Argentinians celebrate victory as the right-leaning populist Javier Milei, described as the Argentinian Donald Trump, has been elected as the country’s newest President.
Javier Milei has promised to cut government spending and fix the country’s crumbling economy.
Mainstream media is not happy about the election results, labeling Javier Milei as ‘crazy’ and a part of the ‘far-right.’
Everyone that the media doesn’t like is part of the far-right.
BREAKING: STREETS ARE GOING WILD AS JAVIER MILEI ELECTED PRESIDENT https://t.co/hOuAJxEj4I
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 19, 2023
Read more from CNN here:
Provisional results so far show Milei with over 55% of votes (13,781,154) with more than 94% of votes counted, according to data from the country’s National Electoral Chamber, which has not yet declared an official winner.
Milei’s victory marks an extraordinary rise for the former TV pundit, who entered the race as a political outsider on a promise to “break up with the status quo” – exemplified by Sergio Massa.
His campaign promise to dollarize Argentina, if enacted, is expected to thrust the country into new territory: no country of Argentina’s size has previously turned over the reins of its own monetary policy to Washington decisionmakers.
Milei has also said he would slash government spending by closing Argentina’s ministries of culture, education, and diversity, and by eliminating public subsidies. He is a social conservative with ties to the American right; he opposes abortion rights and has called climate change a “lie of socialism.”
This energy ⚡️
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 19, 2023
More from the Washington Post:
“We don’t have anything to lose,” Tomás Limodio, a 36-year-old business owner who voted for Milei in Buenos Aires on Sunday. “We’ve had this type of government for so many years, and things are only getting worse.”
A Milei presidency brings the far-right to power in the third-largest economy in Latin America, and it could have profound implications for the region and the world. In a continent dominated by leftist leaders, Milei could create tensions with governments he has attacked, including crucial trading partner and neighbor Brazil. In an era of growing Chinese influence in Latin America, Milei could become the region’s most vocal antagonist to a country he once called “an assassin.”
Milei made a name for himself as a television pundit who insulted other guests, and he has shown a tendency to fight with the news media. He has circulated conspiracy theories and raised unsubstantiated claims about electoral fraud. In presidential debates, he has cast doubt on the widely accepted tally of murders during the country’s Dirty War from 1976 to 1983.
He has branded Pope Francis, an Argentine, an “evil” leftist. Climate change, he says, is a “socialist lie.” He would hold a referendum to undo the three-year-old law that legalized abortion.
I’m unsure about you guys, but this Milei guy sounds great.
Argentina is in good hands.