Since Mexican officials announced that Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán would be extradited to the United States, lawyers for the drug lord have gone to creative lengths to ensure their client does not step foot over the border.
The New York Times reports that Guzmán's lawyers cited Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as one reason their client would not receive a fair trial in the United States. In the past, Trump has come under fire for his derogatory, hostile comments about Mexicans, Mexican immigrants, and El Chapo.
The U.S. Department of Justice wants El Chapo extradited as quickly as possible, as the drug lord has already escaped twice from Mexican prison. On July 11, the head of the Sinaloa cartel escaped from maximum security prison via a ventilated tunnel that began in his shower and ended at a construction site about a mile outside the jail.
The day after El Chapo's Hollywood-esque escape, Trump tweeted about the corruption of the Mexican government.
Mexico's biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2015
Trump continued to speak openly about the drug lord, and — as we all know — he has never shied away from sharing his blunt, often offensive opinions.
"El Chapo and the Mexican drug cartels use the border unimpeded like it was a vacuum cleaner," Trump wrote. "Sucking drugs and death right into the U.S." Rumors swirled that El Chapo had placed a $100,000 bounty on Trump's head. The GOP frontrunner remained mum on the subject after El Chapo's recapture earlier this month, except to express his amazement that Sean Penn managed to secure an interview with the elusive fugitive.