President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has faced a barrage of criticism after the Mexican Navy loaned a military helicopter to fly in his home team’s mascot at a major baseball playoff during a week of violent unrest elsewhere in the country.
Pochi, the mascot of the Olmecas de Tabasco club – dressed in a full-body turtle costume – followed military personnel out of an Airbus Panther helicopter that landed in the middle of a stadium in Tabasco state, surprising fans who had come to watch the Mexican baseball league see game on thursday.
Lopez Obrador criticized the decision, although it was unclear who signed it.
“I don’t agree with that,” Lopez Obrador, who has prioritized austerity measures like trying to sell the country’s presidential jet, told journalists at a morning news conference.
But Lopez Obrador, who hails from the nearby city of Macuspana, went on to praise the passion for the sport, recalling his wife enjoying jets flying over an All-Star game they were attending in San Diego.
“They shouldn’t be using US aircraft during the All-Star Games, either,” he said.
The Navy issued a statement in the afternoon confirming the participation of “an air unit, an escort, a war band, a marching band and Navy personnel.”
It is delighted to participate in civic and sporting events that bring it closer to society across the country and “highlight patriotic values.”
Various critics took to social media to blast the president after a week of violent attacks linked to organized crime.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/13/mexico-president-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-uses-helicopter-to-fly-in-mascot-for-baseball-game/ Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador flies in a mascot for a baseball game in a helicopter