The Measure of A Man: Trump Vs. The Construction Worker Who Hung A Mexican Flag on Trump Tower
Grace Under Pressure (Or Not) Dept: When Drumpf lost Wisconsin last night, he went and hid from the media in a no-doubt gold-plated closet before reappearing only to issue the sort of dignified, decorous, presidential, ripe-with-gravitas statement we have come to expect from a guy who shows the restraint, maturity and emotional equilibrium of a troubled 10-year-old playground bully. Instead of offering what grown-ups would deem a regretful but reasonable concession speech vowing to fight on, he accused "lyin' Ted Cruz" of being "worse than a puppet" - which is...? - and "a Trojan horse being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump," never mind his illegally spending "countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump" - the kind of bile that's made Trump piñatas, especially the angry ones, big sellers on both sides of the border. Says one vendor, “It’s something affordable that they can hit.”
After Wisconsin, the New Yorker's Andy Borowitz didn't have to stray far from the awful truth when he wrote that Trump threatened to sue the state's entire population “for everything it’s worth” - a lawsuit they would pay for - even though Wisconsin is "a freaking dump." He goes on, "In his terse remarks, Trump departed from the customs of political concession speeches by failing to congratulate the evening’s winner or thank his supporters, instead sternly warning the people of Wisconsin to 'lawyer up.' In announcing the lawsuit, (Trump) denied that he was being a poor loser. 'I am a fabulous loser,' he said. 'I am the biggest loser in this country.'”
In lofty contrast, consider Mexican/Canadian steel framer Diego Saul Reyna, 30, who climbed to the roof of Vancouver's almost-completed, largely-immigrant-built Trump Tower to plant a Mexican flag as a message of "love and unity." A resident of Port Moody, BC. but originally from Chiapas, Reyna and a friend took the elevator up 20 floors and hiked 40 more floors - "I was trying be careful not to damage the glass, because the building is so nice. Some people told me to scratch the glass or mess something up, but if I did that, (I) would be vandalizing, which is a crime" - to plant his flag and cordially point out Trump is benefiting from the people he keeps insulting. "Mr. Trump, we did our best work. Your tower here (is) premium quality, and we were a crucial part of it," he said."While working on your tower, Mexicans didn't steal anything nor rape anyone. We just did the best work we could possibly do."
In an interview, Reyna said he didn't work on the building but "all my friends did. And that's kind of why I went - (they) wanted to do something, but they were afraid (to) get fired or lose their job. I thought, ' Well, I don't mind. I can't be fired from somewhere I don't work.' I did this for them." Reyna praises Canada's tolerant culture - "Mexicans are very welcome. We are not a discriminated-against group. We are not seen as gardeners or fast food workers" - but worries U.S. Trump-style racism will spread there. "I understand he wants to stop crime, that's fine, I don't disagree with keeping your country safe. But if you say that 150 million people are all rapists and criminals - that includes my father, my mother, anyone in my family...Please don't call everyone I love (a) criminal." He goes on, "I don't mean to insult him.. I just want to please ask him to change his mind." Though the flag was quickly taken down, Reyna's charming video from on high - "Look at that building, look how beautiful it is" - and Facebook post has garnered thousands of shares and likes, for which he remains sweetly grateful. "Mexican brethren, this flag was for all of us," he says in his most recent post. "We all got into that tower."
An exuberant Reyna up high with "a little present for Mr. Trump. So every time you think who is building your towers - we are."
Our hero at home