Andrés Manuel López Obrador may be an anti-establishment politician, but it seems he is nothing like Donald Trump. The 64-year-old, president elect won by big numbers, and has often been called Mexico's Bernie Sanders.
With tensions running high between the U.S. and Mexico, mostly due to Trump's rhetoric on Mexican immigrants and his need for a big wall, it will be interesting to see how López Obrador deals with the current administration.
If his past speeches are any indication, we can only guess that it won't be smooth.
López Obrador has been incredibly critical of Trump, going so far as to call Trump a racist neo-fascist. He also suggested calling on Mexico to file a lawsuit against Trump if he insists on building a wall. One thing that is clear: López Obrador, will not allow Mexico to be treated as subordinate to the United States.
He has said about the issue:
We do not want a relationship of subordination. We will not accept it. Mexico is a free, independent country — not a colony, nor a protectorate. Never will we subordinate ourselves to any foreign government.
And he has stated:
Mexico and its people will not be the piñata of any foreign government. It’s not with walls or use of force that you resolve social problems
Of course it is too early to tell how relations will go, but Trump did send out this congratulatory tweet.
Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2018
As did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with the following statement:
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his election as the next President of Mexico.
Canada and Mexico are close friends and longtime partners. We share common goals, strong people to people ties, and a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world – reflected in our joint effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement for the 21st century.
Canada is proud of its close links with Mexico, and we will continue to collaborate on issues that matter to citizens from one end of North America to the other.
I look forward to working closely with President-elect López Obrador, his administration and the Mexican Congress to build on the vibrant partnership between our two countries, create economic growth that works for everyone, and advance human rights and equality. Together, we can deepen our strong relationship, and shape a better future for Mexicans and Canadians alike.
Earlier today, I spoke with President-elect @lopezobrador_ by phone. It was great to chat about our shared goals for Canadians & Mexicans, and I look forward to meeting soon and working together to create good jobs for people in both our countries. https://t.co/7Q0UlGv0xl— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 2, 2018
Bernie Sanders also reached out on Facebook.
Reactions to López Obrador win have been streaming in on Twitter.
The comparison made by mainstream media between Trump and Mexico's new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador is "dumb," says scholar @llchristyll. "Obviously, their political platforms are on the opposite side of the political spectrum... Obrador is more like a Bernie Sanders" pic.twitter.com/zwOPxoLgLb— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) July 2, 2018
He’s been called Mexican Donald Trump, Mexican Bernie Sanders, and Mexican Hugo Chavez. Whatever he really is, looks like we’re going to find out. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will finally be Mexico’s next President.— 🇲🇽⚽️ Antonio De Loera ⚽️🇲🇽 (@AntonioDeLoeraB) July 2, 2018
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Will Make North America Great Again! So, Trump better be careful and not try to bully the new president. He’s going to stand up to Trump.— PROGRESSIVES 4 (@Democratic_Rep) July 2, 2018
Trump seems to think López Obrador will help the U.S. with immigration laws.
We're not so sure about that.