MEXICO CITY – Social-networking sites have been inundated in recent hours with tweets and posts ridiculing Wednesday afternoon’s scheduled private meeting between Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexican head of state Enrique Peña Nieto, the leader of a country he has heaped scorn upon throughout his campaign.
Internet memes that employed both subtle irony and course humor and mocked both politicians began appearing on social media shortly after Trump made his surprise announcement on Tuesday night.
One the most-liked was a poster of the comedy classic “Dumb and Dumber” with images of Trump and Peña Nieto, both of whom have been criticized and mocked for a lack of basic knowledge and intellectual curiosity, superimposed on actors Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
Also going viral was an image of the Republican nominee, who has branded Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and vowed to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, dressed from head to foot in an anti-contamination suit with the caption “Donald Trump arriving in Mexico.”
Yet another image shows Trump arriving in the country dressed as a sombrero-wearing member of a mariachi band.
Mexican political analyst and writer and university professor Denise Dresser gave her nearly 3 million Twitter followers a multiple choice question to answer.
Dresser asked them to choose one of the following options: “Peña Nieto is inviting Trump to: a) have Higa (a construction company that has won contracts from different Peña Nieto administrations) build the wall, b) talk about toupees, c) tell him about the “good things” about his administration or d) give him his (partially plagiarized law school) thesis.”
Peña Nieto, whose approval ratings have plunged in recent months, on Friday invited both Trump and Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton to come to Mexico and meet with him privately.