A construction worker placed a Mexican flag atop a Donald Trump building and posted a photo of what he did on Facebook.
Diego Saul Reyna, 30, went to the very top of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver and placed the Mexican flag to draw the attention of Mexicans, who he said helped build the skyscraper.
“Because from the concrete pouring, finishing, drywall, taping, wood forming, and general labor, Mexicans were there, building it, doing good work,” said Reyna.
He also added that, despite Trump’s disrespectful comments about Mexicans, the workers did not stop performing their duties in the construction of the building because they take pride in the “high-quality work” that they have always done.
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Reyna, who hails from Chiapas, Mexico, said that they pride themselves on the work that they do, whether they are in Mexico or even after they migrate to the United States and Canada.
“Mr. Trump, we did our best work, your tower here in Vancouver is premium quality, and we were a crucial part of it, not just Mexicans but immigrants as a whole, like your ancestors were,” said Reyna, who works as a steel framer.
The construction worker then said that Mexicans neither stole nor raped anyone while working on the building.
“We just did the best work we could possibly do, for my ourselves, our families, and the future tenants in your building,” he added.
Reyna called for friends and other Facebook users to share his Mexican flag post until it reached Trump’s newsfeed. As of Tuesday, the post has already gained 9,400 reactions and 7,000 shares.
The construction workers did the act on Saturday, although reports said that the flag had been removed by Sunday morning.
According to Huffington Post Canada, Reyna did not actually work on the building, although he had some Mexican and Muslim friends who had worked on the tower and expressed their frustrations against Donald Trump.
“They kept telling me their frustration, their anger, and their hurt, but they can’t say anything,” the construction worker said in an interview. Reyna added that he installed the Mexican flag because he did not work on the building and therefore would not be terminated for his actions.
When Donald Trump announced that he was going to run for president in June 2015, he infuriated a lot of people after he made derogatory comments about Mexicans in the United States.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” the Republican frontrunner said.
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Trump has since stressed that he will build a wall along the Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants away.
As for Reyna, he said that he is not concerned with Trump rising to power, but rather Trump’s values and points of view that can extend to other countries such as Canada.
“Here in Canada, we are very well integrated ethnically, and I think, as he labels negatively an entire ethnic group, that could jeopardize our society… That can spill into our society,” he said.
The tower, which began construction in 2012 and is expected to be completed this year, is 616 feet (187.8 meters) high and has 69 floors. It also operates with 12 elevators, 217 residences, and 147 hotel rooms.
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Donald Trump has always been very proud of his accomplishments, although he is also accused of having grown quite insensitive toward some of the people he’s worked with. Aside from Mexicans, Trump has also insulted Muslims, which has resulted in some of his Muslim business partners severing ties with him.
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