A Mexican presidential candidate, Jaime Rodriguez, an independent known as “El Bronco,” has made it known in a televised debated that thieves should have their hands chopped off. His remark has set off jokes and comments on Twitter.
Rodriguez is trailing in opinion polls. He made the proposal during a discussion about corruption in the first televised debate among the five presidential candidates ahead of the July 1 election.
“We have to cut off the hands of those who rob. It’s that simple,”, adding that he would ask Congress to pass a law backing his idea.
The moderator Denise Maerker was taken back twice , that Rodriguez was asked if was speaking literally, before checking again that he really meant what he had said.
“That’s right. That’s right,” he replied.
Memes based on Rodriguez’s comment:
— Milenio.com (@Milenio) April 23, 2018
“El bronco” Coming soon.. pic.twitter.com/IElHDhYxGw
— Micke Jaro (@Micke_AJR) April 23, 2018
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) April 23, 2018
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) April 23, 2018
— el macary-o (@MisterMacario) April 23, 2018