Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador once again spoke about U.S. politics on Thursday after he urged all Hispanic voters to not vote for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. This is not the first time that the Mexican president has attempted to meddle in U.S. elections.
In a press conference that took place only one day after the Florida governor announced his highly anticipated presidential bid for 2024, Lopez Obrador spoke up against DeSantis who he stated was pushing forth anti-immigration policies.
As a conservative politician, DeSantis is known for his hard-line policies when it comes to immigration and strengthening the southern border. He has in the past even called for the U.S.-Mexico border to be shut.
Lopez Obrador in his statement expressed that he hoped that Hispanics would wake up and defenders would not receive any votes. He proceeded towards people not to vote in favor of candidates who persecute migrants and who disrespect them.
Republicans have frequently slammed the Mexican president for his handling of immigration and for not taking action to block the flow of fentanyl into the U.S.
As part of his meddling the Mexico president threatened in March to launch an “information campaign” against Republicans, calling for all Hispanics to vote against them. This was after some lawmakers suggested the possibility of the military being used to get rid of the drugs that were responsible for bringing fentanyl into the country. Lopez Obrador had specifically called them out for not respecting Mexico’s independence and sovereignty.