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Why Is Trump ‘Not Important’ in Mexico Election? All Candidates Are Against Him.

“My entire family, we are all professionals, but we’re all in a really bad way,” she said.

Amid these constant struggles, she said, voters do not have much bandwidth for Mr. Trump and foreign policy.

“He’s not important to us,” Ms. Gutiérrez said.

This was not always the case. There was a time during the American presidential campaign and in the early months of the Trump presidency when Mr. Trump’s anti-Mexico utterances could whip this nation into a froth of patriotic outrage.

But Mexico quickly learned to mostly ignore Mr. Trump’s outbursts, as it might the faint rumble of distant thunder. Officials and ordinary Mexicans alike have come to view most of Mr. Trump’s threats and hostile rhetoric as little more than bluster and political gamesmanship aimed as much, if not more, at his base as it is at Mexico.

While the presidential candidates have sought to differentiate themselves on key domestic issues, they have largely echoed each other in their positions on Mexico’s relationship with the United States.

In the May 20 debate, they sought to show they would be able to stand up to Mr. Trump’s bullying, defend Mexico’s sovereignty and honor, and support both Mexican immigrants in the United States and those returning to Mexico.

“Curiously, the arrival of Trump has turned the United States into a nonissue in the campaign,” said Vidal Fernando Romero León, head of the political science department at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, a university in Mexico City. “It’s not easy for them to differentiate themselves in terms of what they are going to do with Trump — they are all against Trump. It’s something you’re required to say you’re against.”

But while Mr. Trump’s policies and his aggressive approach to Mexico have not factored prominently in the campaign, the victor, analysts said, will soon enough be grappling with their effects on a range of bilateral issues, from Nafta to migration to security.

Source: NYT > World

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