On the last election day, the economist Javier Milei won the second round of the presidential elections in Argentina, obtaining 56% of the votes. His challenger, Sergio Massa, reached 44% of the votes. 99% of the votes had already been counted when the winner was declared.
After this announcement, some Latin American leaders divided their opinions, considering that the current Argentine president represents “the triumph of the extreme right that comes with a colonial project,” according to Nicolás Maduro.
“It was an own goal. “I do not agree with right-wing governments, with racist, classist governments,” said Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of Mexico.
During his political campaign, Milei spoke out against leftist governments, and among his voracious words, he mentioned López Obrador on more than one occasion. Criticism of him began even before he became a contender for the Presidency. During a conference in Aztec territory, she referred to the supporters of her current Mexican counterpart as “chairos”, “resentful” and “envious”.
Hours after the decision made by the Argentines, López Obrador returned: “We respect the decision made by a majority group in Argentina, we respect that decision although it is something that we consider will not help them, but the people are sovereign, even with everyone the undemocratic elements used by the mafia of economic power everywhere.”
Months later, in an interview with NTN24 Milei referred to López Obrador as “pathetic,” “regrettable,” and “disgusting.” She would have issued the adjectives after the Mexican president openly supported the current president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, in the last presidential elections.
“Who is he to say what is a good vote and what is a bad vote? Is he the owner of what is right? He seems strongly insulting to Colombians,” expressed Milei.
The elected president of Argentina took advantage of his intervention on an international news network to ensure that López Obrador proposed “a change towards the radicalized left, a left that impoverishes (…) economically, socially and culturally. It is a disastrous system that has murdered 150 million human beings,” referring to populism.
Milei maintained that left-wing governments, like that of Mexico, mean “living in misery. It is a change where only politicians of that current do well.”