Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman threatened Donald Trump after the outspoken billionaire mentioned him in a Twitter rant on Monday. Since then, the Celebrity Apprentice host has asked the FBI to investigate the matter, fearing that the drug cartel could make good on their threats, according to ABC News.
Donald Trump is now at the top of the GOP presidential pack, showing the real estate tycoon most favorable in a survey conducted by The Economist and YouGov. Some wonder if the threat was provoked after Donald made reference to the cartel in a recent tweet.
“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.,” he wrote on Monday morning.
El Chapo threatened Donald Trump just days after he didn’t appear Sunday night at the Miss USA pageant he co-sponsors. He was dropped by NBC because of his divisive comments on immigration.
The pageant aired on the cable channel Reelz instead. And the hosts made no mention of the billionaire’s absence.
Trump spent the weekend instead on the campaign trail, where he has clearly decided to ignore pleas from Republican leaders to dial back his rhetoric. This comes after El Chapo escaped from a super max prison in Mexico.
In Phoenix, he told a campaign rally, “The silent majority is back, and we’re going to take the country back!” Lines like that had an audience of some 5000 in Phoenix cheering.
Trump drew crowds in Las Vegas, too. In a statement, he warned that El Chapo “is possibly in the U.S. And his drugs and drug dealers freely cross into the United States through our pathetic border.”
All the adulation has left the Republican frontrunner with little incentive to heed the head of the GOP, Reince Priebus, who urged him in a phone call last week to tone it down. Priebus has been hesitant to chide him publicly.
Trump was also the focus during a Fox News debate on Sunday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky turned down a chance to criticize him, saying, “Look, I’m not going to take the bait.” There was no mention of El Chapo on the airwaves until the threat was made against the tycoon.
Republican strategist Doug Heye says there’s a reason Republican leaders are trying to avoid giving the frontrunner too much attention. “When you wrestle with the pig, you both get muddy,” Heye says. “And it may be a fight that ultimately you can’t win, so why get involved in it?”
He isn’t ruling out a third party run for president if he loses the Republican primary. And that could be the biggest headache of all for GOP leaders.
El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman, is a Mexican drug lord who heads the Sinaloa Cartel. It is a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed.
Guzman became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel, and until his February 2014 arrest, he was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the United States Department of the Treasury.
The El Chapo threat against Donald Trump has the billionaire worried after his twitter rant. Some only see these threats as a possible publicity stunt for Donald’s campaign, but it seems legitimate if he contacted the FBI.