Peña Nieto explains his socks as his popularity plunges
This week Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's socks made the headlines and opened a full-on debate on social media. Criticism rained down after the president took time to address a silly clothing-related quip, while showing little response for serious issues that affect his country.
The President of Mexico participated in the 2015 Molino del Rey race appearing in full athletic gear last weekend.
It was a Mexican journalist, Julio Astillero, who initiated the discussion on Twitter when he suggested that Peña Nieto seemed to be wearing his socks backwards during the 10K race.
Peña Nieto felt it was important to set the record straight and clarify that in fact he wasn’t wearing his socks backwards — by tweeting a photo from his official account with the caption “Aclarando el #calcetagate” (Clarifying “sockgate”).
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 19, 2015
What followed was storm of mocking tweets highlighting unresolved serious issues such as the murder of 43 students at Ayotzinapa, the ongoing murder of journalists, or the prison escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman.
As the AJ+ video summarizes it “If not his socks, maybe his priorities are backwards?”
— Think Mexican (@ThinkMexican) August 20, 2015