Mike Rawlings, the mayor of Dallas, Texas, said he believes Donald Trump would build an "economic wall" between the United States and Mexico, not just a physical one. He warned about the economic pitfalls of rhetoric such as Trump's.
"This is the sort of thing that slows economies down — when people start getting angry at each other, when people start talking about the other guy being bad and we're good, we're going to win and they're going to lose," Rawlings said, according to DallasNews.com
Rawlings made the comments during a mission trip to Mexico with business, government, and education leaders from North Texas. He said he hopes his outreach is successful, but Trump's presidential race still looms ahead.
"Our visit is not going to assuage the fear that Donald Trump may be elected president," Rawlings said in the Dallas News report.
Mexico and North Texas worked together with an economic impact of about $1.3 billion in 2015, according to Dallas' economic development guide. The trip will include Dallas' Chamber of Commerce pushing North Texas as a site for U.S. headquarters, and schools looking for exchange students and partnerships.
Ambassador Mario Chacon Carrillo of ProMexico said in the Dallas News report that trade deals help both countries. When asked if Trump makes him nervous, he said, "I wouldn't say nervous. I would say we are examining all the possibilities."
Other Texas officials downplayed Trump's effect on relations between the two countries' businesses.
"Presidential politics is a silly season. It will level out," Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said.
Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas appeared more explicit in his condemnation of Trump. According to the Texas Tribune,
Vela wrote, "Mr. Trump, you're a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass."
Vela said later on MSNBC, "I felt like I had to speak to Donald Trump in language he understands."
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