By David Agren from Mexico City, Mexico (Andrés Manuel López Obrador) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Politics is its own thing in Mexico, though it does bear some similarities to the United States. A prominent populist, who was formerly mayor of Mexico City and a member of the left wing PRI party, or Institutional Revolutionary Party in English. His name is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and he bears some interesting similarities to President Trump.
He is a vocal opponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has a base of Christian supporters, both Catholic and evangelical. His opponents are also actively trying to tie him to Russia, an allegation that he openly mocks. He made his political name by trashing political elites and is running a sort of third-party campaign that would remind you of Ross Perot.
The Wall Street Journal reports that he's been winning in Mexican polls since September of last year, though election day is a long way off. Before you root for him, he seems to be much farther to the left than most Americans would like, meaning he may not get along well with a Republican President. Time will tell, and we'll find out just how much Mexican populism has in common with American populism.
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