Two Mexican flags popped up at a most unexpected place – near a golf course in Scotland. The flags were flown near one of the GOP presidential presumptive nominee’s golf courses in the Scottish Lowlands.
Trump is scheduled to visit Scotland on Friday.
It appears the flags were raised as much in protest of the golf courses owned by Mr. Trump as against his candidacy for the presidency. “We did this to coincide with his visit to show solidarity with the Mexican people and many other groups that Donald Trump has lied to and intimidated, because we’ve experienced it,” David Milne said to ABC News’ Good Morning America reporter Louise Dewast.
One of the two residents flying the green, white and red flag of Mexico on Scottish soil said the action was taken “in sign of solidarity with the people of Mexico.”
Mr. Milne owns property that is adjacent to one of Trumps golf courses. He has gone as far as forming an advocacy group that has campaigned against Trumps course. He said it was “the most obvious symbol” because of Trumps pledge to build a wall along the U.S. southwestern border and his comments that have been largely misconstrued by the left-of-center American news media about criminal illegal aliens who are pouring into the U.S.
Milne’s beef with Trump seems to center around the idea that the wealthy commercial developer has allegedly tried to force local residents to sell their property. A claim that was promptly denied by Trump’s Scottish company’s executive vice president, Sarah Malone.
“I would categorically dispute any claims that we have purposely made life difficult for the neighbors or done things that were wrong,” she told NPR’s Leila Fadel in Frebruary. “We simply haven’t.”
The second Mexican flag was reportedly flown by Michael Forbes, another resident who protestes against the course being built.
This is certainly not the first time a Mexican flag has been raised in a foreign country to protest Trump’s presidential campaign. Breitbart Texas reported in April about a Canadian citizen, former Mexican citizen, construction worker who draped the Mexican flag from the top of the Trump International Hotel which is under construction in Vancouver, Canada.
The freshly naturalized Canadian citizen took the action “because from the concrete pouring, finishing, drywall, taping, wood forming and general labor, Mexicans were there, building it, doing good work,” ABC News quoted from his Facebook page.
Trump is travelling to Scotland this week to visit his two golf courses located in the Scottish Lowlands. He will attend the re-opening of the Turnberry course located in Ayrshire along the Firth of Clyde, southwest of Glasgow. He is scheduled to visit the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire on Saturday. This course is located diagonally across the country along the North Sea coast north of Aberdeen.
Mexican flags are routinely seen being carried at Trump protests in the United States.