Miley made the symbol of her campaign a chainsaw – this tool, in her opinion, depicts plans to reduce budget spending and “dismember” the political establishment.
Argentina has elected a new president. He turned out to be 53-year-old Javier Miley. He has been compared to Donald Trump and former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, hates Putin and breeds cloned dogs. And Miley’s election has been talked about all over the world.
Crazy is crazy
The 53-year-old TikTok star, musician, economist and TV presenter called for “abandoning the sick peso for the US dollar” and vowed to burn down the Central Bank to end the “cancer of inflation.”
As AFP recalled, Miley spoke out against abortion, for carrying guns, promised to cut ties with Argentina’s main trading partners – China and Brazil, and also questioned the number of victims of the military dictatorship and denied that climate change is caused by human activity.
He toned down his rhetoric before the runoff to appeal to more moderate voters, but early in the campaign he took the stage with a running chainsaw, symbolizing the sweeping changes he plans to bring to the economically troubled state.
Miley’s words about introducing the US dollar as the country’s official currency were met with applause from supporters, while many economists spoke of financial disaster.
No matter – in a country where annual inflation now exceeds 140% and two out of five people live in poverty, his victory proves that Argentines are fed up with traditional politics and economic disasters – and willing to try something new in an attempt to make their lives better.
Reaction to the election
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whom Miley called an evil communist during the election campaign, was one of the first to wish success to the new authorities.
“Argentina is a great country and deserves our respect. Brazil is always ready to work with our Argentine brothers,” he wrote.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro said the election results were sad for Latin America.
Chilean President Gabriel Boric said he welcomes Miley’s victory.
Donald Trump also congratulated Miley.
“The whole world is watching! I am proud of you. You will bring your country back and truly make Argentina great again,” he said.
The new president will take office on December 10. Argentina’s current President, Alberto Fernandez, said he was ready to begin handing over tasks to the new leader, but did not congratulate him on his victory.
Expert from TV
Miley’s rapid rise was facilitated by her regular participation in television shows as a guest economic expert. The media calls him a politician from a television studio and a president from Instagram and TikTok. For the past five years, he has appeared regularly on television shows discussing economic and political issues. Miley not only spoke harshly against Argentine politicians, but also often began to shout on live television, which quickly made her unforgettable throughout the country. Episodes with his participation, cut into separate videos, receive hundreds of thousands of views on social networks.
The public also remembered Miley thanks to her image. The politician arrives at election events and the television studio in a Cadillac de Ville, similar to the one Elvis Presley had. His appearance, writes The Guardian, resembles images of Presley and the main character of the film Wolverine.
Despite working closely with socialists in the role of an economist, it is Miley’s political ideology that is considered the main cause of the country’s problems. In his opinion, socialism may seem attractive, because if a person has needs, then he has the right to satisfy them.
The Argentine believes that the smaller the role of the state in the economy and people’s lives, the better. He promised to reduce the number of ministries and civil servants. For example, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. “If there is no equality under the law, the law should be changed, and not created a ministry,” said Miley. In his assessment, the creation of the ministry only denigrates women and does not improve their situation in any way.
Miley opposes abortion and calls global warming a myth, as do many skeptics, citing the fact that there have been such times in the past.
I am David Wyatt, a professional writer and journalist for Buna Times. I specialize in the world section of news coverage, where I bring to light stories and issues that affect us globally. As a graduate of Journalism, I have always had the passion to spread knowledge through writing.