© Reuters. Graffiti is seen on an image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a drink at a Mexican brewery in Mexico City.
By Lizbeth Diaz
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Supporters of US Republican candidate Donald Trump inadvertently helped pay the bill for an alcoholic beverage in Mexico City on Thursday after they were tricked into buying cleverly concealed anti-Trump T-shirts designed by a local brewery.
Trump, who has branded Mexicans as rapists and drug traffickers, has caused outrage south of the border with his promise to build a border wall that Mexico will pay for, a promise that inspired brewery Cerveza Cucapa’s ingenious plan to get Trump supporters to join Mexicans. ‘concoctions.
“It‘s amazing that we can have a party paid for by Donald Trump!” said Leticia Villanueva, 54, holding her free beer at the event that had drawn a few hundred people.
Late last month, Cucapa, a craft brewery in the northern border state of Baja California, posted a video in which representatives went to the United States to sell blue T-shirts with Trump’s face that apparently read “I support Donald.”
However, unbeknownst to the buyer, when they put the shirt on, their body temperature adds a clown nose to Trump’s face and alters the message to read “Donald: The One Who Reads It“, a traditional message meaning “Whoever reads this is Donald.”
Proceeds from the tongue-in-cheek publicity stunt helped fund the event Thursday in Mexico City, where a wealthy crowd of drunken youth in yellow Trump wigs received applause from the recent collapse of the real estate mogul in polls.
“His campaign is rubbish, and the only good thing he’s done is get us drunk,” said Ivan Grajeda, 21. “It’s great that he’s losing … that’s a win for Mexico.”
Others expected his family in the United States to run and vote in the Nov. 8 election for Hillary Clinton, who has strengthened her lead against Trump in recent weeks after her Republican rival faced a series of groping accusations.
“I ask my family members to vote for Hillary, since it is not in their interest for Trump to win,” said José Ramón Treviño, 28. “I have family in Chicago and they are hard-working people, who don’t go looking for trouble or ask for money on the street.”
Esteban Pacheco, a 26-year-old Cucapa employee, said the goal of the brewery’s campaign was to build bridges between the two countries.
“We want to bring people together with these kinds of activities,” he said.
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