Wondering what Mexicans really think of the 45th President of the United States? Take a look at all the faces, full of joy, watching a Faux #trump get dragged along a parade route by a man in a Mexican lucha libre mask. The pair walked in front of a large red banner, painted to resemble a brick wall—Trump's proposed border wall between #Mexico and the #United States. It was a spectacle among spectacles at the Carnivale parade in Cozumel, Mexico, where other attractions included papier-mache Moana-themed floats, mobile music units and troops of costumed dancers.
Trump makes Carnivale debut
The rubber-masked Faux Trump, identified as D.B., admits he endured some bumps and bruises along the route, but says "it was worth it." He adds, "the people couldn't believe what they were seeing. I walked the entire parade choking." Members of the crowd—notably people of many ethnicities—got in on the act, jumping into the street to pull at Trump's noose or throw (mostly) fake punches.
Trump and his Mexican tormentor spent part of the parade route in the company of another man, dressed in the traditional thobe and keffiyeh of an Arab. The latter had a great time hurling insults and pretending to choke the yellow-haired anathema, as did the crowd of thousands gathered to watch the parade, dance for hours and partake in a litre or two of beer.
The anti-Trump wall exhibition
San Miguel de Cozumel, the only major urban centre on the island of Cozumel, in Mexico, is a popular tourist destination for mainland Mexicans, Canadians, Europeans and yes, plenty of people from the United States. There were plenty of tourists and immigrant Americans present for the anti-Trump-wall exhibition, but D.B. says everyone he came into contact with was happy with the concept.
"I'll bet over 1000 people took selfies with me," Faux Trump says, adding that "their favourite pose was choking me."
Unsurprisingly, President Donald Trump does not have many supporters south of the border, a country he has threatened to swarm with U.S. troops and accused of "sending people that have lots of problems...bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists." (Washington Post.)
*Photos courtesy of Tania Nacif Iñigo, of Tania Cozumel Photographer