Defiant Construction Worker Plants Mexican Flag Atop Trump Tower
A Mexican-Canadian construction worker planted a Mexican flag atop Trump Tower in Vancouver and defiantly shared a photo of the act on social media at the weekend.
In an April 2 post, Diego Reyna said he's sick of hearing disparaging remarks about Mexicans from Donald Trump and his supporters so decided to make a statement.
"Because from the concrete pouring, finishing, drywall, taping, wood forming and general labour, Mexicans were there, building it," Reyna wrote, referring to the 69-story tower slated for completion this year.
As of Monday morning, Reyna's post--in which he proudly flexes his arms in front of the flag with the Vancouver skyline visible beyond--had been shared nearly 2,000 times as media outlets across the web told his story.
"The comments Trump has made about us, did not stop us from doing the high quality work we have always done, in our home country or when we migrate to the US/Canada," Reyna wrote.
Trump first won the ire of Mexican people with comments he made last summer as he announced his candidacy.
“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best,” he said during the announcement. “They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting."
Reyna spoke directly to those now-infamous comments in his Facebook post.
"While working on your tower Mexicans didn't steal anything nor raped anyone, we just did the best work we could possibly do, for ourselves, our families and the future tenants in your building," he wrote.
The flag was taken down by Sunday morning, CBC News reports.
Holborn Group, the developer behind the tower, has declined to comment on Reyna's viral photo.
But it's Trump himself who Reyna wants to reach.