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Pelosi Named ‘Honorary President’ of the Rio Grande by Democrat Mayor
Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz named Nancy Pelosi “Honorary President of the Republic of the Rio Grande” on Friday, presenting her with keys to the city.
The faux bestowment came in the midst of a press conference and ceremony which was highly critical of President Trump’s move to declare a national emergency and build a wall along the southern border.
The Republic of the Rio Grande was an independent nation established in Northern Mexico by insurgents for a brief period in 1840.
Contiguity with Texas, recently successful in winning de facto independence, in all probability influenced their action. After much Federalistic flurry in the northern frontier Mexican states, leaders of the party met at Laredo, Texas, in convention on January 17, 1840. The convention declared independence from Mexico and claimed for its territory the areas of Tamaulipas and Coahuila north to the Nueces and Medina rivers, respectively, and Nuevo León, Zacatecas, Durango, Chihuahua, and New Mexico. Officers and a general council were elected as follows: Jesús de Cárdenas, president; Antonio Canales Rosillo, commander-in-chief of the army; Juan Nepomuceno Molano, delegate and member of the council for Tamaulipas; Francisco Vidaurri y Villaseñor, for Coahuila; Manuel María de Llano, for Nuevo León; and José María Jesús Carbajal, secretary to the council. The government was moved to Guerro, Tamaulipas, where it was to have remained temporarily. Canales with his force took the field against the Centralist army under Gen. Mariano Arista, and on March 24–25, 1840, met Arista in battle at Morales, Coahuila, and was disastrously defeated.