Libertarian Candidate Says Trump Will Be Watching Olympics to See "How High the Mexican Pole Vaulters Go"

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Gary Johnson took a jab at the Republican presidential nominee's plan to build a wall around the U.S. to keep illegal immigrants out.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson took aim at Donald Trump while speaking with the Reno Gazette-Journal on Friday night, as the Rio Olympics opening ceremony was underway.

"I hear that Donald Trump is watching the Olympics tonight," Johnson said, before adding, "He’s seeing how high the Mexican pole vaulters go."

Johnson continued to criticize the Republican nominee's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to stop illegal immigration, saying, "Look, the deportation of 11 million undocumented workers starts with misinformation. They are hardworking people that have come into the United States and they have to come in illegally because the government can't provide them an easy way to get in legally."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti echoed similar sentiments Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press, in which he stated that the city's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games would be negatively impacted if Trump won the presidency.

"I think for some of the IOC members they would say, 'Wait a second, can we go to a country like that, where we've heard things that we take offense to?" Garcetti said. "But I think that gives us even more urgency globally, where we can say, 'This is something that is a different strength maybe than the things that you've heard or the things you believe.' I think we continue no matter what the outcome of the election is."

Los Angeles is competing with Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary to become the 2024 host city for the Summer Games.

"Were there to be an election result that is less international, more inward focused, maybe there's even greater urgency to a bid like this," Garcetti added. "But even if that doesn't happen, even the threat of that, the talk of that, the idea that we exclude people based on who they are at our borders, gives us urgency to having things like the Olympics underscore who we are and what we're about."

 

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