Hanging Mexico’s Flag From Trump Tower Was Only The Beginning. Now He’s Dressing Up As Him

credit: CREDIT: DIEGO SAUL REYNA / CBC / FACEBOOK

Back in April, Mexican-Canadian Diego Saul Reyna won the hearts of Trump haters and immigrants everywhere when he proudly displayed Mexico’s flag atop Trump Tower in Vancouver. For Reyna – originally from Chiapas, Mexico – flying the Mexican flag wasn’t about vandalism: it was an act of peaceful protest. To explain his reasons, Diego posted this message to his Facebook wall: “From the drywall to the concrete finish to the steel framing to the cleaning and the scrap, this building is standing here today thanks to [immigrants], to our hard work and out labor.”

These days, Reyna is still out protesting, but now he’s doing it dressed as Donald Trump. And Diego’s portrayal of Donald Trump is nothing like the real thing.

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Instead of acting like a loud mouthed ego driven buffoon, Diego’s Trump is a good samaritan. Dressed in nice pants, bright red suspenders, a button-up shirt, and a Trump mask, Diego’s Trump waters flowers, cleans up graffiti, sweeps away litter, and cleans off tables. He’s a regular boyscout.

The reactions people give to Diego’s Trump are often mixed.

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Donald Trump isn’t the most popular person in Canada, so Diego knows there’s some risk involved.

Some congratulate Trump for doing something nice. Others aren’t so happy to see Trump roaming the streets of Canada.

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No matter how they respond, they all share a common reaction: they’re shocked when they see Trump doing something nice. That’s exactly the point Reyna is trying to make with this social experiment. “It reveals that it’s shocking that he’s doing anything positive, and it shouldn’t be.” Reyna added: “It shouldn’t be shocking that anybody does anything positive.”

In another social experiment, Reyna stood Seattle street corner to see if people would rather hug a Mexican or Donald Trump. Obvs, people loved them some Mexican hugs.

 

My first social experiment, Would Americans rather hug Donal Trump or a Mexican immigrant ???? watch till the end I was surprised to,

Prefiere la gente en USA habrazar a un imigrante Mexicano o a Donald Trump?? son todos rasistas ??? Fui a estados unidos a averiguar a quien prefiere la gente, veanlo hasta el final y gracias por compartir,
#TRUMP #DUMPTRUMP #KINDNESS #SOCIAL #EXPERIMENT #SEATLE

Posted by Diego Saul Reyna on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CREDIT: DIEGO SAUL REYNA / FACEBOOK

All of Diego Reyna’s experiments are really about empowerment. When Trump first pointed the finger at immigrants, calling them “rapists and criminals,” Diego didn’t know what to do, telling CBC, “I really felt powerless that I’m not able to do anything against somebody so powerful. He’s unreachable.” By dressing up and getting his message out there, he’s been able to turn those feelings of helplessness into a positive experience. Diego left Mexico to find a better life, and all of ours are that much better because of his hard work. Diego really is the embodiment of the immigrant experience.

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