Vicente Fox, the previous president of Mexico who famously mentioned his nation is not going to (expletive) pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall on Thursday introduced his assist for the “nice American” and “incredible” Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.
“Wow! What a candidate! What a person! Beto, you’re incredible,” Fox mentioned in a video posted to Twitter. “You’re nice! You’re an all-American.”
With only a few weeks left earlier than the midterm elections, O’Rourke is in a good race with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Fox, who served as Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, has overtly voiced his discontent for Trump and his immigration insurance policies – together with the hotly debated wall alongside the southern border.
“I’ve been an opponent and resistant (of Trump) as a result of I really feel as a part of this nation — I’m a part of this nation — and I don’t like what I’m seeing,” Fox mentioned throughout a speech at Northwestern College on Tuesday evening, based on the Chicago Tribune.
The previous Mexican president praised O’Rourke as compassionate and clever who understands Individuals, “however you additionally perceive we’re human beings.”
“You’re the enlightenment for Texas and I hope each single Mexican, Latin, each Hispanic in that nice state of Texas goes to vote for you,” Fox mentioned. “You deserve it as a result of you’ll reply to the hope and expectations of Texas, understanding what they want and understanding what America wants.”
O’Rourke has some catching-up to do if he hopes to be the primary Democratic Senator in Texas since 1993.
A CNN ballot launched this week exhibits Cruz with a 7 p.c edge over his Democratic challenger amongst doubtless voters, with solely 9 p.c of Texas voters saying they may change their thoughts about who to assist.
Certainly one of O’Rourke’s challenges is that he’s working towards Cruz, a Cuban-American who has held the seat since 2013, in a state with a big Hispanic inhabitants.
The El Paso congressman is a fluent Spanish-language speaker, who sometimes sprinkles the language in his speeches and talks about inclusion and representing everybody.
“Which means going to each county in Texas, however it additionally means listening and talking in English y tambien en Espanol,” O’Rourke, a Democrat, mentioned throughout a rally at Rice College final week.
A latest Quinnipiac ballot exhibits Cruz main the Senate race by 9 factors, however O’Rourke holds a 24-point lead amongst Hispanic voters.
Texas has routinely ranked close to the underside for voter turnout, and census knowledge exhibits solely 40 p.c of Hispanics voted throughout the 2016 presidential election.
Trump renewed his assist for Cruz on Wednesday, saying the GOP senator “has achieved a lot for Texas” and bashing opponent Beto O’Rourke as a “flake” after the candidates sparred in a feisty Senate debate.
Fox Information’ Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report.