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Here’s What Mexican Millennials Think Of Trump’s US Election Win

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Northern England Writer
Updated: 11 November 2016
So, the votes have been counted and verified, and despite what the the world may have anticipated, Donald Trump is officially the US president-elect. His campaign was fraught with hideous comments about minorities as well as near-constant inflammatory attacks on Mexican immigrants and people. The business mogul-turned-politician threatens to build a wall separating the US from its southern neighbor, and even asserted that he’d make Mexico pay for it too. So, what exactly do Mexicans, whom he spent most of his campaign attacking, feel about the election result? Culture Trip spoke with millennials in Mexico City to find out.

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Gabriel López, 23, a student of contemporary dance who is concerned about the impact this will have on his relative in the US:

“Everything can be summed up in one way: I feel like crap! I felt like that since the start of the election. I feel sad for everyone who will be affected by the new politics of Trump, especially workers and anyone subject to xenophobia. I worry about my uncle in Denver, Colorado, who has been working there for more than 25 years cleaning floors in a hospital. I don’t know what will happen to him in terms of job opportunities.”

“I think the impact will be huge in many areas. Take the Mexican peso: people here as well as over there in the US are going to earn less than before. Maybe it’s pessimistic, but in a way, I think it would be better if the contradictions and problems of this system worsened, before imploding on themselves, so something different can happen. That’s what, I think, most people want – something different to happen.”

 

 

 

 

 

Balbina Menimg_2268dez Padilla is defiant in the face of the electoral outcome:

“I’m not intimidated by Trump. I understand that my responsibility as a citizen and professional is to work to construct a better future for Mexico, without relying on politicians from another country. A lot of things are definitely going to change and nothing will be easy, but when has it ever been? Maybe this is the opportunity for us as Mexicans to organize ourselves, turn the other cheek and search for alternatives.”

“Obviously, this will have a huge impact on the country’s economy though, given that we’re so tied to the US. Immediately after announcing that Trump had won, the peso dropped against the dollar and we woke up this morning with the news that the dollar is now equal to 23 Mexican pesos! I’m obviously worried, but we have to consider this as not just a tragedy, but an opportunity to be more united and to keep going forward. Let’s start with electing some better governors of our own…”

 

 

 

 

img_2265Walther Meyer, 24, a postgraduate student originally from US border town Ciudad Juárez, had this to say about the surprising result.

“I don’t know what he has said about us, I usually try to not get involved in things that I can’t control – and I also don’t live in the US, so I can’t defend Mexicans or agree with Trump. I just know that he said we Mexicans are ‘bad people’, but I want to assume that he is just talking as most people do, based on what they have heard or perhaps seen. I mean, he cannot generalize and assume we are all the same! As an economist or entrepreneur, he must know how important our people are for the development of the US. I’m intrigued why he won, and I hope he realizes that there are good Mexican people who are good at what they do and deserve the opportunity to continue living as they do.”

With regards to the impact this election has and will have on the US economy, Walther told us: “Well, about that, I recently saw a video explaining that he wants to stop Mexican products entering the US and that will make the peso devalued more because, well, no exports equal no income. I am a little worried, but I hope that we find a way to make everything work for both countries.”
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Fellow Mexico City postgraduate student Damián León Animas, 29, had a, perhaps, surprising take on the result:

“I feel good about the result. Many things he said are taken out of context easily, but more importantly I don’t really see what he says as a bad thing. I’d rather have Trump be straightforward and full of spite than condescending. I hope that it will bring forth change, and I also hope that he’s a man of his word and deports all the people he hates so much. Perhaps by fixing illegal immigration, Mexicans who make it to the US due to their intellect will be respected as they should be. Overall I’m upbeat about the result. I’m not sure if it will bring any good to Mexico at all, or if it will bring forth only chaos and poverty. But I know that apathy is worse than any chaos, and that’s what we would have received with Hillary Clinton. For this reason, I long to see true change in the heart of Mexicans as they get a reality check and a crash course on what power looks like; beyond good, evil, or self-righteousness. Not worried a bit, even if it brings forth the worst.”