|Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador|
Mexican leftist 2018 presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorplans to visit the United States on Sunday to talk with migrants and Americans about Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric.
Lopez Obrador, who is leading in opinion polls for next year's elections, told the daily El Universal in an interview published on Thursday that Trump has shown a lack of respect for Mexico.
"This campaign -- because it is very poisonous -- of xenophobia, of causing hate, must be confronted," said the two-time presidential election runner-up.
"We, Mexicans, are being persecuted. It's all a political strategy so I will go to the United States precisely because of this," said Lopez Obrador, who is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.
The leader of the National Regeneration Movement, Obrador led conservative politician Margarita Zavala and Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, of the ruling party, in an election poll published by the daily Reforma late last year.
The current Mexican president, Pena Nieto, is constitutionally barred from running for re-election.
Not much of any kind of positive signs for libertarians here.