US expats in Mexico distancing themselves from Trump

Published:  18 Dec at 6 PM
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Life is getting more uncomfortable by the minute for US expats living in Mexico.

From Trump’s first campaign rant about Mexicans and his promise to build a wall between the two countries to the present time, life for American expats across the US border is becoming ever more uncomfortable. Unsurprisingly, millions of Mexicans were deeply offended by Trump’s campaign rhetoric, with anti-USA sentiment growing as the campaign roared ahead.

Always a popular destination for US expats, the majority of whom are retired, the Latin American country is home to a million US nationals living, working and retiring in the largest community of US expats on the planet. Since November 8, expatriate residents have noted increasing antipathy, received physical threats and experienced anti-USA sentiment on almost a daily basis.

Set In Mexico City, the American Benevolent Society’s building has, on a daily basis since Trump’s win, seen tearful US citizens fearing for their jobs, businesses, and even their lives Mexicans, according to the society’s manager Barbara Franco, are scared about the consequences of a Trump presidency and are turning to prejudice as a result.

Chairman of Democrats Abroad’s Guadalajara branch Larry Phil always tells Mexicans he’s just met that he voted for Hillary Clinton, adding all American expats want to distance themselves from Trump and his views. He sees the US expatriate community as emissaries of their home country’s culture, saying Trump’s entire campaign insulted the country he now calls home and urging all US expats to show they feel the same outrage as do Mexican nationals.

One Trump voter living in San Miguel de Allende now believes he’s the most unpopular American in town and is planning to relocate back to the USA as soon as possible. The local town council declared Trump as persona on grata last September, and his supporter no longer feels safe talking about politics.

One bar and restaurant owner in Mexico City seems to have worked out how to win friends and influence people, simply by holding a huge Thanksgiving party which drew a thousand diners, most of whom were Mexicans fascinated by the Thanksgiving tradition. Most American residents are hoping the animosity will fade over time, reigniting friendly relationships with local people.
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