In response to US calls for action against cartels smuggling fentanyl across the border, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday threatened to launch a “information campaign” in the US against Republicans, telling Mexicans and Hispanics not to vote for them unless US lawmakers change their treatment of Mexico.
“Starting today we are going to start an information campaign for Mexicans who live and work in the United States and for all Hispanics to inform them of what we are doing in Mexico and how this initiative by the Republicans, in addition to being irresponsible, is an offense against the people of Mexico, a lack of respect for our independence, our sovereignty. And if they do not change their attitude and think that they are going to use Mexico for their propaganda, electoral, and political purposes, we are going to call for them not to vote for that party, because it is interventionist, inhumane, hypocritical, and corrupt,” Lopez Obrador said, later adding that Mexico would be insisting that “not one vote” goes to Republicans from Mexicans and Hispanics.”
In response to Republican senators’ demands for military action to stop the ongoing smuggling of fentanyl into the US, Lopez Obrador announced new measures.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, demanded on Wednesday that the US unleash its “fury and might” on the drug gangs in Mexico.
Graham stated that he planned to present legislation designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) and allowing the United States to enter Mexico with military force to take out the drug networks.
Graham rejected worries that such a move would sour relations with Mexico on the diplomatic front.
After two Americans were killed recently by cartels, Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw had also favored military intervention. It was “time we authorize military force,” he declared, to combat the cartels.
2 of the 4 Americans kidnapped by the cartels in Mexico were murdered, and we still haven’t declared the cartels a military target. It’s time we authorize military force against them.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 7, 2023
Are you listening, @lopezobrador_?
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In remarks made on Thursday, López Obrador also asserted that Mexico does not produce fentanyl in an effort to deflect blame on the US.