A Witch Hunt Against the Leader of the People

The President can’t answer questions, but they don’t have to.

Taru Anniina Liikanen

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Image credit: Charly Díaz Azcue. Comunicación Senado., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Source.

The President sits in front of the journalist, and both their nerves are showing. There’s tension in the air. This could go any way.

It starts. The journalist asks a question, and the President doesn’t answer it. Instead, they give a long speech about how they’re the victim of a campaign designed to discredit them.

They talk about how important they are to the country, how great their accomplishments are. No one has ever done what they have.

But the journalist insists on some tough questions, and the President pouts, instead of answering. It seems they can’t believe someone would interrogate them like this.

It sometimes makes you wonder how they could have grown and reached such an important position, when they act like a little child in a completely normal interview. They don’t understand they’re a servant of the people; they’re its leader.

After the interview, the country is divided. Some think the President did incredibly well, others think it was ridiculous. It’s all a matter of where you’re looking at it.

There are corruption accusations flying all over, some incredibly, in-your-face obvious. But the followers don’t care. They don’t see the evidence. They only see what they want to see.

I saw Trump coming way before the 2016 election. Not because I’m an expert in US politics or the changing demographics in the Rust Belt, but because I live in Argentina and Donald Trump acts much like our former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK, for short).

Obscene Corruption

Argentina is a country that has seen quite a few corrupt presidents in the past, but the amount of corruption in the Kirchner governments (2003–2015) was obscene.

Their control of the justice system was outrageous. The way they wasted some incredibly good years for the Argentinian economy without investing in fixing any of its structural issues was evil.

On top, the mechanism of corruption was so obvious, it’s offensive.

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Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.