Mexicans Burn Donald Trump Effigies On Easter

| by Nik Bonopartis
Protesters in St. Louis with a Donald Trump effigy in September 2015.Protesters in St. Louis with a Donald Trump effigy in September 2015.

For one day, Donald Trump was a popular guy in Mexico.

Communities across the country celebrated Easter by burning effigies of the Republican presidential candidate, incorporating papier-mache likenesses of Trump into parades and fireworks displays.

Trump has drawn the ire of public officials and regular people from America's southern neighbor for his increasingly pitched rhetoric on immigration and border security.

He's said that Mexico sends its undesirables -- including rapists and murderers -- across the border into the U.S. He's blasted President Barack Obama's administration for allowing Mexican gang and cartel violence to spill over to border states.

And he's spoken often about the large and "terrific" wall he says he'll build along the border if he's elected president, asserting that he'd make the Mexican government foot the bill for the 2,000-mile-long barrier.

Mexican artist Felipe Linares crafted a papier-mache likeness of the real estate mogul, which was hung by a noose and blasted apart by fireworks during a local Easter party.

"Since he started his campaign and began talking about immigrants, Mexico, and Mexicans, I said, 'I've got to get this guy,'" Linares told Reuters.

Another likeness of Trump, used during an Easter celebration in the southern Mexican state of Puebla, was decorated with a swastika and acronyms like KKK and W.A.S.P., the New York Daily News reported. In Mexico city, another papier-mache sculpture featured a Mexican drug lord carrying Trump's severed head.

Alberto Rueda, a 30-year-old shopkeeper from Mexico City, explained why his countrymen dislike Trump as revelers in his neighborhood destroyed an effigy of the Republican candidate.

"He's crazy," Rueda told the Washington Post. "His ideas are not the solution, on the contrary. If he builds a wall, people will build tunnels."

Sources: Reuters via ReligionNews, New York Daily News, Washington Post /  Photo credit: Gateway Pundit

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