Mexico’s President Nearly Drops Revered Presidential Sash in Video Message

Mexican Presidential Sash
AP File Photo/Alexandre Meneghini

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto became the butt of many jokes when he nearly dropped the country’s presidential sash. The incident came moments after he posted a short video message in preparation for his third state of the country address.

In the short video message, broadcast in the social media platform Periscope and then uploaded to his Facebook page, Pena Nieto came close to dropping the presidential sash. The sash is considered to be a highly revered national icon, particularly among historians and military veterans.

The sash bears Mexico’s coat of arms in the middle of the red white and green colors of the Mexican flag. As per Mexican law, only the president is allowed to wear the sash, which is seen as a symbol of continuity in the government.

During his short video Pena Nieto held the sash as he spoke to the camera about the significance of his upcoming address. He then turned around to place it on his desk and the sash began to slide down the desk.

It didn’t take long for Mexican media and individuals on social media to begin mocking Pena Nieto on his mishap. The newest gaffe comes as Mexico’s security conditions continue alarm and the economy worsens with the value of the Peso dropping more and more each day.

Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on the war raging just south of the Texas border with Mexico. The war in raging as two factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for control of the area used to traffic drugs and human cargo. Frequent shootings, kidnappings and murders have become the norm in the two regions surrounding Matamoros and Reynosa. The battles which occur both in the cities and on rural highways blew up earlier this year and led to Breitbart Texas’ creation of the Cartel Chronicles giving citizen journalists from Mexico a platform to express the truth that is often covered up by the Mexican government.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.