Former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s insane rants regarding one Donald J. Trump are usually good for a bad laugh, particularly given how fact-free and/or vulgar they generally are (this is a man who once posted a video of himself giving Trump the middle finger, after all).
However, when they involve a school shooting on American soil, Fox’s outré nonsense is anything but funny — and it’s ironic, considering the country he once ruled over.
In an appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show, “Real Time,” (why does it induce no surprise to discover it happened there?) Fox offered condolences, but then blamed the whole thing on President Trump for allegedly being a “racist.”
“When you speak out of the White House (with) this aggressive, violent language, when you discriminate, when you’re a racist, that’s what you get,” the former Mexican president said, according to Fox News.
The video of his appearance is here; we’d like to warn you that includes obscene language, which is interesting considering Mr. Fox’s argument.
If you thought that was the only cognitive dissonance Fox was going to dish out involving the Florida shooting, you’re clearly not familiar with the former Mexican head of state.
“We need harmony. We need love. We need happy communities,” Fox said in response to why he had to “stand up” to Trump.
“Standing up” to Trump, at least in Fox’s universe, has included multiple videos where he drops his favorite word beginning with the sixth letter of the alphabet — not exactly “harmony” and “love” there.
Meanwhile, Trump supposedly is the unpresidential one with the “aggressive, violent language,” and managed to cause the Florida shooting.
It’s unclear whether Fox was referring to the story, picked up almost instantly with uncritical zeal by the media, that the Florida shooter was a member of a white nationalist group. That claim now appears to have been a hoax.
What we do know about the Florida shooter is that he was hateful and disturbed in a multitude of ways, none of which had anything to do with the fact that Donald John Trump is in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
To insinuate otherwise is demagogy, plain and simple. It is one thing to say that the policies of one party are responsible for someone’s crime; that’s bad enough. To say that someone’s language inspired a mass murderer in the lack of any convincing evidence is the height of irresponsibility.
Oh, and by the way, let’s not forget the country that Vicente Fox ruled: ultra-violent Mexico, where drug cartels and human smugglers are responsible for untold amounts of violence. Did that have anything to do with Fox’s “aggressive, violent language.”
Just to show you the caliber of mind we’re dealing with here, Fox also discussed his ideas for addressing drug violence during his “Real Time appearance. Fox told Maher his country would host a Global Cannabis Summit dedicated to decriminalizing marijuana, which would ostensibly help stop drug cartels. Apparently, in the mind of Vicente Fox, once marijuana is legalized, people are going to forget all about cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, fentanyl…
The fact that this profoundly unserious man, who’s used witless Trump-bashing to maintain relevancy long after he departed office, was invited onto Bill Maher’s show to opine about the Florida shooting in spite of his country’s violent history shows just how low the bar is for intelligent conversation on HBO these days.
Somehow, though, Fox couldn’t manage to clear it.
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