The FBI are said to be investigating alleged threats made to Donald Trump after the Presidential candidate posted on his Twitter account that he would "kick the ass" of drug lord and escaped prisoner El Chapo.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke free from his cell in his second getaway from behind bars after building a 1.5km tunnel in Altiplano Prison. It is thought that prison guards could have helped the Sinaloa cartel leader escape from the penitentiary.
Trump has previously caused controversy by making comments about immigrants and said in a statement “corrupt Mexican officials obviously let (Guzman) go a second time."
Guzman is known for the elaborate tunnels his cartel have built underneath the Mexico-US border to transport cocaine, metamphetamines and marijuana and is guilty of multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the US and Mexico. He was on the US Drug Enforcement Administration's most wanted list.
Trump used the Mexican's escape to continue his anti-immigrant rhetoric and to criticise U.S. border policies and the war on drugs. The Republican took to his social media accounts to light-heartedly repeat rumors that he was part of the convicts escape: "The joke around town is that I freed El Chapo from the Mexican prison because the timing was so good w/ my statements on border security".
El Chapo and the Mexican drug cartels use the border unimpeded like it was a vacuum cleaner, sucking drugs and death right into the U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
The joke around town is that I freed El Chapo from the Mexican prison because the timing was so good w/ my statements on border security.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Trump also made claims that he could "kick the ass" of the El Chapo:
Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with 'El Chapo', the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison? ....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
...Trump, however, would kick his ass!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Reports from Trump's camp said that the FBI are looking into threats made to Trump that could possibly be linked to Guzman's cartel.
One tweet from user @ElChap0Guzman that is under investigation read: “keep screwing (with us) and I’m going to make you eat your fucking words you lousy white faggot”
Sigue chingando y voy hacer que te tragues todas tus putas palabras pinche guero cagaleche @realDonaldTrump— Joaquín Guzmán Loera (@ElChap0Guzman) July 12, 2015
Four Mexican government officials said they could not say whether the account, as well as several others in the name of some of Guzman’s children that were linked to it, were genuine.
The Mexican deputy interior minister Roberto Campa said: “I am told they are apocryphal.”
An FBI spokesman said the agency had no statement on the issue. “Standard practice is to neither confirm nor deny FBI investigations.”
A statement from Trump said: “I’m fighting for much more than myself. I’m fighting for the future of our country which is being overrun by criminals. You can’t be intimidated. This is too important.”
Twitterverse reacted to Trump's original comments by ridiculing him and were the first to suggest that the Mexican drug lord would claim his revenge:
El Chapo Guzman escaped from prison so he could go talk to Donald Trump and discuss those things he said about Mexicans.— Carlos Rendon (@crendon16) July 12, 2015
Donald Trump finding out El Chapo escaped prison 😂😂😂 No que no cabron!!! pic.twitter.com/yehZ6hIywx— She Wants Da Chorizo (@ShiWantsTheC) July 12, 2015
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