Far-right presidential candidate has attacked one of the country’s greatest symbols in the past
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247 – In the race for the position of president of Argentina, the far-right candidate, Javier Milei, faces a serious setback due to a recent controversy that has resurfaced. A 2016 Twitter post in which Milei attacked Argentine football icon Diego Maradona has resurfaced, causing an uproar on social media and in the media. In this post, Milei compared Maradona with Pelé, criticizing the former Argentine player for his history of drug use. The timing of the resurrection of this controversy, coinciding with Maradona’s birthday, appears to have a negative impact on the candidate’s campaign, according to report of Value.
Diego Maradona, a unique figure in Argentine sport and culture, was known for his left-wing political inclination, especially associated with Kirchnerism. His praise for Latin American leaders such as Hugo Chávez, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Fidel Castro made him a symbol of the left in Argentina. While Milei, labeled as a “libertarian” or “anarcho-capitalist” candidate, has adopted rhetoric attacking national figures and symbols, which clashes with the sensitivity of part of the Argentine electorate.
Sergio Massa, Milei’s Peronist opponent in the second round, has explored the far-right candidate’s controversial statements, emphasizing that Argentina does not deserve to be described in a derogatory way, as Milei has already done publicly. Furthermore, Milei faces criticism from her more radical electorate for seeking support from traditional political figures such as Patricia Bullrich and Mauricio Macri. The combination of these factors calls into question Milei’s trajectory in the presidential race and casts doubt on her chances of winning the country’s top job. Voting is scheduled for November 19th, and the controversy surrounding Maradona could have a significant impact on the electoral result.
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