Wall Street Journal
By Daniel Nasaw and Rebecca Ballhaus
February 25, 2016
F-bombs and irony flew across the U.S.-Mexican border on Thursday over the cantankerous tone of the Republican immigration debate.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox dismissed GOP candidate Donald Trump‘s proposal to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border and bill Mexico City for the construction.
“I am not going to pay for that f—ing wall,” Mr. Fox said in a television interview with Univision and Fusion, describing the New York billionaire as “egocentric” and “a crazy guy.”
Mr. Trump, who has himself not shied from using blue language on the stump, including an S word and a P word, demanded an apology on Twitter. “Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologize! If I did that there would be a uproar!”
There was no apology from Mr. Fox, but there was something of one from Vice President Joe Biden, to the Mexican people.
At a news conference in Mexico City alongside current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mr. Biden said, “I almost feel obliged to apologize for some of what my political colleagues said. It’s a heated campaign season and I just want you to know, Mr. President, that the most heated rhetoric you’ve heard from competitors for the nomination for president is not who we are as the American people. It is not the view that is the view of the majority of the American people. It’s the exact opposite. It’s the opposite view.”
Mr. Biden didn’t name names, but said comments made by “some of the presidential candidates on the other team” were “dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised.”
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