The social media account of Vicente Fox, former Mexican President, has mysteriously vanished in the wake of contentious comments he made about Mariana Rodríguez, spouse of Samuel García, a presidential aspirant from Movimiento Ciudadano (MC). Fox, who was Mexico's president from 2000 to 2006, had labeled Rodríguez as an "escort" on the platform, igniting a firestorm of controversy.
Fox's Controversial Remarks
Last week, Fox took to his social media account to refer to Rodríguez as a “dama de compañia,” or escort. Rodríguez, a university graduate, entrepreneur, wife, and mother, swiftly rebutted the former president's remarks. She emphasized her accomplishments and roles, underscoring that she is more than just a label imposed by others.
Account Suspension and Repercussions
Three days after the controversy, Fox's account vanished from the social media platform, which was acquired by tech magnate Elon Musk in late 2022. The suspension followed the former president's inflammatory comments against Rodríguez, wife of the presidential candidate Samuel García. This incident has stirred up tensions in an already heated presidential pre-campaign in Mexico.
Legal Actions Against Fox
Jorge Álvarez Máynez, coordinator of García's pre-campaign, revealed that he reported Fox to the National Electoral Institute (INE) for practicing political violence based on gender against his co-religionist. The fallout from Fox's comments underscores the significance of respectful discourse, particularly in the realm of politics, where words can have far-reaching implications.