Mexican President Enrique Peña commented on Donald Trump’s rise in the United States in an interview Monday, comparing the New York real estate developer to the fascist dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
“That’s how Mussolini arrived and so did Hitler,” said Peña to Excelsior magazine.
He was asked whether there was any scenario in which he saw Mexico paying for a border wall with the United States as Trump has proposed and the Mexican president said he doesn’t see one.
Peña criticized Trump’s rhetoric saying that in history there have been examples of people proposing very simple solutions to problems which require complex proposals. He said this is how Trump is similar to Hitler — adding this rhetoric has led to some of the most “fateful times in humanity.”
The president went on to say, “We hope that we don’t see a reiteration of that era anywhere in the world again. And Mexico, and my government will respectfully watch the US electoral process and will not opine as it would be disrespectful.”
He is not the first Mexican president to have commented on Trump. Former president Vicente Fox used an expletive to emphasis how much he doesn’t think Mexico will pay for a border wall and called on Trump to drop out of the race. (RELATED: Former Mexican President: I’m Not Going To Pay For Trump’s F**king Wall’)