In Argentina, the result was loud and clear: Argentinians are done with socialism.
According to Fox News:
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina How can the current economy minister of a nation with 140% inflation and 40% living below the poverty line win a presidential election? It turns out that he can't, at least not in Argentina.
Libertarian outsider congressman and economist Javier Milei, of the Liberty Advances party, won a decisive victory tonight over the establishment's center-left candidate, the Peronista Sergio Massa.
With 99.3% of the votes counted, Milei stood at 55.7% versus 44.3% for Massa. While Massa won the vote-rich province of Buenos Aires by a little over 1%, Milei won the city proper of Buenos Aires, and then crushed Massa in the vote-rich northern provinces of Cordoba, Santa Fe, and Mendoza.
The left could scarcely believe its eyes. I watched NPR last night, and it seemed obvious to me that they were in denial. NPR's acknowledgement of that election was broadcast in a tiny story at the very end of their evening news show to state that the results were ... "too close to call."
I had to go back to my Twitter to see if that was actually accurate -- which it was not. Not even close. The news had been out hours ago that Javier Milei, the most militant libertarian ever seen on any nation's national stage, had run away with a monster victory, winning by a ten- point-plus margin against his socialist opponent, the wretched Sergio Massa.
Reports were rife on Twitter of leftist cheating -- see here.
But the undoubtedly intense effort from that side failed. They got swept away in a libertarian tsunami that utterly rejects socialism, and to Argentina's voting apparat's credit, they got the result out in one day. The old Argentine pope, Pope Francis, must be having heartburn this morning.
But at least he was classy enough to keep his thoughts to himself.
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The Guardian couldn't control itself:
Javier Milei, a volatile far-right libertarian who has vowed to exterminate inflation and take a chainsaw to the state, has been elected president of Argentina, catapulting South Americas second largest economy into an unpredictable and potentially turbulent future.
With more than 99% of votes counted, the Mick Jagger impersonating TV celebrity-turned politician, who is often compared to Donald Trump, had secured 55.69% of the vote compared with 44.3% for his rival, the centre-left finance minister Sergio Massa.
The Guardian fell into hysteria here when their favorite bugbears came out:
Mileis victory was celebrated by other big beasts of the global far- right including Brazils former president Jair Bolsonaro, who had championed his campaign and has promised to attend his inauguration. Hope is sparkling in South America once again, Bolsonaro wrote on X, hailing what he called a victory for honesty, progress and freedom.
The former US president Donald Trump wrote: The whole world was watching! I am very proud of you. You will turn your country around and truly Make Argentina Great Again.
His victory was also celebrated by Xs owner Elon Musk, who posted: Prosperity is ahead for Argentina.
Global leftist leaders, unable to ignore that monster margin of victory, gave their best faint imitations of congratulations:
Brazils leftwing president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who Milei has repeatedly insulted as a corrupt communist recognised Mileis victory in a tepid social media post. Democracy is the voice of the people and must always be respected, Lula wrote, without mentioning Milei by name. I wish the next government good luck and success. Argentina is a great country and deserves our complete respect, Lula added.
Colombias leftwing president, Gustavo Petro, lamented: The extreme right has won in Argentina
[It is] sad for Latin America. Now say it without crying, El Salvadors right-wing president, Nayib Bukele, posted ironically in response.
I'm starting to like that Bukele fellow.
Meanwhile, the swamp establishment predicted Armageddon:
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