By Rafael Bernal
June 2, 2016
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox challenged Donald Trump to a debate Thursday, calling the presumptive Republican nominee a “false prophet” and offering him a “free lunch.”
On a radio interview with WABC Radio’s “Election Central with Rita Cosby,” Fox called Trump a “madman” and compared Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Fox, who has made a habit of calling out Trump during this election cycle, said he would debate the Republican on U.S. soil, or “invite a free lunch in Mexico.” Fox had previously said he’d be open to meeting Trump, but only if the candidate offered an apology for his comments regarding Mexicans.
In June of last year, Trump launched his campaign saying Mexican immigrants are “rapists” who “bring crime.”
Fox lauded Clinton, who gave a foreign policy speech heavily critical of Trump Thursday, saying he is in “total agreement” with her, as are “95 leaders that I work with everyday, former presidents and former prime ministers.”
The former Mexican president, who won the 2000 federal election as a loud-mouthed businessman and political outsider, denounced Trump as a “false prophet” who “creates the monster of fear.”
In February, Fox responded to Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border paid for by Mexico by saying “I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall.” That prompted Trump to declare, at the following Republican presidential debate, “The wall just got 10 feet higher!”
Regarding a potential Trump win, Fox said: “God save America if America elects this Trump guy as president.”
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