In a recent turn of events, Argentina's presidential election saw the victory of Javier Milei, a right-wing populist figure often likened to Donald Trump.
The 2024 GOP frontrunner, Trump, extended his congratulations to Milei via Truth Social, stating, "Congratulations to Javier Milei on a great race for President of Argentina. The whole world was watching! I am very proud of you. You will turn your Country around and truly Make Argentina Great Again!"
Milei's triumph was significant, securing 55.7 percent of the vote, while his adversary, Economy Minister Sergio Massa, managed only 44.3 percent, as reported by the Associated Press. Upon his victory, Milei addressed his supporters, stating, "The reconstruction of Argentina begins today." He further emphasized the urgency of the nation's situation, declaring, "Argentinas situation is critical. The changes our country needs are drastic. There is no room for gradualism, no room for lukewarm measures."
The crowd responded enthusiastically, chanting "Liberty, liberty!" and "Let them all leave," a clear critique of the nations political class. Massa conceded defeat on election night, marking a new era for Argentina's political landscape.
Milei's election comes amid Argentina's worst economic crisis in decades. The nation is grappling with inflation rates exceeding 140 percent, and nearly 40 percent of its population is living in poverty. Massa has been widely criticized for his inability to curb the skyrocketing prices.
Milei, a 53-year-old economist and television pundit, has been critical of both right and left-wing parties. His campaign was symbolized by a chainsaw, representing his plan to cut costs and reduce the size and scope of the government, including abolishing the central bank.
Milei's victory was celebrated by several conservative figures, including former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), signaling a potential shift in global conservative politics.