AMLO Denounces Javier Milei’s Criticism of Pope Francis as “Ultra-conservative”
The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, recently made headlines when he labelled Javier Milei, the Argentine presidential candidate for the La Libertad Avanza party, an “ultra-conservative facho” for criticizing Pope Francis.
Contentious Remarks Against the Pontiff
“[Milei] is even against the Pope; He calls him a communist because he is in favor of justice (…). No Argentine is like Francisco and this ultraconservative torch is thrown at him because [the pontiff] is one of the most consistent popes in the history of the church, most attached to the Christian doctrine of love for one’s neighbor and defense of the poor,” López Obrador said at a press conference in Sinaloa, a state in northern Mexico.
Support for Milei Despite Controversy
The President of Mexico also noted that despite the Pope’s record during his pontificate, some public figures have chosen to support Milei. Notable among these are former Mexican presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón, as well as the acclaimed Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.
Political Backlash and Past Criticisms
This isn’t the first instance of López Obrador criticizing Milei for his comments against the Pope. In September, the Mexican leader denounced St statements wherein Milei claimed that Pope Francis was promoting communism and branded him the “representative of evil on Earth.”
Milei’s controversial remarks against the pontiff initially surfaced in 2020 and were spread by the Liberty World Review platform. They align with statements he has made before and during his political campaign, where he has gone as far as comparing the Pope to animals. However, as the second presidential debate in Argentina approached, his rhetoric appeared to soften as he promised to apologize to the Pope and invite him to visit Argentina if he were to win the upcoming election.
Election Developments in Argentina
The ongoing political scenario in Argentina is intensifying as Milei prepares fo the presidential elections. The second round is scheduled for November 19, with the international community and figures across Latin America keeping a close eye on the developments.
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