Ioan Grillo: Mexican President Lopez Obrador is doing himself no favors. He just seemed to be getting serious on coronavirus when today, a video emerges of him in Sinaloa, shaking hands with the mother of jailed drug lord El Chapo.
President of Mexico Lopez Obrador travelled to El Chapo territory of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, where he met with the mother of el Chapo, Maria Consuelo Loera as she was a passenger of a vehicle. Loera’s vehicle was parked on a unpaved mountain road outside Badiragiato. The president cheerfully approached the vehicle and extended his hand for an enthusiastic handshake.
“AMLO” has been slow on the draw of measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, of which handshakes are a big no-no. Last week he was in Oaxaca where on video he encouraged people to dine out.
Lopez Obrador told Loera, who has a big smile, that she needn’t exit the vehicle, they shook hands, had a brief exchange, in which he said that he had “received her letter.” There is no indication of what letter they are speaking of. In February of last year, she wrote a letter to the president asking for his assistance in receiving a humanitarian visa for her and daughters so they may visit Chapo. She says she was granted the visa, but it appears she has not visited her son.
The video also shows AMLO engaging in conversation with one of El Chapo’s Mexican lawyers, Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza.
Loera is in her 90s, an age that is most vulnerable to dying of the virus.
The day was also the birthday of Ovidio Guzman, son of El Chapo, who AMLO ordered release after his capture in the fall of 2019.