Over the past several months, Donald Trump has famously said a lot of nasty things about Mexican immigrants. What’s less often noted is that he thinks the Mexican government is run by the world’s most hyper-competent supervillains. The upshot is that only Trump has the wherewithal to beat them.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said as he announced his candidacy last June. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
“The Mexican government,” he later added, “forces many bad people into our country because they’re smart…. They’re smarter than our leaders, and their negotiators are far better than what we have, to a degree that you wouldn’t believe.”