It’s no secret that Donald Trump has built his empire on the backs of immigrants, both documented and undocumented.
Over three decades ago, it was a large group of undocumented laborers — “nicknamed the Polish Brigade because of their home country” — who demolished the building that would become the site of Trump’s crown jewel and symbol of his wealth, the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Another Trump Tower is also rising in Vancouver, Canada — and it’s yet again thanks to the work of immigrant laborers like Diego Reyna.
It’s why Diego, who is Mexican-Canadian, hung a Mexican flag at the top of Trump Tower: “I put a Mexican flag on the roof of the Trump Tower in Vancouver, just to show that he is benefiting from us and that we are working hard on his projects and that we are not all criminals.”
“You are against an ethnic group that you are benefiting from,” he added. “This building is standing here today thanks to us — to our work, and our labor. So there’s a little present for Mr. Trump so that every time you judge us, you can think, ‘Who is building your towers?’ We are. Thank you.”
While the flag was eventually removed, the image of Diego standing in front of the flag has been widely shared on social media. And in Canada, Diego isn’t alone in anti-Trump sentiment — a recent survey found that a majority of Canadians felt developers should stop using Trump’s name on buildings.
Trump has already been symbolically banned from Mexico. His general election polling numbers are disastrous against both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and now it’s sounding like Canadians don’t like him much either. Trump likes to brag that he has friends everywhere as a businessman, but what does it mean when all of North America can’t stand you?