A Mexican presidential candidate has stirred controversy, after his unsettling comments that thieves should have their hands cut off went viral.
The proposal was made by Jaime Rodriguez, an independent candidate in the July 1 Mexican election, during a discussion about corruption in the first debate among the five presidential candidates.
Known as “El Bronco” for being blunt and even vulgar at times, Rodriguez said that the most effective way to fight corruption and crime was to adopt amputation practices widely used in several Middle Eastern countries, for example in Saudi Arabia.
“We have to cut off the hands of those who rob. Its that simple,” Rodriguez said.
Startled and incredulous, the moderator of the show had to repeat her question twice to make sure he meant what he said.
El Bronco suggests chopping off thieves' hands as punishment.
No, that's not a joke. That's an idea being suggested by a Mexican presidential candidate. The moderator was unsure if he was serious, too. #DebateDelDebate
— Carin Zissis (@CarinZissis) 23 апреля 2018 г.
Rodriguez, who became the first candidate in history without a political party to win a gubernatorial contest, has been notorious for his controversial remarks. In one statement he accused Mexicans of being “too liberal in the topic of faith,” explaining that two earthquakes that rocked Mexico came as a punishment.
Rodriguezs comments sparked instant reaction and inspired jokes and memes that have already flooded social media.
In one meme, inspired by a Texas Chainsaw Massacre film poster, Rodriguez is depicted holding a chainsaw ready to fulfil his promises.
In another, the presidential hopeful appears as Darth Vader cutting off Luke Skywalkers hand with his light saber.
Another meme was created by using the translation of Rodriguezs speech into sign language.
Journalist David Agren slammed this radical approach in dealing with corruption as a proposal to take the country back to a time centuries ago past.
Militarized high schools. Chopping off hands … people accuse AMLO of wanting to take Mexico back to the 70s, but El Bronco is proposing to return the country to a time centuries before that #DebatePresidencial
— David Agren (@el_reportero) 23 апреля 2018 г.
One of the memes entitled “The House of Representatives in 2019” hinted that El Broncos proposal may turn out to be self-defeating.
As corruption continues to be a persistent issue in the country, all five candidates feel pressured to offer their solutions. Rodriguez is convinced his approach will be the most effective.
“Its not a bad thing, countries that have left corruption behind have done it,” he said.