics.
“You know what I’m really happy about, because we’ve [been] saying it for a long time? Forty-six percent with the Hispanics! Forty-six percent! Number one with Hispanics!” Trump said on Tuesday as initial estimates were being calculated.
Fox said it “worries” him to think the billionaire could build a solid base of support among Hispanics.
“I’d like to know who those Hispanics are, because they are followers of a false prophet,” Fox said, Real Clear Politics reported. “He’s going to take them to the desert, and if they think that they will benefit with an administration led by Donald Trump, they’re wrong. They must open their eyes. Please, you Hispanics in the U.S., open your eyes. … He’s not a Republican. Absolutely not. Those are not the Republican principles. He is not a Democrat. He is just himself. He is egocentric.”
Trump estimates it will cost roughly $8 billion to build a wall along the southern border and has repeatedly said he will find a way to make Mexico pay for its completion.
“What we’re doing is we have 2,000 miles, right? 2,000 miles. It’s long but not 13,000 miles like they have in China,” Trump told MSNBC Feb. 9. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Fox’s expletive-laced tirade against Trump’s wall echoes similar comments made by another former Mexican president, Felipe Calderón.
“We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it’s going to be completely useless,” Calderón said at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Feb. 7, WND reported. “No offense, no offense to America. So Donald Trump … is ambitious but not exactly very well-informed man, I don’t want to say ignorant, but he is not very well informed.”
The Department of Homeland Security says there are approximately 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.