Mexicans “would be eating cat food out of a can and living in a tent behind an Outback” Steakhouse restaurant if it were not for their nation’s proximity to the US, and their country should be invaded because of the presence of drug cartels there, the US senator John Neely Kennedy said.
The Louisiana Republican’s racist remarks drew a strong condemnation from Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, who called Kennedy “a profoundly ignorant man”. Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, meanwhile, urged the 37 million Americans of Mexican descent – along with other Latinos in the US – “not to vote for people with this very arrogant, very offensive and very foolish mentality” in the future.
Kennedy’s tirade took place on Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee that included discussion of the budget for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Kennedy advised Anne Milgram, the DEA administrator, and senior Biden White House staffers to put pressure on López Obrador to permit US military and law enforcement personnel to invade his nation “and stop the cartels.”
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Kennedy reportedly made an allusion to the well-known line from the iconic mobster movie The Godfather by saying, “Make him a deal he can’t refuse.” Kennedy added, “Mexico, metaphorically speaking, would be eating cat food out of a can and living in a tent behind an Outback if it weren’t for the people of America.”
Kennedy added to earlier Republican pronouncements that praised the concept of utilizing the American military to combat Mexican cartels in his remarks regarding the US’ southern neighbor. The majority of illegal fentanyl is either mixed with other narcotics, such as cocaine and heroin, or it is pressed into fake pills that resemble Xanax, oxycodone, Percocet, and other prescription prescriptions.
Many of the 70,000 overdose deaths reported each year in the US include fentanyl users who were unaware they were taking the drug.
Kennedy received a letter from Ebrard on Thursday in which he claimed that much Mexican government personnel and people had perished in the effort to halt the importation of fentanyl into the US. Ebrard remarked, “He doesn’t know that or acts like he doesn’t.
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Kennedy should consider why people in the US may buy fentanyl by simply stepping outside to specific locations or visiting specific websites online, continued Ebrard. Ebrard, who has previously emphasized that it is primarily Americans who are detained for trafficking fentanyl in the US, said that it is folly to argue in favor of deploying an armed force to Mexico when fentanyl is flowing everywhere in the US.
Kennedy’s southern American accent, which many of his critics have compared to the voice of the Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn, was used to deliver his tirade against Mexico. Although Kennedy holds degrees from the University of Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and Oxford University in the UK, it is widely believed that he retains the drawl to come across as folksy.
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