Mexicans celebrate Easter by burning a giant replica of Donald Trump.
There are Mexicans that have been waiting to show their incredible hatred towards Donald Trump in a big way ever since he started his presidential campaign in 2015.
Their chance came during this year’s Holy Week. Mexicans typically burn effigies representing Judas Iscariot as part of their Holy Week tradition. The effigies are usually modeled after political figures unpopular to Mexicans.
This year, Mexicans did not have to think twice about picking that unpopular political person. It was Donald Trump all the way. The papier-mache mock-up of Trump burned in a stunning display of fireworks in Mexico City’s La Merced neighborhood. Hundreds of the neighborhood residents cheered and yelled 'death' looking at the burning effigy. Some of the insults hurled at the model of Trump would have shamed even the real Donald Trump.
It was not only at La Merced that the Trump effigies were burned, but across Mexico. Trump effigies burned from Puebla to Monterrey (the industrial hub of Mexico). Felipe Linares, the artisan who has been making Judas effigies for over 50 years, and who crafted the Trump effigy for 2016, said he has been dying to get Trump from the time he started speaking against Mexicans and immigrants.
Linares is also the person who crafted the effigies of Elba Esther Gordillo, the union leader, and Enrique Pena Nieto, the President, who became unpopular among Mexicans because of various scandals.
Donald Trump, who is actually the frontrunner to win the Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential election, has always been in the news for his controversial remarks and the usage of explicit language, ever since he began his campaign last year. His position on banning the Muslims entering the country made him unpopular with the Muslim community.
According to him, Mexico sends rapists and drug runners across the border. His campaign drew heavy fire, both from the Mexicans and from people inside the United States when he vowed that, should he become the President, he will build a wall along the southern United States border and will make Mexico pay for it.
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Enrique Pena Nieto, the President of Mexico said that there is no way Mexico will ever pay for such a wall. He also compared Donald Trump's rise among voters to the emergence of dictators like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.
The practice of burning Judas effigies during the Holy Week is also followed in various Latin American countries, like Venezuela, and parts of Greece. According to anthropologists, the practice symbolizes overcoming divisions among communities to fight against a common enemy.