Former Mexican President Vicente Fox. Photo: Google


Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada — a longtime critic of and target of insults from current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) — issued a tweet on Saturday, July 2, directed not at López Obrador, but rather to his followers, warning them to wake up and smell the coffee.

“In the face of so much evidence, we need to be more reasonable (in our expectations) and accept the fact that, although this government fills us with illusions and hope, what it could not do in three years, it will not ever do,” Fox wrote.

The former Mexican head of state, who served as president from 2000 to 2006, went on to explain that his remarks were not directed at AMLO himself, but rather were a response to López Obrador’s weak “policies and his lack of the necessary offices to manage his post.”

“It’s as clear as water,” Fox wrote in another post. “We have to accept the sad reality. There has been no transformation. There have been no (positive) results. Instead, there has been a destruction of the best potentials of our country.”

Fox went on to say that “we must urgently advance toward a (real and viable) change.”

Fox’s tweet came on the heels of a video released by the head of his conservative National Action Party (PAN) Ricardo Anaya in response to AMLO’s nationally broadcast state of the nation address on Thursday, July 1.

In that video, Anaya pointed out that, despite what the president said in his self-aggrandizing address, there has only been a rise in poverty, a drop in employment, economic contractions and more than 230,000 deaths from covid-19 during AMLO’s mandate so far.

Fox said that Anaya’s video was the only real truth, while he used an obscenity to describe the president’s address.

Fox also pointed out that the measures taken by AMLO to try to squelch Mexico’s surging violence have been ineffective, and have led to even more violence.

He said that the president must recognize that during his administration, there has been a 14 percent increase in the incidence of femicides, a 9 percent increase in robberies of individual transports, and a 26 increase in extortions.

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