The president of Mexico has flunked his main task: to protect the lives of Mexicans facing crime and the pandemic. That’s why journalists have the duty to question him.
In Mexico, the talk about the dead – a lot of dead – has become normal.
Dead from femicides. Dead from drug violence. Dead from the pandemic.
In honor of Nevenka, brave pioneer when no one was listening. Luisa Antonia. Cristina. Susana. Odalys. Larissa. Dulce. Jarid. The names of some of the victims of femicide in Mexico were on the metal fence protecting the National Palace, where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador works and sleeps.
Killing and dying is too easy in Mexico. Because of the violence or because of Covid-19. And the dead are so many that suddenly it seems normal when someone is murdered or dies from the Corona virus. The sad reality is that something could have been done to avert so many deaths, and it was not done.
Since Andrés Manuel López Obrador became president, 63,792 Mexicans have been murdered. There are no other details. That’s the Mexican government’s official figure on willful homicides from December 1 2018 to September 30 2020.
Mexico has always been uneasy and restless about its past. That’s why it is valid, legitimate and necessary to investigate former Mexican presidents.
For a moment, let us leave the dead from the pandemic and the violence in Mexico in peace. There will be time to speak about them.
It is a terrible and painful failure. There is no way to portray the more than 41,000 dead from the pandemic and the 55,000 dead from the violence as a success for the strategies of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government.
The photo came out good. But it was sad and painful, listening to the praise and falsehoods the president of Mexico had for the most anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant president of the United States in decades.
Until recently, Andrés Manuel López Obrador believed Donald Trump was racist. “Yes, yes,” he confirmed to me in an interview.